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Oh look, I'm a goldfish. Oh look, I'm a goldfish. Oh look, I'm a goldfish. Apr. 17th, 2003 09:26 pm
While we're all doing a meme that contains large amounts of memory testing, I should probably make the point that I have a very weak memory, as it's something I can get sensitive about, and about which I've talked with a few people recently.

People - in fact a fair number of people, over the years - have got upset that I've forgotten what they considered (usually quite rightly) key points.

My memory's bad enough that it really bugs me, and, thinking about it, probably did some noticeable damage to my degree, and possibly even my early career - I can generally remember techniques, vocabulary and grammar but not facts, formal proofs, or argument lists.

So if I ever do forget something I should know, it's not because I don't care, or even not that I've tried to remember, it's because there's a serious bug in my head. It's improved a little recently, but generally gets worse when I'm ill and/or stressed. In extreme cases I start forgetting words and use near-homonyms, which really pisses me off.

From: duranorak
Date: April 17th, 2003 - 01:57 pm (Link)
"Oh what a lovely view. Oh - Oh what a lovely view. Wait - Oh what a fabulous view. Hang - Oh what a lovely view."

~hugs tight~ I shall, um, bear this in mind. Or something less unfortunate-sounding. ~s~

From: valkyriekaren
Date: April 17th, 2003 - 03:03 pm (Link)
I just put a really long comment here, and the computer ate it. Fuck.

Take my word for it it was funny, OK?
From: duncanneko
Date: April 17th, 2003 - 05:19 pm (Link)
Well, given my memory seems to be almost as bad, I'll sympathise... mine seems especially terrible at reminding me of when I'm supposed to do things, but yes I also forget formal proofs and the like - I did a large portion of my A-level Physics exam working out formulae from first principles.. much fun.

If you ever find a miracule cure, do let me know.. assuming you remember ;-)
From: azekeil
Date: April 18th, 2003 - 01:03 am (Link)
I'm the same as well. Although more distressing is that very often I can't remember telling people something so they hear the same story over and over again. Or worse yet, I forget to tell someone something as I think I've told them already. Sometimes I'll get confused with something that happened in a dream as being real life. I'll also confuse people, so when I say "remember when we did X" to my girlfriend and get the icy reply "no dear you did that with your ex" I feel about this ->.<- big.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: April 18th, 2003 - 01:39 am (Link)
a healthy dose of Milk of Amnesia?
From: feanelwa
Date: April 18th, 2003 - 03:14 pm (Link)
Squee, i do the same thing. I can remember utter crap, and languages, and how maths moves, but not formulae or which route to take to prove something. Useful that :/
However it does mean i don't know all the names of British Prime Ministers, Home Secretaries and who was the first person to discover the Isle of Skye. Which has got to be a good thing somehow.
From: fluffymark
Date: April 19th, 2003 - 02:42 pm (Link)
Eeeee! Just what I've been thinking about myself the last few months. I'm a goldfish too. According to my qualifications, I should be a super-duper brainbox who remembers everything right down to the last blade of grass. But it doesn't work like that somehow - information just leaks out, and escapes. Most annoyingly, I forget what I've previously talked to people about, and bucketloads of worthwhile personal information, including names. Words forever escape me. Today I got locked out of my online bank account for forgetting the PIN number, despite having used it most days for the past two weeks. If I look a bit quiet and shy, it's mainly because i've forgotten what I wanted to say.

Come and join me in the goldfish bowl!