Re: Use Cases, requirements, etc. posted

From: Jack Park (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 06:59:18 PST

From: N. C a r r o l l <>

> On further poking around, I'm concluding that if one has an established
> alphanumeric naming convention for a given DKR (like the OAD) -- AND an
> intelligent mix of letters with the numbers, including the judicious use
> upper and lower case letters -- users will be able to remember hundreds of
> nodes in their own DKRs.

Well, I have this to say about that. There are many kinds of thinkers, two
of which are the linear thinkers, and the non-linear thinker. A linear
thinker is one that can sit and listen to a conversation, parsing everything
in its turn, and remember well enough to conjure a thoughtful response. I
have friends who can read a book and, two years later, say "Don't you
remember where Browning says, on page ...?" Damn. That ticks me off. A
non-linear thinker, of which I am one, parses every word and uses selected
keywords to go off and start all sorts of recollections, never actually
absorbing the entire conversation. Those dudes, speaking from experience,
never remember anything. I only remember the title of Browning's book and
the gist of what it was about. Where was I. Oh. Then, there's a third
kind, I'll call that ambi-thinkers. They can do it both ways, selectively.

I recently bought a Palm Pilot to help me remember stuff. Trouble is, I
often don't remember to use it.

I, for one, tend to do memory based on events. For instance, while in high
school, someone took me for an airplane ride out to a glider field in the
desert. I can remember that event (who wouldn't?) based on the fact that I
was a senior in school (1962). I can also recall something else quite
vividly. While at the glider field, I bought a couple of Soaring magazines.
Took them home and read them *in class*, I did. I recall that extremely
well, because I was completely unprepared to answer a question tossed at me
in class (French). So, I stood up and gave a brief description of gliders
using what little of the language I already had, and salvaged an otherwise,
um, messy moment. About 10 years later, while I was visiting the editorial
office of Soaring, the editor was trying to recall a particular article by a
particular author, which just happened to be the article I read in class. I
was able to spout off the title and publication date. Really ticked the
editor off, that.

Memory is a funny thing. I am deeply ensconsed in a personal search for the
truth here. What is a mother to do?


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