Cerebral Memory Storage

A long time ago, I figured out how to commit memories to long term memory intentionally. It’s largely visualization. I know exactly what this means:

One. To blue one of two. Right. Top. Me.

Looks like insane gibberish. It’s not gibberish, at least. The above example makes sense if you understand the shorthand.

“One” is my phone. I only have one of them. Its one way to get in touch with me. So, “one.”

“To blue one of two” is the app icons for Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is the first of two blue icons.

Go to the “right” and to the “top.”

Pick the photo that is “me.”

“One. To blue one of two. Right. Top. Me.”
↑↑↑ This is an example of what the visual address of my Facebook profile in my head might look like. It’s not words. It’s the visualization of those words compacted into a basement-like series of hallways in my mind.

I can store whatever I want. If I need to recall something, sometimes it takes me a minute. I have to “find” it. There is an incredibly complicated filing system. It amounts to giving the memory it’s own address of sorts. It has to do with what made it unique or different. I might have had breakfast in the evening. Or I had breakfast in the morning, but I slept really well the night before. 

I can’t get rid of a memory. I can wear it out by replaying it over and over. I can just not-save it in the first place, too. The process is far from perfect. Emotions play a part. Instinct plays a part. Being tired.

I’m… I’m finding not everyone does this. Is it possible you do this and don’t know you’re doing it?

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It’s Not Just a Selfie

Every Private Investigator has something they like doing. They might do it better than others, or they might be the only ones doing it. I am a Social Media Intelligence Analyst. I want to show you how that works. This is a photo of me. Just a selfie, right?

It will have a date and time stamp. It might just when it was posted, but it’s worth noting. If I’m looking for the person in the photo, I can see that it’s probably raining. If I’m not sure if she’s living in San Diego or Virginia, the weather would help. I can look up historical data for the weather in both places. Virginia is cold right now. Too cold for just a sweatshirt. Too cold for rain.

I can also see that there are no buildings across the street from wherever she took the photo. If I have a possible address, I can use Google Street View to look around her neighborhood and see if it looks like what’s in the photo.

I can see the interior of her car in the reflection of her glasses. I research cars so I can say, “oh, that’s a Honda.” Now I know what car I’m looking for. Are any of the cars on the street in Google Street View a Honda? If I have a possible address – and the make and model of the car, and that dangly crystal on the rear view mirror – I would know if this car were parked in the driveway. I can see that she has an iPhone and is drinking Starbuck’s, too.

It’s not just a selfie. 

Start looking at photos – yours and those of others – with a critical eye.

What Does 10/9c Mean?

For most of my adult life, I’ve been disinterested in television. A new show came on that I wanted to see, though, so I found a way to view it. The start time said 10/9c. I was fairly certain that meant it started at 10pm everywhere. Think about “Saturday Night Live.” Networks frequently broadcast a show live on the East Coast and delay it for the West Coast viewing. The Central Time Zone appears to be somewhat of an exception. Something airing live at 10pm on the East Coast might not be delayed for the Central Time Zone, meaning it would start at 9pm Central.

While verifying this online, I came upon an interesting Reddit thread that asked, “Americans, what does 10/9c mean?” These comments were of note.

10/9c means 10 est (eastern) 9cst…

Actually 10/9C means the show is on at 10 in all american timezones except central. I really don’t know why they do it but basically Central gets all of their TV an hour earlier than the rest of us.

There was much discussion about this, and a lot of down-voting on comments as people strongly disagreed with each other’s viewpoints.

What is not true about it? Being in Pacific Time I know when a network add says it will be on at 10, 9 Central that it is going to be on at 10 in Pacific time.

The only exception I have ever seen to this is AMC, the walking dead airs at 6PM Pacific (Only on Dish, Comcast it is on at 9PM)

Yesterday, I asked of my Facebook friends – what does the value “10/9c” mean with show programming? Some people suggested that it clearly means 10pm EST. But does it? It was clear to two different people over the age of 50. I thought it meant 10pm in all time zones. It wasn’t as clear to anyone.

Why would anyone be vague in advertisement material? That seems like a waste of time and money unless there were no alternative. My objection, the thing that started this research, was to that ambiguity.

Why put 10/9c in advertising when you can put 10pm EST? Or shorten it to 10EST, which is technically exactly the same number of characters in case brevity was the concern. Much of our entertainment is online the days, so a viewer could potentially be anywhere in the world. The person who made the original Reddit post above lived in Norway. No one should have to do any sort of research if advertising is done correctly.

I looked for present-day, practical examples. I looked at schedules for CNN, Fox, and the PGA Tour. I determined that the time zone noted seemed to depend on the broadcast location, but it is not noted as 10/9c. The time zones are noted.

What was the history and reasoning behind using 10/9c in the first place?

The Wikipedia page on the Effects of Time Zones on North America Broadcasting indicated the following.

“Effectively, the East, Mountain and West network feeds allow prime time on broadcast television networks to end at 10:00 p.m. Central and Mountain and 11:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. When it first expanded its programming into prime time in April 1987, Fox became the first major broadcast network in the U.S. to offer a “common prime” schedule; this type of scheduling subtracts an hour from the prime time schedule, reducing it to two hours on Monday through Saturdays and three hours on Sundays – ending evening network programming earlier than NBC, CBS and ABC did – and continue to do (Fox did expand its Sunday primetime schedule into the 10:00 p.m. timeslot in September 1987, before giving back that hour to its stations in September 1993). The WB and UPN followed the “common prime” scheduling model when they both launched in January 1995; the replacements for those networks, The CW and the MyNetworkTV program service, similarly used that model upon their launches in September 2006.”

“Subscribers to cable or satellite television services may still only receive East Coast feeds for certain channels even if they reside on the West Coast. Some cable channels only offer one broadcast feed, where viewers see the same program in all time zones. “

Comments and Conclusions

I did not identify an accepted or expected guideline for programming time listings. The schedules I found for present day broadcasting listed the time zone where the show was being broadcast. An actual convention may exist, but I did not identify one. Regardless, the fact that there is any question, any lack of clarity, strengthens my suggestion to use time zones in all advertising material.