Original YT playout date: 26 September 2009
An aborted attempt by Uncle Davey to read without preparation the Waste Land by TS Eliot, while Moggy struggles with deep questions of political philosophy. If you are on the right wavelength this should have you falling off your chair. It’s a serious discourse, with no humour or laughing. Continue reading “Wasteland Aborted”→
There was a challenge on one of the channels in the Community I subbed to in the early days where you had to recite the lyrics of a popsong as if it were a poem. Not sure I can even remember which channel it was and now of course the “reply to video” feature that was there then is taken away and with it all record of which early days reply video was a response to what and each is a post in its own right. Which has the same effect as if you were posting replies in a discussion thread and then each reply suddenly gets refracted as an original post in its own right. Very annoying, but if only it were the only thing Google and YT ever did to annoy us. Continue reading “Recite the Lyrics Challenge “Up The Junction””→
Playout date: 10 March 2007
Views at the time added to HTV: 294
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Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Jazdów 8A, Warsaw
Other people featured: Christopher Chadwick
Music used: None
Languages used: English, German
Animals/plants featured: None
Chris Chadwick work with me for a while, and we had fun sometimes with German poetry because he was a proper intellectual. Very clever and not always easy to get along with. He’s not in Poland now and we are all the poorer for it.
Goethe’s poems are the order of the day here, with Erlkoenig recited by Christopher and Wanderers Nachthemd recited by me, all the time contending with the vagaries of modern, as it was then, technology, which we identify as the biggest problem poetry has, in that you cannot get to the end of a poem without the internet crashing (this was 2007) or a phone going off.
Quote of the clip: “Praising Google is always a good idea on YouTube, because they, like, own it”.
Greetings gentle readers after a long lapse in posting.
I was recently contacted in e-mail by a Christian polyglot some of my readers will know personally from Gatherings, Brother Fiel Sahir, who wrote:
Hi David! I did some googling but maybe I messed up and I haven’t found where you’ve discussed this, but have you further developed the GLM for scripture memorization? I know for a fact that you were goldlisting sentences when I met you, but what I recall was you used those sentences to help you remember a focus word rather than the sentence itself. Just something interesting, because a friend of mine has encouraged me to begin memorizing scripture. A spiritual discipline that is definitely underated and under practiced in my opinion, first and foremost by myself. Anyways, I look forward to your response, but a blogpost would be more beneficial to the world, so I await that as well! Thanks David. I hope to see you around soon!
In response to this, I wrote the following:
Dear Br. Fiel,
Anything which is to be learned to the Long Term Memory can best be learned using GLM. My suggestion would be to select a passage which you would like to be able to repeat verbatim, at any time later in you life, and place it into the headlist with let us say no more than five words per line.
The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want. He
Maketh me to lie down in
Green pastures, he leadeth me
Beside the quiet waters. He
Restoreth my soul…
When you have left this two weeks as with any other GoldList project, if it is a passage you already substantially knew, but are trying to get word perfect I would try to write it on D1 position as accurately as possible, but in pencil, covering the original over on the left side. Here you can write maybe seven words at a time. Then note any mistakes you made, in the little words, bits missed out altogether, punctuation, if that’s something you want to get right too, verse numbers (which I didn’t include in the example, but if you ant to be able to remember them, then pay attention to that) and highlight those errors with a red pen or highlighter. Your 25 lines will now anyway be 17 lines just by dint of writing 7 words instead of 5 at D1.
Obviously that’s not a strategy that can continue indefinitely, so at D2 you will take a slightly different approach. You will probably not try to write out the whole from memory at D2, but instead write out the parts where you had had a problem before. The bits where you had no problem, just write the first letter of each word. Write tightly, allowing as many words per line as is comfortable.
Remember you are leaving at least two weeks again between D1 and D2, and the same when you turn D2 to D3, but here you can simply leave out and not even write the first letter of words if you know that you remember confidently the whole sentence. In order to remember the flow of idea in a longer passage, consider writing the first and last words in each clause, and maybe with abbreviations.
The Lord..want, he maketh..gpast,he leadeth beside tqw. Restoreth.
That may well be where you are by D3 or D4, with 6 lines now looking like a single line.
And you can carry on that way. So, please let me know how you get on. And since you asked for a blogpost, I will base one on your query and my answer. Can I use your name and text?
To which Fiel responded that I could. And thanks to his query and willingness to let me share, we have here something which I hope will encourage many of you to try a project of GLM for long term memorization of a holy text.
Even if you are not Bible believing, you can probably try it on the Qur’aan or on some poetry you want to rote learn for life. I recommend Scripture though. It is what David said needed to be “hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”, and if this tool can help towards the hiding of Divine words in the heart, I don’t know what higher thing can be said of the GoldList Method.