memory related

as i’ve sought to simplify life through computing and removal of unnecessary attachments to superfluous fads i’ve noticed an increasing number of articles hitting the auto-recommended stories on my phone related to memory, digital noise, etc.

first and foremost this is obviously due to my online behavior (searches about noise studies, memory, etc.) so the timing is to be ignored, however, their abundance is interesting and, more importantly, their complete ineffectiveness is profound.

most things are like this: Social Media May Fade Memories

great…

this is nothing new here. as a manic photographer i’ve heard a similar argument by non-psychotics - “you’ll never truly experience the moment because you’re too busy trying to capture it!” which, in my opinion, is straight up hippy nonsense. i’ll grant, however, that unless you’re mindful of your moments then you will forget them but that’s the key (regardless of photo, social, etc.) but i digress.

i find the photographic/recording process of time to be a memory aide that keeps the memory on a certain track of relative truthfulness. reviewing the photo or tape or whatever refreshes the feelings/experiences of the time and sets it back on the right moment that would otherwise be part of the error prone nature of recall without cues. once errors are introduced they also tend to compound and lead to further corruption of the memory.

Automation

i’m writing two different posts right now (this one and the one for yesterday)

this one, for all i know, might take me into tomorrow. nah. finish it up now. short and sweet.

i’ve tried twice now to automate a daily log about food, actions, etc and have so far been thwarted by it. i feel there’s some key in the banal details of my daily affairs. some sort of magical equation or theory that’ll erupt from the consistent practice of eating pop tarts and drinking coffee.

for the most part, however, i’m probably wrong. at best it’ll be reserved to the horror/awe that people express when they see the mentally ill make “outsider art”

“Holy hell!” they’ll say. “what made this man eat so many pop tarts? he must have been terribly sick”

But, then again, if it gets them to buy my art? i’ll take it. gotta pay off that debt somehow, amiright?