Complex Binary Images

Consequently, if you want to remember 011100111111, you just have to memorize the complex image for 2533: Brian Epstein flexing a cane. (25 = BE = Brian Epstein; 33 = CC = Charlie Chaplin, whose action is flexing a cane).

When you look closely at a photograph in a newspaper or a magazine, you see a whole mass of tiny dots. Under a magnifying glass, they appear meaningless; it's only when you stand back that they 'condense' into a picture that makes sense. A similar process is going on here: you are reducing a whole series of meaningless noughts and ones into a single complex image.

Take another example. How would you set about memorizing 011011100111? It looks a fairly horrendous task until you start to break it down:

Stage 1:

Split the number up into groups of three digits: 011 011 " 100 111

Stage 2:

Ascribe the relevant code number to each group: 2 2 5 3

Stage 3:

Using Dominic system, translate each number into a letter: B B E C

Stage 4:

Using the dominic system, translate the first pair of letters into a person, and the second into an action.

Betty Boothroyd - Playing guitar (BB) (EC = Eric Clapton)

Your complex image is of Betty Boothroyd jamming on a guitar, which, I think you'll agree, is far easier to remember than 011011100111!

Here is a list of the 64, 6-digit binary numbers which you are now able to translate into characters (or actions). With these basic building blocks, you can go forward and tackle any large binary number.

 Binary Code Letters Character 000000 = 00 = OO = Olive Oyl 000001 = 01 = OA = Ossie Ardiles 000011 = 02 = OB = Otto Bismarck 000111 = 03 = OC = Oliver Cromwell 000110 = 04 = OD = Otto Dix 000100 = 05 = OE = Old Etonian 000010 = 06 = OF = Omar Sharif 000101 = 07 = OG = Organ Grinder 001000 = 10 = AO = Aristotle Onassis 001001 = 11 = AA = Arthur Askey 001011 = 12 = AB = Alastair Burnet
 001111 1= 13 = AC = Andy Capp 001110 = 14 = AD = Arthur Daley- 001100 = 15 = AE = Albert Einstein 001010 = 16 = AS = Arthur Scargill 001101 = 17 = AG = Alec Guinness 011000 = 20 = BO = Bill Oddie 011001 = 21 = BA = Biyan Adams 011011 = 22 = BB = Betty Boothroyd 011111 = 23 = BC = Bill Clinton 011110 = 24 = BD = Bernard Davey 011100 = 25 = BE = Brian Epstein 011010 = 26 = BS = Bram Stoker 011101 = 27 = BG = Bob Gcldof 111000 = 30 = CO - Captain Oates 111001 = 31 = CA = Charles Atlas 111011 = 32 = CB = Cilia Black linn = 33 = CC = Charlie Chaplin 111110 = 34 = CD = Christopher Dean 111100 = 35 = CE = Clint Eastwood 111010 = 36 = CS = Claudia Schieffer 111101 = 37 = CG = Charles De Gaulle 110000 zz 40 — DO = Dominic O'Brien 110001 — 41 = DA = David Attenborough 110011 = 42 = DB = David Bowie 110111 = 43 = DC = David Copperfield 110110 = 44 = DD = Dickie Davies 110100 = 45 = DE = Duke Ellington 110010 = 46 = DS = Delia Smith 110101 = 47 = DG = David Gower 100000 — 50 = EO = Eeyore 100001 = 51 = EA = Eamon Andrews 100011 = 52 = EB = Eric Bristow 100111 = 53 = EC = Eric Clapton 100110 = 54 = ED = Eliza Doolittle 100100 = 55 = EE = Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards 100010 = 56 = ES = Ebenezcr Scrooge 100101 1= 57 = EG = Elizabeth Goddard 010000 = 60 = SO = Steve Ovett 010001 = 61 = SA = Susan Anton 010011 = 62 = SB = Seve Ballcsteros 010111 = 63 = SC = Sean Connery 010110 = 64 = SD = Sharron Davies 010100 = 65 = SE = Stefan Edberg
 010010 = 66 = SS = Steven Spielberg 010101 = 67 = SG = Stephan Grappelli 101000 = 70 = GO = George Orwell 101001 = 71 = GA = Gary Armstrong 101011 = 72 = GB = George Bush 101111 = 73 » GC = Gerry Cotde 101110 = 74 = GD = Gerard Depardieu 101100 = 75 = GE = Gloria Estefan 101010 = 76 = GS = Graham Souness 101101 = 77 = GG = Germaine Greer

Once you have familiarized yourself with the above (the recurring patterns make it easier than it looks), try memorizing a 60-digit binary number. Daunting though it may sound, you only need to remember five complex images, each one representing 12 digits. Choose a simple journey with five stages, and place each image at the corresponding stage.

For example, this is how I would memorize:

011101100100101101010110110010010101000000011100111011111001

 Journey 1 2-digit code letters Person Action (stages) section no. (Complex Image) First Oil 101 100 100 2755 BGEE Bob Geldof Skiing Second 101 101 010 110 7764 GGSD Germaine Swimming Greer Third 110 010 010 101 4667 DSSG Delia Smith Playing violin Fourth 000 000 011 100 0025 OOBE Olive Oyl Playing records Fifth 111 011 111 001 3231 CBCA Cilia Black Weigh tlifting

A PREDICTION

If, in due course, a record is set for memorizing the most number of randomly generated binary digits, I predict that it will be in the region of 150,000. Using my system, three binary digits are being represented by one base-10 digit; if I manage to memorize 50,000 decimal places to pi, 150,000 binary digits should be feasible. Similarly, I can currently memorize a 100-digit base-10 number in approximately 100 seconds. I am therefore able to memorize a 300-digit binary number in the same time. The race is on...

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