Willie Willie Harry Stee
Harry Dick John Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four five six….then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again…
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will four Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
Came George the fifth in nineteen ten;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George six was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that’s all folks until her death.
When A Joke Made Me A Joker,
Van Held The Poker,
The Fiery Poker,
But Long John Grant Had Gone
And Chased His Crazy Mooses
‘Round The West Hollering,
“Can’t Help Rinse Those Empty Kettles Just Now, Friend.”
Come ‘Round By Charlie’s Bed Often (or: Colanders Rinse Bad Cabbage Best, Obviously)
What ? What the hell are the two rhymes I listed out? Take a guess. William the Conqueror ? Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. George Washington Abraham Lincoln , Roosevelt and Obama. That’s the clue. Well If one were asked to sequentially name all the kings of England I make a very safe guess Nine out of Ten would draw a blank and the same goes for naming all the presidents of America. Most of us would care less to remember all the kings of England or all the Presidents of America for the general consensus would be how it would matter if someone is able to name all the Kings and Queens of England or the Presidents of America. I agree it does not amount to much but no denying the power to impress a random someone with one’s remarkable memory is not questionable. So coming to the point the first rhyme I started out with is the mnemonic to remember all the kings of England and the second one is the one to remember the presidents of America where the first letter of the word in the rhyme corresponds to the last name of the president in a sequential fashion. So what is a mnemonic to begin with ? A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
Continue reading In Pursuit of A Better Memory. Mnemosyne And The Three Muses Characters in Greek Mythology. Does Memory Really Matter ?
Everybody loves a winner and winner takes it all. Why is it like that? In our daily lives we see peons of praise sung in the glory of the winners while the losers fall by the wayside. We as a society have created lot of settings to witness the battles where winners and losers fight it out in the backdrop of our lives giving us a sense of vicariousness. Everyone in their own lives goes through a series of upheavals and we our self can consider our self-winners or losers depending on how we have coped when life threw a spanner at us. But we are more interested in seeing winners paraded in front of us and feel the vicarious joy of winning because for some life might not give them the challenges to confront to experience the winning feeling. Well that’s why we have sports and politics where winners are minted day in day out and of course politics where winners take a much bigger prize and elevate themselves as the chosen ones to govern the very people who put them up on the big stage.
Interesting Politics and Sports the stories from which the head line news are made every day always churn out winners year after year. The context differs from country to country where in America the elections produce winners on a continual basis and the winners depending on the type of race they have contested in are named Senators, Congressmen, Governors and the mother of it all the one and only one President of the United States POTUS. Now in the world of American Sports focused on Baseball, Basketball, American Football and Ice hockey we always have a winner on a daily basis in any of these sports depending on which game we are focusing on. But the Big prizes are the Super Bowl , World Series, NBA Championship and the Stanley Cup.
I was reading articles on the recent presidential election on the famed web site five thirty eight which predicts the presidential elections based on probabilistic models using Bayes theorem and graph theory. Interestingly the founder of the website Nate Silver started off his career analyzing the statistics associated with baseball games a field of its own called saber metrics. The fact that the same website used probabilistic models to predict the winners in politics and Sport brings to the fore the fact all what matters is winning after all.
Continue reading Offense And Defense, American Football and US Presidential Elections. An Anology, Quarterbacks And the American Presidential Candidates.