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Thursday, 20 September 2018


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Lists. Sometimes I forget the lists that have been written and go to the supermarket and come home with more stuff that I have already doubled up on... My late father-in-law had a loft sagging under the weight of bottles of washing up liquid. Other than that, he was close to genius.

I repeatedly misspell the same words and have to check the dictionary to be sure. As for the number of times that I find myself standing in the kitchen and wonder what the hell I was going there to do - best not numbered!

It's not an age thing: I was always like that.


When I was a kid, I had the mix-up problem with two bands: Depeche Mode and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). Two utterly different bands but something about the names or initials meant that whenever I heard a track by one, the wrong name would pop into my head and stay there and the other name was beyond retrieval.

A decade later, I met a French teacher whose mother tongue was French; every time she had to use the word 'dusk' or 'dawn', she would ask me which was which—that was after she'd been in the UK a decade or two, married to a local and speaking impeccable English.

I have exactly the same problem with lists as you do. I've resorted to using the Reminders app on the iPhone. My list is called 'Shopping' so asking Siri to 'add potatoes to my shopping list' works well. Each item is can be dismissed as done with a single tap and when it comes to the next shopping trip, you can show completed items and mark them undone to help remind you of repeat purchases.

I'm the dork wondering around the grocery store staring at his phone but it works for my problem. Paper would be great (and I actually prefer it) but the bit of paper or notepad was never there when I thought of something I needed.

Mike: I think most people make certain annoying little mental errors. If anything, I'm probably different only in that I'm kind of an "enthusiast" . . . I tend to notice and track them. (Maybe this is why I love Oliver Sacks.)

Sigh: I often confuse my cellphone for a 100 Mpx medium-format camera. Fortunately, I can almost always correct for that in post.

I can not now and never have been able to remember names. Thanks for the great post, Tom.

I make lists when I go grocery shopping. If I just need a few (no more than five) items, remembering the number of items usually works although you may find me standing in an aisle trying to recall number five.

Failure to remember all three agencies sure didn’t help Rick Perry in his bid for Presidential nominee. Funny, though.


I don't mind your mental mistakes.

I can sympathise - I have similar problems. I even forget an item on a shopping list when I have it written down and in my hand in the store.

Mike, you need to worry about something else. EVERYONE’s brain does some version of that. On the rare occasions when I go to the supermarket unsupervised, my wife texts me a list ( which I Still don’t always get right) We have proof readers to check content, and places to write stuff down.
That’s why God invented lists, and even He knew better than to go above 10.

That's too bad. I would have love one for my Fuji. However, it should make a lovely portrait lens for the other two mounts.

When the X-T3 was announced, Adorama sent out a massive e-mail blast to all its subscribers proclaiming:


I think that's a lot worse than just mixing up the mount availability for a 3rd party lens. So clearly, it happens to everyone. I wouldn't be too hard on yourself!

Sorry to give my comment on at least one out of five articles you come up with nowadays. Somehow we’re busy with the same subjects all of the time. I especially like the off topics. Here are two books that are nice additions to Oliver Sacks. A bit more serious but even more entertaining! Sam Harris - Free Will and Dick Swaab - We Are Our Brains.



Ton Sijbrands, the former world draughts champion played blindfolded 22 simultaneous games in 2002 (17 wins, 5 draws). Some years ago I saw a documentary about him in which he said his wife always gave him a list when he did the shopping. He always forgot things, even when they needed just a few things.

Well, at least your agonizing choice of whether to buy the Sigma lens in Micro 4/3 or Fuji mount has been made a little less excruciating. Some errors can be useful. Come to think of it, the topic of photographic mistakes that produced something better than the original goal might be an interesting one to explore.

That’s why God invented lists, and even He knew better than to go above 10.

@ Mike: "I have a slacker for an assistant, but fortunately my assistant has a very lenient boss"

I'm stealing that. It really works for me. Just not that hard. : )

Hi Mike,
Regarding mind function, have you read "Thinking Fast and Slow"? It's by David Kahneman, a psychologist who won a Nobel Prize in economics for adding to the understanding of why people make the financial decisions they do. Kahneman, along with his associate, Amos Tversky talk at length about how the mind works; not the brain. They say that you've got 2 minds going at once one you cannot control but works lightning fast. The other is slower and more effortful to use when analysis is required. We try to avoid that slow mind whenever possible.

I highly recommend the book.

I go back to my copy every now and again and continue enjoying the read.

Try living with dyslexia. Ouch. I am forever getting little things mixed up like this. And as others have said I can’t seem to see the error. It’s heartening to hear to you talk about it. Thank you

Really? You confused two very similar mirrorless mounts of two camera makers who are both extraordinarily fond of the letters "E" and "X" to designate their mounts, cameras and lenses? Tsk, how very... Human?

One of my more puzzling brain oddities is that I can't remember plants except for a couple dozen on a very superficial level, even though I can remember and distinguish between hundreds of animal species, with, I sense, room for more. Maybe it's chauvinism; it's certainly not a survival trait.

I think the majority of us can relate. My blind spot is checking on a frequently bought item, like milk, then getting to the store and thinking 'milk... was that buy some more, or we have enough....'

I'm so bad at remembering names that I've stopped trying. When I'm introduced to people, I don't even bother listening, because what's the point? This may appear rude to some, mainly to extroverts, but I don't like to be with them anyway.

0850350-5. That's the part number for a tach generator on a Cessna 310. Cylinder assembly for a Continental O-200 was/is 22022. All important for a job I had decades ago.

I couldn't remember customers' names but for parts I was sometimes as good as a shelf full of manuals.

It's a wonderful and sometimes entertaining mystery.

I never make spilling mastikes!

@Nigli: Sounds a lot like my usual experience writing out cheques (not that I do that too frequently anymore, but still...).

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