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  • I will bore everyone witless with another pointless disquisition on English, but here goes. I still think "buffer notes" is not a good name because the core idea of a buffer is that it is an obstacle (if you are not a computer person and are not us…
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  • Seems you're famous! macdrifter.com/2018/03/sublime-zk.html
  • @wolff said: Memories are flexible, and our brain will bend them It certainly will. Elizabeth Loftus is one of the best-known researchers in this field. Read anything by her and you are likely to be surprised. You could start with this: htt…
  • The only time I have ever kept a journal was for a limited period while I was undergoing psychoanalysis. Now that I am training to be a psychotherapist I may have to do so again. But I never thought of it as a potential part of a working method, and…
  • I suppose what I had in mind, without being aware of it, was that one can find oneself in a situation that can be summed up by a quotation from T. S. Eliot: "We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive…
  • As time goes by, and I try all sorts of programs and techniques, I come to have less and less use for recommendations made by other people. Yes, I often find them interesting, and sometimes there are ideas that trigger something in me. But I am slow…
  • @sfast said: I know what I am doing Lucky you -- I wish I did ...
  • As someone with a background in psychology, I have a preference for scientific studies rather than blog posts This may be pertinent: https://academic.oup.com/jcr/article-abstract/39/3/600/1822636 Human behaviour is complex. Sure, the original po…
  • This might also interest you: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/07/20/theres-a-simple-trick-to-reduce-your-mind-wandering-while-studying/ And this: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/02/12/the-personality-differences-between-students-studying-different-a…
  • If you haven't already read it, you might find Roy Baumeister's work interesting. See here for a review (by Steven Pinker) of his book on Willpower: nytimes.com/2011/09/04/books/review/willpower-by-roy-f-baumeister-and-john-tierney-book-review.html …
  • @rene Awesome that you find it awesome! Just to enlarge on the point about the difference between native and non-native understandings of words -- I suspect that most non-native speakers would first encounter the word "buffer" (perhaps only encount…
  • @sfast It is important to realise that in normal English usage the verb "buffer" does not mean "store" -- it means (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) "lessen the impact of". So buffering an overflow means holding back the flow to ensure th…
  • @zwhaley There does seem to be some blurring of concepts in the original post. Perhaps you could call something a "collection" or a "collector" instead of a "note". But, to me at least, the odd use of "buffer" is more of a problem. It conveys the wr…
  • @ctietze Technical terminology is not infrequently at odds with standard usage. For example, the use of the word "memory" for RAM in computers led to no end of problems with non-technical people who thought that it referred to the Hard Disc, which …
  • @zwhaley I think you've hit on something there. It is confusing, though. It is a meaning that, in some ways, is really at odds with the core meaning of the word, and it is not one that I think would normally occur to people. At least, not to native …
  • Of course, in the old days, people who did this sort of thing were called "intellectuals", but that seems to be a term of abuse now I suppose if you wanted to take a chance you could call it "intellectual work" -- then wait for the backlash ...
  • I don't know what "buffer" means in German, but to this native English speaker the choice of that term is slightly baffling. I suppose the core idea of the word "buffer" in English is one of separation -- a buffer is something that prevents contact …
  • OK -- just to indicate where I'm coming from, I'm a native English speaker (British), 65 years old, I spent 10 years teaching English at universities in Italy, and last worked marking English exams (by the thousand) for Cambridge English. Pretty muc…

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