I read an interesting article from the New York Times a few days ago on memory championships and learning to have superior memory capabilities. Part of it was the method of loci which is an ancient technique they used before they had such reliable memory aids as we have today.
I did a few little trials today and my first impressions were pretty positive. It is actually quite impressive how clearly you can remember things if you put them in the right form. Has anyone here had extended experience playing with this, or know any good practice or games to get good at it. I figure it would be a cool party trick to be able to memorise packs of cards and other things... not to mention useful in more practical senses .