Memorizing the ASCII Codes
If you’re already an expert in the memory-peg system, memorizing the ASCII codes is a snap. Consider the following table
| tea | alpha | jail | 65 | back | 97 | | Noah | bravo | judge | 66 | beef | 98 | | me | charlie | chalk | 67 | pipe | 99 | | ray | delta | chef | 68 | thesis | 100 | | law | echo | chip | 69 | toast | 101 | | jaw | foxtrot | chess | 70 | dozen | 102 | | key | golf | cat | 71 | twosome | 103 | | fee | hotel | can | 72 | dowser | 104 | | pea | india | cam | 73 | diesel | 105 | | toes | julliet | car | 74 | wood-sage | 106 | | tot | kilo | coal | 75 | tusk | 107 | | tan | lima | cage | 76 | adhesive | 108 | | tam | mike | cake | 77 | teaspoon | 109 | | tar | november | cuff | 78 | tights | 110 | | tail | oscar | cap | 79 | teetotaler | 111 | | tissue | papa | face | 80 | titan | 112 | | tack | quebec | fat | 81 | totem | 113 | | taffy | romeo | fan | 82 | Tatar | 114 | | tap | sierra | fame | 83 | title | 115 | | nose | tango | fare | 84 | death-watch | 116 | | net | uniform | fall | 85 | hot-dog | 117 | | nun | victor | fish | 86 | auto-da-fe | 118 | | name | whiskey | fig | 87 | teddy-bear | 119 | | nero | x-ray | fife | 88 | dance | 120 | | nail | yankee | fob | 89 | doughnut | 121 | | niche | zulu | base | 90 | Athenian | 122 |
It’s easy to construct mental images for these. For instance, for “W,” I picture a TEDDY-BEAR resting on a nicely made bed; there are FIGs and thistles around him (a reference to Edna St. Vincent Millay); There is a beautiful NAME card resting along side him leaning up against the pillow; and an elegant crystal glass with a touch of WHISKEY in it on the night-stand, and I can smell the Whiskey. Smells work really well for me — it’s my own little touch of synaesthesia. This little domestic scene is easy to remember. Whenever I need the ASCII code for “W,” I instantly smell “WHISKEY,” then see the TEDDY-BEAR (119, ASCII for uncial “w”) and the FIGs (87, ASCII for capital “W”). As a bonus, I see the NAME card (23) and am reminded that “W” is the 23-rd letter of the alphabet.
Another example: for “G,” a TWOSOME comes up to the GOLF tee with a siamese CAT following them. Easy peasy.
I left out of the table an additional set of keys that I use, but they only work for the first 22 letters and you have to be comfortable with Hebrew. One motivation for my learning Hebrew was my recognition the Hebrew origins of my beloved memory system. Here are my automatic Hebrew word pictures:
אריה Aryeh 1 lion tea lion in a teacup בית Beit 2 house Noah booth or house on top of Noah's Ark גמל Gamal 3 camel me camels dancing on my shoulder in the mirror דלת Delet 4 door ray shining my laser ray on the door in the dark הר Har 5 hill law policeman stopping me from climbing the mountain ורד Vered 6 rose jaw Lurch has a rose clenched in his teeth זהב Zahav 7 gold key I unlock a box of gold with my key חמור Hamor 8 donkey fee I am shoving a pile of gold to the donkey driver as his fee טייס Tayas 9 pilot pea the cockpit is full of peas יד Yad 10 hand toes the woman is painting her toenails with her hand כסא Kiseh 11 throne tot Alice is sitting on a giant gold throne לחם Lehem 12 bread tan The tanning tray has a loaf of bread on it מים Mayim 13 water tam Orcas at Miami Sea World are tossing around a Tam-o-Shanter נחש Nahash 14 snake tar a snake is burning as he slithers across the hot tar ספר Sefer 15 book tail the tiger's tail acts like a bookmark עין Ayin 16 eye tissue she's crying at her sweet-16 party פנים Panim 17 face tack a picture of Liz Taylor is tacked to the wall ציפור Tzipor 18 sparrow taffy the bird's feet are stuck in hot taffy קוף Qof 19 monkey tap chimps are dispensing the beer ראש Rosh 20 head nose Goliath's head in David's hand: giant nose שלד Sheled 21 skeleton net A skeleton is chasing butterflies with his net תנין Tanin 22 gator nun A nun has an aligator on a leash
These are just bonus associations for the Hebrew enthusiast; not at all necessary for today’s topic.