in reply to Re: Eureka!
in thread Eureka!

There's a charming children's book series called "the Great Brain," where a boy in the early 1900s recounts the amazing mental feats of his unusual older brother.

The older brother had a strategy for the tough problems: he'd think about the question just before going to sleep, to engage his subconscious. It always worked for him. It's often worked for me, too.

Step away from the problem. Walk to the vending machine, to the parking lot, to the corner market, or just sit on the couch at home for a little while. No paper, no pen, no books. Just let your brain cruise.

[ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ]

Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re: Re: Re: Eureka!
by pfaut (Priest) on Apr 29, 2003 at 17:54 UTC

    Several times I've awakened in the morning with a solution after going to bed thinking about a particular problem. I'm starting to think I might do my best work while sleeping.

    90% of every Perl application is already written.
Re: Re: Re: Eureka!
by LD2 (Curate) on Apr 29, 2003 at 20:15 UTC
    Off topic, I really loved those books as a kid :> Probably cos of all the schemes the "Great Brain" came up with...
Re: Re: Re: Eureka!
by AssFace (Pilgrim) on Apr 29, 2003 at 20:26 UTC
    If this was a series and some of the stories were similar to some of Mark Twain's work, then I think I may have read those.

    The things I remember from it (or if not it... something) are brothers, a small town, a cave, a swimming hole, candy (I think licorice specifically), and one brother trying (successfully) to get the mumps from the other brother.

    There are some odd things afoot now, in the Villa Straylight.