So as I mentioned elsewhere, this is a trick that helps people with bad memories.
The effort involved in goofy long winded associations like this is not worth it for the few times I might ever forget someone's name.
If you call a 1 second process long winded....
What I'd really like to see is how this is applicable to people in actual useful ways. I mean, great, you can meet ten people at lunch and say goodbye to each of them, by name, at the end of lunch.
Do you hear voices? You're not only twisting words, you're inventing things. Go back read again, the words haven't changed.
But can you read a five page guide on how to get started with the GNU debugger and then sit down and apply it all in correct order and without referring to the guide?
Yes - I can even remember when I did that (1998). It's kind of a prerequisite for my job, though I have, and will continue to reread it - it does change.
When I think of a "photographic memory", THAT is what comes to mind.
Much of this thread is about defining "photographic" - you seem stuck on what you "believe". The current "science" is that "photographic" memories do not exist. At the risk of repeating what's been said earlier - selective, partial, recall is not the same as a photograph. Eidetic never meant "only images".
Not some guy who can remember that Alice has a big nose, Bob is fat, the sky is blue, and the sixth card in the deck is a five of spades.
Somehow, in your enthusiasm, you've turned using a key (facial characteristic) to remembering a person *and their name* into recalling just their first name. Is there something you're trying to say?
Perhaps you're just incapable of remembering what is written on the screen in front of you?
And what the fuck is wrong with the edits in the nu slashdot? paragraph tags or not, blockquotes or just quotes, and it still double spaces (sigh)