That's memory for you — some knowledge is accessible via shortcuts, no matter how esoteric it might be. For example, I'm not a genius about wines, but I keep a list of wines, current geo-oenology and trade in the iPhone, so I can order or buy something and be pretty sure it will be great. Digital flashcard!
Get prepared for that dinner party, and bring on the bruschetta, trotters, brioche, food trucks and foam. Because flashcards are a shortcut to expertise.
What was your great idea — or shortcut to a great idea — this week? The Open Thread is open for ideas, complains, gossip, insults, and good news.