Spotted Owlets…

Spotted Owlets painted by Khiyali from a photograph by Lalit Deshmukh.

Spotted Owlets painted by Khiyali from a photograph by Lalit Deshmukh.

Hello!  This is Khiyali speaking typing.

So, on India Homeschoolers, we are supposed to post something every Monday.  So, since today is Monday, I am going to write about the painting I did in art class, and post the link on India Homeschoolers.

On to the post.

The painting I made was of 4 Spotted Owlets.  There is a photo of it above.

The way I made it: I copied it from a photo.  The way I did that:

  1. Took a sheet of stiff plastic, put it on top of the photo, and traced the outlines of the owls, the eyes, etc. with a Sharpie marker.
  2. Went over the lines with black bubble paint.  Bubble paint is paint that comes out of this little bottle, so you can draw raised lines with it.
  3. Painted it.  We weren’t supposed to use strokes, because they would show up.  Instead we ‘pounced’ with the brush, meaning we made dots.
  4. Then the art teacher, Miss Nicki, trimmed the edges a bit, flipped it over, and put a matte on it, which is that black frame-like thing in the picture.

Here is a picture of Miss Nicki and me, holding my 2 artworks from the classes.  Thank you Miss Nicki!

Khiyali and Miss Nicki

The painting on the right is the owls.  The one on the left, which was also copied from a photo, though in a different way, is a wolf.  That I will write about next week.



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Pedal Power Generator idea

NOTE: I do not know if this would be practical, or possible.  Or practically possible.

Suppose there’s a good movie or TV show coming on.  You could pedal on a pedal-power-genarator, and connect it to a TV.  Watch the show along with some other people.  The reason to try to see it with other people is because that way you can take turns pedaling.  Switch during the ads or something.  That way, when you stop pedaling and the TV turns off, you won’t miss the story.

~ Khiyali

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Slipping and Sliding

When I was in college there were flyers posted on the walls of Gilman Hall saying something like:


discovered gravity


invented calculus.

Let’s face it …. do we need Newton?

It was an invitation to play Ultimate Frisbee.    To defy gravity and thus Newton.

Today in the library I saw the kinds turning this upside down, having maybe a little too much fun with Newton.   Here they are experiencing a low-friction environment:

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Unknown music DANCE!

I haven’t posted anything for a long time!

So this post is about a game I thought of.  The way I thought of it was something like this:  I felt like dancing.  Amma sang something.  But it was a rhythm, not a song.  She changed it a bit once and so I had to change the dance.  She kept on making little changes, like speeding up and slowing down.  I changed the dance a bit when that happened.  Then I thought of the game.
Several versions are given below.

  1. Someone plays or sings a song.  You have to dance to it.  You do not know what the song is beforehand.  They can make it up as they sing if they want.  If you don’t know the song, so much the harder to dance to it!
  2. Same, but with a costume that you also don’t know what it is beforehand.  The costume could go with the song, like a ballet dress with a ballet song, or it could clash with the song, like a ball gown with a rap song.
  3. Same as 1. or 2., but you have to do it on stage.  For more pressure, make sure to invite relatives/parents/people whom you admire/people whom you’re afraid of/president/king/queen.

Happy dancing!  I think I would like to do version 2 best.  How about you?

- Khiyali

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Why did the woman crash a baby’s stroller into the tree?

The woman crashed the stroller with the baby into a tree because it was a holiday.

Weird?  Not with an explanation….  Here we go…!

  • The woman crashed the baby in the stroller because –
  • She wasn’t paying attention because –
  • She was on the phone with her friend because –
  • Her friend was stuck in traffic and wanted her to pick him up.  There was a lot of traffic because –
  • There was a circus in town because –

You see?  Moral of the story — No holidays.  But that won’t be very nice….  Wait!  We can break any of the links in the chain… how about No circuses?  Nope, that won’t be any good either… no getting stuck in traffic?  That won’t work… Don’t not pay attention?  That works.  Whew!

This amazing story was created using Chain.  That’s a game where you start with a problem.  The next person says why it happened.  The next person says why that happened.  Only one thing to look out for — some things can’t really be explained very well.  Like, ‘because she wanted to’ won’t work, because why did she want to?  I suppose it can sort of be explained, but not so easily.



Thank you, Satya and Shreeya, for teaching me this game.  It’s awesome.

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We went and watched people run in the 10K race, Bolder Boulder, which happens every year in Boulder, Colorado. Our friend Adrita came too, and we stood behind the barrier and held our hand out to high-five everyone who ran near us.  Some people didn’t high-five us, and some did it very  softly, but we also got a few really really hard ones. Some people were wearing crazy costumes to run. I saw about 10 Statues of Liberty, a few Uncle Sams, an Auntie Sam ;), and even a bear or something (it was someone dressed as a mascot)!  There were a lot of tutu-wearers, and a pair of bees, and some butterflies!  But also… Babies in backpacks!!!  I saw 7 of them, I think, and one of them wasn’t actually in the backpack, but it still counts. And now for some pictures.


Here comes the AID runner!  Well, one of them.

Here comes the AID runner! Well, one of them.

Here are 2 more runners!

Here are 2 more runners!

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Liza Doolittle Day

Hello, everyone!  Great news!  Today is Liza Doolittle Day!  It was proclaimed by the King himself, so you can see I’m not making this up.  For more proof, here is a video of His Majesty himself, proclaiming it.

Now, here is what WAS probably made up — but shh… Don’t tell!

See, on LDD, you may do as little as you wish!  You still have to do some work, but very little.  Now I only have a little bit more time to type, so I’ll sign off now.

- Khiyali

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