2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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Jacques Derrida…. Also, a song algorithm.

Limited Inc. by… you guessed it -- Jacques Derrida

Limited Inc. by… you guessed it — Jacques Derrida!

Jacques Derrida, Jacques Derrida,
Sittin’ ’round at school reading Jacques Derrida!

(To the tune of “Pants on the ground.”)

By Khiyali K.P.  (Who does not read Derrida [yet], but does read a lot of other stuff.)

This is basically an algorithm for songs.  Look:

Jacques Derrida, Jacques Derrida,
Sittin’ ’round at school reading Jacques Derrida!

Green: NOUN: Something with 4 syllables

Red: VERB: Sitting ’round at school/Looking really cool/something with 5 syllables

Black: Any word that fits and has 2 syllables

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Guess who this is

Post your guesses in the comments.

Can you guess who Khiyali was for Halloween?

Can you guess who Khiyali was for Halloween?

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Trick or trick! No, that’s not a typo.

halloween cartoon

A cartoon by Khiyali K.P.

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I was mentioning to Ravi that “anything that we say about the papa will be contradicted by the papa.”

“Yes!” Khiyali rejoined, thus agreeing with the statement and (thereby) contradicting it at the same time.

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The Sorting Hat

Warning!  You may not want to read this if you haven’t read too many Harry Potter books yet.  Particularly, the 2nd book.  There is a slight spoiler from the 4th book as well.

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An excerpt from the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

But what about the Sorting Hat?  It can think for itself, right?  Does it have a brain?  If so, where does it keep its brain?

As it turns out, it does have a brain.  Or “some brains,” anyway.  Time for another excerpt….

The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!

– from the Sorting Hat’s song, book 4.

Now, is the Hat trustworthy?  Well, are the founders, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin trustworthy?  I suppose the obvious answer is “all of them are, except Slytherin.”  But at the end of the second book, the Hat helps Harry defeat the basilisk that Slytherin put there* to kill all the Muggle-borns in Hogwarts.  If the Hat’s brain is 1/4 Slytherin, it might not have come.  But its brain is just 1/4 Slytherin… the other 3/4 could have convinced the 1/4….  Think about it if you want.

Another thing!  Do the quarters of the Hat’s brain argue/fight with each other?  It doesn’t seem like it.  Maybe the founders put some brains in it before they started arguing about pure-bloods and muggle-borns and half-bloods and all that, so the brains at the time weren’t disposed to argue with each other.

*Well, he may not have personally put it there, but he did intend for there to be some “horror within” the chamber.

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A Farmers Difficult Life

Does farming give you anything?
Of course! You get food!
Um…. Sometimes you do. After a lot of hard work. And then the plants get half destroyed on the way to the market.

Here’s what Surina Ediga had to say about it.


A farmers difficult life – By Surina Ediga, 8 years old.

Where do we get food from? A Farmer.

A farmer doesn’t have enough of water, sunlight, big farming land, money, seeds, fertilizer and things. Sometimes a draught hits. Not enough water, but too much sunlight.

Sometimes a farme didn’t have enough money to buy seeds to grow crops. How will they grow th crops? When the crops do grow the farme will take the to the market but half way through the plants are half destroyed. They walk for nothing, something or they might succeed. We have to help farmers in India.

I grew 1 bean and it took work and patience. Farmers do so much work. We should put our heads together and do our part. We all need food so help the farmers.

Message: Help is on the way.

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