It’s a Jungle Out There

“It’s a jungle out there … ” this theme song from a popular television series was a pivotal clue in the traditional birthday treasure hunt solved once again by Ravi Kuchimanchi. Continue reading

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Biggering…. And bigaring.

Khiyali typing here.

Today, there was an Earth Day celebration at Barnes & Noble.

Harford County Climate Action (which we are part of) was there, as was Friends School of Harford.  And guess what?  I read aloud a book in the children’s area!  So did at least one of the Friends School kids.

I read The Lorax by Theodor Seuss Geisel, A.K.A. Dr. Seuss.  There is one part where the old Once-ler, who chopped down all the Truffala trees to make Thneeds says:

I biggered my factory, I biggered my roads.
I biggered my wagons, I biggered the loads
of the Thneeds I shipped out.  I was shipping them forth
to the South!  To the East!  To the West!  To the North!
I went right on biggering…selling more Thneeds.
And I biggered my money, which everyone needs.

The Once-ler also says that he’ll go on biggering and biggering and BIGGERING and BIGGERING.

Well, he does another kind of biggering too.

Any of you know Hindi?  You know the Hindi meaning of bigar?  (You know, like bigar mirchi.)

Well, in Hindi, bigar means without.  The Once-ler not only biggers his Thneed factory, but he also bigars the whole area.  Bigar Truffala trees, bigar Bar-ba-loots, bigar Swanee-swans….

Bigar clean air, bigar clean water….

P.S.  I actually think Thneeds are pretty neat-sounding, but you could make them out of yarn or something.

P.P.S.  If you can’t make head or tail of this post, try making hip or shoulder.  If you still don’t get it, read The Lorax.

P.P.P.S. Links:
Harford County Climate Action website
HCCA Facebook page
About the Harford County Climate Expo

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Gravity waves!

Years from now, I’ll be able to tell everyone that when the first detection of a gravity wave was announced, I… was eating an aloo paratha with perugu, and a piece of bobbattu.  And reading a book — Harriet Spies Again, I believe.

We had gone out to dinner in honor of Nannamma’s birthday, which is also Kiran mama’s birthday.  We came back by 9, because of the impending announcement.  Nanna and Amma watched the announcement on the computer, but I was still hungry (both for food and for a book), so….  Yeah.

Well, the announcement video will be on the Internet, so I can watch it later.  And like Nanna said, these black holds collided 1 point something billion years ago, so what’s a few days here or there?

NOTE: You might have seen the headline “DEAR GRAVITY, WE HEAR YOU NOW” in The Times of India.  You may also have heard that we can now “hear a gravity wave.”  But though a gravity wave was observed, a gravity wave is not a sound wave.  Just like a sound wave is not a light wave, nor is it an ocean wave.  Hence you can’t hear a gravity wave.  Actually, you can’t hear anything in space.

So why is everyone saying “you can hear gravity waves!”?  Well, I guess they took the gravity wave, and just somehow interpreted it as a sound wave, and the sound wave was within the range the humans can hear.  (Is that right, Nanna?)

Another quick thing: Einstein predicted gravitational waves in 1916.  100 years afterwards, this wave’s discovery was announced in 2016.  But it was detected in 2015!  They waited for a while to announce it because they had to make absolutely sure it was a gravity wave.  Plus maybe they wanted to announce their discovery 100 years later.

Now I will have to make a Banganga Kids’ News Critic in honor of this.  There’s a whole page of articles about gravity wave in The Times of India, plus a front page article.  My BKNCs are usually 1 page long, but once I had a 3-page bumper issue.  This BKNC might even be 4 pages long!


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Spirit of 78!

February 11, just another day … or was it?  It was the day అత్తయ్య completed, as Ravi always likes to say, another round of the sun.  Papayi వదిన paid a surprise visit and we all had lunch together. Continue reading

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2015 in review

The 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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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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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