May you have merry thoughts

Merry thoughts, fantasies, whimsies, dreams to all!
Three more days until Learn Nothing Day.



The reflection is nice



This horse, with lotus leaves... This horse cannot read.
Those lettering lotus leaves have never touched real water.

The reflection is nice, and the idea is sweet.

The artist was "amazing image" on fiverr.

Four languages


So I was poking around fiverr.com, as I do most years before Learn Nothing Day, and came to a flower man who had this on his site: Languages spoken English, Hindi, Marathi, and Kannada.

Those were the three that Hema had sent translations of for the collection of "Learn Nothing Day" in other languages!!

Here is what I had wrote to the guy, to order the video, then:


Your languages are just the ones I want!

https://learnnothingday.blogspot.com/2014/05/real-and-imagined-languages.html

From that page:

HINDI, KANNADA, MARATHI

From Hema A. Bharadwaj in Pune, India:

It's "Aaj kuch mat seekho". Meaning "don't learn anything today" in Hindi.
And in Kannada it is "Evat enoo kali byadaa"
and in Marathi it i s "Aaz kaahi shikoo nakaa"

I wasn't asked yet what I want the 50-word message to be, but:
______________________________

July 24 is Learn Nothing Day for unschoolers all over the world. Try not to learn anything.

Aaj kuch mat seekho.
Evat enoo kali byadaa.
Aaz kaahi shikoo nakaa.

Void in Utah.
Good luck!
_____________________
(end of message)

The reason it's void in Utah is they have a state holiday, Pioneer Day, and they have parades and picnics, so it's impossible for kids not to learn that day. I'm not insulting Utah. It's sort of a joke, and a mystery for other people to find out why.

end of quote

He had said he was unwiling to say anything rude or insulting, and so I explained "void in Utah." He couldn't, with his accent, quite say "void," but that's okay.

If you want to order something from him, or see other things he's done: I Will Deliver A Message As Flowerman, varun_karkhanis
He has some other costumes, too...

No sheet-steel was harmed

No sheet steel was harmed in the making of this image.



If you prefer to imagine that it was not only cut, but getting really hot in that tropical sunshine, then let me tell you that they also cut down some trees that were getting in the way.



Learn Nothing Day is nine days out. Maybe you could read about plasma torches and modern welding equipment. That's all more expensive and dangerous than Photoshop is.

The art was done by Amine, in Thailand, who is mecamine on Fiverr.




Learning how to identify hippies

In 2017, Heather Booth reported on Learn Nothing Day at her house, with a bonus throw-back story.


It's the time of year again. Time to celebrate Learn Nothing Day!
It's a fun, tongue in cheek holiday where unschoolers collectively try to go a whole day not learning anything to illustrate it's not possible.

This year started with Austin laying on the carpet face down in an attempt to not let any new information into his head. He got bored and asked if we could call a time out for a bit so he could play his game. Learning nothing is hard work and boring.

2013

At some point he asked me if my friend Willow was a hippie. I asked him what he thought a hippie was. Here's the list he came up with:
  1. Have dreadlocks
  2. Love peace
  3. Be a vegetarian
  4. Wear round sunglasses
  5. Wear super flashy clothes
  6. Believe in karma
  7. Like bugs
  8. Like the outdoors
  9. Participate in activism
  10. Say "man" a lot
I asked him how many of those things a person had to do to be a hippie. He said five. I'm pretty sure Willow loves peace, I think she likes bugs, I know she likes the outdoors and participates in activism, but she doesn't have dreadlocks, isn't a vegetarian- but is a vegan. I've never seen her in round sunglasses and I wouldn't say her style of dress is "super flashy." I also don't think I hear her say man a lot. How many was that? Only four? Willow, you're not a hippie in Austin's book. Later that day he asked if we could go to the Lego store. We had been going about our day and I think we forgot we call Learn Nothing Day back on, so figuring out what was the best Lego set to buy for the amount of money he had didn't count either. Come to think of it, I don't think we ever called Learning Nothing Day back on. It was too hard not to see something new, figure something out, or engage in interesting conversation and really isn't any fun to go about a day that way. Basically we quit Learning Nothing Day and went about our learning as usual. Just the way we like it.
I came across that while working on this page: Heather Booth, on Unschooling, which I needed because a link had gone bad (to her older blog) from The Big Book of Unschooling page, which I needed to clean up because the second edition was released this week, ten years after the first! There's a new cover and everything.

Cool, for July!

Here's something to cool you down if you're in July's northern hemisphere.
It might excite you if your day is boring, too, but save the dullness for July 24.

Thirteen days left until The Day.



The art was done by skmlko1993 on Fiverr, in India, who has created a program to photoshop an image into 50 different scenes. So you'll see some of the others, as time goes by, maybe. He sent me 55, total, mostly things on walls and buildings. They're fun.

Mini-unit on reality

It's true, it's real, but is it news? Not really.
But also this is faked news; the image is just a photoshopped thing, from a blank. Nothing special, only it's special to me!

It's truly faked. REAL fake news. But wait, no... It's true.


Click here for a BONUS reality question! Is it, or is it not, a snow globe?
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