The Fantasy 3000 Images System
For an exam of many revision facts, it would be nice to have many hundreds of imaginary places at which to visualise the facts; but it would take time to learn those places themselves as well as taking time to learn them in sequence.
A way to reach a 1000 images is to use 10 letters and to use them in spellings where any number from 000 to 999 is represented by a phrase or spelling that has the relevant 10 letters in it.
What if vowel sounds get added to the 0 to 9 spellings we saw earlier?:
|8||H, SH||U, Y||oo , yoo|
|9||W||I, X, Z||ee|
I could say that BUS or an image of a bus can represent the number 276 since 2 = B, 7 = U and 6 = 6 .
Although the row for 8 has a U, I see that is sound is oo like in the word 'bugle' or 'boot'. The 'oo' though is a sound to represent 7.
So, phonetic sound of the vowel matters in that approach. Maybe 1000 words or phrases could be made as an image system in that way. Maybe, 5 separate images of bus could be found to expand the system to five times 1000.
Another image location system idea is to use more than 5 images for each of the town 100 shops. If I had 10 images of LIbraries or of parts of a LIbrary, and I learned them in order then the 100 place town system could represent 1000 places. Maybe a visual clue would be in each photo to remind me where in the sequence of 10 photos a particular image belongs. Eg. Orange shading might indicate that it is library photo 1.
Another approach to a location system would be to have visual images representing 0 to 9 hundred, 0 to 9 tens ans 0 to 9 units so that three images would be used in one imaginary scene and represent the 3 digits of a 3 digit number. Item 000 would be comprised of the image for 0 thousand, 0 tens and 0 units.
That looks like a good idea until you start implementing it. There is so little difference between imaginary scenes that they become confused with each other. If a scene consisted of a car, a monkey and a torch then that seems very unique but another scene might also use the car and the monkey and whatever other object there is, it will look a lot like the other scene. Moreover, and the deciding point, is that it would be so many scenes which largely resemble each other that I think tha such a system would fail.
It can be approached from a different angle though...
Instead of ten images, ten images and ten images (a total of 30) being visualised in unique scenes, what if a much bigger library of images was being used, colour-filling on the images so that they are more distinguishable from each other, and a background colour alternation as well so that some scenes have blue behind them generally whereas others have a red backdrop, etc..
I am experimenting with that approach because I actually find drawbacks in the other systems described - the more images you try to add: the same-iness of photos is a weakness in all of these approaches. At least, if I design a system well where a lists of component images come together to make a single scene, I have control over the same-iness of scenes.
Incidentally, when I tried to make a system of 5000 people to represent numbers from 0000 to 4999, I ran into a similar problem: the same-iness of the people; and that is partly why I started adding hats to the people images: to try to increase the extent to which only a small number of people will resemble each other a lot.
(I really like the 5000 people idea plus how, with a change to their imagined circumstances, they can also represent 5000 to 9999 - but that's a story for another day!). Here are the images I am looking into rotating through to make 3000 scenes:
|Dark blue night|
|Clear light blue sky|
|Sixty Concepts (each to have 10 separate drawings)|
|Acrobats and jesters|
|Air balloon or old-fashioned machine|
|Apeman and Stoneage look|
|Birds in a fantasy style|
|Bug or worm|
|Courtiers and politicians|
|Gargoyles and goblins|
|Half men (include werewolf)|
|Knights and princes|
|Leprechaun or Dwarf|
|Mad scientists and mad men and fantasy beggars|
|Peasant or Civilian|
|Princesses and damsels|
|Romans, Greeks, slaves|
|Samurai and feudal characters from the Far East|
|Sea person such as a mermaid|
|Soldier (different eras)|
|Statue or Monument|
|Wild West cavalry or cowboys|
|Wild West indians|
|Witches and wicked stepmothers of fairytales|
|Zombie or Egyptian mummy|
|Twenty-Five Add-ons (rotate 4 related images for each one)|
|Flag or Banner|
|Hammer or Axe or Spade or Double-sided axe|
|Jug or types of bottle|
|Scythe or Rake or Broom or Pitchfork|
|Skull or Bones or Cross or Gravestone|
|Spear or Pike|
|Wooden torch or Candle or Candelabra or Oil lamp|