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Shorthand Images


We can use the BLOKES system (described earlier) to explore the idea of memorising a sentence by storing one word at each peg location along the route.

In the shorthand lesson, AU is shorthand for the word 'authority' ; there is an AA to ZZ system lesson earlier in this course where AU can be represented as a particular actor from a comedy movie. So that would be one approach to storing 'authority' at a BLOKES 'area of a room' location.

The shorthand sometimes uses a letter followed by a digit as a way to represent a word. At one time, my solution for visualising a 'letter then digit' shorthand code was to have animal images where each animal represented a letter and a digit.

D2 is 'decide' in the shorthand. There is an animal cartoon image that represents D2. However, I came to the conclusion that a better way to represent the shorthand visually would be to have a system of about 1000 cartoon women and a system of about 1000 cartoon men. So I then had to re-purpose the animal cartoon images. I mention them in the '31 x 12' calendar article, for instance.

I will briefly comment on the animal images which either represent a 'letter then digit' or a 'digit then letter' (520 images in total).

Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal type such as a baboon. There can then be 10 colourful examples of a baboon as cartoon images to represent the 0 to 9 instances of a letter followed by a digit.

5D is 'where these' and can also be represented by one of 10 animal examples.

Below are example cartoon images for representing a digit and letter or a letter and a digit:

List of all 520 animal images.

In the images, every animal is presented with humanoid aspects like they all have a T-shirt!

I want them to be able to do human-like actions; so I think it is OK to present them in a humanoid way.

I modified them in 2022 for facial characteristics to be largely consistent with the Male 1000 system.

But the 'shorthand images' are now the images presented in the Woman 1000 system and Male 1000 System articles.

Using the animal people as a reduced AA-ZZ system

The animal people are alos mentioned in the '31 lists of 12' article as a way to represent visually the 360+ days of a year.

I was thinking what clothing and clothing colour to give the animal people; and I just used a T-shirt in black as a torso; and left it as a question to answer more fully at a later date. On 10th May 2022 (UK), I came up with an idea for many of the animal people's clothing:

The problem I was hoping to solve was: can you have an AA-ZZ system separate from the main AA-ZZ approach and that is reserved for a specialist topic? In particular, spelling prompts for the geological stages (which there are many tens of and which exist in a chronological order). Eg. 'Mezozoic' could be prompted by 'ME'. If I have a peg or loci list of scenes, could I represent the first two letters of a geological period as a cartoon image? Yes, but then if I use the same scene for another memory purpose, there might be confusion if I use an AA-ZZ image from the same AA-ZZ system. So couldn't I have a spare AA-ZZ system?

Since I doubt I will use the animal people to memorise dates often, maybe I could use them to represent AA-ZZ images; but there are only 520 animal images in total; so why not just represent the letter pairs that you find most in a dictionary; and manage by exception odd words like ones beginning 'Ts....' that I would not have within this system.

Suddenly, there is a reason to colour the clothing of about 360 of the animal people: the colour chart that associates colour with letters would allow the clothes colour to be letter 2 of the letter pair. The 'A' aardvark could use the 'P' colour if the prefix is 'AP'. P is a sort of vibrant purple. So the clothes would be that colour.

The clothes themselves can be, for person A0, the top 0 and bottom 0 clothes parts of the Male 1000 system article.

Any letter from A to Z can have a second letter of A/E/I/O/U. Also, letters A/E/I/O/U can be followed by any letter from A to Z [done using the other 'A' aninmal set].

Since each animal type has 10 images, that leaves 5 unused. I would rote learn that some of the unused animal images equate to common two letter spellings [S will need a work around since there are so many two letter S pairs. Eg. Sp, Sq, St]:

Letter Pair
26 letters followed by A/E/I/O/U
26 letters for when there is no letter pair. Eg. Ts would just be a T.
A/E/I/O/U followed by 26 letters [avoid already covered overlap of AA, EE, II, etc.]
SO [use the other 'S' animal set]
SP [use the other 'S' animal set]
SQ [use the other 'S' animal set]
ST [use the other 'S' animal set]
SY [use the other 'S' animal set]