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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Camp North Star Flag - Meatballs 1979

Meatballs is that old 1980s movie that is really a 1970s movie.  It's a totally groovy pic.  If you saw it as a young kid it was awesome.  But as a teen or young adult, it's fairly silly.  But if you grew up on it, and liked it, and have crossed the 40 yard line—it has ripened for another viewing again.  It has serious adult themes concerning young summer love, mixed in with childish antics, and it is when Mr. Murray was in his prime.


Of vexillological note is the flag for camp North Star.  It is white flag with a four pointed star in the middle.  The hard luck hero of the movie is played by Chris Makepeace as Rudy Gerner.  Rudy is the hard luck case kid who receives his summer camp lesson at the end.

One interesting flag is the pants of the fat boy.  He is caught in the act of being a sneaky 'Overhearing Oliver' at the girls cabin.  Subsequently, he loses his trousers.  And they became the prize of the day. Notice the yellow wiffle ball-like finial.

In the video below, Mill Burray echos the wise words of Socrates about the meaningless vanity of life, as neither the fruit of winning nor losing will rest the soul.  However, learning to fail with grace is one of the hardest, yet most beautiful lessons a soul can learn.

In the end, the drive to play for the sake of play, as with the spirit of a kamikaze warrior, is what motivates our rag-tag team of underdogs to the lodestar of the North.

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Marquesas Flags - French Polynesia and the Florida Keys


There are two Marquesas in the world.  Currently one belongs to France as a part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific, while the other belongs to the USA as a part of the Florida Keys.  The flags here are inverts of each other via their red and yellow sections.  The mask of the French Marquesas has a traditional mask of the peoples to settle the South Pacific. 

Likewise the American Marquesas has a traditional mask of the peoples from the North Atlantic to settle this island and make it their own; the masks are of the theater variety of the comedy and tragedy of theater, or rather the joy and sadness of a story.



American Marquesas


French Marquesas



Saturday, August 25, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Flag Association Meeting - Summer 2018


You can see the CBFA flag flying in Washington DC.  It kinda' looks like the flag of Washington DC, but there is difference, mainly the colours and the number of stars.

Dale Grimes presented some WWI badges and medals.  Notice the Yin/Yang symbol used to represent the US forces as united the Grey and Blue from the Civil War Era.  Back in 1910s, there were many survivors from the Civil War Era still witness to the Great War.  Present at the meeting was Peter Ansoff, Chris Bedwell, Daniel Broh-Kahn, Al Cavalari, Dale Grimes, Dick Libby, Jack Lowe, Chris Maddish, Jon Radel and guest Mattia Chasson—a friendly neighborhood local.  Also present from Philly, was a first time visitor to the CBFA—Arthur Etchells. 





One of the most 'peculuiar' flags in Chris Bedwell's collection was the flag for Peculiuar, Missouri.  The flag has the based tribar of Missouri but with a larger white T-bar with the water tower of the town, with some extra flowers on the blue stripe, very peculiar indeed.

Besides flags the party was witness to nesting doves, who were able to overlook all the flag flapping and yapping. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Canada-China Flag


The China-Canada was recently used in a video created by Black Pigeon.  It is essentially the China flag with a Canadian Maple left instead the larger big star in the upper hoist corner.  This type of flag is political satire flag, that addresses the issues facing the new Canada under Trudeau.

Canadian Identity used to dominantly tied to British and French heritages, but now the duality of the dominion is embracing the new multicultural Canadian view. Currently about 1 out 5 Canadians were born outside of Canada.

Perhaps in the near future the provincial flags for Ontario and Manitoba will change, since they have an overtly British essence? 



Saturday, August 11, 2018

White Anglo-Saxon Dragon Flag - Atari Style


England is associated with the colours red and white.  Some say it is due to the Houses of Lancaster and York which had a red rose and white rose?  However even before then there was the red dragon of wales and white dragon of England.  Coincidence?  Remember the Original United Kingdom was a union of the Welsh and English.

But then again, England is represented by the St. George who killed the Dragon. So in classical English contradictory numdummery (which is why spelling in English is such cluster-jam---the same thing happened in Japanese written language) the English can be represented by a White Dragon or a Dragon Slayer.

Either you love dragons or you want to kill them, but hey, some people do both.  I suppose it is like the frenemy concept.  All friends can be enemies, and sometimes enemies will be friends.  Ergo, dragons are frenemies?

Here is a fun flag for the English, based upon the Atari Adventure dragons by Warren Robinett.

  Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_dragon

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Original Seven Kingdoms Flag of Game of Thrones


There are many kingdoms within the Game of Thrones cable television series on HBO.  But note, the dominant religion is held in the Faith of the Seven.  Seven also refers to the Seven Kingdoms, when Westeros was divided into seven kingdoms and then conquered by House Targaryen by the Sir Aegon Targaryen. 

Here is a flag that represents the Original Seven Kingdoms that became united as one under House Targaryen.

Starting the in the upper left hand corner, which is the canton, we have the seven pointed star that is reflective of the Faith of the Seven.  It is analogous to the cross of England that all Kingdoms heed in some fashion.  But for the Religion of Seven, there are seven models that represent humanity in this universe.  

To the right is a blue region that has a circle, a crescent moon and falcon that represents House Arryn which rules over the Kingdom of the Mountain & Vale.

Next over to the right is the Dire wolf's head on white.  This sigil represents the House of Stark which rules the Kingdom of the North.

Further right is the lion of the house Lannister on a field of red.  The Lannister House rules over The Kingdom of the Rock.

Below the Lion of Lannister is a stag on a field of yellow with a crown around its neck.  This sigil represents the House of Durrandon which eventually mixed and became House Baratheon.  This area is the Kingdom of the Stormlands.

To the left is a chained saltire with four different emblems of the House Hoare, which is a House no more.  The four emblems being a longship, grapes, a pine, and a raven.  The ancient Kingdom was the Isle and the Rivers.  This Kingdom is split.  The Isles are under the House Ironborn while the mainland is under House Tully.  House Ironborn has a yellow squid upon black, while House Tully has a trout leaping in the air coloured red above a river. 

Further left is the sigil of a green hand on white that represents the extinct House of Gardener.  Instead of the 'green thumb' they have a green hand to denote farming expertise.  This is the Kingdom of the Reach which is now split.  House Tyrell occupies part and the other half is directly ruled by the Iron Throne, kinda' like Washington DC being under the seat of the King, oops I meant federal government,
better known as the Iron Throne.

Finally in the lower left corner is the sigil of House Martell which as the Sun pierced by a spear.  This is the Kingdom Dorne, usually referred as a Principality, yet a Kingdom nonetheless. 

This great work of fiction takes a lot of hints from the ancient English history when England was divided into Seven Kingdoms.  You can see the flag below crossed with the Iron Throne Kingdoms of HBO.  Starting from the lower left corner the authentic seven kingdoms were: Mercia (yellow X on blue), Northumbria (yellow and red, vertical stripes), Sussex (the six birds on blue), Kent (white horse on red).  Then on the upper part we have: Essex (3 swords on red), East Anglia (3 crowns on blue), Wessex (the yellow dragon on red).  Finally in the canton is the religious symbol and icon for all original seven Kingdoms that became England (red cross on a white field).


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Atari Wessex Flag - Ode to Warren Robinett & Wessex



Wessex is represented by a yellow dragon on red.  In this case the dragon from Atari's Adventure is recycled for a fun flag from the Golden Age of Video Game Consoles.  If you didn't know Wessex was one of the 'seven kingdoms' of England.  Today in the Game of Thrones cable TV series on HBO, the fictional seven kingdoms of Westeros were inspired by these authentic seven kingdoms of history. 

Adventure 1979 was a seminal groundbreaking video game, considered the grandfather of all adventure oriented games.  The legacy of its heritage includes Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda.  It was made for the Atari 2600.

The programmer was Warren Robinett.  However in 1979 the establishment at Atari would not give credit nor royalties to these pioneering game designers.  Nonetheless Robinett was able to secretly add a hidden level-message so that people would remember his name.   He did this without authorization, in effect sticking it to man.  Consequently Warren Robinet 1951 is the true to life NEO from 1979—twenty years before the Matrix 1999 movie was released.


Image Source from Robinett's Website:
http://www.warrenrobinett.com/