Yesterday the Chesapeake Bay Flag Association met at Sparrows Point, Maryland.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The most popular flag for fallen officers is the Thin Blue Line flag. The stripe that underscores the canton is colored blue in honor of police officers.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
2016 HO3, or rather Ho Ho Ho 2016, is a new moon. Not a new-black, nor a new-empty, nor a new-non reflective moon; but rather a newly discovered moon! A natural object placed in the heavens that is in orbit around Earth. We humans became aware of this moon during the year of the Monkey and month of Taurus. We could call it Monkey-Bull or just Monkey-Boo HO Cubed, or Mo-Bo Ho Ho Ho. Note that it is the letter 'oh' and not a zero. I know, so confusing that o,0,O can so easily get mixed up, especially when you write em'.
Note this moon will be in orbit around our humble abode for the next few centuries. Interestingly, there is no lower size limit on moons. A rock the size of your hand, could be a moon. Perhaps the moon of an asteroid? Yet there are size limits on planets. Thus you'll never hear astronomers speak of a Dwarf Moon, or failed moon. Sorry only planets and stars can fail. Moons are special because they come in any size. Unless... they get really big and become stars. Thus the biggest moons are Brown Dwarfs, which are failed stars.
Earth's neighborhood just got a little bigger this year. It used to be just the two of us: the Earth and the Moon. But Earth also has a Trojan Moon and now an outer Moonlet. How wonderful!
So here is the revelation, it not only orbits the Earth but also our Moon. Thus our Moon also has a satellite, or rather 2016 HO3 is a moon of a moon! Sort of, it does not directly orbit the moon but in follows an orbit around our Earth-Moon system. Thus it does qualify as a type of a moon of our Moon, believe it or perhaps not!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Americans come in a variety of ethnic backgrounds and many people like to identify their American heritage as being of another nationality first, popular examples being Irish-American, German-American, Asian-American, or African-American. This leaves the door open for just plain Un-Hyphenated Americans.
Un-Hyphenated Americans cherish their ethnic/religious backgrounds but primarily identify as Americans first, and yet they can enjoy their histoical heritage with pride and parades. Since many American-hyphenated groups have flags, it makes sense to give Un-Hyphenated Americans a flag as well.
The official American flag should suffice, but the American Ethnic Flag distinguishes paramount identity to being American rather than some other nationality or a hyphenated-American.
The canton is a reflection of the legendary Betsy Ross Flag, the field of red indicates this person is a wholly red blooded American first. Additionally the red field is an honor point to Native Americans, whose traditions, religions, and cultures are acknowledged and respected with this flag.
Persons of this American-first identity put America first in business, culture, politics, values, and of course rooting for the USA above all other nations even if they are at odds for the other team who just happens to be of their particular heritage. The white lower square under the blue canton brings balance to the traditional American colors, and represents the power of Providence or synchronicity.
This is not a flag for white-Americans, black-Americans, yellow-Americans, brown-Americans, peach-Americans, tan-Americans, or any other type of American...but for All Americans who identify as Americans first.
Friday, September 9, 2016
The Five Guys burger logo is visible on the cup that is being sipped. This man, Daym Drops, has truly found a Cheeseburger in Paradise in the year 2012. Although he was just making a simple Youtube simple critic video about a tasty burger joint, it turned into wonderful hit song on the Internet.
Who would have thought, you do a television interview and can become a musical pop star? Andy Warhol must be giggling in his grave? It's the 21st century and we are just getting a taste of the augmented reality that will make new stars, and drive new economies?
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
A tacky delight from 1987 are the vexilloids in Masters of the Universe - The Live Action Motion Picture. A colourful cheesy fun film for kids, that somehow got its own big budget movie. Although He-Man had a sword, Skeletor has a Ram's Staff of Power.
Large Skeletor Banners are hanging from Castle Greyskull on either side. They are coloured mostly purple and black.
Long yellow vexilloids are seen hanging from a doorway. The purpose is never explained but they have original movie made alien writing upon them.
Here is the best picture of a proper flag, that is barely visible in the background of some wreckage of some sort.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Perhaps one of the hardest to see vexilloids is the orange Happy Halloween pennant streamer hanging along a house. It is visible when E.T. just happens to run into a Yoda, while trick-or-treating. The vexiolloids are hanging from what looks like an open door garage.
Music is often the most important character in any movie, and Williams' role is understated, otherwise these movies would have most liked had lackluster, tacky 1980s musical scores, no doubt.
Small pennants appear in secondary media items in the movie E.T. 1982. When E.T. is reading an ABC book, he just happens to be looking at pages with the Letters D and C. On the Letter C page, a castle is shown. Upon lower red tower is a storybook castle pennant.
The theme of love is mixed with an animal rights message, by a strange sequence of 'funny' coincidences. This is a common theme in many art house movies, but in E.T. it is weaved with humour and a charming kind of silly sitcom emotion.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Back then in 1983, many people thought video games were a fad, look at them now. You will even hear about persons who say they have out grown video games, and see it as a phase. Boy are they in for a shocker. It's like those same people in the 1980s and early 1990s who said that the Sun was the only star system with planets! Videogames will only continue to grow and expand, especially in the next 25 years.
The US Flag appears several times in the movie that is smarter than its audience: War Games 1983. War Games is the first hard core hacker movie, that was actually done well. And it has aged well. It successfully explains the Internet before it became a thing way back in 1983. It is a smart movie, that dose not dumb down its story to the audience. It's a mix of teenage-hacker and end of times movie. It is a kaleidoscope of English teachers delight: since War Games elegantly weaves the themes of man versus machine versus man versus self smoothly into one story line, with a tiny bit of romance!
Life Hacks are something of popular thing these days. Life Hacks are short cuts and answers to small problems and challenges that arise in every day life. The first most popular Life Hack video was posted in 1983 in movie theaters across America in the film War Games, starring Matthew Broderick. The Life Hack deals with buttering corn. Many people still use the stone age process of using a knife with butter. But here are the steps listed below, as shown in the movie...on how to easily butter corn. Coincidentally the movie was about hacking on the computer!
Step 4: Add salt if desired, or pepper.
Also note this scene in the movie has a zinger-joke. You'll have to watch to movie to get the joke. Or just watch the video below.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Flags are often used for military and patriotic purposes. But flags are also flown for artistic purposes. In Ace of Base's smash hit The Sign 1993, flags are used as an enchanting artistic element in the official video, which you can see below. Here the silhouette of a man carrying a flag can be seen upon a yellow background. He later appears doing a flip with the same flag and with a purple background.