The First Bit
Hey there, everybody! I almost forgot to write one of these again, whoops. Anyway, today I'm going to be experimenting a bit with my format. I'm keeping The First Bit, Flag of the Week, and Map of the Week, but I'm going to be replacing Linguistic Thing of the Week with The Variable, which will change genres. I'm also adding another series in here right after The First Bit to talk about my recent reads, because it seems that's all I've been talking about in The First Bit, and not using the section as simply an introduction.
Also, as I mentioned on Twitter, I'm once again only going to be blogging once a week, but now only on Tuesdays. Fridays just have too much going on all the time.
(P.S. -- I'm going to call the "goodbye" section something different each time, just for some fun.)
I don't know if I mentioned this or not in last week's post, but I started rereading the Harry Potter series for the first time after reading it seven years ago, in second grade. I read the first two books very quickly, and the third nearly as fast. However, I'm having some trouble getting started in Goblet of Fire. Maybe it's just 'cause they haven't gotten to Hogwarts yet. However, things are picking up since the [SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED] Dark Mark was conjured.
For any of you who haven't read HP, that probably all sounded kind of strange.
I've also started back up on reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I'd set it down because of how complex and hard to get through the story is (despite how good it is), but I have to read it for school, so I'm doing that.
Last thing for this section: Today I read Here by Richard McGuire, which a friend of the family was kind enough to lend to me. It was really good! It's a graphic novel that shows things happening in the same little space, the same corner of a house, over thousands and thousands of years, all interwoven. I definitely recommend it.
Map of the Week
I've got an interesting map to show you this week. This goes out to all those people out there that Pluto was ever a planet in the first place, let alone still is. It depicts Pluto placed over Australia.
Pluto, I think, rightfully deserves the title dwarf planet, as from the image you can see that its diameter is less than the distance across the smallest continent on Earth, which is sometimes even considered to just be the larges island.
Before seeing this map, I knew Pluto was tiny, but not that tiny. I hope you learned something!
Flag of the Week
Since last week we took a look at a horrible flag, I thought today we should look at a beautiful, simple, old flag -- that being the flag of Japan.
It blends in with the background, I know. I can't really do anything about that.
I don't know much about the symolism having to do with the Japanese flag, and frankly I don't have the time to go super in-depth with it, but I do know this: The red circle represents the sun, which is very important in traditional Japanese religion and mythology.
Aside from the deep and complex symbolism, this flag is simply beautiful. It's so simple and elegant, especially when compared to most flags around the world.
Anti-Jokes [The Variable]
Anti-jokes are one of my favorite things in comedy. Something is an anti-joke when you set up a joke, but instead of a punchline there's just a completely normal ending. Of course, you can't talk about anti-jokes without at least once mentioning the classic Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. Some other old/traditional anti-jokes include What's blue and smells like red paint? Red paint. and What's the difference between the moon and Abraham Lincoln? Abraham Lincoln is dead.
They don't post anymore, but I recommend looking at Anti-Joke Cat's page on Twitter. Whoever ran that was hilarious!