The First Bit
Hey, everybody! Sorry I missed posting on Tuesday - hopefully that won't happen again!
On another note, this week's Variable is very special... an essay on vexillology I wrote for my college English class (feel free to ask about the fact that I'm going to a community college for high school)! Yes, I know, last week's post was also focused on flags, but I didn't know I'd be writing an essay about flags last week. The essay mostly covers the basic principles of flag design that Ted Kaye wrote about in his short book Good Flag, Bad Flag: How to Design a Great Flag, published by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA). Also, this is my first ever essay for which I've had to do proper citations and a proper Works Cited page!
Also, I'm implimenting a new rule for myself, which is that The Variable's name will always also be the name of the post itself, as that's what changes!
But before we get to all that...
As of last week's post, I've finished rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Joanne Rowling! If you weren't aware (sorry, Bill, you've seen this a lot), I read the series seven years ago in second grade and am now reareading it for the first time. At the moment I'm about 200 pages into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, an 830-page book.
I'm also still reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and since I'm reading it for school, I got Audible just so I could listen to the audiobook of it (it makes it easier), though I have never before listened to an audiobook.
Map of the Week
This week's map is the presidential election map of the USA from 1976, found on 270towin.com. I found it on Reddit, and it shows a year in which voting tendencies in the country seem to have been opposite of what they typically are. I don't know who was running, or anything going on at the time, but it's still very interesting.
Blue represents a majority of Democratic electoral votes, and red represents a majority of Republican electoral votes (by the way, I hate the electoral college and think it blocks democracy. Maybe I'll write more on that in a future post). (If you're wondering, I'm very liberal.)
For those outside of the US, I should explain; the two most notable examples here are Texas and California. California nearly always votes Democratic, and Texas nearly always votes Republican. And they're just the extremes. Most states on here seem to be reversed from the status quo.
Anyway, that's an interesting tidbit. Onto...
Flag of the Week
I was going to cover it eventually, so here it is: the flag of Nepal!
The Nepali flag is the most unique in the world, being shaped completely differently from most other flags. Not only that, but it's beautiful! Sure, the red, white, and blue aren't exactly unique (most flags have those colors), but they're implimented in a wonderous and unique fashion!
There's not much more for me to say, so onto what this week's post is all about!
My Essay on Vexillology! [The Variable]
For this week's variable, I'm linking you to a link-sharable document: an essay I wrote about basic vexillology and vexillography. But you know that already! Why am I telling you? To make the post that much longer. Well, click here for the essay!
See you next week, everybody! Hopefully next time I'll actually post on time.
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