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The People's Flag of Milwaukee

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life May 22 2018 · 98 views
Vexillology, flag, Milwaukee and 1 more...

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https://milwaukeeflag.com/



:kaukau: Yes. Yesyesyes.

Milwaukee needs to listen to the people on this one. Have you seen their current flag? Plus, this current one is so good. People have even printed it off and begun hanging it out about town.

Similarly, Sioux Falls has no flag, but there is a popular movement to adopt one. I have gone to church right next to a flag factory, and they have the proposed flag flying outside on their parking lot. Go look it up. I might discuss that one tomorrow. I am also strongly considering buying my friend one of those flags for his birthday (he lives in Sioux Falls).

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The Des Moines Flag

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life May 17 2018 · 101 views

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:kaukau: See, that's good flag design, right there. A child can draw it, and it limits itself to basic colors and geometric shapes. it uses its space quite nicely, has meaningful symbols, and shows a clear connection to its heritage through design similarities with other significant flags, namely Old Glory.


I designed a formal flag for my currently flag-less town and ordered the appropriate nylon fabric to piece it together, and hope to present it to my city council before Labor Day. It did not take inspiration from the Des Moines flag, but by happy coincidence it shares many of the same design elements, which I would consider appropriate. It's enough to look intentional, but definitely different enough that you can believe me when I say that I did not specifically have the Des Moines flag in mind at all. However, I do suspect that I was subconsciously influenced. I crafted a design intended to evoke something quintessentially American, but also distinctly Iowan. A few weeks before designing it, a cousin of mine mentioned how he thought that Des Moines had a genuinely good flag, and the overall atmosphere of those graphic elements must have given me a certain frame of reference in my approach for my own town flag.

After I present it to my city council, I hope to show my design on BZPower, regardless of whether or not it's accepted. Until then, I don't really want it floating around on the internet before my presentation.

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The Last Dab | Scorpion Pepper Edition

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 26 2018 · 214 views
spice, food, hot
:hau: The heat of the Moruga Scorpion Pepper mixed with great flavor for an all-round excellent sauce. It just came in stock at TheHeatonist.com, and I bought two whole bottles. I can't really swallow exotic textures, but I can stomach most any flavor. I also bought a bottle of the Blazin' Sauce with Ghost Peppers from Buffalo Wild Wings and plan on using as much of it as I can at barbecues over the summer. By the time I get to using The Last Dab, it should be mid-August. There are some people I know who can eat just about everything, and I'm not one of those people. I hope that when I meet with them again we will be somewhat even. The idea is that I won't be able to handle their Durian Fruit and Brussel Sprout Macaroni Salad, but they won't be able to handle my spice pallet, and we'll cancel each other out and consider ourselves even.

This blog entry has been brought to you by the Kanohi Hau, because I'm sort of on the theme of fire lately.


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Dumbest Thing I've Ever Done

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life, Wisdom Apr 23 2018 · 141 views
masochism, sadism, Bullet Ant and 2 more...
:kaukau: I've alluded to it several years ago on this blog before, but anyway, someone recently asked me what the dumbest thing I've ever done was. It's often hard to answer questions like that, but after high school I began to consistently answer it with the same example.

My father once dared me to go streaking during a blizzard. It was thirty degree below zero, plus wind chill. I followed through on his challenge, and ran nearly a mile. It gave me frostbite, and I nearly lost my toes.

So in my opinion, if I go through with my desire to get stung multiple times by Bullet Ants, it won't be the dumbest thing I've ever done. The Blizzard Streak will still hold that title. Insect stings don't dismember you.

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Drinking habanero sauce from the bottle

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 20 2018 · 143 views
spicey, food, prank
:kaukau: So, I recently decided with my latest visit to Buffalo Wild Wings to just straight-up buy a whole bottle of their Mango Habanero Sauce. I also told a former Army Ranger who hates spice to to never leave his food unattended. If he does, it will end up tasting like habanero. And I want him to know that it was me who did it so that he doesn't take it out on someone else. He nodded and said, "Thank you for letting me know ahead of time so I know exactly whose ******* to whoop." A friend of mine asked me what would happen if he bought some of the sauce and slipped it into the Chinese takeout, and I said that I would still take credit for it.

Meanwhile, I'm putting together plans. I'm not really into drinking games, since I don't drink, but I'm figuring that I might drink a straight shot of the sauce ever time "______" happens in a movie. Eventually, after enough of these drinking games, I should be able to drink straight from the bottle, which is the ultimate goal. I'll need to find a movie that makes for a good drinking game, to start with. Do people have any suggestions for a "good" time?

Also, unfortunately I can't find their old Scorpion Rum anywhere. It's a pity. I heard that it was next level.

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Don't leave a baby around me

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 19 2018 · 126 views
Lojban, Ithkuil
:kaukau: I will read to him or her from The Complete Lojban Language and A Grammar of the Ithkuil Language for my own amusement. Perhaps to put him/her to sleep, but also to instruct him/her in the ways of logical conlangs.

I might also read from various math and science textbooks that I never got a refund on in college.

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How to put a baby to sleep

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 19 2018 · 105 views
taxes
:kaukau: Read your taxes out loud. It works like a charm.

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I'm Hawkeye

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 10 2018 · 162 views
diep.io, games, video games and 1 more...
I'm Hawkeye :kaukau: I was going for one million. Got the majority of the way there. Not too shabby. However, that's not the same as actually getting there. I absolutely hated this one guy on my team, called DieInADitch. He was comfortably the second highest person on the scoreboard. The third highest person was a ways behind him. He had no reason to go after the Alpha Pentagons in the center, and yet he would always hog them and take them away from lower-level players on our team, even ones who were close to upgrading to a Tier 4 tank. What a moron and a terrible team player. He never covered his fellow teammates, either.

Also, I broke my record for the number of confirmed kills. I had 28 named kills.

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Political Meet and Greet

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Mar 29 2018 · 167 views
Iowa, Politics, Vexillology
Political Meet and Greet :kaukau: I met my representative, Steve King, for the first time. Before delving into deeper discussion, I broke the ice by admitting that television makes everyone look better (the implication being he's ugly, which he kind of is if I'm to be completely honest; he took it in stride). We ended up talking about some serious things that aren't necessarily talking points, although I wasn't able to get to him on the one about wallabies. I'm disappointed that he was at the political townhall meeting, actually, because he brought so many people that I wasn't able to have as much time with the person that I really wanted to talk to, Skyler Wheeler, my local representative in the Iowa congress.

As you all know, I care about vexillology. When I started talking to Skyler Wheeler, I prefaced myself by saying "I don't plan on making a difference on the major issues that everyone's talking about, so I'm choosing to get more bang for my buck by proposing something less discussed that I'm very passionate about." I had printed off my update of the Iowan flag. It's basically the same flag, but with the word "Iowa" removed. A flag is a symbol, and a symbol doesn't need to be labeled. I think that all of the other elements are plenty enough. In fact, even those are excessive, but I'm keeping my goals simple. I'm not asking to overhaul the flag. I'm not asking to remove all drawings and all words. Just the one most glaring detail.

To my pleasant surprise, Skyler liked the idea. I said that I tried figuring out the idea committee to mail my proposal to (he suggested the Iowa Senate's State Government Committee), but in lieu of uncertainty, I decided to approach him first. He's not totally sure what procedure one must go through in order to change the flag, actually, since it's never really been done before. I said that I considered mailing my flag design and proposal to Governor Kim Reynolds, although I doubted that my envelope would get opened among all of the other mail that she gets. He said that she's actually very good at responding to mail, and encouraged me to go through with mailing to her. So it seems that I will.

It's hard telling where this could go. On one hand, it's so incredibly simple that it should be easy. On the other hand, it would seem to trivial to most congressmen that they wouldn't even bother advancing it. I'm sure that they'll think to themselves about the time two years ago when then-Governor Terry Branstad made a formal request to the Federal Government to officially codify which star on the U.S. flag represents the state of Iowa, and people said "He has a state to run and he's bothering with useless stuff like this!?" To which I think, "It takes, like what, ten seconds to wonder that out loud?" Surely, our leaders can wonder these sorts of innocent questions out loud. It isn't like Branstad halted his schedule and when on a quixotic campaign just to get the answer to end all answers about Iowa's place on the national flag.

Anyway, hopefully sometime this year I will find the time to make it down to the state capital of Des Moines and meet several senators, and I can bring enough passion that they'll think, "Sure, why not?" And get it over with in a couple of minutes. Hopefully a pitch like that can work. And I can say that I actually made a proposal to a state legislature that changed something!

Representative Wheeler, by the way, said that I tossed him a "soft ball." He was expecting me to ask him about a really challenging issue, and was pleasantly surprised. That's encouraging. If enough politicians think that way, and are relieved that a citizen is making a demand that doesn't give them a headache over the thoughts of the impeding partisan battles ahead of them. Perhaps the next time we meet, I can ask Representative Wheeler if there might be any way that we can encourage a culture where more people run marathons, because I want to increase the probability that a teenager from Iowa will beat Beverly Paquin's 50-state-marathon age record and keep the mantle comfortable in Iowa.

Also, I'm still wondering what I can propose in the way of a replacement for Iowa's current, sucky state anthem. It sucks. So much.


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Open Letter to JAG18

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Mar 19 2018 · 193 views
spice, BWW, Buffalo Wild Wings and 2 more...
:kaukau: Well, I have now learned the hard way (or should I say, the "hot way") that BWW's hottest sauce is not my thing. I can put up with any level of spicines so long as it only tastes hot and doesn't actually hurt you, in the spirit of "mind over matter." I draw a really solid line between me and anything that will actually damage my body in very physical ways. So if I start bleeding, then I don't want to put that stuff in my esophagus. With this in mind, I will not actually try the full BWW Blazin' Wings challenge.

Instead, I think that I'm going to start visiting some ethnic restaurants. Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Ethiopian...and Indian, with curry. We'll see how I like those.

Now that I'm dead, by the way, I would like some Mango Habanero wings served at my funeral. Heck froze over, and I need something to make me feel warm.


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