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Out of many, one: the superflag project

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on August 9, 2008

I stumbled across a terrific website yesterday afternoon: the New York Tenement Museum’s superflag project, WeAreMulticolored.com.

First, you choose three national flags (the site invites you to choose one for the country in which you live, one for a country that has affected you, and one for a country that you have dreamed of visiting – but you can choose according to your own criteria if you prefer).

Then, you get to design your own flag, using the elements of the three flags you chose. For example, in the US flag, there are three separable elements: the blue rectangle, the white stars, and the red stripes. In the Lebanese flag, there are also three: the cedar tree, and the two red horizontal bars.

You can change the size of each element, expanding or contracting. You can flip it or rotate it, and you can layer elements so that certain ones overlap others.

The flag I made wasn’t particularly beautiful, but the samples that run in a horizontal band across the main page are stunning. If you put your mouse over them, you can read the designer’s name and their explanation of why they chose the countries they did.

Wonderful, wonderful project! In fact, I wish the site let me choose additional countries: I’d like to build a flag from the flags of all the different countries in which I have lived, because they have all affected me.

H and I are off to a wedding this afternoon, and not back until tomorrow evening. I think I booked a hotel with wireless internet, but if not … see you on Monday!


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the color orange

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 30, 2007

G returned from a business trip in London shortly before dawn, and called upon arriving home – ostensibly to let me know but I suspect more for the unparalleled pleasure of talking to me in deeply incoherent asleep mode. (My suspicions were aroused by the way in which G ended the call: I’ll let you go now, G said to me. You’re almost coherent, which means you’re waking up.)

I imagine that G is happily sleeping the day away, delighted to be back in a familiar bed. As for me, I am spending the day working on things academic (the impressive sounding “executive report” of a conference write-up) and non (laundry).

The “non” is actually quite fun, as I just made my bed with a new set of sheets, brought back from the states last week. Years ago, I used to scoff when K and P (who just learned about this blog – lek shtatilek, you there in far away Hong Kong!) would talk about high thread count sheets. Oh, no more. I am a convert, and I cannot wait to go to bed tonight.

The new sheets are orange, which conveniently enough makes them coordinate with both my bedspread and G’s politics. In honor of G’s return, I am posting this article, which I found the other day while idly flipping through a magazine as my pedicure finished:


If you read it politically, the list of virtues for the color orange are hysterically funny, like:
“orange has a bit less intensity or aggression than red, calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow”.

(Well, the “red” doesn’t fit, but the idea of Hizbullah yellow as cheerfully calming is a hoot.)

Some of the color’s other listed virtues do fit what I think of as tayyari political culture:

“Orange is mentally stimulating as well as sociable. Use it to get people thinking or to get them talking.”

“Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.”

“Wearing orange … can bring about the willingness to embrace new ideas with enjoyment and a sense of exploration and creative play.”

I see all these characteristics reflected in the Aounists I know. As a party, I think the Free Political Movement is great – I just wish it had a more inspiring leader.

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