January 18, 2008

Origami, rodents, flags, and chess

Japanese scientists will launch a paper airplane from the International Space Station.

Two million years ago, bull-sized, hippo-headed rodents roamed South America.

New Zealand philosophy lecturer Josh Parsons ranks the world's flags.

Chess master Bobby Fischer died in Reykjavik Thursday. Obits: 1, 2.

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Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

Read the flag grading methodology if you do nothing else: here

January 18, 2008 at 1:18 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

Personally, I like Brazil's flag.

January 18, 2008 at 4:06 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

This guy's a hack. I'm a big fan of the tricolor. Plus, I think he misses the point on a few of these designs. An example (Pakistan): "Best use of the star and crescent. Unfortunately, it depicts something astronomically impossible, namely the eclipse of the moon by a star."

How is that relevent?

And how the hell is the Swedish flag "too garish"?

January 18, 2008 at 4:17 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Oh, and he hates Nepal's flag. How can anyone hate a flag that's two triangles put together?

January 18, 2008 at 4:18 PM 
Blogger Econ said...

Well, he didn't naysay all tri-colors. He said the classic ones are fine, just not the wannabes who came to the tri-color scene post-nineteenth century.

January 18, 2008 at 4:56 PM 

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