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Happy National Flag Day for 2017!
Not sure if you wish people a Happy National Flag Day, but anyway…
Today also commemorates the 78th anniversary of the creation of the Australian Crown.
On Friday it was also Wattle Day 2017.
There has been some discussion recently about a more suitable national day to celebrate Australia and our founding / independence as a modern liberal democratic nation. With the ratification of the Statute of Westminster that took effect, retrospectively, on the 3rd of September 1939 – Australia took a firm step towards independence with the formal separation from the British Crown.
We are yet to democratise the Australian Crown – so that we elect an Australian to serve as our Head of State for a fixed term – and can replace the Queen (or ruling monarch) with an Australian to serve as our Head of State. But that is a story yet to be written…
So until that day, HAPPY NATIONAL FLAG DAY 2017!
Well all know the story of the apple in the Garden of Eden. And the narrative is that the serpent deceived Eve about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – and that Eve then gave the apple to innocent Adam to eat. There are many views and perceptions on the meanings behind this story.
But how could Eve have known what God had said about the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil? That was spoken to Adam before Eve was created.
What if instead of taking the narrative at face value, the actual Original Sin was in the form of a lie. Adam knew the meaning of the tree and the consequence of eating the fruit. Perhaps Adam wanted to taste it, transgressed, and then tried to lie to God trying to evade responsibility for the transgression – blaming Eve and a snake. And of course – God would know the truth and could spot the lie immediately. Adam was ashamed and hid. He made Eve lie to cover his story, so they were in the attempted deception together. They tried to cover themselves.
An Original Sin based around lying and trying to pass on blame accords more with the meaning of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As an interpretation, it is not as juicy – so it wont wash with many people.
But still – trying to lie to God as an Original Sin – it is a form of alienation from God and a form of self-deception. That attempt to lie to God could be a reason for the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
And then what is the meaning of Baptism through the Holy Spirit as a redemption from this Original Sin in the Christian worldview? What if we start to recognise the original lie for what it was – how could that lead to some kind of redemption?
Experts in lying and deception usually say that you need to look for a cluster of behaviours to spot when someone is lying. The story of the Fall includes many such behaviours of lying. Even masking the story as one about sex could be seen as a diversion. But then the recounting of a lie and attempted deception before God as it is recorded in Genesis – could that be seen as the more serious transgression? Calling out Adam is one thing, and it would have cleared the air – but to try to perpetuate Adam’s lies, and incurring the lasting expulsion from Eden and other conditions, because of it… well…
Here are a couple of flag designs that would be for Australia and New Zealand.
They include the Southern Cross for Australia and Alpha Centauri with Beta Centauri (the Pointers) as the North and South Islands of New Zealand respectively. (Of course geographically New Zealand is to the right of Australia, but this design is using the Southern Cross and Pointers as a template for a flag design.
The Union Jack has been removed and the Federation Star is placed in the Canton.
For Federation, New Zealand was mentioned with the Australian colonies in the Covering Clauses of the Constitution, but New Zealand decided no to join. We both still share the same person in the monarch under our respective Crowns, even though the Crowns are now divisible.
Its just an idea.
Wishing everyone in Australia a great National Flag Day!
It is also the 77th anniversary for the origin of the Australian Crown. It is still in its infancy, compared to its parent Crown which can date back its origin 950 years. In time, once we become a republic, the Australian Crown could come home and become True Blue – with an elected Australian serving for a limited term of office as Head of State under our democratic Australian Crown!
We can be proud of a democratic Australian Crown to be.
It’s birth was in the defense of liberal democracy at the start of WWII.
It will serve Australians well and it will do us proud, once we take it off the British royal family and bring it home.
Recently picked up two “new” slide rules in Kuala Lumpur. Very good prices as the old art supply shop was closing down. The family had been running the store over three generations, and now it is closing. These slide rules would have been bought from suppliers before electronic calculators were popular in the 1970’s.
The Hemmi No 259D was manufactured in Japan in April 1973 – and has been sitting in an art supply shop in Petaling Street for over 40 years. It is still sealed in its plastic cover.
Also picked up a “new” or unused Faber Castell 152/82 student’s slide rule – also manufactured in the early to mid 1970’s in Germany.
The third slide rule in the photo below was bought used from eBay USA. Its a Keuffel & Esser (K+E) 4081-3
I have only recently started collecting slide rules, in the last few months. So my collection is only these three right now.
Its amazing that for over 3 centuries slide rules were the calculators for scientists and engineers. The astronauts on the Apollo missions carried slide rules with them to the moon. Amazing! (Keeping my eye out for a Pickett)
And now everything is done with computers.
Maybe a simple Southern Cross is all we need for a flag…
This flag has all the seven stars in gold, with a green cross and white background. The proportion is 1:2 like the current flag with the Southern Cross shifted to the centre.
A number of new designs. They have the scales Southern Cross, and the Sun behind the Federation Star. The stars Becrux, Delta Crucis and the Federation Star are in line in all these designs.
The stars of the Southern Cross look small on the current flag. I have decided to scale them all up by 25% so that they can feature more on an Australian flag. The factor of 25% comes from the drafting mistake in the Flags Act 1953. So any new designs will have the stars scaled up in size.
These flags feature the Southern Cross, Commonwealth Star and the Sun from the Aboriginal Flag in the canton – all arranged symmetrically.
These flags feature the Southern Cross.
This is a tricolour. With blue representing the current flag, and with the green & gold in equal widths. The Federation Star is in the canton. It has both the Green & Gold (the National colours), and Blue & Gold (Australia’s heraldic colours).
These designs only have the Southern Cross at the centre of the flag. On both edges are some vertical bands to make up the National Colours. The Southern Cross is quite thin – and these designs use a ratio of 2:3 unlike the Canadian Flag.
Here are some more designs, all with 7 stars
Here are some minimalist designs without the Southern Cross 🙂
Another 7gs flag design as a response to the objection of having the Sun in the Canton.
The Sun in this design serves a dual purpose – representing both the Sun from the Aboriginal Flag AND the Rising Sun from the ANZAC tradition. Definitely looks like an Aussie Flag.
New favourite with 5 levels of recursion, but not showing the 4th level. This has the Commonwealth Star as white and a wide band of gold:
This would be my second favourite of the 7gs Golden Ratio flags. It has three levels of recursion with the extra bars horizontal. The Commonwealth Star is gold, as is the Sun. The Southern Cross is white to balance the colours. It looks fresh and alive.
This is a 7gs flag with the widths of the green and blue background set by the Golden Ratio. The horizontal width of the blue background is about 1.618 times the width of the green background.
Here is another 7gs flag using the Golden Ratio to measure the width of the colour bars. The bars in this flag are vertical. The first 2 designs have a level of recursion of 3, while the third flag design goes to 2.