Tactical Ninja - In which I draw inferences and extrapolate with minimal evidence LIKE A BOSS!
Jul. 9th, 2014
08:49 am - In which I draw inferences and extrapolate with minimal evidence LIKE A BOSS!
I'm still learning countries, capitals and flags of the world, by the way. About a month ago I learned the Stans - Pakistan (Islamabad), Afghanistan (Kabul), Kazakhstan (Astana), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Tajikistan (Dushanbe), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat). I think that's all of them. They were quite hard to memorise because a lot of the capitals have a 'sh' sound in them, and remembering which was which required some mental gymnastics:
Turkmenistan - starts with A, like the Akhal-Teke horses that come from there.
Kazakhstan - Astana sounds sort of like Kazakhstan and has 'stan' in it.
Kyrgyzstan - has a bit that sounds like 'curds', and the capital sounds sort of like 'biscuit'. Food goes with food. (what?!?)
Uzbekistan - Tashkent sounds a bit like tent, and in my head everyone in Uzbekistan lives in tents.
Tajikistan - has a nice rhythm if you say them together. Try it - Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan Dushanbe.. see?
Anyway, I noticed something funny about the Stans as I was learning them.
I'd like to draw your attention to Kyrgyzstan. When I see this, it always reminds me of a dragon's head with its mouth open, ready to devour everything in its path. In this case, what it's devouring (or attempting to devour) mostly looks like Tajikistan's tail. And doesn't Tajikistan look for all the world like some tiny sea creature that's trying to wriggle away underneath so it won't get grabbed? Meanwhile Uzbekistan is busy kicking Kyrgyzstan in the face - perhaps trying to protect little Tajikistan, perhaps just being an arsehole.
As it turns out, my little analogy deduced from the way they look on the map is not far wrong. 20 years on from the fall of the Soviet Union, much of the border between these Stans hasn't been completely decided, and while in the past it didn't matter, now it does. Although, it seems that the Tajik tail stings as much as the Kyrgyz dragon chomps. And it seems Uzbekistan can either kick Kyrgyzstan in the face or lead it by the nose, according to whim. (at least, in that outdated article it can).
You know how the Scandinavian Peninsula looks like a giant 2-headed penis with Finland as the testicles? I have yet to spend any time thinking about what this might mean politically, just saying.
Meanwhile, here is the flag of the Canary Islands:
It has puppies! To which I go "So wait, all the Nordic countries have lions on their coats of arms, and this African one has dogs? WTF?" In fact, I'm currently learning the African flags and so far, they are dominated by trees, stars and machetes. Not a lion in sight.
Speaking of stars, just for pombagira, here is the Moroccan flag:
No news yet on the blood test front. I am seeing this as a good sign. But just for entertainment purposes, I've now broken out in a weird, non-itchy rash that looks like mini-ringworm on the outsides of both my thighs. I suspect this is either psychosomatic, or caused by the voltaren. I'll mention it to the doctor cos you're supposed to, but the timing is very suspect.
Bodies are weird.