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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!

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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?

etc.

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 (at least, in that outdated article it can).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.

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From:meathiel
Date:July 8th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Only the Canaries aren't really African, right?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 8th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Technically they are Spanish, but geographically they are closer to Africa than Spain.

I am curious now about how they chose dogs for their coat of arms... huh. Seems that it's possible that the 'canar' part of Canary is actually referring to dogs.

You learn something new every day. ;-)
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From:bekitty
Date:July 9th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
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Yeah. And the birds are named after the islands, rather than the other way around.

Similar to the way the Arctic was named that because it had polar bears, so Antarctica literally means "no bears". :D
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From:meri_sielu
Date:July 8th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Your analogy of the Stans is amazing.... pretty much spot on! XD
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From:fbhjr
Date:July 8th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I see that Kyrgyzstand/dragon thing...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 8th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
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... and AK47s - thanks Mozambique!
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From:pombagira
Date:July 9th, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
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ohh that green on red is very.. O.O.. i wonder why its a pentagram tho.. could it be a magical place.. *coughs*

and that werid ringworm patch on your legg could be this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pityriasis_rosea i had it some years back.. or that is the Doctor thought it might be. pretty much it goes away after 8-10 weeks i think she said.. i was all like O.O gosh...

do be do
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I can totally see the dragon! Also, food totally goes with food. Makes perfect sense. I'd have a bit more trouble with the tents and horses though, since historically they have all had them in common.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
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When I was 5, my pony book told me that Akhal Teke horses were from Turkmenistan, and I thought it was a cool name for a country with cool horses, so it stuck in my head.

Yay for 5 year old pony books!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 11th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
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That rash sounds like what my psoriasis looks like. Any chance?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 11th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
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Seems unlikely. It's not in my family, I have no history of it and my rash doesn't meet the most common criteria for it. I've no doubt it'll be on the list of things to test for though.
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