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3,134: C

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Watching the Cubs-Cleveland game the other night, I was thinking about the Cubs logo on the hats. The cut-out bit of the C: what’s the angle?

I like the logo. It’s simple and would be a perfect circle if not a C:

I was kinda hoping that the angle of the cut-out bit of the C (is there a name for that bit, typography fans?) would be a right angle, thus echoing the first and third base lines of a baseball diamond.

Sadly not. But this is what it would look like if it were:

And here’s a drawing I did of Wednesday’s Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta.

Other business
A local taqueria’s Hallowe’en decoration.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Atom Heart Mother again this morning, so here’s the one that was in my head when I woke up last Saturday: Drag Me Down by One Direction.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Scotch Tape

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Minecraft Project Day 5
More lighting up of the caves, a skeleton shooting arrows at me is a minor inconvenience.

And back to the suspected dungeon I found yesterday. This is probably a really inefficient way of dealing with dungeons, but I like to dig out all the material around the outside of a dungeon, so that I can move around and dig out one block holes in the dungeon walls (monsters need at least two vertical blocks to get through a hole.)

Yep, it’s a dungeon with a zombie spawner in the middle. First things first, is to kill the nearby zombies with my sword, then drop torches in there. Monsters spawn in the dark, as mentioned before. The more light in there, the less zombies are gonna need dealing with once I cut a hole big enough for me to get through. (The brown chunks in the third picture are rotten flesh which drop when you kill a zombie. Not for eatin’, but if you tame a wolf to be your pet, you can feed the rotten flesh to them. They love it)

Hola, horsey!

Lastly, a bit more biggening of my room before beddy byes.

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October 28th, 2016 at 10:18 am

3,133: Raymonde and Lola

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You can see it a bit bigger, should you desire, here.

The idea behind this was to try and do a picture story about the process of doing a picture story. It’s been around as a vague idea for a couple of years. At that point, the idea was purely what I wrote in the first sentence here, and the idea that he starts off going the wrong way. I sat down a couple of days ago and bashed out a script. Edited the next day. Then drew it. The names Raymonde and Lola were the first names that came into my head. And, just in case you follow my work and recognise the character, I did a drawing of him a couple of years ago (May 2014) using Brushes on the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Go, Cubs, Go! by Steve Goodman. I’m a little surprised it’s taken this long to have a sports-y song crop up. For the amount of ad breaks on F*x Sports, and the same ugly music they play going into each break, I assumed that piece of shit would’ve been in my head before. But thankfully, no. But, obviously, the Cubs have been on telly more than usually the last coupla weeks. Thus this song’s appearance.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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Minecraft Project Day 4
First things first: more food. Sorry piggies.

Then a bit more exploring of the cave system. See them mossy cobble blocks? They’re possibly a bad sign. Behind there there could be a dungeon, which will contain a monster spawner. They’re a pain in the arse, but there are usually a couple of chests with free stuff inside.

First thing I do in a cave system is light it up. I don’t bother mining until there is light everywhere. Monsters spawn in dark areas, y’see. Last thing you want right behind you when you’re grabbing some iron ore is a creeper blowing himself up and taking you with him.

Oh look, it’s raining.

Last bit of work before returning home, put some lights out around the entrance to my cave. Same thing as above, really: keep the monsters away as much as possible at this early stage, and it’s also good if I’m out and about when it gets dark. I can find home easier.

A bit of mining for cobblestone inside my shelter before bedtime, which will also give me a little bit more space so I’m living in something a little less like a prison cell.

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October 27th, 2016 at 8:24 am

Athletics world records

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An updated chart:

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October 5th, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Geenric football hosts on Mexican TV

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September 19th, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Rio

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A series of drawings of sport and Rio de Janeiro:
www.flipflopflyin.com/rio2016/index.html

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August 4th, 2016 at 12:03 am

New England jersey

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The actual new one is shit. Here’s a proposal for an alternative:

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May 17th, 2016 at 9:34 am

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Liverton and Everpool

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I’ve done this sort of thing in the past for baseball teams (Cubs/Cardinals, Mets/Yankees, Dodgers/Giants). The reaction is always the same: people hate it and quite often want to “kill it with fire.” So I figured I should do it with a sports team that I really care about. And, y’know, it’s still just fun for me. Sport is just sport. Rooting for a team, in the grand scheme of things, means we kinda have a lot in common despite the teams we love/hate. We can relate to the passion in a deeper way than what divides us in terms of the oft-mentioned laundry. I love LFC. You love EFC. Same thing.

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April 20th, 2016 at 11:44 am

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Estadio Azul

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February 3rd, 2016 at 10:13 am

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Metres, y’all, metres

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February 2nd, 2016 at 7:16 am

Which one?

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January 12th, 2016 at 8:31 am

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My tribute to the 2015 MLB Division Series

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October 13th, 2015 at 9:23 am

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Chicago Cubes (or Rubik’s Cubs)

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October 13th, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Liverpool 1986 F.A. Cup Final team

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October 7th, 2015 at 8:02 am

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Gerd Müller

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September 9th, 2015 at 7:49 am

a88

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DDR/USSR/BRD/NED

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September 8th, 2015 at 7:56 am

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This season’s flags

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Back when I was a youngster in the United Kingdom, football kits were, by today’s standards, pretty simple. I grew up at a time that saw the last of the kits without company names across the front. And I grew up at a time when the goalkeeper wore the same shorts and socks as his teammates, he just had a green jersey to identify him. You’d occasionally see Dino Zoff in goal for Italy wearing a grey jersey, which was a revelation for my brain. Another, bigger, revelation was seeing Mexico wearing a green jersey at the 1978 World Cup. A whole team of goalkeepers!

During the entirely legitimate and in-no-way corrupt Concacaf Gold Cup a month or so ago, Mexico had no green jersey. They had a black jersey and a white jersey but no green jersey. Sad face. There was a point during the semi final against Panama, when I tweeted this:

I soon designed a Danish flag that had elements of the 1986 World Cup jersey. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a good idea to do more.

While this idea works best with international flags and jerseys, it’s kinda more pertinent, in my head, to club jerseys. We have to put up with Adidas or Nike or whoever choosing how something we care about looks. This is not a new issue, of course, and this is not a grumpy old man complaining that things were better when he was younger. Indeed, teams changed their kits pretty often in the olden days, I guess it just feels more corporate a thing now that we can actually buy them in shops, something our grandparents couldn’t do.

(That thing of things being better when you were young, though, is a moderately interesting topic, insomuch as it seems obvious that we all have a fondness for the kits in our early years of fandom. My favourite Liverpool kits? Late 70s, early 80s. What colour should Liverpool’s away kit be? Yellow, just like the early 80s one, the first LFC jersey I ever owned. My favourite England kit? The one they wore in the 1980 European Championships and the 1982 World Cup.)

If you look at the excellent Historical Football Kits, you will see team have been changing kits every few seasons for pretty much all time. It has, of course, ramped up in recent years, with most top teams having three new kits (home, away, and third) every damn season. The Seinfeld quote that everyone rolls out when talking about rooting for a team, that you are just rooting for laundry, well, the laundry in football now changes nearly as much as Top Shop’s inventory.

We football fans seem to care a lot about our chosen teams. People are, for better or worse, quite patriotic on the whole. Not sure that I particularly understand that way of looking at the world, but it is the case. So this wee project is just a way of kinda combining the two things to try and make it a bit clearer how the changing of kit designs is important to fans.

It should be noted that some countries can’t really be addressed because of their kit colours never being the same as their flag colours (Australia, Netherlands, or Italy, for example), and Brazil has never really messed about too much with the general concept that could be applied in an non-clunky way to their flags. On the other hand, this project could’ve easily been done solely looking at the (West) German kits over the years.

So, here’s fifteen of ’em: This Season’s Flags.

England, 1980 European Championships and 1982 World Cup

Denmark, 1986 World Cup

USSR, 1988 European Championships

West Germany, 1988 European Championships and 1990 World Cup

Ireland, 1990 World Cup

Sweden, 1992 European Championships

USA, 1994 World Cup

Switzerland, 1996 European Championships

France, 1998 World Cup

Scotland, 1998 World Cup

Nigeria, 2002 World Cup

Spain, 2006 World Cup

Argentina, 2014 World Cup

Portugal, 2014 World Cup

Mexico, 2014 World Cup

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August 24th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

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Danish flag redesign, 1986-style

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Last week, whilst watching the CONCACAF Copa Oro semi-final between México vs. Panamá I flipped off a tweet:

It got me thinking.

So here, for want of a less 2003 word, is a “mash-up” of the Danish flag and Denmark’s jersey for the 1986 World Cup, one of the greatest jerseys, evs.

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July 30th, 2015 at 8:11 am

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The grapes of Paul McGrath

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July 28th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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Wrestlin’

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A new ongoing series of drawings of wrestlers. Here.

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July 12th, 2015 at 2:47 pm

London teams

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An update to last year’s GIF to include the 2015-16 season.

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Not an infographic, rather an animation that uses data.

Basically, since the 1958-59 season, English football has had four top tiers. Prior to that, there were the first two divisions and two third divisions: a north division, and a south division. Since that season, of the 92 teams in those four divisions, between 11 and 14 of them have always been London-based teams.

This animation uses the places of those teams within the four tiers and the colours of those teams to create an animation. The longer a team is in a specific division, the closer to the edge of the circle that team is.

http://flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/other-london.html

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June 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm