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Lotus de la Mancha

One of my personal heroes is Don Quixote de la Mancha. He is a bat-shit crazy knight, who is true in his courtship of his Lady Dulcinea and never tired to pick a fight with a giant (windmill). His charge against the windmills, is regarded as a result of his craziness, but digging deeper you will find a nobility, worthy of a true knight: stand in for what you deem is right, regardless of the odds of success.
Being true to your calling resonates with me. Wikipedia has an image of the crest of La Mancha.
Based on it I hereby present the coat of arm of Lotus de la Mancha
Lotus de la Mancha - Crest of arms

Posted by on 09 April 2014 | Comments (3) | categories: IBM - Lotus IBM Notes Lotus


  1. posted by Don Mottolo on Thursday 10 April 2014 AD:
    ¡Eres un soldado honorable, Señor! There are others of us that often feel like we're the only ones fighting this crazy battle.
  2. posted by Brian Moore on Thursday 10 April 2014 AD:
    One of my hobbies is heraldry. So the blazon for the arms you present is:

    Per Pale Gules and Argent, in dexter a Notes Icon fibreated Argent and in sinister a penguin (Tux) sejant erect affrounty in triune aspect. For a crest, a royal crown.

  3. posted by Brian Moore on Thursday 10 April 2014 AD:
    Per request (since I forget not everyone speaks blazon). Blazon is the language heralds have used from the Middle Ages to now to describe coats of arms. It is a very strict language where word placement changes the meaning.

    To parse my blazon:

    Heraldry is generally unconcerned about the shape of what it is displayed on, so we don't have to specify the outline shape (which in this case is an "escutcheon" - the blazon word for "looks like the shield they used in tournaments". So we start with:

    "Per Pale Gules and Argent" - this means the shield is divided down the centre with Red on the views left and white on the viewer's right.

    "in dexter a Notes Icon fibreated Argent" in the viewer's left is a Notes Icon and it is 'outlined' in while. In blazon, everything is given as if you where the coat-of-arms, so the Notes logo is on the "right"/"Dexter". Technically, blue cannot go on red, so it is outlined in white.

    "and in sinister a penguin (Tux) sejant erect affrounty in triune aspect" means on your right there is a penguin, the "Tux" is his actual name, and he is sitting (sejant) up (erect) and facing front (affrounty) and is turned a bit to the side (in triune aspect).

    That is the coat-of-arms proper. The parts around the escutcheon are generally more important now, and that may include something for the shield to rest on, a few things to look like they are holding it up. This example has just a crown. It's a crown, not a coronet in this case. Coronets are open topped.

    I find all of this a fascinating study. Oh, since I'm on the topic: there is no such thing as a "Family Coat of Arms". Coats where given to a single person and the document granting the coat would specify which single person (usually the eldest son) got it on death. Having the same surname as someone with a coat gives you no more claim on that coat then it does his house, car, or bank account.