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25 Facts About Me

Time to tell you a bit more about myself. Here are 25 random facts about myself. I did this in video form. Enjoy!

Yes, and Marmite. Watch to see what that means. If you want to see about my 25 bookish facts, then go to this post.

If you have any comments, please let me know in the comments below.

25 Bookish Facts About Me

A very popular tag going around on the Booktube area of YouTube is the 25 Bookish Facts About Me. I did it. So now you can find out about some interesting facts about my reading habits and interests! It’s not so long, so won’t take up a lot of time. Check it out.

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Find Out About Something You’ve Always Wanted to Learn About

Ever wanted to learn about something, yet you haven’t really checked it out? Well, why don’t you do a quick Google search and find out one bit of information?

For me, I’ve been interested in learning about ship operation, particularly pre-industrial ocean-going ships, and the terminology. The one thing I looked up is poop deck. What is the poop deck? Well, according to this source, the poop is an enclosed structure at the stern of a ship above the main deck. But what exactly is the poop for? Well, it’s a cabin where the helmsman stands on the roof (or the poop deck) and steers the ship. In modern ships, the functions have been moved to the bridge. So, it’s where you find the wheel of the ship! Poop comes from “la poupe” in French and “puppis” in Latin, which means stern. So, the poop deck is the stern deck. I did not know that.

Now it’s your turn. Search for something you’ve been wondering about, but never bothered to find out, and report your findings in the comments.

Questions I Want to Answer with Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a big task, and there are many things to consider. You can go into as much detail as you want, depending on the scope of your story. You could involve an entire world, or you can keep it to a small pocket of a continent. Whichever it is, you have to answer some questions.  Here are some questions I’d like to answer:

  • Is there skiing?
  • Where do they go on vacation?
  • Where do children play?
  • What kind of literature do they read?
  • Is there any kind of popular music?
  • In that case, are there any idols that young people watch?
  • What kind of weapon do they use for hunting?
  • What kind of fashion trends are there?
  • What are the strange local delicacies that outsiders think are disgusting?
  • Do they go to museums?

These seem a bit random, but they could come up when writing a story, both fantasy and science fiction. You often have to consider the more obscure facts that may not even be normally thought of.

Can you think of any other questions?

Random Facts About Me

I thought I’d do one of these again. Some really random facts, hopefully some pretty obscure that few people know.  I’ll try for ten of them.

  1. I was attacked in Tokyo by a nationalist. He was probably drunk, too. But all he did was tap me with his knee and shout at me to get out of Japan. He just tapped me. Weird.
  2. I once held a boa constrictor on my shoulders, behind my neck. It was a big one. Very interesting feeling.
  3. I’ve eaten jellyfish. I didn’t like it.
  4. I once killed a spider in a bathroom only to wake up the next morning to thousands of baby spiders on the walls and floor of the bathroom.
  5. In university, I had the phone number 727-2277. Best number I’ve ever had.
  6. I’ve dislocated both of my little toes in exactly the same way, but 17 years apart.
  7. I played hockey for four years, yet didn’t score a single goal. I had a fear of being in the spotlight, so I always passed the puck. I had plenty of assists, though.
  8. Although I studied computer science in high school, I didn’t learn anything new. I knew it all before.
  9. The first earthquake I ever felt was the 6.8 magnitude 2001 Nisqually Earthquake when I was living in Victoria. I was on the 11th floor, so I felt a lot of shaking.
  10. My family name is Archer, and as you may expect, I have used a bow and arrow. However, I’ve only tried about four times. I’d like to try more.

And there are ten facts about me. Any random facts about you? Let me know in the comments below.

First, the World. Then What? Geography!

Very soon, I’m going to be posting my first geography country profile under the title “Geography Quick Facts.” I’ll be looking at the physical geography of every country in the world, as well as various statistics about each country. At the same time, I’ll be going through the physical geography of the countries of Ariadne.

So, first, I’ll be going through every country in the world alphabetically. After that, overseas territories and dependent territories (and Taiwan). After that, I’m thinking about going through the Canadian provinces and territories followed by the American states. Then I’d like to do Japanese prefectures.  But what should I do next?  Here are the choices:

  • Australian states and territories
  • Chinese provinces
  • Mexican states
  • Brazilian states
  • Argentinian provinces
  • Indian states

Which would you like to see? Or something else? Let me know in the comments below.

Do you think I’m crazy for doing this?

Some Extremely Lesser-Known Things About Me

I remember a while back, I posted some things about myself.  Well, here’s some more, but maybe not very well-known things about me.

  • I like plastic models.  I’m not interested in wars happening, but I find them fascinating to read about, and therefore, I enjoy military jets and ships.  Not many people know this.  Well, now you do.
  • I had a Superman cape when I was little.  I loved the first Superman movie so much, I used to wear it and zoom around the room pretending to fly.
  • E.T. scared me.  Really, really scared me.
  • I hated broccoli.  But now I like it.  Why?  It’s the way it’s cooked.  I discovered that the common way to cook it in England and Canada is to boil the hell out of it.  Tastes like garbage to me.  Lightly cooked is delicious.  I never discovered that until I came to Japan.
  • I have met and spoken to Vladimir Tretiak, James Doohan, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, and Musashimaru.
  • I actually enjoy the feeling of an earthquake.
  • I also enjoy typhoons and thunderstorms.
  • I have eaten shark, jellyfish, horse, octopus, and squid.  I liked the shark, and the horse was decent, but I didn’t like any of the other stuff.  Oh yeah, the horse meat was raw.
  • Shrimp with the head on freaks me out.  I won’t touch it.
  • I’ve been electrocuted by a hand dryer in a public washroom.  I was okay, but my finger was numb for several hours.

And there you go.  Anything interesting about you?

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me

Everyone is unique.  Everyone has their interesting qualities that most others don’t have.  Some are mundane, some are surprising.  Well, here are ten facts about me that you most likely don’t know.

1. The thumb on my left hand is double-jointed.  But on my right hand, it’s normal.

2. I have issues with animals that don’t have internal skeletons.  I simply don’t want to touch them.  However, I like to eat shrimp.  But I won’t touch it with its head or legs still attached.  I’ve tried eating squid and octopus, but I didn’t like them.

3. I love Marmite.  It’s one of the best things to put on toast.

4. I’ve dislocated both of my little toes.  Both times kicking a door frame.  Once was when I was 19, the other happened just last year.

5. I have a strong dislike of performing music in front of other people.  In fact, if you take me to karaoke, I will refuse to sing.  I just won’t do it.  I lip-synced in music class in elementary school.

6. I hate tomatoes.  Fresh tomatoes are the worst, but tomato sauce and canned tomatoes are nearly as bad.  The taste just makes me feel sick.  As a result, I rarely eat pizza or pasta with meat sauce.  When I do eat pizza, it must not have pizza sauce.  However, I do like ketchup, barbecue sauce, A1 sauce, and HP sauce.

7. Whenever I go somewhere, I visualise my location on a map in my mind.  I am extremely aware of my location, and I take note of everything I see when I’m out.

8. This may be a strange one, but I can remember everything I’ve eaten on the tops of all three mountains I’ve climbed in Japan.  On Mt. Fuji, I ate ramen.  On Oyama, I ate yakisoba.  On Mt. Takao, I ate barbecued corn on the cob.

9. Although I was quite skinny when I was 19 years old, I could eat two whole supersized double quarter pounder meals from McDonald’s.

10. I once had a dream about being chased by trolls and the troll king Ned Flanders while I was flying.  In the dream, I was Homer Simpson.

Now that you know a bit more about me, I really look forward to your comments.

Critical Thinking: Using the Power of Knowledge

Knowledge is a wonderful thing.  I love knowledge.  I love learning new things.  As you can tell from the title of this blog, I think learning new things is fun.  But knowing something isn’t enough.  You have to know how to use the knowledge.

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One thing my education in Canada has taught me is how to interpret the knowledge I have gained and apply it.  That’s what university has taught me, as well.  As you may know, I’m doing some courses through Coursera, and I have noticed that they are very interactive.  Not only do they teach you the information you need to know, they also teach you how to use it (for example, I’ve already put together a Tyrannosaurus skeleton).

As an English teacher, I not only teach students what words and grammar mean, but also how and when to use it.  It’s not only important to know what it means, but you need to be able to use it in practical situations.  This is a problem with the education system in Japan.  Their focus is on test-taking.  Everyone studies very hard to memorise everything, but the public school system fails to teach their students practical uses and how to use the knowledge., especially in English.  High school students may know the grammar very well, but they have no clue about how to use it.  They can read and understand, but they can’t speak.  Even the main English testing system, TOEIC, tests only knowledge and comprehension, not communicative ability.  Seems kind of useless, doesn’t it?

Now, this doesn’t mean that only having knowledge is useless.  Knowledge is a great base.  Knowing facts can help you make decisions.  Sometimes facts are just fun to know.  I will be starting something called “Encyclopedia Entries” this week, giving a weekly look at different topics in science, geography, and more.  They will coincide with major news topics, so you can get a little extra information about what’s happening or learn something interesting about the place or topic.  This is meant for fun.

Critical thinking allows us to decide the best course of action based on the knowledge we have.  Without critical thinking, the knowledge is simply facts.  We don’t know how to use it.  A lot of people make decisions without thinking critically, only using blind faith.  This may not be a popular opinion for some people, but I believe that those who follow and support conspiracy theories do not effectively use critical thinking.  They are doing the same thing they accuse others of doing, being sheep and believing what they’re fed.

I’m not going to give you facts here, but I suggest you look them up for yourselves.  In fact, I strongly encourage it.  With my science background in university, I was always told that we can’t just believe what we hear, we have to look into it ourselves and investigate.  The work of other scientists is a great source for facts, but the system that science uses encourages other scientists to try the same experiments to either duplicate or falsify the results.  That’s how science works.  The research isn’t done by a single person, then published for all to see and everyone believes it. No.  It’s done again and again to see if it holds up.  This is how scientific theories are strengthened.  They’re tested so often and from many different angles that theories can be taken as fact.  That means cell theory, evolution, plate tectonics, gravity, relativity, and many more are taken as a fact.  There are people who dispute some of these (such as evolution and plate tectonics) because of religion or some other reason, but they’ve been tested so many times without any failures.  Sometimes there’s something unexpected, but those tend to fill in blanks of our knowledge, and the theory is able to explain it.

Scientific theories are not guesses.  They are the best explanation for the facts that we have, and they are testable and falsifiable.  If they are falsified, then the scientist may win a Nobel Prize.  Scientists are excited about new discoveries like this and gives them a lot more work to do.  Conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are not scientific.  They are guesses that use hearsay, coincidence, and belief.  For example, a lot of people think global warming is a conspiracy.  One thing I’ve heard many times is this: “It’s very cold out!  Global warming is a lie!”  A cold day or week doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening.  Weather isn’t climate.  Weather happens in a short period of time.  Climate is long term.  The long term facts are that the average temperature of the world is rising, the polar ice caps are melting, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are becoming more common, and extreme weather is becoming more extreme (this includes colder weather in winter).  Those are the facts.  Facts are observed, numbers are recorded.  They don’t lie.  However, what you do with this knowledge is important.

The problem with conspiracy theories is that they often ignore facts and focus on a single problem area that is usually quite easy to explain.  The reason why I think conspiracy theorists don’t use critical thinking is that they have a single-minded focus on that one problem, and don’t look at the whole picture.  They often think of rather implausible explanations that aren’t supported by the evidence.  They often discount more plausible explanations.  They hear someone say that something must be true because of this little bit of information they dug up.  The information may actually be unrelated or it could be that they’re only looking at a small part of the information, rather than the whole.  They convince others that this partial information falsifies everyone else, and many people will latch onto it without actually doing their own fact checking.  I say this to people:  Think before you blindly believe in what someone says.

Believing a conspiracy theory could potentially be dangerous.  Ignoring the warming climate can result in mass extinctions, food shortages, flooding of coastal cities, and more.  Ignoring vaccinations can result in loss of herd immunity, increased preventable deaths of children, and more.  Conspiracy theorists often say people need to be open-minded, but they themselves are often close-minded.

In the end, everyone should learn how to think for themselves, investigate, and don’t be so damned stubborn.  Open your mind, gather knowledge, a lot of knowledge, and figure things out with that very useful tool in your skull.  Don’t come to conclusions based on a little knowledge.  That’s just stupid.  Get the whole picture first, then think about it.  Knowledge is power, but critical thinking enables that power.