Having lived in two countries, I can definitely tell you that my level of “privilege” is different in each country. Here in Canada, I’m part of the majority. I’m white. I’m what people would consider privileged, a white male in a rich country, married, have a kid, and a university degree. I haven’t been discriminated against in Canada.
In Japan, I have been discriminated against. A couple times, actually. I was in the minority there, so I know what it feels like to be treated differently because of my race. I was sometimes a novelty to some people.
What’s interesting is that foreigners aren’t treated differently in Canada, because people are used to them, and there are so many. Canada is an immigrant country. In Japan, there are many people who have seen tourists, but rarely interact with them, especially in the countryside. I’ve been talked about by children who stare and are surprised that there’s a foreigner near them. But of course, I did get an advantage that many Japanese people didn’t. I was treated better in some cases by the companies I worked for, because I was the product.
I took a Buzzfeed test about privilege. I find Buzzfeed mostly stupid, but I took it anyway. My privilege score was 56 out of 100. How about you?
It’s common to see video of rocket stage separations. Rockets have video cameras installed in them so you can watch the separation. Engineers use the video footage to analyse how well the separation happened, and to discover any problems. It’s very useful in failed separations. But take a look at this video of a UP Aerospace launch for NASA to launch the Maraia Earth Return Capsule.
The following video focuses on the separation as viewed from outside the rocket. You can see slow motion, which is quite interesting.
I’ve never seen a stage separation from that angle before. What did you think?
With the successful response about Canada, I thought I’d ask about the United States. It seemed not many people were very knowledgeable about Canada, unless they lived there. Of course, most of my readers are Americans, so why not see what they know about their own country? And what do other people know about the USA? So, without looking up the information, I’d like you to answer the following questions. No cheating, please!
What’s the capital of the United States?
What are the three largest cities in the US by metropolitan area population?
What’s the population of the US?
How many states are there?
What is the largest state by area?
Which state has the smallest population?
If you go directly south from Detroit, where do you end up?
I will be marking your answers, just like I’ll be marking the Canada answers. If you don’t do well, then you can learn a lot about the United States with Geography Quick Facts, coming soon!
What do you know about Canada? I’m sure you know the flag has a maple leaf. But what else do you know? I’m going to give you a simple geography quiz. Please answer the questions in the comments without looking up the answer. This will be quick, I promise. But I’d also like you to say where you’re from. Let’s see how well the Canadians and the non-Canadians do. Ready?
What’s the capital of Canada?
What are the three largest cities in Canada by metropolitan area population?
What’s the population of Canada?
How many provinces are there?
What’s the most widely spoken language in Canada?
I will be marking your answers. If you didn’t do well, then my upcoming series Geography Quick Facts will definitely help!
Last year, I posted about my personality type, analysing it in detail. I am an INTJ type personality according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. What’s interesting is how incredibly popular that post is recently. It’s the most popular post most days so far this year. So, I thought I’d revisit the topic. It’s given me an idea.
When creating characters for fiction, it’s important to know their personality. The MBTI is a useful tool for that, and can help you keep your character’s personality consistent. There are 16 personality types, each with their own quirks and behaviours.
One thing I’m going to do is test each of my main characters and see what kind of personalities they have. It’ll be interesting, but also useful.
What I also plan to do is write posts about each personality type, describing what kind of person they are, as well as mentioning any famous people who are that type.
Head on over to this page and you can take a simplified version of the test to check out your own personality type. But also, think about how your main character thinks. So, in addition to yourself, answer the questions as if you were your main character. See what kind of personality he or she has. I’d love to see everyone’s results. Share your and your character’s personality types in the comments below. This should be fun.
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