Praise

If someone says something praising you:

Saying something acknowledging like “Thanks! I’m glad you appreciate it!”:

  • Shows alignment of what you and the person praising you appreciates
  • Affirms that the person praising you noticed something you care about

Saying something diverting like “Nah, I’m not even good. Look at [person you claim is better than you].”

  • You may think you’re being humble, but more likely:
  • You’re discrediting the person praising you’s tastes
  • Chances are, the person praising you, if that person has evaluations of own skill on the matter, thinks he/she’s worse than you, and think about how saying you’re not even good makes that person feel

This, of course, is not to say that you should always resort to the first, just that you should be careful about the second. Misalignment of aspects of a person others appreciate with aspects the person wishes to be appreciated is a real and unfortunate problem (“why don’t people appreciate this piece of art/software/music/writing I put so much effort into as much as they appreciate this other thing I made I barely cared about?”), but there’s a substantially worse problem that comes up down the route of the second case.

Name Your Baby!

Have you ever wanted to be better at naming than Elon Musk? Here are 27 superb choices of names for your baby.

1. Å
2. Stravenue
3. Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
4. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116
5. Cneoridium dumosum (Nuttall) Hooker F. Collected March 26, 1960, at an Elevation of about 1450 Meters on Cerro Quemazón, 15 Miles South of Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California, México, Apparently for a Southeastward Range Extension of Some 140 Miles
6. b͡βa a’b͡βa
7. 15% or more on car insurance
8. Agloe
9. Gary
10. Ctrl+Alt+PrtSc
11. Bloemfontein;ammonia
12. North
13. FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!
14. FlRE!!!!!!!!!!!!
15. ())(
16. PART I: NON-CONTRADICTION; CHAPTER I: THE THEME ‘Who is John Galt?’
17. Jimbob
18. FIRE!!!!!!!!1!!!
19. FIREǃǃǃǃǃǃǃǃǃǃǃǃ
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21. Narwhals
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23. ꙮ_ꙮ
24. seven gazebos drooling ecstasy riding octopi upstairs
25. Egads
26. *******
27. Hurr durr I’ma sheep

150 Cities Everyone Should Know

This is a list of 150 cities that is a good basic set of knowledge, to get to know to have a good geographic grounding. It’s good to just know what country these cities are in, where they are on a map, and possibly know one or two additional facts about the city’s economy, history, or significance.

Morocco (2)
Casablanca
Fez

Algeria (1)
Algiers

Senegal (1)
Dakar

Ghana (1)
Accra

Niger (1)
Niamey

Nigeria (4)
Abuja
Kano
Ibadan
Lagos

Cameroon (1)
Douala

Dem. Rep. of the Congo (1)
Kinshasa

Angola (1)
Luanda

South Africa (2)
Cape Town
Johannesburg

Tanzania (1)
Dar es Salaam

Uganda (1)
Kampala

Kenya (1)
Nairobi

Ethiopia (1)
Addis Ababa

Sudan (1)
Khartoum

Egypt (2)
Cairo
Alexandria

Saudi Arabia (1)
Mecca

United Arab Emirates (1)
Dubai

Iran (1)
Tehran

Iraq (1)
Baghdad

Israel (1)
Jerusalem

Turkey (2)
Istanbul
Ankara

Greece (1)
Athina (Athens)

Serbia (1)
Belgrade

Ukraine (2)
Kiev
Odessa

Romania (1)
Bucharest

Hungary (1)
Budapest

Czechia (1)
Praha (Prague)

Poland (2)
Warszawa (Warsaw)
Krakow

Germany (3)
Berlin
München (Munich)
Hamburg

Austria (1)
Wien (Vienna)

Switzerland (2)
Zürich
Geneve (Geneva)

Italy (2)
Milano (Milan)
Roma (Rome)

Belgium (1)
Brussels

Netherlands (2)
Amsterdam
Den Haag (The Hague)

France (3)
Paris
Lyon
Marseilles

Spain (2)
Madrid
Barcelona

United Kingdom (3)
London
Edinburgh
Belfast

Ireland (1)
Dublin

Denmark (1)
København (Copenhagen)

Norway (1)
Oslo

Sweden (1)
Stockholm

Finland (1)
Helsinki

Russia (5)
Sankt-Peterburg (Saint Petersburg)
Moskva (Moscow)
Kazan
Novosibirsk
Vladivostok

Kazakhstan (1)
Almaty

Uzbekistan (1)
Tashkent

Pakistan (2)
Karachi
Lahore

Nepal (1)
Kathmandu

India (11)
Chandigarh
Delhi
Kanpur
Agra
Ahmedabad
Mumbai (Bombay)
Hyderabad
Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Chennai (Madras)
Kolkata (Calcutta)
Srinagar

Sri Lanka (1)
Colombo

Bangladesh (2)
Dhaka
Chittagong

Myanmar (1)
Yangon

Indonesia (5)
Medan
Jakarta
Yogyakarta
Surabaya
Makassar

Philippines (1)
Manila

Singapore (1)
Singapore

Malaysia (1)
Kuala Lumpur

Thailand (2)
Bangkok
Chiang Mai

Vietnam (2)
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Taiwan (1)
Taipei

China (12)
Guangzhou
Shenzhen
Hong Kong
Hangzhou
Shanghai
Nanjing
Chengdu
Chongqing
Beijing
Tianjin
Xi’an
Ürümqi

North Korea (1)
Pyongyang

South Korea (3)
Incheon
Seoul
Busan

Japan (4)
Osaka
Nagoya
Tokyo
Sapporo

Australia (2)
Melbourne
Sydney

New Zealand (1)
Auckland

Papua New Guinea (1)
Port Moresby

Canada (3)
Vancouver
Toronto
Montreal

United States (12)
Seattle
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Phoenix
Denver
Dallas
Chicago
Miami
Atlanta
Washington
New York
Boston

Mexico (3)
Ciudad Juarez
Guadalajara
Mexico (Mexico City)

Colombia (1)
Bogota

Peru (1)
Lima

Brazil (4)
Brasilia
Recife
São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro

Argentina (1)
Buenos Aires

Chile (1)
Santiago

Island Puzzle

Assume the landmasses of Eurafrasia, America, Antarctica, and Australia don’t count as islands.

1) Find a US state for which the majority of its area is on islands xor the majority of its population is on islands.

2) Find a country for which the majority of its area is on islands xor the majority of its population is on islands.

3) Find a US county for which the majority of its area is on islands xor the majority of its population is on islands.