Net Negative Day Alternative to Buy Nothing Day and Black Friday

Today is Black Friday for crazy shopping in North America. To protest and counter that, people came up with Buy Nothing Day, but might well turn around to buy something throughout the weekend that now has extended to Cyber Monday. Buying nothing for one day but buying the same net amount later is like delayed hypocrisy. Buy Nothing Day has its merits, but it’s not practical for a lot of people who might be able to save money on something they really need. Buy Nothing Day is a lot more affordable for the wealthy than the less wealthy.

As an alternative to Buy Nothing Day, try what I thought of and practiced this year. It’s something much more practical that I call Net Negative Day. The principle is simple.

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Canada’s Most Up to Date, Interactive Public Health Report Card (CCHS 2016, 2015)

I recently updated my 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) Tableau dashboards which showed results in an interactive report card format, with 2016 data. WordPress does not allow JavaScript usage for me to embed those report cards, to explain how they worked and what information you could gather from them far faster, and more effectively, than just from data tables. However, I was able to do it on another site through the link below.

Interactive Public Health Report Cards for CCHS 2015 and 2016, on Tableau Public

If you view it and have any questions or feedback, please leave them there so the discussions can be in one place as much as possible.

The combined year results, with much more granular geographic results, will be explained soon, but are already posted here if you want to look ahead of time. Thank you.

Staying Up Late Tonight to Avoid Becoming a Morning Person

In a few hours, it’ll be the Sunday morning where we change the clock back an hour where I live for Daylight Savings Time. It’s a stupid thing to be doing as all the science shows, but I don’t have a say to it so I just have to adapt to it best I can.

Since turning the clocks back an hour means I’ll be getting up earlier than usual, I’ll deter that by staying up an hour later than usual. I might even stay up an hour and a half or two just to be sure I sleep in tomorrow to get up at my “regular” time rather than become a morning person. I’m a night owl who is at my most creative at night and I’m going to keep it that way… starting with this creative idea in the night. 🙂