Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last And Soon It Will Be

What would you do tomorrow if you knew it was going to be the last day of your life? Be honest and include details to check its viability. Now that you’ve had your last day and were ready to die, you find out that you have one more day to live. What will you do in that second last day? Repeat to try a third last day. How long do you think you could sustain this lifestyle before you would be hit with disastrous or mortal outcomes? Maybe you’d run out of no money, or be dead from an unhealthy lifestyle, or be incarcerated if doing something criminal were on your mind, or something else disastrous or mortal. Even if you just took time to appreciate everything around you, with this last day of your life context all day, how long do you think you could sustain this last day of your life way of living before you would really hit the last day of your life, if no intervention took place?

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Definition: Sunny-day Flooding, Radiative or Climate Forcing, Cloud Parameterization, Insolation, Four Way Test, Rotarians

One talk, complex science, modern phenomena, and deep philosophy!

Btw, there’s a new building in Halifax I know that’s going to be prone to sunny day flooding… but nobody seems to be listening.

 

Radiative or climate forcing

The difference between insolation absorbed by the Earth and energy radiated back to space

 

Insolation

Sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface, or is absorbed by it

 

(Cloud) parameterization

Method of replacing (cloud) processes that are too small-scale or complex to be physically represented in the (atmospheric) model by a simplified process

 

Rotarians

Rotary Club members

 

Four Way Test

A nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships (Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?)

 

Sunny-day flooding

Flooding that occurs just when tides are high due to rising sea levels, rather than abnormal weather events

 

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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Groundhogs Only Right 37% of the Time, So Reverse Interpretation of their Results!

Another Groundhog Day has passed. With this year comes news of a study by Environment Canada that over the past 30 years (CBC story), groundhogs have only been correct 37% of the time in terms of being able to predict an early spring or long winter based on whether or not they see their shadows. For something that is a dichotomy like a coin flip, if you were wrong more than half the time, then flipping the interpretation of the outcomes means you’d be right more than half of the time! With that logic, I propose we reverse the interpretation of results whether or not they see their shadow.

The NEW results should be if the groundhog sees his/her shadow, it’ll be an early spring, and a long winter otherwise!