Happy Purple Day for Epilepsy! (March 26th)

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/March 26th is Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. It was founded by a nine-year-old named Cassidy Megan in 2008, who I am now super fortunate to call a friend, and have as a sewing model for me for the women’s garments I design and make as a hobby. She is an amazing and amazingly classy activist, as not all activists are by any means, and it is a joy to watch her in this role, from formal events to informal weekly online sessions she hosts with her Mom to help support those wanting to reach out, share, learn, whatever. Some of the achievements by this phenomenal young woman is in the Wikipedia page for Purple Day, and the Purple Day website itself are just astounding, and I am wishing her, and all others who celebrate Purple Day, whether or not they have epilepsy, the best for the day and year to come!

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

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/my-quotes/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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