I have mentioned that my life is meaningless without hockey in conversation to 1) my ex-roommate and 2) my roomie's sister, and both just kind of accepted my statement seriously. :P Actually, my roomie's sister is suffering too.
Anyway, I've actually turned to other sports because of said lack of meaning, and I've found out that Bay Area sports teams blow! Which actually makes it kind of fun. Like the Hornets/Warriors basketball game last night was awesome! There's a certain fun in watching two inept teams play each other. *grin* It even went to three "thrilling" overtimes, where each team competed to see who could blow more chances to win the game. (The Hornets won, I mean, they lost.)
Plus, the Warriors have this short - meaning he's probably like 6'3" ;) - guy who seems kinda' clutch, and everyone loves the little guys with heart! :D
I have no such nice things to say about the 49ers. *shudder*
The Myth of Solid Ground
Just finished reading The Myth of Solid Ground by David L. Ulin, which is about "earthquakes, prediction, and the fault line between reason and faith". The emphasis is on California, being earthquake country and all, with some discussion of how Californians deal with living here. It's an interesting read for Californians, or anyone who wants to know more about earthquakes and how they're being studied and predicted (which is sort of a hairy thing--earthquakes are too complex to predict accurately or precisely) but I hesitate to recommend it to anyone else.
I came to the US in 1994, but I've only noticed two earthquakes since I've been here. Nothing too exciting, just glasses rattling on shelves, a tiny bit of shaking felt while sitting on my chair. The rest I've slept through or just failed to register. Apparently in big earthquakes there's a sense of timelessness as it's going on. That things are so surreal that there's no way to connect with the real world, so it exists out of space and out of time.
I think my favourite thing about the book was the idea that since earthquakes are the result of plate tectonics, forces that reshape the planet, that have been reshaping the planet since the beginning, that experiencing an earthquake is kind of like experiencing eternity (which is what that period of time might as well be compared to the timescale of human lives).
Frankly, though, the author irritated me at times. About half the time, maybe. :P He's one of those people who tries to find Meaning in everything, even in the most idiotic of mistakes or coincidences (Stress map of the area around a fault before an earthquake resembles a butterfly; ooh, the butterfly effect! he thinks excitedly), and he's kind of got his head in the clouds (or the ground, rather). Also, "avian arpeggios" is unnecessary as a phrase to replace birdsong. And it definitely shouldn't be used twice.