Earth is not highly available

Many have reviewed the popular Jared Diamond’s book, Guns, Germs and Steel. It is a good book that talks about the history of humankind and provides broad explanations for the direction in which different parts of the world have evolved.

There is a slightly less popular but equally engaging book by the same author called Collapse. Collapse is a effort to understand the reasons why certain societies of the world collapsed. Jared says that there are five major causes why societies collapse. They are,

  1. Damage that people inadvertently inflict on their environment
  2. Natural climate change
  3. Hostile Neighbors
  4. Decreased support by friendly neighbors
  5. Society’s responses to its problems

It pains me to hear about people eating mud to survive in our times. Human population is straining the resources of the earth. If Gaia hypothesis is true, then earth will just realign itself to a newer equilibrium. There are multiple causes at play that has lead to this food crisis, but it is our responses to these problems that will define our future. What am I doing about it ? For starters, I am reducing my consumption to only what I really need. Stop wasting resources that are at my disposal.

Running schedule for San Francisco Marathon 2008

 I ran "almost" two marathons last year. The "almost" is for the Chicago marathon 2007 that was shut down after about 4 hours into the race. Here are the details.

This year I have registered to run the San Francisco marathon. This marathon is a nice one to run for its amazing views and people get to run across the famed Golden Gate Bridge. It is also not for the faint of heart because the course is a hilly course. If you are interested you can train with me. Here is the plan for the first four long runs. Join me, the training starts this weekend. If you are around the bay area you can join my training runs too.

 April 5th  4 miles
 April 12th  7 miles
 April 19th  8 miles
 April 26th  6 miles