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Year 2002

March 14

Place in Life

In church, we have been studying the book of Ecclesiates, which is where the quote on the right comes from.  Also, this week, Dr. Larry Crabb has been at Biola, and I've been to several of his lectures.

So I have been thinking about my place in life.  I decided to get a little perspective to the question "Where am I?" by putting together this page to answer the simpler question of where I am physically in this life, in the grand scheme of things.  Also, I've been wanting to put together an easy-to-follow set of instructions on how to get to my house.

For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten.
Also their love, their hatred,
and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 NKJV

Where am I?

Directions to my city of La Mirada:

Find the Solar system, go to the third planet.  I live in North America:

See March 16 article to zoom in on above picture.

Solar System

Okay, so here's where the science fiction fan side of me shows. I started the directions above, showing where on the earth you can find me. But that's assuming you know where earth is.  At this point in time, anyone who reads this will know.  But if perchance someone reads this several millennia from now, it might not be so obvious.

My Very Excellent Memory Just Stated Our Nine Planets
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies

Currently, everyone calls our system The Solar System.  But if there comes a need to have names for several different systems, I wonder what this system will become known as.  My guess is that one of the Latin names will remain the name for our planetary system: Sol or Terra (the words for sun and earth).

So once you find your way to the Solar System, which planet I live on should be fairly obvious: just look for the sun, and go three planets out.  It's the blue one with lots of H20.

Update July 2003: Thanks to Dan Eilers for finding a zoomable map of the universe.  You can use this to zoom out from the above view even more, all the way out to a map that includes the entire visible universe:

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