### Car names

We learned from Erin that Hindu people bless their cars with rice and swastikas. But we Johnsons have historically blessed our cars by naming them. Past cars and names include:

'83 Toyota Tercel SR-5 - The Johnmobile
'91 Mazda 323 "speed-hatch" - The Mazdaradi
'95 Acura Integra GS-R sedan - Patty
'01 Honda Accord LX coupe - The Silver Bullet
'06 Honda Civic LX sedan - Inari
'93 Honda Accord 10th Anniversary Edition sedan - "??"

Now we need a name for our newest car, and this is where you, the loyal reader of Maholo.ne.Trash can help! Simply respond to the poll at the top right of this page (sorry if you already voted. I had to modify the first draft and accidentally erased it.)

Anonymous said…
The Johnmobile!!! I remember that little guy like it was yesterday. I also seem to remember a humor column centered around running through yellow-turning-red lights hoping someone jumps the gun, hits the car and you get a whole new one out of the deal.
JohnJohn said…
Yeah, turns out I had to wait to get new car the hard (honest) way...
karinms said…
How'd you come up with Inari for the last one? Is that a type of sushi?
JohnJohn said…
Inari is the little delicious sweet rice pocket served at Japanese restaurants. Man, I really miss that sweet little car!

Inari is also the Japanese kami (deity) of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, and industry. Foxes!
Elisa said…
My parents bought a 10th anniversary edition Accord brand new. The white rubber anti-door-bang device (white on white) is the giveaway. It was also the giveaway for me that my parents were not impoverished, bringing that baby home paid for with cash when all I'd ever seen was a 1970 Pontiac, also bought brand new. We received offers after my parents had driven it a while for more than they had paid for it. Nice car!

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…