### e komo mai, a hawaiian welcome home

there are still boxes to be unpacked and pictures to be hung, but

my favorite feature of our place is our
vaulted ceilings - it makes it feel so big!

karinms said…
I love it! Especially the shoji (sp?) doors and the ceilings. It looks so nice and breezy with all the windows open. I can't wait to see it in person. thanks so much for the photo tour!!
JohnJohn said…
Nice job with the tour! Especially nice job with the editing, splicing those 3 clips together. You'll have to show me how to do that with our camera.

Erin's the tech-savvy one in our house...
Anonymous said…
Sweet! I love that I am getting to learn Hawaiian vocabulary AND Owen vocabulary. I can't wait to see you guys. Almost a month! I had ceweol nyot (or however you spell it) for breakfast...now I need to go iron.
Nice digs. You think I can practice law in MN from your guest room?
mama mia said…
Thanks so much for the tour of the place. The open living room area is wonderful. I am glad to see the boxes utilized once again as play things.
LizRey said…
Woah. Johnson abode, part deux. Love it.
mama mia said…
oh, I also love the fact that, even though you hear a plane or some kind of motor noise while you were filming outside the doorway, you can still hear all those birds chattering away in paradise:)
martha said…
I love the new house. Light and airy.
Love MOM
martha said…
As usual it took me forever to remember what my password was. UGH.
I loved the video of Owen. I am going to buy a video camera WITH SOUND as soon as I start working!!!
Can't wait to visit you all.
Love the tiny gecko. CUTE.
martha said…
Givaonni and I watched the video of the apartment tour. Loved it!
Gio wants to write something.
HIBYNNS IS a new shoe. Actually it is a new show. He typed shoe by accident. He thought it was hilarious. LOVE NANA and GIOVANNI

### 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…