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### Moving day, revisited

The moving van arrived Monday at noon. The relocation company only provided a basic unloading service, so we hired two college students, Dave and Dane (not pictured), to carry the boxes up the stairs and into the various rooms. We found a Sony 29" TV* in the apartment when we moved in and fortunately (for us and Owen) one of the first boxes off the van was the DDD player. DDD Woowoo in tha house!

We're pretty exhausted right now. More updates later. However, I will say: Sleeping in your own bed after spending 3 weeks sleeping in hotel beds is definitely enough to make you feel that way!

*Who would leave a perfectly good 29" Sony TV behind? you may ask. People who realize the thing weighs as much as a small car. Seriously, it must have been carved out of lead. But the picture is beautiful and it has more features than our old 27" Sony. w00t.

### Comments

karinms said…
I like the Blackalicious song. And I'm so happy that you're feeling that way! The picture of your moving van pulling up really makes it clear that you guys are IN THE TROPICS. Glad Owen got some ddd!!
paula's pals said…
Oh Sutter Home, provider of wine *and* boxes!
LizRey said…
I'm so glad that Owen is really pulling his weight. I mean, there you are, slaving away, unloading boxes, unpacking, and all he can do is just lounge around with Baby Einstein. What's that about?
Anonymous said…
you totally have beach house windows! yeah, those wouldn't work in iowa.

### 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 started by downloading a stock photo of J.J. from NBA.com, which I then loaded into OpenOffice Draw:

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…