### More Owen News

Yesterday Erin posted about Owen's love of Cocko hoggogs. Today I'll just put together a quick list of what's up with Owen these days. This should be useful for family members planning to visit this holiday season. Because you gotta know the lingo around here.
1. Owen doesn't play Daddy Run anymore. The new game is Daddy Run Really Fast. This involves me sprinting ahead of him through the house and hiding behind something like a couch. Owen then comes in a few seconds later and I jump out an scare him. Hilarity ensues. Good exercise for Daddy.
2. What used to be "Cee-we-o Nweok" (Cereal and milk) has now matured into "Owen need Chex." He has now established brand loyalty and recognized the power of the word "need" as opposed to "want." Owen has needs. His needs are Chex-related.
3. Owen also still needs DDD. "Owen, watch, DDD Ehmo?!" Some things never change. He is currently way into Elmo's Wild-Wild West. Even though Daddy has the hots for Miss Noodle, Mommy and Daddy prefer the much shorter and more educational Sesame Street 1-2-3 Count With Me or ABC's. His latest struggle is learning how to ask for volume adjustments like a nice, sane person. He currently requests for more volume by screaming "Daddy. TURN. UP!" Mommy has informed him that this is not acceptable. Daddy's feelings get hurt.
4. Owen can now count to 20 and sing his ABC's. He can also count discrete objects (one, two, fie, fee, fie! Yay!). I've contacted Mensa.
5. "Owen watch p'ay game." This means he would like to play the Fisher Price Online Games for Toddlers. There are four games that he likes to play:
1. Ammimals (ABC's with the animals)
2. Pink Hat (Counting hockey goals with the pink-clad penguin)
3. White Hat (Counting football field goals with a dog)
4. Foot Ball (Counting soccer goals with a cat. Owen is very European with his use of "football" for "soccer." He'll learn better one day.)
6. He's very obedient when instructions are given in list form. For instance, we went to Best Buy the other day and Mommy told him, "Number 1: No running. Number 2: When it's time to go, it's time to go." Throughout the shopping trip he kept repeating, "Numbah Wah: No running. Numbah Two: Time go, time go!" There was minimal running (he cleverly galloped when he needed to move fast), and no tantrum when we had to leave. Viola!
7. He's dealing with post-baba living very well. Night-night is extremely smooth. Nap-times are harder. But I told him yesterday, "Number 1: Go to sleep. Number 2: No screaming, no kicking the door." It worked today. He only cried for about 5 minutes.

mama mia said…
You guys are the best at setting limits with your two year old! I love hearing about your adventures in parenting. Clever....the numbered list! How did you two get so smart?
Amy Van Hook said…
This is awesome...it's like "The Field Guide to Owen"

### 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.

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### 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…