### Little Miss Owen

One of Owen's favorite books is Little Miss Scatterbrain, one of Erin's childhood books that somehow made it onto his bookshelf. There it sat unread until a few months ago and it has since worked it's way into regular rotation during bed time. He loves the part where Little Miss Scatterbrain tries to buy chicken quarters at the bank. HI-larious!

Those of you familiar with the Little Miss and Mr. series of books may recall that the other characters in the series are pictured on the back of each book. Owen likes us to tell him the names of each character after we're finished reading Little Miss Scatterbrain. So we tell him all about Little Miss Sunshine (the freckled, smiling book character, not the movie), Little Miss Plump (wonderfully politically-uncorrect), Little Miss Naughty, etc.

Here are two funny Little anecdotes:

1) After reading Little Miss Scatterbrain, Owen asked Erin, "What do you like best?" referring to the various characters.

Erin: "I like Little Miss Happy."

Owen: "No, you pick Little Miss Shy, 'cause sometimes you don't wanna say hi."

Erin: "Yes, that's true. Being shy means you don't want to say hi sometimes. What do you pick?"

Owen: "I pick Little Miss Helpful, that's me!"

2) The other night during his bath, Erin gave Owen the one-minute-warning that it was almost time to wash off and get out. When the minute was up, Erin said, "Okay, time to get out. Stand up so I can wash you off and then we need to clean up the toys." Owen then replied, "No, no, no, you're beeing a little bit Li'l Miss Bossy!"

blissful_e said…
Cute! An English friend gave us 'Mr Bump' - otherwise this would have been the first I'd heard of this awesome series of books.

Now when Calliani falls or trips or runs into something we just hear 'bump' as she picks herself up and moves on.
mama mia said…
I am laughing so hard right now!
Anonymous said…
I thought I was Little Miss Bossy!!
LizRey said…
WHAAAAAAT????? Erin? Little Miss Bossy? Now WHO would say such a thing????
kellifornia said…
He is hilarious! I think he might be Li'l Miss Witty.

### 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…

### 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…

### The Long Con

Hiding in Plain Sight

ESPN has a series of sports documentaries called 30 For 30. One of my favorites is called Broke which is about how professional athletes often make tens of millions of dollars in their careers yet retire with nothing. One of the major "leaks" turns out to be con artists, who lure athletes into elaborate real estate schemes or business ventures. This naturally raises the question: In a tightly-knit social structure that is a sports team, how can con artists operate so effectively and extensively? The answer is quite simple: very few people taken in by con artists ever tell anyone what happened. Thus, con artists can operate out in the open with little fear of consequences because they are shielded by the collective silence of their victims.
I can empathize with this. I've lost money in two different con schemes. One was when I was in college, and I received a phone call that I had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas. All I needed to do was p…