### Marcus update

People are always asking me, "How's your little one doing?" And even though I always reply, "He's doing great," or something like that, I'm always tempted to say, "Well, I'm not really sure. We don't talk much these days."

I kid!

Marcus is an amazing kid. Here's what he's been up to lately:

The Marcus Skill Set
1. Head raising. When I hold him upright against my chest, he likes to push away and open his eyes really big as if to say, "Look at all that stuff!" After about 5-10 seconds, he collapses with a grunt as if he was bench pressing 250 pounds.
2. Rolling over. Just like his big brother, Marcus is a rolling-over prodigy. When we put him on his tummy, he rolls himself over onto his back!
3. Grumbling. Also like his big brother, he's really good at making grumbling noises. When he has gas, instead of crying he makes noises not unlike the penguins from the movie March of the Penguins. We used to call Owen Sgt. Grumbles. Now, Marcus is Lieutenant Grumbles, but you have to pronounce Lieutenant the British way, which sounds like "Lefff-tenant." Also, if you put a pacifier in his mouth when he's grumbling, his grumbles sound like they're going through a guitar wah-wah pedal!
4. Smiling. Even when he's not gassy. We're trying to catch these rare moments on camera and we'll post as soon as we do.
Here are some pictures from Marcus' fourth and fifth weeks on Earth.

While awake( ) Do Print, "Hello World!"

Baby power up.

Hanging out at Kailua beach.

Lounging. Hard.

Ebony and Ivory

mama mia said…
I knew from the trees before I scrolled down that the beach was Kailua...love that place....really love the lounging photo and the boysNthetub shot...they both look bigger than just a few short weeks ago...miss you all
blissful_e said…
Getting out to the beach - great work. You guys seem to be functioning very well just over a month into two!

I'm also loving the photos. Very cute kids. :)
kellifornia said…
Um, thanks for including the "hello, we live in paradise and take our babies in little slings and hang out on beautiful beaches" shot. Good one. I have got to visit!

### 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…