### Safety Tips by Owen

Last night at dinner Owen enumerated his list of "safety tapes" (safety tips). Here's the video, along with the official list so you can follow along at home. Be careful with those pennies!

1. Do not try to eat all the pennies
2. Do not try to knock the ice cream cones down
3. Do not try to hit people
4. Do not try to pour all the stuff out
5. Do not try to pour all the cards out when Marcus is awake
6. Do not try to knock the bottles down when you're drinking it
7. Do not try to eat all the ice cream because that will make your tummy ache
8. Do not try to break the camera
9. Do not try to hit or scratch
10. Do not try to eat all that food

Amy Pousson said…
That's awesome. I think I will share that with the safety committee at work. John Deere employees could use the tip about not pouring all that stuff out. :)
Karin said…
Wow, those are some excellent safety tips!! I love "do not try to pour all the stuff out" and "do not try to eat all that food". We'd probably all be better off living by those rules :-)
mama mia said…
Out of the mouths of babes, they say...words of wisdom come....
It has been waaaay to long since I have heard that voice. Owen you make a great public service announcement...future dj?
martha said…
Dad and I watched and it was hilarious!!! We are amazed he could keep up with which number he was on, and remember all those different tips!
mama mia said…
Can't get enough of this one! He is so serious about being safe!
martha said…
John, I am glad I am finally able to write my comments! I was getting really frustrated! Love those grand children!
Tracy said…
OMG Owen has an important list. What a fine job he does with the numbers for the Safety Tips. Is the list the same each time? Did he have help making this vital list? I am not amazed that you have such a bright and beautiful boy.
We look forward to "meeting" marcus as well.
Blogs are terrific for watching the little ones grow.
Our very best to you four, Tracy and Tom Green
erinjohn said…
Owen came up with these while sitting at the dinner table. We'd heard one version of the list with 14 tips, then grabbed the camera in time for this one. The idea for safety tips came from a book called Watch out for Banana Peels - where Grover & Elmo help us remember to be safe. So much fun!

### 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…