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### View from my training walk V: California edition (by Erin)

this morning was my first 10+ miler in so-cal. i started just before 6AM and the only other people awake were some young'uns who were still going strong from last night's house party. i did a lot of wandering through both residential and shopping districts, and finished the trip with a visit to noah's & peets. it doesn't get any better than this.

Cahill Center for Astrophysics (aka. "daddy's new work")

### Comments

Jackie O. said…
Wow, you guys have had a busy summer! I bet it is sad to leave Hawaii, but a new adventure in your life is about to begin! The boys are so lucky to have experienced so much culture in their young lives! I miss you and wish you the best! I also need to donate to your cause, can you email me the link again?? Thanks!!! Love- Jackie
erinjohn said…
I'm planning to walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-day. I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days in order to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. You can donate at my personal page:

http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/Walk/SanFranciscoBayAreaEvent2009?px=3377109&pg=personal&fr_id=1299

Or, you can go to the3day.org, click "donate" and then search for me as a participant. I am walking in San Francisco this October.

Thanks!
Bonzer said…
Wait, you had Peet's AND Noah's?!?!?!?! You didn't tell me that on the phone becuase you didn't want to add insult to injury, right?
I can't tell you how often we reminisce about Saturday mornings spent with our boyfriends, Noah and Peet. Lucky you.
Weems Clan said…
Great job getting the 10+ miler in so soon after the move! I adore the photos of your doll babies --they are such cutie pies! Looking forward to our big weekend walk...only a month away!!!! Love, Sarah
mama mia said…
Nice new digs, John!
JohnJohn said…
Just wait till you see my new office! It's 'UGE and it's all mine!

### 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…