### The intersection of the Cilppers and Warriors

Owen and I have been watching lots of NBA games this season. Now the season is over and we're in the NBA Playoffs, our two favorite teams, the Golden State (Oakland) Warriors are matched up against the Los Angeles Clippers (not the Lakers, who suck, f'real).

We noticed that the two teams have a lot of overlap in the space of names: the intersection of the Clippers and Warriors player names has a lot in common. Here's what we've come up with:

There are 2 Crawfords:

Jamal Crawford is in the running as the best sixth man in the league, coming off the bench to play the scoring guard for the Clippers. Meanwhile, Jordan Crawford comes off the bench to play scoring guard for the Warriors.

There are 2 Barneses:

Both come off the bench as small forwards: Harrison Barnes for the Warriors, vs. Matt Barnes for the Clippers

There are 2 Greens:

Willie Green comes off the bench as the third-string shooting guard on the Clippers while Dramond Green comes off the bench at power forward for the Warriors.

There are 2 Blakes:

Steve Blake is the backup point guard for the Warriors, vs. Blake Griffin the starting power forward for the Clippers.

There are 2 Jordans:

DeAndre Jordan starts at center for the Clippers while Jordan Crawford comes off the bench for the Warriors at two-guard.

There are 2 Davi[d-s]es:

David Lee starts at power forward for the Warriors while Glen Davis was traded by the Magic at the trade deadline and comes off the bench at center/power-forward for the Clippers.

There are two *Andres:

DeAndre Jordan starts at Center for the Clippers while Andre Iguodala starts at shooting guard for the Warriors. Also, and I realize this is stretching a bit, Andrew Bogut starts at center for the Warriors.

So there you have it! The intersection of the name-space between the 3rd and 6th seed in the Western Conferences of the NBA playoffs this year!

Stretching further, two players played college ball in Michigan:

Jordan Crawford played at U. Michigan while Dramond Green played at Michigan State.

Reggie Bullock (backup shooting guard for the Clippers) played at North Carolina, as did Harrison Barnes.

But stretching to find commonalities among college origins results in far fewer overlaps than the name-space does!

### 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…