First, here is the proof of the solution ($area = A_x B_y - B_x A_y$)
And here's the geometric implication of the solution.
It bewilders me that the geometric solution is simple but nonintuitive.
One commenter (Tim Poston) on the blog offered an explanation by using the following lemma, which he states can be easily shown using elementary plane geometry, without the use of right angles or base*height to find areas:
$C(u+w,v) = C(u,v) + C(w,v)$
where $u, v, w$ are arbitrary vectors, and $C$ is the area function of the parallelogram between 2 vectors.
Here's my illustration of an example implication of this lemma (visually simplified to triangles without loss of generality)
I was unable to prove this lemma, so I couldn't follow the argument. Any thoughts or direction with this lemma or the original problem would be appreciated.