yesterday was π day in the united states (3/14), but it won’t be π day until 22 july (22/7) in the rest of the world.

(courtesy of some guy i used to work with)

I thought we were all sufficiently geeky to see the significance of today, 3/14.

If 3/14 isn’t enough, look at the rest of the schedule: 3/14, at 1:59, for 26 minutes. That’s 3/14 1:59 26′. Or, smooshed together, 31415926.

The 22/7 part was especially obscure, it was supposed to be a joke about how 22/7ths (3.1428571428571428571428571428571…) is an excellent approximation for Pi (3.1415926535…), and thefore 22/7 (July 22nd for those European metric chaps) is an approximation for Pi day (3/14). There’s a good lesson for engineers in this, as 22/7ths is a “good enough” version of Pi for all but the most demanding applications, despite being a (literally) infinitely less complex expression than Pi. Something for us to keep in mind to temper the natural tendency to “overengineer” solutions.

More resources on Pi and Pi Day:

Pi Day Mission Statement
Pi Day openly promotes the celebration of mathematics education, the collective enjoyment of mathematics, and the ageless, multicultural interest in pi. Educators, students, and parents are encouraged to join together in a variety of public activities, expressing in imaginative ways, their passion for the longstanding creative nature of mathematics.


2006 is the 300th anniversary of Pi, in that the first recorded use of the Pi symbol to represent this ratio was in a book in 1706, so maybe we’ll have a bigger celebration next year. Any maybe a real blowout in 2020 (314 years after publication)?

now you know.

i’m not sure what is happening but it’s probably not going to be entirely good. we only have $1000, and we need $2600 this month. i’m not sure what’s going to happen, but we’ve already shut off our cable service, and moe is working on finding us a cheaper cell phone provider… we’ve also talked about selling the house, and the new car, and moe’s new computer, but that’s all we’ve done, and at this point i don’t know how much of it is going to actually happen. i’ve also applied (again) for disability benefits, in spite of the fact that i already applied once and was denied… because i understand that they deny everybody the first time around in hopes that we’ll get discouraged and look for help somewhere else, but i’m desperate at this point: i’ve already applied for 14 jobs this week, and i don’t have any hopes of hearing back from anyone, because i haven’t heard back from anyone in 8 months.

meanwhile, somebody sent me a check, so now i have to go make a pipe. it’s a good thing i have a whole bunch of creative outlets (i’ve made 3 more sets of runes since sunday, and i’m now the sound effects coordinator – read "funny noise maker" – for the cirque and the players), otherwise i’d really be going nuts.

i wonder if has seen this… if not, it seems like an appropriate link for him.

blatantly stolen from … without even responding to the one he posted (although i probably will eventually)

1) Does my username suit me?
2) Is my journal’s title cryptic or descriptive? What do you think it means?
3) Does my journal expand your knowledge of me?
4) Do you think my bio describes me well?
5) Which of my interests surprises you the least?
6) Which of my interests surprises you the most?
7) Which of my interests needs explaining?
8) Which of my userpics suits me best?
9) Which of my userpics suits me least?
10) Which of my userpics needs explaining?

9 thoughts on “148”

  1. yer a college student, right? i thought college students could get away with wearing just about anything… actually i wear that hat fairly frequently, at philharmonic performances and suchlike.

  2. I think you might be better suited to waring the hat most of the time. If I could get away with it, I’d seriously think about wearing the Sorceror’s Apprentice hat that I have around to class at random.

  3. in reality, i look a lot more like this icon than i do like the "mad hatter" icon, although i do wear a hat like that on occasion.

  4. 10) I didn’t know that. Although you probably took the mad hatter bit as a compliment.

    it’s a picture that was taken at troll-o-ween in 1998, and it’s a bit of a disguise, but not much… mostly the hair… and yes, i definitely took it as a compliment.

  5. Well, I do my job on an OSX iBoob. Mac has its advantages (I don’t really play partisanship. If the machine works, I can navigate the OS to do what I want, and I can screw with settings sufficiently well to make things work if they don’t, I’m fine.

    10) I didn’t know that. Although you probably took the mad hatter bit as a compliment.

  6. okay i’ll respond to yours, but not right now, i’m in the middle of another project…

    6) Macintosh. With Linux and Unix there, I’m surprised Apple’s machines even get a second look.

    have you looked at a mac recently? it’s not unix. but it’s bsd, which might as well be unix, and it’s the most secure operating system in the world anyway. i’ve always been a mac-head, ever since i worked on a Lisa, way back when. i always appreciated the fact that you could just plug them in and they’d work; you didn’t have to go fiddling around with autoexec.bat and config.com in order to get something new to work, that the programs all did what they said they would do without having to learn a new language… the things that windoesn’t even do today!

    as latex transmorphic calypso is, to my mind, one of the more easily explained of my interests, i’ll leave it up to you to figure out.

    9) Bush says, “Fuck you.”

    Bush says 'fuck you!'

    10) “przxqgl” – The mad hatter.

    that’s the only icon that i have that’s an actual picture of me…

  7. Perhaps as a favor, perhaps as a goad, I’ll answer those questions.

    1) I think so – once I finally knew the significance behind it.
    2) Very descriptive. Tina Chopp is DOG. (Damn censors…)
    3) Yes, very much so.
    4) Beats mine.
    5) Emperor Norton.
    6) Macintosh. With Linux and Unix there, I’m surprised Apple’s machines even get a second look.
    7) Probably a few of them, but I’ll select “latex transmorphic calypso” as the one I’d like to see explained.
    8) “pblflllt!”
    9) Bush says, “Fuck you.”
    10) “przxqgl” – The mad hatter.

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