Happy Pi Day!


pi.jpgIt’s Pi Day, people! Woohoo! It’s 3-14. And I didn’t even see it coming. (And here I just mentioned a book called Life of Pi yesterday. Of course, that was a pi-free Pi reference.)

Here are some tasty pi goodies for you to help you celebrate your day:

  • Be sure to check out the official Pi Day website. (Thanks to Tina of Omphaloskepsis (one of the grandest blog names out there) for pointing me there.)
  • I highly recommend the musical pi stuff, like pi rap videos, and the pi(ano) song, where someone has converted the digits of pi to a melody.
  • You can also see a hundred thousand digits of pi. Here’s a preview:

    3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716
    9399375105820974944592307816406286208998628
    0348253421170679821480865132823066470938446
    0955058223172535940812848111745028410270193
    8521105559644622948954930381964428810975665
    9334461284756482337867831652712019091456485
    6692346034861045432664821339360726024914127
    3724587006606315588174881520920962829254091
    7153643678925903600113305305488204665213841

  • Not enough digits for ya? How’s about a million?
  • Kate Bush has a song called “π”. Or “Pi,” if you must stick to ASCII. In it, part of the refrain is seeing 150 digits of pi. Shockingly, it seems that she has, according to Confusablility, gravely erred in her digits:

    I got hold of the lyrics and checked them against an online version of Pi. All was well for the first 53 decimal places but then Kate sang “threeeeee oneeeee” when she should have sang “zeeeeeeerooo” instead. She recovered for the next 24 digits but then it went to hell in a handbasket when she missed out the next 22 digits completely before finishing with a precise rendition of her final 37 digits.

  • Inga of Arbitrary Ruminations is celebrating the day with a list of Pie quotes, which may be safer.
  • Or you might want to watch a movie. Like Pi (1998). A movie sadly lacking in pie.
  • I think that later today, I will have to bake a pi. I mean, a pie. Seriously. I’ve keep meaning to bake a pie, but haven’t found the time. But now the pi forces are conspiring to make pi a piority. I mean, priority.
  • Finally, let me leave you with this classic pi joke:

    A young man goes off to college from his rural home. When he comes back for a visit, his less educated father wants him to show off his fancy learning. “Say something smart, son,” he commands.
    The young man thinks back to his classes, and figures a formula from math should sound impressive enough. He offers up the formula to calculate the area of a circle. “Pi r squared,” he says.
    His father looks embarrassed, and shocked. Shaking his head gravely, he says, “What are they teaching you, son? Pie are round, son. Cornbread are square.”

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12 responses to “Happy Pi Day!

  1. Hi Alejna,

    I believe I am supposed to interview you for Neil’s great experiment. Like your site. Just checking in. Must leave now but will return shortly.

    Claire (S1)

  2. I love that joke. I’ve never heard it before.

    I need to bake a pie. Tomorrow. I will. (A round one.)

  3. ah, that explains why I saw people in the math department area walking around with pies today.

  4. hey.
    I can’t beleive I didn’t read this post till now- ( it’s very very late but it’s not pi day anymore)I love Pi day, but kind of forgot about it this year. And now that I am putting it all together, I can’t beleive I didn’t notice. anyway, thanks for the fun post.

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  6. Claire-
    Thanks for coming by. I’m looking forward to being part of the experiment. Have you been interviewed yet?

    magpie-
    Glad you liked the joke. It was probably something John told me. And I hope you made your (round) pie.

    bs-
    Funny. It would be an unusual sight, I guess.

    erica-
    Maybe next year we can plan ahead for Pi Day. And we can have some damn fine pie.

  7. Pi day! And me all busy having a bad cold. Feh. I’ll have to mark my calendar for next year.

  8. I love this! My college roommate was all math-ish…I sent her a link to this post. :)

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