Happy Pi Day!

Yup, pi.  As in ” the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius” [Source: wikipedia].  As in 3.141592…. As in March 14 (3/14).  And, now that I think about it, we are only six years away from an even more precise  Pi Day: March 14, 2015 (3/14/15) !

This holiest of holy days was recently brought to my attention by my friend, Almost Dr. Dan, who is an Almost Dr. of Statistics and who has tattoos of the Greek letters sigma, psi, delta, gamma, xi, and, of course, pi, on various locations on his body.

According to the Pi Day website:

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Also, through the Pi Day website I discovered my new favourite song: Lose Yourself (In the Digits).

And now, a declaration:

In honour of Pi Day, I hereby declare Almost Dr. Dan to be the Official Statisitian and Tattoo Consultant for Not To Be Trusted With Knives.

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  • SO MANY EMOTIONS! First, I love love love that you filed this entry under nerdery! Second, I love love love ‘lose yourself in the digits’. Third, it’s Pi Day! So happy Pi Day! And we all know that I love love love pi (and pie for that matter)**

    Finally, I am thoroughly humbled and honoured to be the OSTC for NTBTWK. I promise to do all I can to live up to the responsibilities that come with such a illustrious title.

    Also, after much debate (with myself), I’ve decided that I’m adding this title to my CV. Seriously.

    * OSTC=Official Statistician and Tattoo Consultant
    ** In honour of Pi Day, I have decided that I needed to multiply my love love love by 3. I would have multiplied it by Pi, but I’m not sure how to write that.


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  • I have a Pi related story!

    Back when I was at the U of Windsor, my friend Brady and I went to the gym together a few mornings a week. (Gym pals — awwww. But that’s not the point of the story.) There were a bunch of fairly regular characters we saw all the time, and the most effed-up of them always seemed to be on the stationary bikes. Like Guy Who Clapped All The Time, and Guy Who Wore Eighties Shorts. Best among them was Guy Who Mouthed Words Crazily. He never said anything out loud, but you could always see him mouthing the words to something, although whatever he was saying was too fast to figure out.

    Anyways, stopped going to the gym, graduated University, moved home, and hadn’t thought of this guy in easily nine years. Then just last week, Brady sends me this article, and after all the years the mystery is solved: http://www.windsorstar.com/Technology/This+math+teacher+really+loves/1384027/story.html

    Dave’s last blog post..The First Month


  • @Dan – I’m glad you like your new, unpaid job. Did I mention that it’s unpaid? Also, if you send me a picture or screen shot of that on your CV, I will blog it.

    @Demonwood – I didn’t know Einstein’s birthday was Pi Day! Cool!

    @Dave – No way! He was just reciting the digits of Pi, over and over and over and over again, under his breath, at the gym? Crazy!


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