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10 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day 196

Posted by samzenpus
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alphadogg writes "There are holidays, and then there are holidays for nerds, and March 14 (3.14) is one of those. Based on the mathematical constant number that represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle, Pi Day has grown to become somewhat of a day to celebrate for mathematicians and techies. Here are 10 things to do on the big day."
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10 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

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  • 10? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Joehonkie (665142) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:00PM (#39355269) Homepage
    Call me back when you have a list with 3.14 ways to do it.
    • 0. Don't observe it but say you did.
      1. Observe Pi Day by calling in sick, then running the most Pi-utilising software you have all day long (games).
      2. Troll your favourite fora with ludicrous suggestions of how to observe Pi Day.
      3. Derive the constant via measuring the circumference of a peni--

      There, happy now?

      • by vlm (69642)

        Observe Pi Day by calling in sick, then running the most Pi-utilising software you have all day long...

        So the circumference of goatse divided by the diameter of goatse equals...

        Oh you'll be calling in sick the next day too.

    • by sconeu (64226)

      The editors should kill commenting on this story after 314 posts.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      C'mon, you know you should simply celebrate it in one irrational way.

    • 3.14159265358979323846 26433832795028841971 69399375105820974944 59230781640628620899 8628034825342..70679
    • by Bigby (659157)

      I choose to procrastinate, so don't expect a phone call.

    • by Hatta (162192)

      Maybe he found pi^2 ways to do it, and rounded up.

  • If would have the benefit of doubling as an "e-/i-(something)" pun in addition to its numerical quality. And no, don't say it. I'm aware that my suggestions tend to be irrational.
  • by Lord Lode (1290856) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:02PM (#39355305)

    Rather than one single page which you can read in one go?

  • 2 ways... (Score:3, Informative)

    by i.r.id10t (595143) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:02PM (#39355307)

    Gonna go home tonight, and grill up a few steaks. And then hopefully the wife will give me a hummer... screw pie day, it is Steak & BJ Day!

    • Gonna go home tonight, and grill up a few steaks. And then hopefully the wife will give me a hummer... screw pie day, it is Steak & BJ Day!

      Ah, you must celebrate the "American Pi" day.

      • Ah, you must celebrate the "American Pi" day.

        14th March is American Pi day...unless you live on some strange space-time metric where pi is 14.3.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by booyoh (2511204)
      But it's all three combined in one: Pi Day, Hump Day, and Steak & BJ Day.
  • by Corf (145778) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:02PM (#39355309) Journal
    I'm on the east coast of the USA. This story was posted two minutes before it should have been.

    Posted by samzenpus on 01:57 PM March 14th, 2012
  • by eexaa (1252378) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:02PM (#39355315) Homepage

    ...walking in circles all day.

  • Lame (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:03PM (#39355319)

    That was an incredibly dumb, ad-laden slideshow. How much does Network World pay to get adclicks for these stupid stories? Seriously did they spend anything more than 5 minutes chunking that turd out?

  • Support unicode in Slashdot tags and comments?

  • by mederbil (1756400) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:04PM (#39355339)

    It's my birthday. When all of your friends are nerds, they totally forget about it.

    I think this is what having a birthday on Christmas like.

    • Happy birthday to you Mederbil, 'tis mine too. It is also Einstein's birthday- and my cat's birthday (approx- exact day unknown- celebrated today)

      • Happy birthday to you Mederbil, 'tis mine too. It is also Einstein's birthday- and my cat's birthday (approx- exact day unknown- celebrated today)

        Happy birthday to you both, and to Schrödinger's cat as well.

        • Happy birthday to you Mederbil, 'tis mine too. It is also Einstein's birthday- and my cat's birthday (approx- exact day unknown- celebrated today)

          Happy birthday to you both, and to Schrödinger's cat as well.

          "Happy"? I dunno... observing those birthdays could be deadly.

    • It's my birthday. When all of your friends are nerds, they totally forget about it.

      Are you kidding? You have the one birthday nerd friends should be able to remember!

  • by Cro Magnon (467622) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:06PM (#39355367) Homepage Journal

    Nah, I'd rather have cake. But I will have 3.14 slices of it.

  • Explanation (Score:4, Funny)

    by batquux (323697) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:08PM (#39355393)

    "Based on the mathematical constant number that represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle"

    In case you're reading slashdot and don't know what pi is.

    • Hmm are you sure it ain't the ratio between the area of a disk and the square of its radius?
      • by Bigby (659157)

        I think you are both over-complicating the matter. It is the ratio between PI and 1.

    • "Based on the mathematical constant number that represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle"

      In case you're reading slashdot and don't know what pi is.

      Of course. Being of sound mind, we Slashdotters use tau [youtube.com].

  • We're having a bevy of Pi Pies in my office today. Yum!
  • Personally I like Pir [youtube.com] by Autechre, it appeals to the math/electronics geek in me I think.

  • Our Pi Day (Score:5, Insightful)

    by netsavior (627338) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:23PM (#39355623)
    First I taught my kids (age 5 and 6) about Pi with a circle drawing and a ruler and some string.
    Then I taught them about the greek alphabet so they would understand what the "Pi" symbol came from
    Then I taught them about homophones
    Then I taught them about puns based on homophones
    Then we made a pie, they learned about measuring and cooking.

    Then we ate pie while they snickered about the fact that they don't have to do school work during spring break.
  • Here's the real top ten list. (to get the real networkworld.com just click reload ten times while reading this)

    1) Sing "Shes my Cherry Pie" by ... Winger I think, as loud as possible in your cube at work. Bonus points for interpretive dance and/or dressing up like the girl on the promotional poster. Extra bonus points for posting the video of your performance to youtube. Extra Extra bonus points for getting the video pulled for (c) violation.
    2) Buy a raspberry pi linux board. Ha ha, you can't. Maybe b

  • by Starker_Kull (896770) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:33PM (#39355773)

    I am a little happy that Pi day is noticed, and perhaps gives an excuse to think deeply about something rather than just bake pies - but it's a pretty lame list. I propose my own:

    1) Read about Tau vs. Pi. [tauday.com] The arguments for what we can choose in mathematics vs. what is given, require one to think quite a bit about what is useful in math vs. what is convention and makes one, frankly, appreciate pi far more than any of the activities in the article.

    2) Actually try to measure pi. Note I didn't say, 'calculate'. It is revealing how hard it is to actually measure things in the real world beyond three or four significant figures, and it makes one appreciate the beauty of abstract calculations.

    3) Read about e. e is actually much cooler in many ways, but because there is no ridiculuously simple, visualizable definition of it, it doesn't get the limelight (such as it is.) A great historical book on e: "e": The Story of a Number [amazon.com]

    But if you insist on knowing what the slideshow list of ten things is:

    1) Make a pi-themed pie
    2) Rock a Pi Day T-shirt
    3) Write Pi-kus or Pi-ems
    4) Go on a pi scavenger hunt (this, at least, has some vague mathematical attraction, although you could accomplish the same with a random sequence)
    5) See how many digits of pi you can recite
    6) Watch "Pi" the movie (gibberish math, but a cool movie that gets a little bit of the obsessional nature that can capture those who dive into abstract mathematics)
    7) Listen to Pi music
    8) Tell Pi Day jokes
    9) Celebrate Albert Einstein's birthday (same day)
    10) Read a book about pi (they don't even suggest the classic historical work on pi, by Beckman: A History of Pi [amazon.com]

    Like I said - mostly silly, not very mathematical. I would prefer pi day be a day of observance rather than a secular holiday :-)

  • by SMoynihan (1647997) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @02:37PM (#39355827)

    ...but April only has 30 days?!

    (for those with a logical "day -> month" progression)

  • it all makes sense (Score:5, Informative)

    by mostlywibbly (2595449) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @03:00PM (#39356191)
    1337% of pi is 42
  • How about celebrating Two's Day... two being the ratio of a circle's diameter to its radius. Make it the second working day of every week...
  • by Templar (14386)

    How I need a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.

  • Pie of course (Score:4, Insightful)

    by shreak (248275) on Wednesday March 14, 2012 @03:22PM (#39356473)

    When I got home yesterday my daughter asked me "Will you help me make pumpkin pie if I go get the stuff for it?" I said "sure" because opportunities to hang out with my daughter are rare to be sure. So we're making pumpkin pie, well she is, I'm just there for moral support I guess.

    I ask "So what is the pie for?"
    She says "Tomorrow is pi day so I'm bringing pie to school"
    I say "Oh, cool"

    Inside I'm thinking "How the fuck did I get shit this right?"

    signed,
    stumbling into success

  • At least for everyone in the world that prefers the "day/month/year" system over the dumb "month/day/year" one.

    Also, 22/7 is a better approximation to the actual pi value than 3.14.

    And... on that day I will, if all goes well, on vacation, so I'll be able to actually celebrate the day.

    There.

    • by omnichad (1198475)

      22/7 rounds to 3.14. If you go one more digit out, it rounds wrong. How is it a better approximation? Because it's irrational?

      • by mfarah (231411)

        Pi = 3.14159265358979.......
        3.14 = 3.14
        22/7 = 3.14285714...

        |Pi-3.14| = 0.00159265358979...
        |Pi-22/7| = 0.00126448926735...

        So, yeah, 22/7 is a better approximation.

        For that matter, 355/113 is much better, but we don't have that many months or months that long in our calendar.

  • Just remember, kids...

    Pie R Round
    Cobbler R Square(ish...usually)

  • Chicken Pot Pie or Shepherd's Pie
    Salad
    Slice of Pie (Your Choice)

    $11 in the bay area.

    Went there for lunch today :-)

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