Today is 3.14(.)15. A once in a century day for all math and number lovers to celebrate by – I don’ know, a blog post?
There is a good Op-Ed on this most nerd-erific of topics in the NYT today. Here is what gets to the heart of pi for me…
“But pi’s infinite randomness can also be seen more as richness. What amazes, then, is the possibility that such profusion can come from a rule so simple: circumference divided by diameter”
Measure the diameter of a circle, multiply by 3.1415 and that is the circumference or the distance around the circle. Simple. But that’s where the simplicity ends. This constant, π, when calculated precisely to decimal places that have absolutely no value to the world you and I inhabit on a daily basis continues, infinitely. It’s mind boggling and fun.
Happy π day.
Sunday 3.15.15: Spock Day at the Eureka Theater.
We’ll just come right out and say we’re not quite ready to let Spock go. And we’re guessing we’re not the only ones. Yield to the logic of the situation and come to the Eureka Theater on March 15 to celebrate Vulcan’s favorite son, brought to cinematic life by the late, great Leonard Nimoy. This is a fairly impromptu event, so keep watching this space for details as they develop. But clear your late afternoon and evening–we can promise that you will see James T. Kirk cry during “Amazing Grace,” and see Nimoy pass the torch to Quinto. More than that we cannot say, other than that you will not be sorry if you come early and stay late. [UPDATE: Doors open at 2:30. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN screens at 5:00 PM, and STAR TREK (2009) at 7:00. Let’s just say fans of the original TV show should be seated by 3:00. Just sayin’.] Admission is five U.S. dollars, though we will accept a Canadian $5 note, if you take the time to Spock it. And fans, be not afraid to break out the Starfleet uniforms, the tricorders, the ears–we’re all friends here.
Stop by on Sunday. If you don’t have time to stay, feel free to leave a donation for those investing in protecting our beautiful F St. movie theater.
For all those Star Trek TOS fans out there in Humboldt – don’t miss John Hardin’s tough look at us Star Trek fans. I could go on about what he’s missing, but boy does he skewer many of us fans.
Here is one Star Trek “prediction” John notes came true…
Star Trek correctly predicted that everyone would be single. I believe that Mr. Spock’s parents were the only married couple ever depicted on the show. Other than that, everyone in the show was single. Today, for the first time ever, more American adults are single, than in a committed relationship…
Ouch. But there’s more, if you are one of the many Humboldt Trekkies make sure to check out this fun and often painfully accurate LYGSBTD Star Trek TOS post.