Happy Pi Day 2008, Everyone!

mqudsi

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#1
Today is Pi Day... my favorite holiday of the year! :grinning:

Happy Pi Day to all! :grinning:

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Pi to 1,000,000 places
 

Sarge

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#2
Happy Pi day, everyone :smile:

Thanks Guru for reminding me :lol: Awesome day. Weather is beautiful even.
 

Terry60

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Staff member
#3
Sorry CG,
I think one of your digits is wrong, just take a look near the middle, it's glaringly obvious.

PS
I suppose in UK, pi day is 3rd Jan ?
 
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mqudsi

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#4
Terry, I'm not sure what you're referring to.....

According to Wikipedia, Europe celebrates Pi Day on the 14th of March as well, and also on 22/7 (July 22nd, approximately pi). 3rd of Jan is a bit too generic (3.1); maybe if there was a 14th month or something... :tongueout:
 
#5
Ok Happy Pi day everyone.
Just wondering what the Pi approximation day is? (your birthday)
 

mqudsi

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#6
Nov. 9th on Leap Years is the 314th day of the year. (314 -> 3.14 -> Pi). It's in the article:
Article said:
March 14th isn't the only day that Pi is celebrated - a number of other days including July 22nd (22/7 ≈ Pi), November 9th on Leap Years, and November 10th otherwise (the 314th days of their respective years) are also recognized as "Pi Approximation Days" in their own right. And in China, December 10th at 1:13 PM is also considered to be yet another Pi Approximation (December 10th is the 355th day of the year, and 355/113 ≈ Pi).
 
#7
what a coincidence cg you might be a mathematical anomaly this case requires more research just wondering how march 14 got all the glory and not July 22 although thinking about extra math outside school causes me to throw up its noce to havae another holiday to celebrate they should give us a week off of course most people around me think that is a variable like x so there was this one guy in class who wrote
"3(pi symbol no idea how to get it)+153=70pisymbol"
not exact numbers but the message should have reached so cross out that holiday request
p.s. i know british use the word holliday instead of vacation but in this instance american speaking it would still be correct to use holliday rite????
 

Terry60

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#8
Ali,
In UK "holiday" is still the normal term ( a corruption of holy day, times like Christmas and Easter being the only days in the distant past where working people got a day off work), though now we get things like May day - originally May 1 - international socialist holiday, instituted by the Labour government in the '60s and rapidly changed by subsequent Conservative government to May bank holiday (1st monday in May to avoid any left-wing connection) and obviously not the slightest bit holy.
We still use the term "bank holiday" for the public days off because all business used to close on those days, banks, newspapers, shops etc, but then everyone began to realize what a sales opportunity was being missed with all those people milling about looking for somewhere to spend their money, so now everything is open on a bank holiday, which means that half the population is working (on double time wages) selling things to the other half.
In truth though, the average brit would refer to what he did on his "hols", contracting it even more.
Vacation is still an americanism, like elevator for lift, or sidewalk for pavement, or cookie for biscuit, words understood in both cultures but marking distinctly where ones roots are.
 

mqudsi

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#9
Well, now all of Slashdot knows my birthday - this story made the /. homepage :grinning:

Slashdot | Happy Pi Day
It's gotten more comments than the traditional OS-war threads :|

Glad to see the server didn't crap out :smile:

Addendum:

although thinking about extra math outside school causes me to throw up
Honestly, this was one of the articles I've had the most joy in researching.
 
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Ex_Brit

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#11
I just noticed this thread.....how unusual for me!!:??

Our local equivalent of the Sci-Fi Channel (Space) just aired the movie Pi or ∏ - that was a strange one.
 

Terry60

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#12
On this subject, I've just seen this article about Google Easter Eggs

"But if you'd rather do your mythical beastie viewing at home in the wee hours of the morning, set your alarm to 3:14am and your browser to the Beach themed iGoogle page. At precisely that o'clock each day, Nessie surfaces for 60 seconds, then takes a deep breath and dives back under the dark loch's surface.
Why that time of the morning? Well, according to programmer's lore, Google developers did it to pay homage to the mathematical quantity Pi "
 

Ex_Brit

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#13
3.14am where?
 

Terry60

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#14
I haven't tried it, but I assume it allows for local time.
 

Mak 2.0

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#15
I will check it next time i am up at that time.
 

mqudsi

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#17
Happy Pi Day to you too, hag789 :smile: