I used to scoff at Pi Approximation Day. "Twenty-two sevenths?", I'd laugh, while twirling my mustache. "Don't make me laugh!"

It has since been pointed out to me, though, that "3.14", without any subsequent digits, is actually farther from the true value of pi than 22/7 is. This means that we are the approximators, and you guys who celebrate in July are much closer to the Platonic form of pi.

On Pi Day I stumbled across Pilish, which is a kind of constrained writing for poetry. In a Pilish poem, the number of letters in each successive word matches the successive digits of pi. For example:

Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees,

Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.

gengkev commented on the word Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!

March 15, 2011

reesetee commented on the word Pi Day

I have a non-existent one, if you'd like to borrow it.

March 24, 2010

pterodactyl commented on the word Pi Day

I would, but sheep don't have mustaches.

March 18, 2010

Prolagus commented on the word Pi Day

But please keep twirling your mustache.

March 18, 2010

pterodactyl commented on the word Pi Day

I used to scoff at Pi Approximation Day. "Twenty-two sevenths?", I'd laugh, while twirling my mustache. "Don't make me laugh!"

It has since been pointed out to me, though, that "3.14", without any subsequent digits, is actually farther from the true value of pi than 22/7 is. This means that

weare the approximators, and you guys who celebrate in July are much closer to the Platonic form of pi.Boy, do I feel sheepish.

March 18, 2010

reesetee commented on the word Pi Day

Damn! How did I miss that one?

March 18, 2010

ruzuzu commented on the word Pi Day

There's always Pi Approximation Day on July 22.

March 18, 2010

Prolagus commented on the word Pi Day

But every night you can celebrate Pi time!

March 18, 2010

bilby commented on the word Pi Day

As our calendar only has 12 months, we don't get to celebrate Pi Day in Australia.

March 18, 2010

dontcry commented on the word Pi Day

Interesting! Shouldn't the first word be a one-word sentence--for the decimal?

March 16, 2010

pterodactyl commented on the word Pi Day

On Pi Day I stumbled across Pilish, which is a kind of constrained writing for poetry. In a Pilish poem, the number of letters in each successive word matches the successive digits of pi. For example:

(3 1 4 1 5 9 2 6 5 3 5 8 9 7 9 3 2 3 8 4 6)March 16, 2010

ruzuzu commented on the word Pi Day

Beware the Pies of March....

March 15, 2010

dontcry commented on the word Pi Day

Ha! Yes, all pies were rounded off.

March 15, 2010

Prolagus commented on the word Pi Day

Was it a round pie?

March 15, 2010

dontcry commented on the word Pi Day

It was Pie Sunday (the second Sunday of each month) at my church today -- 3.14.10! Even I got that one!

March 15, 2010

mollusque commented on the word Pi Day

How I wish I could enumerate pi easily, since all these horrible mnemonics prevent recalling any of pi's sequence more simply.

(Seen here.)

March 15, 2010

reesetee commented on the word Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!

March 15, 2010