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## Happy Pi Day341

I just wanted take a break to wish everyone a Happy Pi Day. It's 3/14, so I hope you are all enjoying your day off, and remember not to bother checking your mailbox.
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## Happy Pi Day

• #### Tacoooo (Score:2)

Where's my pi cake?

• #### Re:Tacoooo (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:23AM (#35478976)

The cake is a pi.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Cake is not pie. If I'm expecting pie and you show up with a cake, I shoot you in the anus. No exceptions.
• #### Re: (Score:3)

Perhaps you'll get one on the real pi day, 22/7 (which is only valid when interpreted with the European convention) ~= 3.14. 3/14 ~= 0.214, which isn't anything even close to pi.
• #### Re: (Score:2)

What are you talking about? Everyone knows Pi Day is clearly 21 July or March 1, depending on where you are. That's what the Indiana state legislature told me!

• #### Happy Pi Day Everyone... (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:21AM (#35478944)

And here's a festive image I created for the occasion

http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/5665/28362805.jpg [imageshack.us]

• #### Is it Twelvember yet? (Score:3, Insightful)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:22AM (#35478948)

3/14 is the third day in the fourteenth month.

Oh, I see, they are using middle-endian notation.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

3/14 is the third day in the fourteenth month.

Oh, I see, they are using middle-endian notation.

In hex its E/3 or E-3 which has a nice symmetry

• #### Re: (Score:2)

3/14 is the third day in the fourteenth month.

Oh, I see, they are using middle-endian notation.

In hex its E/3 or E-3 which has a nice symmetry

And in binary its 1110-11 which is also quite nice

• #### Re:Is it Twelvember yet? (Score:4, Insightful)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:31AM (#35479112)
For fuck's sake, can we all please stop insisting that a particular arbitrary way to represent dates is better? It's pretty asinine how this gets brought up so much.
• #### Re:Is it Twelvember yet? (Score:5, Funny)

<{hoytduff} {at} {gmail.com}> on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:49AM (#35479338) Homepage Journal

For fuck's sake, can we all please stop insisting that a particular arbitrary way to represent dates is better? It's pretty asinine how this gets brought up so much.

Sure. We can argue over which way the toilet paper goes or 'vi vs. emacs' or any number of pointless, non-winnable arguments that fuel the growth of civilisation.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Is that a five minute argument or the full half hour?
• #### Re: (Score:2)

Indeed. And let's go with a non-arbitrary way, like YYYYMMDD, which is never ambiguous and actually _sorts_.

• #### Re: (Score:3)

The reason why date representations suck so much is partially inherent, and partially human-created.

The inherent part: There are at least 4 naturally occurring measurements of time that have been used as the basis - the day, the month, the year, and the second (measured via an atomic clock). None of them can be fully defined in terms of the others.

The human-created part: Differing base systems for each piece of the time that we tried to create. While the 12-13 months per year and the 365.25... days per year

• #### Re: (Score:2)

One of the reasons the French calendar failed was that it only allowed for one day off in 10. If they had gone with a five-day week (still evenly divides into a 30-day month), with one day off each week, the people of France probably would've accepted it more readily.

Kind of ironic considering the French now have three days off in seven....

• #### Re: (Score:2)

For fuck's sake, can we all please stop insisting that a particular arbitrary way to represent dates is better? It's pretty asinine how this gets brought up so much.

It gets brought up so much because a certain country is still living in the past. You know, the one that threw off the yoke of British dominance, but still insists on using pounds and feet and miles.

So, is 01/02/03: January 2nd, 2003, February 1st, 2003, or February 3rd, 2001?

2001-02-03 is unambiguous, and always sorts properly.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

3/14 is the third day in the fourteenth month.

Oh, I see, they are using middle-endian notation.

Hey. If you don't like it, just wait until the 22nd day of July, which is close enough.

[patiently waits for math geeks to mod him up]

• #### Re: (Score:2)

"3/14 is the third day in the fourteenth month".

Why would you assume the European notation or little endian order?

Note that European notation is inconsistent as well.
(Otherwise you would have 59:59:23 14-03-2011, for little endian order, or 95:95:32 41-30-1102 for real little endian)

This is slashdot, so perhaps the international scientific notation should be assumed.

YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss

I live in the U.S., and only use this form.

03-14 (MM-DD) is not middle-endian, BTW.

• #### And just as important. (Score:5, Insightful)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:23AM (#35478964)
I'd also like to wish everybody (and also remind them) a happy steak and BJ day. It's exactly one month after V-day which we all know is for the women. This holiday evens out the universe.
• #### Re: (Score:2)

I'd also like to wish everybody (and also remind them) a happy steak and BJ day. It's exactly one month after V-day which we all know is for the women. This holiday evens out the universe.

I'm guessing the BJ Day is for men then ...

• #### Almost there... (Score:4, Insightful)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:24AM (#35478982) Journal

Only 4 more years until 3/14/15. That's the big one and I expect math departments the world over to go overboard on the candy and soda that day.

• #### Re:Almost there... (Score:5, Insightful)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:26AM (#35479028)

We could easily extend that to

3/14/15 9:26:53 am

And have a real big bash.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

I'm gonna chug a Mountain Dew at that exact moment.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

We could easily extend that to

3/14/15 9:26:53 am

And have a real big bash.

You'll be more than a half second early!
Wait a sec, and you'd be more accurate.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Well, half a second.
• #### Re: (Score:2)

Well, half a second.

I stand by my statement:

Waiting a second would be more accurate:
3/14/15 9:26:54 am is more accurate than
3/14/15 9:26:53 am

Waiting a half second would be more precise.

• #### Re: (Score:3)

Unfortunately, it's really 2015-3-14. If prefere e day: 2718-2-8

• #### Re: (Score:2)

I think 3/14/28 will be bigger. Just a while off.
• #### Dates (Score:2)

Except that 'the world over doesnt use mm/dd/yy

in Commonwealth countries we use dd/mm/yy
in europe they use yyyy/mm/dd

Islamic countries use a completely different calendar

But its less than a week until Naw-Ruz (persian new year
At sunset on 20th March all 'The Friends' can stop fasting

Don't forget to 'wear the green' on the 17th for St Pats day

And it would be cute to 'wear purple' tomorrow (15th) to signify that
"the Ides of March have come'
'Aye Caesar, but not gone'

• #### Re: (Score:2)

The one in 2016 would be more precise.

rj

• #### Here in Europe, it's on a different day (Score:2)

Since we write Day-Month-Year, I am personally looking forward to 31.4.15...

• #### Re: (Score:2)

That would be nice, except for the annoying fact that April only has 30 days...

• #### Re: (Score:2)

That would be nice, except for the annoying fact that April only has 30 days...

Maybe they're expecting the months to be renumbered sometime in the next four years?

• #### Re: (Score:2)

I think you mean 3/14/16. The next digit is a nine, so you round up.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Candy and soda? Why? I let my students bring in as much pie as they want, and we share it around the class. Usually, we also pull out the string and the rulers, and we see who can calculate the closest value for pi from their pie. And if they're lucky, they get a special lecture from me on the historical importance of the value of pi. And pie.

Of course, nothing stops me from doing that at other times in the semester, either. I love pie! :)

(Looking forward to my class later today!)

• #### 3/14?? (Score:2)

Shouldn't Pi day be the 22th of July?

-dZ.

• #### 2011-03-14 (Score:2)

In ISO 8601 notation, today is 2011-03-14, where the "3.14" is easy to spot. July 22 is 2011-07-22, where the "22/7" is backward.
• #### Re: (Score:3)

No, that's Approximate Pi day.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Yeah. 3/14 is *exact* pi day.

• #### Steak and BJ Day (Score:2)

Actually, I think you'll find that today is Steak and BJ Day

http://www.steakandbjday.com/ [steakandbjday.com]

• #### Re: (Score:2)

Actually, I've just had a better idea

Steak and Pi Day

(Come on, this is /. after all)

• #### Re: (Score:3)

Actually, I've just had a better idea

Steak and Pi Day

(Come on, this is /. after all)

Of course. Slashdotters are not interested in a beej, just math.

• #### interesting note: (Score:5, Interesting)

<(moc.liamg) (ta) (erauqssemitelcric)> on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:26AM (#35479014) Homepage Journal

also albert einstein's birthday

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein [wikipedia.org]

March 14, 1879

• #### Re: (Score:3)

And White Day [wikipedia.org], so I'll be stopping on the way home to pick up a treat for my wife.
• #### Re:interesting note: (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @11:06AM (#35479538)
you're on the wrong forum, this is slashdot.

for slashdotters they have black day [wikipedia.org]
• #### Only in America! (Score:4, Interesting)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:27AM (#35479048)

It is only Pi Day if you use the date format of mm/dd. In countries that use dd/mm date format, it lands on 22/7. If you think about it, Pi Day makes more sense in that format.

My subject line says "Only in America", but in reality Basque Country, Hungary, Korea, and Mongolia use mm.dd which makes the more ideal 3.14

• #### Re: (Score:2)

So did you have a point with this, or is it just to be an asshole? On what day do you celebrate mathematicians?
3.14159 is drilled into scientist heads from day 1. 22/7 is a uniquely rough approximation used by creationists and other types who cannot get through their heads that irrational numbers exist. But the 22/7 thing is NOT American, and 3/14 IS, so that by definition self-justifies, if only because anything anti-American is intrinsically good.
• #### Re: (Score:3)

This is Slashdot, where the ISO defined YYYY-MM-DD should be the only way to represent a date other than maybe Epoch.
• #### belt tightening in the USA (Score:4, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:28AM (#35479070)

In most states, there are no longer separate holidays for pi and e but rather a combined "Transcendentals Day".

"Come on down, our prices for this one day event are just irrational".

• #### International (Score:2)

It's 14/3 here you insensitive clod!
• #### Pi-baking time! (Score:2)

I'm going to get my '3.14' on and bake myself something in a circular tin. Maybe pumpkin or apple! (it gives me a good excuse to, anyways)
• #### Drink for the occasion (Score:2)

Have a pair of "Tripel 9" beers and call it a Feynman Point special! http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/BrewFerm_Triple_9_ltr_Beer_Kit.html [the-home-brew-shop.co.uk]
• #### Tau instead of Pi... Wait a few months (Score:5, Informative)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @10:55AM (#35479418) Homepage
I too was once an ardent pi supporter. However, I have seen the light... let us eliminate spurious factors of two everywhere and embrace a more reasonable transcendental number: tau [tauday.com]
• #### Re: (Score:2)

In other words...you liked pi before it was mainstream. :) I understand.
• #### Ultimate Pi Moment (Score:4, Interesting)

on Monday March 14, 2011 @11:04AM (#35479520) Homepage Journal

Waiting for 3/14/15 at 9:26 AM.

Just before it flips to 9:27 we'll have an ultimate Pi moment.

• #### A Special Mention for Indiana (Score:2)

Pi day always reminds me of one of my favorite examples of legislative lunacy, the almost-successful attempt by the Indiana state legislature to set the value(s) of Pi by statute. The story, from Cecil Adams's "The Straight Dope" [straightdope.com] I particularly liked Prof. Waldo's response, when he was invited to meet the originator of this bill.
• #### You can celebrate two Pi days per year... (Score:2)

By varying the notation.

3/14

31.4.

• #### Re: (Score:2)

(Okay, so the second one would require a slight redefinition in the calendar.)

• #### To the Ivy League engineers out there (Score:2)

Happy Rejected-from-MIT Day!
• #### We should celebrate Tau day instead (Score:5, Insightful)

<the,rhorn&gmail,com> on Monday March 14, 2011 @11:23AM (#35479814) Homepage Journal

We should free ourselves of the tyranny of Pi, and celebrate Tau.

• #### Not 3/14 for everyone! (Score:2, Informative)

Here day comes before month. It's 14/3 you insensitive clod!

• #### How dare you (Score:2, Funny)

My date format is DD/MM/YYYY, you insensitive clod !

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