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π Day!

Posted by Doug on March 14, 2009

Yay!  It’s Pi Day!

I missed the optimal 1:59:26 AM posting time (of course, back in 1592, the optimal time was 6:53:58 AM, but that’s neither here nor there), but like I’ve always said kill it with fire everything’s better with catgirls the only good human is a dead human better late than never! Here goes, the digits of pi up to the Feynmann Point, courtesy of Pi Day:

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14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679 82148 08651 32823 06647 09384 46095 50582 23172 53594 08128 48111 74502 84102 70193 85211 05559 64462 29489 54930 38196 44288 10975 66593 34461 28475 64823 37867 83165 27120 19091 45648 56692 34603 48610 45432 66482 13393 60726 02491 41273 72458 70066 06315 58817 48815 20920 96282 92540 91715 36436 78925 90360 01133 05305 48820 46652 13841 46951 94151 16094 33057 27036 57595 91953 09218 61173 81932 61179 31051 18548 07446 23799 62749 56735 18857 52724 89122 79381 83011 94912 98336 73362 44065 66430 86021 39494 63952 24737 19070 21798 60943 70277 05392 17176 29317 67523 84674 81846 76694 05132 00056 81271 45263 56082 77857 71342 75778 96091 73637 17872 14684 40901 22495 34301 46549 58537 10507 92279 68925 89235 42019 95611 21290 21960 86403 44181 59813 62977 47713 09960 51870 72113 49999 99 and so on…

P.S. I don’t even want to hear from any Euler’s number fanboys (or fangirls) because everybody knows that π > e.

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Ninja Day

Posted by Doug on December 5, 2008

sheenaAs everyone knows, December 5th is Ninja Day, and so, in preparation for the stealthy, shuriken-throwing festivities, I thought I would do a little research into real-life ninja.

The research did not go well: Googling real historical ninja gave me over nine thousand results, most of which were links to articles on video games, or forum discussions where extremely illiterate people who claim to have taken classes in ninjutsu (or alternatively, know someone who knew someone else who learned ninjutsu) talk about how über-cool ninja are, or otherwise less-than-scholarly treatments of the subject, where the level of discourse seems to be summed up by the ultimate argument for the existence of ninja: “ninjas were suposed 2 b stealthy and not be seen so of course their wood be know proof! The fact there is know proof proofs there existins!!!!!1!oneeleven!” (all tpyos as in original).

This led me to the inevitable conclusion: Who cares? Ninja are cool, end of story.  It doesn’t matter if ninja are a complete fabrication, invented by a drunk salaryman in mid-1970s Bolivia for the purpose of convincing his soon-to-be-ex-wife he wasn’t completely sloshed—they would still be cool.yatsuha Of course, ninja aren’t a complete fabrication, but I think it’s safe to say that no real-life ninja ever had a demon of any given number of tails sealed inside his or her body.  Again, it doesn’t matter. The Rule of Cool dictates that things that are cool are inherently better than things that are real.

So, real historical ninja be damned, this is Ninja Day!  I’ve got my all-black outfit neatly pressed, my ninjato is nice and sharp, and my collection of pointy objects suitable for throwing is all together.  I’m going to go out on the town and try jumping from rooftop to rooftop.  I’m hoping I can do so in true ninja style and not be seen, because otherwise I’m going to be spending some time in jail, like this guy (link no good, sorry).

Or in a hospital.  That wouldn’t be good, either.

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