"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, March 14, 2008

Growing up a Nerd

And now I'm a grown-up nerd. And proud of it, too.

So to all geeks out there in the lands, take a break from soldering the control panel of your old VCR, and celebrate Pi Day!
Challenge yourself. How many digits of Pi do you have memorized? Make it five more. Or ten if you're feeling really daring. After all, what other day can you be proud to be a nerd?

Did they have this when we were young?


Christine M said...

I don't remember Pi day when we were young. My cousin once gave my grandfather a book on the history of Pi and claimed to have memorized many many digits of it (but I always take everything that cousin says with a grain of salt)

As for me - when you said Pi day. I went: Huh? Then I realized 3.14 Pi! Yay. But that's as far as I can take it. That's what I get for being an editor when I grew up instead of an engineer - I wonder if my engineer husband can do better?

PJ Hoover said...

I got it to 3.14159. I'm sure my actuarial hubby could get way farther than my engineering me.

Jim D said...

Now Tricia, I hven't soldered a part on a VCR in about 18yrs. It was a top loading RCA that had this little light in the chamber the tape lowered into. Whatever its function, the VCR was useless when it burned out. Went to an electronic part store in town, sat my then 2yr old daughter on the will call counter and said "I need one of these". 3.14159 minutes later the guy comes back with a box of assorted little parts and pulls out one that matches exactly. I asked "How much?" He just smiled at my daughter and said, "Its free for you sweetie."

Soldered it in and the VCR worked for years.

That's my nerd story (as if you needed proof, Tricia.)

Jim D

PJ Hoover said...

Score on the free VCR part, Jim!
I fixed my old VCR probably five times, but never with a soldering iron. But, you know, the newer ones were made so much cheaper than the old and seemed to break on a whim.

Anonymous said...

I take some satisfaction in being a practical person who never memorized Pi beyond 3.14159 and almost never used it beyond 3.14. The endless string of numbers comes from mathematical derivations of various kinds like those described at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PiFormulas.html


PJ Hoover said...

Always practical, Dad :)

You hit the nail on the head about never using it beyond 3.14.
And I'm guessing I must've learned what I know from you.

Reader Rabbit said...

oh...lol...we had our first celebration of Pi Day at our school on Friday.

We had Pi(e) eating contests.

And a "who can memorize the most digits of pi" contest...(The person who memorized the most in each class got entered in a draw).

The same person won both contests. :0

People memorized up to 400 digits. We're such a nerdy school...

Although, I only know up to 3.14159..

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Reader Rabbit! I love when people embrace the nerd within :)