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Okay, well, perhaps not pie. But pi!

Just computed 3000 digits of #Pi on my #iPhone!
Pi=3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280
348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211
055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603
486104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925
903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051
185480744623799627495673518857527248912279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952
247371907021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005681271452635608277857
713427577896091736371787214684409012249534301465495853710507922796892589235420199561121290
219608640344181598136297747713099605187072113499999983729780499510597317328160963185950244
594553469083026425223082533446850352619311881710100031378387528865875332083814206171776691
473035982534904287554687311595628638823537875937519577818577805321712268066130019278766111
959092164201989380952572010654858632788659361533818279682303019520353018529689957736225994
138912497217752834791315155748572424541506959508295331168617278558890750983817546374649393
192550604009277016711390098488240128583616035637076601047101819429555961989467678374494482
553797747268471040475346462080466842590694912933136770289891521047521620569660240580381501
935112533824300355876402474964732639141992726042699227967823547816360093417216412199245863
150302861829745557067498385054945885869269956909272107975093029553211653449872027559602364
806654991198818347977535663698074265425278625518184175746728909777727938000816470600161452
491921732172147723501414419735685481613611573525521334757418494684385233239073941433345477
624168625189835694855620992192221842725502542568876717904946016534668049886272327917860857
843838279679766814541009538837863609506800642251252051173929848960841284886269456042419652
850222106611863067442786220391949450471237137869609563643719172874677646575739624138908658
326459958133904780275900994657640789512694683983525957098258226205224894077267194782684826
014769909026401363944374553050682034962524517493996514314298091906592509372216964615157098
583874105978859597729754989301617539284681382686838689427741559918559252459539594310499725
246808459872736446958486538367362226260991246080512438843904512441365497627807977156914359
977001296160894416948685558484063534220722258284886481584560285060168427394522674676788952
521385225499546667278239864565961163548862305774564980355936345681743241125150760694794510
965960940252288797108931456691368672287489405601015033086179286809208747609178249385890097
149096759852613655497818931297848216829989487226588048575640142704775551323796414515237462
343645428584447952658678210511413547357395231134271661021359695362314429524849371871101457
654035902799344037420073105785390621983874478084784896833214457138687519435064302184531910
484810053706146806749192781911979399520614196634287544406437451237181921799983910159195618
14675142691239748940907186494231961 Total computation time = 0.02 seconds

Isn’t that cool? There is an iOS app that will calculate and display up to 99,999 digits of pi (it does not count the 3 as one digit). It does not ‘round’ its calculations. Four digits is 3.1415, even though five digits is 3.14159. Should the app accommodate rounding? The app developers apparently thought no. You are free to disagree!

Some interesting facts about pi:

Where does the word ‘pie’ come from?

Where does the word ‘pi’ come from?

Human beings have been fascinated by calculations of pi for centuries. In the present day, with the advantage of computers, pi has now been calculated to 10 trillion digits. (It would be outside the scope of this diary to include them, though you are free to disagree!) For scientific purposes, calculations of pi to 40 digits are usually considered adequate for accuracy. It may be a few years before 10 trillion digits are needed. (You are free to disagree!)

Other human beings have invested themselves in memorizing long sequences of pi (called piphilology). Wikipedia says the Guinness-certified world record is 67,890 digits. (It took 24 hours and four minutes to recite! =:o )

Is that a worthwhile use of our time? I think no. (You are free to disagree!) One of the things I love best about Daily Kos is the focus on our political and social causes. In my opinion, work on any of those is more worthwhile than time spent memorizing digits of pi (after the first four, rounded)!

If the 3000 digits I shared do not satisfy you, you can find much larger computations on this page. (I do not advise this, but you are free to disagree!)

The pi search website lets you search for your ‘number’ on their page (your number being your birth month, birth date and year, using 0 for days and months under 10, so your number would contain 8 digits) in a database containing 200 million digits of pi. The odds of finding your number is appx. 86%. (FYI, mine is not found in that search.) Does this search have importance? Not much, I think. (Though you are free to disagree!) (Incidentally, the conclusion on the Pi Search page itself calls it ‘exceptionally useless’ and ‘occasionally useful.’)

To find if your number appears in the first two million digits, enter it in the search field at the top of this page. Jan. 12, 2013 would be 01122013. (The string 01122013 occurs at position 24,978,781 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. The 3. is not counted.)

Celebrate Pi Day! (Every March 14, duh! ::wink:: )

How does one best celebrate Pi Day? By eating pie?! (You are free to disagree!)

Of them all, which is your favorite pi fight? (I am free to disagree!)

Thanks for reading tonight! On to tonight’s comments!

From eeff:
The comment I am nominating was in this diary by Walt starr, and it's by Otteray Scribe.
From mrsgoo:
Brainwrap's great diary about Republican rape comments brought this comment/video from JML9999 that I think is a must watch.
(Ed. Note: One of the most recommended video links I have seen in some time!)

And this comment from greenbird includes a fun 'Death Star' link!

From JayRaye:
This comment on gun safety by Reformed and trying to be reasonable is thoughtful comment on a difficult subject.
From dorkenergy:
This comment (out of recommendability) by srfRantz  --- Misunderstandings of the right AND left captured here!
From BeninSC:
Cartoon Messiah flagged this snarky comment by CJB on the Cafe proprietor who tried to propagandize a lesbian couple in the restaurant.

leftynyc flagged this video comment by Just Bob, for cat and dog lovers!

Youffraita flagged this church billboard creation in a comment submitted by noweasels!

Tonight's Top Mojo, graciously compiled by mik!
  1) If only she had been armed. by kitebro — 218
  2) Mojo decays over time by blue aardvark — 211
  3) Let's just hope they don't open a chemistry by Roadbed Guy — 175
  4) Heh. by Bob Johnson — 173
  5) Thank you, by DianeNYS — 159
  6) blush by blue aardvark — 159
  7) Yeah. by Scott Wooledge — 158
  8) She was always armed by Alexandre — 143
  9) Couldn't happen to a nicer fella by Andrew C White — 142
10) These hypocrites serve God Damned shellfish by FishOutofWater — 129
11) Thank you, by DianeNYS — 125
12) Great idea BA! I'll t&r too, let's everyone do it by some other george — 109
13) who is a liar! by sc kitty — 109
14) Are we feeling secure yet? by FishOutofWater — 106
15) you can't defend yourself by DSC on the Plateau — 105
16) They were till they weren't. n/t by Rich in PA — 101
17) People REALLY should be walking the streets by xxdr zombiexx — 99
18) The Lounge Is Open by TexDem — 97
19) Here is the link from by AJ in Camden — 96
20) Mojo Friday Wants You by TexDem — 93
21) CC Is Watching by TexDem — 92
22) Thanks For Stopping By by TexDem — 90
23) Heh Heh by TexDem — 87
24) Hooked Yet? by TexDem — 86
25) oh my by downtownLALife — 85
26) To recap additionally: by Addison — 85
27) The half life of a mojo by Andrew C White — 85
28) More Mojo! by TexDem — 84
29) No More Excuses! by TexDem — 84
30) If you keep saying what you really think... by detroitmechworks — 83
31) Heh by TexDem — 83
32) Good Morning Everybody! by Ex Con — 83
Tonight's Top Pictures, for which we thank jotter!

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