This year Pi Day sort of snuck up on me. I think that next year I’ll have to create a blog carnival or something. There’s just infinite potential!
I love this cartoon about Pi Approximation Day (July 22).
Call me obsessed. I’ve always had a thing for certain numbers, especially what are called the “master numbers” in numerology. I love 11, 22, 33, and 44. My birthday is in master numbers (11/22) and I frequently see them on clocks. For example, I’ll wake up during the night and it will be 3:33, or I’ll check the time at work and it will be 11:22. This has driven some of the people in my life crazy (or at least they thought I was crazy), but other friends say they now see it too, and frequently report my emails arriving with the time 11:22 on them. One friend called last year on my birthday to say she had just bought lunch and the tab was $11.22 and she knew she should call me!
I thought we were on to a great thing when an ex-girlfriend and I had our first date on 9/9/2007, which, of course, is all nines (2007 adds up to nine), and nines have their own special kind of magic. For starters, if you add up the integers in any multiple of nine (what’s called the digital root), you’ll get nine. Try it with the date 9/9/2007, which is really 3×9 or 27, which is again, (2+7), 9. I love it! Here’s some more fun information on nine.
As for Pi. I think I’m a little obsessed. I’m using memorization as a daily meditation exercise, as part of my other yoga practices. I’m up to about 50 decimal points. Who knows where I’ll be next year at 3/14?
P.S. Here’s a link to one of my short stories about Pi.
P.P.S. I just discovered there’s a world ranking list for memorizing Pi. Chao Lu of China tops the list with a world record memorization of 67,890 digits. It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite it! Hell, I’ll be happy if I can get to 100!