Throwing Hot Coals

Happy Pi Day

I’ve gotten into this bad habit of not writing about anything except WordPress on this site. It’s quite sad in a way that I have this great publishing platform and I only write about WordPress, and I do so very little.

Many years ago, I don’t remember how many exactly, I was challenged by my High School math teacher, that if I could memorize all the digits of pi that were on the poster (86) above the white board, that I would get an ‘A’ on the final without having to take it. I spent a week or two, I even wrote a program for the TI-83 to help me learn it. In the end I learned somewhere around 280 digits of pi and got that ‘A’.

From then until now, I have always held a special place in my heart for this number of numbers. I own the movie pi, I own the book a history of pi and I have spent the last eleven to twelve years incredibly interested in this number. Back in 1998 or so I actually ran a site dedicated to pi on geocities that is now long gone and forgotten.

So in keeping with the color scheme of that old site I used to run, which I now realize was very Matrix-esque, have a happy pi day!


Happy pi day!

PS: From my days as an astrophysics major, I was taught that really only the first 42 digits of pi are useful for computational purposes. But what fun is that!? Keep learning and cranking out those digits of pi!

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Users from the Future Accessing Websites

This morning at GMT 03:39:23 a user from the future accessed a website running on one of the servers that I manage at work.

There was a date timestamp in the HTTP request of “Wed, 34 Apr 3119 26:46:54 GMT”.

Not only does this prove that users from the future are browsing our sites but it also proves that some time in the future we will add extra days into the calendar and add extra hours into the day.

Apparently time travel is possible. Bravo Doc Brown.

I have a feeling that Apple is behind this. While there are numerous requests during that time period, one of those hits came from a browser using the Webkit rendering engine. And Apple has created a piece of software called “Time Machine”. I think that the “Time Machine” software and the Webkit rendering engine are running a Delorean. Now to find out where they got their “Flux Capacitor” from. And plutonium…Damn these guys at Apple are serious.

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Right Brain v Left Brain

I normally try to not post news that I got off of a news site but in this event I just had to.

Article from:,21985,22556281-661,00.html

**THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

This just absolutely freaks me out. I see the dancer spinning clockwise and anti-clockwise. It switches while I am watching. I apparently use both the right and left side of my brain equally.

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