My dad is a math geek, and was a mechanical engineer before he retired. He would doodle quick trigonometry calculations on a napkin while he sat at his computer designing... stuff. His trig teacher in college told him to go into any field that does NOT involve trig because he had such poor grades in the class. Though that was due to not doing his homework, which unfortunately many teachers use that as the bulk for your grade. Anyway, he always remembered that conversation with a smile since his job required him to do trig DAILY.
Alas, I did not inherit this talent from my dad. Add that to the long list of skills that skipped me. That's okay though, I still came out pretty awesome ;)
At any rate, at my dad's last job, they would always celebrate Pi Day with pie! This was my first time hearing about anyone celebrating the day and I thought it was so creative. I think that was before the internet made a big deal of it, or I was just unaware (that is a huge posibility). Either way, I loved how his new work place was a mix of mega smartie pants and kooky creatives. Though to be fair, my dad is a bit of both. A serious kooky.
One of the last projects he helped with the design was a heart catheter with a pivoting head that could be switched out for a camera or laser or whatever. His job was to design the casing. Sounds simple, but it had to be designed also with emergencies in mind. So if the power went out, the surgeon had less than 30 seconds to deactivate the whole thing, so it had be designed to be sturdy, sleek looking, and easy to manipulate. I only visited this work place once (my dad has worked many places), for a company picnic. My dad did not allow me to open the freezer with the dead pigs that they practiced on though. This is the actual freezer:
So... pi. That is what this blog post is suppose to be about, not dead pigs.
And just what is Pi and what makes today a SUPER Pi day?
Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference from it's diameter. Super boring geometry stuff. I was always more of an algebra girl, geometry was just not my jam. I did like making proofs, even if they were incorrect. It's like a list. But with math.
Pi is a number that goes on and on, and the first bit of it is: 3.1415... Get it? It's today's date: month, day, AND YEAR. SUPER PI DAY! (Only applies to the USA though since we choose to write our date all wonky vs the rest of the world... they write their date day/month/year which makes much more sense to start with the smallest increment of time and work up to the largest but that's a whole other thing)
The usual thing to celebrate PI day is with pie, which makes sense on many levels (it sounds like PI, they are usually shaped like circles), but to honest I'm not a big fan of pie. I like pie, especially Boston cream pie, which I know isn't a pie, it's a cake, and I love cake, but it has pie in the title so my husband and I have agreed that this counts as pie and cake. So that's our official decree. On actual real pies, I really just prefer the fillings, it's the crust that I find bleh.
So I needed to find another way to represent PI day! What's another food item that starts with a "pi" sound? PIneapple! And I love me some pineapple :)
So I'm celebrating the day wearing my PIneapple cardigan, drinking a PIna colada (okay this doesn't sound like the PI sound, but it starts with the same letters, don't rain on my PI parade here guys), listening to PI from Hard and Phirm, how about you?