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Celebrate Pi Day

Sunday March 14th is Pi Day, as well as Albert Einstein’s birthday.

Animation of the act of unrolling a circle's circumference, illustrating the ratio π. Author: John Reid (GNU)

Animation of the act of unrolling a circle's circumference, illustrating the ratio π. Author: John Reid (GNU)

Self-confessed geek Elizabeth Landau reports for CNN on how nerds everywhere plan to celebrate:

The sound of meditation for some people is full of deep breaths or gentle humming. For Marc Umile, it’s “3.14159265358979…”

Whether in the shower, driving to work, or walking down the street, he’ll mentally rattle off digits of pi to pass the time. Holding 10th place in the world for pi memorization — he typed out 15,314 digits from memory in 2007 — Umile meditates through one of the most beloved and mysterious numbers in all of mathematics.

Pi, the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle, has captivated imaginations for thousands of years — perhaps even since the first person tried to draw a perfect circle on the ground or wondered how to construct something round like a wheel.

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The Ultimate Breakfast Machine

Mark Wilson, Gizmodo:

Earlier this month, designer Yuri Suzuki called for help to create a Pee Wee Hermanesque breakfast machine. Now, the heavenly contraption is done. Here’s a rundown of the machine (not in English, but eggs and toast are pretty universal):

The completed machine assembled a breakfast of an omelet, toast with jam, coffee and orange juice that was served all day to visitors of the Platform21 show in Amsterdam. But allow us to be the first jerks to say, wait, no bacon?

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