[time-nuts] pi Day

Steve Rooke sar10538 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 06:58:29 UTC 2009

Don't forget that some countries put the day in front of the month,
IE. it's 4th March here right now. This would mean that these days
would have to celebrated at different times in different countries.

2009/3/4 Rex <rexa at sonic.net>:
> I don't recall this discussion here before, but it should be a good time
> sink.
> I was reminded tonight that "pi Day" is coming on 3/14. That's fine, but
> a little inaccurate for our kind.
> Suppose I want to gather with friends and buy a "round" or have a sector
> of pie to celebrate.  What's the appropriate time to honor?
> Since 3/14 is not based on the value of pie but on its representational
> decimal numbers (I have no problem with that), then it seems the right
> time would be (to the tenth of a second) March 14 at 1:59:26.5 . Waddya
> think? Does that appropriately honor the irrational spirit of the number?
> I'm in California and 1:59 AM might be pushing closing time, but 1:59
> UTC would be 18:59 PDT and 21:59 EDT is workable too. I suggest that
> since it is just playing with the numbers everyone might try local time,
> UTC, and AM or PM to find a celebration point that works for you. If
> necessary, even go with 15:9:26.5 and the other options.
> I checked out www.piday.org tonight and found that they have a rather
> broken countdown timer on the page. It seems to want to tell me to begin
> celebrating at 00:00:00 of piday but it seems to only work for US EST
> which will be wrong after daylight time kicks in. I think it also works
> off of an inaccurately set server timer. Bad form. Obviously these
> math-heads are not timenuts. If they are only going to show one time for
> the world it really should be 00:00:00 UTC shouldn't it? And why
> disregard all the other fine digits of pi (hence my 1:59:26.5). I'm not
> a facebook kind of guy, but maybe some of us should go there and set
> them more precisely into this game.
> It also occurred to me that the actual value of pi vs. a year might give
> us other celebration options. I propose radian day (year duration / 2pi)
> or diameter day (year duration / pi). I calculate:
> Radian = Feb 27 at 2:11:50.285 (dang, we missed it)
> Diameter = Apr 26 at 4:23:40.57
> (Different on leap years or slightly for leap seconds. Check my math --
> I'm not a rocket scientist.)
> Let me know if I messed up any of this important stuff and hopefully
> someone will bug the piday.org people into more timenutassity.
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Steve Rooke - ZL3TUV & G8KVD & JAKDTTNW
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