Tuesday, March 14, 2006

143. Happy holidays!

חג שםח (I am trying to put an exclamation point at the end, but my computer keeps insisting at putting it at the beginning.)
Happy Purim!! If you are not familiar with Purim, read the book of Esther. Guess who sent me mishloach manot? No one!! I mailed them to some people, which I don't know if that counts halachically, and with the mail system here the way it is, I have no idea if they will get them today or not. There is a "virtual" Purim party at http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/default.asp?flash=true and if I had my costume from last year I could e-mail in a picture of me wearing it and enter their costume contest. They also have some videos and sort of a game show. In case you could not guess from the URL, this is from Chabad.

It is also Inupiaq day. As best I can figure, the days (this year it is yesterday and today) are chosen by the NANA corporation, a corporation based in Kotzebue to bring jobs to the Native Americans living around here. It is always a Monday and Tuesday.

Today is "Pi Day". (3/14) The specific second is at 1:59:26. This works on the US where we write our dates as month and then day. A lot of the world writes dates as day, month and observe Pi Day of July 22. Coincidentally, it is also Einstein's birthday.

Several years back, Saturday Night Live had some shtick on the fact that it was Purim and St. Patrick's Day on the same day. I don't suppose they will do something on the alignment of Purim / Inupiaq Day / Pi Day ? (A very rare occasion)

As long as I am listing holidays, I checked online. Today is the Sikh New Year, by the Nanakshahi calendar. It is also "White Day" is Japan, a day when men who received chocolate from a woman on Valentine's Day is supposed to reciprocate and send her marshmallows.

I don't get it. In places where they write the date in day/month format (which makes more sense than ours -- since you are going from most specific to midlevel specific to least specific, whereas ours starts with midlevel specific to most specific to least specific -- but I would prefer year/month/day since then if you sort a bunch of dates written as text, they sort in chronological order), why would pi day be July 22 (i.e., 227)? Shouldn't it be April 31 (i.e., 314) assuming April had 31 days. Which it doesn't, but that's another story.

My head hurts.
Pi can be approximated by 22/7.
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