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Zeke 03-15-2022 01:43 AM

Five-Minute Pi
As you know, I'm a mathematician, so you'd probably expect me to like Pi Day. And I do. But I have also <i>dreaded</i> Pi Day every year since something like 2008, and not just because being a mathematician on Pi Day is a bit like being Irish on St. Patrick's Day. No, I have another reason.

See, I'm also a fan of the <i>movie</i> Pi -- a weird indie film with which the director Darren Aronofsky first got himself noticed. And it occurred to me all those years ago that a fiver of that movie would be the perfect 5MV update for Pi Day. So I tried to write one, got a couple of scenes in... and I've been trying every year since then to do the rest in time for the occasion. (I've even known how I would do some later scenes, but I'm no good at writing out of order.) In fact, most years I've also tried to work on it before Pi <i>Approximation</i> Day, which is July 22nd in honour of 22/7.

But see the 22 in that fraction? This year is our 22nd in operation, and as soon as I realized that, I knew I had to finally finish the damn thing. And I did!

Please enjoy, at long last, a slice of <b><a href="../movies/pi.html">Five-Minute &pi;</a></b>. It's irrationally delicious!

NAHTMMM 03-15-2022 01:43 PM

I was confused why nobody was on a raft until I realized I was thinking of a different movie.

This is some classic stuff, and then you end it with

Jenna: Max! Maaaax! Stop ignoring me!
I guess I'll have to change my name, though. Since I'm only average now.
Jenna: You're mean!
...Nah, too on-the-nose.


Can I find a pi-ish mechanism of making clear the above decalogy infringes nobody's copyright? (Wow, he did!)

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