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Pi Day

Friday the 13th today, and Pi Day tomorrow. Horror is cold-shouldering me a little, so here‘s a piece of pi:
3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062 862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081
284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284 756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412 737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488 20466521384146951941511609… (If you’re still hungry, there’s some more here.)

Can I give a small anecdotal … life’s too short, but that’s a fragment of ‘Pilish’ apparently:

Many poems have been written in pilish – “piems”, of course – and there’s even a pilish novel 10,000 words long.

Since π was proven to be transcendental (by Ferdinand von Lindemann in 1882) we’ve known that squaring the circle is impossible. Everyone reveres Euler’s identity (e^iπ + 1 = 0), but there’s more: “Pi is also interesting to mathematicians because it crops up frequently in areas with no obvious connection to geometry or circles. For example, if you toss a coin 2n times, and n is very large, the probability of getting equal numbers of heads and tails is 1/√(nπ).”

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March 13, 2015admin 20 Comments »

Yule Quiz (#2)

If 2013 = aaaazzzz aaazzaazzazz aazz, what is 2014?

December 27, 2013admin 12 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Arcane , Number

Yule Quiz (#1)

Has the hangover worn off yet? Then identify the pattern:

Aj, Baa, Caf, Dia, Et, Fam, God, Hagg, Ink, Jaeo, Kul, Los, Moan, Neom, Ohmga, Padbbha, Qush, Rakht, Sigol, Tactt, Umneo, Vfisz, Wumno, Xikkth, Yodtta, Ziltth.

Recognizing the Anglossic alphabetical names is far too rudimentary to count as a solution. The question is: What is the embedded numerical regularity?

The best way to demonstrate understanding, without revealing the key, is to submit alternative (but consistent) versions of any three consecutive signs.

Note: While Qabbalistic adepts get no credit for correct answers, well-crafted terms from any source will be appreciated. Furthermore, Outside in accepts no responsibility for any hazardous or harmful xenocosmic occurrences resulting from calculations associated with this quiz.

December 27, 2013admin 11 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Arcane , Number

Big Bang — an appreciation

A few reasons to love the Big Bang:

— Time turns edgy again.

— The steady state model proved unsustainable — the most exquisite irony ever?

— Physical theories now have cosmic dates. For instance, the still-elusive unifying theory of quantum gravitation corresponds to the Planck Epoch, when the universe was still far smaller than an atomic nucleus, compelling gravity to operate at the quantum scale. Similarly, particle accelerator technology becomes deep time regression.

— The Planck Epoch is really wild: “During the Planck era, the Universe can be best described as a quantum foam of 10 dimensions containing Planck length sized black holes continuously being created and annihilated with no cause or effect. In other words, try not to think about this era in normal terms.”

— The void animates. Sten Odenwald quotes UCSB physicist Frank Wilczek: “The reason that there is something instead of nothing is that nothing is unstable”.

February 26, 2013admin 5 Comments »
FILED UNDER :Cosmos , Number , Templexity