Friday 3/14 is a day beloved of geeks everywhere. It’s “pi” Day! The date when — at least in the United States — the calendar is an approximation of “pi”, a mathematical constant: 3/14, or 3.14:
π (pronounced pie, written as pi) is a constant. Its approximate value is 3.14159, or 22/7.
r is the radius of the circle. It is equal to half the diameter.
πr² means pi times the square of the radius of the circle, which equals the area of the circle.
Pi day has in recent years morphed into “Pie Day,” when geeks revel in eating many kinds of pie… sometimes while reciting pi to ridiculous numbers of decimal points. (If that’s your style, you can find 10,000 digits of pi on this web page.) It’s also the day when MIT college applicants receive their admission letters.
But what has all of this got to do with polyamory? I’m glad you asked! It’s because one of the polyamory symbols is the “Poly Pride Flag”:
The poly pride flag consists of three equal horizontal colored stripes with a symbol in the center of the flag. The colors of the stripes, from top to bottom, are as follows:
- Blue – The openness and honesty among all partners.
- Red – Love and passion.
- Black – Solidarity with those who must hide their relationships due to social pressures.
— http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyamory, retrieved 3/13/14
So in a manner of speaking, “pi” day is also a day for polyamorous people everywhere! Wear your pi symbols with pride, and eat pie with gusto, sharing them liberally with your polyamorous family and communities. Because we’re all about the sharing, dontcha know. 😉
Make pi(e), not war!
PS: Don’t have anything with the polyamory pi flag on it (but want some)? Head on over to my Zazzle store — http://www.zazzle.com/LoveOutsideTheBox* — and you’ll find a wide variety of pi-flag themed items for sale, as well as a few other things with my own “Love Outside the Box” logo. (Tip: Get 17% off everything in honor of next Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day using code STPATDAY2014 at checkout.)
PPS; And because I can’t resist, here’s a silly pi joke. One day in math class, the teacher asked “what is the formula for determining the area of a circle?” One enterprising girl’s hand shot up, and she replied, “pi r squared!” From the back of the room, another voice said, with scorn, “that’s stupid! Everyone knows pie aren’t square! Pie are ROUND!”
[Guess which kid passed geometry?]
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[© 2014 Dawn M. Davidson]