Wednesday, June 18, 2008

.Verily A Gorgeous Numeration Day

I wish THIS would have shown up on Pi day. But, today's just as beautiful.

OK, I'm Fibbing. Today is much, much more beautiful.

Happy Phi Day everyone! It's a Phine day indeed!

(In honor of Fr. Barry, I'll give 1,123,581,321 WLIIA points to whoever can guess what's up with the title.)


dragoo said...

".verily a gorgeous numeration day" = .61803 (1/phi)

Ship the points to my pokerstars account. (winky)

The Vitruvian Duck said...

OK. I should have figured you'd be the first of my three readers to respond, especially since one is in the process of moving across the country, and because I know for a fact that you've been thinking about it as much as me lately.

But I never would have pegged you for one to consider phi=1.618... (rather than .618...) Especially since I explicitly implied my preference for otherwise in the title...

I'm considering only giving you half credit, but I'm sure you have a pretty darn good reason. Please explain yourself.

And saying (winky) is just as bad, buddy.

"Father Barry" said...

(winky). Just because I can.

Oh, and I have pretty much no idea what you guys are talking about.

The Vitruvian Duck said...

I'm not going to explain it now.

Just because I won't.

Ignoramus said...

Duck--I've been following your blog avidly, even though time has been lacking for comments. Keep up the good writing!

But I'm with Fr. Barry on this one. The word "gematria" does come to mind.

The Vitruvian Duck said...

".verily a gorgeous numeratin day" is a mnemonic for phi (mean and extreme ratio), with each word having the number of digits corresponding to the digits of phi.

To explain myself, and dig a huge hole of nerdiness: it's a hobby of mine (around March 14th--pi day) to come up with pi mnemonics. This year, Dragoo had a little girl on 3/14, so I gave him this, the first 103 digits of pi:

Why a date (a value as potent, which may grace immortal knowledge), Miriam's birthdate, can be one lovelier than others, or should even don the treasure had by numbers inviolate, while irrational by geometry? Remember: God's conceptions certainly express a design hierarchy. His geometric realities are thought pretty, I absolutely agree, although by accidental relations numbers represent size, void. Nerds, ambitious to see themselves erudite noblesse, haphazardly assume some accidental truths to manifest beauty. Be reasonable, educated gentlemen! Essential features should be pleasing, generating awe.
Some beauties, we agree, are born in a mathematics environ-- definitely Miriam. Welcome, beautiful! Remember Pi...

"Father Barry" said...


I'm not sure what to say. This is either awesome or "vanishing down a Grand Canyon-sized hole of nerdiness."