Sunday, March 17, 2013

Follow-up to Pi Day

It took me long enough, but I finally found something from this year to post about Pi Day. First, here's a clip from Discovery News on YouTube that I included in last night's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Life possible on ancient Mars) on Daily Kos.

Happy Pi Day! Pi and Pie are AMAZING

March 14th is Pi Day, a worldwide tribute to the mathematical constant. To celebrate this geeky holiday, Anthony heads down to San Francisco's Mission Pie bakery to eat pie and talk pi with Destructoid host and mathematician, Tara Long. What's the significance of this irrational number? Why is there so much mystery around it? Watch and learn!
Finally, in the spirit of the follow-up to Star Wars Day, here is a video of performance that Drum Corps International repurposed to mark the day.

Happy Pi(e) Day! - '78 North Star Drum & Bugle Corps

[T]here is also an endearing and enduring ritual enjoyed by drum corps fans that cannot make the journey to downtown Indianapolis for Pi Day. By the tens of thousands, they cyber-unite with fellow fans and watch a famed video clip of the now defunct North Shore Massachusetts-based corps North Star at the 1978 World Championship Finals in Denver.

In this clip, you will see contra player Joey "Moose" Interbartolo get hit in the face by a pie launched by percussionist Bruce Wallas. And because we at DCI appreciate conceptual high art, as evidenced by our recent "Harlem Shake -- Drum Corps Style" video, you will see Joey get hit in the face not once, but multiple times during Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke," the anthem Wonder wrote to commemorate the Hawaiian musical influence of famed surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku.

I believe you'll agree that we can refer to this singular act of loony silliness internationally as the most glorious 3.14 seconds in the history of drum corps.

Enjoy your (3.14) day!
As I wrote in my follow-up to last years' Star Wars Day, I have a personal connection to the performers and the performance.
I wasn't marching in North Star that year, but I was in the stands for this performance and I marched with them in 1979 and 1981.
First Star Wars Day and now Pi Day--I had no idea 35 years ago that this show would become so good for geeks!


  1. If this is what Corps folks do on Pi Day, Narb is glad he not around for Turkey Day, the Running of the Bulls, or Hiroshima Commemoration day.