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Truckers in DC

So I live in the DC area and work in the city the Truckers Ride for the Constitution was supposed to bring the city to a halt by stopping the 495 Beltway traffic.  Here’s the thing DC has one of the worst traffic problems in the country and Friday is by far the worst day to travel around the Beltway.  There may have or may not have been truckers out there trying to stop traffic? But we would never know my commute home today was long, miserable and painful just like every other Friday of my adult life.  I guess the truckers from Georgia should have done some research because no one was affected.  Better luck next time guys.  


The USA Should Invade The USA… 


The USA Should Invade The USA… 


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We Love You West Ham We Do

West Ham United was established in 1895 by a company specialising in iron working (hence the name of the team). After having played in a stadium with a capacity of 100,000 seats for several years, Hammers (or Irons) moved for good to Upton Park in 1904. Back then they played in a low division but they moved up to the 2nd division just after the 1st world war.

During the season 1922-23, they had their best result when they reached the FA cup final. They lost against Bolton in Wembley. Afterwards, they played in different levels in the league. They won an award in 1940. The real story starts in the 60’s. West Ham wins the FA cup in 64 which permit the club to participate in the European cup and to win it in Wembley against TSV Munich. That achievement permits the club to be recognised by the media even if it’s nothing compared to Liverpool and Manchester United.

Concerning the fans, it’s the same thing. The atmosphere in Upton Park is not very outstanding and incidents (when they happen) are most of the time caused by the visitor fans or during derbies such as with Chelsea or Arsenal. We notice that general trend in London. Indeed, London clubs haven’t really got good results and fans are not as «active» as those of big clubs in the north of England.

In the beginning of the 70’s, violence is more frequent. With better results, London fans start shaking the great British clubs hegemony. In 1975, West Ham runs a good season thanks to another FA cup victory. Fans are at that time numerous and begin to organise themselves. In the same year, West Ham hooligans create the «Inter City Firm». The origin of this name is actively discussed. Some people think it hints at «good people working in the banks during the week and fighting on the week end»(Personally, I think this idea is due to a bad interpretation from European journalists who did not know the subject exactly and who had put the ICF in relation with the «City», the financial area in London). Others think it hints at the London train network (Intercity) used by the fans to get to the different grounds. Anyway, all West Ham hooligans are quickly gathered under these 3 letters: ICF

On the 25th October 1975, West Ham receives Manchester United who had bad results the previous season. Incidents happen and the game is stopped many times. Many people are injured and most of them belonged to Manchester Red Army. It’s one of the 1st times the Red Army is defeated and those incidents constitute the 1st «act of war» of the Hammers.

Incidents continue until the end of the 70’s with riots, pitch invasions and havoc, but nothing serious in light of the general trend at that time.

In the beginning of the 80’s, there is a real change at the fans level and an increase of violence in England especially in London.

In West Ham, this change is going to be noticed because of an event that has nothing to do with football: Indeed, in May 80, the Hammers win the FA cup again, and just after this, the band «Cockney Rejects» releases a record in tribute to West Ham United. One of the songs is the club anthem; «I am forever blowing bubbles!» which is the title of the album.

If there are not more skinheads in Upton Park than in the other grounds, this is going to change quickly. Many fans attend Cockney Rejects concerts as well as skinheads from the East End and the rest of London that wear West Ham’s colours. This reinforces the ICF. These changes are of course at the origin of the increase of violence.

During the next season, there is an increase of violence during a game between West Ham and Castilla in Madrid. The tension was high before the game and fights burst between fans of both teams. Result: 1 dead.

In the same way, in 1982, fights burst in Highburry stand during the game Arsenal - West Ham United. The ground is invaded and incidents continue outside. Again, there is one found dead (knifed). He was a gunner and he was found dead with a visiting card from ICF on him.

Awhile back I saw some tweets from people I respect about @prodigalsam and that he was stealing tweets so I looked into what was going on.  I found an apology from Sammy Rhodes and at the time I believed him and thought the people on twitter were overreacting. Then I came across this blog-post ‘borrowingsam’ and now I understand how he is nothing more than a clever twitter thief.  It makes me sad that I’m not going to be able read Sams posts anymore… but I guess I was never really reading his post in the first place.  

Awhile back I saw some tweets from people I respect about @prodigalsam and that he was stealing tweets so I looked into what was going on.  I found an apology from Sammy Rhodes and at the time I believed him and thought the people on twitter were overreacting. Then I came across this blog-post ‘borrowingsam’ and now I understand how he is nothing more than a clever twitter thief.  It makes me sad that I’m not going to be able read Sams posts anymore… but I guess I was never really reading his post in the first place.  


Down the road, in a gym far away
A young man was heard to say
"No matter what I do, my legs won’t grow!"
He tried leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses too
Trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he’d do!
From the corner of the gym where the big guys train
Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain
Where the big iron rides high, and threatens lives
Where the noise is made with big forty-fives
A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees
A very big man with legs like trees
Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack
Chalked his hands and monstrous back
Said, “Boy, stop lying and don’t say you’ve forgotten!
Trouble with you is you ain’t been SQUATTIN’!”

- Jeff “MADDOG” Madden

When you are an engineer these are the kind of emails you get

This is an actual email from my boss today:

Happy π day!

Yes, it’s π (pi) day, so once again we celebrate an amazing coincidence of calendar and math.

This is the date of the year that matches the first three digits of the decimal expansion of what should be everyone’s favorite mathematical constant, π, because, of course, March 14 is 3/14, and the first three digits of π are 3.14.  This is a day that geeky mathematicians and engineers celebrate, while the rest of you just look at us funny.  Some people even celebrate the π minute (1:59 PM), the π second (1:59:26 PM), and the π moment (1:59:26.5358979… PM), which will happen during our π day social today!

I also recently discovered Europeans think they can’t celebrate π day because they write their dates in an odd fashion (14/3/2012).  However, if you happen to come across any Europeans today, tell them to use the ISO date standard (2013-3-14).  Now the whole world can celebrate π day!

By the way, if you’re coming to the π day social in the Alexandria office, due to overwhelming response, we’ve moved the social to the 4th floor conference room.  See you at 1:45!

Now, for your reading pleasure, below are some π facts for your personal edification.  (Look! no exclamation point after that sentence.)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

1) π is the number of times a circle’s diameter will fit around its circumference.

2) The sequence of digits in π so far passed all known tests for randomness, though mathematicians are still looking for a proof that the digits are uncorrelated.

3) Here are the first 100 decimal places of π


4) The fraction (22 / 7) is an often used approximation for π. It is accurate to ~0.04025%.

5) Another fraction used as an approximation to π is (355 / 113) which is accurate to ~0.00000849%

6) A yet even more accurate fraction of π is (104348 / 33215). This is accurate to ~0.00000001056%.

7) π occurs in hundreds of equations in many sciences including those describing the DNA double helix, a rainbow, ripples spreading from where a raindrop fell into water, superstrings, general relativity, normal distribution, distribution of primes, geometry problems, waves, navigation….

8) There is no zero in the first 31 digits of π.

9) π is irrational. An irrational number is a number that cannot be expressed in the form (a/b) where a and b are integers.

10) π is also a transcendental number. (Transcendental means it is not a solution to any polynomial equation with rational coefficients.)

11) The Babylonians found the first known value for π in around 2000BC -They used (25/8).  This reference to π is on a Middle Kingdom papyrus scroll, written around 1650 BC by Ahmes the scribe.  This means π has been around about 400 times longer than some other weird constants people try to promote.

12) The first person to use the Greek letter π was Welshman William Jones in 1706. He used it as an abbreviation for the periphery of a circle with unit diameter. Euler adopted the symbol and it quickly became a standard notation.

13) The old memory champion was Hideaki Tomoyori, born Sep. 30, 1932. In Yokohama, Japan, Hideaki recited π from memory to 40,000 places in 17 hrs. 21 min. including breaks totaling 4 hrs 15 min on 9-10 of March in 1987 at the Tsukuba University Club House.

14) After Tomoyori came Hiroyoki Gotu, who memorized an amazing 42,000 digits.

15) The current π memorization champ is Akira Haraguchi, who took 16 hours to recite exactly 100,000 digits of π!

16) π is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

17) A quick definition of π: A transcendental number, approximately 3.14159, represented by the symbol π, which expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears as a constant in many mathematical expressions.

18) If you take 10 million random digits, statistically on average you would expect 200 cases where you get 5 digits in a row the same. And in fact, if you take 10 million digits of π, you actually get exactly 200.

19) In 1931 a Cleveland businessman published a book announcing that π is exactly 256/81.

20) If a billion decimals of π were printed in ordinary type, they would stretch from New York City, to the middle of Kansas.

21) The square root of 9.869604401 is approximately π. The square root of an irrational number is irrational too.

22) A long time ago people thought there was an illness attached to trying to ‘square a circle’ called Morbus Cyclometricus.

23) After saying (correctly) that π/2 is the value of x between 1 and 2 for which cosine x vanishes Edmund Landau was dismissed from his position in 1934 for teaching in an ‘un-German’ style.

24) In the following series of natural numbers, constructed by taking successively larger strings of digits from the beginning of the decimal expansion of the number π: 3, 31, 314, 31415, 314159, 3141592, etc. the first thousand numbers of the series include only 4 primes.

25) Given an accurate measurement of the width of the known universe (assume a spherical cow, I mean, universe), if one were to find the circumference of a circle the size of the known universe requiring that the circumference be accurate to within the radius of one proton, only 39 decimal places of π would be necessary.

26) The old world record for computation of the most digits of pi was achieved in September/October 1995 by Yasumasa Kanada at the University of Tokyo. It took 116 hours for him to compute 6,442,450,000 decimal places of π on a computer.

27) A rapidly converging formula for calculation of π found by Machin in 1706 was pi/4 = 4 * arctan (1/5) - arctan (1/239).

28) In 1949 it took ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Intergrator and Computer) 70 hours to calculate 2,037 decimal places of π.

29) Another name for π in Germany is ‘die Ludolphsche Zahl’ after Ludolph van Ceulen, the German mathematician who devoted his life to calculating 35 decimals of π.

30) In 1882 Ferdinand Lindemann proved the transcendence of π.

31) By the year 1701 the first 100 digits of π had been calculated.

32) In 1768 Johann Lambert proved π is irrational.

33) Simon Plouffe was listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records for reciting 4096 digits of π from memory.

34) In 1897 the State House of Representatives of Indiana unanimously passed a bill setting pi equal to 16/(sqrt 3), which approximately equals 9.2376!

35) In ancient Greece the symbol for π denoted the number 80.

36) Taking the first 6,000,000,000 decimal places of π, this is the distribution:

·        0 occurs 599,963,005 times,

·        1 occurs 600,033,260 times,

·        2 occurs 599,999,169 times,

·        3 occurs 600,000,243 times,

·        4 occurs 599,957,439 times,

·        5 occurs 600,017,176 times,

·        6 occurs 600,016,588 times,

·        7 occurs 600,009,044 times,

·        8 occurs 599,987,038 times,

·        9 occurs 600,017,038 times.

            This shows NO unusual deviation from expected ‘random’ behavior.

37) It is easy to prove that if you have a circle that fits exactly inside a square, then

π = 4 x (Area of circle) / (Area of square)

38) π does not have to be written in decimal (base 10) notation (3.14159265….). Here it is in binary (base 2) notation: 11.0010010000111111011010101000100010000101101000110000100011010011

You can do lots more stuff with π when it is in binary format - like drawing weird pictures of it, or even listening to it. As π has an infinite number of places, it is quite possible that any message you liked could be heard somewhere in π. It has even been suggested it contains the VOICE OF GOD. In Carl Sagan’s book ‘Contact’ the places of π are found to contain a message from the beings that built the universe.

39) Half the circumference of a circle with radius 1 is exactly π. The area inside that circle is also exactly π!

40) It is impossible to ‘square the circle’. i.e.: You can’t draw a square with the same area as a circle using a standard Euclidean straight-edge and compass construction in a finite number of steps. The Greeks were obsessed with trying to do this.

41) In around 200 BC Archimedes found that π was between (223/71) and (22/7). His error was no more than 0.008227 %. He did this by approximating a circle as a 96 sided polygon.

42) The volume of a sphere is 4/3 πr3 and its surface area is 4 πr2.

43) The circle is the shape with the least perimeter length to area ratio (for a given shape area). Centuries ago mathematicians were also philosophers. They considered the circle to be the ‘perfect’ shape because of this. The sphere is the 3D shape with the least surface area to volume ratio (for a given volume)

44) π is of course the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. If we bring everything up one dimension to get a ‘3D value for π’… The ratio of a sphere’s surface area to the area of the circle seen if you cut the sphere in half is EXACTLY 4.

45) Kochansky found that π is NEARLY a root of the equation 9x4 - 240x2 + 1492

46) Ludolph Van Ceulen (1540 - 1610) spent most of his life working out π to 35 decimal places. π is sometimes known as Ludolph’s Constant

47) If you approximate the circle with a radius of 1 as a 100 sided polygon, then its area is only accurate to 1 decimal place or 0.0658%

48) At position 763 there are six nines in a row. This is known as the Feynman Point

49) π in base π is 10

50) All permutations of 3 arbitrary digits have been found in π

51) Starting with the conventional 5-by-5 magic square, and then substituting the nth digit of pi for each number n in the square, we obtain a new array of numbers. The sum of the numbers in every column is duplicated by a sum of numbers in every row.

52) Write the letters of the English alphabet, in capitals, clockwise around a circle, and cross-out the letters that have right-left symmetry, A, H, I, M, etc. The letters that remain group themselves in sets of 3, 1, 4, 1, 6”

53) The sequence 314159 re-appears in the decimal expansion of π at place 176451. This sequence appears 7 times in the first 10 million places (not including right at the start)

54) If you approximate the circle as a square then the value you get for π is about 10% out. It just goes to show that you shouldn’t approximate the circle as a square. Well you wouldn’t make square wheels would you?

55) 2 π in radians form is 360 degrees. Therefore π radians is 180 degrees and 1/2 π radians is 90 degrees.

56) All the digits of π can never be fully known.

57) And finally. here’s a π limerick:

Three point one four one five nine two

It’s been around forever – it’s not new

It appears everywhere; in here and in there

It’s irrational I know but it’s true!




Happy 311 Day!

It’s March 11. Aka 3/11. Aka 311 day!



Happy 311 Day!

It’s March 11. Aka 3/11. Aka 311 day!