### Feliz dia de Pi

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La versión clásica

A long, long time ago,

Long before the Super Bowl and things like lemonade,

The Hellenic Republic was full of smarts,

And a question resting on the Grecian hearts was;

What is the circumference of a circle?",

But they were set on rational numbers,

And it ranks among their biggest blunders,

They worked on it for years,

And confirmed one of their biggest fears,

I can't be certain if they cried when irrationality was realised,

But something deep within them died,

The day, they discovered, Pi.

They were thinking;

Pi, pi, mathematical pi,

3.14 15 92,

65 35 89 7,

932384 62,

6433832 7 (not rounded).

Well this kind of Pi is different than most,

It hasn't got berries, ain't spread on toast,

And that's how it's always been,

We keep extending its decimal places,

Pushing our computers through their paces,

But we'll never reach the end,

So why the fascination with,

A number whose end is just a myth?

Whence the adulation,

For mental masturbation,

It might have something to do with the stars,

To calculate distances from afar,

But that's just a guess 'bout the way things are,

Regarding the precision of Pi,

I am pondering;

Pi, pi, mathematical pi

3.14 15 92

65 35 89 7

932384 62

6433832 7

Now I feel that I should mention,

Pi is applicable in any dimension,

At least as far as I know,

If there were no Pi we'd be missing things,

Like marbles and mugs and balls of string,

And sports, such as soccer and curling,

The orbs in their celestial paths,

Navigate along elliptical graphs,

Ellipses have pi in them too,

Just one side of them has grew,

You can see pi in most everything,

It's in Cornell's Electron Storage Ring,

And also in slinkies and other springs,

And that's why it's important to know pi,

You should memorize,

Pi, pi, mathematical pi,

3.14 15 92,

65 35 89 7,

932384 62,

6433832 7,

Once one night I had a dream,

That pi was gone and I had to scream,

Cause all pi things had disappeared.

Can you imagine a world like that?

Circles aren't round and spheres are flat,

It's the culmination of everything we've feared,

'Twas a nightmare of epic proportions,

One that gave me brain contortions,

Oh wait! I mean contusions,

They put me in some institutions,

But then I escaped and now I'm free!

To sing of the virtue of pi,

Pi, pi, mathematical pi,

3.14 15 92,

65 35 89 7,

932384 62,

6433832 7.

O la moderna

Lose Yourself (In The Digits)

Look, if you had…one shot…one opportunity…

To recite the digits of the number pi… One moment…

Would you capture it… or just let it slip?

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, head is heavy

The numbers cloud his vision already, keep it steady

He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready

To re-cite, but it’s not quite off-settin’

That he’s froze now, and the whole crowd knows he vowed

To get it perfect, but the numbers won’t come out

He’s chokin’, how – everybody’s jokin’ now

Three point one five—woops—kablouw!

Snap back to reality, oh, it’s a malady

Oh, it’s so random, he choked

He can’t stand, but he won’t give up

That easy, no

He won’t have it, he knows – all his fans really hope

He can shatter the glob…

…al world record of Fo’…

…rty-two-thousand*, although

If-he-looks down at his notes, he knows that’s when it’s

Back to the learnin’ by rote

To feel rapture

He’d better capture those digits a little faster

You better lose yourself in the digits of pi, it’s a high

But you got a thousand more to go

The numbers do not stop

Or drop into pattern, no

And memorizin’ ‘em takes most of a lifetime

If I’m not mistaken, my memory’s wakin’

This number’s mine for the taking

Hear it ring, as I list all the, digits in order

And whole numbers are borin’, approximations just keep me snorin’,

Pi only grows longer to get more precise

A rounded-off fraction just won’t cut the ice

So twenty-two sevenths, you take my advice

If I catch you round here, you will

Pay the price, so give up this façade,

Ray-shee-os are oh so flawed

They close the door to those who like infinite

Strings of oh’s, 2s, 9s, 3’s, and 6’s, it

Shows the woes of-all-the schmoes who chose

To forgo Pi’s logic, and I

Don’t suppose those bozos applaud it

When I throw down the gauntlet, with a

“Three point one four”… I got it!

You better lose yourself in the digits of pi, it’s a high

But you got a thousand more to go

The numbers do not stop

Or drop into pattern, no

And memorizin’ ‘em takes most of a lifetime

Pi is 3.141592653589793238462643383279…

No more games, I’m-a bust right outta my cage, and

Get my Pi-recitin’ groove on, on this here stage

I was playin’ in the beginnin’, the mood all changed

I been broken up from soakin’ up this whole page

But I kept churnin’ and kept learnin’ to decipher

The rhythm of the number that makes me so hyper

All the pain and strife amplified by the

Fact that I can’t get back to my life, I’m

Whacked and I don’t exactly know why, I’m

Acting like I am attracted to Pi! So

Back to a kid jam-packed with random numbers

I think this whole process is makin’ me dumber

It still shakes me up, man, it makes me sentimental

That a number so essential is also transcendental

Caught up between bein’ in fashion and bein’ irrational

It’s passion flashin’ through my brain

Whenever I explain it

I just think pi is nice, Would you... like a slice?

I’ve gotten to the point, it’s like a vice, I’m not

Afraid of gettin' caught, but still it hurts a lot

Success is my only mathematic option, failure’s not

Pi, I love you, but these people got to know

A million tiny circles haunt my every thought

So here I go with my shot

Brain, fail me not,

This may be the only opportunity that I got!

You better lose yourself in the digits of pi, it’s a high

But you got a thousand more to go

The numbers do not stop

Or drop into pattern, no

And memorizin’ ‘em takes most of a lifetime

Pi is… 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459…yeeeah.

You can do anything you set your mind to, man. Even memorizin’ pi. I’m out.

## 2 Comments:

At 14/3/11 21:08, eva said…

joer, esto es super friki hasta para ti! ;)

At 16/3/11 12:38, Soundtrack said…

¿Estás segura,

Eva? Mira que yo para estas cosas tengo el listón muy muy alto... :DDDPublicar un comentario

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