Pretty Monsters Part Five

Posted in Book Reports, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on March 20, 2020

This is the last installment in this series. The focus is Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link. The first four episodes are out. (Part one part two part three part four) The Big Read artistic response will get there, somehow. So far, this review has produced little creativity at this blog. The only thing to do is slog through part five, and see if any sparks fly. If nothing else, the reader can look at the pictures. These fine images are from The Library of Congress.

Pretty Monsters is the title story, as well as the longest. It is two stories, told in alternating sections. In one, Clementine Cleary is a dippy little girl, who is saved from drowning by Cabell Meadows. Mr. Meadows later has reasons to regret extending her life. In the other story, a gang of teenage girls kidnap a classmate, and proceed to treat her to an “ordeal.” There are also werewolves. This story is spoiler free, because it doesn’t have a conclusion. Maybe the artistic response could be a poem, detailing the ending to Pretty Monsters.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 marches on. Today’s story from the far side involves Baltimore mayor Jack Young. “We’re dealing with the COVID virus and those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people in this city we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you … We can not clog up our hospitals and their beds with people who are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those for people who might be infected with the coronavirus. It could be your mother, your grandmother, one of your relatives so … put down the guns.”

What is an ordeal? “It’s just this tradition,” Lee says. “Girls’ schools have all kinds of weird traditions. Normally you have your Ordeal when you’re a freshman—you know, a rite of passage or something. But we think Czigany is great, and so a couple of weeks ago we asked her if she wanted one because otherwise. … “This isn’t a road trip,” says Bad, who has known Maureen just as long as Lee has. Bad never tries to be reasonable when she can be perverse. “It’s a kidnapping. And it’s already all messed up. Just like in the movies. It will end up with Lee shooting all of us and then having to dispose of the bodies in a wood chipper.”

During the ordeal, the girls took the ordealee to the farm of someone’s aunt. “Dodo is Lee’s mother’s older sister. She’s a former anarchist who served nine years in a high-security women’s prison. Now she makes cheese instead of bombs. When she set up her herd at Peaceable Kingdom, she invested in six Toggenburgs. Over time she’s swapped, bartered, adopted, and bought increasingly more esoteric breeds. The current herd numbers somewhere around thirty goats, including Booted Goats, Nubian Blacks, Pygmy Goats, and four Tennessee Fainting Goats. Dodo spent her years in prison doing coursework in animal husbandry. Goats, she likes to say, are the ultimate anarchists.”

Dodo gives the reader important information. “Just keep an eye on your friends. Caught Bad trying to sneak up on my Tennessee girls and make them faint. What kind of name is that anyway?” “Her real name is Patricia. And I used to do that, too,” Lee reminds her. “When you were eight. Glad you’re not eight anymore. You were a real punk.” Dodo says this without a drop of fondness. “So what am I now?” Lee says, teasing. Dodo sighs. Gives Lee a hard look. “A monster. You and your friends, all of you. Pretty monsters. It’s a stage all girls go through. If you’re lucky you get through it without doing any permanent damage to yourself or anyone else.”

Meanwhile, back at the beach, Clementine has decided that Cabell is the man for her. Clementine’s girlfriends are not so sure. “Cabell Meadows doesn’t wear deodorant,” Madeline said. … Grace took over, as if she and Madeline were training for the Olympics in the freestyle unsolicited advice relay. … But you’ve grown up, Clementine, and he hasn’t, okay? At a certain age, for guys, it comes down to robots or girls. … The point is that this guy has already made the choice, Clementine. If you were all hairy and ran around in the forest maybe you’d have a chance, but you’re not and you don’t. … If Cabell Meadows is the big secret crush you’ve been hiding all of these years, God help you. Because I sure can’t.” Madeline said, “I agree with everything she just said.”

Clementine’s no-good uncle gets Cabell’s not-much-better sister pregnant. “The wedding was a disaster from the beginning. … An hour before the ceremony was supposed to begin, Mrs. Meadows had sent her off to dig through the trunk of the maid of honor’s car for tit tape. … Beach weddings rapidly became less romantic once the sand fleas found you.”

“She found a can of Coke and poured half of it out. Poured vodka in. It was almost as not-bad as everyone had said. … Things went downhill after that. … When she found Cabell, he was dancing with slutty Lizzy York, the maid of honor. It didn’t matter. Not even the hideous, antiquated music mattered. “Hey, Cabell,” Clementine yelled. “Hey, Clementine,” Cabell yelled back. He executed a dance move. “Your mom was looking for you. What’s up?” “Sorry, Lizzy,” Clementine said. “I need to show Cabell something. We’ll be right back. Promise.” …

“It’s romantic here, isn’t it?” Clementine said. “If you wanted to kiss me, I’d understand.” … “Don’t think I don’t appreciate the offer, Clementine,” Cabell said, “but hell, no.” “Oh shit,” Clementine said. “You’re gay?” “No!” Cabell said. “And stop taking off your clothes, okay? I’m not gay, I’m just not interested. Not to be an asshole, but you’re not my type.” “I’m not taking off my clothes,” Clementine said. “Just my shoes. And my pantyhose. And what do you care? Dancy said you sleep in the nude. Do you still sleep in the nude? There’s sand in my pantyhose. And what do you mean I’m not your type? What type am I?” “Underage,” Cabell said. “Unlike your uncle, I don’t go for babies.”

Everyone gets on with life, until the werewolves get involved. Cabell gets kicked out of grad school for “liberating” lab test animals. While out on bail, Cabell moves to Romania, and gets married. Clementine has a wealthy bf, who takes her to Romania. Thinds are a bit uncertain on Aunt Dodo’s farm as well. The story wears out at this point.

The book has a bonus story, The Cinderella Story. It is not on the .pdf, so there are no snappy quotes. The Cinderella Story is the tale of step-siblings who are mean to each other. This is the end of the Pretty Monsters regurgitation at this blog. You may now return to your regularly scheduled COVID-19 speculation and misinformation.

Raised Outdoors?

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 19, 2020

How To Make A YouTube Link

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 18, 2020

“Pandemic Politics…” was a typical podcast promotion tweet. The show featured @robertwrighter and @DamonLinker. It is part of the tsunami of commentary on COVID-19. Replies to this tweet sparked this post. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

@Ty_Lookwell “Still feeling so “optimistic about the freak out” and “impressed” as when you recorded this a few days ago?” @robertwrighter “those aren’t direct quotes, right? e.g., did I ever use the word ‘optimistic’ without ‘guardedly’ in front of it? and, yes, i’m impressed with how dramatically we’re altering our lifestyles in response to this.”

01 – What exactly did Bob say? It is easy to find out. First, open the YouTube file of the conversation. The chat also appeared on

02 – There is a line of stuff under the title. It starts with the number of views, and the broadcast date. At the far right side, you will see three dots. (…) Click on those three dots. A three part menu will appear. Click on the middle option, “Open transcript.” A window will appear next to the viewer.

03 – Click anywhere in this window. Hit cntrl+A. Hit cntrl+C. Open a blank word document. Hit cntrl+V. Save the document. This is a transcript of the conversation.

04 – Hit cntrl+F. Type “optimistic” into the window for “Find what.” You will quickly find this:
we’ll see III but a big question is how
rapidly do we get the problem under
control and I have to say …

05 – With a bit of digital elbow grease, or a nifty program, you can reduce this. 06:19 “but a big question is how rapidly do we get the problem under control and I have to say I’ve gotten more optimistic as a result of the freakout we are taking dramatic measures are being taken almost none of them as a result of political guidance”

06 – The next step is to make a link to the comment. On YouTube, you make a comment. Include the time that the remark started. When the comment is published, the starting time will be in blue type. This means a link has been created. Click on that link, or right click, and choose “Open Link in New Tab.” You now have a link to the comment.

07 – If the comments are closed, you can still make a link. Copy the url into a blank tab. To the end of the url, add &t=xxxs . In place of the xxx before the s, insert the number of seconds, from the start of the video. For the clip above, the number of seconds is 379, or 06 minutes and 19 seconds (06:19.) The added code for this link is &t=379s. Once you have added this to the end of the url, hit enter. The video should start at the correct time. also allows you to make a link. These were known, at one time, as a “Dingle link.” On top of the viewer, you see a blue arrow jumping out of a square. Click on that icon. In the options, you see “or choose a specific part to share.” Enter the starting time in the “Start at” box, and the shut up time in the “Stop at” box. As if by magic, you now have a link to the comment.

Shock And Awe Day

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, War by chamblee54 on March 18, 2020








Seventeen years ago, Iraq teetered on the edge of regime change. It was obvious what was going to happen, at least at first. America was going to storm in, kill a bunch of people, and take over.

In post 911 America, the military industrial complex saw an opportunity for plunder, unrivaled since the fall of the Soviet Union. The stories of WMD would infect the body politic with fear of a mesopotamian madman. Saddam Hussein wanted Iran to think he has wonder weapons, and did not think America was serious about regime change. We all make mistakes.

In the seventeen years since the time of shock and awe, trillions of dollars have gone down the drain, dragging the mighty American economy along into the sewers of bankruptcy. One of the oldest civilizations of mankind was reduced to hiding, from neighbors, behind concrete barricades. They fought the conquerors with bombs triggered by garage door openers. Thousands of women and children have been murdered. The WMD were never found. This is a repost.

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Russia Russia Russia

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 17, 2020

How To Argue With A Racist

Posted in GSU photo archive, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on March 16, 2020

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When I was 10 years old, I walked to a drug store. There was a little newspaper, with a big headline. “Exclusive Photos: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Bullet Hole” Yesterday, I was listening to episode 8 of “Catch and Kill.” Someone was talking about the early days of the National Enquirer. They mentioned that photograph. I almost fell off my stationary bicycle. I looked inside that 1964 newspaper. It showed a body, on a gurney. The head was covered up. I don’t think it was really Mr. Oswald. ~ @UncleHotep This is how terrible some of you people on the left are. You want people to suffer all due to the fact you cant stand Trump. He is literally just Obama with no filter nothing has changed in your lives. ~ The Peanut Butter Dilemma Natash Kiss my butt. You all always try to discredit black men. It’s a shame. You all are thoughtless, heartless and cruel. ~ @chamblee54 @bloggingheads @AryehCW maybe the fuck boys are trying to take fuck boy back as the term yes that they can like proudly you know March on the street and call myself fuck boys ~ This is a delightful article, about one of my internet hobbies … debunking quotes. It is written with a civilized grace that is missing in the nonstop screaming match online. There is one problem. @spectator does not link to their sources. The link is a terrific internet invention. It is like a double click footnote. Someone should tell @spectator about it. ~ @Ahmadinejad1956 “The WHO must immediately identify the lab that produced and spread the virus, as well as the other centers that supported the biological war against humanity.” ~ “and so we tell them wash your hands often in to present this to prevent this disease and I feel like we’re not being really honest with the people that the data and and we’ve looked at this very carefully really is about just breathing air and that’s a hard thing to stop so keep doing the hand-washing but don’t think that that’s going to stop this disease which you asked about the man to stop other stuff yes yeah asks there’s two kinds right basically the surgical mask which just fits over and the reason it’s called a surgical mask is because it’s loose-fitting just fits you know kind of ties behind you because weren’t worn by surgeons so that they don’t cough or drip into your wound and it was never made to protect you from bugs” ~ “I just brought some numbers we can serve ly estimate that this could require 48 million hospitalizations 96 million cases actually occurring over 480 thousand deaths that can occur over the next three to seven months with this situation so this is not one that to take lightly” ~ ‘I just found some white men to kill’: Man accused of killing 4 in Central California cites racism in police recording ~ you get into this kind of moral component where we’ve been talking about you know is it morally defensible if you’re a lesbian to you know not want to sleep with a woman who has a penis @katrosenfield @tweetertation ~ @PostCultRev It is literally cheaper to fly to South Korea from Los Angeles, get tested for coronavirus, then fly back than it is to just get tested for coronavirus in the United States. ~ @PostCultRev Replying to @whiskeybuttman Just google LAX to Seoul, round trip flights now are running less than $900. South Korea made testing free. Costs of testing in the US, if you can get it, is over $1300. To be clear, DO NOT DO THIS it’s just to note the insanity of our current system. ~ I had a phone once. When the battery started to go bad, it started to buzz, and would not stop. My grandmother used to keep her clock in the refrigerator, so she would not hear the ticking. That gave me an idea. I wrapped the phone up in a towel, in case it exploded. I put it in the refrigerator. A day later, it had quit buzzing. ~ When Kyra gets Beth an “enhanced emotional support” dog to help her get over her recent funk, the gift goes over a little too well. ~ @chamblee54 .@GlennLoury it is always fun when .@JohnHMcWhorter says something like this: “dammit I’m gonna say it I don’t care who hears it I have heard the word social justice” ~ At times like this, what we need more than anything are calm, rational, and trustworthy public officials on whom we can rely for guidance. 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Question Authority

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 15, 2020

Patient No. 31

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 15, 2020

@JohnFPfaff Holy crap. One person, who refused to be tested and instead went to church and a buffet lunch, is the source of over 1,000 (!!) infections in S Korea. One person, who refused social distancing. No brunch or bar is worth being This Person.

“For the first four weeks of the outbreak, South Korea marshaled high-tech resources to respond aggressively…. The government tracked the movements of travelers arriving from China, for example by tracking the use of credit cards, checking CCTV footage, or mandating they download an app to report their health status every day. For those infected, the government published an extremely detailed list of their whereabouts, down to which seat they sat in at a movie theater.”

“The info was also presented (with names removed) in an interactive website that allows the public to trace the movement of every single individual with coronavirus. To be sure, there were real privacy concerns—as when one unfortunate patient in Daejeon had news of their visit to a risqué lingerie store blasted to every smartphone in their city. Yet on balance, these disclosures did much to calm the nerves and prevent unnecessary panic in the population. By Feb. 17, South Korea’s tally of COVID-19 patients stood at 30, with zero deaths. Ten patients were fully cured and discharged, with some of the discharged patients declaring the disease was “not something as serious as one might think.” The government seemed ready to declare victory.”

“It’s not clear where Patient 31 became infected with the virus, but in the days before her diagnosis, she travelled to crowded spots in Daegu, as well as in the capital Seoul. On February 6 she was in a minor traffic accident in Daegu, and checked herself into an Oriental medicine hospital. While at that hospital, she attended services at the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji (SHIN jun jee) Church of Jesus, on February 9 and again on February 16.”

“In between those visits, on February 15, doctors at the hospital said they first suggested she be tested for the coronavirus, as she had a high fever. Instead, the woman went to a buffet lunch with a friend at a hotel. In an interview with local newspaper JoongAng Ilbo, the woman denied that doctors had advised her to be tested. As her symptoms worsened, however, doctors say they once again advised her to be tested. On February 17, she finally went to another hospital for the test. The next day, health authorities announced she was the country’s 31st confirmed case. … those numbers soared as hundreds of people at the Shincheonji Church and surrounding areas tested positive.”

“The Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday they had obtained a list of 9,300 people who had attended those two Shincheonji church services, around 1,200 of whom had complained of flu-like symptoms. Hundreds of cases have now been confirmed there.”

@JohnFPfaff “So, as I’ve leaned from the comments, Patient 31 wasn’t just a random vector (wasn’t clear in the Reuter’s piece). She belonged to a religious group w virus-spreading practices. Barhopping may not yield 1000 cases, but still: this spreads fast.”

“That all came to a crashing halt last week thanks to the 31st case. Patient No. 31, discovered on Feb. 18, was a member of a quasi-Christian cult called Shincheonji, one of the many new religious movements in the country. Founded in 1984, Shincheonji (whose official name is Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony) means “new heaven and earth,” a reference to the Book of Revelation. Its founder Lee Man-hee claims to be the second coming of Jesus who is to establish the “new spiritual Israel” at the end of days. … “

“Shincheonji’s bad theology makes for worse public health. Shincheonji teaches illness is a sin, encouraging its followers to suffer through diseases to attend services in which they sit closely together, breathing in spittle as they repeatedly amen in unison. If they were off on their own, that might be one thing—but according to Shin Hyeon-uk, a pastor who formerly belonged to the cult, Shincheonji believes in “deceptive proselytizing,” approaching potential converts without disclosing their denomination. Shincheonji convinces its members to cover their tracks, providing a prearranged set of answers to give when anyone asks if they belong to the cult. Often, even family members are in the dark about whether someone is a Shincheonji follower. The net effect is that Shincheonji followers infect each other easily, then go onto infect the community at large. …”

“Since the discovery of Patient No. 31, the number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea jumped from 30 to 977 in eight days. Nearly all of the new cases are Shincheonji followers, or traceable to them. Particularly tragic is the case of Cheongdo Daenam Hospital … This hospital alone saw 114 cases, most of whom were long-term psychiatric patients. Because these patients never left the hospital, much less traveled abroad, they were not tested early for coronavirus, nor were they properly quarantined. This led to an advanced stage of the disease among many of the psychiatric patients, resulting in seven out of the 12 coronavirus deaths thus far.”

The source article about Shincheonji is dated FEBRUARY 27, 2020, 10:45 AM. On March 2, this video appeared: Shincheonji leader apologises over COVID-19 outbreak as South Korea postpones opening of schools. This chamblee54 feature quotes extensively from two articles: Cults and Conservatives Spread Coronavirus in South KoreaHow coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals Both articles have charts, links, and more information. A big thank you goes to @JohnFPfaff for his initial tweet. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.


Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 15, 2020















Spencer Tracy’s second rule for acting is to not trip over the props. This might be a problem for Jon Hamm. In a bit of slow news day genius, his show leaked the information that the actor has been requested to wear underwear on the set. A rep for Mr. Hamm said: “It is ridiculous and not really funny at all. I’d appreciate you taking the high road and not resorting to something childish like this that’s been blogged about 1,000 times.”

This was an issue when Tallulah Bankhead was making “Lifeboat”. Other performers complained about the thespian not wearing panties. Director Alfred Hitchcock wondered if this was a matter for wardrobe, or a matter for hairdressing.

This concern about foundation garments, conveniently arising during the pre-easter shopping season, made PG wonder when men started to wear drawers. Could this be the result of manufacturers inventing demand for a product? Wikipedia says the loincloth is thousands of years old. A footnote, about the invention of the jockstrap, led to an English article, A brief history of pants: Why men’s smalls have always been a subject of concern.

“In 1935, the first Jockey briefs went on sale in Chicago. Designed by an “apparel engineer” called Arthur Kneibler (working at the time for Coopers Inc), the arrival of the first underpants denuded of any legs and featuring a Y-shaped opening has been compared with the 1913 invention of the bra, or the 1959 debut of tights. In three months, 30,000 were sold. Coopers, now known as Jockey International, sent its “Mascul-line” plane to make special deliveries of “masculine support” briefs to retailers across the United States. When the Jockeys arrived in Britain in 1938, they sold at the rate of 3,000 per week.”

One popular brand of underwear is the BVD. This was originally made by Bradley, Voorhees & Day, hence the name. They are not named for Bovine Viral Diarrhea. This is a repost, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

Andrew Gillum

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 14, 2020

The first hints of a delicious scandal were on twitter. @RealCandaceO “Removing one page of report that had @AndrewGillum’s personal address listed which was wasn’t my intent— but YES— BREAKING: Democrat Andrew Gillum was involved in a crystal meth overdose incident last night in a Miami hotel. Orgy suspected, but unconfirmed.” 10:17 AM · Mar 13, 2020 The tweet had copies of a police report, featuring the prominent Florida Democrat.

At first, PG was leery. No corporate media outlets were reporting the story. It could have been another Andrew Gillum. The police report may have been counterfeit. PG started to google “Andrew Gillum” and “Dow Jones.” One of those items had a very bad day Thursday, but made a comeback on Friday. For Mr. Gillum, things got much worse.

Andrew Gillum involved in suspected crystal meth incident in Miami Beach, police say March 13, 2020, 11:50 am The confirmation did not take long to arrive. The Local 10 report had a remarkable comment: “I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in the statement. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement. I’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”

Right now, we are in a world of trouble. We are facing a nation kept in solitary confinement. We don’t know how long this communal isolation will last, or what impact it will have on the spread of COVID-19. The sociological impact of keeping 333 million amped up hotheads inside, indefinitely, is horrifying. What is seriously needed now is a delicious sex scandal, to give a healing nation something to tut tut over. Once again, Florida Man™ delivers.

For those who just arrived, here is the story. “Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews were called to a hotel at 1100 West Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. regarding a suspected drug overdose. … Aldo Mejias, 56, told officers that he gave Travis Dyson, 30, his credit card information to rent a hotel room for the night. … Mejias arrived at the room later that night, at which time he found Dyson and Gillum inside the hotel room, appearing to be under the influence of an unknown substance. … Dyson opened the hotel room door and then immediately walked to the bed and collapsed in a prone position. … According to the police report, officers who responded to the hotel tried to speak with Gillum but he was too inebriated. … officers found three small clear bags inside the hotel room containing suspected crystal meth. … Gillum left the hotel room and “returned to his residence without incident.”

There were more developments. Travis Dyson is a piece of work. His now-private instagram account looks like something you would see from a Miami entrepreneur (NSFW). There is a chummy picture of Mr. Dyson, Mr. Gillum, and a third man.

@jessicalipscomb “Just spoke with Travis Dyson, a friend of @AndrewGillum who was in the hotel room last night. He says Gillum did not mention anything about a wedding.” Mr. Dyson spoke to a virus happy Miami web newspaper. “I personally was not celebrating a wedding. I don’t know if [Gillum] was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that.” Dyson said he has known Gillum since around last spring. “We’ve been friends for a while,” Dyson said. He then went silent on the phone and did not answer subsequent calls from New Times.” So much for discretion.

@AndrewGillum “I heard @realDonaldTrump ran home to @FoxNews to lie about me. But as my grandmother told me — never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it. So ignore him and vote, Florida!” 11:18 PM · Oct 29, 2018 As @realDonaldTrump should know, tweets are forever. Someone should explain this to the people tweeting to Mr. Gillum’s defense.

@cenkuygur “The @AndrewGillum headlines are very misleading. He was not in a seedy motel by himself. He was at high-end hotel with friends for a wedding. They were all intoxicated, as everyone in weddings are. Even if there was meth, it was on the floor. There were at least 3 people in room.”

@cmclymer “Let me see if I understand this correctly: conservative commentators are on here this morning attacking Andrew Gillum, who is not in office, over an alleged incident but NOT attacking Trump for intentionally enabling one of the worst catastrophes in modern U.S. history.”

@hshaban “a Florida friend suggested that Andrew Gillum is going to be tarnished by this, despite not being arrested or accused of any wrongdoing, in a way that is somehow worse than the sitting governor of Virginia, who was discovered to have worn blackface”

@Jasmyne “What’s interesting about this story is that this same publication called Gemmel Moore a prostitute when he was found dead at #EdBuck’s. But 30 y/o white Travis Dyson is a “male escort.” Interesting. That right there is the bias we’re always talking about in how the media reports.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

π Day

Posted in GSU photo archive, Holidays by chamblee54 on March 14, 2020



Today is 3-14. It is a saturday, and 314 are the first three digits of pi (affectionately known as π ). It is a math thing, the number you multiply a diameter by to get the circumference. When your grammar school math teacher told you about π, she probably used 3.14, or 3 1/7. (PG went to school when Hewlett and Packard were still in the garage.)

You might also have heard the formula for the area of a circle, the racy π r squared . This means that you multiply π by the radius (half the diameter, a line from the border to the center point), and then multiply the whole contraption by the radius again. The formula has a funny sound to it. Pie are not square, cornbread is square, pie are round. Like Sly Stone says, all the squares go home.

According to wikipedia, π seems to have been known as early as 1900 b.c. The pyramids of Egypt have a π based feature. The Greek letter π is the first letter of the Greek word περίμετρος (perimeter) . This was determined OTP.

The pyramid- π function is fairly simple. The total length of the four sides, at the base, will be the same as the height of the pyramid, times two, times π. PG likes to make model pyramids. They are 6″ tall, and the base sides are 9 3/8″. The combination of these four sides is 37 1/2″. If you multiply 6x2x3.14, you get 37.68″ The .18″ is because of a measuring error.

A lady named Eve Astrid Andersson has a page of her website dedicated to π. The only trivia question that PG understood was the first one…1. What is the formal definition of pi? …the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter // 3.14159 // the radius of a unit circle // the surface area of a sphere of diameter 22/7 // a delicious dessert, especially if it contains cherries.

There is the football cheer from M.I.T. ” Cosine, secant, tangent, sine 3.14159 // Integral, radical, u dv, slipstick, slide rule, MIT!”

In 1998 a movie titled π was released. It caused brain damage in 3.14% of those who saw it. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that 1998 = 666 x 3.

π has been calculated to over five million digits. The second part of this feature are a few of those numbers. There are 82 characters in each line. This feature shows π extended to 10,165 digits. This is .02% of five million. This is a repost, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.







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Leaks On The Brain

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 13, 2020