March 15th, 2009

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Poem for Sunday

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The explanation for the poem above is that we spent the afternoon at Pi Day at the Maryland Science Center, where writing haikus about Pi and pie was one of the activities. Pi Day actually commemorates Albert Einstein's birthday -- his 130th this year, I believe -- but since he happened to be born on 3.14, science museums in the U.S. have adopted the date as a celebration of both Einstein and the mathematical constant. The Maryland Science Center (of which we are members) offered an irresistible incentive to visit in the form of free pie, plus a pie-eating contest, a Pi-reciting contest and the aforementioned pieku writing.


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It was a cool, drizzly day in Baltimore, perfect for spending mostly indoors in a building with huge windows overlooking the harbor without actually having to stand in the rain to appreciate the ships. In addition to the Pi activities, we saw the planetarium show on dark matter -- which Adam summarized has replaced "God" as an explanation for things scientists can't otherwise work out -- visited the Maryland wildlife on the top floor, and visited most of the hands-on activities and exhibits (dinosaurs, weather, the human body, etc.) We decided we really needed to have pizza pie for dinner, then we watched the Xena two-parter ending with "The Ides of March" because Caesar really shouldn't be neglected on the eve of that date and Xena is always awesome.