Just a quick reminder that this month’s BSitP speaker is Kimball Atwood IV! You may know him as a blogger at Science-Based Medicine or as a fellow of CSI (Committee for Skeptical Inquiry), but he’s also a practicing anesthesiologist and, we hear, a really interesting guy.
Kimball will also be a guest at next month’s NECSS con, so here’s a great opportunity for those who can’t make NECSS to at least catch one of the speakers.
So join us at Tommy Doyles (Harvard Square) on Monday, March 29th at 7PM. See you there!
Posted on : 14-03-2010 | By : Liz | In : Blog Post
Pi Day is here!
As a big geek, I ought to have many memories of one of the geekiest days of the year–so why don’t I? In high school, a popular science teacher would serenade us over the intercom with a special song. But wait, that was actually Mole Day! I remember now that I am picturing him dancing from classroom to classroom in an adorable mole costume. OK then, I know my high school did celebrate Pi Day by offering kids extra credit for bringing in a dessert whose circumference and diameter exhibit that most tasty of ratios. Although, now that I think about it, I don’t specifically remember bringing in any pies myself. College was an even drier spell for my pi-thusiasm. I can’t think of a single pi-related activity from those four years! For a math enthusiast, I don’t seem to be very good at showing my geek spirit. I have a friend who at one point could recite more than 500 digits of pi, but I can’t seem to remember past 3.14159.
Of course, now that I’m with the Skeptics, all that has changed, right? I mean, last year we had an epic pi(e) fight in Boston Common…which I strangely didn’t attend. I don’t remember my exact reasoning, but I suspect it had something to do with not wanting to get covered in sticky pie remnants 45 minutes away from my shower in the middle of March.
This year, I was finally gung-ho for the pie fight, and then…RAIN. I settled for a tasty circular cupcake from Sweet instead (thanks to those of you who actually braved the rain to join me!) And now we get to postpone the fight until Pie Approximation Day in July! Two Pi Days a year = KICK ASS.
I’m sure you were all just devastated at the lack of tasty insanity in the park today, but I imagine many of you found other ways to celebrate. How did you show your Pi Day spirit?
Posted on : 13-03-2010 | By : Liz | In : Blog Post
I don’t know about you, but getting hit with a pie in the middle of a rainstorm doesn’t sound like much fun to me. The pie fight WILL prevail–we haven’t forgotten Pi Approximation Day! However, you can still join us Sunday for delicious circular treats (cupcakes are just mini pies, right?) at Sweet on Mass Ave (that’s Back Bay, not Harvard Square). Be there at 1:59!
Posted on : 08-03-2010 | By : Joshua | In : Event
Hey, kids! 3.14 is coming up soon, and you know what that means. It’s Pi Day! Last year’s Pi Fight (photos here, video here) was such a huge success that we want to do it again.
So, weather permitting, join us at the Boston Common, near the bandstand, on March 14, 1:30 pm. (The festivities will start at 1:59, obviously.) Bring either a real pie for eating or a whipped cream pie for fighting!
Speaking of the weather, though, it looks like we’re forecast for rain on Friday and Saturday. If anybody has a suggestion for rainy day Pi Fight alternatives, leave your suggestion in the comments!