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March14R Squared

There’s no way around this, I have to mention that today is Pi Day! You know 3.14 etc.  To celebrate you should take a look back at Pi Days from yore here as there are some great facts and information embedded in those posts. You will even find the Daily Buffet’s own mathematical formula for success.

And shoot, we should also look forward, as next year’s Pi day will be awesome, as we will be able to celebrate with so much more accuracy.


Do you see that?  3/14/15 9:26:53  Yes, for two seconds next year math people will be hysterical.

Speaking of circles as we ride this one around another time, let us stop and remember the One who set all of this in motion, and even created those fascinating laws of mathematics.

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, Isaiah 40:21-22


Oh and one bit of math more, the marble count for 2014 – 11 out, 41 to go!

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Let’s Be Irrational

Today is ‘e’-day, February 7 or 2/7 or 2.718281828459…

That’s right today on the seventh of February some mathematicians decided to honor the irrational number ‘e’, which if you want to know, is explained quite well here.  For those not so daring, just suffice it to say it’s a number that is the backbone for lots of logarithms and usually has its own key on advanced calculators.  So that alone tells you it’s right up there with zero thru nine!

So today, in honor of this dubious number, let’s be irrational. Maybe like this

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21022 (NIV)

or  like this

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

or maybe by being like on irrational number and never stopping!

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Friday Math Fun

This has been a week were I have often referred to silly ‘mathy’ things about the date.  I ‘figured’ I could continue that for one last day, especially after ready Seth Goodin recent blog entry.

Mr. Goodin is an author of, I guess motivational and leadership books.  Several of which are quite famous.  Anyway, his blog is a pretty neat resource for ideas and thought leadership.  This week he posted a short and simple entry on the differences between arithmetic and mathematics.

I found this really fascinating for a few reasons.  First, it’s because so many times when my boys are struggling with homework in their math classes I tell them, once you get the concept down this is just arithmetic – it’s should be really easy for you.  And that is usually the case, as we all understanding arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  It’s the mathematical concepts that trip us up.

The other reason is that I can relate to him on so many days.  At work, and even in life it seems at times that all I am doing is the repetitive aspects of arithmetic – but missing the creative, risk taking, mathematical parts of the day – both in work and in life.

And I think this is also so clear in our spiritual lives.  How good are we at doing the basic redundant things – smiling, saying “I’m good”, appearing to have it all together but we are missing the risky parts of live.  Things like solving the problem in a relationship, getting to know someone, growing ourselves, stepping out on faith, thinking about our thinking?

It’s a pretty interesting thought for a Friday – especially from a very short blog post.  Make sure you read it.

 1 Ship your grain across the sea;

after many days you may receive a return.
2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

3 If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain on the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there it will lie.
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.

6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 New International Version (NIV)