A Slice of Pi

Today I decided to indulge my inner math nerd and read a couple of articles on Pi. Now, before you go screaming in the opposite direction, have a look at this quote:

” Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal — meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all great questions of the universe. “

While these two articles do contain quite a bit of mathematical complexity, they provide somewhat interesting insight into a foreign concept.  

>> Your Life in Pi <<

>> Are the Digits of Pi Random? <<

-Monisha

Love and Other Drugs

So as a follow up to my Valentine’s Day post on the science of love here is an article about a woman who took a dose of oxytocin ( the happy hormone as I like to call it– or the same hormone that couples release when they are together/ feel happy with each other) before a date. While I don’t really see the point in this, since dating is supposed to be about finding the right person not tricking yourself into thinking you found the right person, it is interesting to see this experiment play out. Have a look!

>> Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend? <<

-Monisha

Sisterhood(lum)

A Delta Gamma executive board member at the University of Maryland loses her marbles in an explicit diatribe directed at her less socially apt sisters… And the Internet ROFLs.

Some of my personal highlights:

“If you’re reading this right now and saying to yourself “But oh em gee Julia, I’ve been having so much fun with my sisters this week!”, then punch yourself in the face right now so that I don’t have to f*cking find you on campus to do it myself.”

“Are you people f*cking retarded? That’s not a rhetorical question, I LITERALLY want you to email me back telling me if you’re mentally slow so I can make sure you don’t go to anymore night time events.”

“”But Julia!”, you say in a whiny little b*tch voice to your computer screen as you read this email, “I’ve been cheering on our teams at all the sports, doesn’t that count for something?” NO YOU STUPID F*CKING ASS HATS, IT F*CKING DOESN’T.”

“”Ohhh Julia, I’m now crying because your email has made me oh so so sad”. Well good. If this email applies to you in any way, meaning if you are a little asswipe that stands in the corners at night or if you’re a weird sh*t that does weird sh*t during the day, this following message is for you: DO NOT GO TO TONIGHT’S EVENT.”

“Seriously, if you have done ANYTHING I’ve mentioned in this email and have some rare disease where you’re unable to NOT do these things, then you are HORRIBLE, I repeat, HORRIBLE PR FOR THIS CHAPTER.”

Honestly, though, you should just read the thing in its profane entirety.

>> The Most Deranged Sorority Girl Email You Will Ever Read <<

– Sandra

Cheater, cheater

An article about a professor in UCLA who let his students cheat on their final exam in order to learn the ins and outs of Game Theory. I don’t necessarily agree with what this article qualifies as cheating since many professors these days let their students take open book and take home tests as exams. Nevertheless it’s interesting to see the thought process of this professor and the approach his students have taken.

>> Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam <<

-Monisha

Post-feminism, 2013

In the 19th century, feminism was fairly easily defined.  Put broadly, it was the movement away from corsets and other restricting clothing and towards voting rights.  In the 20th century, feminists rallied against prescribed gender roles and lobbied for gender equality in the home and workplace.  The constant and overriding theme, however, was the promotion of blurred gender roles.

Today, feminism has a much more fragmented definition.  While some feminists still assert that women should be treated the same as men (often citing salary differences), others insist that society should be more conscious of the differences between men and women and allow women to pursue their feminine inclinations (such as housewivery and motherhood) without disdain.  I’m going to call this fragmented feminism post-feminism.  So take a look at the articles below and ask yourself: what do you think is post-feminism?

>> The Feminist Housewife <<

“Feminists who say they’re having it all—by choosing to stay home.”

>> Why Women Still Can’t Have It All <<

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and first woman director of policy planning in the State Department, explains her decision to give up her post for her children.

>> Susan Patton’s ‘Daily Princetonian’ Article Urges Female Students To Find Husbands Before Graduating <<

Susan Patton, Princeton alumnus, encourages current students to find their husbands before it’s too late, citing her own failed marriage as evidence.  Internet backlash ensues.

>> Susan Patton Told the Truth <<

A male journalist at the Wall St. Journal affirms that it is necessary for women to find their husbands as soon as possible.

– Sandra