Because I work at that great Mecca of Nerdiness, MIT, I celebrate Pi Day, March 14, i.e., 3.14. Last year they got very happy when it was actually 3.1415. About two seasons ago, the TV show Person of Interest had one of its main characters, a reclusive billionaire computer genius go undercover as a high school math teacher, and he gave this lovely speech about pi and the universe of infinite possibility.
“Let me show you. Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and this is just the beginning; it keeps on going, forever, without ever repeating. Which means that contained within this string of decimals, is every single other number. Your birthdate, combination to your locker, your social security number, it’s all in there, somewhere. And if you convert these decimals into letters, you would have every word that ever existed in every possible combination; the first syllable you spoke as a baby, the name of your latest crush, your entire life story from beginning to end, everything we ever say or do; all of the world’s infinite possibilities rest within this one simple circle. Now what you do with that information; what it’s good for, well that would be up to you.” (Dietz)
Person of Interest is important in the origin story leading to this blog. Joss Whedon’s show Angel introduced me to Amy Acker. Amy Acker is on Person of Interest, constantly flirting with Sarah Shahi’s character. Sarah Shahi led me to The L Word, which led me to Katherine Moennig, who made me rethink pretty much everything I had considered standard and static about sexuality. So, thank you, POI.
Dietz, Dan. “2 Pi R.” Person of Interest. 2013.