Easy As Pi

Late last week, I received the transcript of my recorded interview.  It took exactly two days to complete, and after finishing reading through the transcript last night, I can officially vouch for and recommend the services of Production Transcripts out in California.  They charge at a per-minute-of-tape rate, and I couldn’t be happier with their work.  They provide both electronic and hard copies of their transcription as part of their basic cost for services.

In other news, I’m flattered to have been asked by the University of New Mexico to speak at the annual meeting for the Alumni Association this weekend down in DC.  The scheduled speaker — a former professor of mine and now a friend — was unable to make it, and I’m delighted she recommended me as a pinch hitter.

Finally, just to give you an idea of the kind of house I live in: late last week, our matehmatically-inclined daughter Madi pointed out that Sunday, March 14 was officially Pi Day (3/14).  To mark the occasion, then, Barb made three pies — apple, pumpkin, and chocolate pecan — and decorated them accordingly.  Here’s the pumpkin pie, for example, just before we tore into it:

And yes, we rounded off to eight digits beyond the decimal across the tops of the other two pies.

My family rules.

One response to “Easy As Pi

  1. One of the oddest stories in the history of math is Indiana house bill 246 (1897), which sought to define Pi to be exactly 3.2. It passed unanimously, but was tabled permanently in the senate after a professor of math heard about it and spoke up.