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Mar. 3rd, 2009

12:28 pm - Square Root Day

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Today (03-03-09) is Square Root Day! According to the Chronicle, there are only nine Square Root Days every century. This is the first one in five years and the last one for seven years.

So... drink a glass of... um... calculator today?

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From:rikchik
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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How about drinking root beer from a square glass?
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From:nefaria
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Whoa, dude you beat me by a couple minutes!
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From:megadog
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Surely you should go multidimensionally-topological and consider drinking from a Klein Stein ?


[Me? As one of those European types I celebrate Pi Approximation Day: 22/7 !]
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From:nefaria
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Month first, THEN day, no ambiguating! RAAWWWWWRRRR!!!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 3rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
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It's not ambiguous! In Europe they always put the day first. And y'know, in some senses, that way makes more sense than ours.

(Although for sorting purposes, what makes the most sense is year-month-day.)
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From:nefaria
Date:March 4th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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Yep, when I was coding dates at my mutual funds company, I used yyyymmdd integers for dates. That had a bunch of advantages: I could sort them with <>=, I could tell the year month and day during debugging (when stored as days from 1-1-1900 you can't do that easily), and they only took up 4 bytes of memory. The only downside is that I had to write special functions to add and subtract days/dates; 20001231 + 1 isn't 20020101.

Oh, as for the ambiguating, I meant that a date like 3/12/2009 is indeterminate if you don't know where it came from, it could be Dec. 3 from Europe or March 12 from the USA.

Edited at 2009-03-04 01:48 am (UTC)
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From:rikchik
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Root w00t!
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From:nefaria
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Root beer! In a square glass.
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From:shockwave77598
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
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technically, 0-0-00 is a square date also. So there are 10 per century.
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From:nefaria
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, in Visual Basic, that'd be DateSerial(1-1, 1-1, 0) or November 29, xx99.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
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But the year doesn't have a zeroth month, and no month has a zeroth day. What kind of wacky calendar shenanigans are you trying to pull, you crazy wolf you?
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From:shockwave77598
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Curses! My plan to change all the calendars has been foiled! Curse you meddling kids and your dog, too! :)

Heh. You are absolutely right. Brainfart.
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From:rikchik
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Unix disagrees:
$ date -d '0/0/00'
Tue Nov 30 00:00:00 UTC 1999

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 4th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but try telling that to some would-be beer-guzzling reveler.

"Why are we celebrating Square Root Day? It's 11/30/99. That's not a square root!"
"But in Unix, the date can be expressed as 0/0/00."
"What the hell is Unix?"
"Look, do you want to revel and guzzle beer or not?"
"Good point. *guzzle* WOOOO!"
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From:rikchik
Date:March 4th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
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In my experience, any observance of this kind of date tends more toward geek parties anyway.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:March 5th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
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Yay! Geek parties!

(I'm gearing up for pi day. It's also conveniently one day after my birthday, extended party!)
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From:q_pheevr
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I have the same problem with Fig Newtons.

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From:vakkotaur
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Try Fig Neutrons?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
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And then you come down with an acute case of pythagoras.
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From:yippee
Date:March 3rd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)

Bunny approved!

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You could have peas and carrots. Typically the carrots are cut into little orange cubes, thus becoming square roots.
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From:aerofox
Date:March 3rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Bunny approved!

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I heard something like this on NPR :P
Something about a teacher celebrating by cutting root vegetables into square pieces :P
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From:deckardcanine
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I'd heard of product days back in 1996, which was a pretty good year for them (04-24, 06-16, 08-12, 12-08). Now I know another subset of product days.
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From:natashasoftpaw
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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You could make a calculator smoothie with one of these: http://www.willitblend.com/

:-)
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