Category Archives: Fun

It’s Time to Throw in the Tau

I generally keep this to myself, but I’m actually a bit of a maths geek at heart… Hey, where are you going? come back here… don’t worry I’m not about to bore you with loads of maths I promise.

Today is Tau day, 28th June, although you have to use that weird back to front American way of writing the date to see what I mean, it’s 6.28, get it?

No? mmmmm… would it help if I said March 14th is Pi day? (3.14)

OK if you still haven’t got it, Tau = 2x Pi or to put it another way 2 x 3.14 = 6.28 tadah!

anyway doesn’t matter, what does matter is the video below.

A talented musician named Michael John Blake composed a piece of music that transposes the numbers from Tau to 126 decimal places onto the musical scale… and for those math-muso geeks out there, it’s set to 125.6 BPM = 6.28 x 20.

But forget the geekness that lies beneath this composition, just listen to it, it’s wonderful. By the way, Michael also created a composition based on Pi, but had to remove it off the net due to a copyright infringement claim? yep can you believe it, another composer claimed he’d thought of the idea first and composed a piece of music on Pi… what’s next the Fibonacci Sequence!?!?

Oh and for an explanation of Tau, I can’t think of a better way than this very informative and amusing video by Vi Hart

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iWater

Looks like Apple are about to shake up and dominate another unsuspecting industry with the release of iWater… I guess in this instance the name iH2O wouldn’t work, as that would indicate adding iodine to the mix, not a good idea!

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Run Forrest RUN!

No matter what, you can always find something on the internet that will make you smile… although note that cameraman doesn’t run?

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If Ad Agencies Did Birthdays

Getting your message across in an engaging and amusing way, especially when making fun of yourself is a great approach, the agency John St, have done just that. They’ve managed in a subtle way to show that they know what they’re talking about and how with their approach they can help future clients achieve the same results, but rather than showcasing a large campaign, they’re created a client case study of a child’s birthday party!

And of course, the proof is in the pudding, the video is itself becoming viral, genius!

I first saw this in Phil’s Unionversity site.

Bailout Karma

It is a slow day in a little Irish town, the rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs…

The hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.
The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him ”services” on credit.
The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.
The hotelier then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how a bailout package works!