July 13th Embrace Your Geekness Day

July 13th Embrace Your Geekness Day

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Most of us are Geeks in some way. Me, I use to do Civil War re-enactments – the precursor to cosplay (For those who wonder I always play a Union soldier since no one else wanted to).

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It doesn’t matter what your geekness is, today is the day to celebrate it. Star Wars, Beatles, Scale Model builders it is something you enjoy and no one, but no one, has the right to tell you whether it’s fun or not! Wellcat created the day. It is not a day for just scientists and math nerds!

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How to celebrate – Let you true Geekness out today. Allow others their dreams and oddness. Reveal your Geekness to those you love.

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March 14th National Pi Day

Today is National Pi Day! It also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday, born on March 14th 1879. It also happens to be the 3rd month of the year and the 14th day of the month, making it 3.14.

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The day was created by Larry Shaw in 1989 while a physicist in San Fransisco, Ca. Congress passed a resolution (HRE224) on March 14th, 2009 declaring it a National Day. You could say it’s a day that just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. You might say it never ends.

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That all said, I am still not sure why it is important that we have a number that goes on forever. I am sure there is a good reason. I am glad someone knows why because I certainly do not. After all it led to some really good stuff like… like… the atomic bomb!

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At least someone has turned the equation into a dessert… I understand dessert. Well, at least they put it on the right day, I’ll give them that! In fact, I’ll give them all of it because it just doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think I am going to solve the world’s troubles… but then, I don’t think they are either.

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How to celebrate – Have a piece of Pi. See if you can add it all up to mean something. Just forget about it and go back to bed.

November 9th National Chaos Never Dies Day

If you have ever been a room filled with children, you will have a complete understand of this day. Chaos is everywhere! Actually chaos is a part of nearly every day you are out in the public. Just think of your drive into work every morning!

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And you know you are in for it if when you have a bowl of alphabet soup the first word that appears is “Chaos”. However, I guess you cannot know control unless you have experienced chaos. That brings up the term, “Controlled Chaos”. Is there such a thing as controlled chaos? Can there be such a thing as controlled chaos? Is it not a contradiction in terms?

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There is a “Chaos Theory” as well. Let’s just say it has something to do with mathematics, enough said.  In truth, a little chaos in one’s life can be a good thing. It keeps you on your toes and makes you use to brain to figure out how to avoid chaos the next time.

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Don Adams needed Kaos in his life to have control! He would not have had a job if not for Kaos and obviously Control would not have been required if not for all the Kaos that existed.

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And I remember the coldest day of  the year, maybe even the century, where I live, throwing my wedding into chaos on November 9th… but its still the best day of my life so see… good things can come from chaos.

How to celebrate – Well, I’m going to celebrate my anniversary! (You can too but it may not mean as much to you) Challenge all the chaos in your life and try to restore calm. Pretend you are Maxwell Smart, spy against Kaos.

July 17th Yellow Pig Day

This is one of those days that few of us are familiar with, Yellow Pig Day. I think the reason most of us are not aware of today is simply that it has everything to do with mathematics.

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It was founded in the early 1960’s by Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly, students at Princeton who were studying the variations of the prime number 17. Apparently one of them had a collection of yellow pigs, most of which had some connection to the number 17. 17 toes, 17 eyes, 17 whatever… and so July 17th became, Yellow Pig Day.

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There is no explanation why he had the collection to begin with. It is often celebrated with yellow cake, shaped to look like a pig and some sort of carols written only for this special day. I did some limited research and found no such carols, they are probably only available to those who study at Princeton.

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Well, until now, I wasn’t really aware that the number 17 is so valuable. After all, it has it’s own day, songs and poems written about it and is celebrated with the yellow pig, that’s much better than most of us can claim!

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How to celebrate – Start your own yellow pig collection. Celebrate the number 17. Visit Princeton and explore this holiday for yourself.

November 8th National Stem/Steam Day

S.T.E.A.M. stands for educating children the fun in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. It has been created to try and help our children to catch up to the rest of the world in those fields after falling far behind the rest of the world over recent years. The idea is a good one, it certainly beats common core and any of the other ridiculous ideas our supposed leaders have come up with over all those years that our children fell behind.

It use to be (As recently as last year) S.T.E.M., someone forgot the arts. This is not an unusual situation as the arts, history and practical applications have been long forgotten by the educational system. (Please note that history is still not listed as a part of the agenda.) MGA Entertainment at least got the arts put back into the equation with Project Mc2. Of course, it’s promotion for their Netflix show about 4 smart girls, McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn, who are a part of a super spy ring organization called NOV8. (Also the name of the show which stands for Innovate.) I have to blame common core for the lack of understanding of NOV8 since instead of trying to read the statement for what it actually says you have to sound it out to make it work.

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Schools instantly picked up on STEAM as the symbol 212 degrees, the temperature that water turns into steam. Many school have begun using the train to indicate children getting on the right track. Cute.

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They do, however, fail to note the cars and industry that also runs on steam. That’s okay though since the system also forgets to teach other subjects as well. I have worked for a public school system and asked simple questions like… “Who was our Second President?” kids do not know. “Who fought in World War 2”, kids and adults do not know. “Where was the War of 1812 fought?” No one seems to know but they all claim it ended in 1812.

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Now the system is good about teaching kids how to build whatever it is in the above picture. It fails in telling them why “whatever it is” is useful. Now I am all for education and I think science, technology, engineering, the arts and math are important and I commend the educators for this attempt at getting children well rounded in those subjects.

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But some of us do believe that you have to know where you have been to know where you need to go. You can not pop into google maps where you want to go and get direction telling you how to get there if you don’t add in where you are first. How did we get here? What mistakes can we correct? And just how does 9 dollars and 12 cents equal $10.00? Try rounding up your money and see if you can buy that $1,000 television to watch NOV8 for $912.00.

How to celebrate – Watch NOV8 on Netflicks. It may not teach you anything but at least you’ll be supporting the producers of the show. Participate in your schools Steam program. Spend some time in a sauna and melt your cares away in some real steam!