Welcome! This is Pi Day is an independent web comic about fatherhood, running, video games, science, art, independence, integrity, imagination and just generally … family adventure. It is drawn and published from Edmonton, Canada.
The life of a dad is full of stories, and we’ve been banking geeky dad experiences for a decade. The result: a web comic… This is Pi Day is a little bit serious, a little bit autobiographical, and a little bit blueberry pastry stains on the front of your shirt. All of it is built upon a foundation of math, science and technology pop culture … and of course an irrational number of terribly punny dad jokes.
Having named my web comic after a holiday –albeit a geeky, dad-joke of a holiday– I would have missed a major opportunity ignoring this particular date, a date honouring pi, and pie and pastry and math and all things eclectic about mashing together modern clever culture with overt rationality.
So here you go. It’s pi day. Or Pie Day. Or pizza pie day. Or just plain old March 14th if you prefer.
It’s a day to reflect on the math that makes our world go round. It’s a day to contemplate that the world is round and all those technologies you love so much, including the one that you are reading these words on, wouldn’t work if we didn’t know about things like mathematical constants. It’s a day to learn more about the history of the food we eat and the connection it draws to the languages we’ve honed over millennia in a way that makes it less mysterious why a food and a number share the same jumble of sounds we make when we speak about them. It’s a day to eat something round and to celebrate geeks.
I’ve tried pretty hard over the years to indoctrinate the kid into the fellowship of geekyness, to give her a sense of confidence about knowing interesting things and celebrating big important ideas. In crafting that particular recipe the result is often a roll of the eye or an exasperated sigh…. she is a ten year old after all.
As I post this comic on one the eve of one of the most important mathematical celebrations of the year it is important to take a moment, pause and reflect on the bounty of important discoveries that have improved our lives through science, math and engineering, to recall that through deduction and reasoned thought we are able to improve the lot of all humanity, and in consuming circular pastry filled with the filling of your choice –we’ll be going with blueberry pie this year– we are in fact meditating upon the most cleverest of confluences of nourishing ideals: fulfillment of the mind, the stomach, and the sense of humour.
It’s Pi Week. That’s right, as this comic goes live it’s a mere four more sleeps until Pi Day!
As it goes, I’ve already noticed that the number of visitors to this site has been steadily climbing over the past week (many of my newer tourists searching for “pi day jokes” or other references to March 14) and despite the reality that This is Pi Day is more of a geeky dads comic than a dad’s geeky comic I figured I’d better at least give honour to the holiday that inspired my moniker.
So, it’s Pi Week at This is Pi Day, and I’m kicking it off by extracting some mathy jokes from my dadxperiences and turning them into whatever passes for a comic… and maybe a bit of a geometry lesson.
Independence is this creeping thing. One minute she asking if she can walk to the park on her own. The next, she wants to borrow the car and drive there. Thankfully, we’re not quite at the borrowing the car phase (it’s coming!) but we’ve had moments of trying on her grown up pants and helping out with the less obvious chores.