round(pi(),21) and 2^7

Parents will be all too familiar with walking backwards and forwardsin the nursery, cradling their baby to sleep while wearing out aspecific area of the carpet. I spent the best part of three hoursdoing exactly this the other night, and most nights involve at leastsome time walking the line, from one corner of the nursery to theother, while the little one hopefully falls asleep.

In an aim totry and assist with the onset of sleep, I often whisper pi to her, tothe 21 decimal places of which I am capable, over and over again. Itseems to work. If nothing else, later in life she’ll be able tocalculate the volume of earth to the nearest tenth of a cubic metre. Or its circumference to the nearest four attometers. Or thecircumference of the universe to the nearest 1.26 metres.

Once asleep, she’s rocked left to right, right to left, 128times, which is aimed at settling her into a deeper sleep before beingput down. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Maybe I need toup it to 256.

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3 Responses to “round(pi(),21) and 2^7”

  1. Jon on July 1st, 2007 04:09

    Yikes! Aren’t these the first 10 steps of “1100 steps to creating a binary child”?

  2. am on July 3rd, 2007 09:27

    i think whispering OCD over and over is nearer the mark (ps this is not comment spam, even though you might think so)

  3. matt on July 3rd, 2007 10:34

    your kids going to be a boring math head.
    i sing the entire flaming lips yoshimi album to my baby girl to get her to sleep. she’s going to be much cooler.

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