If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Medium)   Redneck mathematicians calculate pi using a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun   (medium.com) divider line 32
    More: Cool, maths, calculate pi, mathematicians  
•       •       •

4047 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Apr 2014 at 9:23 AM (18 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



32 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-04-16 08:58:40 AM
FTFA:
you'll be glad of the work of Vincent Dumoulin and Félix Thouin at the Université de Montréal in Canada.

Rednecks?
 
2014-04-16 09:06:09 AM

dittybopper: FTFA:
you'll be glad of the work of Vincent Dumoulin and Félix Thouin at the Université de Montréal in Canada.

Rednecks?


Well, the Quebquios aren't exactly civilized. They're not quite rednecks, though.

In their own propaganda, they called themselves the "n-words" of Canada for awhile, but I don't know if terrorists should speak for all of Montreal.
 
2014-04-16 09:32:46 AM
Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.
 
2014-04-16 09:53:39 AM
Now that's my kind of science.
 
2014-04-16 09:56:25 AM
An Ig Nobel prize better be in the works for these two.
 
2014-04-16 10:15:15 AM
Guns don't solve math problems. People solve math problems.
 
2014-04-16 10:22:19 AM
I like to pump and derive with my 500.

i521.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-16 10:28:55 AM

lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.


Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?
 
2014-04-16 10:38:10 AM

czetie: lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.

Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?


Someone is always "that guy".

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else, but always it happens.
 
2014-04-16 10:40:33 AM
And yet, when I calculate pi at some birds inside city limits, *I'm* the bad guy.
 
2014-04-16 10:43:50 AM

Snarfangel: And yet, when I calculate pi at some birds inside city limits, *I'm* the bad guy.


It didn't help that the birds were parrots.
 
2014-04-16 10:44:26 AM

dittybopper: czetie: lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.

Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?

Someone is always "that guy".

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else, but always it happens.


It's different when you or I do it, though. Right?
 
2014-04-16 11:02:09 AM

czetie: dittybopper: czetie: lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.

Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?

Someone is always "that guy".

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else, but always it happens.

It's different when you or I do it, though. Right?


Not really, no.

But that's OK.  We're fulfilling the threadestiny when we do it.
 
2014-04-16 11:29:17 AM
Interesting.... but "Mossberg, PI" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
 
2014-04-16 11:38:15 AM
I think I will stick with Danica McKellar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT6cf2Z1D2s
 
2014-04-16 11:47:15 AM
A Mossberg 500 is by definition a pump-action shotgun.  Calling it a pump-action Mossberg 500 shotgun tells me you don't know anything about guns so I can dismiss your entire theory of Pi out of hand.

Get out of here.  I banish you from this gun-math thread.
 
2014-04-16 11:48:25 AM

dittybopper: FTFA:
you'll be glad of the work of Vincent Dumoulin and Félix Thouin at the Université de Montréal in Canada.

Rednecks?


Rustre, then.

/At least according to Google Translate
//Apparently, there is a bluegrass group called the Quebec Rednecks
 
2014-04-16 12:42:26 PM
A few survivors suddenly need to know the value of π and, being a mathematician, they turn to you. What do you do?

Say 22/7ths

Being a mathematician I would be able to rattle off the best known constant to at least 5 places just off that top of my head.
 
2014-04-16 01:14:05 PM
Looks like an ak to me.
 
2014-04-16 01:37:30 PM

the_rhino: Looks like an ak to me.


You must be in news media.
 
2014-04-16 02:05:48 PM

Saiga410: A few survivors suddenly need to know the value of π and, being a mathematician, they turn to you. What do you do?

Say 22/7ths

Being a mathematician I would be able to rattle off the best known constant to at least 5 places just off that top of my head.


I've got it memorized to, let's see:

3.14159265

Rarely would you need that much precision in a survival situation.  Using 3.14 would be close enough.
 
2014-04-16 03:02:11 PM
You already have something like a thread and a pin to make that circle to fire at?

Make that circle, take the thread, wrap it around the circle, measure how long that is versus the length you used to make to the circle (divide), and divide again by 2.  You have your answer much faster, to better accuracy, without all the time needed for importance sampling calculations, and you've saved your ammo for the zombies where it matters.

Those mathematicians are not going to survive very long...
 
2014-04-16 03:43:09 PM
The only thing I learned in this article was that sand might be in short supply in the zombie apocalypse.
 
2014-04-16 04:23:25 PM
Their value of π is 3.131, which is just 0.33 per cent off the true value.

Meaning the experiment is a complete failure. 3.14 is about 0.05% off the value of pi.

3.14159, which most people can remember and calculate easily with long division is about 0.00008% off.
 
2014-04-16 05:25:39 PM

dittybopper: czetie: dittybopper: czetie: lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.

Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?

Someone is always "that guy".

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else, but always it happens.

It's different when you or I do it, though. Right?

Not really, no.

But that's OK.  We're fulfilling the threadestiny when we do it.


www.dcclubbing.com
 
2014-04-16 09:01:04 PM
For a headline with 'Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun' in it (the word 'action' was unneeded, btw) that article was boring as shiat.
 
2014-04-16 09:24:37 PM
You can tell who loves to be That Guy the most, because he I always starts by saying "I hate to be That Guy, but..."
 
2014-04-16 11:11:20 PM
If I was in a survival situation, I can think of better uses of a Mossberg 500 than running Monte Carlo simulations to approximate geometric constants.

/ A shotgun will answer any question with "All of the above".
 
2014-04-17 07:21:49 AM

tenton: The only thing I learned in this article was that sand might be in short supply in the zombie apocalypse.


Same here. Do zombies eat sand?

You could always dry out some dirt.

Hey, you could even try maths!

You don`t need sand OR shotguns for that!
 
2014-04-17 08:43:05 AM

XMark: You can tell who loves to be That Guy the most, because he I always starts by saying "I hate to be That Guy, but..."


Naah.  When I decide to be That Guy, I am well aware of what I am doing.  I embrace my That Guy-ness.

/Still never wore a concert T-shirt to the concert I bought it
//Also never wore socks with sandals
 
2014-04-17 08:43:31 AM

lake_huron: dittybopper: czetie: dittybopper: czetie: lake_huron: Yawn.  Monte Carlo method.

Obviously the methodology is old news. It's the implementation that's entertaining.

/How did I know that somebody was going to be "that guy"?

Someone is always "that guy".

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else, but always it happens.

It's different when you or I do it, though. Right?

Not really, no.

But that's OK.  We're fulfilling the threadestiny when we do it.

[www.dcclubbing.com image 400x285]


I have only one standard.  I won't wear the t-shirt of the band I'm going to go see.

/Unless it's Slak Alice.
//Obscure band, you probably never heard of them.
 
2014-04-17 07:47:24 PM
Unfortunately they keep getting the Biblical value of "three".

It doesn't surprise me that you can use a shot-gun to calculate the value of pi. I know a method that involves dropping pins on a hardwood floor (or ruled lines). It's also a great way to drive autistic kids crazy.
 
Displayed 32 of 32 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report