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  • Wolfram MathWorld: Pi Digits
    The first thirty million digits of pi are almost uniformly distributed. That is, 1 occurs with the same frequency as 2, 3, 4, etc. That's consistent with randomness, but hardly evidence of it.
  • Ludolph Van Ceulen’s Headstone
    This Dutch mathematician devoted his life to calculating pi. By the time of his death, in 1610, he had calculated the first 35 digits, a feat that by modern standards is a pathetic waste of a life, but for the time was an amazing accomplishment. He had the numbers inscribed on his headstone.
  • Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages
    If you ever want to know anything about spices, I see no reason to look any place other than here.
  • New York Times: Palin’s Popularity Declines Among Republicans
    "[Sarah Palin's] ratings are now in the range of Al Sharpton and Pat Buchanan in the years before they ran for president, rather than those who were considered viable candidates."

Sarah Palin looks to the “Department of Law.”

Kate Snow, interviewing Sarah Palin for ABC News, provides this deadpan nugget:

As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the “department of law” would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

“I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” she said.

There is no “Department of Law” at the White House.

This woman is the gift that keeps on giving.

Don’t trouble your pretty little head over Palin’s motivations.

With Gov. Sarah Palin stepping down, it would be tempting to draw some conclusions. After all, no officeholder at the level of governor quits mid-term without a scandal or a nomination for a higher seat. But that’s thinking like a rational, experienced political operative. Palin, on the other hand, operates in her own little universe. She doesn’t think like you and me. In her mind, she may well believe that she’s a shoo-in for the presidency in 2012, and that the best path to the presidency involves resigning from the governor’s office. Really, there’s no telling what she’s thinking. But fight that urge to connect this effect to a cause. It’s an exercise in futility.

Media and bloggers fall for clever hoaxer.

The McCain advisor who Fox News relied on for their claim that Sarah Palin thought that Africa was a country is, in fact, a serial hoaxer. Supposed McCain policy advisor “Martin Eisenstadt” is an invention of Eitan Gorlin. He cleverly mixes barely-plausible claims with true statements, so the media and bloggers (including yours truly) take the bait. He’s behind a few other rumors that came out during the election, all of which I’m pleased to say that I investigated and rejected as implausible at the time. Honestly, I can’t help but like the guy. I have to give credit to Sourcewatch—they’ve had him pegged the whole time.

Meanwhile, here in the reality-based community…

The McCain/Palin campaign held a rally in Virginia Beach yesterday. They claimed 25,000 attendees. Awkwardly, it turns out the building only holds 16,000. More awkwardly still, the fire marshall says there were only 12,000. Facts be damned, Gerry Scimeca wrote in the RPV’s newsletter this afternoon:

For Virginians looking forward to the right kind of change this November, just the ticket we need came to the Old Dominion Monday as John McCain and Sarah Palin hosted more than 55,000 of their closest friends for two hugely successful rallies. Appearing together in Virginia Beach, they drew an estimated crowd of over 30,000. Afterwards, Governor Palin moved on to the Richmond raceway and hosted an audience of over 25,000.

This is nothing new for the RPV. They told the same lie a month ago, claiming “over 25,000” people at a rally in Fairfax attended by just 15,000, long after the real number was known.

And, for the record, the RPV newsletter remains just awful. In the latest issue, they complain about somebody registering to vote as Mickey Mouse. Unless somebody can gin up a driver’s license with the name “Mickey Mouse,” and present it with a straight face, it’s tough to see how that would contribute to “steal[ing] the election.”

It’s not for nothing that I called the RPV a “Mickey Mouse operation” last month. On the other hand, Jim Gilmore’s name doesn’t appear once in this week’s edition of the newsletter, with just two more issues due out before the election. I guess they know a dead horse when they see one.