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March 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Pi Day. Call it what it is: Nerd Appreciation Day

I understand that we are a city of nerds. Between the software engineers and the aerospace engineers in this city, there is nothing we love so much as an elegant proof, clean code and Seattle Repertory plays about troubled, genius scientists.

Today mathletes unite in celebrating Pi Day. It’s March 14, or 3.14.

Please call it what it is: Nerd Appreciation Day.

Like Secretary Awareness Day and Singles Awareness Day (aka Valentine’s Day), nerds need a day to fly their geek flag.

We could  also call it Nerd Amnesty Day. For one day, teens are not allowed to cyber bully on Facebook. Trash cans in schools are removed so no nerds can be tossed in one. Everyone wears glasses.

The nerd numbers are exploding. Thousands of software engineers  are multiplying inside the Amazon.com resurrection ships in South Lake Union. (If you get that reference to the TV show Galactica, you are a nerd.) Google is doubling the size of its campus in Kirkland, according to this story from the news side. (If you are a true nerd, you will be thinking to yourself: Google is so 2004.) The TV show “Game of Thrones” is holding its third season premiere in Seattle on Mar. 21. The set’s iron throne will be brought to Cinerama for the premiere. (If that excites you, you are a nerd.)

A true nerd would object to the fact that Pi Day only goes out two decimal points at 3.14.

True nerds would get up in the middle of the night to celebrate Pi Moment, which would be Mar. 14 at 1:41 a.m. and 55.29 milliseconds on the clock. (If my math is off, today is the one day during the year I won’t mind getting corrected by a nerd.)

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