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There are many ways one could feel about the warning Standard and Poor’s issued to the Alaska Legislature last week, stating that the state’s credit rating might drop if Alaska politicians can’t reach a deal on budget reforms.

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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

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3/14/2013
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It’s possible that regular readers of the words in this space expect what is to follow on this, the day that is represented numerically as 3-14.

Of course, we speak of pi, the mathematical symbol — also a Greek letter — for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. To wit: 3.14 or, as some might expand it, 3.14159265359 ...

Not everyone is on board with carrying the number out to ridiculous lengths. Many engineers, doing a quick calculation using pi, often substitute a 3, just rounding down. Less obvious (and a little worrisome, for those of us who were contemplating trips to the moon based on their calculations) is the physicist’s substitution of 1. This, we are assured, is because physicists deal with orders of magnitude.

A delightful number, pi, giving rise to much word play. A pi plate, for instance, has a pi symbol in the middle of it, visible only after the Mom’s-apple portion is consumed. Surprise! Still pi in the plate!

For nerds not into baking, but into fun: Measure this editorial, not counting the headline. Ha! Yes, we come down in favor of pi.