INSOMNIA, Earworms and Pi

earwormLately, the earworms have been varied and persistent – currently swirling through my brain, The Romantics:

When you close your eyes and you go to sleep; And it’s down to the sound of a heartbeat; I can hear the things that you’re dreaming about; When you open up your heart and the truth comes out; You tell me that you want me; You tell me that you need me; You tell me that you love me; And I know that I’m right; ‘Cause I hear it in the night…


I have also been dealing with insomnia for about two weeks.  I fall asleep fine, but I wake up and stay up, or wake up and fall asleep several times a night.  It is driving me crazy – I MUST have sleep! Anyone have a remedy?

What time do you wake at night?


I came across this image (below) of insomnia; the clock reads 3:14 am. I wrote a poem about 3:14 a.m. several years ago:

3:14 a.m.

     red digital numbers beckon my eyes

     finding my bearings

     fan overhead tranquil

     engulfed in comfy cover

     body hushed

     mind inquisitive insomnia 2

     speaking to me

     wanting to tell with urgency

     setting the day’s itinerary

     making the calendar done

     jumbles of nonsense

     jangles of words

     thoughts combine and dissipate

     fading away like steam

     nothing holds strong

     in this nether world

     between sleep and wake

     thought and dream

     why is this the magical hour of my awakenings?


pi day

This isn’t just any Pi Day. It’s singularly the most perfect Pi Day that will ever happen in your lifetime.

For 24 hours, Pi Day 2015 will be the one and only Pi Day in the next 100 years that will actually reflect the first five numbers in everyone’s favorite irrational number, pi, which is 3.1415.

The next time pie lovers and pi lovers alike will see such an event will not be until March 14, 2115.

Math nerds everywhere: Rejoice in the sweet, sweet sequential glory of the day. Eat some pie. Do some math. Time really is a flat circle.

1. Pi day is celebrated on March 14 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco at 1:59 a.m. PST which is 3.14159. This time will be extra special on 3/14/15, so hopefully something amazing happens, like unicorns turn out to be real or something.



2. There are no occurrences of the sequence 123456 in the first million digits of pi, which makes this Pi Day one million times more special than any other sequential date ever. Ever ever. Ever ever ever.

3. In the Greek alphabet, pi is the 16th letter. In the English alphabet, p is also the 16th letter, further proving pi is the same in every language.

4. Pi has been studied for 4,000 years. Longer than:

– Evolutionary biology

– Impressionist art

– Whether #TheDress is white and gold or blue and black

5. Some people believe pi contains the answers of the universe.



6. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day. The fact that people find this mind-blowing is completely relative.

7. Pi has 6.4 billion known digits that would take approximately 133 years to recite without stopping. Even if they do manage to make it to the next Super Pi Day (thanks to advanced in medical science, probably, we’re just guessing), they’ll probably be too old to enjoy it.

8. It is more correct to say [a] circle has an infinite number of corners than to say a circle [is ]corner-less. Many heads have exploded thinking about this concept.



9. Some scholars claim that humans are programmed to find patterns in everything because it’s the only way we can find meaning in our work. But obsessing about math is infinitely better than obsessing about Kim Kardashian’s hair.

10. In the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold,” Spock foils the evil computer by commanding it to “compute to last digit the value of pi.” Spock is the only being who can rationally solve a problem using an irrational number.




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