Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Doubleheader. Progress. Pi.

It's Thursday again. Time for your weekly wikems.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday (usually around 8a.m. Eastern) I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's play!

Somehow Math dominated my mind last week.

First we had a psychological discussion with Janet J on the vices and virtues of technology: here and here.

Then of course we had pi day.

This time I give you two wiki links. You may choose either of them or use both like I did.

Interestingly, Wikipedia has not figured out yet how to define “progress” in general terms.  It talks about different aspects of progress instead, devoting a separate article to each of them.

So, in fact you’ll be getting way more than two links.  You do the Math J

Here you go:

Explore. Search. Find. Write.

Here's my wikem:


" irrational number, π...never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed..." 

"Alternative conceptions exist, such as the cyclic theory of eternal return..."

We long to see our life as pi –
Irrational, it can deny
All rules and patterns, can extend
In randomness without an end.

But secretly we also yearn
For that old theory of return,
The cyclic pattern that’s to blame
For all the change that stays the same.

Caught contradictions in between
We bake sweet lies on March 14.

Thank you for reading my wikem. 
Look forward to yours.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")


  1. Wow! I LOVE this...but the line that charged my senses to the max was this one...For all the change that stays the same.

    I value our 'discussions' and appreciate every link you send because somehow you know what I love!! Thank-you.

    My wikem will have to wait. Friends here for lunch from Nova Scotia, then painting at Rob and Emily's house...they get the key at noon today and move on Saturday so we will be busy painting and cleaning!

    See you tonight.

    1. Hi, Janet,
      what an exciting day for you all! Enjoy :-)

      Thank you for your kind words.

  2. I really like the second stanza - says quite a bit about humans in general.
    I made it... had to wait for the grands to leave...and eat dinner.


    It is surprising that no one has defined the word progress into an article for wikipedia!

  4. I'm glad I got a chance to write a progress wikem before 'little guy' arrives:) !!

    Painting, cleaning, moving Rob and Emily is complete for the most part!

    1. Great job! I wish I could borrow some of your efficiency and general mightiness, Janet :-)