May 20, 2007

Sometimes I long to be landlocked, and to work in a bakery.

A very, very, VERY SMALL BAKERY.

There's a reason for that title, or actually two reasons, but just to be spiteful I'm not going to tell you what they are. Instead I am going to start a new post category, called "This is precisely what the fuck I am talking about".

This is precisely what the fuck I am talking about. The city of Portland has a city park 24 inches in diameter. It once had to be physically picked up and moved to allow for sidewalk construction, and was carefully replaced in its original location because, after all, it is an official city park and is the responsibility of the city to properly maintain.

I've never met a municipal government with a sense of humor before. I'm entirely charmed by it.

Posted by dianna at May 20, 2007 09:13 PM

That is awesome. It would be even more awesome if there were a tiny little swing set.

What's not awesome is that I was trying to figure out the area of the park, and I can't remember how the pi-ing and radiusing and squaring works, so I got either 452.4 square inches, or 1421.3 square inches, and I don't think either of them can be right. Google doesn't apparently yet have a function that does basic math for you, but wouldn't that be a charming thing? It could work kind of like the Google translator, where it would take your calculation and deliver a result that's risibly, impenetrably wrong, but would save you having to dig out a calculator to come up with it.

Posted by: katie at May 21, 2007 10:38 AM

Circumference is 2*pi*r, and area is pi*r-squared. So if the diameter of the park is 24 inches, the radius is 12 inches and a path around its exterior would be in the neighborhood of 3*24 or about 75 inches long. The area, provided there aren't any hills tall enough to change the surface area noticeably, is roughly 3*12*12 or about 435 square inches. Your first number was pretty much right!

I don't see any mention of tiny swing sets, but I do see that there was at one point a tiny Ferris wheel, apparently brought in by a normal-sized crane. I really want to find pictures of that.

Posted by: Dianna at May 21, 2007 11:23 AM

Hey, I was right! That seems like a lot of inches to be in something that's only 24 across.

Also, apparently Google does have a calculator, but you have to know what you're calculating. If you type in "area of 24 in. diameter park" it doesn't do it for you, but it does take you to a web search in case someone else has done this exact calculation and then gotten excited enough to blog about it. Which means that now, if anyone else ever feels the need to search for "area of 24 in. diameter park," they'll have the answer!

On the other hand, it has occured to me that there is a tool which allows you to do these things, and it's called K-12 education. Evidently that doesn't really work if you spend every day in math drawing bored unicorns.

A tiny Ferris wheel brought in on a normal-sized crane. That is adorable. There have to be pictures.

Posted by: katie at May 21, 2007 12:31 PM