Marie and Michael Porter of Minneapolis, MN, used colored marble tiles to create a gloriously nerdy Pi backsplash. [via Think Geek]

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  • D

    Pi… Pi… Pi…. why is it we never hear about Tau? It IS a conspiracy ;-)

  • Scott

    Why not in binary?

    159 columns * 10 tiles per column. 2^1059 digits of pi.


  • ka1axy

    Where’s the love for e?


    • D

      I often wondered how cool a School House Rock for pi and e would have been.

  • Jacob Hanshaw

    Is it just me or do they have 3.1415926533 instead of 3.1415926535?

    • D

      It looks like there is a light switch there.

  • Jac

    I’m going to imitate this, but I’ll use base(pi) for it. 1.000000000000…

  • millicent

    But Pi is just so perfect for a kitchen, especially if you like to bake :)

    • D

      But Millicent… if you are a messy cook like me you always have to have a Tau handy for cleanups (get it… tau… towel… ok that bad joke will certainly get me banned).

  • Larry Tooley

    Of course he’s not done, is he? pi never ends.

  • Tom

    The golden mean would of been more aesthetically pleasing and an infinite number to boot.

  • Bob O`Bob

    How can someone consider themselves a “maker” with those switch covers?

    Step 1) take pictures of the appropriate configuration of tiles where the switchplates go, including a little of the surrounding area
    2) print those out at actual size
    3) obtain some clear acrylic or polycarbonate sheet
    4) cut, drill, and shape the plastic into new switchplates
    5) bond the pictures to the back

    • celebrationgeneration

      Bob: I’m a bit late to this, but wanted to reply to your comment.

      I’m not sure what all is involved with considering ourselves “makers”, we just wanted to have fun with the renovations we were forced into doing!

      I pasted your comment to my husband (I design, he builds … for the most part), and wanted to say we appreciate the suggestion. When the rest of the work we’re doing slows down a bit, we’ll definitely do something with the switch covers. Thank you!

  • Marie Porter (@Celebr8nGenr8n)

    Thanks for sharing our nerdy tile backsplash project!

    So many aspects of our post-tornado experience were with formed or influenced by the fact that I’m a nerd, and my husband is a geek. I wrote a book about the whole ordeal

    (adventure?), Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir.If you’re interested in more of the mindset and decision making that went into this project – and all of the other weirdness

    and geekery that resulted from the tornado – I invite you to have a look:

    Thanks again!

    Marie Porte