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An anonymous reader writes "I've been thinking of getting a sleeve of math and science tattoos for quite a while now. With the money saved up, the only question remaining is, what equations/ideas should I get? I know for certain that I'm going to include some of Maxwell's equations, and definitely Ohm's Law. So, if you were going to put a tribute to the great math and science minds on your body forever, which ones would you choose?"
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

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  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:02PM (#32718238) Journal
    Someone I know recently got a lambda tattooed on his finger. Now he can bind people into expressions just by raising his middle digit.
    • by mollog (841386) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:12PM (#32718492)
      I like musicians who get the fermata symbol tattooed on their bodies. (Hold me.)
      • Smith Chart (Score:3, Interesting)

        A guy that I once met had a tattoo [ucsb.edu] of a Smith Chart [agilent.com]. Smart RF guy. Definitely dedicated to the field. ;)
        • Re:Smith Chart (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Peach Rings (1782482) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:31PM (#32718908) Homepage

          Don't mod me for flamebait but I think that really looks bad. Tattoos rarely look good in their prime, and always end up faded and smudged. They don't make you look tough or interesting, just trashy.

          • Re:Smith Chart (Score:5, Insightful)

            by JWSmythe (446288) <jwsmythe&jwsmythe,com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:16PM (#32719742) Homepage Journal

                It really depends on the tattoo, and how it was intended to look. Other factors include how the person takes care of themselves. A lot of people don't consider, "how will this look in 30 years." The same goes for body piercings. How will it all look when you're collecting your kids from school, when your grandkids are born, or when you're 90+ years old in a nursing home. Likewise, a sleeve (like the article asks) it may seem like a great idea, until you get a job somewhere in the Southern US, at a company with a strict policy about visible tattoos.

                I've known folks who had needed to wear long sleeves year round, because they loved the idea of getting a tattoo that everyone would see and appreciate, a decade before. It's all fun and games until it's 110+ degrees outside, and you wish you could toss off the shirt before getting into the oven previously known as "your car", except the office "no visible tattoo" policy extends to everywhere "office" including the parking lot and anywhere visible from the parking lot.

                That's not to say don't get one. Just consider what the future results could be. Folks do all kinds of crazy things to themselves. There are a whole bunch of body modifications that can be (and are) done. Is a face tattoo, or even math equations from your ears to your fingertips really the best way to express yourself?

            • by ari_j (90255) on Monday June 28, 2010 @03:21PM (#32720790)
              Here is my rule for tattoos: Select the exact design and location you want to have. If you still want that exact design and location in ten years, then get it. Otherwise, or if you change the tattoo or its location even in some minute point within those ten years, the clock starts over.
          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Abcd1234 (188840)

            They don't make you look tough or interesting, just trashy.

            To you.

            I actually think it looks pretty nice. An abstract, pleasant-looking pattern, without going all stereotypically tribal.

            As an aside, they aren't supposed to make you "look tough or interesting". They're supposed to be an outward expression of personal values through art. If you don't like that, I suggest staying away from music, books, and other artforms, as apparently that's not your thing.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by blue_teeth (83171)

      Girl in a tattoo shop: I want a small animal tattooed on my thigh. How much?

      Tattoo Guy: Rabbit, Tiger or Dog - $10 each. Giraffe is free!!

  • Before you do it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mangu (126918) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:02PM (#32718242)

    Think twice. Do you *really* think this will be so important to you forever?

    • by TheKidWho (705796) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:05PM (#32718308)

      Even worse, what if we find out the laws are wrong?

      • by drewhk (1744562) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:20PM (#32718690)

        That's why you never should tattoo physics laws, just mathematical theorems -- they change rarely.

        • by Peach Rings (1782482) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:35PM (#32719008) Homepage

          In that case, definitely the most beautiful and famous theorem you can come up with is Euler's identity [wikipedia.org]. e^(i*Pi) = -1.

          • Re:Before you do it (Score:5, Informative)

            by severoon (536737) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:14PM (#32719724) Journal

            Um, if you're gonna get it tattoo'd, you probably want to go with the more traditional form of: e^(i*pi) + 1 = 0. This single equation shows a relationship between 5 important mathematical constants, as opposed to the other form, which just shows 3 (I don't think -1 qualifies, as i is the more fundamental).

            Or, you could go with the more general form: e^(i*theta) = cos(theta) + i*sin(theta).

            I might also go with the Euler product form of the Riemann zeta function [goo.gl], arguably the greatest unsolved problem in all of mathematics: sigma(n=1, infinity, n^-s) = pi(p prime, inv(1 - p^-s)).

            I wouldn't worry about putting stuff on your arm that might get proven wrong—it doesn't mean F=m*a isn't a significant step in the evolution of human thought just because Einstein improved upon it. Speaking of Einstein, how about the Minkowski invariance relation (I think that's what it's called?): s^2 = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 + (i*c*t)^2.

            Another significant idea worth memorializing is Godel's Incompleteness Theorem...you'd have to find a form using logic notation.

            Finally, you might think about getting N E R D C O R E across your knuckles...

      • by Grishnakh (216268) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:40PM (#32719096)

        They ARE wrong, especially Ohm's Law. They're very, very good approximations for most cases, but they're not exactly correct. Even Einstein's equations are probably wrong, and don't agree with actual results in navigation of space probes: see the Pioneer Anomaly.

        If you want equations that are exactly correct, stick to proven mathematical theorems, like a^2 + b^2 = c^2, not equations describing physics.

        • Re:Before you do it (Score:4, Informative)

          by brian0918 (638904) <brian0918@g m a i l .com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:13PM (#32719704)
          On the contrary - all laws are true within their context. And that will be true of all laws discovered in the future. There will never be a law in the future which you could definitely say will "always be true", as that would require omniscience, which is impossible. So truth requires context, and all laws are true.

          For the same reason, if I claim to be a soothsayer, and accurately predict specific global events far into the future, it would not mean that I am speaking the truth. There is no conceivable means by which I could have known that those events would have occurred. I simply guessed correct, but my statements were not true. Truth is the product of the recognition of reality - so with no possible means by which I could have recognized future events, I cannot speak truth about them.

          Even your mathematical truth, e.g. Pythagoras' theorem, is only true in the context of Euclidean geometry.
        • Re:Before you do it (Score:4, Interesting)

          by HeckRuler (1369601) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:14PM (#32719722)
          And I guess this is the important distinction between scientists and engineers. Whereas scientists will care about if an equation holds near the center of a black hole, the engineer is willing to define such scenarios as out of scope. The scope for scientists is unlimited, the scope for engineers depends on the product.
          And anon specifically asked for math and science geekery, so you've got a good point. If you want a scientific tattoo, stay away from Ohms law. If you want an engineering tattoo, go for it, get it done, and close the ticket.
    • by mabersold (1171751) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:06PM (#32718326)
      Indeed. Remember, tastes change, but tattoos are permanent. Think that over a few times before getting one.
      • Indeed. (Score:4, Insightful)

        by IANAAC (692242) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:18PM (#32718646)
        And not only that, he's only got a "theme", not the content. If you have to ask for ideas, it's probably not something you've completely thought through.

        But then again, I'm an old coot that never got the tattoo thing.

    • by TheCarp (96830) <sjc@noSPAM.carpanet.net> on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:10PM (#32718438) Homepage

      Well, if he saved up the money for a whole sleeve either a) he is paid ridiculously (or rather well with exceptionally few expenses) or b) he has thought about it for at least a few weeks.

      I mean, if he was going for a big cock on his forhead, maybe $60 or so, then I would agree but... a person saving up for a whole sleeve has at least found out how much that costs and been saving up. I guess I am assuming that its a decent artist and going to be a bit more flourish than just written equations in a standard font (I would guess just having some guy scroll a whole bunch of equations on your arm would be pretty cheap overall if you agreed not to tell anyone who did it)

      I have a small tatoo that I want to get, I don't need to save up cash for it, but, I have been thinking about it on and off for about 3 years, and havn't found an artist or posted on slashdot for advice... I imagine this one has been stewing a while.

      -Steve

    • http://www.funatiq.com/images/crazy-math-tattoo.jpg [funatiq.com]

      How could it be a mistake?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by nedgofast (843102)
      FICKS LAW OF DIFFUSION. That is what is going to happen to your tattoo as you age, until it looks like a bruise.
    • by LoRdTAW (99712) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:42PM (#32719140)

      Asking Slashdot alone for ink advice means he/she is still not sure what to get. I have a bunch of friends with ink. Each of them thought the whole thing through and two have even gone as far as mocking up the art in Photoshop. If you are unsure of what to get you need to give it more thought, PERIOD.

      He/she also better hope that they have a competent artist. It never hurts to search out reputable tattoo shops or ask people who you see with great ink work (they should be more than happy to tell you). I know people who have been victim of just going to any old shop and getting crap work done. And avoid the friend of a friend who does his/her work out of their home or apartment. Either they suck, are slow as hell or disappear before they even start to fill it in and have some or all of the money (I know one case of each). Find a reputable shop with a reputable artist. Sometimes you have to wait a long time (weeks/months/years) before you get in the chair. But if its going to stick with you for the rest of your life you better know the quality of the artist.

    • by jsveiga (465473) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:49PM (#32719298)

      Also consider the possibility that this could get you in trouble in a math/physics exam. I thought I'd never go back to a classroom, but was pushed into a post-grad course - and was prohibited to use my old faithful HP49G on the financial/accounting exams "because it is alphanumeric and can be used for cheating"! I had to borrow a 30 year old 12c, but you won't be able to borrow a clean pair of arms.

    • by Colonel Korn (1258968) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:56PM (#32719428)

      Think twice. Do you *really* think this will be so important to you forever?

      A good test is to think about your favorite thing when you were one half your current age. If you had that tatooed on you today, would you be happy about it? Your future self may feel the same about your current fashion interests.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Abcd1234 (188840)

        Bad test. I'm far more likely to like something when I'm 40 that I liked when I was 20 than I am to like something when I'm 20 that I liked when I was 10.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by uvajed_ekil (914487)
        A good test is to think about your favorite thing when you were one half your current age.

        Irrelevant. If he is say, 26 (or anything in that ballpark, or greater), this is crazy. You are comparing the decision making abilities and foresight of a 13 year-old child to those of an adult. The poster has certainly been thinking this over and wants to get at tattoo. No one is advising him to get a dragon screwing a pentagram on his forehead and skulls and swear words on his hands. There's nothing wrong with a t
      • by morari (1080535) on Monday June 28, 2010 @04:33PM (#32722044) Journal

        Hm... You know what, I think I'd be okay with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tattoo. Thanks for the advice!

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by mzs (595629)

      Also what if you ever live in a culture with a dim view of tattoos. It could lead to you not being allowed in certain places or keep you from getting a job. The only thing I would ever consider getting a tattoo of is my name on my chest and my blood type and severe allergy in a couple of languages on my for arm.

    • Re:Before you do it (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Gulthek (12570) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:11PM (#32719684) Homepage Journal

      Sounds like you've never gotten a tattoo. Before you get one you build up all this inherent meaning and long-term significance to the tattoo. Afterwards, you realize that it's just a cool picture (or phrase, whatever) that you wanted. Even if times and tastes change it's a cool link to who you were back when you got it.

    • Re:Before you do it (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Idbar (1034346) on Monday June 28, 2010 @03:05PM (#32720550)
      Well... I guess you can always start with 3.14 and keep adding decimals with time, as you feel more confident about having tattoos.
  • Euler's identity (Score:5, Insightful)

    by butterflysrage (1066514) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:02PM (#32718254)

    0=e^(i*pi)+1

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn.gmail@com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:03PM (#32718262) Journal
    Personally, I've always enjoyed the beauty of Euler's identity [wikipedia.org], any form of Gaussian (normal) distribution which has a standard form here [wikimedia.org] and entropy in regards to information theory [wikimedia.org]. Of course, these are just personal favorites -- the last two because I am a computer scientist with so much college work hinging on them. You probably have personal favorites in chemistry or physics or another field even. Honestly, the loan formula [wikipedia.org] is probably one of the most widely used and life changing formulas in the United States today -- especially given the recent financial crisis. I think it would be best for you to draw up your own formulas in a geometric display rather than someone else's symbols. I suppose that would require extreme precision on the end of the artist and also introduce interesting problems with the elasticity of your skin ... but I'm one for originality especially if you're about to mark yourself in a relatively permanent way.
  • by Ed Bugg (2024) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:04PM (#32718270)

    If you don't know what you want then just wait until you do. One of the worst things you can do for a tattoo is ask what other people think you should get. You'll end up with something that they want and it may be cool now but years down the road it won't mean anything to you.

    Tattoo's are suppose to be for life. If it's something that you foresee down the road that you'll not be interested in and go "why did I ever do that, ugh that's so yesterday" it wasn't a very good idea.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Do you discount ever asking people's opinions on non-technical issues? Sure, the semi-permanence is a factor, but your argument applies to pretty much anything. When I went to buy a house -- which is a fairly big commitment -- I liked having my dad's (and others') opinion; when I go clothes shopping, it's much better having friend along whose tastes you trust; if I want to get a tattoo, there's nothing wrong with asking for ideas. I don't think asking slashdot is going to lead to him feeling peer pressure t
  • the empty set (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Saint Stephen (19450) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:04PM (#32718274) Homepage Journal

    The coolest math tattoo you could get would be nothing at all. Just hold up your arm and say "it's the empty set" and have them marvel at your coolness.

    Seriously, tattoos are lame. Resist the urge. It's going to be an ugly green smear you will regrat.

    • Re:the empty set (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gstoddart (321705) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:14PM (#32718524) Homepage

      Seriously, tattoos are lame.

      Tattoos aren't in and of themselves lame. People get all sort of lame tattoos, however. There's an awful lot of really beautiful stuff out there too.

      It's going to be an ugly green smear you will regrat (sic).

      You're largely thinking of low-quality ones done in pen ink by some guy in a back room. Those tend to be real crap jobs that over time look like shit.

      Modern tattoos done by a qualified artist are an entirely different animal in terms of how they look, and how they hold up over time.

      And, really, if the sum total you have to add is "tattoos are lame", why are you even bothering to comment? You obviously have nothing better to contribute to the topic.

    • Re:the empty set (Score:5, Insightful)

      by xednieht (1117791) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:48PM (#32719254) Homepage
      Nothing screams (or bleats) "I'm a sheep" like getting a tatto in 2010. Want to do something more rewarding personally and socially... sponsor a child's education in a third world country. Bring math to another mind.
  • by EMB Numbers (934125) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:04PM (#32718298)

    You definitely want Quaternions and Euler Angles:
    The story behind Quaternions justifies permanent ink if any math theorem ever did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion [wikipedia.org]

  • by malakai (136531) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:05PM (#32718302) Journal

    Cubum autem in duos cubos, aut quadratoquadratum in duos quadratoquadratos, et generaliter nullam in infinitum ultra quadratum potestatem in duos eiusdem nominis fas est dividere cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi. Hanc BRACCHIUMis exiguitas non caperet.

    with one small change...

  • by WilyCoder (736280) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:05PM (#32718310)

    In the greek alphabet:

    beta mu pi integral of e^x

    which gives you

    ButtSex

  • Let me see. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by LWATCDR (28044) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:06PM (#32718360) Homepage Journal

    Tattoos hurt, they endanger your health, they are expensive, and most of all they are superficial. AKA they are for looks only.
    Gee... At one time only drunk sailors thought this was a good idea and now you want to show how geeky you are with them?
    Might I suggest Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica the full text of course.
    Bazinga!

    • Re:Let me see. (Score:4, Interesting)

      by gstoddart (321705) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:21PM (#32718724) Homepage

      Tattoos hurt, they endanger your health, they are expensive, and most of all they are superficial. AKA they are for looks only.

      OK, yes, they hurt. That's true.

      As far as endangering your health, it means you're going to the wrong damned shop. Any tattoo place that doesn't have an autoclave, and single-use needles should cause you to flee. I've never seen an artist not using latex gloves, not using sterile gear, and not using ink in little disposable cup that get tossed when they're done. Any modern shop is actually very clean, and if it isn't, don't go there.

      As to being purely superficial, lots of people get tattoos that have a strong meaning to them (and, admittedly, lots don't). Some people get tattoos so that other people can see them and say "wow, he's got a tattoo, cool". Others get them entirely for themselves -- you can't see any of mine unless I want them to be seen. You're making absurd generalizations -- if 40% of Gen-Xers are sporting ink, there's almost no generalization you can accurately make about why people get them.

      Somehow I knew a story about tattoos on Slashdot would trot out a bunch of people who know absolutely nothing on the topic. Now everybody gets to make categorical statements they can't support with anything but opinion.

      Not everything outside of your experience is bad, or stupid. Just something you don't know about.

      • Re:Let me see. (Score:5, Insightful)

        by MightyYar (622222) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:30PM (#32718884)

        I think by "superficial", he means that they are purely decorative - even if of some sentimental value to the wearer.

        And this is true, but I wouldn't tell someone not to wear their wedding ring just because it is superficial.

        I'd be much more concerned about the expense of laser removal once the tattoo fad passes.

        And if you don't think that this is a fashion fad, may I interest you in some vintage mid-90s facial piercings? You'll never need cosmetic earlobe repair surgery, because giant, comical rings embedded in your earlobes will be cool forever.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by gad_zuki! (70830)

        >As to being purely superficial, lots of people get tattoos that have a strong meaning to them (and, admittedly, lots don't).

        So? That breakup with that one girl has a pretty strong meaning, but it doesn't mean you should permanently remind yourself of it on your skin. There's no shortage of regrettable ink that starts with the phrase "This meant a lot to me."

        Strong feelings or "deep meaning" don't necessarily justify anything.

        >Somehow I knew a story about tattoos on Slashdot would trot out a bunch of

      • Re:Let me see. (Score:4, Informative)

        by D Ninja (825055) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:21PM (#32719828)

        Somehow I knew a story about anything on Slashdot would trot out a bunch of people who know absolutely nothing on the topic.

        Fixed that for you. (Now, do I get modded Flamebait or Insightful...that's the real question.)

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by pongo000 (97357)

        Somehow I knew a story about tattoos on Slashdot would trot out a bunch of people who know absolutely nothing on the topic.

        Who's to say that some of the naysayers have done their research and actually know what they are talking about? I don't believe a therapist that specializes in suicide needs to have necessarily experienced suicide. So you are into tattoos...your expert opinion isn't necessarily better than one who doesn't have tattoos but have done the research. The experience of getting a tattoo do

  • Seriously? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sean_nestor (781844) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:09PM (#32718422) Homepage
    In what way will having these tattoos enhance your existence? Do you really foresee finding it "cool" ten years from now? Or twenty? If you have to ask what it is you want tattooed, that should be sign enough that it isn't something you want permanently engraved into your skin.

    Think of how dignified those tattoos will look when you age and your whole body looks like Reagan's neck. Do you really want to explain to your grandkids why you thought a math equation or Mighty Mouse or a kanji character that means "desk" was something that held enough meaning that it required you to permanently scar your body with it?

    This applies to everyone who resolves to get a tattoo before deciding what it is of, btw.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by east coast (590680)
      I agree that if you don't know what you want to get you just shouldn't be seriously entertaining the idea of getting a tattoo. That said...

      I've never regretted any of my tattoo work. Well, I sometimes think I should have made one bigger. As for explaining them? I'll simply tell the tykes that I like them. Beyond that I don't think I should have to fit your ideals on what's exceptable.

      No, they do not make me tougher. I never expected that.
      They do not make me stick out as an individual. I got them for mysel
  • The fallout symbol (Score:3, Interesting)

    by swm (171547) * <swmcd@world.std.com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:10PM (#32718444) Homepage

    I knew a guy who had the fallout symbol tattooed across his left shoulder blade,
    maybe 4 inches across, in all its black and yellow glory.
    I asked him why, but I don't recall his response.

    He did allow that reading physics textbooks in coffee shops was a good way to pick up girls.

  • Come on, the math is simple here. There are six billion people on the planet right now. How many of them have tattoos already? The probability of you coming up with a tattoo that someone else doesn't already have is nearly zero.

    In other words if you get a tattoo, someday later you'll meet someone else who has the same one, or someone who knows someone who has it. Then you'll realize that your attempt at "individuality" was a failure. At which point hopefully you went to a clean enough shop that you didn't pick up hepatitis in the process.
  • Get a fractal (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ALeavitt (636946) <aleavitt.gmail@com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:14PM (#32718546)
    Get a full sleeve of the Mandelbrot set drawn with (literally) painstaking detail and accuracy. That should keep you and your tattoo artist busy for a while.
  • Don't (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tool462 (677306) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:15PM (#32718590)

    Forget the tattoo. Just stick with t-shirts from ThinkGeek or whatever like the rest of us do.
    Someday when the anti-intellectual revolution comes and Sarah Palin is looking for some fresh necks for her guillotine (aka "Freedom Slicer"), your elitist tattoo will get you killed.

    Am I joking? Sometimes I don't even know.

  • by Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:24PM (#32718778)

    in the 90s I got a tattoo of the solar system on my back and brontosaurus tattoo on my chest. now both are incorrect :(

  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @01:29PM (#32718874) Homepage Journal
    So you've saved up some money and you want to show the world how important science and math are to you. You've chosen for some odd reason to do that by purchasing something that will only benefit yourself. I would suggest you consider ways that your money could be used to help more people further or enter science:
    • Donate to a local museum
    • Donate to a local school to buy textbooks or supplies
    • Donate to a favorite research group or cause
    • Use it to buy a lobbyist's time in DC
    • Use it to buy a journal / magazine subscription for a nearby school that means something to you

    Are just a few ways that you could use that money to make a difference in science that will help others. When you die your tattoo will eventually rot away with the rest of your body. But if you sponsored something that helped science or math progress, people would know of you for some time.

  • Be unique... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rooked_One (591287) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:04PM (#32719548) Journal
    Don't get any tattoos. I can only name 2 people that I know that don't have something...

    The older I get, the older that the "hip" crowd gets, and it just looks plain pathetic to be 30+ and have all these tattoos... Just think how bad the population is going to look 20 years from now - you'll have all these 40 yr olds that have way too much "ink" and you'll have none. I can't wait to be one of the very very few people who can say "I didn't get a tattoo because I wanted to be unique" at my 20 yr high school reunion.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by DNS-and-BIND (461968)
      You're missing the point - tattoos make you unique. Without them, you're just another standard human, another carbon copy drone. After you customize your skin, nobody will ever have anything like it. Like a snowflake, really, no two alike. Your tats become a part of who you are. I'd be lying if I said they weren't addictive, though! Just make sure you live among people who accept your uniqueness instead of intolerant fools.
  • by hduff (570443) <hoytduff.gmail@com> on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:17PM (#32719758) Homepage Journal

    Get tats of chicks with big boobs -- boobs can never, ever be proven wrong.

  • by thirty-seven (568076) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:20PM (#32719802)
    Here's what Stephen Hawking has said he wants on his tombstone: S = (pi.A.k.c^3)/(2.h.G) It's the formula for the entropy of a black hole, also the maximum amount of entropy possible in a volume of space. It's interesting and extremely insightful into the nature of the universe because all the values on the right-hand-side are constants except for A (the area). So it says that the amount of entropy in a black hole, and also the maximum amount of entropy possible, is directly proportional to the surface area! This is very counter-intuitive and is related to the holographic principle [wikipedia.org].
  • The Question! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Per Wigren (5315) on Monday June 28, 2010 @02:25PM (#32719906) Homepage
    You should tattoo pi * 1337% [wolframalpha.com]

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