The Linux Foundation is doing some kind of special promo for LinuxCon where they’ve had some “fake” Linus Torvalds tweeting and denting (the verb describing “tweeting” on Identica). There’s a bit of a contest going on to see if people can guess the real identity of these pretenders.
The whole thing sounds rather fun and ridiculous, and the group even made a rap video to go along with the project that you can see on the Fake Linus Torvalds page above. Unfortunately the rapper in the video flubbed the recitation of the first 6 digits of Pi.
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
It’s possible that the flub might have been intentional, but I couldn’t just sit idly by while the future geeky rappers out there are potentially being mislead. I mean, think of the children!
So I had to bust out a response. For those who haven’t seen the video above (or if the link eventually breaks), the video and these lyrics are both fit to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady”:
What’s that? Did I hear you right, or are my ears not receiving?
Geeky rappers are clever, but never ever so deceiving,
Step back, sit down, please rewind and wipe that grin,
don’t try to front so high lest you commit a mortal sin.
Last time I checked (just now, if you are counting)
The digits of Pi are 3.14159 (and mounting)
Even the whiteboard proclaims it, no excuses, for shame,
That’s one point off your slide rule, you know the rules of the game.
Next time, in rhyme, when you’re lyrically spouting,
Always check before you wreck, or you’ll end up pouting,
If you’re ever in need of a remedial lesson for free,
take notes from MC’s Front, Chris, and STD.
I was devilishly tempted to include some lyrics referencing the recent spat between Torvalds and Alan Cox that ended with Cox stepping down as tty maintainer, but I decided that I’d rather have fun than play with fire.