Storm chasing: Hurry up and wait
March 21st, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Storm chasing: Hurry up and wait

Editor's note: Aaron Brodie is an independent journalist who freelances for CNN and TornadoVideos.net. He covers various stories for CNN and its networks, and he is working with TVNWeather.com to produce episodes of an upcoming online reality series.

Hurry up and wait: surely, that must be the official slogan of storm chasers who race from one side of Tornado Alley to the other, only to wait, and wait, and wait, to see the awesome power of nature.

That has certainly been the case for the TornadoVideos.net team these past few days. Reed Timmer, whom you may know from the TV show "Storm Chasers," led us from Norman, Oklahoma, to the Texas Panhandle on Sunday, where we spent hours waiting for a storm to boil up into something worth chasing.

As it became clear the Panhandle was a bust, some members of the team argued for heading southeast to intercept storms in Oklahoma, while others wanted to drive north into Kansas. While we were blasting north to Kansas, which turned out to be a bust as well, the storms in Oklahoma produced a handful of tornadoes.

"This is the day before the day," Timmer and other team members proclaimed, referring to the predictions of a bigger chase on Monday. "We gave it 100 percent and that's all we can do,” Timmer reassured the team. The drive to home base in Norman was filled with a mixture of hope and disappointment.
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Can you copyright music of pi? Judge says no
A snapshot from Michael John Blake's "What Pi Sounds Like" video.
March 21st, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Can you copyright music of pi? Judge says no

Pi Day this year was special for Michael John Blake. On that day, March 14 (3/14, like the number 3.14), a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against his song, which is based on the number pi.

Let's back up: Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle. Its digits go on infinitely in an apparently random fashion: 3.1415926535897932 ...

And while this sounds preposterously geeky, multiple musicians have seen this as an opportunity to create songs based on these numbers. If you look at a piano and say that the musical note C is 1, D is 2, E is 3, and so on, you can create an interesting melody, and then add other elements to compose a full song with pi as the fundamental musical core.

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