Why do we have the domain name i-pi.com instead of something like
ingham.com? The simple answer is that Kenneth thought that ingham.com
was boring. The domain name was registered back in the early 1990s;
it was available when we got i-pi.com.
Initially, the domain name was to be iπ.
However, you can't have italics or greek letters in domain names.
Not only that, you can't even see the pi in the desired domain name
unless your browser supports HTML 4.0 or newer.
The next choice would be i*pi. However, * is not a legal character
in domain names either.
Kenneth thought ipi would be mis-pronounced and mis-understood.
So, when Kenneth sent off the registration to get the domain, he requested
i_pi.com. However, a _ is an illegal character in domain names,
so when the registration confirmation arrived, we had i-pi.com.
All of this still leaves the question, why iπ? The answer
relates to a religion Kenneth formed while an undergraduate at the
University of New Mexico: The Church of the
real Holy Value.