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1 Romantic Heretic  Jun 27, 2014 9:20:20am

I think the ‘On Soccer’ part limits our perception of her stupidity.

2 nines09  Jun 27, 2014 9:35:52am

re: #1 Romantic Heretic

I think the ‘On Soccer’ part limits our perception of her stupidity.

Her stupidity knows no bounds and her bigotry is a shining example of “Conservative Thought.” They pay her for pearls of racism such as this. She is no more than an ingrown hair on the ass of humanity. Vampire.

3 1Peter G1  Jun 27, 2014 9:55:28am

Ah the brilliance that is Anne. Liberia, Myanmar and the USA, those are the only countries in the world that don’t use the metric system. I wonder myself to what degree US exports are affected by the fact that manufactured goods built to US standards using SAE fasteners and NPT fluid connections etc require people in other countries to have a completely separate sets of tools and parts support to keep these things running. At great cost. Hmm?

4 1Peter G1  Jun 27, 2014 9:59:33am

re: #3 1Peter G1

I forgot to add this question: how did the proprietary Betamax system fare against the open VHS system with literally dozens of manufacturers competing to lower the costs?

5 Dr. Matt  Jun 27, 2014 10:05:04am
6 SteveMcGazi  Jun 27, 2014 10:28:08am

I can’t stand soccer either but for sporting reasons, not political ones. I can’t wait for the US team to get bounced so we can end this artificial soccer fascination. When it comes to the metric system, I wonder if its proponents realize that it’s just as arbitrary as the English system of units.
As an aside, I am always fascinated by the standard second. By definition, a second is the amount of time needed for a cesium-133 atom to perform 9,192,631,770 complete oscillations. Honestly, how can you count that? They couldn’t find an atom that could give them a nice round number like 9 million or 10 million?

7 SteveMcGazi  Jun 27, 2014 10:41:32am

If you have a pound of something it’s very easy to break it down into ounces. Break it in half, and you have two eight ounce pieces, You want smaller, break it in half again, and so on. So what do you do if you want to break down a kilogram into grams? You can’t do it without a scale. The same goes for units of length. You can’t use the metric system without scales, but you can use the English system. The one advantage of the metric system is that the gram is a smaller discrete unit than the ounce. For example, it was easier to weigh blanks for our molds and adjust from 15 grams to 17 grams or something like that if the batch of rubber was a wee heavy.

8 Dr. Matt  Jun 27, 2014 10:47:59am

re: #7 SteveMcGazi

If you have a pound of something it’s very easy to break it down into ounces. Break it in half, and you have two eight ounce pieces, You want smaller, break it in half again, and so on. So what do you do if you want to break down a kilogram into grams? You can’t do it without a scale.

This makes zero sense. Using your analogy, if you break a kilogram of something in half, it’s a 1/2 Kg or 500 g.

9 SteveMcGazi  Jun 27, 2014 10:55:17am

re: #8 Dr. Matt

But if you want it in gram size pieces, it would seriously overtax you ability to keep making those halves even. Remember, you’re starting with a much larger basic unit to boot, and the system is based on 10’s. The metric system is limited to factors of 1,2,5,10, while the english system can use 1,2,3,4,6,12 for feet, and 1,2,4,8,16 for the pound. It’s the smugness of metric system advocates who can’t fathom that the caveman English system has any merit that amuses me.

10 surlymarv  Jun 27, 2014 12:33:00pm

re: #7 SteveMcGazi

Again, this makes zero sense. Why would you care how quickly you can break a pound into ounces vs. a kilogram into grams? That’s just silly. How about breaking a kilogram into decigrams? That’s not as bad is it? Your argument seems to be that a kilogram can be broken into smaller units. How is that a bad thing?

Try breaking a pound down into smaller units below an ounce. Have fun dealing with fractions, another failing of the English Imperial system. I just love when I need to halve a recipe that calls for 3/4 cups of sugar. Imagine if money worked this way. This item is 1/3 of a dollar and this one is 5/16 of a dollar. Do you have enough change?

11 1Peter G1  Jun 27, 2014 1:07:28pm

re: #7 SteveMcGazi

The SI system uses mass which is invariant. The English system has a unit of mass, the slug but is primarily based on weight which varies everywhere on earth due to variations in the gravitational field. As a system of mensuration the English system sucks.

12 Islamo-Masonic Conspirator  Jun 28, 2014 2:48:43am

re: #7 SteveMcGazi

If you have a pound of something it’s very easy to break it down into ounces. Break it in half, and you have two eight ounce pieces, You want smaller, break it in half again, and so on. So what do you do if you want to break down a kilogram into grams? You can’t do it without a scale. The same goes for units of length. You can’t use the metric system without scales, but you can use the English system. The one advantage of the metric system is that the gram is a smaller discrete unit than the ounce. For example, it was easier to weigh blanks for our molds and adjust from 15 grams to 17 grams or something like that if the batch of rubber was a wee heavy.

The imperial system doesn’t make any sense in the context of the decimal numbers system. And that’s the system we all use. It’s as easy as that. The imperial system is a relic of the past without any advantages in comparison to the metric system (your attempt to illustrate one such supposed advantage didn’t make sense, as pointed out by the commenters). It should go.

13 Islamo-Masonic Conspirator  Jun 28, 2014 3:15:55am

Steve’s argument has reminded me of this comical Russian ad for a mobile provider with per-second billing:

Youtube Video

The woman asks the salesman for 200-300 g of sausage (100 g being a de facto unit for such things). He however insists on extra-precision - “How much in grams?”. She then tries to buy 38 - no, 39 - sweet cherries. I think this is all that needs to be said about this particular argument. ;)


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