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Old 02-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #101
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Why does that make any more sense than a scale where water freezes at 32, boils at 212, but 0 degrees is fucking cold and 100 degrees is fucking hot?

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Because imperial relies on knowing arbitrary benchmarks which are to my mind really confusing.
Metric on the other hand, fits everything in round numbers and celsius is part of that, for example 1ml of water in a square container weighs 1 gram, is 1 cm high and is 1 cm wide. Shit makes beautiful sense, all this fahrenheit stuff is silly because it's not anchored to a core principle, it's just random numbers assigned meaningless values.(IMO)
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:00 PM   #102
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #103
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Metric generally makes more sense numerically but I've always felt that imperial was more utilitarian and tailored for everyday, common-frame-of-reference use.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:05 PM   #104
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Wait I thought the standard american measurement of weight was a bucket.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #105
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:20 PM   #106
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the whole fricken world uses it and we're forced to learn both just for you guys so yes quit being hipsters and do it 'merica
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #107
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #108
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It would make more sense if a foot was 16 inches and a mile was 4,096 feet; it's not that hard to do mental calculations around those numbers because they are both powers of two. 256 feet would be a mile, and that's a perfectly square number. How the hell did they come up with 5,280?

I also think the world should just switch over to hexadecimal instead of this 10 digit system for a variety of reasons...


Also, a 256 cubic inch gallon and 16 pound stone. Imperial could be hexadecimally reworked quite easily. Nice as that may be, it wouldn't necessarily be the best approach, because...

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Everything should be in highly composite number basing i.e. 6, 12, 60, 360, why? Because repeating digits are damn tricky to work with.


Divisibility is always nice. Limiting clean divisibility to powers of 2 isn't too helpful.

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Metric on the other hand, fits everything in round numbers and celsius is part of that, for example 1ml of water in a square container weighs 1 gram, is 1 cm high and is 1 cm wide. Shit makes beautiful sense, all this fahrenheit stuff is silly because it's not anchored to a core principle, it's just random numbers assigned meaningless values


It makes okay sense. It'd be "beautiful" if, when using water density as a conceptual basis, that density came out to be 1 (base mass unit)/(base length unit). The tonne could be used as a base unit, I suppose.

The Celsius scale predates the metric system, BTW...and isn't the SI scale.

Customary measures are no more challenging than the 60-60-24-7-etc. mixed radix time system we're all used to. People use km/h without giving a second thought (pun intended) to the mistmatch of unit systems at play before their eyes.

A better decimalized system could be conceived from the ground up.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #109
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The Celsius scale predates the metric system, BTW...and isn't the SI scale.

Yeah, you got me there.. asshole

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A better decimalized system could be conceived from the ground up.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #110
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To me in the U.S. it makes no difference. I can convert between them and I would be indifferent either way.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:07 PM   #111
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Our measurements are easy enough to convert because we're not stupid like Europeans and so we can handle numbers that aren't multiples of 10 in our everyday lives.

I think this sums it up pretty well.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #112
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The only thing is that after a lifetime of measuring in imperial, I'm better at visualizing that sort of stuff than I am at metric. I could do it, but I don't think I'd ever be 'fluent' in it. I'd always be translating to our measurements in my head.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:46 PM   #113
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Wait, are you asking why we do that, or saying we do that?

Because I've never heard anyone say how many inches tall they are. It's always like 5'10". Not 70"


I was saying you do it with weight i.e. you say you're 168 pounds, not 12 stone.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #114
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Metric system isn't that hard, mericuh needs to get over it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #115
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When I build/design pedals, everything in that regard is done in metric.
Almost everything else I make is done in inches/feet/ etc.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:04 PM   #116
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they tried to switch us over in the late 1970's and everyone went ape and they pussed out. We should switch... but then again we should have 1 universal language too but that will never happen either so the whole world is just a bunch of stupid yokels.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #117
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No, how about the rest of world switches to the US customary units.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #118
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Switch to metric!! It's so much easier to use in mathematical problems such as in physics or chemistry. On a side note, outside of school work, I'm use to measuring a person's height or weight in imperial units.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:45 PM   #119
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I measure my stuff using the metric system because trying to convert fractions within the Imperial system is a bitch in graphic design.
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Switch to metric!! It's so much easier to use in mathematical problems such as in physics or chemistry. On a side note, outside of school work, I'm use to measuring a person's height or weight in imperial units.

Oh would you look at that you just described America. Imagine that.
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