Spacefem.com

Happy World Metrology Day!

Math, science, physics, computers, engineering, and everything else that turns us on.

Moderators: rowan, Sonic#

Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby spacefem » Fri May 20, 4:00 2011

136 years ago today 17 nations signed onto the Metre Convention (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metre_Convention), which basically said "we're going to set up committees and general conferences to get us all on the same page when it comes to measurement". Since then, nearly every nation in the world has adopted the measurement standards accepted by the convention, known as the International System of Units, or more generally, the Metric system.

The US is still a holdout. We like our feet and inches, because they're American dammit (well, they're British actually but whateves) and as long as we have miles we won't be pinko French socialists. Go us. Or something.

People, do what you can to switch us to the metric system. Please. It's smarter, it's easier on scientists, the rest of the world uses it. If you need a reminder here's our interview with a US Metrication advocate, from a few years back:
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=33172

I promise I am not just promoting this holiday because it coincides with my birthday, although it does... that makes me awesome, more than it makes the holiday awesome. It's a real holiday. It's got a Wikipedia page, that I did not write (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Metrology_Day) There are even events right here at home, see the Metrology Day homepage (http://www.metrologyinfo.org/worldmetro ... vents.html) for more info... NIST is sponsoring a symposium at the Mid Atlantic Meeting of the American Chemical Society next Monday all about "Redefining the Kilogram and Avogadro's Number". Par-tay!
User avatar
spacefem
queen of everything
queen of everything
 
Posts: 7175
Joined: Sat Aug 24, 1:37 2002

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby rowan » Fri May 20, 8:10 2011

Yay Metrology Day! I wish we would change over! I have this weird hodgepodge of things I can estimate - but many of them are in metric and it's not like everyone doesn't know how big a liter/2 liters/.5 liters are.
Global warming is intricately tied to the decline in the pirate population. As the pirate population goes down, the average global temperature goes up. Ergo, pirates are cool, and we need more pirates. :pirate: ARRR!
User avatar
rowan
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
Posts: 7090
Joined: Fri Feb 20, 11:01 2004

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby Sonic# » Fri May 20, 9:24 2011

Happy Metrology Day! And happy birthday! And happy first publishing of Shakespeare's sonnets day!

Also, since this is one of the sonnets that invokes measurement (for the height of stars), sonnet 116:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
User avatar
Sonic#
established
established
 
Posts: 2857
Joined: Sat Nov 7, 9:37 2009

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby monk » Fri May 20, 9:54 2011

Happy Birthday Spacefem.

and though I am not against the metric system, my mind was calibrated as a child on the inches, pounds, & gallons.

But since I like doing math I also memorize the conversions. So I guess if the campaign to finally convert us succeeds the constant math ought to help me fight off alzheimer's as I get older.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage? - Pink Floyd.
User avatar
monk
try to ignore it if I offend you.
try to ignore it if I offend you.
 
Posts: 7449
Joined: Thu Apr 24, 23:46 2003

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby Tookie » Fri May 20, 10:08 2011

^ Yeah, I have most of the conversions memorized, except for temperature - although our ovens are still all Fahrenheit. Most people don't, though. It's really convenient to know them, because we have such a hodge podge mix of the two systems here.
The personal is the political.
helium wrote:Every vagina is different, right? A unique and original vag-snowflake?
User avatar
Tookie
Spleentastic!
Spleentastic!
 
Posts: 4761
Joined: Mon Jun 14, 16:34 2004
Location: Canada

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby spacefem » Fri May 20, 15:51 2011

See, if we just went metric you wouldn't have to convert.

First, most things you measure out now you don't care about units. Does it cost $30 to fill up your car? It'll still cost $30 to fill up your car. Does it take you three hours to drive to Orlando? It'll still take three hours to drive to Orlando. People think it'll cause MASS HYSTERIA but when's the last time you said, "Oh the nearest Olive Garden? It's like ten miles away." Where I'm from, we already don't care about that kind of stuff.

The stuff where inches matter, like your 35" inseam, you'll just convert once. Now it's a 90cm inseam. Done. Brain calibration isn't as big a deal as you think. You've been buying soda in liters for years, how has it changed your life? It probably hasn't. You probably don't care. You just buy the bottle.
User avatar
spacefem
queen of everything
queen of everything
 
Posts: 7175
Joined: Sat Aug 24, 1:37 2002

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby great girl wonder » Fri May 20, 18:14 2011

When I was in 2nd grade or so I remember my teacher telling us we were learning two ways to measure because when we'd be adults everyone would be using the metric system.
20 years later we still use our old inefficient way of measuring. We might as well be using the length of our arms to measure as far as the rest of the world is concerned.

Go Metrics!

Oh and Happy Birthday.
It is a far better thing to love than to be loved; to adore than be adored. -David Turrill, An Apology for Autumn
monk wrote:so what you're saying is that great girl wonder beat the pants off you?
User avatar
great girl wonder
Someday you'll meet the real me
Someday you'll meet the real me
 
Posts: 1352
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 17:56 2005
Location: Bay Area

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby Tookie » Sat May 21, 17:44 2011

I laugh a little every time I ask an American how many feet are in a mile.
The personal is the political.
helium wrote:Every vagina is different, right? A unique and original vag-snowflake?
User avatar
Tookie
Spleentastic!
Spleentastic!
 
Posts: 4761
Joined: Mon Jun 14, 16:34 2004
Location: Canada

Re: Happy World Metrology Day!

Postby SakuraSong » Sun May 22, 19:24 2011

I STILL do not know why, why why why WHY we have not switched to the metric system. It would make life a lot easier. Then I wouldn't have to keep converting inches to centimeters everytime I want to buy clothing for my hobby :(

Oh yes, and Happy Birthday Spacefem! This does make you awesome.
"Truth is a garrulous, quarrelsome bitch."
User avatar
SakuraSong
Unroyal Courtesan!
Unroyal Courtesan!
 
Posts: 4842
Joined: Tue Feb 8, 16:54 2005
Location: Writing love poems by the red-light district.


Return to Science & Technology

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

cron