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Dr. D

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The Measurement Thread
« on: May 01, 2011, 07:23:17 pm »

So, what is your favorite unit of measurement and your favorite thing to measure?

Mine is the Joule. All other SI derived units are less fun.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 07:24:26 pm »

The Urist, obviously.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 07:25:40 pm »

I'm just popping in to say, this is silly and I love that you actually did it.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 07:28:21 pm »

I'm just popping in to say, this is silly and I love that you actually did it.

I second the notion.

As for on-topic stuff, I like metric.
Base 10 is best 10.
Though I have grown to appreciate Imperial, less on its own merits and more on how hilarious it is that it's so fucking stupid and yet it's still the standard in America.
Also, I think part of it is also a big 'fuck you' to Europe and the rest of the world.

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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 07:32:04 pm »

I think I will find some really strange units, such as some old archaic units from the English system and others. I like the English unit of mass, the slug.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 08:15:09 pm »

Newtons.

Because someone that persnickety as a unit of force is the best thing ever.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 08:17:28 pm »

 As a person under the Imperial unit of measurement system I'll agree that Metric is probably better and I would love to have a base 10 system of measurement. Make everything simple and whatnot.

 However, you must also agree that to change our system of measurement would be absurdly costly and to accuse us of being inferior for keeping with such a system is childish.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 08:33:33 pm »

I know my car can travel 80 rods to the dram, and that's all I need to know.

However, you must also agree that to change our system of measurement would be absurdly costly and to accuse us of being inferior for keeping with such a system is childish.

There's also this.  I hear British people still have a problem with metrics.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011, 08:34:44 pm »

I like the Astronomical Unit.

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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011, 08:39:57 pm »

In this thread we shall revel in our geekiness.

Favorite non-real unit: The Metric Fuck Ton.

Favorite real unit: Hands, the measurement for horses. I dunno why, I've always liked it. Kind of primeval, like the first dude who told other dudes about this thing he saw running on the plains, and he was like "It was this tall!"

I think I'm forgetting some other awesome measurement though.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2011, 08:41:23 pm »

I'll add stone and feet.  Those are ridiculous, too :D
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2011, 08:44:34 pm »

Metric.

It's the one I was raised to use.

The Urist is a close second, though.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 10:13:20 pm »

Kelvin. I mean, how hard is it to see the logic in a temperature system where zero is, well... zero?
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2011, 10:15:01 pm »

I will have to say the Dwarf Score.
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Re: The Measurement Thread
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2011, 10:17:13 pm »

Favorite non-real measurements: The Urist & the Arbitrary Unit (don't ask how I use this one.)
Favorite real measurement: Probably watts, just for the lame jokes that I get to say in the middle of physics lecture. They're even funnier because the professor is a huge stickler for units. "I'm sorry, but that's 64 whats?" "Yes."
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