# Re: Chit-chat Absolutly _NO_ Tech Data

```Ric wrote:

>I work in the biotechnology industry and we use the metric system all the
>time. Metric isn't hard you just have to use it.

Yes, but before one can use it he should know the approximate size.
By the way, I thought you worked in your own bead-store, or is that the job

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Kevin wrote:

>yes, I find yards are a very convienent measurement for most human-scale
>projects longer than 3 feet.  Of course, the metre is only slightly
>longer, so it's really a moot point (BTW, the word is MOOT, not MUTE.
>Although I understand what was meant <and Tim's not the only one who uses
>it Kelly ;) > I do find it somewhat irratating) But I wont resort to
>spell-flameing.  I really find yards useful in the 100-300 yd range, as
>you can easily compare to a football field (that's football, not Soccer)

I have never used "mute point" (I'm not sure though what I would have used
if I did) but indeed Kelly used it 3 times since june 1995, 2 times wrong, 1
time right.
(I don't mind you correcting some of my errors, if you think you see a
stubborn error just mention it in a corner)

>As for Chains, i was not aware that the unit existed, how long is it, and
>what is the unit of force if you accelerate a one slug mass at g0 for a
>length of one chain?  :)

1 chain=20 yards     1 fulong=10 chains    1 mile=8 furlongs

>And since I am still working for the Goverment, Please don't use the word
>furlough  (oops, my mistake, I see you said "furlong", oh well no harm then)

Maybe you need some furl....? :)

>> As I also noticed there go 16 ounces in a pound.
>
>Yup, and eight liquid ounces in a cup, and two cups to the pint, and one
>pint of water to the pound.  Isn't it amazing how all our units of
>measurement keep being based on water?

Well how convenient, you use different a pint for liquid volumes as for dry
volumes. I'm wondering how you can keep up with these units. A lot of people
in the Netherlands haven't figured out yet how many cubic centimetres are
needed to fill one cubic metre. (This is really true, from my own
observations I think that maybe 10% can give you the right answer in one try)

>> When are the Americans switching to SI units? The English now have an
>> official law that prohibits the public use (in stores) of the English units.
>
>I don't know, every time someone brings it up, all the companies cry
>tears about all the money they will lose.  and all the consumer groups
>(buncha' Ludites) say that they won't possibly be able to keep from being
>cheated by dishonest manufacturers who will try to make everything seem
>bigger by displaying the weight, volume or whatever in the smallest SI
>Units possible.  Imagine, you could get 500 ml of soda for only \$2.50 why
>that just 1/2 a penny per ml!   >8-0

Ah well, I wonder how the English system has survived so long, but I also
wonder where the SI-system came from (and I don't mean from France where it
was officialized)

>Oh, you guys have it easy! Right now it is -5 farenheit, thats about -23
>Celcius.  and we won't even talk about the wind chill!  Last week, we had
>wind chills in the -75 Farenheit range (-92 Celcius)

And I'm thinking that it's cold here... One thing I'm certain of, I will not
come and visit you (no offence :))

>anyone know a good sniley for "teeth chattering" all I can think of is *8-><
>but I think it looks more like "man just got hit in the Gonads"

Maybe  :-||  for a guy who has chattered his teeth too hard.

Oh, I asked my quantum physics teacher... first he said you were right, but
didn't know exactly how to explain it to me. After the lecture he handed me
an article that he had kept in his archives. Amazingly enough, the article
convirmed my believe that it takes SOME time to tunnel. The teacher said he
might have been wrong and wanted to read it as soon as he had some time.
I've not finished it completely, so I will come back to it.
About absolute zero, he agreed with me, but wasn't clear about the reasons
for not being able to reach absolute zero.

Tim

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