🇨🇳 #Tiangong could now outlive the older, larger #ISS.
“We will build a 180 (#metric) tons, six-module assembly in the future". Tiangong has a mass of about 69 metric tons, not including visiting crew and cargo vehicles. That's about one-sixth the mass of the #ISS. The #US 🇺🇸 #SpaceAgency wants to free itself from the cost of operating the #ISS in #LEO to free up money 💰 for missions to the Moon 🌙, and eventually to Mars 🔴. https://arstechnica.com/space/2023/11/china-says-its-space-station-seen-in-new-photos-is-poised-for-growth/
📆 1999 #NASA lost its $125-million #Mars #ClimateOrbiter because #spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to #metric measurements 📏 when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched.
None of #JPL’s rigorous quality control procedures caught the error 🐞 in the nine months it took the spacecraft to make its 461-million-mile flight to #Mars 🔴. The miscalculations were enough to throw the spacecraft so far off track that it flew too deeply into the #Martian atmosphere and was destroyed 💥 when it entered its initial #orbit around Mars https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-oct-01-mn-17288-story.html
@Neverfadingwood This shambles is due to an early incarnation of Euro-scepticicism in the 1980s that equated the metric system (first defined by the Royal Society in London in the 19th century) with the EU and 'Brussels'. To appease these headbangers the government abolished the Metrication Board and left us with a half-arsed system that makes no sense to anyone. It should have been a warning to us all, but now the headbangers rule... #Metrication #metric
1l of (4°C) water weighs 1kg.
1kg (of anything) is 1000g.
1g of water is 1cm³.
Stack 1000 1cm³ blocks to get a 10m high column.
This column exerts 100kPa of pressure on its base.
To heat it by 1°C requires 1kcal.
And 1N would accelerate it by 1m/s every second.
I had to google how many inches are in 7 feet.
And I think that's stupid.
Edit: Dear Americans; I require 7 feet in fathoms.
I did a post on Threads (https://www.threads.net/@realinvalidname/post/Cz1NgmrOVK_) asking the algorithm for more stuff I like. No algorithm here (good!), but maybe some hashtags will help find like-minded Mastodonians:
🏈: #Stanford, #GoHabsGo, #GoBolts
🎵: #Metric, #NewPornographers, #BendSinister, #MyChemicalRomance, #ManicStreetPreachers, #TheTubes, #AnimeMusic, #VideoGameMusic
👾: #ValkyriaChronicles, #FinalFantasy, #FireEmblem, #TheDioFieldChronicle, #SoulCalibur, #MuvLuv
📺: #KaguyaSama, #86, #MadokaMagica, #RumblingHearts
lieblingssongs #453: metric – all yours
"The asteroid will pass within a hundred thousand kilometers of Earth." I wish it said "a hundred megameters." The #metric prefixes exist: use them.
I helped my son install a wall-mounted, full-motion TV mount, and being a neat-nick, he gave me the "leftovers," the unused hardware that came with the kit. It mainly consisted of several "bandoliers" of plastic bags. Inside these were a rich assortment of mostly metric machine screws and washers in various lengths and sizes. It really helped beef up the meager supply of metric in my workshop, and will save me some trips to the hardware store.
#makers #workshop #homeworkshop #hardware #metric
It's taken three or more years but I'm finally at the point where I think in Celsius rather than Fahrenheit.
I no longer try to convert a Celsius temp to Fahrenheit, to understand it. #metric
Metric dropped a new album today! 🎵
#music #Metric #NewMusic
Metric time is good idea. Is it a revanche of american idea
1 day = 10 hours
1 hour = 100 minutes
1 minutes = 100 secondes
1 hour = 10 000 seconds
1 day = 100 000 seconds
1 day = 1 000 minutes
With metric time the day is broken into 10 hours.
A metric hour is broken into 100 minutes.
A metric minute is broken into 100 seconds.What makes metric time so cool is that would make all the mental math we have to do when adding and subtracting time so much easier—especially when it comes to different timezones. Working with base-10 numbers is so much easier than trying to think in base-60, base-12, and base-24.
In fact metric time could be decimal time
There is no AM or PM with metric time. Just 10 hours in the day. To get a good night sleep (8 standard hours) you’d sleep for 3.33 metric hours. If you go to bed at 9:50 metric time (about 10:45pm in standard time), wanting to get a good night sleep, you’d wake up at 2:75 metric time (roughly 6:45am standard time). Remember, a half hour in metric time is 50 minutes, and a full hour is 100 minutes. One metric minute before « midnight » (10:00 on the metric clock) would be 9:99 in metric time.
Time is Money
The logic you use to tell time with metric time is very similar to how you think about money (assuming US Dollars). One metric hour is like a 100-dollar bill. One metric minute is a 1 dollar bill. And each metric second is a penny. Each day (10 metric hours), has 1,000 minutes, and 100,000 seconds. It’s an interesting way to think about the time we get to spend each day.
@brian_derocher But Metric is so confusing!
When you're making a recipe you found online, instead of puzzling over "15 ml" it's much easier simply to remember that a tablespoon is 0.50 US fl oz — unless the recipe is from the UK (0.51 US fl oz), Australia (0.68 US fl oz), Canada (depends on where they bought the measuring spoon), or … 🙂
I've built a civil/solar metric clock for the iPhone. If that sounds intriguing and you'd like to know more, you can check out the post at https://www.olsons.net/projects/multiclock.
If you download and use the app, I'd love any feedback.
The source code's up on GitHub. App is in the App Store. Those links, and lots of history and explanation, in the post.
By way of a #PersonalTestimony
My favorite band #Metric announced a very limited club tour, with a date in LA during my birthday week. Cool, obviously I'll go.
Fan presale: sold out in zero seconds
Artist presale: "" “”
AMEX presale: "" “”
General on-sale: "" “”
Scalper¹ market: what do you think?
Anyway I'm going. And I'll have a blast. But it's frustrating.
¹The scalper market is RUN BY THE TICKET SELLER COMPANY. I'm *sure* the ticket seller company didn't hold back tickets to resell themselves, right?
The existence of the imperial system of measurements makes tool shopping so much more annoying.
Also, nothing more frustrating than flipping over your metric square and finding some useless 25.4mm scale on the other side, because you didn't look close enough when you bought it.
Just drop that shit already.
If you ever think it's odd to see random people making non-substantative #comments on your #posts, like, just agreeing with you or whatever, remember that pretty much every #algorithm on every #SocialMedia platform that has one treats comments as the strongest #metric for what should be #boosted, because that's #engagement.
Every time I swing by the #BirdSite to check up on stuff, I try to make comments on stuff I want to be trending there. When I come back to #Mastodon / #Fediverse, I have to stop myself from saying "Right, that's great!" on posts I like. That's even as someone who's always been more active on here than I ever was on there.
I'm sitting here doing some learning on #ebike and I'm watching a lot of international English (UK, EU) content and it made me realize how much nicer it would be if we got our act together and started to learn and use #Esperanto as the international auxiliary language (along with #metric in the US)
It would make learning things from other countries and international communication so much easier.
Some of the funniest things are the obvious ones that allow people to laugh at themselves and I think of that as a nice Canadian trait. I am enjoying your posts and will come back to your feed for more ‘feel good’ reads. Thanks for starting my day with a smile 😄
Canada's like this too. (Almost) all commerce is in metric units, but we have an awful lot of products with weird non-round numbers like 454g, 335ml, 1.14l, 0.92m, 568ml that happen to be nice, round figures in Imperial or U.S. units...
Ya know, just slapping a new label on it doesn't make it #metric...
The Coastline Paradox [measurement]
https://sketchplanations.com/the-coastline-paradox <-- shared technical article 1
https://ars.electronica.art/keplersgardens/en/coastline-paradox/ <-- shared technical article 2
#GIS #spatial #mapping #gischat #coastlineparadox #coastline #measurement #metric #scale #scaledependency #fractal #research #math #mathematics #Mandelbrot #wiggliness #accuracy #precision #map #cartography #relative #length #generalisation #fractaldimension #fractal #rivers #borders #appliedscience
Properly jaw-dropping moment this evening: an e-mail from my US publisher saying that "since it's a science book", they'll publish Blue Machine WITH METRIC UNITS. So I don't have to convert everything to foot pounds per square elephant. In YEARS of writing for the US, this is the first time I have ever had a hint that there is a world outside feet and inches. Progress! #Books #Metric #Science
Simple #metric estimations for those new to it:
1 inch = approx 25 millimeters
1 inch = approx 2.5 centimeters
"Most famously in recent memory was the #Mars #Climate #Orbiter in 1999. The $125 million #space probe broke up in the #Martian #atmosphere after #engineers at #LockheedMartin, who built the instrument, used the #US #Customary System of #measurement rather than #metric measurements used by others on the #project. The #probe descended too close to the surface and was lost."
I love this story. #Pirates stopped the #metric system from reaching the US.
It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the #metric system
Peak Brexit - the Anti-Metrification Unit works for Britain to be free from logical measures, one inch at a time
https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/16/23507199/us-uk-anti-metric-sentiment-beyond-measure-james-vincent-excerpt And in America metric is, well, a science thing
#bananas #metric #imperial
Edgar Wright puts great unique material up on the screen.
Shaun of the Dead,
The way soundtrack powers narrative in Baby Driver.
Everything about Spaced.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is so uniquely Wright's stamp on director, producer, co-writer for screenplay. An unashamed slice of pop-culture magical realism.
Brie Larson's, on film, cover of:
Metric - Black Sheep