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Should the US switch to the Metric System?
Yes, within 5 years [ 25 ]  [47.17%]
Yes, within 10 years [ 6 ]  [11.32%]
Not sure [ 3 ]  [5.66%]
No, never [ 16 ]  [30.19%]
No, not until it's studied further [ 3 ]  [5.66%]
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Posted on 18-Mar-2004, 03:42 PM
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Ok, I just don't see it as that different then speed in mph and the distance. Actually it would take 2.87 hours at 100 kph (2hours, 52 minutes, 12seconds).

However for me it would take about three hours or so cause I would have to make a rest stop. biggrin.gif

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Posted on 18-Mar-2004, 04:06 PM
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It is different. If you're going 60 mph (hypothetically) and you have 287 miles to go, it'll take 287 minutes or 4 hours, 47 minutes. Now I go a lot faster than 60 mph. More like 75 - 80. So I know I can trim some off the time.


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Posted on 18-Mar-2004, 04:08 PM
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Must be my fever, gonna take some aspirin and think about this for awhile. tongue.gif

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Posted on 18-Mar-2004, 05:02 PM
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I think you're making it more complicated than need be. Dividing distance by speed works exactly the same for miles and mph as it does for km and kph. unsure.gif


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Posted on 19-Mar-2004, 09:22 AM
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QUOTE (oldraven @ Mar 18 2004, 05:02 PM)
I think you're making it more complicated than need be. Dividing distance by speed works exactly the same for miles and mph as it does for km and kph. unsure.gif

Who's making it complicated? Me or Leo? You must mean me. Guess I'm just not used to driving at speeds measured at kph. Maybe if I was I'd be more used to thinking about the time in a simpler way.
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Posted on 19-Mar-2004, 09:53 AM
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Well, that's really the whole issue, isn't it. Breaking off from familiarity. smile.gif Once you become used to thinking in Kilometers, I don't think you'd have any more problems with figuring driving time than you used to.
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I'm too old to change!! wheelchair.gif

It's funny when I was in elementary school over 30 years ago we were told we had to learn metric, that the US would be changing over in a few years. What happened? huh.gif


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Posted on 19-Mar-2004, 10:25 AM
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Your right, Why haven't we already gone metric??
I think the biggest problem is that people try converting in their head and find it to confusing and complicated.
I've been in the automotive repair business for over 20 years, dealing with German cars, needless to say.... metric.

I say just change and use it, it's easier anyway...just don't try figuring out out what it would convert to, it doesn't matter.


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Posted on 19-Mar-2004, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 19 2004, 10:23 AM)
I'm too old to change!!  wheelchair.gif

It's funny when I was in elementary school over 30 years ago we were told we had to learn metric, that the US would be changing over in a few years. What happened?  huh.gif

Yeah, being 2 months older than me might just make you too old to change.

Yeah, right! wink.gif

We were told the same thing in school. I think someone nailed earlier when they said the ppl in congress were of a generation that didn't want to switch and that when our generation got there things might change.

Oh, yeah! That was me! angel_not.gif
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Yep! Those two months are a killer! laugh.gif Now if I were as young as Sis A, then it would be a snap.

Realistically, what dif would it be? We would get used to it, but I'm stubborn. It's an oldfashioned word thing. Meter, liter where's the romance in that? Now a yard or a foot - the mile. Those words have mystery, a vagueness about them. biggrin.gif Meters and liters are for accountants. We artists need ambiguity. lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif
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Posted on 20-Mar-2004, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 19 2004, 07:30 PM)
Yep! Those two months are a killer! laugh.gif Now if I were as young as Sis A, then it would be a snap.

I thought you were the baby of the family. ???
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QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 19 2004, 07:30 PM)
Yep! Those two months are a killer! laugh.gif Now if I were as young as Sis A, then it would be a snap.

Realistically, what dif would it be? We would get used to it, but I'm stubborn. It's an oldfashioned word thing. Meter, liter where's the romance in that? Now a yard or a foot - the mile. Those words have mystery, a vagueness about them. biggrin.gif Meters and liters are for accountants. We artists need ambiguity. lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif

Speak for yourself. I like mystery in words, but when it comes to numbers, I want them to be nailed down. That's what they're for aren't they? for precision? if not, then why am I running a 32 bit CPU instead of an 8 bit?

With words, lines, etc... one neds to be able to control how precise or vauge they are. imprecision can be a good thing there on occasion. But for measurements and numbers, give me the ability to represent 15.0372262190585104623 if I need to.


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QUOTE (tsargent62 @ Mar 20 2004, 12:11 PM)
QUOTE (Elspeth @ Mar 19 2004, 07:30 PM)
Yep! Those two months are a killer!  laugh.gif  Now if I were as young as Sis A, then it would be a snap.

I thought you were the baby of the family. ???

Annabelle likes creative accounting!

And Aaediwen, I joking - mostly. My brother is the CPA, MBA, CFO, M-O-U-S-E of the family. I don't like to be too tied down to numbers. That's why I love the idea of a yard being the distance from the tip of your nose to the end of your fingers. But, alas, when paying for things, I want the full gallon or liter, or whatever.
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Maybe phase it in eventually but not right now.
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