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avatar Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:47AM
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:40PM
I'm curious how many people actually need the KM part of the sign
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:43PM
Vince wrote:

> I'm curious how many people actually need the KM part of the
> sign

Haven't you noticed the number of Germans in the park during the summer?

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:57PM
eeek wrote:

> Vince wrote:
>
> > I'm curious how many people actually need the KM part of the
> > sign
>
> Haven't you noticed the number of Germans in the park during
> the summer?

I thought that many Germans were keen on hiking in Death Valley during the summer. Or so I've heard. I was never away from an air conditioned building or vehicle for more than three minutes.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:19PM
y_p_w wrote:

> I thought that many Germans were keen on hiking in Death Valley
> during the summer. Or so I've heard.

Yeah, that too.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:55PM
Vince: I'm curious how many people actually need the KM part of the sign

Perhaps it is a feeble attempt to wean the American public off the antiquated system that the rest of the modern world has left in the dust...

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:59PM
Bee wrote:

> Perhaps it is a feeble attempt to wean the American public off
> the antiquated system that the rest of the modern world has
> left in the dust...

You're gonna love this:

I took a class in orbital mechanics when I was in college. There were five of us in the class and I was the only physics major (the other four were engineering). We often had "fights" over metric. So one day the professor assigns a homework problem and one of the engineering majors asks what units he wants the answer in. He made the mistake of saying he didn't care about the units. I'm pretty sure he never checked the furlongs per fortnight I turned in.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:06PM
eeeek: >I'm pretty sure he never checked the furlongs per fortnight I turned in.<


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. (without looking it up, I believe that a fortnight is two weeks? and a furlong is 200 yards?)

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Post Edited (04-08-09 21:08)



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:08PM
A furlong is 220 yards. It took a lot of work to go from meters per second one a slide rule. (The things I'll do for a laugh!)

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:10PM
eeeek: A furlong is 220 yards. It took a lot of work to go from meters per second one a slide rule. (The things I'll do for a laugh!)

yer too FAST! I went back and fixed the feet to yards after i realized I goofed.

A SLIDE RULE???! ( my dad gave me three of them)

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:20PM
Bee wrote:

> A SLIDE RULE???! ( my dad gave me three of them)

Yes, I'm old enough to know how much using one really sucks.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:48PM
eeeek;Yes, I'm old enough to know how much using one really sucks.

i remember dad's first calculator: it had NO floating decimal AND the numbers were this really neat glowing red..(I used to sneak and use it for my math...a subject that I am very good at)

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:52PM
Bee wrote:

> eeeek;Yes, I'm old enough to know how much using one really
> sucks.
>
> i remember dad's first calculator: it had NO floating decimal
> AND the numbers were this really neat glowing red..(I used to
> sneak and use it for my math...a subject that I am very good
> at)

What about fractions? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090407174805.htm

And do you remember New Math?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXx2VVSWDMo

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 10:01PM
eeeek: And do you remember New Math?

I remember it as it appeared in the Snoopy cartoon books that my older brother gave to me. I believe that it was a bit before my time, but much talked about.

(I need to switch computers to watch the youtube winking smiley

I love fractions because there is a rythm and a logic to them much like language. The most magical calculation is the simple calculation of ratio, if/then. My father made me spend hours at the table after dinner practicing calculations (because I was supposed to go into business...which I did, eventually) I have a knack for language (except English) and I believe that it comes from mathematical familiarity.

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 10:29PM
Bee wrote:

> I love fractions because there is a rythm and a logic to them
> much like language. The most magical calculation is the simple
> calculation of ratio, if/then. My father made me spend hours at
> the table after dinner practicing calculations (because I was
> supposed to go into business...which I did, eventually) I have
> a knack for language (except English) and I believe that it
> comes from mathematical familiarity.

US stock trades used to be fractional until the US gov't mandated a change in 2001. I think traders had their own pet terms for 1/8 or 1/16. I heard 1/16 used to be referred to as a "teenie". Brokerages complained that they would have to upgrade their software or that there would be confusion. the other thing was that brokerages were able to pocket a little bit of the difference.
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 10:37PM
YPW: US stock trades used to be fractional until the US gov't mandated a change in 2001

papa and I had discussions about what change would mean to the "old guard" (the likes of him who were very comfortable with the old system)

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:20PM
Bee wrote:

> papa and I had discussions about what change would mean to the
> "old guard" (the likes of him who were very comfortable with
> the old system)

Warren Buffet sure seems to be doing ok after then change.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:03PM
eeeek: And do you remember New Math?

I have the Tom Lehrer CD box set. I could recite most of his songs at one time (the Periodic Table of Elements is my all-time favorite)

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:45PM
Bee wrote:

> i remember dad's first calculator: it had NO floating decimal
> AND the numbers were this really neat glowing red..(I used to
> sneak and use it for my math...a subject that I am very good
> at)

Math:



avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:49PM
LOVE IT!!! Out with the Pythagorus -- in with LOGIC!!!

B
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 09, 2009 06:34AM
Should read "Ambiguity, Makes simple, clever, answers wrong."





Old Dude
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:22PM
A furlong is actually 1/8th of mile.





Old Dude
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:24PM
mrcondron wrote:

> A furlong is actually 1/8th of mile.

And very close to being 1/5th of a km.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:51PM
eeeeek: And very close to being 1/5th of a km.

I vote that we only use the Metric System in discussion! (I will stand back as Vince tries to deport me....haha I am a citizen)

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:46PM
Yeah, but so what? They're in America.
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 08:55PM
Vince wrote:

> Yeah, but so what? They're in America.

Yes, and America needs to get its butt in gear and use a sane set of units. (MKS or CGS, take your pick!)

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 09:25PM
me: physics major at SDSU

dual major: journalism

So go ahead, figure me out.

This is AMERICA.
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 10:56PM
VInce: >me: physics major at SDSU

dual major: journalism

So go ahead, figure me out.

This is AMERICA.<

did you serve in the US Armed Forces, too?

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 09, 2009 06:43AM
Vince wrote:

> SDSU
> So go ahead, figure me out.


Dual purpose state institution?
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 10:24PM
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:23PM
Vince wrote:

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx5KDyvlG3Q

That's just plain disturbing.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:27PM
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:38PM
eeeeek: And on a related note:

It creeps me out to watch the guy; I like hearing my fav TL song, though. I lived with a husband/wife professor team who worked with him when he was teaching at Santa Cruz U(THAT was a great time in my life -- they introduced me to all sorts of culture)

B
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:41PM
Bee wrote:

> eeeeek: And on a related note:
>
> It creeps me out to watch the guy; I like hearing my fav TL
> song, though. I lived with a husband/wife professor team who
> worked with him when he was teaching at Santa Cruz U(THAT was a
> great time in my life -- they introduced me to all sorts of
> culture)

He just turned 80 recently. Sigh.

avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 08, 2009 11:43PM
eeek: He just turned 80 recently. Sigh.

The couple is in their early eighties, so I thought that he must be close in age. My favorite SW author Tony Hillerman died this year (82); it broke my heart sad smiley

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avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 09, 2009 07:08AM
Is that base or base 10?

Jim
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 09, 2009 07:18AM
I think it should read:

"SIMPLICITY: face it she is always right, and if she is wrong then just shut
your pie hole cause you want dinner right? and maybe you want to
sleep in the bed you bought with your hard earned cash? and maybe
get some fringe benefits of your marriage? ok, ya ya ya, I know that you
are right but seriously, can we just eat our Taco Bell and go to
Dave & Busters and maybe have a beer, damn I'm sick your your whining...
no wonder she yells at you all the time... no wonder she is always right"

or

"SIMPLICITY: caveman always wrong"
avatar Re: Miles from Hwy 120 Entrance
April 09, 2009 07:41AM
Bill-e-g: "SIMPLICITY: caveman always wrong"

Can you say that a little slower and louder into the microphone?

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