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    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Off Topic: The high culture of the English system, but then again I also like analog vs digital

    I have always like analog. It is such a perfect representation of things like FM radio, and meters with needles pointing to the value. Of course the computers would fill a room, and then some, if we didn't have silly little transistors with their on/off 1's and 0's. But only an analog meter can show you a third. Try that with those vulgar digital displays.

    I also like the high culture of the English measurement system, which only the USA is dominant enough in the world to sustain. I knew about a few, like inch, yard, and mile. But there is much more to explore and relish!

    16 drams = 1 ounce
    16 ounces = 1 pound
    7 pounds = 1 clove
    14 pounds = 1 stone
    28 pounds = 1 tod
    112 pounds = 1 hundredweight
    364 pounds = 1 sack
    2240 pounds = 1 ton
    2 stones = 1 quarter
    4 quarters = 1 hundredweight
    20 hundredweight = 1 ton

    Perfect! Almost romantic.

    7 drams of your finest perfume please.

    Should we buy a clove of potatoes, or a stone? A tod would be much too much.


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