Posted Wed Aug 22, 2012, 7:36am Subject: Re: Why use the Metric System?
Back when I was in school before the day of hand calculators, the fact that we still used the archaic English measurement system used to irritate me greatly. They even had the good sense to scrap it. OK, not for beer maybe. I guess 0.5 l of Samuel Smith Imperial Stout just doesn't sound right.
If you told me in the 70s that we would still be using the English system in 2012 I would not have believed you.
While I'm embarrassed that we in this Country still use this cumbersome system, with electronic calculators so available it is really no big deal.
You're right, Phil - and I guess as we're in a forum where precision is demanded, you'd have to ask for 568.26125 ml which would sound even less right ;o) (of course, you'd have to ask only for 473.176473 ml in the US.....)
It all adds to the variety of life I guess, and long may that last.
Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 12:50pm Subject: Re: Why use the Metric System?
In Canada, we converted to metric around 20 years ago. It was not entirely successful. I still buy meat from the butcher in lbs. I am still more comfortable with Farenheight than Centigrade. This is because the degrees are smaller. So 98.6F is 'normal', 99F is 'small variation', 99.5F is a slight fever and 100F, take some aspirin.
We used to buy gasoline in Imperial Gallons but now we buy it in Litres. We used to measure fuel efficiency in miles per gallon (Imperial or US) but now we have Litres per 100 kilometres which is INVERTED and the dumbest choice they could possibly make.
For my Krups Moka Brew, I use 36 fl oz (not 1.064 litres) as it is easier to remember and measure. Also, I use 45 grams of coffee (not 1.573 oz avoirdupois) because it is an easy number to remember. In fact, my whole coffee program is one big mixed metaphor.
I admit that metric is more sensible. If I had grown up with it, gone through university with it, had a working career with it ...I would probably love it.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 5:07pm Subject: Re: Why use the Metric System?
I am still more comfortable with Farenheight than Centigrade. This is because the degrees are smaller. So 98.6F is 'normal', 99F is 'small variation', 99.5F is a slight fever and 100F, take some aspirin.
Since I've always grown up with metric, I don't really know any different, yet appreciate the value of this system. I know many who are unsure what 20 degrees C feels like, but find it a tough sell that F is more practical because of 'smaller variations'. I think the freezing point of 0 and boiling point of 100 far outweigh that difference.
Posted Tue Sep 4, 2012, 6:56pm Subject: Re: Why use the Metric System?
When I bake, I weight just about everything in grams, except for very small amounts like partial teaspoons. But if the manufacturers went true metric, instead of the 1lb (454 grams), we'd see the same product in multiple quantities like liquor does-- 750ml & 1.75L, designed to make price conversion a small mental exercise.
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