Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Johnny asks: What is your problem with the metric system? It’s not a religion, a government system or anything else but a simplified measurement system. Being a British engineer I very much appreciate this metric system as it makes structural and especially vibrational analysis calculations much less prone to error (e.g. mass and weight definitions). Surely you can see this by ditching the old British Imperial System (that you’ve re-named “US CUSTOMARY UNITS”as a camouflage) and seeing the merits in the metric measurement system.
My reply: I dislike homogeneity for openers. America used to be different from Europe. It is becoming just like it, in part because the metric system is being forced on us by the government-corporate nexus. It is not being demanded organically, by the people.
Metric is also anodyne. I’d like a couple of pounds of ground beef … vs. however many grams that is. A quart of good whiskey vs. a got-damned liter. No offense meant. Cubic inches of engine. Horsepower.
Metric is the non-binary gender identification of measurement. And has all the romance of a computer instruction manual.
There is more to life than standardization – which is for ants, not human beings!
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