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I still cannot get my head around Fahrenheit. Like many things in in the UK though while the official line is metric the embedded thought process is Imperial.
The Imperial method is descriptive in human terms, so it fits well with social interaction or loose description. I don’t think we British will ever describe something as kilometers away, or we walked kilometers. It will always be ‘miles’, however I hope that planners think in terms of those kilometres, meters or even centimetres.
Obviously I grew up with the metric system being taught in schools, but came home to everything else being Imperial. I don’t know how much this still applies for today’s generation, or wether it simply is still easier to give the rough estimates we all use in day to day conversation as those imperial measurements, but anything that needs precise measurement is done metric units.
If I’m honest, who, apart from setting a thermostat, descriptively uses more than its freezing, hot, very hot, or scorchio anyway?
I tweeted this the other day, but the more I look at it the more impressed I am.
Imagine being able to board a train in St Petersburg and making a decision in Lisbon wether to go to Seattle, or Rio. Imagine a world where the line from Jerusalem to Bagdad had overcrowding problems, or that Tehran was a major station on the Australia route.
Check instruction 43.
I just found this link for the most useful overlay for Google Earth, at least if you are in the UK, and want to use it for a little more than peering into your friends and family back gardens!
Simply it does what it says on the tin and adds an OS map overlay. Great for planning off road routes, or research into a place or area.
I guess Britain has some of the best mapping on earth, and this is a really useful addition for me, though I’m surprised that the data is so freely available to do this as OS mapping for the country is so expensive in most other formats.
I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
Two things of note today.
It takes 10 days or so to settle down, but, boy do I like the new connection speeds. If it stays stable like this in 3 years I’ll have gone from dial-up to 100 times faster. I do really thank God for my net connection.