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Journal: March 12, 2009 
12th-Mar-2009 11:21 am

Many things have changed since I was a child.

Technology-wise, entertainment, politically, and even measurements. And I don’t mean my own. I started out in school learning the imperial system of measurements then part-way through we officially became metric.

At first it was difficult. It was almost hard-coded in me to think in terms of feet, Fahrenheit, pounds, etc. What were these new things? If it’s 20 degrees Celsius, does that mean I need a jacket or not? If I’m 50 Kg, should I be going on a diet? I used to run a mile, how much is that in kilometres?

Of course, I’ve made the transition now. I can handle Celsius like a pro but I also don’t have any difficulties with Fahrenheit.

I must admit that I still do think in Imperial for some things. Feet and pounds, for instance. I have to use a conversion program to figure out what they mean in metric. Not sure if that will change.

Avon_Hooked on Writing
12th-Mar-2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
OTOH I have to translate all those weird American measurements to make sense of them. I even have a little converter on my Google home page so I know how cold or hot their weather is.

Everyone should go metric. It's not just more logical, it would make it a lot easier not to have stupid mistakes in NASA's projects when they don't know how to use or convert to metric when working with other countries. Also, I have no idea what the Mythbusters are talking about with their weird old-fashioned PSI, feet per second, and miles etc.

When did Canada go metric? We did in the 60s, I think.

[Edit] I am always reassured by what stays the same, like the sweets and chocolate I bought as a child still being around. :-)

Edited at 2009-03-12 11:28 pm (UTC)
13th-Mar-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
We went metric when I was in school so that must have been in the 70s. It started in 1970 and was gradually introduced.
13th-Mar-2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I prefer metric for some things and imperial for others.
We never used the Fahrenheit scale in school, I only learnt Celsius or Centigrade. Until I did physics and learnt about Kelvin temperatures.

I still prefer weights in imperial though. I know how much I am in stones and pounds but couldn't convert that to kilos or just pounds.
I did work out how much 72 kilos was at one point. (Vila weighed if I remember correctly 11 1/2 stone, or at least when I figured it out.)
Length I can manage miles and yards but kilometres are meaningless. Anything smaller than a foot and I can do both.

Edited at 2009-03-13 01:05 am (UTC)
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