Speaking of units, University of Chicago Professor Nicholas Metropolis
(who had been one of the original Manhattan Project scientists at Los
Alamos) remarked that the standard lecture period of 50 minutes lasted
approximately 1 Micro-Century.
On Fri, 2 Feb 2018 17:00:10 -0500
Warren Kumari <war...@kumari.net> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:31 PM, Dave Warren <d...@thedave.ca> wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 2, 2018, at 11:57, Warren Kumari wrote:
> >> Hopefully Lewis knows / understand that we are just squabbling
> >> amongst ourselves because we've know each other for a long time
> >> and this is in good humor.
> > Yes indeed :)
> >> The actual values used are open to tuning, but in the original
> >> posting, you, that was 15 seconds, and was *probably* a typo for 15
> >> minutes. I personally always use seconds in my zonefiles, and avoid
> >> the new fangled hours / weeks / syntax.
> > I'm the exact other way around, I prefer content to be as human
> > readable as possible, and in my experience most humans work better
> > with smaller numbers including units (especially under
> > stress/pressure).
> What?! You mean you still think in archaic units like hours and laghu
> and days and fortnights and similar?! Weird.... Do you measure length
> in alen? Or kyndemil?
> I use seconds for *everything* -- when pointy-haired boss types ask if
> I'm actually working on a project (instead of, you know, snarking on
> mailing lists) I tell them that I've put in "more than 2834 seconds in
> the past 2 weeks alone". The arbitrary precision and large number
> makes it sound like I've done way more than, you know, less than an
> It only takes a few 2678400 seconds to get into this habit - if you
> are having a hard time adjusting, I'd recommend Kris Allen's seminal
> work - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwYnG2DGbPo  - this is
> only the first in a planned series; IIRC, the next one will cover the
> number of seconds needed to cook an egg to the desired yolk
> consistency, and the following one, for some unknown reason, helps you
> remember the gestation period of a muskrat.
> > Each to their own, obviously.
> P.S: You are welcome for the earworm.
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