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ringo
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Message 372 of 650 (782009)
04-13-2016 12:11 PM
Reply to: Message 371 by New Cat's Eye
04-13-2016 11:44 AM


Re: FYI, I've shamelessly stolen EvC technology
Cat Sci writes:

If I flip a light switch and nothing happens, did the switch really do anything?


It told you there's a problem.

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Message 375 of 650 (782015)
04-13-2016 1:14 PM
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04-13-2016 1:06 PM


Re: FYI, I've shamelessly stolen EvC technology
Cat Sci writes:

It's really more of a Do Nothing Box, since it's not really an actual button that I can press.


But if there's no feedback, you don't know what, if anything, it's doing. It could be uploading your personal information to me.

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Message 480 of 650 (847616)
01-24-2019 11:18 AM
Reply to: Message 477 by coffee_addict
01-24-2019 7:21 AM


Re: Please name this fallacy
Lammy writes:

Are you guys really serious that there isn't a name for this fallacy yet? Like strawman and such? I see people inadvertently use this fallacy all the time.


There's also the converse: We did X and Y didn't happen, so it's a good thing we did X. A classic example is, "We prayed for rain and it rained, so prayer works."

And our geese will blot out the sun.

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Message 487 of 650 (857425)
07-08-2019 12:23 PM
Reply to: Message 483 by dwise1
07-08-2019 3:45 AM


Re: Brits: "Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, ... "
When in doubt, Shakespeare wrote it down first - and he probably heard it in the streets.

All that are in Hell, choose it. -- CS Lewis
That's just egregiously stupid. -- ringo

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Message 547 of 650 (863085)
09-19-2019 5:53 PM
Reply to: Message 544 by dwise1
09-19-2019 1:31 PM


Re: Speedometer Scales in Different Countries
In Canada we use kilometers for highways and liters for gasoline and milk. Coffee is sold in 907 gram cans and butter is sold in 454 gram packages. I've never met anybody who knew how tall they were in metric.

“Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing.”
-- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

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Message 575 of 650 (869271)
12-27-2019 11:21 AM
Reply to: Message 570 by dwise1
12-25-2019 6:36 PM


Re: Question about Social Use of Liters
dwise1 writes:

But whenever I see a cursive capital "L", am I supposed to always interpret that as centiliters? And in which countries would that apply and not apply?


In Canada we have been "converting to metric" for more than forty years and, generally, nobody uses it. Recently, in a discussion about the metric system, I asked a 22-year-old how tall he was. He answered, "Six feet."

We buy gasoline by the liter because that's how it's taxed. We buy milk by the liter because it's supply-managed (remember NAFTA?) But we by liquor in 26-ounce and 40-ounce bottles (even if the metric equivalent is also marked on them). We buy meat and butter by the pound. We buy coffee by the 2-pound can. We weigh ourselves in pounds and measure ourselves in feet and inches.

The first time I ever heard the term "centiliters" was in your post. (I have heard that beer is sold wholesale by the hectoliter, which is about a keg.) Our beer bottles are labelled in ounces and milliliters. I doubt if you could find one Canadian in a thousand who could tell you the metric size of a shot glass.


"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...."
-- Rudyard Kipling

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Message 608 of 650 (880629)
08-08-2020 12:31 PM
Reply to: Message 603 by dwise1
08-07-2020 12:06 AM


Re: What Was This Medieval Astronomical Instrument?
dwise1 writes:

Wouldn't everything just be so much better if everybody just switched to metric?


In Canada, we "switched to metric" in the 1970s and we still don't use it. Ask a 20-year-old how tall he is and he'll tell you in feet and inches.

"I've been to Moose Jaw, now I can die." -- John Wing

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Message 615 of 650 (880697)
08-09-2020 3:36 PM
Reply to: Message 610 by dwise1
08-09-2020 2:26 AM


Re: Metric System in the Kitchen
dwise1 writes:

What is the recipe convention in Canada?


I don't use recipes so I can't say for sure. But I don't know anybody who has a kitchen scale. Everybody has cups.

"I've been to Moose Jaw, now I can die." -- John Wing

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Message 641 of 650 (884606)
02-26-2021 11:43 AM
Reply to: Message 629 by dwise1
02-25-2021 4:12 PM


[qs]Re: Cost of Gasoline/Petrol/Benzine in Europe
A funny story from the late 1970's. During that time, the rising cost of oil was causing the price of gasoline to increase, rapidly approaching a dollar a gallon. The reason why this was such a big problem was because most gas stations still used mechanical pumps in which you could change the price per gallon but the upper limit was 99.99 cents. When they were designed, the possibility of gas costing a dollar or more per gallon was inconceivable.

Been there, done that.

1977. Boston Bar, British Columbia, in the Fraser Canyon. They were selling gas by the half-gallon, for 50.9 cents.

In Canada, we solved the problem by switching to liters. Today the price is just over a dollar per liter, so the electronic pumps were a good idea too.


"I've been to Moose Jaw, now I can die." -- John Wing

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Message 649 of 650 (884660)
03-01-2021 11:14 AM
Reply to: Message 645 by dwise1
02-27-2021 6:06 PM


Re: [qs]Re: Cost of Gasoline/Petrol/Benzine in Europe
dwise1 writes:

Was selling it by the half-gallon the standard convention in Canada established decades before?


I never saw it anywhere else before or since. I was used to the Saskatchewan prices, Alberta's were a little bit lower than ours and BC's were a little bit higher than ours.

"I've been to Moose Jaw, now I can die." -- John Wing

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