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From what I am finding, they are currently refining equipment for precision to go ahead with this transfer of the definition of the Kg.  Which is good, because after that happens, we will no longer define one of our Seven Fundamental Units for Understanding Life, the Universe, and Everything on an over sized, multi-million dollar paper weight.  :D

For what it's worth, they have moved away from The Big K and are now defining the kilogram using Avogadro's number and Si-28. - 

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Waste systems
« on: October 20, 2015, 01:37:27 AM »
As someone in Civil Engineering, I think the best idea is to not think too hard about this.  Or assume these fantastical Builders came up with an ingenious design system that is self maintaining.  Or perhaps they put in regular inlets and outlets throughout each Habbles.  With devices that flow the length of the pipes finding and fixing problems.

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Dogs
« on: October 20, 2015, 01:30:52 AM »
Personal WAG:  The Dogs are at the base of the Spire keeping things out.  Cats get the things that get in past the Dogs.

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Why do you think Grimm...?
« on: October 20, 2015, 01:27:30 AM »
I do find Cora's arguments about how the military is over funded, as she is currently in the process of leading an assault on the people she is criticizing for having military.  Also, considering the populations, I suspect that even if all the cores were used to fuel the Spires, with no military threat, that it would not meet the demands of the Spire.

Not saying it is not a valid viewpoint, it just seems like it was coming from the wrong person at the wrong time.

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Ending (mayor spoilers, obviously)
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:03:23 PM »
I wonder if that ability could be extended to track power cores?

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Ending (mayor spoilers, obviously)
« on: October 18, 2015, 06:10:35 PM »
I am hesitant to call this a future of either the DV or Codex Alera.  The best connection that I can see would be that the Vord show up at some point.

You did.  :D

I just have my personal rants because I have to work with imperial units due to being in Engineering, even though I live in Canada, where we use SI.

I have seen that video before.  And while I agree about the change, I still think at this point, it would be easier for the change to be for those still using imperial to switch to metric.  Mostly because although Base 12 is a better system to use, Imperial is not just base 12.  I know not all the ones listed below are common usage anymore, as most people use inches, feet, yards, and miles, with chain and furlong still used in surveying.

1000 thou. = 1 in.
12 in. = 1 ft.
3 ft. = 1 yrd.
22 yrd. = 1 chain
10 chain = 1 furlong
8 furlong = 1 mi.
3 mi. = 1 league

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: (Spoilers) about cats
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:51:11 PM »
What were people's opinion on the cats in general?  I feel like they may work better as side characters.  Rowl had good scenes, but I would suspect that his ego would be a bit much after a while.

Cinder Spires Spoilers / Re: Ending (mayor spoilers, obviously)
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:49:07 PM »
I think that sentient ships are the ones that earn a name for themselves in history, such as the Argo, which had a talking masthead.  So a regular ship would not start as sentient, especially if the power core is new.  But the older the core, the stronger the personality becomes.  I would think it also depends on the captain and crew as well.

True, but I think it is an easier to have a population that is at large not scientifically inclined to shift their measuring system to match their counting system, then the entire world to re calibrate their counting system and thus their measuring system.  I am not a very skilled pure mathematician, so I cannot say if switching from base 10 to base 12 would truly complicate our constants and established measurements.

In that case, we would need to create two more numerical characters.  Part of the awkwardness of imperial is using a base 12 math system with a base 10 numerical system

I more find it amusing that the United State was one of the biggest supporters and drivers of the precursor to SI, as well as a strong support in the early days of SI as well IIRC, yet is currently is one of three nations that holds onto the Imperial system.

I will admit that Imperial can be nice in small measurements for quick math (feet and inches being in base 12 makes for nice fractions).  After that though, it just falls apart.

That's just an American thing though.  One day they will realize that some traditions are not worth keeping.  :D

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