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Old 05-15-2014, 07:34 AM   #31
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Of course do. Ducks fly- maybe not as well as some other things, but they DO fly- and are REAL hard to make catch on fire!
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On a somewhat smaller scale my uncle and one of my best friends are tool and die makers. When helping them with home improvement projects it totally fascinates me that they can't think in fractions. In rough carpentry 1/8 to 1/16 is usually pretty good, in finish 1/16 to 1/32 also usually works although some use bigger margins of error. These 2 guys think in thousandths. In their world 3 to 5 thousandths tolerances are the norm and they can't conceive of an 1/8 tolerance it totally blows their mind.
That is interesting. I have noticed this as well. I have a degree in carpentry, but most of my work has been in precision sheet metal. I can switch between fractions and thousandths at will. It has served me well.
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... These 2 guys think in thousandths. In their world 3 to 5 thousandths tolerances are the norm and they can't conceive of an 1/8 tolerance it totally blows their mind.
When you ask most people what time it is, and they don't look at a clock or watch, most will say 8:30 or a quarter to 4 or some such thing. I knew a couple of people in broadcasting, both radio & television. When you asked them what time it is, they'd say 8:27 or 3:49, and they'd be right.
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Of course do. Ducks fly- maybe not as well as some other things, but they DO fly- and are REAL hard to make catch on fire!
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When you ask most people what time it is, and they don't look at a clock or watch, most will say 8:30 or a quarter to 4 or some such thing. I knew a couple of people in broadcasting, both radio & television. When you asked them what time it is, they'd say 8:27 or 3:49, and they'd be right.
My wife is from France..and, years ago when we would visit her family, they would comment on how strange it is that Americans measure distance in time.

I.e., when asked “how far are you from Disney World?” we would answer with “It’s about eight hours.”
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My wife is from France..and, years ago when we would visit her family, they would comment on how strange it is that Americans measure distance in time.

I.e., when asked “how far are you from Disney World?” we would answer with “It’s about eight hours.”
My nephew's a pilot. He has to think for a split second to figure out whether the answer should be in drive time or fly time when he's asked how far someplace is. He has a different relationship to time and space than drivers do.
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One of my early jobs years ago was doing basic cad wiring diagrams. The boss would come in and yell at my if i wasnt using the snap setting which snapped the cursor to the closest line. He would say its all drawn to snap so use the snap function. But it wasnt. None of them were. They were his drawings.

When you zoomed the plans in the original drawings were all free hand. So of course everytime they built a power panel it would be off and the techs would come in for corrections . Thd lead engineer, my boss, would come in and yell at me for producing drawings that were wrong scale....

So one day i went through and copied one of the madter drawings he created and set universal snap to put every line to grid and then inserted the changes. I then took the drawing to the owner and took the original in handed it to him and said here is why your always running over cost...

I got fired by the head engineer after he got chewed out for not using the snap function.

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That is interesting. I have noticed this as well. I have a degree in carpentry, but most of my work has been in precision sheet metal. I can switch between fractions and thousandths at will. It has served me well.
Everything in Automotive is metric now... and yet I still have to convert to English
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We did convert from metric to english, too. Divide english by 25.4 to get metric. Not too sure why you'd have to do that in the automotive field, just grab the 10 mm wrench....
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128 ounces of dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) = 1 gallon.
1 gallon of DHMO weighs 8.3 pounds.
8.3 pounds = 132.80 ounces.
132.80 - 128 = 4.8 ounces of DHMO left over.

And this is before you convert to metric.

(Don't get me started on carets, karats & carrots.)
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