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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #250 on: 12 Oct 2010, 13:06 »

Aw, you haven't seen NOTHING yet.

When you get time, track down south to Northwest Arizona. There's this "little ditch in the ground" made by the Colorado River. Pictures do NOT do it justice.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #251 on: 12 Oct 2010, 13:26 »

He drove through Kansas. I'm pretty sure he has seen plenty of nothing.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #252 on: 12 Oct 2010, 16:57 »

I'm impressed that you managed to do a massive road trip through US like that and mostly hit the shittiest places.

Well done.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #253 on: 12 Oct 2010, 17:19 »

Only if you are one of the weak-minded people that limits themselves to base 10.

Funnily enough, right now I'm watching a game of American football. It strikes me that it's all based around measurements of ten yards. A team has to make TEN yards in a series of plays to keep the football. The field is divided into sections of TEN yards. There are TEN of these sections.

Basically why do you Americans keep fighting against the metric system when you clearly recognise in your heart of hearts that it's the natural way?
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #254 on: 12 Oct 2010, 20:53 »

I'm impressed that you managed to do a massive road trip through US like that and mostly hit the shittiest places.

Well done.

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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #255 on: 12 Oct 2010, 21:02 »

when the fuck are you going to come to british columbia and sleep on my couch, you dildo
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #256 on: 12 Oct 2010, 21:05 »

Shit though I guess I did only go to the birthplace of jazz, the birthplace of rock n roll, the birthplace of Western democracy, saw a gigantic metal tube which will carry men off of our planet get wheeled out of the largest door in the world and stood on top of a mountain which itself was on top of a motherfucking supervolcano which will likely kill us all
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #257 on: 12 Oct 2010, 21:08 »

Tania I don't wanna get yr hopes up but depending on

a) whether I get this job I am interviewing for tomorrow
b) When we actually have to start working (i.e; when the ski season starts)

it is possible it could be, like, next week or the following, seeing as we'll probably have a few weeks to kill in the interceding time and Sam has friends who are going to school in Washington State who we were gonna meet in Vancouver at some point as well. I'll keep y'all apprised of the developments.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #258 on: 12 Oct 2010, 21:14 »

oh i was actually just being a brat because i don't want to read this thesis i am supposed to write a critique on by next week (this thesis is so bad dovey it is so bad how did it get approved i don't even) but that would be pretty cool! hopefully though you will get the job in banff because jobs in alberta pay real well on account their standard of living is much higher than the general population's whereas jobs in vancouver are pretty rare and hard to find for the most part.
but hey here is a thing! jrl phelps is playing here in november for the first time in literally a million years and you can totally drive from banff to vancouver in a day. you should consider a day trip for that, at least.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #259 on: 12 Oct 2010, 21:15 »

This notion intrigues me
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #260 on: 13 Oct 2010, 02:21 »

Basically why do you Americans keep fighting against the metric system when you clearly recognise in your heart of hearts that it's the natural way?
Because big money isn't in natural (except food), it is in computers, and that means bases 2, 8, and 16. Besides, natural does not mean better. See: Football. Or baseball. Anabolic all over the place.

Dovey, do people in Canada really say Eh all the time? And wear flannel and suspenders? I've never been there, except for the moose-filled side of the Niagara Falls.

Seriously, though, I want to hear about culture shock.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #261 on: 13 Oct 2010, 06:29 »

I say "eh" all the time.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #262 on: 13 Oct 2010, 07:16 »

Funnily enough, right now I'm watching a game of American football. It strikes me that it's all based around measurements of ten yards. A team has to make TEN yards in a series of plays to keep the football. The field is divided into sections of TEN yards. There are TEN of these sections.

Fuck meters, Harry. Fuck em.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #263 on: 13 Oct 2010, 08:20 »

"My car gets forty rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I likes it!"
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #264 on: 13 Oct 2010, 08:22 »

My car gets 29 hectares per cubic foot!
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #265 on: 13 Oct 2010, 09:34 »

It's probably more a matter of being able to get time off of work for me than anything. I don't know how flexible they're gonna be, what with it being a short-term seasonal thing anyway
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #266 on: 14 Oct 2010, 20:41 »

Basically why do you Americans keep fighting against the metric system when you clearly recognise in your heart of hearts that it's the natural way?
Because big money isn't in natural (except food), it is in computers, and that means bases 2, 8, and 16. Besides, natural does not mean better. See: Football. Or baseball. Anabolic all over the place.

Dude, how does binary justify Imperial measurement?

Hilariously, to count our money we use base 10 math.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #267 on: 15 Oct 2010, 00:03 »

Basically why do you Americans keep fighting against the metric system when you clearly recognise in your heart of hearts that it's the natural way?
Because big money isn't in natural (except food), it is in computers, and that means bases 2, 8, and 16.

Computers count in base 2 because they have two fingers. We have ten. Therefore, us programmers make sure we convert from base two to base ten before we print out your payslip. If you do your taxes in hex, your tax inspector will have a cow.

On top of that, the relationship between base 2 (and its derived bases such as 8 and 16) and the alleged superiority of the Imperial system is completely nonexistant.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #268 on: 15 Oct 2010, 02:26 »

Base 8 is the same thing as base 10...if you're missing two fingers.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #269 on: 15 Oct 2010, 02:38 »

"How did 64 get into it?"

"I hear you cry."

(I have to admit I thought of this song when I posted, but I was afraid the reference would be lost... apparently not. :D

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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #270 on: 15 Oct 2010, 03:12 »

My car gets 29 hectares per cubic foot!

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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #271 on: 15 Oct 2010, 03:39 »

how does binary justify Imperial measurement?

The great computer scientist Donald Knuth pointed this out:

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mouthful = ½oz.
pony = 1oz.
jack = 2oz.
gill = 4oz.
cup = 8oz.
pint = 16oz
quart = 32oz.
pottle = 64oz.
gallon= 128oz.
peck = 2 gal.
pail =. 4gal.
bushel = 8gal.
strike = 16gal.
barrel = 32gal.
hogshead = 64gal.
butt = 128 gal.
tun = 256gal.

Requires US gallons, but as I've pointed out already, they are as old as UK gallons, if not older.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #272 on: 18 Oct 2010, 02:13 »

And while I could be wrong, it is likely that way because it is much easier to double or halve something than to add 1/10th to it, or take 1/10th away from something.

Or it could just be ancient Sumerian brain-programming inclining some minds to lean towards binary while others lean towards base 10 as made simple by our body.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #273 on: 18 Oct 2010, 02:15 »

And where does the base-60 used by the ancient Babylonians come from?

(We still use that, of course, in our time units)
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #274 on: 18 Oct 2010, 12:22 »

No idea.

But I just realized that in our modern sense of bases, 10 doesn't make sense with our fingers. There are 11 amounts of fingers that can be up. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This should probably go into a different thread, rather than cluttering up Dovey's.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #275 on: 20 Oct 2010, 13:50 »

I still can't believe you didn't tell me when you came through Georgia. Or Florida. Or Alabama. Or Tennessee.


Humph.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #276 on: 21 Oct 2010, 21:56 »

True story: It takes a pretty monumental effort for me to actually contact anybody in the forum for local hang-outs, such is my incredible social retardedation, that I basically have to screw up all my courage to phone people I talk to about 10 times as often as my "real-life" friends.

To put it another way: Internet Man is Profoundly and Monumentally Fucked Up, No-One Surprised
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #277 on: 22 Oct 2010, 00:24 »

You too? I'm terrible at calling people on the phone.
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Re: Let me sleep on yr couch
« Reply #278 on: 22 Oct 2010, 05:25 »

I hate making phone calls, I think it's quite common which suggests there's some inbuilt human distrust of disembodied voices (for good reason!). But I have a masochist habit of forcing myself to do things I dislike, so I am intending on working for the college telephone campaign again.
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« Reply #279 on: 22 Oct 2010, 18:54 »

You coulda sent me a PM or texted me or something. I'da bought you lunch.


Oh, well.
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