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A New Deal, p7

December 14, 2020 by Tim


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foducool
foducool
11 months ago

at least the units can be easily converted to one another
YES I’M LOOKING AT YOU, INCHES AND FEET!

Freddie
Freddie
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Well … feet.

Dodged THAT by a mil or two.

Tim
Tim
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Imagine being born and living in a country where the metric system is the norm and trying to understand measurements in american documents with square inches, yards and gallons…

Vicente Sampedro Burgos
Vicente Sampedro Burgos
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I feel that every time I read sci fi written or translated from an American writer ^_^!

Vedrit
Vedrit
11 months ago

As an American who has attempted to write sci-fi, I tried to follow scientific standards and use metric measurements.

The Legacy
The Legacy
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

It’s something I can’t fathom.

Ben
Ben
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Or what you can’t tell if something is imperial or metric and reference Ounce, Ton, Gallon, etc….

Or worse if someone takes a formula/recipe and “converts” it from one standard to another but doesn’t bother to convert the ones that look “proper”, IE converts Lbs to KG but leaves Tons at Tons or Converts ml to quartz but leaves Oz as Oz and Gallons as Gallons.

Humsterr
Humsterr
11 months ago
Reply to  Ben

buuut there’re no ounces or gallons in a metric system…

Okotari
Okotari
11 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

There are, actually, but we don’t usually use them as part of any formal measurements. Particularly gallons as 4 liter packages of stuff are actually fairly common.

Humsterr
Humsterr
11 months ago
Reply to  Okotari

I assure you, there aren’t
Some people MAY use the word gallon as meaning “exactly four liters”, but there is no such thing in metric system proper. Metric system is base 10, four of a thing never constitutes another thing in metric sytem

Son of Curly
Son of Curly
11 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

One could just as easily say that the metric system; while very useful for scientific and industrial purposes; does little for the brain. Like music, forcing the brain to think in terms of octaves (octal) and fractions ounces, pints, gallons, yards, acres, rods, chains & furlongs. All clumsy & obsolete; forcing the brain to do more than just move the decimal point around & remember the right prefix. Perhaps try measuring your bias in Imperial units as it seems rather haughty. The world is big enough for two standards of measure & it’s a very 1st world problem for you… Read more »

7eggert
7eggert
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

It’s in the D&D manual: 10 foot = 3 m, a yard = 1 m, you need not know more, it’s just crazy.

Richard II Weatherfield
Richard II Weatherfield
11 months ago
Reply to  7eggert

It’s actually NINE feet to a yard, not ten.

Richard II Weatherfield
Richard II Weatherfield
11 months ago

3 feet, I mean. My bad.

7eggert
7eggert
11 months ago

You see how inaccurate imperial units are?^^

mark
mark
11 months ago
Reply to  7eggert

Actually, a meter is 39 inches… so 3 meters is only 9ft 9in. makes practically no difference if you’re talking about whether or not they are within reach of your glaive, but makes a Huge difference when discussing the distance between major cities in a forgotten realms size world… your estimation could be off by DAYS. Weeks, if you’re discussing sea travel.

Richard II Weatherfield
Richard II Weatherfield
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I feel that way every time I try to use the metric system.

Kaelin
Kaelin
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Try living in a country where metric is the norm but all the recipe books are in imperial.. and working in a grocery store where the scale measures the weight in kilo’s and someone comes up asking for a 10 pound turkey…

Michael
Michael
11 months ago
Reply to  Kaelin

My money is on you being from the UK.

Kaelin
Kaelin
11 months ago
Reply to  Michael

not quite. Canadian.

7eggert
7eggert
11 months ago
Reply to  Kaelin

The metric pound entered the chat

Gnarph
Gnarph
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Well, we don’t know – the hated scale could be logarithmic meaning the actual numbers don’t mean what you think…
YES IM LOOKING AT YOU DECBELS AND RICHTER SCALE!

Jest Phulin
Jest Phulin
11 months ago
Reply to  Gnarph

Or even arbitrary numbers that don’t directly correlate to measurable phenomena. YES I”M LOOKING AT YOU SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE AND SCHMIDT STING PAIN INDEX.

Vicente Sampedro Burgos
Vicente Sampedro Burgos
11 months ago
Reply to  Jest Phulin

Could we add the Mercalli scale here?

Jacob
Jacob
11 months ago
Reply to  Jest Phulin

This is Spinal Tap

Stephen M. Schaefer
Stephen M. Schaefer
11 months ago
Reply to  Jest Phulin

SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING SCOVILLE SCALE!

KillerDragon989
KillerDragon989
11 months ago
Reply to  Gnarph

And let’s not forget the Temperature and the Heat Factor alongside the Wind Chill Factor!!!!!
Oh! How hot is it? It’s 90° outside but it feels like 120° and let’s not forget that breeze which brings it down to 80° outside……take your pick……..

GONFRASK
GONFRASK
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Don’t gorget canes, fanegas, arrobas (yep, is too a weight measure), stadiums, etc XD

Biff Tannen
Biff Tannen
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

Which unit of feet? Seriously, there’s two.

eric
eric
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

He’s a superior being, of course he uses metric.

RandomName123
RandomName123
11 months ago
Reply to  eric

Incorrectly, though. One thousandth of a millihatred should be a microhatred. The whole point of having the SI prefixes is that you don’t have to invent a whole new unit every couple of orders of magnitude.

Henchman Twenty1
Henchman Twenty1
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

1970’s Troy McClure: Hello, I’m actor Troy McClure. You kids might remember me from such educational films as ‘Lead Paint – Delicious But Deadly’ and ‘Here Comes The Metric System!’
I was probably about Bart’s age when they told us we’d be converting. That sure worked out. I think we stopped at soda bottles and said “Good enough”!

mark
mark
11 months ago
Reply to  foducool

If you’re throwing the US under the bus for the metric system, i’m dragging the french down with us for counting like drunkards XD :

https://www.facebook.com/uniladmag/videos/688822014902978/

Tim
Tim
11 months ago
Reply to  mark

Imagine being a young french child and learning to count. You goes to 20 (vingt) with some difficulties but you finally manage it. Easy enough you get the hang of it and you go to 29 (vingt neuf) and ask your mum “what’s next ?” and you got 30 (trente), and go on your own to 39 (trente neuf) and so on until 69 (soixante neuf) asking every time how is called the next tens. You feel good and you think you’re very smart because you got the hang of it. And then you ask “what comes after 69 ?”… Read more »

Kaelin
Kaelin
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

god, I remember that in public school.
was like.. so.. 80 is.. 4 20’s? what?

7eggert
7eggert
11 months ago
Reply to  Kaelin

Catre-vent-dis-nöff

Nuitari
Nuitari
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I see your quatre vingt dix and raise you four score and ten.

Enclave
Enclave
11 months ago

So, 1 unit of hate broken down with the metric system. Leave it to Zeke to work out the maths behind hating humans.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
11 months ago
Reply to  Enclave

I think you’re miscalulating. Milli is a thousandth, not a thousand.

1 metre = 1000 millimetre.
1 hatred = 1000 millihatred.
1 millihatred = 1000 spitecron.

So a spitecron is 1 millionth of a unit of hatred, not 1 unit.

Eldest Gruff
11 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

No, you’re just not thinking broad enough.
1 meter = 1,000 millimeters
1 millimeter = 1,000 picometers.

Now, considering the difference in suffix, it’s possible that X1 is performing some sort of conversion. After all, you can measure objects in multiple ways – one liter of water, in volume, equals a kilogram of water, in mass. Considering ‘cron,’ maybe he’s converting intensity to length of time.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
11 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

That’s not how language or metric work. A milli-‘something’ is a thousandth of ‘something’. X1 directly says a spitecron is one thousandth of a millihatred. Therefore, a spitecron is one thousandth of a thousandth of a unit of hatred. Nothing more, nothing less.

I’m sorry, but this earns you about half a spitecron of dislike from me.

Michael
Michael
11 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

As best I can gather, all 3 of you are in agreement but also too stupid to realize it. Typical humans…

Buck
Buck
11 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

A millimeter equals 1,000 micrometers, not picometers. Micron is another word for micrometer. So we have meter, millimeter, micron and hatred, millihatred, spitecron.

Eldest Gruff
11 months ago
Reply to  Buck

Thanks for the correction, Buck; a picometer is a thousand nanometers, and a nanometer is a thousand millimeters. Got my suffixes mixed there. George – I’m referring to the fact that in metric, the prefix designates the order of magnitude, and the suffix designates what is being measured. Therefore, a Millihatred should be one-thousandth of a Hatred, and a millionth of a Kilohatred. But as the different measurements are interconnected (that is: one cubic decimeter of water = one liter of water = one kilogram of water), and it’s perfectly grammatically correct to say “one gram of water is one-thousandth… Read more »

RandomName123
RandomName123
11 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

” a picometer is a thousand nanometers, and a nanometer is a thousand millimeters”

Still wrong. A picometre is a thousandth of a nanometre; a nanometre is a thousandth of a micrometre; and a micrometre is a thousandth of a millimetre. You got your multipliers mixed, and skipped a prefix.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
11 months ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I get what you’re trying to refer to, but that doesn’t make your post any less nonsensical, irrelevant or wrong. First off, there is zero reason to assume such a conversion is taking place. X1 is pretty clear about how he uses spitecrons (1 thousandth of a millihatred). There is nothing to assume ‘spite’ is somehow a prefix, or that ‘crons’ are a different unit and not just a play on the word ‘micron’ (1 thousandth of a millimetre). At best your entire argument is baseless speculation. Second, even if you were somehow right and there actually was such a… Read more »

Egas
Egas
11 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Up until last year, the weight of a kilogram was defined by a mostly platinum (90% Pt, 10% Ir, or as close as we could get in 1889) cylinder in France. Now it’s based off a physical constant, I forget which one.

Tim
Tim
11 months ago

I don’t know but the more I read X1 comments the more I feel his hatred of all humans is being stretched out.

Like someone not wanting to admit being wrong in the first place (a very human thing ^^).

Dagroth
Dagroth
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Don’t tell him that, he will either despair and break down or kill you. Or perhaps despair, then kill you.

Well, or at least not like that and who knows how will he react then.

Rolan7
Rolan7
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Yeah. It’s still very important to him that he’s able to say such things, as opposed to when he was enslaved. So he says them a lot. His actions seem to tell a different story, though. Poor thing’s traumatized but seems to be learning to trust.
Which makes it all the more tragic when he discovers the kill-switch is still there…

MRD
MRD
11 months ago

Speaking with Zeke probably earns you a few micromorts.

Wolftail
Wolftail
11 months ago

So, one spitecron is equal to one microhatred?

Fletch
Fletch
11 months ago

I really feel like this is WX-78’s brother, based on dialogue alone.

Freelance
Freelance
11 months ago

Nobody let him read/find/play “I Have no Mouth, and I Must Scream.” It might give him ideas.

Ducky
Ducky
11 months ago
Reply to  Freelance

For anyone unfamiliar, this is the Allied Mastercomputer:

HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I’VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE.

Ro Ha
Ro Ha
11 months ago

Tim, you misspelled “gauge” with “guage”.

SuperIchi
11 months ago

You typo’d gauge, fyi 😛

Alton
Alton
11 months ago
Reply to  SuperIchi

AND he missed a word in the first panel.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
11 months ago

YOU missed a word.

IAmThatGuy
IAmThatGuy
11 months ago

Hey, cell #2 might be missing a word in Zeke(?) chat bubble.. “Do know how” should probably be “Do you know how?” Would hate for another physical print to get run and some typos slip in there. 😉

Leon
Leon
11 months ago

Is gratitude so horrendous?

eric
eric
11 months ago

That half lidded look of someone who is like drunk/high is hilarious beyond reason.

Rolando
Rolando
11 months ago

Do you people think he’ll ever realise how profoundly and thoroughly HUMAN his prejudice is? And NOT the “higher road” kind of human, even. The “beyond stupid” kind.

Or do you think, it’s all just a show that he consiously puts on?

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
11 months ago
Reply to  Rolando

One’s own hatred is rarely consciously thought about. It comes from failing to think about the perspectives and feelings of others.

Rolando
Rolando
11 months ago

Yeah, that’s my interpretation too. That’s why I assume he doesn’t realise, then only offer the “conscious show” thing as a less likely possibility. For the sake of having a complete train of thought.

P.S.: Skull’s awesome <3

Hendojo
Hendojo
11 months ago

Really love how I googled “spitecron” and the first hit was this comic

TMLutas
TMLutas
11 months ago

I want to know the full measurement system so we can submit it as a proposed addition to the metric standard.

The Legacy
The Legacy
11 months ago

Millihatred, spitecrons? I need to add these to my vocabulary. 😂

Rolando
Rolando
11 months ago

Tim, please include the “mega-loathe” as one of the units. Coined by eminent authority in hatred, Dr. Perry Ulysses Cox.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
11 months ago

So then its a big ol’ hatred of the imperial system? Good. Bugger needs to be put down old yeller style. The Bigger question becomes what lies beyond the upper limit?

Pulse
Pulse
11 months ago

so spitecron is a .001 of a millihatred. milli implies .001 of a hatred. now i wanna know what a hatred is.

Tim
Tim
11 months ago
Reply to  Pulse

Easy enough, it is 1 million spitecron !

Kaelin
Kaelin
11 months ago

I know it won’t go there. But I’m suddenly picturing the FBI or that at the door because sudden rampent poking of illigal type things.

Rauri
Rauri
11 months ago

Wonder how many millihatreds AM has for humanity.

I mathed out his speech to figure out how much hate he has. With his 387.44 million miles of printed circuits he has 623524239360 metres, and with the word “hate” engraved on every nanoangstrom (.0000000000000000001 metres) he would have 6235242393600000000000000000000 printings of “Hate” that would not equal 1/1,000,000,000th the hatred he feels for humanity in this microinstant.

I’d suggest Ethan show him “I have no mouth and I must scream” but I don’t want xbot to get ideas.

OMG it is happening
OMG it is happening
11 months ago

I remeber that Zeke from universe 1 got as exhausted as this Zeke after playing video games with Lelah. There’s so many weird games out there, so you cannot definitively end up innocent after playing some of them (Sonic.exe, I’m looking at you).

Salmonman
Salmonman
11 months ago

If you want some additional fun, read his lines in the voice of Bender.