Gizmodo: Quecto, Ronna: Meet the Newest Metric Prefixes. “Four new metric prefixes got the official stamp of approval last week at the 27th General Conference on Weights and Measures held at Versailles, the extravagant palace outside of Paris…. The new prefixes ronna and quetta refer to the largest numbers, while ronto and quecto apply to the smallest. Ronna is a 1 followed by 27 zeroes, and quetta is a 1 followed by 30 zeroes. Ronto is 10^-27, and quecto equates to 10^-30.”
Mental Floss: How Many Danny DeVitos High Is Mount Everest? The Omni Calculator Can Tell You That, and Other Weird Measurements
Mental Floss: How Many Danny DeVitos High Is Mount Everest? The Omni Calculator Can Tell You That, and Other Weird Measurements. “Mount Everest is officially 29,032 feet tall, but that figure only goes so far to capture the peak’s magnitude. It’s much easier to picture 26 Eiffel Towers stacked on top of one another, or 5696 Danny DeVitos. That’s why the scientists and researchers at the Omni Calculator Project developed the Weird Units Converter. Plug a measurement in a standard unit into the tool and it will tell you what it is in Empire State Buildings, spaghetti strands, blue whales, and more.”
New York Times: America Has Two Feet. It’s About to Lose One of Them.. “How big is a foot? In the United States, that depends on which of the two official foot measurements you are talking about. If it comes as a surprise that there are two feet, how about this: One of those feet is about to go away. The first foot is the old U.S. survey foot from 1893. The second is the newer, shorter and slightly more exact international foot from 1959, used by nearly everybody except surveyors in some states.”
A blog post at Kottke pointed me toward Dimensions.Guide. From its front page: “Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our built environment, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design.” The front page when I looked at it had a bunch of furniture measurements, then I went browsing and found animals and cornhole fields and plants and TV show characters….
Automation .com: Coordinate Metrology Society releases digital library of technical papers. “The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced the launch of its digital library of original technical papers delivered by metrology experts over the past twelve years at its annual conference — the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC). The library is an online archival of over 100 technical papers and journals covering a range of industry topics including 3D measurement, inspection, assembly, best practices, new innovations and more.” I had to look up metrology. It’s the study of measurement.
CNET: Facebook seeks to redefine time with ‘flicks’. “If Facebook gets its way, maybe the next time you want your friend to hold the door for a second, you’ll say, ‘Hang on for 705,600,000 flicks.’ Well, OK, you probably won’t. But you could, because Facebook introduced a new unit of time on Monday called the flick. The company thinks it’ll be useful for programmers if not for talking to your pal while you run back for your keys.”