My kid is taking Woodshop in high school and the class is taught in Imperial units in Canada. Why? Why are inches still the defacto measuring system for woodworking/home improvement? I'm old, so I have an excuse for buying 8' 2"x4"'s, kids don't. Plus wouldn't removing the fractions make it easier for everyone?
How do Canadian home cooks measure in the kitchen and at the grocery store, with respect to metric vs. imperial units? [more inside]
I'm interested in buying a specific dresser at IKEA (Hemnes 3 drawer chest), but I am trying to fit it into a small nook and I need more specific measurements than they can give me. Would someone who has this dresser at home be willing to measure it for me? [more inside]
I need to find a wireless connected scale to measure objects, none of them very heavy. The scale needs to have an API with which to retrieve the weight readings. For various reasons, including system compatibility and short timescales, I'd prefer to use the Fitbit Aria if at all possible. However, it looks like the minimum weight for accurate readings is 9kg. Can anyone tell me anything about how accurate the Fitbit Aria is *in practice* for weighing items lighter than this?
I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
I have to replace a screen/storm door, and when I measured it, it was 80" x 33 1/3". That's... not a normal size, is it? How do you buy a new screen/storm door when the size is so wonky? They seem to come in 32" and 34" widths, what should I do? [more inside]
I've never been very good at either math or at eyeballing things like weight or dimension, but was thinking recently about how to more or less accurately weigh things without using a scale. What good methods are out there to approximate other kinds of measurements? [more inside]
If time (as measured on Earth) were speeding up or slowing down (relative to what it had been in the past) would there be any way for us to notice or measure it? [more inside]
Is 31.5 inches by 23.5 inches a common frame size? [more inside]
The recipe says "2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight". Does it mean 2 cups of the beans after soaking, or before soaking? [more inside]
I want to measure and test things in my life (home, car, etc.) for maximum efficiency, thrift, and measuration, which is a word I just made up to combine measurements and data wankery. What measurements can I make and what fun tools do I need to buy? [more inside]
Is there a statistical measure that I can rely on in evaluating papers or articles in a historical subject? If you teach history, what measure would you rely on in evaluating student papers and take-home exam essays for plagiarism? [more inside]
I am a science teacher creating a professional development workshop for other science teachers. The topic is along the lines of "getting real scientific data and measurements from the web for your students to work with". The goal is to find "real" scientific data from the world beyond the classroom, that might make for more compelling classroom activities and investigations in high school and middle school science classes, such as biology/ecology, earth sciences, astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc. The data can be in the form of videos or images to be measured and analyzed, or raw numbers to crunch, or whatever. The data needs to be freely available on the web. Examples inside... [more inside]
i am trying to measure the vibration of a bearing, which is at one end of a simple fan shaft. the fan is large but rotates at reasonably slow speed. fan diameter approx 3m, shaft speed approx 145 rpm, 2 dodge s2000 bearings. i am getting FFT data but when i look in the low frequency range the data is not meaningful. i am using sample rate 4096 Hz, block time 0.125 sec. 20 sec sample time and i think the acceleromter is set up correctly. where might i be falling over?
How do I, using common household tools and objects, determine the (variable) RPM of a fan? [more inside]
Please list your best, favorite, most interesting object that could be used as a unit of measure for one of the following: area, volume, or temperature. For your answer to be useful I require the object and its measure. The ideal object is unusual but relatable at the human scale. [more inside]
Eyes 20/10 with correction, where to get the sharpest prescription in the US? [more inside]
Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
What are some ways to accurately measure the volume of very small amounts of liquid without complex equipment? [more inside]
How do you measure how many calories are contained in food? [more inside]
What is the philosophy of measurement? [more inside]
What is the origin of the 20-80 scale used in baseball scouting? [more inside]
How is the following risk assessment from this NYT infographic reached?: "The estimated increase in cancer risk of eating two unwashed pounds of [radioactive cesium-tainted broccoli] is about two chances in a million." Is it based on population studies, or sieverts, or something else? What biological effect do sieverts measure? [more inside]
What are canonical physical fitness benchmarks specific sports, occupations, and other activities? [more inside]
Why are dimensions in the art world listed height by width? W before H seems to be the standard everywhere else. [more inside]
Looking for a way to measure movement of simulated rowing. Thoughts/advice + possible engineering involved! [more inside]
My daughter's science homework is driving me crazy. It's one of these crossword puzzle deals. She's filled the entire thing out save one answer, and as I'm 30 I'm somewhat shamed that I cannot seem to answer a 6th grade science question. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
ScholarFilter: Does anyone know of a scholarly article that goes from defining a construct (say, for example an attitude of some kind) to operationalizing it to measuring it in a somewhat succinct way? I'm trying to understand this process better. [more inside]
Give me some real-world benchmarks so I can understand the metric system. [more inside]
Sending an American cookbook to Europe: what do I need to include? [more inside]
what kind of productivity do we know how to measure effectively, and what kind do we not? What are some examples of good measurements of the first kind, and what are some examples of failing to measure the second kind of productivity? What distinguishes these two kinds of productivity? What's a good Google query for this question? [more inside]
Time&SpaceFilter: GoogleFu failing me here... Trying to RE-find specific time and amount measurement/approximation sites. [more inside]
Question about highway....measuring devices? Not exactly sure. [more inside]
How did we go from basic rough hand tools to the point of having really precise tools? Specifically, how do you make a better tool from the ones you have on hand? [more inside]
Surveying 101: How is acreage measured on hilly ground? Is the acre a measure of the surface area of the ground, or of the area inside an imaginary box that is superimposed over the ground? [more inside]
Is there an equivalent to free web metrics sites like Quantcast and Compete for the UK & Europe? [more inside]
What is the difference between Greenwich time, Zulu and UTC? Is Zulu and UTC a form of Greenwich time? I can't seem to find a page that states the difference. And do these forms of measurement not recognize daylight savings? Thanks in advance!
Is there any good free software for putting a coordinate system on an image and extracting positions of objects? [more inside]
Is there a way to measure how much sunlight different parts of my yard get over the course of a day? [more inside]
Where in L.A. can I get my body fat measured by water immersion?
If I have a scale that is accurate to .1 grams and I want it to be accurate to say, .05 grams, how many measurements do I need to take to do this? Can I even do this? [more inside]
I'm interested in aspects of benchmarking with the help of UNIX's
time, specifically, what
elapsedtimes correspond to, within the functional context of the system and the tested application. [more inside]
I recall something that I believe I heard Carl Sagan say either in an episode of Cosmos or in one of his earlier books, that one could store enough information to hold an entire encyclopedia by putting a notch in a stick, if only one could measure where the notch lies to some absurd astronomically precise figure. Am I imagining this? [more inside]
"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
Measuring alcohol content without a hydrometer? [more inside]
What are some common household objects that can be used as standard measures? [more inside]
I'm not a smoker, so I consume most of my THC by steeping 1/4 oz of weed in 26 oz of 151-proof rum. (After a week or so, I strain the rum and consume it about a tablespoon at a time. It suits my needs quite well.) I remember from my days of making homemade wine that there was a fairly easy way to estimate the alcohol content of wine by measuring the specific gravity before and after fermentation. Is there any similar method to get a ballpark idea of how much THC is in my rum?
What kind of light do you use to accurately measure how white your teeth are? [more inside]
Why do American cookbooks give ingredient measurements by volume and number instead of weight? [more inside]
Do we have any measurements that confirm redshift for distant objects? [more inside]
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