23 November 2010

Inches or Centimeters?

In the anti-finicky department, I am thinking of doing measurements in inches of 250m rather than in centimeters of 100m.
  • The upside of inches is that we are using rulers with bolder and more clearly marked units.
  • The downside is that, if I keep everything in even inches, then the breakpoints for some ranges may not be exactly what you find in the standard texts - Dreyse ranges may break at 250/500 instead of 300/600 for example. However, I think 5mm of fuzziness is not a high cost to pay for faster distance readings.
A quick survey on TMP suggests that, while some folks have to go to a bit of work to get Imperial measuring tapes and rulers, they are obtainable by some means pretty much everywhere.

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