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Concerning Weights and Measures

This post describes the system of units I'll be using for future retrOTTifications, and gives tables of basic conversions. For background, see

this post.

TimeOf course, Time is the most often-used unit, being as

Time is ostensibly the main subject of this thread. The

newpix was suggested as early as

OTT:47:6, and soon acquired many alternate spellings (including "TimeFrame") and variations in how it is subdivided and/or extended to longer intervals. The abbreviation is

np, using lowercase letters to distinguish from "NP" meaning NewPage, except when confusion is desirable. There is a lot more about all of this in the Wiki article:

NewpixI will arbitrarily go with the most common conversion of 1 np = 3600 seconds. I will also use the normal

Metric prefixes, for example 1

dnp (decinewpix) = 360 seconds. Here is a table of conversions

from the

np and its multiples. As you can see, all of these were used uring the first 1000 Newpages of the OTT:

1

nnp (nanonewpix) = 3.6 µs (

OTT:455:28)

1

µnp (micronewpix) = 0.0036 s = 3.6 ms (

OTT:118:20)

1

mnp (millinewpix) = 3.6 s (

OTT:456:4)

1

cnp (centinewpix) = 36 s (

OTT:65:25)

1

dnp (decinewpix) = 360 s (

OTT:645:2)

1

np (newpix) = 3600 s (

OTT:47:6)

1

danp (dekanewpix) = 36,000 s = 10 hours (

OTT:816:25)

1

hnp (hectonewpix) = 100 hours (a little over 4 days) (

OTT:269:39 )

1

knp (kilonewpix) = 1000 hours = 41

^{2}/

_{3} days (

OTT:61:11)

1

Mnp (meganewpix) = 10

^{6} hours ~= 114.08 years (

OTT:644:36)

1

Gnp (giganewpix) = 10

^{9} hours ~= 114,000 years (

OTT:64:24)

(I'll do tables for conversions in the opposite direction, and for derived units like frequency, speed and acceleration, later.)

Length/DistanceThe

cueball, a unit of length equal to Cueball's height, was established as early as

OTT:210:3, where it was said to be 176 cm or 1.76 meters, and 75 pixels "originally" (i.e. in the early frames before the

great expansion) making the original pixel be about 2.347 cm. (The same post says that the pixel size after the expansion would be about 4.36 cm.). The abbreviation

q became fairly common.

At

OTT:557:29 it was suggested that 3 q = 1 giraffe = 5 meters, so 1 q ~= 1.667 m = 166.7 cm. The

Wiki article gives "approximately" 1.75 meters, and mentions the brief suggestion that 2.68 q = 1 giraffe making 1 q be about 1.87 m. Other values for the length of 1 q probably fall in the range 1.65 to 1.9 meters.

Recently I looked up "average adult male height" and got either 1.76 m or 1.78 m, depending on which webpage I want to believe, and probably depending on genetic variation in the sampling of adult males used to get the figure. In the interest of ni

^{5} chupamolpy &c., I'll arbitrarily pick the mean of these two, or 1.77 meters. This has the added convenience of giving an exact decimal value for the size of a pixel in those early frames: 2.36 cm. (We'll use this pixel size unit in the next section, see below.)

1

µq (microcue) = 1.77 µm

1

mq (millicue) = 1.77 mm (

OTT:704:24)

1

cq (centicue) = 1.77 cm = 17.7 mm (

OTT:622:1)

1

dq (decicue) = 17.7 cm (

OTT:732:19)

1

q (cue or cueball) = 1.77 m = 177 cm (

OTT:210:3)

1

daq (dekacue) = 17.7 m

1

hq (hectocue) = 177 m

1

kq = 1.77 km (

OTT:573:1)

1

Mq (megacue) = 1770 km (

OTT:1556:15)

1

Gq (gigacue) = 1.77×10

^{6} km

Weight/Mass"Weight" is a measurement of how much force is needed to accelerate a particular mass at a particular acceleration rate. By General Relativity an "acceleration rate" is equivalent to a gravitational field, and it is fairly well known that an object with constant mass has different weights when weighed at different altitudes on Earth or when weighed on different planets. For convenience we'll skip all this and just make a unit that can be used for both, with the assumption that the acceleration or "gravity field strength" is

9.80665 m/s

^{2} (similar to the definition of the

slug unit of mass based on the

pound unit of force). For those designing treebuckets and such, standard gravity is about 71.805 q/mnp

^{2} (cueballs per millinewpix per millinewpix).

As I described

earlier there were a few proposals for a mass unit but nothing caught on. At

OTT:2114:11, in my self-proclaimed role as HTTpTC of the

OTC Ab Facto De Jure Standardization Committee (OAFDJSC), I proposed to do something about it, starting with the "primordial pixel" (pp) a length unit that is 1/75 q or 2.36 cm, as mentioned above.

1

pp = 2.36 cm ~= 0.929 inches

1 inch ~= 1.076 pp

and persuant to this effort,

@lmjb1964, our officially

licensed buttermonger was kind enough to provide calibration and measurement services

^{1}:

lmjb1964 wrote: … after some serious scientific efforts, I am able to report that a block of butter with the dimensions 1.27 cm × 2.5" × 10 ^{5}/_{16} barleycorns weighs 150 carats.

Using sophisticated unit-conversion techniques, we can ascertain the mass of one

ppb:

(150 CD/(1.27 cm × 2.5 in × 10.3125 bc)) × 0.2 g/CD × (2.36 cm/pp)^{3} × (1 in/2.54 cm) × (3 bc/2.54 cm)

= 5.6001981518637 g/ppb

We'll be just fine rounding this off to 5.6 grams, due to measurement error and the obligatory buttermongery royalty to

@Angelastic.

Since "ppb" means "parts per billion" to the Outsiders, and inasmuch as this ambiguity is too good an opportunity to ignore, I choose to avoid the standard prefixes ("micro", "milli", "kilo", "mega", etc.) for this unit and instead define multiples as follows:

1

ppt = 5.6 mg

1

ppb = 5.6 g ~= 0.198 oz

1

ppm = 5.6 kg ~= 12.35 lb

1

^{o}/_{ooo} (permyriad) = 560 kg ~= 1235 lb

1

^{o}/_{oo} (permille) = 5.6 metric tons ~= 6.17 U.S. short tons

1

^{o}/_{o} (percent) = 56 metric tons ~= 61.7 U.S. short tons

For

^{o}/

_{oo} you could also use the

‰ (per mille) symbol, and for

^{o}/

_{ooo} you may use

‱, if your organised sand supports them.

Feedback welcome, or better yet, follow the

One True Standard^{二} by proposing another.

—

mrob27 COULD YOU HOTDOG A SCRUMPTIOUS DONUT

BY THWAPPING YOURSELF IN A RAPTORISH BASEMENT?

(Edits: Add brief introduction; extra details and explanation)

(Edit2: M,G for mega,giga, not m,g)

(Edit3: Add footnote 1.)

Footnotes^{1}Units in quote may have been slightly converted, for comedic effect.

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