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After 30 to 40 years of metric, where the first 30 years were more or less optional (and it is still a personal choice in a lot of things) you get used to metric. Still think Farhenheit makes more sense, but quite used to Celsius. The trick to getting used to C was to put a Celsius thermometer outside the kitchen window. You look at it everyday and you think that way after a while.

On 3/25/2015 11:18 AM, Polhemus, William wrote:
Me? I don't ****ing care. Just somebody (not affiliated with the government, who NEVER has a dog in the hunt) PLEASE make a DECISION!

I'm a guy who grew up with (what we now call) ASD for steel, and found the "conversion" to LRFD quite easy. And I never learned LRFD in school!

Contrast with SI units, which (even back in the late 70s/early 80s when I
was an undergrad) we DID use on the regular basis in our engineering courses.
Yeah, it's true: beyond imagining how big a meter (or millimeter) is, I
don’t have an innate grasp of force in kilonewtons, say, or speed or
acceleration, etc. But most of that is just familiarity anyway (I am not
often called upon to lift something that weights 5 kips).

Just do it already. I'm hip.

Or don't. Makes me no never-mind.

(N.B. Well...all except TEMPERATURE! I'm sorry, folks, but FAHRENHEIT

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