Consider a simple cup for dispensing liquid meds, below — it has both teaspoons and milliliters on it. That, as Bridget Kuehn reported, makes it easier for people to give the wrong dose. (And because 1 teaspoon just happens to be equal to 5 milliliters, it’s likely that a wrong dose would be off by a factor of five.)
-Susannah Locke, “It’s time for the US to use the metric system”, Vox
With my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, I had to learn and use the metric system constantly for school and I loved how easy it was to work with. I agree with Ms. Locke that it is time for the US to metric-ulate (pun intended). What is most telling to me, though, is that there are still two places where I use it in my day to day life: my infant daughter’s medications and my coffee. Neither of those places does one really want to mess around with rounding or approximation errors.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.