The American Conversion to the Metric System

4letter_wordsAccording to worldknowing.com, the United States of America is the leader in scientific advancement and is also currently the most scientifically advanced nation in the world. Yet, the U.S. is one of three countries who utilise the English System of Measurement (also known as the Imperial System of Measurement). In order to continue to be the world leader in scientific advancement, and to include laymen Americans in the understanding of science, the United States of America should standardize the U.S. measurement system with the Metric System.

Firstly, the creator of the English System of Measurement, England, rejected the English System, currently in place, and changed to the Metric System just over 50 years ago. The creators of the system realised that their measurement system is less logical than the metric system. For example, the measurement of a yard is the distance from a person’s nose to the tip of their outstretched hand. Obviously, different people would measure this length differently because the distance between their outstretched hand and their nose would be dependent on a number of factors, mainly their height and length of their arm. Even though this is not a problem today because of standardized units, the basis of the system is not logical, and illogicalness has no place in science.

Secondly, conversion factors are more difficult than need be. To convert from yards to feet, one divides by 3. To convert feet to inches, one must divide by 12. From inches, to what are known as sixteenths, one must divide by 16. These numbers are all different, all illogical, and are difficult to convert between. The metric system is based on multiples of tens, so conversion between a meter and a centimeter is easier than from a yard to an inch.

Lastly, the U.S. is one of three countries that still use the Imperial System. The rest of the developing scientific countries just behind the U.S., Japan, Germany, and South Korea, all use the metric system. In order to communicate with the rest of the scientific community internationally, it would make the process exceptionally easier. According to NASA.gov in Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain monorail, an axle broke, causing the monorail car to derail. This was due to a conversion error from the Imperial System to the metric system. However, if the United States were in common with the other countries using the metric system, these sorts of tragedies would not occur.

The imperial system of measurement has reigned for too long in the United States and it is time to join the rest of the world in using the metric system with using the metric system of measurement. It is the obvious choice and would facilitate communication within the scientific community and with the public.

 

Signs of the Times

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-9-25-25-pmA new trend has come to my attention that worries me. It is a sign of a change in culture and frankly, a turn for the worse. Personally, I believe that it is a sign that America is becoming lazier and lazier by the year, and this dreadful happening that is picking up an absurd amount of momentum that leaves me quite surprised on how this cultural phenomenon has gained all of this favorability. And, of course, I am talking about the increasing popularity of the so-called “man bun” or to some, a “mun.”

Now this is not just about this completely uncalled for, lazy hairstyle, but it represents a cultural change on the macro-scale. If you ever talk to someone with a man but, they are usually a college-type hipster who are “not like everyone else” and have a journal dedicated to screenplay writing in the local, unique Starbucks coffee shop on the corner street. The man bun represents this hipster subculture. Now, if these man buns are becoming more and more popular, this means that hipsters are becoming increasingly prominent in today’s society.

An regressing society is never beneficial to the human race, yet the crux of the issue is since the increased amount of man buns in the United States is changing the very definition of a hipster. A hipster is someone who is expressly unique. If everyone is unique, is anyone really? The classic line from The Incredibles said by the infamous Syndrome “If everyone’s super, no one will be.”

To play off the stereotype of the hipster’s uniqueness, what would happen if everyone were to be a hipster? A problem arises where the hipster minority becomes the more common and superior culture of America. The regular suited businessman would become the minority and a person who wears hawaiian button downs or ironic t-shirts would be favoured. A whole new culture  would be born where formal wear to work would not be standardised, and instead people would wear flashy, more distracting clothing that are not suitable for the workplace. Therefore, work progress would decrease and the whole of society would be slowed, possibly to the point of halt or even regression.

Therefore, with all of this potential social crisis, society must stop and consider controlling the spread of the man bun. If caution is not taken,  political turmoil is eminent.

Disclaimer: This article is satire. I do not condone or hold the assumptions made in this article to be true. I do understand this is a great use of the slippery-slope tactic. 

Arguments from Example and Analogy

life_is_like_an_analogy_funny_poster-r3109922e32d94f89a9f1b19b390ec9de_gbr_400Comparing violence in video games or movies and real life is ridiculous. A competent and sane person would not follow  this trend to becoming a mass shooter just because of a virtual world emphasizing violence. If you take this logic, and apply it to a different type of video game, such as city building simulator or Guitar Hero; sure these video games are enjoyable, but that does not give you the skill or the means of becoming a real-life city planner or a professional guitarist.

Additionally, a good majority of teenagers are playing video games like the Call of Duty or Battlefield franchises, and a majority of teenagers are not violent in this particular manner. It is later found that the people who commit these mass shootings have had mental disabilities and troubles in the past. And sure these criminals have been said to have played violent video games, but again the majority of people who play violent video games are not violent.

All I ask for people to keep in mind is correlation does not equal causation

Alternative Energy

alternative_energiesA rising issue in the United States currently is the from a majority use of fossil fuels to produce electricity for the nation. Currently, the United States is attempting to change over to green energy, but with much opposition to the big oil companies. But with big business opposing this change, this conversion is proving to be difficult. Since the United States is the leading power of the world and a major consumer of the world’s energy, the United States should lead a transition from energy burned from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and set an example for the rest of the world.

A transition to alternative energy sources would be a large step towards a clean and bright future. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, about 67% of United States electricity production is generated by fossil fuels; however according to Ecotricity, which is Britain’s leading green energy supplier, if the consumption of fossil fuels remains constant, it is estimated that oil reserves will run dry by 2052 and coal will continue to decline until 2088. If we continue to deplete these resources, we will not be able to enjoy the luxuries of plastics and other oil products.

Another rising issue is global warming . According to the Union of Concerned Scientists in an article called “The Hidden Cost of Fossil Fuels,” 78 percent of the United States’ global warming emissions are energy related carbon dioxide emissions. The 78 percent of these emissions are broken down into 42 percent oil and other liquids, 32 percent coal, and 27 percent natural gas. Converting over to renewable energy sources such as windmills, solar panels, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy,  could significantly reduce the United States’ total global warming emissions, considering that energy-related emissions are responsible for a vast 78 percent of total emissions.

Finally, green energy would betterment general environmental health. According to CNN article ‘5 years after the Gulf oil spill: What we do (and don’t) know’ in 2010 , the Deepwater Horizon well blowout caused 4.2 million barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. This year, BP settled the case, owing $8.8 billion worth of damage to the environment. Restoration started on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion, and restoration still has not been completed. However, BP specialists like to argue, according to the same CNN article, that the immediate spill caused harm to the surrounding environment yet after 87 days when the oil spill was fixed, the environment immediately began to recover.However the oil continued to spill for 87 days without notice, causing permanent damage, according to Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

The ability for the United States to convert to renewable energy is present and is possible, yet certain companies are preventing forward progress. If the United States were to convert to green energy, U.S. citizens would not have to worry about luxury plastics to deplenish, global warming emissions would be greatly reduced, and accidental environmental harm would vanish. Trading in fossil fuel generators for more futuristic green energy sources would be of great advantage to the United States.

A Truly Embarrassing Moment

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Since I cannot think of a time where I did not hold my tongue when I should have, I am going to analyze a portion of the script from a film called A League of Their Own. In the interaction between an Umpire and the coach of the Peaches baseball team , Jimmy Dugan, Dugan insults the umpire and is thrown out of the baseball game. The script is listed below:

Umpire: Good rule of thumb: Treat each of these girls as you would your mother.
Dugan: Anyone ever tell you you look like a penis with a hat on?
Umpire: You’re out of here! I heard that!
Dugan: You misunderstood.
Umpire: Ten seconds!
Dugan: You misunderstood! You can’t throw me out knowing you’ve got a strike zone…
Umpire: Off this field! Get in that dugout! Get off this field! You’re out.
Dugan: I can’t believe no one ever called you that before!
Umpire: That’s where you belong.

Since at this point in the movie, Dugan probably was not concerned with his reputation considering he was a drunk, but I do believe that he regret this moment because even though he did not care about his reputation, he certainly did care about the team itself. I believe this was a turning point of his attitude toward a women’s baseball team. I believe that this particular moment lead to a point where he started coaching and caring about the team as a family instead of just a machine.

Difference Between a Geek and a Nerd

nerds-vs-geeks-cutThis year, I was talking with one of my friends and we got on the topic of the difference between geeks and nerds and were trying to decide which we were. I was arguing that geeks themselves were more book smart; that is geeks are people who have an extreme fascination with academics and excel in school work.  I believed that geeks were tech-savvy individuals and were also interested in indoor activities, such as reading and less active, more imaginative games such as dungeons and dragons and are fascinated with movies such as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

On the contrary, nerds are more obsessed with fandoms, television shows, and other things of the like. They are interested in sports such as quidditch and live action role play. I believed that nerds were more interested in fiction novels, such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I believed that nerds were more inclined to read novels and were more critical of films.

Both nerds and geeks I thought were likened to be socially awkward.

However, a quick Google search later, the featured image in this article was found and a few other sources opposing my viewpoints expressed above. I also called a friend to ask her opinion on the situation and she disagreed with every one of my ideas. If I were to redo this argument I would have lost regardless, but I would try to exclude the internet from interfering with the nature of the argument. I would rather ask for the full opinion of the friend with whom I started the conversation. With these restrictions, I would argue the opinions of my opponent rather than finding dictionary definitions and other people’s opinions online. This way I would keep the argument strictly personal opinion based rather than fact-based because that is on what this specific  debate was focused.