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[aprssig] Re: metrics

Matt Werner kb0kqa at gmail.com
Sat Sep 8 21:51:41 UTC 2007


Who cares and how does this relate to APRS?

On 9/8/07, Mark Fellhauer <sparkfel at qwest.net> wrote:
> At 12:32 PM 9/8/2007, Steve Dimse wrote:
> Man, you are trippin. You said the Greeks divided the circle into
> >360, I corrected that it was the Babylonians. You said the reason was
> >it was close to the lunar numbers 13 times 28, I said neither of
> >those numbers is at all related to the lunar cycle,
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> Once again.  I pointed out the Greeks get the credit, but they don't
> deserve it.  How many times do I have to say that?  And I don't think the
> Babylonians deserve the credit, either.
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> And I say the lunar cycle is 28 days and you took a roundabout way of
> telling us that it's actually 27.332 days.   I bet you got beat up a lot in
> school, didn't you?  :)
>
> I've spent my life being called "encyclopedia" and "Mr. Know-it-all,"  but
> I never got beat up for it, because I realize things like:
>
> The 0.332 in 27.332 days falls on the 28th day.  I have no "box" on my
> calendar for a 0.332 part of  a day.
>
> I stated they had to deal with INTERCALATION just like we do.    There was
> and is no need to define intercalation or spend 1000 words on the how and
> why.  People can find that out on thier own if they really care.
>
> I understand that in the medical field precise and verbose technical
> information is often necessary.  But this SIG is not about treating
> patients.   A general knowlege question or response not only doesn't
> require that detail, in most cases a verbose all-encompassing response is
> not appreciated or wanted.
>
> And you really shouldn't get me going about the medical profession, having
> dealt with doctors and nurses on a professional basis for many years.  My
> mom just retired as a mid-level actuarial executive for the insurance
> industry and I know how many people doctors kill.   I got the pleasure once
> to sit on a mock-jury in a medical malpractice trial, for which I got
> paid.   I watched a female OB/GYN curl up into a little ball on her chair
> under deposition after butchering a woman in childbirth (she was missing
> her golf game) and had a history of prior bad acts.  The two doctors
> involved prevailed in the real court case, because no other doctor or nurse
> would publicly testify against them.  I watched several doctors and nurses
> called to testify engage in the act of perjury, which is a federal
> crime.  The good news, both female doctors involved surrendered their
> medical licenses after the trial.
>
> About a decade ago, I was asked by an Arizona legislative committee to
> investigate the disciplinary histories of self-policing, self-regulating
> industries.  The three worst in terms of not punishing bad
> actors:  Medical, Veterinary, and Professional Engineers.    Suprisingly,
> the AZ Bar Assn. and the real estate board scored pretty well.
>
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> BTW, I never said the Babylonians were a pedantic reiteration of the
> Greeks.  Steve, for a guy who prides himself on precision you totally
> mis-read and mis-quoted me.  I said you, Steve Dimse, pedantically
> reiterated what I said, while telling me I was wrong.  Mr. 27.332 days is
> not 28 days....
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> I'll let you have the last word.
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> Mark
> KC7BXS
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