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  1. about 3 hours ago on That is Priceless

    Napoleon did not have A4 sized paper. There were some French metric formats defined in the 1798 tax rates for publications, but these did not include a letter-sized sheet near 210 × 297mm (there were larger sheets that could fold to this size), and eventually these formats were forgotten until 1911.

    Then a movement arose to revive them and define standard series based on ratios of the square root of 2 to 1. ISO 216 came out in 1921: A0 was 1 square meter (1 million sq mm) in area, 841 × 1189mm. A1 was A0 folded in half, and so on down to A4 = 1/16 of an A0 sheet and 1/4 the length (rounded off) on each edge. And the series continued to smaller sizes, with A5 = half an A4 sheet, and so on down to A10.

    There is a similar series in inches, A= letter size 8.5×11, B = two A’s 17×22, C = two B’s, and D = two C’s. But it’s not as precisely defined as the metric series (sometimes the A size is rounded up to 9×12, and so on), and the length/width ratio is not constant. In electronic design, we usually draw the schematic on B sized sheets, but shrink them to print on A size. (The standard scale for the symbols was based on hand-drawing; CAD gives better quality so they can shrink and still be clear.) That requires letterboxing, giving wider margins on the long edges. The metric series does not have that problem, since length/width is always 1.414 to within 1 mm.

  2. 2 days ago on B.C.

    The automotive industry would lose half their customers.

  3. 2 days ago on B.C.

    A brain clearly isn’t needed to text.

  4. 4 days ago on That is Priceless

    OTOH, Nappie’s goose was overcooked.

  5. 4 days ago on That is Priceless

    Bluecher’s arrival was “critically timed” (if that’s how you would say “extremely late”) because his aide hated and distrusted the British and delayed the march as much as possible. It’s remarkable that the British troops managed to hang on all that long day – but as a result of the delays, when the Prussians finally arrived at the French flank and rear, half of Napoleon’s troops had broken, and all his remaining effectives were committed to attacks on the British line, even his last reserves. Thus all of Napoleon’s troops were either surrounded or too worn down to even run away, and no significant Napoleonic forces escaped. Few victories in history were as complete.

  6. 5 days ago on B.C.

    Wood fires require lots of work. By the time you’ve cut, collected, split, and stacked the firewood, you’ve warmed yourself twice as much as the fire will. And I get tired just watching a video of how to start a fire without a match. So you take any chance you get to avoid having to build a fire.

  7. 5 days ago on B.C.

    And that idiot that actually did what the warning label warned against is far too stupid to read the warning labels. Warning labels are an attempt to protect the company from lawyers, not the customers.

  8. 9 days ago on That is Priceless

    Look at the ankles. That’s not a dress, but very baggy pants. Now, I would think that wearing clothes that catch the wind is a bad idea while mountain climbing, but is there such a thing as “parachute pants”? And how did this test of them work out?

  9. 11 days ago on New Adventures of Queen Victoria

    It’s not that. Snuffy figured that “six feet distance” could be most reliably met by putting visitors six feet under.

  10. 16 days ago on New Adventures of Queen Victoria

    That was bad enough without being sequestered. Too many men crowded together in military barracks have always spread infections. And by now, they’re all senior citizens…