You don't even have to do that - you just add a 0. So 2cm becomes 20mm. If there's a decimal, you just drop the decimal, so 2.5cm becomes 25mm.
So yeah, it gave the giggles as well. Yeah, I'm not the most mathematically astute person out there, but even -I- can manage that! :D
Aahh, so that' why the US doesn't like metric - it was created by a Frenchman!
In a truly global world, the actual standard in use matters somewhat less than everyone using the *same* standard - so stuff doesn't get lost in translation. We have enough difficulties with the various flavours (flavors?!) of English we speak let alone problems with dates and measures..
Ok first of all about the only metric measurement that americans use on a regular basis is centimeter. So it is more than likely that Sarah's co-workers are converting from inches to centimeters to milimeters which is actually difficult for the mind to wrap itself around.
American's don't change their ways to metric because we are set in our ways and we would have to re-teach the entire country. That would be difficult. American's do use the metric system whenever we discuss scientific matters (chemistry for example) but everything else we do in common place terms, we like the idea of 12 inches make a foot, 3 feet make a yard, so on and so forth, it's just more fun!
And Kirsten Wallace, I don't know if you live in the states or not but because the books aren't printed here right now, I either buy mine from Amazon.co.uk or I buy it off of ebay because sometimes Amazon charges some difficult prices for me to be able to come up with. Plus on ebay I can find autographed books with dust covers and everything. Good Luck!
As someone who is proficient at maths I find this discussion amusing but allow me to point out a little detail that no-one has mentioned. How many numeric keys on your keyboard or phone?
That said I still think in miles and weigh myself in Stones (for those in the USA one Stone is 14 pounds.) and take my beer by the pint, though I was tempted when metrification was first suggested in England by the 'Drinking Song' scene from the film "Student Prince". I relished the thought of a Litre tankard, but soon realised that we'd have half litres as a new norm. So long live the Pint!
Ah, and I bet you'd be further tempted by the thought of a "yard" of ale, no? Alas, not many places, even among those who go in for such things, are willing to risk such an expensive vessel on the common swiller-I-mean-beer-afficionado these days....the last time I had anything close was a half-yard, and the place made me put down a deposit "against breakage"....Dakar would've been outraged! ;-)
Dakar - outraged - snort!
He'd probably have handled the deposit against breakage, but .... well I CAN picture his style of comeback for the INSULTING implication that he could SPILL BEER for any reason! (Other than attack by Koriathain, of course)
If I can picture what would happen NEXT - can you??
snort!!! That was coffee spray in the keyboard, when the laughter escaped.
Thanks for the info, Brittani. I do in fact live in the states. I'll look on Ebay.
*Cringes at the thought of coffee shorting out the Wurtsian Workstation (the Wurtstation?)*
Can't have progress on Initiate's Trial impeded...
*Sends a crate of Bounty*
As to what happens next, can readily imagine invective concerning proprietors, goats and compromising positions...the rest is fertile ground as a sequeway to a snippet, methinks! (mehopes? mepleads!)
Since the yard of beer didn't make it into Stormed Fortress (my not-so-crafty attempt to draw the topic back to its purpose), might we assume a bar room equivalent in Initiate's Trial?
I'm beginning to expect to find Dakar when researching my family tree. I can remember an occasion when ordering a round with friends; on ordering a Bitter for myself the Landlady asked what type of glass? to which I replied the largest you have. I was presented with a 'glass boot' of 2 litre capacity and the challenge to down it in one without spilling a drop. Dakar would have been proud of me!
I like bitters, but 2 liters at one go? Iron pipes you must have, sir!
I recall my bladder required instant relief after but I did come back for a refill though it was consumed at a slower pace. Ah but back to my book, I'm retracing a journey through Deverry before I return to Athera.
Off press...I hear my Author's copies of the new mass market edition, for the London release, are being packed today....
*Wonders whether a Paravian Author's Copy is delivered by Sunchildren, or comes bedecked with iyat banes to ward off postal clerks who might otherwise develop itchy fingers....*
Always a milestone, then? Congrats, Mme. Talespinner!
I am proud and pleased to note that the new mass market paperback, published in London, has the seal on the back ensuring that the book was printed on paper with sustainable forest practices.
See this link:
Well - the mass market edition releases (drumroll!!) tomorrow in the UK!
Go out there and scrap over the available copies at your local shop!
Anyone seen the new paperback?
Here's the amazon.co.uk link:
Yep, and that's the same as my hardback. While I liked the old Meisha Merlin covers, these new ones are worthy successors.
In addition to the audio reading link, Amazon's UK page for the new mass market paperback editon of Stormed Fortress now has a brief flash video clip posted, taken from Edward Schatz' Legacy series of interviews of living creators.
The paperback is in stores in Australia as of yesterday Janny.
Mark - thank you for telling me - and everyone here - that is great news! I hope it moves briskly for you, and that anticipation is up.
Indeed, I was in my local Angus & Robertson store, (not that that will mean much to non-Aussie) and they had 6-7 copies on the shelf.
I also saw Warhost in new and old cover and one more...I think it was FP...
Good to see Janny on the shelves in such numbers
Is it in America yet?? I still haven't been able to get a copy but I believe I will actually try my hand at ordering it off of Amazon.
Max - it's not in the USA, yet, although it is going to be at some point later next year. The date is not firm - I only have the first four release dates (first three in the series, and To Ride Hell's Chasm) listed for May through August, with "the rest of the titles to follow in the fall" which is pretty vague.
The mass market edition of Stormed Fortress in print now can be found, readily, on Amazon UK, Galaxy Books in Australia , and even, perhaps, Amazon Canada, which will ship to the USA.
The US Amazon "listing" as far as I can tell, is a reseller, and once, the price posted was piracy to the buyer, it was plainly trying to milk the market here for what ever it could.
Some sellers overseas are giving specials or shipping breaks to buyers here, if you are a maniacal shopper.
Amazon.ca indicates "Usually ships in 2 to 4 weeks". On Amazon.com this usually means they don't have the book in their warehouse.