As some of you know, buried under the About menu at the top of this page is a menu option for “Conversion Util.” Several years ago, I wrote a simple US/English-to-Metric conversion utility. I use it all the time for temperature (since we are the only place on the planet that still uses Fahrenheit) but I’ve been annoyed by the fact that the results weren’t rounded. Since I’m retired and it’s cold outside, 17°f (-8°c) to be precise, I decided to fix that. Actually, what I meant to say, is “to be less precise.”
For those of you that don’t know about this utility, you set the US/English values in an entry field, and the utility generates a formatted string you can copy and paste into your blog post. So, enter 17 and get “17°f (-8°c) “
I had previously expanded the utility to offer conversions for other common units you might use in a blog post. Now, they all are (what I consider to be) appropriately precise:
Fahrenheit to Celsius is in whole degrees – I mean who really cares if its 17.2°f – it’s cold.
Again, enter 17 and get “17°f (-8°c) “
Feet and Inches convert to whole Centimeters or Meters with two digits to the right of the decimal place. Example:
I am 6′ 2″(188cm) or, if you prefer, 6′ 2″(1.88m)
I’m not really sure if you need 2 digits of precision. Maybe some of you metric users can let me know what makes more sense. Please don’t say “make it adjustable” ‘cuz, no.
Distance / Speed converts from whole miles / miles per hour to whole kilometers.
It’s 471 mi (758 km) from Hartford, CT to Pittsburgh, PA
It’s really 471.1 mi, but who cares?
Whole pounds convert to Kilograms with one digit to the right of the decimal place.
I weigh 190 lb (86.2 kg)
The rounded results are more appropriate at lower values, but I don’t think it’s painful to see that I weigh 190 lb (86.2 kg). At this time there is no conversion to Stones (190 lb = 13.6 stone), but I’ll add it if you like.