Member Since 02/27/2010
A big thank you to all those who have sent welcoming messages.
I can't select my profession as I cant find it: I'm currently a coach driver.
Before driving coaches I spent a while driving service buses round London.
Prior to that I was effectively the computer department for a mail order retail company (in-house programmer, user support and computer operator).
Prior to that I was a computer operator for the University of London Schools' Examinations Board (since acquired/merged/become EdExcel).
Prior to that I obtained my Mathematics degree from University College London.
I recently started to study to become a secondary school teacher but a combination of factors (mostly financial) meant I had to drop out. In the meanwhile I volunteer at an adult mathematics evening class and since completing my OU intentions have now progressed to AAT finishing level 3 and struggling to find the time (with the changes at work) to continue with Level 4. I'm seeking a career change to continue my accountancy studies, practising as the Treasurer for my church.
I will try to interpret your questions to give the answer you want, but I can at times be quite a pedant (especially after a long/hard day's work) and may answer the question exactly as posed. I may also find alternative answers that fit the question, but are not the expected answer, for example finding the height of a building using a barometer has the "expected" answer of using the air pressure difference between the top and bottom of the building, but there are at least 6 other ways a barometer can be used to determine the height of the building. If the question asks how to do something, I will usually answer with the how-to, but not the actual calculation. If you ask "how do /you/ ..." I may answer "how /I/ personally ..." which may, or may not, be the way most people do ...
I will [try to] explain how I achieve my answers by showing my workings so that hopefully anyone reading the answer will understand the process and be able to answer similar questions themselves (but with the repetition of questions it appears not). It worries me that people just copy-paste questions without thinking - there is a limit of 200 characters for a question and in such copy-pasting there is so much unnecessary information that actual questions get truncated off the end, or the context is missing (eg a diagram which can't be posted) so that it is impossible to answer. I have often found such questions in full on the web and then re-written the question as the original asker should have - to do so requires a bit of thinking about what is being asked and in doing so the answer often jumps out. Are we raising a generation who are unable to think for themselves?
I will [try to] guess the country of the questioner and answer with appropriate units. Meters and liters are US units; metres and litres are European units - there are slight differences between imperial and metric conversions in some of the units; similarly, some units have different sizes, eg: US pint = 16fl oz, US gallon = 132fl oz; UK pint = 20fl oz, UK gallon = 160fl oz; not forgetting a billion, trillion, etc can also have different values depending upon whether the long or short scale is used.
Quirky fact: According to the 24 volume tree-ware encyclopaedia my dad bought in 1968 (for the (2012) equivalent of about £3525) in 1959 the yard was redefined to be exactly 0.9144 m and the pound was redefined to be exactly 0.45359237 kg (effective as of 1 July 1959) which means that as the yard and pound are based on metric measures (they are some exact multiple of a base metric unit), they are technically metric units.
Just remember, as the saying goes: ASCII silly question, get a silly ANSI.