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22nd May '18 11:12:33 AM Gregzilla
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[[caption-width-right:249:The green line represents a hypothetical offspring of Cruella de Ville and Sauron.[[note]]It's useful to have a baseline for comparison.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:249:The green line represents a hypothetical offspring of Cruella de Ville and Sauron.[[note]]It's useful to have a baseline for comparison.comparison for these things.[[/note]]]]
17th May '18 10:24:31 AM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', the Old Tainish LanguageOfMagic has lots of units of measurement to describe things like the quantities of Aspects involved in a spell, the dimensions of how the spell manifests through the BackgroundMagicField, and the [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch11/ch11_45.html volume of spellwork "code"]] for when it's enchanted into a First Material. Those units are quite important, since magic is very literal and {{Magic Misfire}}s, like misstating the origin point of a spell, tend to involve the caster getting messily dissolved.
7th May '18 10:32:45 AM intastiel
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** In ''Literature/TheStoneSky'', the AncientAdvancedHumans of Syl Anagist have standard units of measurement for generating, storing, and transferring their SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic. [[spoiler:However, their scientific approach overlooks that the magic comes from a planet that's alive, aware, and [[GaiasVengeance furious.]]

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** In ''Literature/TheStoneSky'', the AncientAdvancedHumans AdvancedAncientHumans of Syl Anagist have standard units of measurement for generating, storing, and transferring their SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic. [[spoiler:However, their scientific approach overlooks that the magic comes from a planet that's alive, aware, and [[GaiasVengeance furious.]]
7th May '18 10:32:25 AM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheFifthSeason'':
** Discussed by Essun when she and several other people with the FunctionalMagic of orogeny are discussing a strange seismic event: in her internal narration, she's frustrated that they don't have words to describe most of the phenomena related to their powers.
** In ''Literature/TheStoneSky'', the AncientAdvancedHumans of Syl Anagist have standard units of measurement for generating, storing, and transferring their SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic. [[spoiler:However, their scientific approach overlooks that the magic comes from a planet that's alive, aware, and [[GaiasVengeance furious.]]
6th May '18 7:01:03 PM Ninamarie124
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18th Mar '18 8:31:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' has its own system of measuring distances and areas: 10 inches make three hands, which make one foot. There are also paces, spans, miles and leagues. There are also new weight measurements, including 10 ounces to a pound, ten pounds to a stone, etc.

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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' has its own system of measuring distances and areas: 10 inches make three hands, which make one foot. There are also paces, spans, miles and leagues. There are The series also uses new weight measurements, including 10 ounces to a pound, ten 10 pounds to a stone, etc.
18th Mar '18 8:30:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The stone-furlong-fortnight system (on the analogy of centimeter-gram-second and foot-pound-second) is an in-joke of science fiction fandom. If you are going to cling to "traditional" units, why not go ALL the way?
** At the Millenium Philcon business meeting, a BNF who shall be nameless moved to amend an "X miles distance" clause to "2^10 furlongs". This was duly debated:\\
For: "It's fannish."\\
Against: "It's stupid."
** Related, a classic drunk college prank is to fill out official forms in ridiculous units, like measuring your height in rods or fractions of a furlong, your age in milliseconds or fortnights, etc.
18th Mar '18 8:28:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' has its own system of measuring distances and areas: 10 inches make three hands, which make one foot. There are also paces, spans, miles and leagues. There are also new weight measurements, including 10 ounces to a pound, ten pounds to a stone, etc.



* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'': according to its Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(1978_TV_series) article,]] the only distance unit that wasn't an Earth name was "metron" (1 meter).
** However, the fact something had the same ''name'' as an Earth unit didn't mean it had the same ''meaning'' as the Earth unit: "microns", for example, were time units in BG (as opposed to distance units on Earth).

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'': according to its Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(1978_TV_series) article,]] the only distance unit that wasn't an Earth name was "metron" (1 meter).
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meter). However, the fact something had the same ''name'' as an Earth unit didn't mean it had the same ''meaning'' as the Earth unit: "microns", for example, were time units in BG (as opposed to distance units on Earth).
18th Mar '18 8:23:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Literature/MoonOverSoho'', Peter Grant is depressed that, despite being codified by UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton[[note]]minor FridgeLogic moment there because Newton was an egotist of unparalleled proportions and would not have hesitated to invent a unit and name it after himself if it were real[[/note]] himself, the rules of magic have no proper unit of measurement. He decides to invent one and call it the "yap", a "yap" being the amount of magic need to make a small dog bark.
** Not just any small dog, mind you, but one ''specific'' small dog which had previously been exposed to magic and was known to react to it.

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* In ''Literature/MoonOverSoho'', Peter Grant is depressed that, despite being codified by UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton[[note]]minor FridgeLogic moment there because Newton was an egotist of unparalleled proportions and would not have hesitated to invent a unit and name it after himself if it were real[[/note]] UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton himself, the rules of magic have no proper unit of measurement. He decides to invent one and call it the "yap", a "yap" being the amount of magic need to make a small dog bark.
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bark. Not just any small dog, mind you, but one ''specific'' small dog which had previously been exposed to magic and was known to react to it.
11th Feb '18 8:34:12 PM nombretomado
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* The Source Engine by Creator/ValveSoftware uses "Hammer Units". Likewise The majority of {{game engine}}s use some sort of map unit to measure distances. A PhysicsEngine might also use its own unit.

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* The Source Engine by Creator/ValveSoftware uses "Hammer Units". Likewise The majority of {{game engine}}s use some sort of map unit to measure distances. A PhysicsEngine UsefulNotes/PhysicsEngine might also use its own unit.
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