In article <***@4ax.com>,
Tony Cooper <***@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7 May 2018 20:54:10 GMT, "John Varela" <***@verizon.net>
> >On Mon, 7 May 2018 08:07:40 UTC, occam <***@invalid.nix> wrote:
> >> How do you go about quantifying "53 linear miles of shelving"? A three
> >> meter wide book-shelf with, say, 6 tiers counts as 30 linear meters or 3
> >> meters?
> >To me, the width of the shelf is the distance that it projects from
> >the wall, and distance along the wall is the shelf's length. So,
> >what you describe is not a three-meter-wide shelf, it is a
> >three-meter-long shelf.
> >> quote:
> >> "The grandeur is obvious. Located within the Vaticans walls, next door
> >> to the Apostolic Library and just north of the Sistine Chapel, the VSA
> >> houses 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries."
> >> The second phrase "dating back more than 12 centuries" also puts a
> >> perspective on current state secrecy laws. Normally classified
> >> information in the UK has a shelf-life of 50 - 100 years, beyond which
> >> documents are either declassified or destroyed. 12 centuries makes the
> >> Vatican the most secretive state on the planet.
> >> Full article from The Atlantic here:
> >> https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/vatican-secret-archi
> >> ves-artificial-intelligence/559205/
> Of course. 53 linear miles of shelving is the total of the length of
> all the shelves if laid end-to-end. The depth - how wide they are
> from wall to front - is not a factor in the statement.
> To incorporate both figures would provide the number of square meters
> (or yards, or feet, or whatever) of shelving.
If all the girls attending the Yale prom were laid end to end, it
wouldn't surprise me, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker.