OT: Star Wars and parsecs [was Re: Why not a Python compiler?]

Lou Pecora pecora at anvil.nrl.navy.mil
Fri Feb 8 21:53:58 CET 2008

In article <13qotf2mgpvkoac at corp.supernews.com>,
 Grant Edwards <grante at visi.com> wrote:

> On 2008-02-08, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> > 	A Parsec is a fixed value (which, admittedly, presumes the culture
> > developed a 360degree circle broken into degrees => minutes =>
> > seconds... or, at least, some units compatible with the concept of an
> > "arc second", like 400 grads of, say, 100 "minutes", each of 100
> > "seconds")
> It also presumes a standard diamter of that circle.

Which is the Earth's orbit.  So, long, long ago in a galaxy far, far 
away did they know about the Earth and decide to use it as the basis for 
length in the universe?  Even before people on earth defined it?  

Or (ominous music builds here, switch to low voice) is it as some now 
contend?  We are the decendents of a long, lost civilization who 
colonized Earth and used it as a base for their operations to the point 
of adopting it as their own home?

...  You Betcha!


-- Lou Pecora

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