How The Metric System Was Created

I remember trying to learn the metric system back in elementary school (1970’s).  Then it just went away like it was not important anymore.  I did not have to deal with it again until college.

How was the metric system created and adopted?  Well, France created the metric system!  The French Revolution (1789-99) and revolutionaries caused changes in many things, including the way things were measured in France.  The French public really did not like the new system and went back to the old ways, which exasperated Paris authorities, so the government sent police inspectors to marketplaces to enforce the new system.  In 1812, Napoleon abandoned the metric system though it was still taught in schools.  However, by 1840 it was reinstated.  Click below to read more about it!


The Huntington Fellowship

The Huntington is pleased to announce an addition to its fellowship program that may hold particular interest for members of this group. This fellowship is unusual among the Huntington’s offerings in having no specific degree requirements. To apply, please go to; for further details, contact Natalie Serrano at

The Huntington Fellowship in the Materiality of Print Culture
This newly created fellowship in the materiality of print culture provides one month of support for research in any aspect of printing history, book production, or illustration technologies including photography. Applications are welcomed from those inside and outside the academy, but are especially encouraged from librarians, curators, conservators, and advanced practitioners of any of the allied arts of printing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, or book production. Applicants must have a focused research project that centers on some material aspect of print culture and must demonstrate how research in The Huntington’s Library collections is critical to its development.

GIS/Graphics Planner Position

T&B Planning, Inc. seeks an experienced self-motivated and detail-oriented GIS analyst, with excellent skills in a variety of graphics programs (CAD, Illustrator, Photoshop), who possesses the ability to integrate these multiple software platforms and create a variety of Land Planning exhibits. The ideal candidate will demonstrate creativity, flexibility and a desire to excel in this position.

Knowledge and experience utilizing the following software products is a necessity for consideration:

  • ESRI products: ArcMap version 10.6, which also includes ArcCatalog & ArcToolbox to:
    • Query data, symbolize data, convert data;
    • Build and maintain geodatabases;
    • Download and integrate GIS data from various sources.
    • Geo-reference data such as images and CAD data, extract and utilize CAD data;
  • Viewer (DWG TrueView)
  • Adobe products: Illustrator (CS6), Photoshop (CS6), and InDesign (CS6).
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Google Earth Pro.

T&B Planning is a dynamic firm of 20 staff members that is strategically growing and looking for a candidate that will excel in our intellectual and motivational-based office environment. Our firm is known for producing high quality entitlement documents including Specific Plans, Master Plans, and Design Guidelines, along with environmental compliance documents for large-scale land development projects in the southern California area.

T&B Planning is an equal opportunity employer. We look forward to hearing from all interested and qualified candidates. Local candidates with prior land planning consulting experience are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $60,000 to $85,000 Based on Experience
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance.
• 401(K) Plan with company match.
• Profit sharing.
• Vacation and sick leave.
• Summer schedule – leave early on Fridays.
• Time off for jury duty.
• Social events.
• Free on-site fitness center (coming November 2019).
• Outdoor work spaces, bike share, and other workplace amenities.


Expanding 3DEP Coverage

Five years after the United States Geological Survey launched its 3D Elevation Program, it has delivered the first ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data. As the program matures and works toward its goal of covering 100 percent of the U.S. and its territories, it faces challenges and opportunities in the West.  Click below to read the article.