The 10 of Deka

Originally posted 2016-03-16 21:28:22.

In many places around the world, the number ten is a powerful number.

It’s the basis for metric increments, as everything is in 1’s and 10’s – 10mm = 1 cm, 10cm = 1dm, 10dm = 1da (the deka).

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I was only able to walk 40 steps at a time in early 2015, before needing a significant break to catch my breath. Ten more steps would have given me the option to rest on a soft couch, but I couldn’t even do that without pain.

“Ten more” has been a mantra of mine for most of my life, through good and bad times; be it ten more seconds until I was free of pain, or ten more steps I could have been comfortable; ten more minutes in bed; ten more… ten more… ten more…

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But ten is more important than only a want. It is a powerful number for structure and balance. Most of the world uses the metric system, and as such are taught to know all things are based in groupings of 10, from the lowly [commonly referenced “smallest” increment*] millimetre {mm} (1/1000 of a metre) to the grand [check below**] kilometre {km}.

So what does that mean for DekaSteps? Well, I think ten is a strong base for things, and for that reason alone, I think that there are many benefits to having a site devoted to tens of things.

In fact, so much so, that in many areas of the site, you’ll see lists of ten; from articles to forms to fun other features as well! Not everything will be ten-ten-ten-ten type article or recipe; but whenever possible, bringing a consistent approach to something garners respect. Mutual, permanent respect. I want you to come back. I want you to enjoy what it is you find here, and be able to interact as often and in as many possible positive ways imaginable.

Screenshot 2016-03-16 11.49.39Over the coming weeks, you’re going to notice a group of amazing participants – all who yet have to come up with proper monikers for themselves – who want to deliver their own version of a creative journey to you. Something that brings them happiness, and will be done with the highest integrity possible.

Ten things we at DekaSteps strive to bring you: (in no particular order)

Integrity – the best of ourselves, in order to make tomorrow better for everyone.

Screenshot 2016-03-16 11.52.15Humour – sometimes life hands you lemons. grab a set of wires and make that into a bulb and shine.

Screenshot 2016-03-16 11.53.48Education – facts, proof, scientifically peer-reviewed information, along with helpful tips, tricks, and methods to make life better and easier!

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Creativity – inspiration and a platform to be as imaginable as possible.

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Resourcefulness – an internationally diverse group of individuals, bringing the best possible healthy messages to the world.

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Hope – how we not want to give this as a present to our readers?

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Geek/Nerd – everyone is a fan of something, and we have some of the most ardent followers of everything from Bach to Foo Fighters, MLP to Lord of the Rings.

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Decency – there’s no need to be less than respectful; there’s enough negativity in the world. Proud, reliable, and waiting to be a part of a better tomorrow.Screenshot 2016-03-16 19.58.51

Honesty – you are getting the real “me” from each of us, every time we write and share with you.

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Consistency – we might be starting slow, but just you wait!

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*the actual smallest quantitative increment is called the Yanometre – which is 10−24

**the actual largest quantitative increment is called the Yottametre – which is 1024

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– yoctometre (1×10−24 m) zeptometre attometre femtometre picometre nanometre micrometre
^^ used primarily for scientific testing and finite maths work.
millimetre ((these are the ones that show up on a ruler as the smallest metric increment for schools)), centimetre, decimetre, metre (m)
^^ ((most classrooms still have these as well))
– decametre hectometre
kilometre (1.6 miles if you’re wondering how it converts!)
^^ –these are used primarily in showing larger areas for residential and small commercial (ie farmland) – hectares for instance are similar in area as acres are–
megametre gigametre terametre petametre exametre zettametre yottametre (1×1024 m)
^^ used primarily for government (land borders, treaties, etc.) and scientific for size reference for orbital masses (planets, etc.) and other astronomical entities.

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Sera Hicks
Creative Journey Leader, Intern Supervisor, Admin, Writer at Geeks and Geeklets
Geeky Hobbit-loving Whovian. Lover of chocolate, cats, and crafty things. Writer, Creative Journey Leader. It has to be better tomorrow.