Another Acronym

It’s interesting some of the things that people will do to language in order to make things easier to say. That’s one of the reasons that acronyms are so useful, they make it easier to say (or type) something quickly. Of course, there IS a problem.. with only 26 letters in the alphabet, plus the fact that an acronym is made up from the first letters of the name of something it is inevitable that they get re-used. I am not a hamster, yet even so I STILL wouldn’t be able to memorize all of these definitions for just ONE.

Acronym: SDI

Definitions:
Strategic Defense Initiative (US DoD)
Safety Data Initiative
Sage Database Inquiry
Sales Distribution Information
Sales-Diffusion Index
Same Direction Interference
Sarawak Development Institute
Saugdiesel Direct Injection (engine)
Science Data Interface
Scottish Development International (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scuba Diving International
Secure Dial-in
Selective Description Item
Selective Dissemination of Information
Senior Drill Instructor
Serial Data In
Serial Digital Interface
Shack/Slum Dwellers International
Shaped Dielectric Insert
Ship Data Index
Ships Drawing Index
Silt Density Index
Simulation Data Interface
Single Document Interface (Microsoft)
Sistemas Detectores de Intrusão
Smart Database Interface
Socialisti Democratici Italiani (Italian Democratic Socialist party)
Socialisti Democratici Italiani (Italian Social Democrats)
Soft Decision Information
Software Digest Incorporated
Solution Datacom Incorporated
Sonic Drive In (restaurant)
Source Destination Identifier (avionics)
Southern Dental Industries
Spatial Data Infrastructure
Spatial Development Initiative (South African private sector development & jobs programs)
Spatial Domain Interferometry
Special Delivery Instruction
Special Duty Identifier
Spectroscopic Diagnostics, Inc (Torrance CA)
Spiral Dynamics Integral
Spiritual Directors International
Stamp Dealers International
Standard Data Interface
Standard Diesel Injection
Standard Disk Interface/Interconnect
State Disability Insurance
Statistics on Depository Institutions (FDIC)
Steel Deck Institute
Steel Door Institute (Cleveland, Ohio)
Storage Device Interface
Stork Digital Imaging BV (Netherlands)
Strategic Diagnostics Inc. (Newark, DE)
Strategic Distribution, Inc.
Strength Deployment Inventory (Relationship Awareness Theory)
Stress Day Index
Subjective Disposable Income
Subtitling & Dubbing International
Suction Diesel Injection
Superior Deicers Inc. (manufacturers of aviation ground support equipment)
Supplier Development Initiative (Canada)
Survey Detection and Identification
Sustainable Development Indicators
Switched Digital International
System Development Inc.

Which Definition?

The other day I ran across an acronym that I hadn’t heard of and just for the heck of it when I looked it up I decided to post my findings here. I am not a hamster, I know a good thing when I see it, so here’s another one. By the way, when an acronym has so many possible definitions, how can you be certain which one somebody is referring to? I can see how it could be easy to confuse First Data Corporation with Federal Disaster Control if the context wasn’t clear to the reader.

Acronym Definition
FDC Facility Design Criteria
FDC Father’s Day Council Carolinas
FDC Fault Decision Criteria
FDC Fault Detection and Classification
FDC Federal Data Corporation
FDC Federal Detention Center
FDC Federal Disaster Control
FDC Field Data Computer
FDC Fight Directors Canada
FDC File Delete Child
FDC Final Design Criteria
FDC Fire Department Connection
FDC Fire Detection Center
FDC Fire Direction Center
FDC First Data Corporation
FDC First Day Cover
FDC First Digitized Corps
FDC First District Court
FDC Fixed Drug Combination
FDC Fixed-Decade Capacitor
FDC Fixed-Dose-Combination
FDC Fleur de Coin (French: mint condition; coin collecting)
FDC Flexy Disk Controller
FDC Flight Data Center
FDC Flight Data Company
FDC Flight Director Computer
FDC Floppy Disk Controller
FDC Florida Department of Citrus
FDC Flow Duration Curve (surface hydrology)
FDC Food Development Center (Philippines)
FDC Forest Decimal Classification
FDC Formation Drone Control
FDC Forward Data Channel
FDC Forward Direction Center
FDC Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines)
FDC Frequency Domain Coding
FDC Frequency Domain Convolution
FDC Fully Distributed Costs
FDC Functional Data Coordinator
FDC Functional Design Criterion
fDc Fragness Defence Clan (gaming clan)

Speaking of Money…

I just saw some interesting trivia about US money

Facts About U.S. Currency

AP- Facts about on how much each denomination represents in the 9.12 billion currency notes the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will produce in the current budget year and the average life for each note:

_$1 note: 45.5 percent of total note production; 21 months.
_$5 note: 15.4 percent; 16 months.
_$10 note: 0.9 percent; 18 months.
_$20 note: 21.6 percent; 24 months.
_$50 note: 4.7 percent; 55 months.
_$100 note: 11.9 percent; 89 months.

It’s interesting to note that there’s fewer $50’s being printed than $100’s or $20’s and hardly any $10’s at all. Now I am not a hamster, had anyone asked I would have thought that the numer of $10’s and $50’s would have been considerably higher.

Shower Faucets

Have you ever stopped to think about how many different kinds and styles of shower faucets there are? I haven’t either and generally, because I am not a hamster, I haven’t thought about things like that more than a few times in my life. Today I took a look at faucet Direct’s web site and was impressed with what I found. They’ve got more different brands, types and styles than I’ve ever imagined. From the simple, basic functional to the decorative.