In 15 years of formal education in the English language no one ever mentioned the word 'syntax'. We diagrammed sentences and conjugated verbs and identified parts of speech but no one ever explained the mechanics of what or why we were doing it. It was just English and it was necessary. Two weeks into computer programming and I knew WHY it was necessary. Understanding the structure of language, be it a computer language or a human one, I'm better equiped to learn new ones of either type.
Are learning to program and learning a foreign language equlivant? NO. We talk to machines: we communicate in a foreign language.
A good anvil shoot will fire the top anvil 75'-200' into the air. The secret is recoil. The blast only separates the anvils a matter of inches. The top anvil hops up and the bottom anvil drives down, compressing whatever base it is resting on. [ Around here we use an eight to ten foot length of tree trunk about fifteen inches in diameter buried vertically in the ground.] The base decompresses, driving the bottom anvil upward, ramming it into the top anvil, which, if you've lucked up and tuned the system perfectly, has not quite reached the top of its trajectory. The recoil from the bottom anvil kicks the already moving top anvil into high gear and sends it soaring.
The only reason the Chinese aren't flying over the Eastern seaboard is because their equipment doesn't have the range for it.
China can currently put humans into orbit. The USA can't. China has demonstrated that they can hit a target in deep space. I'd say their range is pretty Universal.
China has thermonuclear weapons. You only need to deliver a couple of those to put a serious dent in another countries ego. They could easily toss one out of their orbiting spacecraft or, with the size of their labor force, they can take turns rowing a boat over and launch it with a catapult. Relying on their lack of logistical capability for your (and my) safety is naive if not just plain stupid.
Getting "metric ton" accuracy for measuring the weight of the moon would be outstandingly accurate.
Actually it would be outstandingly wrong since "metric ton" is a unit of mass, and weight is a unit of force.
I drink two 20 oz cups of green tea most days at work..
There is no such thing as a 20 oz cup. By definition, a cup holds 8 ounces. If your container holds 20 ounces it is actually 2-1/2 cups, 1-1/4 pints, or 5/8 or a quart.
The 40 oz of tea you drink each day is actually one-half of a gallon plus one cup. I don't know about your caffine intake but you should be well hydrated.