I think that presenting the measuring system that way you're obscuring some sense of order that is really there. Look at it this way:

On the other hand, you've just ignored the tricky parts, which was the point.

Here I have a simpler system.

1 pound = 1 pound.

That's it. What could be easier. Now my poor grandmother doesn't have go back to school to learn about powers of two to use all the recipes she's made for 80 years ... of course, now she can only make pound cakes but that's a small price to pay for such an elegant system of measurement