Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.

Neil Gaiman, M is for Magic (via quotethat)

bluedogeyes:

India teen tells US how to save $400 million by changing font (via The Hindu)

A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font used on official documents.

Suvir Mirchandani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used the Garamond font exclusively it could save about $136 million per year, nearly 30 per cent less than the estimated $467 dollars it spends annually on ink.

An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also implemented the change.

Mirchandani said the idea came to him when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money as part of a science fair project at his school, CNN reported.

The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper and ink.

While recycling paper was one way to save money and conserve resources, Mirchandani said little attention had been paid to the ink used on the papers.

“Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of ink.

As part of his experiment, he collected random samples of teachers’ handouts and focused on the most commonly used characters such as e, t, a, o and r.

He noted how often each character was used in different fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and then measured how much ink was used for each letter, using an ink coverage software.

From his analysis, Mirchandani figured out that by using the Garamond font with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24 per cent and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.

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He repeated his tests on five sample pages from documents on the Government Printing Office website and got similar results that changing the font would save money.

Mirchandani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.

One of the journal’s founders Sarah Fankhauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Mirchandani’s project stood out.

“We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper,” Fankhauser was quoted as saying…”

orphanblack:

Watch the Orphan Black Season Two premiere. Before it AIRS. With the CAST, CREATORS, and #CLONECLUB.

Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s happening. And guess what? YOU’RE INVITED.

We’re so excited for the return of #OrphanBlack on 4.19.14 that we’re throwing a special advance FAN SCREENING of the premiere at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City!

SAVE THE DATE: April 17th @ 7:00PM est at the Sunshine Cinema

After the screening (if you survive it), your Orphan Black faves Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Evelyne Brochu with be there, along with creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, answering your toughest OB questions in a fan Q&A!

Tickets are first-come, first-served, so start lining up early. It’s destined to be an incredible #CloneClub meetup & premiere screening, and we can’t wait to see you there!

aqua:

ppl who randomly message u on the tumble are the best kind of ppl even if they’re just bein all like ‘hello!’ because its like omg hi hello person wow someones talking to me this is the best day ever

orphanblack:

Tatiana Maslany: I had an amazing coach who I’ve worked with for a few years and she talks about the internal rhythm of somebody and how if you change the song that’s inside of you that changes maybe how you walk or how you express yourself how you speak even your dialect changes… If I’ve got like… Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio going on internally… which I always do…

Wil Wheaton: Is that your soundtrack?

Tatiana Maslany: It is, yeah… it’s my heartbeat.

  • parents: okay we will be home at 11 o'clock!
  • clock: 11:01
  • me: they're dead i'm alone i need to start my orphan life now

spicyshimmy:

things that say a lot about a person

  • their favorite star trek series
  • their favorite star trek character
  • whether or not they cry during the wrath of khan
  • how often they quote james kirk 
  • if they know james kirk is a nerd
  • how fiercely protective they are of leonard mccoy
  • how many times a day they think about spock
  • their inability to have a conversation without making a star trek reference
  • more than once
  • more than twice
  • too many times to count
  • why is everyone leaving me
  • star trek
So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.

Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead)