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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.


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…”

(via fuckyeahsouthasia)

Fund crunch forces UN to cut Syria food aid

The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official has said.

Nevertheless, the United Nations’ World Food Programme managed to get food to a record 4.1m people inside Syria last month, just short of its target of 4.2m, WFP deputy executive director Amir Abdulla told a news conference on Monday.

As the humanitarian crisis within Syria intensifies, its neighbours are also groaning under the strain of an exodus of refugees that now totals around 3m, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.


"We know that this tragedy, together with the tragedy of the people displaced inside the country, 6.5m, now shows that almost half of the Syrian population is displaced."

Donor countries pledged $2.3bn for aid agencies helping Syria at a conference in Kuwait in January, but only $1.1bn has been received so far, including $250m handed over by Kuwait on Monday, UN officials said.

The delay meant that the standard family food basket for five people, which includes rice, bulgur wheat, pasta, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and wheat flour, had to be cut by 20 percent in March to allow more people to be fed, WFP said.

Guterres’s office needs more than $1.6bn to fund fully its operations this year in response to the crisis, but has received only 22 percent to date, a UNHCR statement said.

Dutch priest shot dead in Syria's Homs - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

This is really sad.

"Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who was renown for his insistence on staying in Syria’s besieged city of Homs, has been shot dead there by an unknown gunman.

His death was reported on Monday by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria’s state news agency SANA, and was confirmed by the Dutch Jesuit Order.

Van der Lugt, 75, had become a well-known figure in the Old City of Homs, respected by many for his solidarity with residents of the rebel-held area under a government siege for nearly two years.

He refused to leave despite constant shelling and dwindling supplies, insisting that Syria was his home and he wanted to be with the country’s citizens in their time of need.

The Syrian people have given me so much, so much kindness, inspiration and everything they have. If the Syrian people are suffering now, I want to share their pain and their difficulties.

Frans van der Lugt, Dutch priest

"I can confirm that he’s been killed," Jan Stuyt, secretary of the Dutch Jesuit Order, told the AFP news agency by phone.

"A man came into his house, took him outside and shot him twice in the head. In the street in front of his house."

Stuyt said he was not aware of particular threats to van der Lugt, adding that the priest would be buried in Syria “according to his wishes”.

Van der Lugt spent nearly five decades in Syria, and said in February that he considered the country to be his home.

"The Syrian people have given me so much, so much kindness, inspiration and everything they have. If the Syrian people are suffering now, I want to share their pain and their difficulties," he said.

He stayed on even as some 1,400 people were evacuated during a UN-supervised operation that began on February 7 and also saw limited supplies of food brought into the city.

Homs’s Old City has been besieged by government forces for nearly two years, creating increasing dire circumstances for those unable to leave.

"The faces of people you see in the street are weak and yellow. Their bodies are weakened and have lost their strength," Van der Lugt said before the UN operation."


policymic: #NotABugSplat: Giant artwork shows drone operators the faces of their targets

Titled #NotABugSplat, the portrait, when viewed by a drone camera, shows the face of a child staring back — not a nameless dot on a grainy landscape.

Launched two weeks ago by the Reprieve U.K. and the Foundation for Fundamental Rights in collaboration with an artists’ collective associated with French Artist JR’s “Inside Out” movement, the poster was unrolled amongst mud huts and farms of an undisclosed village in the KPK province.

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Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends

—Maya Angelou, “”Passports To Understanding”” (via stories-yet-to-be-written)

(Source: roadlessco, via stories-yet-to-be-written)

مآ أجمّل أنْ تصمتْ
فيْ ؤجهْ منْ ينتظرْ منِك الخِصَام 

وما أجمل أنْ تضحك
فيْ وجهْ منْ يُنتظرْ منك البكـاءْ

How beautiful is it to stay silent
When someone expects you to be enraged from them.
And how beautiful it is to laugh
When someone thinks you are going to shed tears.

(Source: desertwinds, via solastalgic)

Trying to do this for myself, especially this year and ahead insha’Allah.


Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that - that’s what life is.

You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself

- Amy Poehler


My Body Is Not Your Battleground” is a photographic series I have been shooting in the UK recently, with the hope to explore what it means to be a young South Asian woman in the contemporary Western space and the relationship we have with our own bodies as a result.

I know so many beautiful, talented and progressive South Asian women, and i’m desperate to show them as such. It’s about time we start making ourselves more visible and speaking on behalf of ourselves, rather than becoming a voiceless pawn within the battleground of politics. 

As i’ve been shooting in the UK, i’ve been becoming more aware of the comparison that needs to be made, which is why I would like to travel to Pakistan, the birthplace of my parents, and photograph young women there. I want to show the women that embody the fact that religion and culture and modernity are compatible. 

I’ve become a lot more urgently interested in the idea of self - self-love, self-representation. self-reflection. So this project is just my attempt at making these wonderful women visible in a world that tries to dismiss and hush them. 

There is also an element of self exploration in this work, as i have not been to Pakistan since i was 12, so the experience will definitely be influential in my photographic work.

The UK based part of this project will be exhibited in April 2014 at Brixton East, Brixton, in The Body Narratives exhibition “A Different Mirror”.

The Pakistan part will be added to the series as a complete body of work my graduate show in June 2014 at Free Range, at the Old Truman Brewery, East London.

IF YOU ARE A BADASS BROWN GAL please contact me at and be part of this series!!

My Kickstarter for this project and expanding to Pakistan should go live within the next couple of days, so stay tuned X

Allah’s promises in the Quran:


The 4 Promises from Almighty Allah in the Quran, and Allah never fails in his promise:

1. “So remember Me; I will remember
you” (Baqarah: 152)

2. “If you are grateful, I will surely increase
you [in favors]…” (Ibrahim: 7)

3. “Call upon Me, I will respond to
you…” (Ghafir: 70)

4.”…And Allah will not punish them, while
they seek forgiveness…” (Anfaal: 33)

(via mentalexotica)