Typographical Marmite

lorem-ipsumMarmite is one of those spreads that splits mankind into those who love it and those who hate it, plus those fortunate souls which never heard of it. You can probably sense where I stand on the Marmite front, but here’s another Marmite-esque clash of the cultures:

Do you like your font modern and straight-faced, a member of the sans-serife family of fonts, or do you prefer a serife font?

See, I quite like a serife font. I think it is easier to read and easier on the eye. To that end, I created a my own WordPress child-theme (which turned out to be very easy to do) and switched this site from the serife-less Helvetica to the serif typeface, with a preference for Georgia.

I love it. I hope you like it, too.


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Is Three Times Seven The Optimum?

wheelsYou will remember that dice are made of six square sides, carrying one to six pips on each sides. The pips (or points, or eyes) are arranged such that pips on opposing sides add up to seven: one opposes six, two opposes five, and three opposes four. Each pair adds up to seven.

Why is that, I wonder?

What stops me from manufacturing regular dice with sides adding up to six (one, opposing five, and two, opposing four) and nine (three, opposing six)? Or four (one, opposing three), six (two, opposing four), and eleven (five, opposing six)?

I can only think of one reason: maybe, designing dice such that the sum of pips on opposing sides equals seven, is not at all about the sum being seven. Maybe, the argument is that all pairs of opposing sides add up to the same number results in fairly balanced dice (the weight across all axis levels, so that the centre of gravity is in the geometrical centre of the body)?

I tried a few alternative designs, and have not yet found a design that produces equal sums of pips on all pairs of opposing sides, other than seven.

Can you?

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