File this under Simple Solutions For Complex Problems: Font designer Christian Boer constructed a font that is more easily readable for people with dyslexia by tailoring the letters to accommodate the perceptual problems that are characteristic of dyslexia.
The problem with standard fonts for people with dyslexia is that letters are made to look very similar to each other, with similar heights, proportions, and angles. For example, in most fonts, if you flip a “b” upside-down, it looks like a “p” – and that’s exactly what the brain does for many people with dyslexia. The solution Boer came up with for his Dyslexie font is extremely elegant: slightly alter the letters so that none of them use precisely the same heights and proportions. Angle some letters a little, so that “j,” for instance, doesn’t look so much like “i.” Make the letters bottom-heavy so that the brain can perceive that a letter is, in fact, an “h” and not a “y.” Keep reading »
“Mommy!” Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend, Heather Havrilesky (who writes the awesome advice column Dear Polly, BTW) addressed this dichotomy for the New York Times Sunday Review in her piece, “Our ‘Mommy’ Problem.” Havrilesky writes:
Motherhood is no longer viewed as simply a relationship with your children, a role you play at home and at school, or even a hallowed institution. Motherhood has been elevated — or perhaps demoted — to the realm of lifestyle, an all-encompassing identity with demands and expectations that eclipse everything else in a woman’s life.
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Disclaimer: This story is all kinds of NOPE.
When Nicole Allen made her way into a local Dollar Store to buy a small surprise for her daughter, she got more than she bargained for when she found a toy fairy wand called “Evilstick.” The wand is supposed to play music and invoke happy thoughts, which is exactly what the pretty, pink packaging and fairy wrapping led Nicole to believe. After buying the toy and taking it home to her daughter, Nicole peeled back the foil at the head of the “wand” to find something more fucked up than an entire aisle of creepy Tickle Me Elmos: an actual photo of a girl covered in blood and slitting her own wrists with a kitchen knife. Keep reading »
Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they’re bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind. Read more on Newser…
Aside from trick-or-treating, dressing up in costume and carving pumpkins, Jimmy Kimmel has created my favorite, newest Halloween tradition that I truly hope will last forever. The late night host has instructed his fans, yet again, to mess with their kids by telling them the morning after Halloween that they’ve eaten all of their Halloween candy. Every year, the kids’ reactions get better and better, with more whining, crying and yelling (and this year, one angry girl flips tables like it’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” finale.) Check out the video above, and be glad you weren’t the victim of such a cruel, heartless Halloween prank.