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Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 21st, 2012, 6:08 pm
by John Lovick
This is a question for Richard. Something I've been curious about for a while and receiving the latest issue in the mail today reminded me.

Why are the first 3 (and last 3, of course) pages of the magazine of heavier stock than the cover? I can understand the outer few pages being of heavier stock, but for that to not include the cover seems odd.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 21st, 2012, 7:47 pm
by Richard Kaufman
There is an 8-page form that is printed on heavier stock: it includes the front four and last four sheets of the magazine. The cover is on the heavier stock.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 22nd, 2012, 3:24 am
by John Lovick
Interesting. For whatever reason, the cover ALWAYS seems to be lighter stock than those other 3 pages. Don't know why that is. Some sort of tactile illusion, perhaps.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 22nd, 2012, 2:37 pm
by Richard Kaufman
It may feel heavier or lighter depending upon the amount of ink. Lots of ink literally makes the paper feel heavier.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 22nd, 2012, 6:16 pm
by Q. Kumber
Richard Kaufman wrote:It may feel heavier or lighter depending upon the amount of ink. Lots of ink literally makes the paper feel heavier.


What Richard really means is the amount of Higgs boson particles that affect the mass of ink on the paper, thereby altering its density.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 22nd, 2012, 7:25 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Quentin, I didn't know you were a scientist!

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 22nd, 2012, 9:28 pm
by Q. Kumber
I majored in B. S.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 23rd, 2012, 7:07 am
by John Bowden
And mostly self taught.......................what an amazing guy.

Re: Production question about the magazine

Posted: July 23rd, 2012, 10:48 am
by Ian Kendall
Must. Control. Fingers of Pedantry...