The series of tweets:
Anyway, taking it a step too far I'm sure, I decided to investigate the storage capabilities of a simple sheet of paper. To begin, I found a sheet of paper -- though it took a while. I also had to find a stylus that was compatible with the paper -- after a handful of failed attempts, I found one with enough battery left (you can always count on Sharpie models!) to input text:
I counted the number of characters on each line, including spaces and punctuation. I found 63, 62, and 65 characters on each line, and so I'm going to average them and suggest that a typical line stores 64 bytes. I'm thrilled this is a power of 2 -- it makes me confident that it's technology, because everything else in technology comes in powers of two. Let me save that number in memory as 2^6.
After counting the number of available rows, I found another convenient power of 2, or 32 lines. 2^5.
Multiplying these numbers together, I get 2^11 bytes, or 2*(2^10). 2^10 is 1 KB, and so one side of one sheet of paper is 2KB. Utilizing both sides of every sheet of paper yields the following storage capabilities for the following standard models:
70 sheet 1 subject sprial notebook: 280 KB
100 sheet looseleaf unbound package: 400 KB
500 sheet ream of paper: 2 MB
Of course, using different fonts and font sizes could significantly increase or decrease storage capabilities.