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awesome internet science

The History of Color

color book 1

The above photo looks like an alternate view of swatches that you would set up in Photoshop because you like things more complicated then necessary.  However, those are photos of pages of a book that’s 272 years old.  In 1692 a Dutch artist by the name of A. Boogert started out simple, documenting colors and showing how adding alittle water changed the hue.  800 pages later he had covered probably close to 4,000 individual colors.

Think of the paint section of Home Depot, all those paint swatches that all look like each other that you take home and try and figure out what color to paint your closet.  Well this is the 17th century version of it.  Except it’s a hand made one of a kind.

Look at the intro page:

color intro

Even 300 years ago, there’s still too many shades of grey:

color grey

You might be able to see the full e-book version of this.  But that’s if the e-corpus website is working.  It looks like it’s reached it’s limit for awhile.

{Engadget|This is Colossal|Erik Kwakkel}

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science strange

Blue, what have you done?!

Yes, Blue. Everyone’s favorite little blue dog from Nick Jr. has a dark, secret past. Even worse than that Steve character she used to hang around who got caught doing drugs or something. Come on, you know he HAD to be high to pull off that show. Remember when his brother Joe came and took over the show? Yeah that was awkward.

Anyway, why am I, a college graduate, talking about Blue’s Clues? Well, I am going to expose her secret. Magenta isn’t real! That’s right, Blue’s best puppy pal Magenta is totally made up. This leads us to a lot of things we could either assume or infer about the Blue’s Clues universe. Firstly, I accept that Blue the dog is real. Magenta is not, so what about Mr. Salt? Mrs. Pepper? TICKETY TOCK? Don’t even get me started on how Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper had little Paprika ohhhh no. Oh yes, they must all be fake too.  If Blue was willing to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes with her best friend, just think about all the other inanimate objects she lived with that she paraded in front of preschoolers as having personality. Sounds like Blue had some schizophrenia.

Well, I’ve gotten a little bit away from my actual point here. This whole thing about Blue from Blue’s Clues being schizophrenic is not true. The story here is much more science-y. You see, scientists (see I told you it was science-y) are saying that Magenta is not a real color. That is actually resides somewhere in the middle of violet and red on opposite ends of the color spectrum.

And since those two colors never blend in to one another, the brain invents its own interpretation of what that color looks like, but there’s no way to actually produce magenta when you’re talking about the wavelength level. Sure, you can make things (like dogs) appear to be magenta. But in the end, it’s really just your brain playing a trick on you and making stuff up.

[boingboing]

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awesome DIY photo

Read the Rainbow

Look at that mess of books, can’t find anything, can’t read anything, can’t do anything without making a bigger mess.  Faithful reader Michael Chislett decided he was gonna fix it.  Not like an ordinary library mind you, a rainbow library!  It’s hard (impossible) to see in the above photo, but there’s alot of different colored books, so, he sorted them:

Then he put them back on the shelves, and behold, a vast rainbow of color.

Sadly, this was not at Michael’s home, but a vacation home he and some friends were staying at.  So he won’t get to admire it and add to it as time goes on.  Oh well.  Good job anyway, it looks nice.

Now you should use some of these nice looking books as bookends.

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a stumble awesome computer

Fun with HEX codes

I am so easily amused it’s insane.

ME3DIA – February 26 2008: Hex silliness.