Earth Day

Earth Day


Happy Earth Day, everyone.

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If the weather here is any sign of how this day is going to be, 'beautiful' is an inadequate summary. Each year, I commemorate this day by hiking for its entirety, and usually dragging some unwilling-to-go-as-far friend with me. So, before I do that, I just wanted to extend my wishes, and hope that everyone does something today ... and any day possible after.

Do you do anything special for Earth Day? If you can't get outside, what colours do you love that occur naturally? Do you have any memories based around this day?

And don't forget to share!

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Color Blindness: Protanopia

Color Blindness: Protanopia


In the human retina, there exist both rods and three types of cones. The rods are chiefly the receptors that respond to light levels, while the cones send colour to the brain for interpretation.

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An absence or slow development of these colour receptors is what is termed 'colour blindness.' Colour blindness can also be acquired through damage to the retina, optic nerve, or specific areas of the brain, though when acquired, it can actually manifest as a colour blind "spot" on the eye, having complete colour vision outside of that spot.

To say that colour blindness is an absence of colour is not so true for humans. In fact, total colour blindness, seeing life as a black-and-white television show, is extremely rare. Even rarer so is it that colour blindness occurs in females. What it really should be commonly known as is colour deficiency.

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Sounding Off on Color

Sounding Off on Color


Certain eras or time periods in life, like the Golden Years, have been defined by colour. Anniversaries, holidays, and seasons all have specific associated colours to serve as markers for these specific markers.

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Couldn't the same thing be said about music?

Periods of music have often been tied to colour, like Golden Oldies, Moody Blues or Psychedelic Tracks. In fact, despite 'psychedelic' having the original, actual connotation of being something manifested of the mind, it has come to mean something that is brightly coloured and chaotically patterned, coined by the music of that era.

Taking a look at your own music library, what are the colours you would associate with your collection?

Are those colours different from the ones typically associated with what you listen to?

Have you ever had a need to listen to a 'blue' or 'orange' song?

See if you can make a colour or palette of your favourite songs or albums.

Whatever you do, don't forget to share.

Tag it with 'music' and post it here!

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Color Symbolism: Yellow

Color Symbolism: Yellow


If orange is the colour of optimism, yellow is the colour of pure joy.

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Mellow Yellow
Being on the warm side of the colour spectrum along with red and orange, yellow is a stimulating colour that can entice appetite and lighter moods. Popularised, in fact, by smiley faces everywhere, yellow has become a symbol for the carefree and the mellow.

It has been long desputed what yellow's complimentary colour is, but research seems to mount behind the controversial violet a few posts back.

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Hanami - Flower Viewing

Hanami - Flower Viewing


Flower Viewing (Hanami) occurs every year in correspondence with the blooming of the ornamental Cherry Blossom tree (Sakura), and that means it can happen anywhere between January and May, due to climate differences. The trees themselves blossom a wonderful pink-almost-white flower.

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The Start of It
The festival originates from Japan, from a period when Japan was heavily influenced by China, which designated a time to appreciate the beauty of flowers. The blooming of the sakura means the start of the rice-planting season and is thought to be a sign of how well that year's harvest would fare. Originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, one emperor extended Hanami to the common people by planting sakura in parks, and it was celebrated by having lunches and sake (rice wine) beneath the trees. Cherry blossoms serve as a lasting metaphor for the fickle, short nature of life as the petals usually scatter within a week, and the trees are frequently depicted in art and music. Many Japanese women have the first name 'Sakura.'

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Warm, Welcoming Brown

Warm, Welcoming Brown


Not exactly a color that comes to mind first when designing a website, but brown has been a pretty popular color lately.

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TutorialBlog, a website that aims to become a resource not only for Photoshop techniques, but for web design as well, and brilliantly shows their stuff in this collection of shots, proven to even the skeptics that brown does very well online.

"Brown can be a warm natural color which lends it’s self well to the web, which is why there are so many sites using it, that makes this compilation one of the easiest so far. Today we bring you the best websites using brown …"

Connotations of brown : Warmth, comfort, steady, conservative, earthy, natural, nature, down-to-earth, wholesomeness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, health, honesty, old, and aged. - Design Meltdown

For even more brown inspiration check out Design Meltdown's Brown Website Inspiration

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Three Days of Rain

Three Days of Rain


Happy Sunday, Lovers.

After hearing that a Noreaster was predicted, and watching the locals scramble, as is typical, for food at the last minute, I was almost ready for ten inches of wet, heavy snow again, despite it being mid-April. Where I live, in the sharp-looking part of New York State, it's pretty common for the weather to play games with us. This especially means getting our hopes up for a lush spring.

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It's not so much that I mind it. In fact, I find "undesired" weather, like rain, snow, and overcast days, to be the most magical. Today, instead of snow, we are being shown that for the next three days, we will have the precipitation originally predicted, except as rain.

This put me in mind of what rain promises. Between the various flowers my mother kept while growing up, memories of Easter Egg hunts in the mud, and broad leaves to take cover beneath in the hot summer ... I can't help but be just a little happier today.

What does rain make you think about? What's your favourite sort of weather? What are you looking forward to with the change of seasons? What colours come to mind for you?

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Light Scattering:  Blocking Stars and Light Curtains

Light Scattering: Blocking Stars and Light Curtains


During the day, the sky appears as a deep blue. Arguably, this is because of the scattering of light by air in the same way that a prism separates the spectrum from visible light to a splash of colour on a nearby wall.

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This sort of bending might also explain the different colours at sunset and sunrise, rather than just angry, approaching weather. Some argue that the sky is blue because it reflects the ocean, and, in turn, the ocean is blue because it reflects the sky, and I tend to agree with all points based on light scattering.

Light polution from cities scatters its colours into the sky, even for several miles, and tends to appear as a lingering yellow smog. This is powerful enough to taint the black of the night sky enough to blot out the stars.

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Shifting Gears on Color

Shifting Gears on Color


In world of ads that change colours and shapes as you walk by, it's no surprise that colour changes have started to sneak into the auto-industry. In 2006, a special edition of the Scion xB, for example, was released with a base coating of black paint. Getting a closer look, and when it drives by, a brilliant copper shines back at the eyes.

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Using a type of paint that has been specially designed for Mary Kay cars, the classic trademark pink Cadillac gets a sleek new look with a layer of silver paint on top of that base pink, resulting in a car that almost sells the products inside for the driver.

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Color Symbolism: Orange

Color Symbolism: Orange


Characterised by joy and creativity, warm like kindness and optimism, orange is a colour that evokes a general sense of wellness. A secondary colour created from red and yellow, it is thought of a colour on the edge and it's no surprised that it shares some of the attributes that red and yellow, its components, carry. It's warmth is stimulating to appetites, and can raise blood pressure if enough red is present.

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Always Optimistic
By association, orange is a symbol of wellness and good health because of its correlation to citrus and Vitamin-C rich products. Found in both sunrises and sunsets, it's also a colour associated with autumn, in that it becomes prevalent in leaves as they fall and that Halloween carries orange and black with every decoration.

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