Fruit Basket Colors

Fruit Basket Colors


A while ago, a number of COLOURlovers with great ideas and ispirations contributed to a forum thread called Fruit Basket! started by liddle_r, which brought wonderful colours and combinations. I'd pick them all as favourites if I could, but here are some (in no particular order) of the palettes that I liked especially, and if you like these, check out the thread on the forum and find your own favourites. It was hard to choose just these few.

Plum   bowl of oranges
Juicy Fruits   custard apple
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Bursting into Color

Bursting into Color


Every year here in the States, we celebrate independence by lighting something on fire. Thanks to the science of pyrotechnics, and care, this can be somewhat safe, but the interesting part about fireworks isn't how much noise we can make with gunpowder. It's all about the colour.

I was surprised to learn that the burst of light and colour is actually the contents of a firework cooling down. When heated, the chemicals involved take on a lot of energy, and when cooling, they release that energy while shining brightly. The base ingredients are black powder, an oxidiser, and a fuel source. The oxidiser provides a higher amount of oxygen than the surrounding that air so that the firework can burn adequately. To get a sort of hands-on idea of what goes on inside the firework, sparklers will show you best.

fireworks burst

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Starving for a New World of Color

Starving for a New World of Color


It seems like just about anything with a battery can take a photograph these days. From mobile phones to the MacBook's built-in iSight and keychains to wristband underwater cameras, the camera has stepped away from being just a box of light.

I remember the wonderful entity known as 'they' saying that the human eye has the equivalent of about five-hundred megapixels, and that's how we can perceive depth and the difference between a dramatically realistic-looking photograph and an actual object. With digital cameras crawling up the megapixel mountain, I don't think five-hundred will be seen in my lifetime, but I never thought seven megapixels would be seen either, and I have seven-point-one on my desk. Looking back at film, it seems the evolution of putting a camera in common hands has been fueled by a hunger to share and be shared.

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The CN Tower Shines with New Color

The CN Tower Shines with New Color


More great pictures by Jerrold Litwinenko.

The Toronto Skyline got a lot more colorful last night. While the CN Tower has been testing it's new lighting system for the last few weeks... they officially flipped the switch last night on their new multi-million dollar lighting set-up. The official ceremonies went off last night with some music, festivities and lots of excited watchers.

Now capable of projecting millions of colour combinations, the CN Tower of Toronto just got a colour makeover. Not only is it looking good... it should be feeling good to, as the new lighting set-up uses 10% less power than the old lighting system.

How the New CN Tower Lights Work

The requried spending for the new system was C$2.5 million ($2.4 million US) for 1,300 shoe-box sized fixtures that will last 10 years. It will use 10 percent less energy than the current lighting effects and 60 percent less than the fully lit tower of the 1990s.

To read more about the new lighting set-up, and to see more photos of the new colors in action, CN Tower Illuminated - Toronto, Meet Your New Skyline!.

 

A Very Colorful Company

Color Wheel

 

Boston-based business Color Kinetics was contracted for the CN Tower. Airports, giant ferris wheels, hotels, etc... Color Kinetics boast a pretty impressive list of colorful projects in their showcase.

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Seeing through Color Tinted Glasses

Seeing through Color Tinted Glasses


Any television show that markets itself as 'cool' is laden with the tiniest in swimwear, washboard abs, and bad attitudes. Love affairs come in episode four. White, or near-white sand beaches with crystaline blue water establish the settings to be most exotic, as if anything can happen. Grey or brown rocky beaches spell adventure or trouble. Tonnes of memories are forged and shattered over the sandy spans. When it comes to summer, pop culture has it all chalked up to raucous beach parties, crashing waves, and clashing rivals. Glances over super cool sunglasses varying in intentional temperature episodically leave the in-land majority at a loss, with no sand for all those long walks.

wayfarer glasses

Before becoming the symbol of 'cool,' sunglasses first came about as a common accessory because of the discomfort sunlight can present to the human eye. Although now widespread, the first documented case of lenses being used to as a visual aid, whether to guard from glare or distance strain, was by the first-century Roman emperor Nero as he watched the gladiators competing in sand pits through the green of an emerald. While today's glasses seem to come in all colours, and are all easily made of plastic, the first corrective and darkened lenses were made of glass, which is mainly comprised of silicon dioxide.

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(Colorfully) Part of This Complete Breakfast

(Colorfully) Part of This Complete Breakfast


It was the tagline of every cereal commercial, even the ones with cartoons. Lucky would be climbing out of the prying fingers of the greedy children chasing him through keen use of his treasured marshmallows only to somehow fail comically, and have the cereal land perfectly in range of the final shot, with a grapefruit, a glass of orange juice, a glass of milk, toast possibly with grape or strawberry condiments, sometimes even eggs scrambled, and whatever else could be thrown in that would somehow balance out all of the decided nutritional needs at the time the commercial was shot.

The only problem with "part of this complete breakfast" is that you could only reasonably complete part of it. It's within reasonable assumption that, especially in high school, children were not cutting grapefruit or flipping eggs, but were instead rolling out of bed five minutes before the bus came.   Octaves
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Colorfully Spilled Milky Way

Colorfully Spilled Milky Way


Let's face it. NASA finds some incredible things.

'Scroll right and gaze through the dusty plane of our Milky Way Galaxy in infrared light. The cosmic panorama is courtesy of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) project and the Spitzer Space Telescope. The galactic plane itself runs through the middle of the false-color view that spans nine degrees (about 18 full moons) across the southern constellation Norma. Spitzer's infrared cameras see through much of the galaxy's obscuring dust revealing many new star clusters as well as star forming regions (bright white splotches) and hot interstellar hydrogen gas (greenish wisps). The pervasive red clouds are emission from dust and organic molecules, pocked with holes and bubbles blown by energetic outflows from massive stars. Intensely dark patches are regions of dust too dense for even Spitzer's infrared vision to penetrate.'

See what's being talked about here.

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Show Me What You’re Workin’ With

Show Me What You’re Workin’ With


Some of us were born into the internet on a T-1. Some of us still call Dell for help. Some of us built our own way into this place. Some of us get calls from relatives about how to fix the internet. Regardless of how, we all stepped in here at some point.

Today, I'm asking you to show me just that.

How do you get online?

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Getting the Grey Out

Getting the Grey Out


Hair colouring is a style choice as old as four-thousand years ago, as Assyrian herbals have been found dating back to 2177 BC. Seemingly because women feared going grey before 'their time,' hair colouring has carried itself into our time for a number of reasons.

Unnatural Color

A method to remove the yellowness of grey hair popularised in the 1950s was such that applying too much would turn the hair blue, giving way to the trend of 'blue haired old ladies,' or 'blue hairs.' Blue hair is one of the few colours that don't occur naturally among humans and other mammals, yet it surfaced so often because of an eagerness to look younger and the debacle of grey-removing blue rinse.

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One-Hundred Years of Color

One-Hundred Years of Color


The month of June marks the 100th Anniversary of Colour Film being widely available in the form of specialised plated designed by the Lumiere brothers in Lyons, France. In the shadow of many unsuccessful attempts to accomplish colour in common hands, the Lumiere product, called Autochrome plates, were turned out of their factories in numbers barely ducking below six-thousand a day.

Three Autochrome Photos

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