Anyone who walks into the paint chip section of a store can tell you that there are many, many different names for yellow. And red. And blue, and so on. From amazing to zealous, there have been countless adjectives and images attached to swatches of colour to get us exciting about differentiation. Sometimes, it seems wrong to use the words they have printed on the colour squares. Word choices don't always seem to match properly, though a lot of them are named after things found in nature, like goldenrod and its very specific yellow. This got me wondering what it would be like to go to a similar shelf, having a different primary language. And trust me, your mother didn't teach you to talk with this mouth, either.
Obviously, every language has different words for the things we commonly know as 'milk,' 'brother,' and 'hair,' but an interesting difference comes when we start talking about colour. In English, we have orange and pink, which are really 'light brown' and 'light red' to many other cultures, no different from the light blue with which we label the sky.
Lavishness is the perception of gold, and regal are those who wear it. Closely related to yellow, orange, and even brown, gold can be seen as both warm and cold. Associated with wealth and prosperity, gold is the highest prize.
Getting the gold medal in the Olympics is monumental, and getting the gold star in kindergarten can have the same effect. Reaching the fiftieth anniversary in a romantic relationship warrants a gift of gold, and wedding bands are typically cast in gold. Gold is also what financially backs money, at least here in the United States, which is funny, considering green symbolises money. The pieces of paper are exchanged as sort of I-Owe-Yous for gold. Gold stands for praise, excellence, and wealth, and an excess of any can always present the possibility of suddenly turning for the worst.
With blue, gold becomes a symbol of credibility and financial dependability. With green or brown, gold becomes a bit more down to earth. And with red, gold becomes a great deal more lavish and rich.
The World's Armed Forces Forum, the first forum dedicated to discussing issues of the military, has grown into a sprawling network of ideas, musings, and debates. While things can get a bit hot at times, there are some posts that just can't be argued with.
Having taken photos and historical evidence from World War I, the following post features digitally coloured photographs. There is nothing in the post that isn't work safe, or even unsafe to show children.
Click here to see the formermly black-and-white photographs.
Starting with my annual hike on Earth Day, I try to spend at least one day every two weeks outside, hiking. During the summer months, this can escalate to maybe even twice a week, but I'm fortunate enough to have a sprawling national park very near to my home. I consider it one of my favourite places on Earth.
With all of the valleys in my area carved by glaciers, cliff tops are somewhat commonplace. Seen from below in the image below, these cliffs have spawned many daydreams, many stories, and many conversations.
Though typically it's the view that brings me there, the cave running from the top to the base is beautiful as well, and usually keeps cool when the summer days forget to bring breezes.
Got a favourite place where you go to find some quiet?
A place where you bring all your friends during the summer? The winter?
Got a favourite place to take photographs?
... got a favourite place?
Make a palette of its predominant colours and share it with us.
Here's what I came up with:
Computer monitors are given a range of Red, Cyan, and Green to compose all the colours that we see. While it's not the primary colours we learn in elementary school, these are the colours our eyes work with.
Understanding that, the following article uses the concept of an afterimage to show you a colour that isn't in your monitor.
I'd almost wonder if someone has made the colour you're about to see in the image here. Just follow the instructions, and the brilliant colour comes easily.
See if you can capture the colour from the image's effects.
Make a colour based on what you see, and post it here.
Share what you see.
The influx of 'alternative' drinks in the late nineties meant bringing a lot of strange but delicious fruits to the table. I remember the first time I heard of 'dragonfruit,' I thought it was made up and then I just figured, "Oh, it must be red," since the drink was too. It's a surprise every time, with all of the different mixes and names. A week ago, I drank something that had Jackfruit in it, and that was just it for me. They have to be making this stuff up.
It was at this point that I went to the lovely, magical beast of the internet, and I asked it some questions about these cleverly named fruits -- and lots of results came back.
Scientists tell us that DNA is the building block of life. In that respect, it seems like LEGO bricks are the building blocks of imagination. I still have my collection, which started as far back as I can remember, and building abnormal rectangular structures with mismatched blocks just seemed like the right thing to do.
Nathan Sawaya is doing something incredible with what I used to just play around with. He is a LEGO artist.
Your eye colour had to have come from somewhere. Sure, there's genetics, but let's find a way follow it that doesn't lean so heavily on science. Let's map out your past three generations through colour.
If you can use a photograph, all the better, but if not, try to run on memory.
Make a five-colour palette using the eye colour of each of your grandparents, each of your parents, and your own, and see if there are any overlapping colours.
Here's what I came up with --
Time-honoured is the tradition of celebrating birthdays. Each month, both in the past, and currently, have adopted a set of stones to represent those birth months. To regulate the use of these stones, the Jewelers of America compiled a list for each of the twelve months and gave each a stone in 1912.
For June, according to the modern, traditional, and Zodiac adaptions, June technically has four birthstones. To give something with the birthstone corresponding to the person's birthday is along the same principle as anniversary gifts.
While I don't have vivid memories of being read to, I do remember a lot of the board book stories, and colours in them, from when I was much younger. Some of them are still around in boxes, including the Green Eggs & Ham copy I felt needed some Crayola colour. What I remember of these books is how their colours kept my eyes moving, kept me interested in the moral stories. The colour kept me engaged.
So let's have a look back at five board book stories:
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