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Behnam Esfahbod
🌍🌏🌎 | 📻KM6DUB | Font & Type Design | Software Engineer
🌍🌏🌎 | 📻KM6DUB | Font & Type Design | Software Engineer


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A few years ago, +Randall Munroe of XKCD did a survey of what people called various colors, and open-sourced the resulting dataset. The diagram below is a very interesting visualization of it. The X-axis represents hue, scanning over (the RGB-representable part of) the color spectrum. The Y-axis shows which names were most common for that particular color.

(Note that different saturations and values are simply stacked up vertically, which is why orange and brown are on top of one another)

What's interesting is that some colors seem to have much more agreed-upon names than others. Green, blue, and purple seem to create the most consensus. Red, brown, orange, and yellow create significantly less so. I wouldn't be surprised if this were tied to the way our eyes work: our green and blue cones (the color sensors in our retinas) are very color-specific, while the red cone is very broad, and so the span of "red" things could get a messier name. There's also the fact that red blends in to pink and thence into purple, colors which our eyes actually are detecting fairly indirectly: while teal really is between the frequencies of blue and green, purple isn't between red and blue at all, and our eyes process it by some creative cheating at the data processing stage.

Another phenomenon you can see on this graph is the presence of certain colors which appear to be well-defined "things:" the spikes in the graph at teal, yellow, green, and so on suggest that there's a color there that we agree is distinct from other colors. There's an interesting debate about the extent to which the set of these peaks is cultural versus biological, and the answer may well be different for different peaks. For example, red and green seem to be defined pretty much across the board, but teal (and its variants) don't appear in all languages. There does seem to be some kind of well-defined hierarchy, in that everyone has words for the most basic colors, and more refined color names are added in tiers. That's true not just across cultures but within them: people whose work involves detailed color matching have much richer vocabularies for this than people who don't, for obvious reasons.

Via +Grizwald Grim 

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These are slides from the talk +Roozbeh Pournader  and I did at Internationalization & Unicode Conference last week in Santa Clara, called: "Unicode, OpenType, and Fonts: Closing the Circle".  The slides were not designed for reading, and unfortunately IUC does not record talks :(.  We hope to do a recorded version later this year.

I copy John Hudson's words: "For sheer depth of content, #IUC38 was one of the best conferences I've attended."  Thank you everyone who made it so special!

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In memoriam Ihor Kostenko (User:Ig2000), an Ukrainian Wikipedian fatally shot during last week's #Euromaidan protests in Kiev: 

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A clock that writes out the time.

Awesome or impractical?
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The Cube in Movies and Television

Great article from on the history of the Rubik's Cube in movies and television. It includes a good list of the Cube's appearance in media over the years. Here we see Homer Simpson hard at work at his job in the nuclear plant...

Most folks know that the Rubik’s Cube has already been in many movies and TV shows because there’s an unwritten rule that every film set in the ‘80s has to feature one in it somewhere.

Another rule of the popular puzzle is if you want to show an audience that a character is smart, ambitious, and can get the job done - show them quickly solving a Rubik's cube to the amazement of others.

#rubikscube   #media   #movies   #television  

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And it goes on...
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Student editors from the Wikipedia Education Program in the US and Canada have added enough words to the English Wikipedia to fill 1/3 of Encyclopædia Britannica. 

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A cool announcement to enjoy.

#rubikscube   #spring2014  

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Waited for this one for a long time!

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