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June 21, 2002

Name That Hue

From Kuro5hin came the pointer to The Web-Safe Palette Initiative which is collecting nominations for what to call those 216 colors we see everywhere. You can either support the names already suggested or add your own. Over time, I guess, the site will democratically arrive at the best labels.

Picture of color ballot

This has me flashing back to 8th grade when my friend George Snyder and I hooked up three flashlights to three rheostats and put red, green and blue filters on the lights. We wanted to be able to create any color possible and I think we had visions of discovering new colors that no one had ever named. Like a lot of our 8th grade projects, I think this one fizzled out long before it got to the Nobel Prize stage.