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March 27, 2010



Did you know a guy in England got beaten to death because another guy didn't like the way he was singing Coldplay's "Yellow."

Dude. Yellow is dangerous. Step away from the yellow.


I live with this day in and day out, because I'm married to a guy getting his masters in Graphic Communications/Printing technologies, which is HUGE on Color Theory and all the various color systems and how colors mix or don't mix, duotones and halftones and yada yada yada.

Also, inks mix along different rules than light mixes, which just adds to the confusion. It makes picking paint colors...interesting.

As for the commercial, The Husband thinks the whole "adding yellow" is kind of a big deal. I just like George Takai making that really gay yell, because I love him and that's fantastic. Anyway, The Husband is the degree guy with 20 years of playing with this color stuff, so I (usually) defer to him. He thinks its cool, I'm willing to go along. We are not getting a new TV.

Did ya know that the highest end color printers are the 6 color printers (as opposed to the 4 color printers inmost offices)? I didn't know, either, until I was in the lab on campus and had to help move a large format, 6 color printer.

I don't remember what the other two colors are and I can't ask because the Hubs is in Thesis Writing Quarantine.

Big Dot

Biology? Certainly. Chemistry? Up to a point (Lord Copper). But physics? The door is not only closed, it's locked. Neat closing simile though.

Mrs. Hall

millions of people?


hee hee hee


Oh, just got an explanation about the whole yellow thing from The Hubs which I did not understand but comes down to the relevance of the yellow is dependent on how they TV works (in this case LED) and that the yellow made from the RGB system is not a "pure" yellow, and that some of the yellow is lost (aka some things which would look yellow face-to-face don't look yellow on the TV screen) and a bunch of other stuff I have no clue about.

Also, there are TWO kinds of 6 color printers -- yellow, cyan, magenta, black, light cyan and light magenta, or yellow, cyan, magenta, black, green, orange.

Like this makes a difference or anything, but I thought I'd tell you anyway.


The Hubs emerged from his locked room of Thesis Writing, so I read him your blog post. I think he's going to come here and say something.

Also, he laughed when I read your blog to him, although I'm not sure why.

John Jacobs

I suppose I should comment on this topic as The Wife has refered to me multiple times in this thread.

Here is the skinny on why yellow "might" be a valid addition to the emitted colors of a LED or LCD display. These types of display systems utilize chemistries that generate "good" but not "perfect" red/green/blue light. As such, depending upon the impurities of the light being produced, the gamut of light created can be expanded by adding colors in the difficient areas.

My interpretation of the Sharp design is that their primary color emitters (RGB) have an impurity that prevents the creation of high-chroma in transmitted yellow. I assume that they chose those emitters because they create excellent high-chroma color in blue/green/red. By adding yellow, they are expanding the RGB gamut, thereby allowing richer, more saturated color to be produced.

For information on some expanded and extended RGB gamuts, (not necessarily the ones used by Sharp) you can look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XvYCC

Amy in StL

I don't know what it says about me but after I got over the really gay yell - which really tickled me - I thought it odd that they picked an Asian to promote adding yellow to their product. I'm hoping it just means I'm the product of two people born in the 1920s.

Big Dot

(Amy, yay! I so wanted to make exactly that comment, but I chickened out. Too yellow, I guess.)


Amy, my geekbrain didn't connect Takai=Asian=Yellow. My geekbrain did Takai=Sulu=Yellow Shirt.


Becs - Coldplay is dangerous. They took BNLs tour manager.
Sherri - I do remember in watercolor class being astonished when we had to mix two colors to get red. And does your husband go on for hours about geek things? With a passion? Does he have a subscription to Wired? Were we separated at birth?
Big Dot - "Objects in blog are smarter than they appear."
Mrs hall - I laughed when he said it too.
Sherri - He was laughing with me, not at me?
John Jacobs - (Hi, and thank you for commenting) So, the yellow I see on a Sharp TV may not be as yellow as the yellow on a Sony, or even as yellow as real-life. Now, this calls for a side by side comparison next time Im at Best Buy. Must remember to bring along a yellow fish.
Amy in StL - I like the gay giggle even more than the yell. And you have cajones to make the yellow remark!
Big Dot - Ha!
Sherri - I have a damaged geek brain. I can never keep Sulu and Chekov straight.


I forgot that Asian people are supposed to be Yellow. Just plain forgot. Sometimes I'm proud of myself.

Also, I don't have the money for a new TV, and am grateful every day that the one I have is very nice to begin with.

If I'm not looking at a better TV right next to mine, I'm usually impressed with it. That's good enough for non-4-color me.

But I love George Takei, so I watch the stupid commercial.


Your Highness

1) Chekov & Sulu are kinda/sorta interchangeable. Both wore yellow shirts, but only Checkov wore a wig & fake accent.

2) Jay (The Husband) does indeed go on about geeky things, but usually in chorus with me. We have deeply analyzed most of the Pixar films and some Godzilla films.

3) The things I learn about color in various contexts always makes me feel like I must have had it wrong up to now. Then I forget about it.

4) http://www.createmychocolate.com/

Big Dot

Black skin is black, and brown skin is brown, but yellow? It's always been a puzzle. It's as accurate as white - so, not at all. I wonder how much trouble might have been avoided if north Europeans had bitten the bullet and admitted that they're really pink.


Big Dot -- especially after a Mediterranean vacation...


Tami - George Takei is lovable. Oh, if the Tea Party does rise up and undo gay marriage then the Trekkers can rise up and wrestle them to the ground and phase them.
Sherri - Pimpyourblog! It's okay!
Big Dot - We would be pinks, browns, terra cottas, and ... butters.
Sherri - My south asian niece is paler than I am. It all makes no sense.

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