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(Some Guy)   Psst, hey buddy, want to see a little 'Forbidden Color'? C'mon, you know you do, try it. Just once. It wont hurt I promise   (lifeslittlemysteries.com) divider line 52
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2012-01-21 12:45:58 PM  
It's the color I see when I get a migraine and my brain refuses to see what is in front of me. It sees it, of course, but it's as if my optical centers were hit with a MIB neuralizer, it simply doesn't exist, but some color does.

And even thinking about it makes me want to throw up. So farking disorienting. But there is a color there, and it ISN'T in the crayola 8.
 
2012-01-21 12:52:54 PM  
I can't. I'm just not hip enough.

/square
 
2012-01-21 12:55:45 PM  

kim jong-un: It's the color I see when I get a migraine and my brain refuses to see what is in front of me. It sees it, of course, but it's as if my optical centers were hit with a MIB neuralizer, it simply doesn't exist, but some color does.

And even thinking about it makes me want to throw up. So farking disorienting. But there is a color there, and it ISN'T in the crayola 8.


I know exactly what you are talking about.....

shiats on fire, yo.
 
2012-01-21 12:56:14 PM  
FTFA: Its name is mud.


Nah. It needs to be catchier.

How 'bout BIll. Or Jack. Or Pete.



/Dennis?
 
2012-01-21 01:00:42 PM  
ctrl-F
octarine

Phrase not found

Damn.
 
2012-01-21 01:02:24 PM  
nedroid.com
 
2012-01-21 01:08:01 PM  
Please. We already know about this color. It's called squant.
 
2012-01-21 01:10:23 PM  
26.media.tumblr.com

I'd keep away from that eldritch colour if I were you.
 
2012-01-21 01:10:54 PM  
The more I look at them, the more the color seems to vanish into an odd yellowish gray. It happens with the red and green more than with the yellow-blue; the colors get less vivid and neutralize each other.

No mystic visions, though I do have a purple afterimage floating around now.
 
2012-01-21 01:21:08 PM  
If you haven't seen squant, btw, here's some
sample photography. (new window)
 
2012-01-21 01:27:48 PM  
Cool article.. I'll believe it when I see it, though, since it sounds like the experiment is pretty difficult to replicate and requires some special equipment, but a really neat idea.
 
2012-01-21 01:31:41 PM  
SQUANT
 
2012-01-21 01:39:10 PM  
I can see octarine but it isn't really that interesting.
 
2012-01-21 01:46:06 PM  
Yeah, I read the first two paragraphs, and I was all set with "go Google opponent theory, wannabe science writer. Red plus green is yellow for additive, mud for subtractive; blue plus yellow is white for additive, green for subtractive."

Then I read the rest of the article, and it was "helloooo, Lovecraft."

I'm not sure if I'm eager for cheap eye-trackers/retinal projectors, or terrified of them. First, they can make us see forbidden colors. Then they can finish us off by displaying twitching icons that always stay in our peripheral vision, scooting away when we try to look at them directly.
 
2012-01-21 01:51:21 PM  

Interrupted Infinitum: FTFA: Its name is mud.


Nah. It needs to be catchier.

How 'bout BIll. Or Jack. Or Pete.



/Dennis?


Nope. Mud. It's always been
 
2012-01-21 01:56:35 PM  
www.movie-pix.com
 
2012-01-21 02:00:42 PM  
Red/Green is just the color of Werewolves. Everyone knows that.
 
2012-01-21 02:04:34 PM  
Back to what kim jong-un was saying. During a migraines or ocular migraines I have seen colors that I could not describe.
 
2012-01-21 02:07:01 PM  
Ah, squant. Always jazzes me to see people remember it, even though the plug-in was only supported by Navigator and the squant-capable monitors were so niche that no-one picked up development after that.

But 'Forbidden Color'? Yeah, a decent RGB-displayable approximation of it can be found right here. Like those magic-eye things, just stare at it for a while until someone mocks you the image appears. But I'm looking still for a different one - can anyone point me to the one for 'ocatrine'?
 
2012-01-21 02:14:37 PM  

Suitable Moniker: But 'Forbidden Color'? Yeah, a decent RGB-displayable approximation of it can be found right here.


Ye gods, I see it! I've always just called that color "baby shiat"
 
2012-01-21 02:18:17 PM  

kim jong-un: It's the color I see when I get a migraine and my brain refuses to see what is in front of me. It sees it, of course, but it's as if my optical centers were hit with a MIB neuralizer, it simply doesn't exist, but some color does.

And even thinking about it makes me want to throw up. So farking disorienting. But there is a color there, and it ISN'T in the crayola 8.


ew, that does look like migraine colors.
 
2012-01-21 02:29:41 PM  
The characters in this book can get high by looking at certain "forbidden" colors.


i1214.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-21 03:33:06 PM  
Slightly tangential, but...
I recall when a friend got his new VW Beetle. The color he and his wife selected was one VW called "Isotope", and for me, at least, it produced a bit of a mindfark. It's like yellow, yet green, and both and neither at the same time. It's a quantum sort of color that my brain, at least, refused to pin down into any category. Seriously weird.
 
2012-01-21 03:38:10 PM  
The forbidden color is the 8th color, which is the color of magic.

/Not forbidden to wizards, of course, they're trained for it.
 
2012-01-21 03:42:45 PM  
There was this vivid purple flower I saw in the Philippines, and I would stare at them, and my mind could not decide if they were reddish or bluish.

/OMG I see trails...
 
2012-01-21 04:09:06 PM  
mmmm, David Sylvian......
 
2012-01-21 04:26:52 PM  
I went into photoshop and did some quick messing around... did 1 pixel lines vertical alternating red/green and blue/yellow, then cut it in half and applied a gaussian blur to one half....

Red Green
Link (new window)


Blue Yellow
Link (new window)
 
2012-01-21 04:38:43 PM  

Maul555: I went into photoshop and did some quick messing around... did 1 pixel lines vertical alternating red/green and blue/yellow, then cut it in half and applied a gaussian blur to one half....

Red Green
Link (new window)


Blue Yellow
Link (new window)


What are you supposed to do with these? Stare at the center or something?
 
2012-01-21 04:58:45 PM  

Maul555: Red Green


If the Crayola can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
 
2012-01-21 05:41:56 PM  
if you look for them in just the right way, forbidden colors can be seen.

Reminds me somewhat of this artist and her "preternatural" colors.
 
2012-01-21 05:52:52 PM  

downstairs: Maul555: I went into photoshop and did some quick messing around... did 1 pixel lines vertical alternating red/green and blue/yellow, then cut it in half and applied a gaussian blur to one half....

Red Green
Link (new window)


Blue Yellow
Link (new window)

What are you supposed to do with these? Stare at the center or something?


well... maybe not the center, but stare yeah... That's the best I could come up with from the description in the article. The striped halves let you get closer to seeing the forbidden colors I think, but I did the Gaussian blur just to see what the difference looks like...
 
2012-01-21 06:32:22 PM  
Perhaps somebody PS a new image for us.
A Red/Green alternating pixel bar next to a Green/Red alternating pixel bar?
 
2012-01-21 06:50:39 PM  

Maul555: I went into photoshop and did some quick messing around... did 1 pixel lines vertical alternating red/green and blue/yellow, then cut it in half and applied a gaussian blur to one half....


You do realize, don't you, that a yellow line displayed on your computer screen is actually an array of red and green subpixels?

/unless you've got one of those Quattro TVs
 
2012-01-21 07:57:14 PM  

buckler: Slightly tangential, but...
I recall when a friend got his new VW Beetle. The color he and his wife selected was one VW called "Isotope", and for me, at least, it produced a bit of a mindfark. It's like yellow, yet green, and both and neither at the same time. It's a quantum sort of color that my brain, at least, refused to pin down into any category. Seriously weird.


Lotus' Krypton Green paint is about the same way for me. I always wondered why pictures on a computer never did look anywhere close to the actual color. It also seems to slightly change color between sunny and cloudy days, the color-melding being especially noticeable when you have storm clouds overhead.
 
2012-01-21 08:16:08 PM  

Stibium: buckler: Slightly tangential, but...
I recall when a friend got his new VW Beetle. The color he and his wife selected was one VW called "Isotope", and for me, at least, it produced a bit of a mindfark. It's like yellow, yet green, and both and neither at the same time. It's a quantum sort of color that my brain, at least, refused to pin down into any category. Seriously weird.

Lotus' Krypton Green paint is about the same way for me. I always wondered why pictures on a computer never did look anywhere close to the actual color. It also seems to slightly change color between sunny and cloudy days, the color-melding being especially noticeable when you have storm clouds overhead.


Very similar, but as you said, I don't think the monitor does it justice.
 
2012-01-21 09:07:09 PM  

Maul555: Red Green


www.kirtlandcenter.com

Canada's known about this for decades.
 
2012-01-21 09:16:24 PM  

jfarkinB: Maul555: I went into photoshop and did some quick messing around... did 1 pixel lines vertical alternating red/green and blue/yellow, then cut it in half and applied a gaussian blur to one half....


You do realize, don't you, that a yellow line displayed on your computer screen is actually an array of red and green subpixels?

/unless you've got one of those Quattro TVs


not exactly... and I don't care. This is as close as I can get, and I don't think my eye can tell the difference anyways... I cant see into the sub-pixel range without popping out a microscope, so what do I care? A perceived yellow, is a yellow perceived, no matter how it is produced, right?
 
2012-01-21 10:25:11 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

"And, God help me! the Damned Thing is of such a color!"
 
2012-01-21 10:57:23 PM  
beallcenter.uci.edu

wtf? lol
 
2012-01-21 11:39:04 PM  
I could get the red-green to blend somewhat, but the values of the blue-yellow were too different. In terms of the processing the eye is doing, the difference in values is enough that the contrast detection module never turns off.
 
2012-01-21 11:46:52 PM  

Rich Cream: [beallcenter.uci.edu image 173x122]

wtf? lol


Apparantly it is the only color with it's own unique scent, too.
 
2012-01-22 12:05:25 AM  
Squant is a hoax. Never heard of it until today. Thanks Fark!
 
2012-01-22 12:33:40 AM  
Yes, I know, already referenced, but not enough for my taste.

www.theempiretheatre.com
 
2012-01-22 12:37:36 AM  
And I should hit refresh a little more often. Glad to see someone else picking up the slack.
 
2012-01-22 12:46:44 AM  

puppetmaster745: Yes, I know, already referenced, but not enough for my taste.

[www.theempiretheatre.com image 350x349]


You know he's pullin' for us. We're all in this together.
 
2012-01-22 12:49:44 AM  
Isn't this like a tree falling in the forest making a sound? Is it really a color if no one can see it?
 
2012-01-22 02:18:34 AM  

jlewando: The characters in this book can get high by looking at certain "forbidden" colors.


[i1214.photobucket.com image 185x260]


Good to see I'm not the only person on earth to have read that book.
 
2012-01-22 03:11:05 AM  
More Red Green. More.
 
Esn
2012-01-22 05:02:29 AM  

buckler: Slightly tangential, but...
I recall when a friend got his new VW Beetle. The color he and his wife selected was one VW called "Isotope", and for me, at least, it produced a bit of a mindfark. It's like yellow, yet green, and both and neither at the same time. It's a quantum sort of color that my brain, at least, refused to pin down into any category. Seriously weird.


Link (new window)

Yeah... it does weird me out, too. It sometimes even looks grey to me... but then I look at it again, and there's no grey there at all.
 
2012-01-22 10:44:37 AM  

Esn: buckler: Slightly tangential, but...
I recall when a friend got his new VW Beetle. The color he and his wife selected was one VW called "Isotope", and for me, at least, it produced a bit of a mindfark. It's like yellow, yet green, and both and neither at the same time. It's a quantum sort of color that my brain, at least, refused to pin down into any category. Seriously weird.

Link (new window)

Yeah... it does weird me out, too. It sometimes even looks grey to me... but then I look at it again, and there's no grey there at all.


its a washed out neon green color...
 
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