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Dear Kay,
I know you’re not on that Facebook thing, but there are moments over there that send one into a pleasant, time-eating reverie. I pass them along in the interest of, well, eating more of your time.
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This thing, for example. The X-rite Online Color Challenge. Kudos to our friend in Maine, Mel, for making me worry about my ability to discern color. I scored an 8. WHY DID I NOT GET A PERFECT SCORE? I always thought I was good at blue.
And thanks to Rachel, our pal outside Birmingham, for making me wish I had a daughter so I could dress her up like this:
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This is the work of photographer Jaime C. Moore, who celebrated her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday by taking some photographs. Some distinctly non-Disney Princess photos.
Love,
Ann

41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. I got a 7. I’m blaming it on monitor resolution. Love the Amelia Earhart picture. What great inspiration for a Halloween costume!

  2. I got a 12. I will say that it’s because I did it in a hurry ;) Thanks for the break!

  3. In person, there’s a version called the Munsell color test. I scored a 3 last time I took it. I have to think an online version would be… tricky, at best.
    Thanks for the gorgeous girl photos link. Here’s another one for you, a year’s worth of portraits and tiny bios of amazing women:
    http://thereconstructionists.org/

  4. I’m going to pretend an 8 is a perfect score and, um, you can get a 12 if you do extra credit, I guess.

  5. Those photos are so cool. And I love the premise behind it. I’ve also done the color thing!

  6. While I love the concept of this color test, I’m always dubious of how one really does when using a computer monitor, especially given the number of times while online shopping for yarn, I’ve been warned that the real life colors may be different than what I see on the screen

  7. Oh sheesh, just to make everyone feel better, I got 106.

  8. i got an 11- i was not a happy camper. it was HARD! and it made my eyes hurt and now i think i’m getting a migraine. time to go knit and think calm thoughts!

  9. I agree with Meredith above. That’s how I explain my 35. And maybe that’s why I’m not a yarn dyer.

  10. Trust me, no one is more shocked than I am at my result — I got a perfect score of 0! I’ve always thought I had pretty good color vision, but that test was HARD and I was about 99% convinced I had several spots wrong. Thanks for sharing the challenge!

  11. I’m blaming my score on the monitor too. I’ve done this live and have done much better, but I got a 23 and the high score for my range is 1520, so I guess I feel pretty good!

  12. I got an 8 too. Quite surprised. I’m not usually that great with colors etc.

  13. I got an 8 too. Quite surprised. I’m not usually that great with colors etc.

  14. I got an 8 too. Quite surprised. I’m not usually that great with colors etc.

  15. I got an 8 too. Quite surprised. I’m not usually that great with colors etc.

  16. Wow, sorry about all the comments. My computer kept freezing and I didn’t think they were being posted.

  17. Ann, have you encountered the delicious time sink
    Blendoku? you can color match for hours!
    Love the sweater! Are you working on a new novel?
    Ann T

  18. My department had to administer that test, and all my techs had to pass annually :). The last time I did it IRL I mixed up 2 peach-pink. I called that acceptable ;) and I won’t do it again for fear of doing worse!

  19. Am off to look at the color contest, and thinking: youngest child could not do it, a he is color blind. Do love the photos of the [non] princess-y girls. I have to remember where I have seen them before perhaps here?

  20. Oh, Amelia! So heartbreakingly beautiful. Would love to see Emma’s birthday celebrated this way each year, wouldn’t you? Next year, maybe all poets…

  21. I was very pleased with my score of 94 until I read that a perfect score was 0! Those colors looked good to me!
    I love the 5-year photo shoot. I am taking an online university level course, Sociology of Sex and Gender, and posted a link to the photos on this weeks discussion board (topic: socially constructed gender). It’s great to see non-traditional photos celebrating the lives of 5 women who have changed our lives for the better. What a great lesson (and gift) for the photographer’s daughter.

  22. All monitors are going to present a different palette. So what is “perfect” on each monitor has to vary.
    I got an 8, too. Assuming we were all perfect in our own monitor’s way.

  23. yeah, I got am 18. I hang my head in shame.

  24. I have to say I received a perfect score, the first perfect score of anything in decades so bless your heart for giving my self esteem a BIG boost. (:

  25. I got a 17 – in my defense I need new glasses badly. But what I found frustrating: when I gave them demographic info for comparison with “people similar to me”, they gave me the low (0) and high (1500 – I’m guessing “every chip wrong”) but no average…

  26. I will admit to getting a cheap thrill by outscoring local National Merit guy on this test. Only time I ever bested him at ANY test. Let’s ignore the part where he is colorblind… I will take what I can get!

  27. Can I just say how much I adore those portrait photos? Such a beautiful, strong girl. And yes, not a sequin or pair of low-rider jeans (for a pre-schooler!) in sight. Timeless.

  28. Dear Ann,
    Evidently this test isn’t possible with an iPad as it wants to grab and move the entire screen rather than just the little chips.
    Joining you in frustration,
    Lori

  29. I had no idea there was an online version of this test!
    Back in ye old days before starting my own yarn business, I used to work for a giant German athletic brand, and had to take the physical version of this test before they would let me approve prints and fabric colors.
    They dump out a bazzillion little round plastic things that look for all the world like eyeshadow boxes, and then you arrange them.
    Later, you got a little computerized report with a wheel detailing which colors exceed your perceptive abilities, and in which percentile your particular abilities fall.
    The Colorist (yes, that’s a real job) kept the low-scoring charts of our colorblind (read: male) colleagues at her desk to keep everybody else from feeling bad.

  30. I had no idea there was an online version of this test!
    Back in ye old days before starting my own yarn business, I used to work for a giant German athletic brand, and had to take the physical version of this test before they would let me approve prints and fabric colors.
    They dump out a bazzillion little round plastic things that look for all the world like eyeshadow boxes, and then you arrange them.
    Later, you got a little computerized report with a wheel detailing which colors exceed your perceptive abilities, and in which percentile your particular abilities fall.
    The Colorist (yes, that’s a real job) kept the low-scoring charts of our colorblind (read: male) colleagues at her desk to keep everybody else from feeling bad.

  31. Wee C was Amelia Earhart as a second grader when their school does a wax museum (complete with buttons to push to get the figures talking) but she did not look quite so authentic! ( Lil B was Betsy Ross herself, last spring . . .)

  32. Wee C was Amelia Earhart as a second grader when their school does a wax museum (complete with buttons to push to get the figures talking) but she did not look quite so authentic! ( Lil B was Betsy Ross herself, last spring . . .)

  33. The photograph is lovely !

  34. 8! 12! OMG, I got a 35! I did not know I was so visually impared!

  35. 8! 12! OMG, I got a 35! I did not know I was so visually impared!

  36. I got a 122 just to make everybody feel better. I am blaming it on a not very awesome computer monitor.
    And I love love love that photo! I wish I had done things like that with my little girl when she was still little.

  37. I got a 122 just to make everybody feel better. I am blaming it on a not very awesome computer monitor.
    And I love love love that photo! I wish I had done things like that with my little girl when she was still little.

  38. I got a 47 the first time. The second time I changed my technique and got a 7 + a raging headache. P.U.

  39. I got an 8 the first time but took the test again and got a perfect score 0!! Practice makes perfect.

  40. On the recommendation of a plumber, I use an enzymatic drain cleaner once a month. Works great. LOVE the real girl photos, thanks.

  41. I got an 8 as well! I took the test the day before I went to see my eye doctor for a yearly check up. It turns out that as we age, our lenses in our eyes start to cloud over due to exposure to ultraviolet light. This eventually can lead to cataracts. But, this means as we age, the first colors to get blocked out by the building cloudiness are the violets and blues of the spectrum. I figure anybody over the age of 40 is most likely to have some color loss. I’d like to see the results from people who have had cataract surgery – supposedly the new artificial lenses they use will allow all the colors through again!!