Childhood’s End

My grandson is about to turn three. It’s a milestone. He is showing the beginnings of a path toward fulfillment of his humanity, which is a good thing, but also means letting go of the wonders of a small child. It’s a world where everything is wonderful and good. There are no purposes other than to teach you new stuff, and it’s all safe.

Getting older means that you need to be a bit more aware of danger. They’ll let you do a lot more on your own, and your adults will not always have your best interest – only – as their guiding principal. (They never did, but you don’t know that yet.)

You will also figure out stuff on your own, and more often than not, be right about it. My grandson had an early attachment to the garbage truck, it came twice a week, and was differently colored on different days. Green on Monday for garbage and blue on Wednesday for recycle – it matches the garbage can color!

Royce used to call the garbage truck the Dowa, a mythincal creature of immense power. In the Dowa legend, it appears, does what it needs to do, then leaves without fanfare. It’s a perfect description of a garbage truck, but it applies to other stuff as well, such as crane trucks, cement trucks, locomotives, vacuum cleaners, all sorts of modern mega-appliances.

As a sign of Childhood’s End, Royce now calls them “garbage trucks” instead of Dowa. He still knows the word Dowa, but doesn’t use it. When he no longer knows what the word means, the milestone will have been passed.

Color Theory

I’m reposting my article on Color Theory from the summer of 2003.

My goal is to make it into a short (1 -2 week) course on color theory for non-physics/physiology/cognative perception majors. Ideally this would be taught in the second or third year of college. It covers history, physiology, linear algebra, photography, photoshop channel mixing, and of course colorblindness.

Thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which helped me resurrect my old website, but also provides links to reference pages that are no longer in existence.

Although I will be cleaning this up over time, here is the original content (collected into a single document) of my Color Theory for Dichromats.

Welcome to 101-365 baby!

This is the latest iteration of my running commentary blog, called One Oh One dash Three Sixty Five dot Com. My previous blogs include Mr. Science including the Pictorial Periodic Table, 101-365 baby! a Radio Userland blog, and Photography, a web gallery of my photography projects. None of these are live now, but you can search for them using the Wayback Machine, where much of the content there has been archived.

On this blog, I will be showcasing my microprocessor projects: clocks, measurement instruments, and toys. I will (re)build a gallery of my photography, both film and cutting edge digital. And of course I will have my usual stream of snarky commentary about science, art, politics and other popular culture topics.

Expect a picture or two – here’s one:

Rebecca 101 in Sedona

And now 101-365baby!the Return!
— Chris 101