Qualified Condition

September 14, 2008

Right Rainbow

Filed under: Non Sequiters for $500 Alex — qualifiedcondition @ 1:59 am

When we were kids, my brother and I would correct other kids’ rainbows.  We’d also correct flags.  “It’s red and white,” we’d sneer, “red always starts at the top and there’s no purple.”  Mostly, though, because rainbows used so many colors and because a correctly executed rainbow drawing acknowledges the natural hierarchy of colors we’d correct the dumb kids.  And by that I mean the boys who would grow up to like football and x-box and women.  Correcting rainbows.  I had not a shred of irony at 5.

My friend Xanthy sent me this color test.  It’s fun, you put the tiles in order based on hue.  She scored 12 because she’s brilliant and I scored 23 because I’ve got so much testosterone. (a low score is better).

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, you guys.  You can add indigo to the end if you want, but that’s just bitchy.  Speaking of colors, here’s a site where people are inventing and sharing new colors.



  1. Don’t feel bad, I got a 47.

    Comment by Tina — September 14, 2008 @ 5:34 am

  2. Interesting. I have no memory of correcting other kids – art projects or otherwise. I’m pretty sure I was as kind and accepting of other children’s flaws in the first grade as I was my own.

    Comment by Brother Chris — September 14, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  3. i used to get corrected about coloring things in alot. i was good about the whole coloring in the lines thing but as far as say making they sky orange… i figured that was fair game.

    that said that color arranging site is awesome. is it wrong to gloat on a friends blog? hell… when has that ever stopped me.

    i got a 7 🙂
    the green to purple range was the toughest for me.

    Comment by bolig — September 14, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  4. Oh, and I scored a “6.”

    Comment by Brother Chris — September 14, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

  5. i got a 23 too craig! i guess seth is justified in his pride in his ability to see colours well.

    Comment by xie — September 14, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  6. 17. And I think it’s okay for me to feel good about it.

    Comment by adam — September 15, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  7. Looking at the test made me dizzy. I’m not going to take it. Ask me to put the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order and I’m all in.

    Comment by Úna — September 16, 2008 @ 12:25 am

  8. When Xanthy asked me to take the test I was reluctant because I suck at making art. However, after the OC Disorder kicked in and I scored a perfect 0, I realized I’ve missed my calling to work in the Crayola crayon factory. Or maybe I just got lucky.

    Comment by Peter — September 16, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

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