The 12-color wheel used in modern color theory is basically the same as the one first created by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. Mark McKinney/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Advertisement The first day of your first chemistry class, somebody's going to bring up the periodic table of elements. Similarly, you can't get very far playing piano without learning about the concept of scales. And if you have just begun a course of study in art and design, buckle up, because somebody's going to start talking about the color wheel before too long. The color wheel is a tool used in color theory that helps us understand the relationships between individual colors in order to use them well. "Sometimes you walk into a room and you think to yourself, 'I hate this room but I don't know why,'" says Marcie Cooperman, who has taught color theory at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design and is the author of "Color: How to Use It." "It's probably the color." When you know how different colors relate to each … [Read more...] about Color Wheel Theory: How to Talk About Color
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It's not an easy time to be shopping for a new TV. Do you want that crisp 4K resolution, or a gorgeous new OLED display? Unless you've got tens of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you can't have them both in the same screen. Which is why we decided to pit them against each other. The Sony XBR-950B is Gizmodo's current reference set against which all other 4K televisions are compared, and the LG 55EC9300 Curved OLED has been widely hailed as having one of the best displays on the market today. They are the go-to TV sets if you've got a semi-reasonable amount of money to burn on the future of television. Advertisement And hey, wouldn't you know it, I've got one of each sitting right here in my living room. Ask me anything. No, seriously. First, let me be clear, both of these are fantastic sets in their own right, both far and away superior examples of the genus. But they're also very different. The LG 9300 certainly lives up to the hype. Its OLED panel produces … [Read more...] about LG Curved OLED vs Sony 4K LCD: Which TV Tech Reigns Supreme?
Trying to define television in the 2010s has proven just as great a task as keeping up with the surge in series, which crested in 2018 with 495 scripted shows. The plethora of options—not just in series, but platforms, including upstarts turned streaming elders Netflix and Hulu—makes it nearly impossible to neatly summarize the mood or even mode of this era of TV. Was it just a continuation of “The Golden Age of TV” from the previous decade, or was the epoch of beyond-abundant programming rightly summarized by the moniker “Peak TV” (a term has already been amended by its creator)? Along with “Peak TV,” phrases like “Netflix original” and “cord-cutting” and “second screen” entered common usage, further demonstrating just how much the landscape (and lexicon) had changed. But as the rise in reboots showed, what was old became new again: The anthology series, that old standby, got a facelift from the … [Read more...] about The 100 best TV shows of the 2010s
The assignment: Frank Zappa “I hate to see anybody with a closed mind on any topic. I just feel sorry that they’re missing out on a lot of good stuff that’s happened since 1967.” Frank Zappa said this once in a TV interview, calling out, with usual Zappa-ian disdain, the fickle audiences who had once so embraced his group The Mothers Of Invention, but were now indifferent to—even openly hostile toward—his more experimental solo career. It was a typical Zappa gripe, blaming any criticism not on some actual estimation of his music, but rather on a deeper psychological hang-up or maybe even a broader sociopolitical ill. “I do my music for people who like music,” Zappa said on another occasion, haughtily throwing down a bigger gauntlet. There’s nothing wrong with Frank Zappa or his music, his basic philosophy went. If you don’t like it, there’s something wrong with you. Zappa’s lament could well serve as the epigraph … [Read more...] about Can you be a fan of Frank Zappa but not his music?
There is no better occasion than now to revisit director Stephen Herek’s 1991 sleeper Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. It’s summer-ish, contemporary retroism has the movie’s keen sense of style looking relevant, and our species has not yet been wiped from the face of our planet. If you haven’t seen it, you should know that the dead babysitter is really just a jumping-off point—as a result, 17-year-old Sue Ellen Crandell (a naturalistically subdued Christina Applegate) seeks employment in fashion so that she can support herself and four siblings for the summer, while her mother is away cavorting in Australia with some guy. (Sue Ellen really will stop at nothing to keep their mother out of the country, even if it means an almost complete sacrifice of summer leisure for an office job that requires commutes in gridlock traffic.) Scammy hijinks ensue, as does boxy ’90s fashion that is, to borrow a mangled phrase from Sue Ellen’s … [Read more...] about Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead