Ask Dr. Color’s Assistant

It’s a crazy time here at The Metrowest Homeopathic Imaging and File Rehabilitation Center — the little office that Doctors Color, Compression, and FFT share with me, Doctor Format. Doctor Compression is happy to have most of the litigation behind him but still feels a bit crunched; FFT (“Fast” to his friends) is moving his practice west, which is just as well because I never understood a single thing he said anyway; and Dr. Color is hitting the greens near Boca this winter.

Dr. Color asked me to answer his mail while he’s away. (To be honest, I’m a little worried that he’s not coming back in the spring, since he’s been talking a lot about Rochester, NY.) I’m not an expert, but I’ve been learning about color vision and perception a bit lately and have been eager to try my hand at answering some questions on colorful subjects. But so far, no mail has come for the good doctor.

So, dear readers, if you have pressing questions about any of the following subjects, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail at jeffmather [at] verizon [dot] net:

  • the physical or psychological basis of color
  • optical illusions
  • color spaces
  • color models
  • photometry, radiometry, or colorimetry
  • color conversions
  • how the eye works

You can even ask more esoteric questions about color such as “Is it true that gray is the new black?” (not anymore) or “Can I use the color wheel to pick matching articles from my wardrobe?” (yes, but at your own peril) or “What is it with red anyway?” (I don’t know, comrade; why don’t you tell me?). Mail addressed to the CIE Standard Observer — Doctor Color’s youthful indescretions finally come to light — will also cross my desk.

Finally, if your eye hurts or you can’t see as well as you could the other day or you see spots when you sneeze, then for god’s sake go see a real doctor!

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