Times insensitive to us X-men

I assume the folks who design the Seattle Times‘ charts and graphs have had some training or something, because generally their artwork looks very professional. That is, when I can see it.

Like approximately 8 percent of men, I suffer from red-green color blindness, which means that we have various degrees of deficiency in seeing the two colors. So when the Times prints an illustration like today’s map of projected school enrollment — which I’m told utilizes subtle gradations of taupe and green (what the fuck is “taupe” anyway?) — they might as well just print a big circle full of colored dots so that everybody can have a good laugh at the expense of us genetic freaks.

Color vision deficiency is in fact the most common X chromosome linked genetic disorder, a classic example in both Biology and Psychology 101 textbooks, and something I’ve been led to believe is taught in good graphic design schools everywhere. Thus this lack of sensitivity to my lack of color sensitivity is not only thoughtless and rude… it’s downright unprofessional. The illustration in question was intended to graphically communicate information, not hang on your living room wall, so how hard would it have been to garishly mix in a few blues and yellows?

So, Seattle Times art department… now you know. And in case you need a little refresher course on appropriate color palettes, here are some helpful hints from the folks at Microsoft.


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    Schizophonic (D. John) spews:

    I could probably word play on your name, too but I grew out of that around 2nd grade or so. But I doubt you’d post your real name. I’m sure it’s easier to make snide, idiotic remarks if you hide behind a psuedonym all the time. Coward.

  2. 4

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    My apologies sir!!
    Shockingly, I failed to recognize your high level of “sophistication” from your high quality posts!

    D John—
    ain’t that a kind of mustard?

  3. 5

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    A Jewish American Princess’s husband was making love to his wife when suddenly, to his intense surprise, she wiggled and let out a short cry of delight.
    “My God, honey!” he exclaimed. “What happened?”
    “It’s wonderful,” she said.
    “I finally decided that those curtains would look much better in taupe.”

  4. 6

    Schizophonic (D. John) spews:

    Oh, and notice the D.

    I’m not Johnny, I’m David – Most people understand that when they see someone write “J. Smith” Smith would be the last name. Where’d you say you went to school? – just asking so I can avoid sending my kids there.

  5. 7

    Schizophonic (D. John) spews:

    It’s not that I’m humorless. It’s just that I don’t find the low-brow white-trash brand of humour entertaining. And coming from you it’s disturbing.

    I can probably think of a 100 jokes about black folks for every one Jew joke you can come up with, but that doesn’t mean they’re worth repeating.

  6. 8

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Goldy—HEY SHORTY!!!

    Q: Why are Jewish men circumcised?
    A: Because Jewish women won’t touch anything unless it is 20% off.

  7. 9

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I must say I am thankful for your contributions for the simple reason Mark Twain pointed out———

    I owe all my success to humorless KLOWNS like you Johnny-boy!

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    Anonymous spews:

    I love how mr. cynical jumps at any excuse to scream JEW JEW JEW…
    so becoming of a black man.


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    GBS spews:

    but there is a precedent for Immaculate Conception!!

    Where’s the scientific proof, Mr. Cynical?? Are you not the person who made this statement on the Global Warming thread? “It’s difficult to get these highly emotional LEFTIST PINHEADED KLOWNS to focus on any science. . .
    Commentby Mr. Cynical— 5/29/06@ 6:49 pm”

    Who’s done the Chi Squared analysis to prove the probability that the Immaculate Conception story is true? What is your proof of evidence to substantiate a claim of “precedence?” Hearsay? Is that all you have as “scientific” evidence?

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    You are a funny son-of-a-gun!
    It is refreshing to read your constant tirades.
    Are you sure you aren’t suffering from other genetic deficiencies as well???
    For example, you have ALL the attributes of a JEWISH AMERICAN PRINCESS. Now I realize you have a daughter Goldy…..but there is a precedent for Immaculate Conception!! I know you think it’s BS…but to have a child the common way means you would have had to have sex with a woman! Unlikely.

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    Disgruntled spews:

    As a Catholic, I am forced to point out that the Immaculate Conception has nothing to do with virgin births – the Immaculate Conception refers to Mary being born without the stain of Original Sin. Mary was the one who was immaculately conceived. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, but this was not the Immaculate Conception.

    Of course, this is all within the Catholic teaching… YMMV.

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    Schizophonic (D. John) spews:

    Mr. Cynical,

    Mark Twain had some good advice, you should consider taking it:

    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you’re an idiot than open it and remove any doubt.

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    Former voter spews:

    – Mr. Cynical out of one side of his mouth; posts 3 & 4 above, the other side. Scientist indeed! One day Dr. Jekyll, the next, Mr. Hyde. Hard to take a snarky scientist seriously, mate.

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    Steve spews:

    I’m red-green colorblind and I almost always find colored charts and maps in newspapers and magazines very difficult or damn near impossible to read without asking for help. It’s not necessary since color choices could be made that would minimize the number of people, mostly men, who have this problem with viewing the graphics. I never saw MS info before, but it’s great and I wish more people paid attention. But there seems to be something wrong with the tone spectrum in your writing style, especially with the Seattle Times, and you should locate a guide to not always sounding like you’re on a tirade. Those guys at the Times aren’t vicious and they’re no more inept than the average person; they just get to display their occasional errors more publicly.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Hmph. I’m having something of a flash of nostalgia here. Mr. C is recycling some of the jokes I remember being bandied around 20 years ago when I was working in Redmond.

    I wonder which he’s going to progress to next–the outright racial slurs or the dirty limericks?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    So that explains why wingnuts can’t read charts and graphs!!! The only color they see is red. Everything looks red to them. I wonder if that’s because they’re always looking at the world through the bottom of a Thunderbird bottle.

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    X-Men 3 – extra scene at end (spoilers!)

    I saw the X-Men 3 movie today; really good!
    However, I was asked to fill out a “Producers’ Questionnaire” with part before and part after the movie….

    I was filling in the part after the movie, and low-and-behold, an extra scene came on briefly AFTER all the credits were over….

    spoiler:Xavier’s voice (don’t remember what he said) talking to a nurse in a hospital room…Has anyone else seen this, or was it just for “Questionnaire” people ?