Nov 25, 2007

Little Grey Cells

HTML and CSS use hexadecimal notation (hex triplets) to specify colors on web pages. The absence of color is black: 000. All colors together are white: FFF. Midway (the cross) between black and white is grey: 666. Hmmmm.

Alien Greys. Gandalf the Grey. The Moon Temple atop the Tower of Babel:

The actual Ziggurat pyramid of the Tower is just a base for the temple which sat on top. The layers of the ziggurat were painted according to the planet they represented. (Seven layers for the seven luminaries/planets) The foundation layer was painted black for Saturn, and the temple on the top of the ziggurat was painted gray; it was a temple to the Moon god, Nanna. -- The Stygian Port

The Grey Album:

DJ Danger Mouse remixed the vocals from Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' White Album and called his creation The Grey Album.

Earl Grey Tea:

The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot (orange) oil.

The tea proved so popular in the Prime Minister's drawing room that his tea merchants, Twinings (more twins) in the Strand, were given a sample and asked to come up with a close match. Twinings sold the first "Earl Grey's tea" in the British market.

Jacksons of Piccadilly claim that it was they who originated Earl Grey's Tea, Lord Grey having given the recipe to Robert Jackson & Co. partner George Charlton in 1830; according to Jacksons the original recipe has been in constant production and has never left their hands. This rivalry between the two brands continues despite both being owned by the same parent company today.

Like the Catholic Church and Freemasonry brands?

Fictional characters who prefer Earl Grey tea include Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bruce Wayne in the comic book series Batman, Dr. Eleanor Ann "Ellie" Arroway in Contact, James Bond, Frasier Crane of Frasier, Artemis Fowl of the Eoin Colfer books, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard of NCIS, Piglet, Sir Leigh Teabing from The Da Vinci Code, Trent from Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking. Mario Santos, from Los Simuladores, always drinks Earl Grey tea.

That's quite a list.


aferrismoon said...

Twinings , I think. have brought out a tres fragrante version for Les Dames, called Lady Grey. Way back in 15 hundred and something England had a Queen called Lady Jane Grey who was executed for treason [ she was about 15] after 9 days , thus the 9 days Queen. Then I think Mary took over.

Newspaceman said...

I was born a gray, but it was quickly changed.


Anonymous said...

I've been incubating this theory for a couple of years now:

We are exiting age, if you will, of 2-bit intellect. Binary thinkers. Imagine all knowledge or conciousness as 24-bit 96k resolution and our current state of intellect as very coarse-no gray area.

The gray area is all that unseen knowledge. All the overlap.

Imagine this: We have partitioned and compartmentalized knowledge into categories. But great mysteries become solved when teams of multidisciplinary researchers join together.

Two recent examples: The Oracle, by William J. Broad (PRI-NPR RADIO "To The Best OF Our Knowledge" Feb 3th or 7th 2007)
and an article I read on Slashdot about newer more efficient solar cells being jointly created from disparate scientific and engineering fields (can't find link)

Likewise, all religions....sciences....sexuality.... have gray areas, areas of overlap. I, like Jake, consider myself straight but I get hit on all the time. I think I am a "gray", or maybe a "stray": Exhibiting traits mostly from one, but some from the other. I think many, many people can relate to that.


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