A twist of lime
Over the nearly two years I’ve been blogging, a few people have complained to me via email about the bright lime green theme. They say it’s too bright on their screen or they don’t like green or why on earth did I choose this theme? So I’ll tell you why I chose it.
Regular ThinkingShift readers would know that this blog covers diverse topics from science, to animals and LOLCats, to aliens, to politics, to social networks, knowledge management and curious things. And regular readers would also know I offer up an opinion or two, rant and rave about this and that, get paranoid over privacy and have a bit of fun with LOLCats or aliens.
So if you asked me to describe what I hope ThinkingShift is all about, I’d tell you it’s refreshing, sometimes tart, and with a little twist of the unexpected. And my favourite colour is green. Not that dark, brooding, mossy green but a wonderfully bright lime or emerald green. ThinkingShift is also a splash – of opinions, discussion, questions, amusement, intrigue, curiosity. So what better colour to choose than a splash of lime green!
For 2008, I toyed around with the idea of another theme. I turned ThinkingShift into a more serious looking blog, with a black background (probably reflecting my mood at the time). Didn’t like it. Then I gave it a crisp, clean white background – boring. So I decided to stick with the bright lime green. It’s individual; it’s quirky. And green in Feng Shui is the colour of renewal, vigour and energy, growth and healing. In colour therapy, green represents balance, love and self-control and it relates to the heart chakra. Green represents Nature.
When choosing the colour theme, I did some quick research into the history of the colour. Green was the colour of the temple floors in ancient Egypt. It is a sacred colour in Islam. It’s the national colour of Ireland. Green vestments are worn during Ordinary Time because that’s the liturgical color for the period (between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday).
Actually, I must do a post on the history of this fabulous colour. There are some cultures that consider green to be unlucky or associated with the Devil. But generally speaking, green has a wonderfully rich cultural history that I must look into further and blog about. Do you know anything about the social or religious significance of green?
And the birds that form the banner for ThinkingShift? They represent a few things for me. The wonderful creatures that inhabit our world; curiosity because you probably think “what sort of birds are they?”; complexity science (flocking behaviour); and I like the dark silhouettes against the lime green. I took the photo in Nicaragua when I was on holidays there.
So there you have it. There is actually a method to my madness. But I am pondering whether or not to go with a new design for 2009 – what do you think?
In the meantime, here’s to a splash of lime – as you can see from the photos below, even my photography obsesses over this vibrant colour!
Actually, in choosing the photos for this post, I suddenly realised just how much I’m attracted to green as the colour seems to be a focal point in so many of my photos.