Today I saw a GREEN traffic light for the first time.
OK, that’s not entirely true. What I mean to say is that I saw that it was green.
You see, I was born color blind. This never really bothered me because, like most people who are handicapped from birth, I didn’t know what I was missing.
But then, I found out that there is this company that sells glasses that help color blind people see color. They are pretty expensive, at least they seem pretty expensive when you believe you don’t really have a big problem. But then I took the standard color blind test on their site and found out
- I’m color blind (duh!)
- there is an 80% chance that the glasses would help and
- I only see 2% of the available color spectrum.
Wow! Only 2%? I knew I had issues. But I’ve been able to function. But only 2%. What am I missing?
Well, my wife got me a pair of glasses for Christmas. Unfortunately, I ordered indoor/computer glasses and what they sent are sunglasses. I’m still trying to get that resolved. But just for kicks, I wore the sunglasses out while I was running errands today. This is the first sunny day that I haven’t been stuck inside since Christmas. The reds are redder, the yellows are yellower and, hey! Guess what?! The green light is actually green!
So, what’s this got to do with programming? You did know this was going to eventually relate to programming right?