Sometimes the universe throws a spooky, mind-blowing event that catches you completely by surprise. A couple of days ago I was playing with hex colour codes and made a jaw dropping discovery. Let me explain first of all what hex codes are all about. Any colour can be represented in computer terms by various codings: RGB (red, green, blue) uses three groups of numbers from 0-255. Using hexadecimal codes you can reduce this from 9 characters to just 6 because hex goes from zero to nine and then on through the first six letters of the alphabet to F.
This means that you can have bit of fun with the codes, a bit like some people do with car licence plates. For instance, #DADD10 is a kind of ghastly snot green, #BE600D is sort of poo brown and #FF00DD is a headache-inducing magenta. You can even play around with dates (24th March 2017 is either very dark plum, a slightly more purple version, or a rather fetching dark emerald depending on whether you go for YYMMDD, DDMMYY or the crazy US version of MMDDYY that no-one else in the world uses except on bloody computers). You can have a go with your own dates and codes here.
At this point in the story I have to turn to the subject of Association Football, often known as ‘soccer’ (from the Association bit). Even though I haven’t lived there for nearly 30 years I have to confess that I am, and always will be, a supporter of Coventry City Football Club, ‘the Sky Blues’. I was born there, grew up there and for most of my life Cov City was one of the top 20 sides in England. Oh, how times have changed – we’re about to get relegated into the 4th tier (ranks 68-92) for the first time since the 1950s. We hold the unenviable record of being the team that has gone the longest without winning a league or getting promoted. Our last promotion was in 1967, almost exactly a year before I was born. The last time we finished in the top six of any division was 1970. The one miracle in the midst of this was the incredible FA Cup win in 1987 (it only took 104 years to achieve that); a brief sparkle of glory before the slow slide into oblivion that we’re now enduring.
So, you’re asking, what has all this got to do with hex colour codes? OK, let me just re-iterate that my club, Coventry City Football Club (CCFC), who play in a sky blue strip and are known as The Sky Blues, won their one significant trophy in 1987.
What colour do you think you get if you enter a hex code of #87CCFC ?
Yep. Mind blown. I’m counting this as a win.