May 2016 Archives
But not Shanghai or Beijing–pick a 2nd or 3rd tier city like Wuhan or Changsha. (What up hometown!) It will be filled with gems such as:
…has a 20-something-yr-old male protagonist who is poor and of uncertain background (or an orphan) but has rich friends who take him under their wing because he is just so fascinating. Oftentimes his field is very liberal artsy–art history, writing, classics, etc etc–and not very lucrative (he’s just waiting for his big break!) but he scrapes by and still gets exposed to the high life. Usually by the end of the novel he MAKES it. Usually of ambiguous sexuality. Usually has some metaphorical rats in the closet that he hates to divulge, which makes him seem “mysterious.” (And literal ones in his apartment, the poor artiste that he is, at least until his friends see what squalor he lives in and invites him to move in.)
So recently (or actually, not that recently now that this soon-to-be-explained saga has dragged on), I came up with a rather innocuous idea for my site Discoverit. The color scheme was a bit drab, but instead of just reskinning it myself, why not pull in a random color palette from one of the big palette sites on a user’s initial load and use that per session? Well, there were certainly details to figure out, but it didn’t sound impossible to do, so yeah, why not?
First things first: figure out how to make an api request and pull out the colors I wanted to use.
Which is where I ran into my first problem.