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How did the yellow school bus come about anyways?

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Love it or hate it, yellow is here to stay. The color wheel’s brightest shade can be seen on the road every day. But neither cars nor trucks have the unique yellow paint jobs that belong to school buses. How did the yellow school bus come about anyways? And why are school buses still being painted this shade?

History of the Yellow School Bus

Knowing the colorful history of yellow school buses sheds light on this timeless tradition. The lineage of the school bus dates back to the 1930s when a man by the name of Frank Cyr conducted an in depth study of student transportation vehicles throughout the United States.

At the beginning of his research, Cyr, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, was observing school buses that cost (on average) $2,000. Quickly he found out that these vehicles had little in common. Various manufacturers, schools, and districts used different buses.

This inspired him to call a conference of educators in spring 1939. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a standard protocol for school buses. The end result was a 42 page manual that discussed the ins and outs of the school bus. In this manual, the color was declared: national school bus chrome.

National School Bus Yellow

In 2010, the questionable use of “chrome” was exchanged for “yellow”. Still, the color seen on school buses today was the color decided at the conference over seven decades ago. The precise shade of yellow was taken so seriously, that a committee was appointed just to decided which one of 50 shades of yellow would appear on the school bus.

Why has the Color not Changed?

Once national school bus yellow was decided, it became a nationwide mandate. One of the original reasons for the broad directive was because school bus manufacturers “had to have different booths to spray-paint them.” More so, the color became a universal symbol of student transportation.

In fact, most Americans have been raised in environments where yellow school buses shuttle children to and from school. It is hard to imagine life without them.

Source:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/why-are-school-buses-yellow-a-teachers-college-professor-said-so/

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Be My Valentine

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Segmation’s SegPlayPC Be My Valentine pattern collection is a fun, off-beat set of great colorful digital patterns. We know you’ll enjoy coloring these great patterns! What a great stress reliever as well.

Gorgeous art painting patterns to color and relax with. You don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy this. Join the fun today! Segmation dot com

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world on February 14th. It’s a magical day where lovers express their love for one another in many traditional and untraditional ways. In today’s time, candy, chocolates, flowers, and heart filled cards are usually given as gifts in many cultures around the globe. Segmation’s SegPlay PC Valentine themed patterns includes many illustrated graphics of the holiday including roses, candy, cupids with arrows, dragons and puppies in love, and couples in love. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

You can find a wide collection of Be my Valentine Scenes paint by number patterns and is available at the Segmation web site. These patterns may be viewed, painted, and printed using SegPlay™PC a fun, computerized paint-by-numbers program for Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista. Enjoy!

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We’re a community that loves jigsaw, crossword, and Sudoku puzzles. We’re hobbyists who paint and collect stamps. We enjoy reading, gardening, and hiking with the dog.

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When added in to the game’s huge assortment of playing options for testing your painting skills, manual dexterity, speed, and artistic abilities, it’s easy to see how quickly the hours of enjoyment, skill-testing, and distraction can add up.

Providing guaranteed hours of fun every time you open the program, Segmation’s mobile version – compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation) – puts the most enjoyable app on the web right where it belongs…in YOUR hands.

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Quickest, Coolest, and Fastest Way to Paint by Numbers

People on the go appreciate SegPlay® Mobile – the quickest, coolest, and fastest way to paint by numbers on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Best of all, it’s now free at the Apple iTunes Store!

  • Feel the canvas with new, easy to use graphics, infinite zoom, panning, pinching, flicking and user-friendly icons
  • Free app download includes 6 free fun-filled patterns
  • New add-on 6-pattern sets available monthly
  • Buy just one pattern set and you’ll unlock special features, including timed painting, hints, customized palettes, scoring your work…and more! Plus you’ll get rid of those pesky advertisements.
  • Solve the puzzle with the push of a button. Save and share your finished patterns with friends on Facebook.

Developed specifically with both the serious and casual gamer in mind, SegPlay® Mobile is an amazingly satisfying distraction whether you’re waiting for a flight or for your server to bring lunch. This innovative app allows users to color intricate line patterns from a wide range of photorealistic images.

Plus it’s the perfect combination of SegPlay Online and SegPlay PC for anyone looking to paint by numbers while on the go. Use your fingertips like a paintbrush…but without any mess. And with our Autosave feature, SegPlay®Mobile can pick up at a moment’s notice right where you left off.

Built on Segmation imaging technology, SegPlay® Mobile offers an endless stream of additional pattern sets – from easy to difficult – for less than $1 each.
When added in to the game’s huge assortment of playing options for testing your painting skills, manual dexterity, speed, and artistic abilities, it’s easy to see how quickly the hours of enjoyment, skill-testing, and distraction can add up.

Providing guaranteed hours of fun every time you open the program, Segmation’s mobile version – compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation) – puts the most enjoyable app on the web right where it belongs…in YOUR hands.

Why wait? SegPlay Mobile is the perfect break during or after a busy day, so get started now! But fair warning – this game IS addictive!

And don’t forget to join the online Segmation community to keep up with our new patterns and products. See for yourself why the Internet is buzzing that Segmation is the greatest thing in the art world since the invention of the paintbrush.

Do you like to paint? Be an Artist in 2 minutes with Segmation SegPlay® Mobile (see more details here)

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Why You Should Make Art When You Travel (www.segmation.com)

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When you’re traveling, one of the best ways to capture the energy of a place is to draw or paint it. While most tourists are glued to the viewfinders of their cameras, rushing from one attraction to the next, you’ll be calmly painting or sketching the scene before you, noticing all the wonderful details that normal tourists miss… from the delicate curvature of an architectural detail to the way the evening sunlight casts long shadows on the children playing in the town square.

Making art while traveling allows you to experience your new surroundings on a deeper level than most tourists ever will. By carefully viewing a scene, structure, object, person or people with the intense gaze of an artist and interpreting your vision on paper or canvas, you can freely observe the subtle nuances and hidden undercurrents that comprise the fabric of daily life in any given location.

Why do we travel? We embark on vacations to places we’ve never been before because we want get away from it all, to escape the routine of our daily lives and the familiarity of the place where we live. We yearn to explore something new, to embrace the unknown, and to learn something along the way. Art-making while traveling fosters an open mindset, encourages curiosity, and creates an easygoing attitude – 3 essential ingredients for making the most out of any travel holiday.

Plus, making art while seated in a café, sitting in a park, or standing in a town square is a great way to meet locals, thus deepening your travel experience. Curious bystanders will often look over your shoulder and make comments, but even if you don’t understand the language, you can still make a meaningful connection through the common language of visual art.

And the end result? Aside from a memorable experience, you’ll also wind up with a beautiful travel journal filled with your original images and insights – a truly unique reminder of your special trip.

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You’ll find in our SegPlayPC Be My Valentine pattern collection. This is a fun, off-beat set of great colorful digital patterns. We know you’ll enjoy coloring these great patterns! What a great stress reliever as well.

Gorgeous art painting patterns to color and relax with. You don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy this. Join the fun today! Segmation.com

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world on February 14th. It’s a magical day where lovers express their love for one another in many traditional and untraditional ways. In today’s time, candy, chocolates, flowers, and heart filled cards are usually given as gifts in many cultures around the globe. Our set of Valentine themed patterns includes many illustrated graphics of the holiday including roses, candy, cupids with arrows, dragons and puppies in love, and couples in love. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
This set contains 24 paintable patterns.

You can find a wide collection of Be my Valentine Scenes paint by number patterns and is available at the Segmation web site. These patterns may be viewed, painted, and printed using SegPlay™PC a fun, computerized paint-by-numbers program for Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista. Enjoy!

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Let it Snow!

Let it Snow – All Ages can enjoy and have fun!

So relaxing and with no mess! What a brain teaser!

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Snow has an amazing and truly magical effect when added to natural scenes. The serene and peaceful beauty of snow can take your breath away. Trees, fields, and mountaintops look quite amazing when dusted with a bit of snow. In this spirit, our “Let it Snow” pattern set captures the beauty of snow adorned scenes. In these 21 patterns created from stunning photographs, you’ll find many pictures with a snowy theme. You’ll find snow on mountaintops, reflecting in water, adorning trees, on the top of fences, windmills, and roadways, on sunlit fields, and as backdrops to skiers and snowboarders.

This set contains 25 paintable patterns. We know you’ll enjoy coloring these great patterns!

Follow a number key to fill in sections of the picture and gradually, the image emerges in color segments. Paint-by-numbers meets modern technology in SegPlay® PC, a computerized paint-by-numbers program for Windows 7, 2000, XP, and Vista.

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