Geez, with a name like Canterbury, well, that sure sounds prestigious. And my choice of several expensive looking free offers! Will wonders never cease? All this because they want moi - a nasty ol' truck driver - to be included in their list of business professionals? That's me - business professional all the way, baybee. And it's time someone recognized just how awesome I am.
I've gotten this email several times now, so I decided to look under the hood. The html is a bit shady in places:
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Plenty more of that as well as this:
To summarize, the color of an object is a complex result of its surface properties, its transmission properties, and its emission properties, all of which factors contribute to the mix of wavelengths in the light leaving the surface of the object.
They may do so because of their elevated temperature (they are then said to be incandescent), as a result of certain chemical reactions (a phenomenon called chemoluminescence), or for other reasons (see the articles Phosphorescence and List of light sources).
Physically, objects can be said to have the color of the light leaving their surfaces, which normally depends on the spectrum of the incident illumination and the reflectance properties of the surface, as well as potentially on the angles of illumination and viewing.
Some objects not only reflect light, but also transmit light or emit light themselves (see below), which contribute to the color also.For further treatment of the color of objects, see structural color, below.
Opaque objects that do not reflect specularly (which tend to have rough surfaces) have their color determined by which wavelengths of light they scatter more and which they scatter less (with the light that is not scattered being absorbed).
Objects that transmit light are either translucent (scattering the transmitted light) or transparent (not scattering the transmitted light).
The perceived color is then further conditioned by the nature of the ambient illumination, and by the color properties of other objects nearby, via the effect known as color constancy and via other characteristics of the perceiving eye and brain.
Some generalizations of the physics can be drawn, neglecting perceptual effects for now:
If objects scatter all wavelengths, they appear white. If they absorb all wavelengths, they appear black. Objects may emit light that they generate themselves, rather than merely reflecting or transmitting light.
Light arriving at an opaque surface is either reflected ",specularly", (that is, in the manner of a mirror), scattered (that is, reflected with diffuse scattering), or absorbed – or some combination of these.
Objects may absorb light and then as a consequence emit light that has different properties.
If they also absorb (or reflect) light of varying wavelengths differentially, they appear tinted with a color determined by the nature of that absorption (or that reflectance).
Opaque objects that specularly reflect light of different wavelengths with different efficiencies look like mirrors tinted with colors determined by those differences.
An object that reflects some fraction of impinging light and absorbs the rest may look black but also be faintly reflective, examples are black objects coated with layers of enamel or lacquer.
They are then called fluorescent (if light is emitted only while light is absorbed) or phosphorescent (if light is emitted even after light ceases to be absorbed, this term is also sometimes loosely applied to light emitted because of chemical reactions).
The upper disk and the lower disk have exactly the same objective color, and are in identical gray surrounds, based on context differences, humans perceive the squares as having different reflectances, and may interpret the colors as different color categories, see same color illusion.
The color of an object depends on both the physics of the object in its environment and the characteristics of the perceiving eye and brain.
And a viewer's perception of the object's color depends not only on the spectrum of the light leaving its surface, but also on a host of contextual cues, so that the color tends to be perceived as relatively constant: that is, relatively independent of the lighting spectrum, viewing angle, etc. This effect is known as color constancy.
Now why, just why, do you suppose all this junk is embedded in the html without appearing in the actual email? Could it, just could it - maybe they're trying to get this crap past junk email filters? Tell me it isn't so! A prestigious firm with the name Canterbury is stooping to subterfuge?
Now, I gotta admit, there was absolutely no mention of my having to spend any money. The claim is that it's all free!
Yeah, right. Minor delivery charges involving getting credit card numbers. Finding out the email address is valid, so that's worth some money to other spammers.
Oh, did I call these fine folks spammers? I guess I did.