Light terminal theme

For about as along as I have been using terminals I have had them set to a dark theme, for a while at the beginning I had my terminal set up to be green text on a black background. I might have been the l33test mutherfucker around.

Zenburn theme

! Zenburn theme
! black + red
urxvt*color0:      #101010
urxvt*color1:      #705050

! green + yellow
urxvt*color2:      #60b48a
urxvt*color3:      #f0dfaf

! blue + purple
urxvt*color4:      #506070
urxvt*color5:      #dc8cc3

! cyan + white
urxvt*color6:      #8cd0d3
urxvt*color7:      #dcdccc

! bright-black + bright-red
urxvt*color8:      #000000
urxvt*color9:      #dca3a3

! bright-green + bright-yellow
urxvt*color10:     #c3bf9f
urxvt*color11:     #f0dfaf

! bright-blue + bright-purple
urxvt*color12:     #94bff3
urxvt*color13:     #ec93d3

! bright-cyan + bright-white
urxvt*color14:     #93e0e3
urxvt*color15:     #ffffff

I moved to Zenburn from the unreasonably popular solarized at some point last year. When I moved I went through a few themes trying things out. I found that .Xresources supports cpp macros making it easy to swap themes.

!.Xresources 
urxvt*scrollBar:      false
urxvt*matcher.button: 1
urxvt.transparent:    false
urxvt*allow_bold:     true

Xft*dpi:              96
Xft*antialias:        true
Xft*hinting:          full

URxvt*geometry:       85x16
URxvt*fading:         0
URxvt*tintColor:      #ffffff
URxvt*shading:        0
URxvt*inheritPixmap:  False

#include ".papercolour"

URxvt.urlLauncher:    firefox
URxvt.matcher.button: 1

URxvt*font: xft:Source Code Pro:size=8

I tried to work outside quite a few times last year. Dark themes for terminals are really hard to see in bright sunlight. For some reason yeahconsole doesn't like the way I include themes and stayed with a default light theme. The light theme is really easy to see in sunlight. The contrast in readability made me really question using a dark theme at all.

At camp last year most of the daylight hours I spent on my laptop were inside our super tent, direct sunlight made my screen hard to read and the sun seems to melt my skin. My dark theme was okay to read in the tent, but it was no good outside, with the sun melting I just hid away until it was night time.

The sun being bad, I am grateful I live in Scotland, we don't have to put up with the sun very often(this is a joke, it is always fucking sunny, I want a refund).

When the sun isn't around I do quite like to sit in darkened rooms when I am hacking. If you too are a vampire you might have noticing the eyeball explosion that happens when you switch from your friendly terminal to the light explosion that is a web browser. Pretty much every web page has a light theme, I actually dislike dark themed web pages, I always think the designer is being up front with how much of a douchebag they are.

Anyway, this is a lot of words for "I have moved to a light theme"

PaperColour theme

! PaperColour Theme

URxvt.foreground: #4D4D4C
URxvt.background: #EEEEEE

! black
URxvt.color0: #EDEDED
URxvt.color8: #969694

! red
URxvt.color1: #D7005F
URxvt.color9: #D7005F

! green
URxvt.color2: #718C00
URxvt.color10: #718C00

! yellow / orange
URxvt.color3: #D75F00
URxvt.color11: #D75F00

! blue

URxvt.color4: #4271AE
URxvt.color12: #4271AE

! magenta
URxvt.color5: #8959A8
URxvt.color13: #8959A8

! cyan
URxvt.color6: #3E999F
URxvt.color14: #3E999F

! white
URxvt.color7: #4D4D4C
URxvt.color15: #F5F5F5