This was too easy.  After applying one coat to the walls in this room, I remained undecided for a day whether a second coat of paint was really necessary.  I'm old enough to remember the adage, "the more paint, the better".  Which is why part of me was demanding that second coat, in spite of the certain advances in paint technology.


Well, I'm glad I paused to think and ask the question.  Because with just a quick search online, I read that, "Now, more than ever, one coat coverage is possible."  Basically, over the last 10 years of so, advances in paint technology have made one coat of paint a perfectly acceptable option.


The page above was more than enough to settle the question in my mind.  However, in course of writing this, while looking up the above adage, I came across even more proof.  According to another source, over-application of coats could even be "dangerous".  The reason gets a little too technical for the purposes of this blog, but you can read more about it here.

I was stumped for an hour or so this morning as I was trying to figure out how to get Sketchup to render drawing edits, as opposed to simply rendering geometric or camera views.  But then I hit on this video after using the search, 'way to include model edits in scene animation sketchup'.  This video actually doesn't describe exactly what I was looking for.  Nevertheless it describes a neat trick to rendering a drawing into a presention that involves section planes.  But it was the key to another trick involving copying and pasting components as well as hiding those components successively as required in each scene.  Neat. 



Construction Sequence Animation in SketchUp Tutorial

SketchUp Trainer

Uploaded on 2 Feb 2010

How to use scenes and section cuts in SketchUp to create an animation sequence.

This past winter actually became a joy because of this construction project I got the itch to do one day in January.

This might be the highlight of our recent trip to Las Vegas.  Even the kids were interested - for a while.  We even went on the Power Plant Tour as you can see from the shots of the original single generator embedded in the floor of the generator room.  You can also see how low the water level is in Lake Mead.  These photos of the Hoover Dam and also of the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge barely give you an idea of the scale and impressiveness of both structures. 

I took this photo with the camera perched on a rock and the shutter opened for 8 seconds.  The moon is way more exposed than I like, but I wasn't being that fussy at the time and just wanted a decent shot of the moon beside the 'Sisters'.  I still like the way the colour of the formations comes out in this though.  I only wish we had more time that evening to take more. 

A few years ago, I decided to find the best backyard chicken coop design from among the various ones offered by backyard chicken enthusiasts online and then reverse engineer the image into Sketchup.  This is the winner in my opinion.

I'm always looking for natural and organic solutions for the everyday challenges we all face.  And I'm always happy to report what I've found works here in this blog.  So I'm especially pleased to tell you about a natural sunscreen that we used and tested under possibly one of the most sunburn prone environments - Disney in July in the afternoon and Indian Shores Beach, Florida. 


Although the product I'm about to let you in on worked as advertised on the box I must confess that I was skeptical at first when we were getting ready to brave the noon sun at Disney for the first time.  In fact, I almost caved and went for the other non-natural product that we had with us.  But I put the natural product on anyway - on my kids and myself - and headed into the sunshine.


Well, as we arrived back at our resort after the fun and sun, I surveyed the results and was pleasantly shocked to find almost no evidence of sunburn on any of us!  In fact I was still skeptical and wondered if we had gotten any sun at all with all of the indoor excursions and rides we had gotten on and rain later in the day.  However, that was impossible since this was Epcot at the beginning of July at noon.  And although we had been indoors for various activities, we had to have been exposed for a good deal of the time.  Not only that, but the trips to the other three parks the next few days also resulted in no significant burns on any of us.  So I would have to say that this sunscreen works!


Now there are a couple caveats I have to add here.  The product you see here is actually the SPF 40 one whereas the one we used was SPF 27.  Which means that the one here should work even better.  But there other critical thing I have to add is that the specific product that we used does not provide long-lasting water and sweat resistance - if at all - whereas the product pictured above does describe having that resistance.  I'm not sure how much resistance is there.  But I do know that after probably no more than 30 minutes of being in the Gulf of Mexico, we were suffering acute exposure to the sun's rays.  Unfortunately at the time, I was unaware that our protection had gone and we stayed in the sun and surf for much longer than that and ended up with pretty significant sunburns all of us.  Only now do I read the instructions are to re-apply the sunscreen after 40 minutes of being in the water, even with the "enhanced" Water Resistant product shown here.


That being said, I still think this product is a win, even with the necessity of re-application.  And that's mainly because it worked in the non-wet environment remarkably well as well as having only purely natural, non-chemical, ingredients.  We will be using this product again in Nevada shortly.