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.

For the average computer user like myself and my wife, there is probably nothing more annoying and disruptive than having a browser hijacked by a piece of rubbish called Trovi.  I have no hesitation naming names because of the maliciousness of this company and the sheer nerve they've displayed towards those of us who don't appreciate what they're doing.  This "little" browser hijacker came up about a month ago on my wife's computer.  The effect was Mozilla's Firefox opens with the web site whose name starts with a T, which is followed by an R, and then an O, followed by a V, and ends with an I - even if the Home Page in Firefox Options is anything but [name redacted].  Not cool.  Not cool at all.


When you type [name redacted] in Startpage, you'll find out that this is known as a 'Browser Helper[???] Object'.  Lavasost here says, "It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely."  They also name the company responsible.   


But who cares.  We just want to know how to get rid of it.  Well, even if evil is as evil does, there are thankfully those who practice the exact opposite in the computer world. 


Thank God for the good geeks!  And there are even those who go the extra mile to help out a fellow internet user in pain.  And it's good to know that for every [name redacted] that threatens the general workflow of the computer world, there is another who hasn't joined the dark side.  Stelian Pilici is one of those good guys who saved the day for my wife and me when we followed the steps he gives here.  Another, slightly more in depth, description of steps to get rid of [name redacted] is also here.  However, the Stelian's description did the trick right off the bat for us.


I would add that the key for us was the recommended program in step 3, AdwCleaner.  That's because we had already tried Malwarebytes on our own before finding Stelian's solution and the offending rubbish was not removed.  So if you do nothing else, try downloading AdwCleaner and running this piece of software which can be found here.



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. 

You'd think after going through so many bags like the one in the video above that I'd have figured out how to open that chained string knot securing the top of it.  Well, impatience will no longer lead me to grabbing those scissors and hastily cutting the top clean off.  Because I found the solution to opening a sac of rice.


Basically, you cut the nearest loop to the edge of bag on the 'chained' string side. Then you grab the chain of string and it should pull freely right across that side and then continuing on the other side until all the string has been pulled out completely.  This was not my solution.  Thanks goes to:

Beehexs at YouTube


If you're wondering how a Hisense smart TV would work fine one day and then stop connecting to Netflix for no apparent reason whatsover the next, you're not alone.  This was the case with our relatively new Hisense TV just a few days ago. 


Actually, the problem first appeared longer ago than that.  But the brain sometimes refuses to engage the issue when the issue first appears and other problems are much more pressing.


But I finally found the motivation, or nerve, to tackle the problem.  And as usual, the problem is not ours alone and there is a faithful crowd of complainants to draw on from the online community.  In this case, we're of course looking for the Hisense TVs not connecting Netflix community.  And a search using that exact term did not let me down.


It certainly helps that there are plenty of others who have experienced the same problem who also voice their experience online in some way.  But it's gold when you find someone who has taken the bull by the horns and wrestled it to the ground decisively.  Because that's apparently the only way one would ever know why a "smart" TV would suddenly stop working with Netflix - aside from wrestling the bull oneself.


So this person went to the trouble of calling Hisense and asking for support.  What a novel idea!  Actually, I'd still rather read through the posts of others experiencing the same problem looking for the solution.  But that's by the by.  The answer this person got is one of those solutions that thankfully works, but still leaves you scratching your head.  So what is it?


Are you ready for this?  Here it is.  If your Hisense TV will not connect to Netflix for some unfathomable reason, the solution is...


Go to menu-audio-balance.  Then push 1969 on your remote.  Go down to factory options.  Go down to clean all.  After it gets done doing that, unplug your TV for one minute then turn it back on.

And who should I thank for this, who had the patience and sense (sorry for the pun) to call Hisense and wait for an hour?  This person here at AskMeFast


My daughter laughs at this, but I have found a way to "fix" a pair of ripped pants.  Normally, when you rip your jeans, you either toss them, or continue to wear them with the excuse that they're making a fashion statement.  I'm fairly certain no one bothers to patch them anymore with those square patches.  They're way too tacky even in this unsavvy Dad's opinion. 


So what if you really, really like those old pair of jeans and you're also not really into fashion statements?  Mine usually ended up making a sort of archival pile of old jeans and pants that I could count the years of my life by.  That was until I figured out how to make the best use of that new fabric repairing product I bought on impulse from the grocery store.  Yes, the grocery store of all places.  The product caught my attention because that package promised something about not having to sew the old fashioned way using needle and thread.  That, and I'm too easily convinced by new fangled ideas I guess.


Well, I tried it out soon after I first bought it.  But the pants ended up tearing again, and I almost abandoned the idea.


But then I thought maybe that early failure was because my patch was too small.  So I tried again using a patch area that almost covers the entire front knee. 


So what's different about that?  The patch is on the reverse side of the pants.  And the patch is glued.  The end result is that you don't have any visible patch at all, and the tear is more or less "healed" as seen from the outside.  It's brilliant!  Of course you can tell that there was a rip.  But it's not anywhere near as tacky as having a full-blown patch sewn on the outside of your jeans or pants.


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