| Category: How To

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.

| Category: Design

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.

| Category: Travel

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. 

| Category: Drawing

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.

| Category: Art

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

| Category: Photography

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.