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Thu, Jan 13 2005

A Ceiling Of Sky

Why settle for a plain old painted ceiling when you could have something that looks like the sky? Some of the systems can be built with dimmers and you can get beautiful virtual window views.

posted at: 12:34 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

Killer Fog

Dense fog brought with it fatalities in Michigan this week. We sometimes get similar conditions and the resulting pile-ups on I-5 here in California. Even Back in 1942 the military was trying to beat the problem of fog, mainly for pilots. Today there are studies going on to find out how to disperse fog at airports. People have tried heat, cold, microwaves, water sprays, ice and even lasers to try to get fog out of the way at airports. But I think we're still waiting for a system that works really well on roadways. There are at least visibility warning systems in use in California and other states. Utah seems to have had some luck with using carbon dioxide at airports. Would this work on roadways?

Sometimes a CHP driver will use his or her car as a pace car to slow traffic on highways in hazardous conditions. If patrol cars or other vehicles could be equipped with effective fog disperal devices on well-known fog corridors it might be a double-whammy to fog that could save more lives.

When scientists have tried to measure drivers' perception of speed during foggy conditions the results are mixed. It still might not be a bad idea to back off that accelerator. The CHP lists a few other simple recommendations.

posted at: 09:31 | category: /Health and Fitness | link to this entry

Displaying Collectibles Without Damaging Them

If you collect figurines, models or other objects and you want to display them attractively, you might use a case, which is fine, until you learn that you could damage your collectibles. Even wood in display cases can out-gas and damage the contents. And then there's the glue and the plastic and fabric to consider. Here's a page that has some great information on how the lining and fabrics used near the objects in cases and drawers can affect the objects. I've linked directly to that page, but will also give you their starting page, in case you want to learn more about displaying and storing your collections. They also have instructions on a quicker way to make faux-finish wallpaper. It's a nice site to dig around in. The information is helpful, straight-forward and easy to understand.

posted at: 07:30 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

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