Sketchfab: Display Your 3D Drawings in a Browser for Anyone to See from Any Angle

I just learned about Sketchfab, an online service that makes it possible to present in a Web browser the 3D models that you’ve created.  Sketchfab allows up to 10 drawings to be posted for free.  Their paid services are very reasonably priced and should be great for architects and engineers to easily show 3D views of their designs to clients.  I’ve done some drawings in Sketchup over the last several years.*  Here is a drawing that I did when I was serving as a County Commissioner and we were doing the planning for a major building renovation project.  After clicking on it, you’ll have to wait while the drawing and the Sketchfab viewer load.

*  The information for Sketchfab says that they can display Sketchup files, so I first tried to directly upload a Sketchup file (which is what the documentation implied you could do), but it didn’t work.  Sketchfab couldn’t read a file with the Sketchup file extension.  Further searching in the documentation turned up a page that says they have a plugin for Sketchup.  This turned out to be the best way to get a drawing into Sketchfab.  As an aside, Sketchup can export to a .dae file, and Sketchfab can read this format, so I had tried this, but it didn’t upload the textures.  If you export to .dae from Sketchup, you’ll see that you get a .dae file and a separate folder with your textures.  The textures weren’t uploaded when the direct .dae upload DID work, and when I tried uploading a larger file, the .dae upload didn’t even work – it just hung when it was nearly complete.

Beware of Icy Hot, especially if you have children!

Late Monday afternoon the three-year-old daughter of a couple that we know got up from her nap.  When she tried walking, she just staggered around and couldn’t stand up.  It was finally determined that she had rubbed Icy Hot on herself (and might have ingested some too).  There is a warning on the label that Icy Hot can be fatal to children.  It can also be fatal to adults as evidenced by this story.  Our friends’ daughter was still feeling the effects of it on Tuesday, but she is fine now.

Interesting Weather Pattern

I know it’s boring to talk about the weather, but we’ve had thunderstorms off and on all evening.  When I checked the Accuweather radar to see if the storms were finished before going to bed, I saw this very interesting pattern of thunderstorms across much of the country:

Aromas That Lift You

We left the children at my mother’s, who was planning to feed them supper.  I was a little slower than everyone else going into the house.  When I went in, my youngest son was coming back to the front door to tell me, “I smelled something good.  It was so good it made me float into the kitchen!”

Are you SIRI-ous? (2)

I stopped after work to buy feed for our guineas.  I bought a 50 pound bag of something called “Scratch Grains” (cracked corn and other grains).  After loading it in the trunk and getting in the car, I asked SIRI to “Remind me, when I get home, to unload the scratch grains”:


The logic of a child

This morning our oldest son woke up with a cold.  Our youngest son asked me whether he could get sick if his older brother breathed on him.  I said yes.  The youngest then asked whether his older brother would get well if HE (the younger) breathed on HIM (the older).  Welllllll, no, it doesn’t work like that!

Better Be Sure

My youngest son asked me:  If you don’t want to marry a woman, are you just ” ‘posed to run out of the building”?  I asked him where in the world he saw or heard of something like that.  He said, “I saw it in Bugs Bunny.”

Thoughts and Happenings