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Home painting buffs will like these free apps if not already using them.

22 May 2016
the Korat Post Editorial

Making too many guesses about paints and need help? It's here!

I can kick myself in the keester about a hundred thousand times. That's probably a conservative estimate on how much we have spent on paint over the years, the last few years, and part of that was shrouded in uncertainty over whether a certain shade on an existing wall was available at the local paint store or not. We usually buy at Home Pro here in Thailand.


So the last day or two I was wondering: wouldn't it be really, really nice if there was a smart phone app that would enable me to take a photo of whatever I wanted to repaint, then use that software to offer me the paint manufacturer's I.D. for the paint where I could go in and get the exact same thing? Wouldn't that be so cool!

OK. You know how search engines are, right? Type in too many words and you won't find anything. Type in too few and same result, or the results will be really off target. For the paint situation, today, I discovered that typing in one word was sufficient and worked like a charm. Except for TOA. I had to type in TOA paint and then the search results came up with TOA's IdeaColor. It tells me it is "the real color expert." The gifs shown are, I suppose, supposed to be self-explanatory but are not. Who knows what they are for? Well, the magnifying glass one goes to a dropper appearing on the screen and this view is a camera ready view, so just take the dropper to a section of the wall you want to repaint or at a plastic glass that you want to use the same paint color for and press the take button. The dropper fills with the color, goes to a section of paint shades with that particular pigment, and comes up with the TOA code for the color! Easy. This particular photo I took was of the side of a red plastic glass, and the color I.D. was 8093 or 8095.

On to Jotun. Main menu is titled ColorMatch. Two options - go to existing library or take a new photo. The latter will be more frequent until you build up a library. Save each photo taken. The instructions say to go to the tutorial first but I did not have the time. Ahem! So I tapped the take photo option, hit continue and the camera is ready to take photo. A save or discard option comes up. Hit save if OK. Tough the area of the photo of the color you want. Then touch the matching color bar that appears on the bottom or the screen. It highlighted several codes, but has a blue arrow on the shade I indicated. S 1070-R was the I.D. At this point there is also an option to preview matching color schemes for your color!

On to Behr. I downloaded its Color Smart app. Three options appear, one Color Match to upload photo. Select take new photo. I took the same photo as with other paint makers. Touch the area of the photo that you want to match. Hit save. On same photo touch the area you feel is the exact color you want. Probably three will show. Choose the one you want and touch the color bar as appropriate. Flirt Alert P150-7 is the I.D.

Now three different paint manufacturers are discussed in this short article, TOA, Jotun and Behr. It is likely that others also have similar apps you can use. How easy these are and how many options they have to matching schemes, alternate colors, and ease of checking with the exact codes is really cool. And I thought I had an original idea for a phone app!

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Strapping on Tuk-tuk Good Idea?

21 December 2015

Watched none of the GOP debate this last week and only small parts of the Democrat debate on 20 December 2015 Thailand time. As one who does not like playing partisan politics while still recognizing that fundamental party differences exist and have in many ways shifted, it was nonetheless a shock to see totally ignorant people in the area of foreign policy speaks as if they were God’s gift to the State Department. Clinton of course being the man on top – euphemistically, we hope!

She said, among other things, that Trump’s behavior in hating all Muslims – which he did not say he did – was the best advertisement for ISIS, as in her words ISIS wants the US to send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and other Middle East regions. The news for Mrs. Clinton (calling her Secretary is no longer appropriate, even in diplospeak) is that ISIS in a strategic sense does not give a gnat’s touche whether or not the US sends thousands of troops into Syria or not in terms of ISIS goals. It is a factor ISIS has to deal with but on a wider front and longer term ISIS is headed to the US, has already sufficiently infiltrated Europe to establish a dangerous and threatening beachhead to European culture, and through proxy and determination of Muslim theology, is now in the US with surprisingly a simple-minded apologist ignorami (as opposed to illuminati) cross-section of Democrat/liberal/Obama-ites defending Muslims and Islam that they know little to absolutely nothing about. They are ignorant of the Islamic doctrine, the global conquest goals of Islam, Islam’s history and the degree of violence employed to spread the theology. These misguided but determined anti-Republicans also seem to forget that the Ottoman Empire was vanquished well over a century ago but that Islam only seems to have grown more and more prolific, and more and more threatening.

This week there was a brouhaha over a high school class in Virginia where a teacher, Riverheads social studies teacher Cheryl LaPorte, support group = (https://www.facebook.com/groups/204588599882934/) had the students ostensibly practice Arabic calligraphy but inexplicably used the highly-toxic to non-Muslims phrase, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” Having played with calligraphy a bit, and well aware of the beauty that calligraphy from Japan, China, the Arab world, Iran, Europe, and Africa practice with their many forms of calligraphy, the lesson could easily have used a less offensive or less sensitive example to copy.

Despite the reverse discrimination type of backlash from white apologists that white folks should not have been so upset at the lesson, we have to differ here. The media also did not report whether the teacher was herself a Muslim or not. And does that make a difference? Of course it does! If she was, then the balance of suspicion would go against her. If not, the balance would probably go the way of forgiving. But as it happens, perhaps the noise was from the worst wheel of the cart. Several community residents and students spoke out in LaPorte’s defense. “I think people are making a big deal about it for no reason at all," said 18-year-old Hannah Carey, a former student of LaPorte who lives in Waynesboro. "We learned about all different cultures, and she was a great teacher.” Read more on the Korat Post website at headlines.html and/or editorial.html and write to the editor at editoratthekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome.

Ed.


Bible Belt Christians In Virginia Unhappy

21 December 2015

Watched none of the GOP debate this last week and only small parts of the Democrat debate on 20 December 2015 Thailand time. As one who does not like playing partisan politics while still recognizing that fundamental party differences exist and have in many ways shifted, it was nonetheless a shock to see totally ignorant people in the area of foreign policy speaks as if they were God’s gift to the State Department. Clinton of course being the man on top – euphemistically, we hope!

She said, among other things, that Trump’s behavior in hating all Muslims – which he did not say he did – was the best advertisement for ISIS, as in her words ISIS wants the US to send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and other Middle East regions. The news for Mrs. Clinton (calling her Secretary is no longer appropriate, even in diplospeak) is that ISIS in a strategic sense does not give a gnat’s touche whether or not the US sends thousands of troops into Syria or not in terms of ISIS goals. It is a factor ISIS has to deal with but on a wider front and longer term ISIS is headed to the US, has already sufficiently infiltrated Europe to establish a dangerous and threatening beachhead to European culture, and through proxy and determination of Muslim theology, is now in the US with surprisingly a simple-minded apologist ignorami (as opposed to illuminati) cross-section of Democrat/liberal/Obama-ites defending Muslims and Islam that they know little to absolutely nothing about. They are ignorant of the Islamic doctrine, the global conquest goals of Islam, Islam’s history and the degree of violence employed to spread the theology. These misguided but determined anti-Republicans also seem to forget that the Ottoman Empire was vanquished well over a century ago but that Islam only seems to have grown more and more prolific, and more and more threatening.

This week there was a brouhaha over a high school class in Virginia where a teacher, Riverheads social studies teacher Cheryl LaPorte, support group = (https://www.facebook.com/groups/204588599882934/) had the students ostensibly practice Arabic calligraphy but inexplicably used the highly-toxic to non-Muslims phrase, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” Having played with calligraphy a bit, and well aware of the beauty that calligraphy from Japan, China, the Arab world, Iran, Europe, and Africa practice with their many forms of calligraphy, the lesson could easily have used a less offensive or less sensitive example to copy.

Despite the reverse discrimination type of backlash from white apologists that white folks should not have been so upset at the lesson, we have to differ here. The media also did not report whether the teacher was herself a Muslim or not. And does that make a difference? Of course it does! If she was, then the balance of suspicion would go against her. If not, the balance would probably go the way of forgiving. But as it happens, perhaps the noise was from the worst wheel of the cart. Several community residents and students spoke out in LaPorte’s defense. “I think people are making a big deal about it for no reason at all," said 18-year-old Hannah Carey, a former student of LaPorte who lives in Waynesboro. "We learned about all different cultures, and she was a great teacher.” Read more on the Korat Post website at headlines.html and/or editorial.html and write to the editor at editoratthekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome.

Ed.