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    Thursday, August 24th, 2006
    3:21 pm
    Making Change for Katrina Blogger Challenge: How to Rebuild the Gulf with SketchUp

    Making Change for Katrina one SketchUp at a time.....

    Get Ready to Get Started: Here are some basic SketchUp guidelines to help you build your first 3D model.

    The blue green and red axis’ are to help orient you in 3D space. The red and green axis’ form a ground plane, while the blue axis forms a sense of vertical direction.

    When you are building your 3D model you will notice that the mouse and the lines that you draw turn different colors. This helps you draw accurately i.e. it keeps you from drawing crooked lines, drawing in an un-parallel window, ect. 

    The diagram below shows the colors that appear when you stop your mouse over key points on your 3D model.  The colors help you see where you are on your 3D surface. For example: when you move your cursor over any corner of your 3D surface a green square dot will appear to let you know that corner is an endpoint. 

    Get Started: Build Your Personalized Hurricane Katrina Home!

    1st: Draw a Rectangle with the -- Rectangle tool--
    2nd: Use the -- Push/Pull tool -- to add 3D volume to your rectangle.
    3rd: Creat a sloped roof with the -- Line tool-- by drawing a horizontal line on your 3D rectangle and using the -- Move tool -- move the line up in the vertical (blue) direction.


    By SketchingUp your very own Gulf Coast home and posting it on our rebuildthegulf blog, you are reminding other bloggers that the Rebuilding efforts in the Gulf are far from complete. 

    Rebuild and Spread Awareness!

    Monday, August 21st, 2006
    5:16 pm
    What is Google Earth?
    Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Since the images are photographs taken by satellites and aircraft sometime in the last three years, Google Earth display's Gulf Coast cities, like New Orleans, as they were BEFORE HURRICANE KATRINA

    All you have to do is download the free version of Google Earth, and you can visit Gulf Coast states as they were before the storm. You can stroll along Canal Street and zoom in on the Superdome. You can also visit your neighborhood and own home by simply entering in your address to the Google Earth Search bar. The images are very clear considering that a satellite takes the pictures from millions and millions of miles away.

    What is Google SketchUp?
    Google SketchUp is a FREE  3D modeling program whose few simple tools enable you to create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, and other woodworking projects. This program, although a little tricky at first, is awesome! 

    Download Google SketchUp for FREE and participate in Rebuilding the Gulf. SketchUp a Gulf Coast home from your home computer and raise awareness for the recovery and rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.

    Post your SketchUp Gulf Coast home on our Making Change for Katrina Blogspot blog and support our national Call-to-Action: Rebuild the Gulf!
    Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
    12:44 pm
    Habitat for Humany #1 Rebuilder in the Gulf
    The funds raised by Making Change for Katrina benefits Habitat for Humanity's rebuilding efforts in the Gulf. Nearly 400 new homes are complete or under construction in partnership with hurricane-affected families, making Habitat the region's largest builder in the wake of the hurricanes. Habitat expects to build 1, 000 homes by mid-2007.

    Has anyone every volunteered for Habitat? If so, tell us your stories and inspire change!
    Thursday, August 10th, 2006
    2:04 pm
    1:18 pm
    McConaughey Sells Car for Katrina Relief

    Matthew McConaughey's 1971 Corvette Stingray convertible was auctioned for hurricane relief and, according to the eBay Web site, the winning bid was $61,600.

    Have any idea what $61,600 could mean for a Hurricane Katrina family? Just to give you and idea: With that kind of money Habitat for Humanity could build a brand new 3-bedroom home for a family in the Gulf.

    If you don’t have a car to sell but you have spare change CLICK HERE
    Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
    6:57 pm
    Turn Your Pennies into Homes for Katrina Victims
    What can't buy snacks from a vending machine and costs more to produce than it is actually worth, but if picked up off the ground is thought to bring good luck?

    It's The Penny, and in 2006 alone, the U.S. Mint is expected to produce over 8.6 billion pennies at a cost of approximately 1.3 cents each. The rising cost of zinc, which makes up 95% of the penny, and distribution costs contribute to the rising cost of the coin. Though pennies cost more to produce than they are actually worth, the 2005 Coinstar National Currency Poll results show that 66% of Americans still want to keep the penny in circulation.

    Did you know that simple donations of loose change, including pennies, to your nearest Coinstar machine can help build thousands of homes for families whos lives were devestated by last season's Gulf Coast hurricanes?
    6:50 pm
    Meet the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina and Hear their Stories
    Survivors of Hurricane Katrina open up about their experiences in SURVIVING KATRINA, a two-hour special premiering Sunday, Aug. 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

    Emergency phone calls, never-before-seen home video from the Superdome, and analysis of the meteorological superpower combined with heart-wrenching interviews and vivid reconstructions will shed new light on the dark days of August 2005, when a hurricane changed America.

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