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RobiNZ
New Zealand
A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and (a rather unexciting) life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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A fun bike ride, a fun drive, Formula 1 and brilliant weather made for a great ‘long’ weekend! The Karioi Cycle Classic is a (mostly) gravel road ride from Raglan south along the Whaanga Coast and back on inland roads.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Shaan Hurley recently asked: “35 years of AutoCAD, what is your favorite command?” Mine is an ancient one that doesn’t even have a button in the current ribbon user interface: OOPS! OOPS predates the current Undo/Redo commands and, from my sketchy memory, was used to restore the geometry AutoCAD deleted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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What could possibly fill the empty tenancy between the existing Haircut and Beauty shops at the local mall? A Hair And Beauty shop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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When you follow something just to see what garbage it is promoting, then the AI suggests more… Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Guess which.. The Fiat 500 acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in New York - www.fiatpress.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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It was cool to get this email today; Yesterday, Kiva crossed $1 billion in loans to students, farmers, women, refugees and so many more entrepreneurs around the world. This milestone wouldn’t have been possible without our passionate community of lenders,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I just saw the “New” NZ Herald news website and filled out their “What do you think of the new design?” survey. Comments in reply to: “Once the site is finalised and launched to the public, how likely is it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Since the last comment Trip Nine was a upper South Island tour: Port Hills & Diamond Point Christchurch, Hanmer & Lewis Pass, Moana to Westport (West Coast), Motueka (inc Takaka Hill), Nelson Lakes, Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura. http://rcd.typepad.com/personal/adventure-south-marlboroughwest-coast-cycle-with-bas-2012.html and then the epic one, Trip Ten: Tibet and Nepal including a visit to Mt Everest Base Camp (Tibet) http://rcd.typepad.com/personal/adventure-south-2014-lhasa-tibet-to-kathmandu-nepal.html
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It is interesting to see BurgerFuel are taking on the USA. The little Kiwi burger company (if now 10% owned by Subway) are taking burgers to the land of burgers, which may raise the question: Why? I was going to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I'm curious about the geometric forms. Were they human generated or the result of some code extrapolating geometry or linework?
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I had a “lifestyle leave” day off work today. It’s a great initiative where you ‘buy’ five or ten days extra holiday (with a pay reduction) to use however you want. Part of changing jobs is you go back to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Software Updates, Service Patches, Bug Fixes. Call them what you will they come around fairly frequently. However, this AutoCAD 2018 & AutoCAD LT 2018 update for an earlier update comes with a rare instruction to install this month! Check out Heidi’s blog post for more details and how to install... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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This is more of a ‘cemetery dog walk thought’ but it occurred to me at the lights on the way home. It is surprising how many people in the cemetery didn’t die. They passed, rest in peace, joined [whatever version... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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While researching new bikes I found this article from 2015 about riding the Alps 2 Ocean Trail on an Avanti Giro AR C1 cyclo-cross (CX) bike. At the time I didn’t realise I would be buying one but was looking... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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A few dollars could change the world, save many lives, and you can help Join the fight against superbugs The world is running out of effective antibiotics. In fact, it is one of the greatest threats to health today. For... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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According to the owners manual a Fiat Bravo HGT has a 60 litre fuel tank. Today I proved after 638.8 kilometres commuting you can put 59.53 litres in so that capacity must be about right. I know you shouldn’t run... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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A day in a loan car, while the FSM had its 230,000km service, showed that BMW* turn indicators reliably indicate turns. The brakes are also sufficient to allow stopping for red intersection and motorway on-ramp lights. It also reminded me... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I read this article ages ago and couldn’t find it again. Then, there it was referenced in an article by ExperiencePlus cycle tours. Filed here for future reference! Perfect Pedaling: Get a Better Pedal Stroke - www.bicycling.com Get the most... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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It has been like this a while, so eventually had to stop and take a photo of this sign. Not funny in itself, but they are a fastener company… UPDATE 2017-05-05: After seeing this for several weeks (on my morning... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Nice to see science based car badging on the morning commute. My FSM Fiat was following a Honda Jazz with a Darwin Fish badge down Rosebank Rd. It helped provide a data point for my hypothesis that light controlled motorway... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I’m not really a gear freak, as will become apparent, but decided it was time for a new bike. How hard could that be… What did I want, why? My dear (as in endearing, not expensive) old Avanti Triplo is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Although I didn’t attend a memorial service the day does not pass without remembering those who have served, one in particular. My Mum never knew her Grandfather who died on the battlefield in the last few weeks of World War... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Excuse the rubbish photo but good to see (in the window of the local orchard) my favourite Westie Artist has an exhibition coming up. She has an amazing ability to capture the essence of this dramatic landscape. April 29 -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day and The March for Science. As The March for Science calls on our governments this Earth Day to face the facts, in its policy-making, a parallel movement gives you way to directly support reductions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
This tweet caught my eye, it had the look. Remember when architectural design was an art not a mouse click? While we were in Melbourne - the old man drew some brilliant aerial views from our 17th floor apartment #perspective pic.twitter.com/pM4j1YShn4— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) April 20, 2017 @jennyeclair Was he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog