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A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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Can relate to this sign, seen on a letterbox today. Sent from my Lumia 1520 Windows Phone Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
@DoctorKarl @zanrowe 100% of dogs I know sneeze almost immediately when turned on back, but I only know one dog, Alfie, well enough to test it... (video) Science on Mornings, on triplej Fart breathing, killer nightmares, spider muscles | media... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Sad to hear today that family friend and West Auckland identity Rudy Sunde died. I’d didn’t write ‘passed away’ as the Rudy I knew wouldn’t didn’t have much time for euphemisms. By profession he was a Horticulturalist who became an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
It was cool to find my photos being used to promote some great Hauraki Gulf Island walks—although I was (legally) cycling when I took them—on the Department of Conservation website. They discovered them on my Flickr site and thought worth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I couldn't get a photo but, on the commute home tonight, thought it odd to see this number plate on a Ford Transit van. NO1 BMW Admittedly, it was an Auckland BMW Mobile Service van but thought they'd reserve that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Wasn’t until this photo (a random selection from my Flickr images thanks to John) appeared on my desktop this morning that I realised I had a candidate for @jackyan ‘s Font Police. Why ToDay, not Today or today? Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Revit 2016 R2 brings bunch of enhancements and new features. Haven’t had a chance to play with them yet but from the intro videos ‘draw visible elements’, ‘global parameters’ and ‘enhanced Revit Links’ look the most useful of the improvements. Check these, and 17 other updates, out in this series... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Heading home tonight looked at the odometer and had to take the slightly longer route. Stopped (safely) for a snapshot of the mighty Flying Spaghetti Machine clocking 200,000 Kilometres Robin Sent from my Lumia 1520 Windows Phone Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Vacuuming on a nice day sucks, even the machinery agreed. Seems those brilliant old, Dalek like, Tellus vacuum cleaners only last about twenty years. Then they stop sucking and emit a burning smell! UPDATE: Perhaps it is time to buy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
It took me a while to get the release Windows 10 installed on hardware which does it justice. I’d been trying the ‘insider’ builds on an old machine which only gave me a chance truly test one aspect of Microsoft’s latest operating system: how well it runs on minimal spec... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Almost a summer feeling at Bethells Beach today, except you could walk barefooted on the black sand without frying your feet! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I love how a few clicks, and a few dollars, can help people around the world again and again. Just added 10 new Kiva loans, all funded from repayments of previous loans. My current loans support these categories If you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Hard to believe a year has passed since we reached Everest Base camp. In a strange way hard to believe I got there at all, let alone most of the way by bicycle! Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Quite a bit of rain made this more of a jump than normal. He did it, but not without a bit of a think.. Overspill on the Upper Nihotupu dam was pretty too, but made climbing the steps up the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Damn! I didn’t think to repurpose this, created in 2001 for Chris Sayer’s Open 50 sponsorship proposal, into a flag contender. Given the current “keep the old”, what about the Union Jack, maybe Southern Cross Stars, or a Fern kerfuffle... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
While there are lots of examples of using point clouds for modelling reference I thought this example using them to avoid modelling was impressive. Why model if it isn’t needed? Hear from SSOE Group how they are using ReCap for breaking up scans in order to simplify projects and to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Almost a novelty to see these days. The family in front of me at the supermarket paid in cash. Nearly $300 in $20s. Operator had to count twice :) Remember going to supermarket (with Mum) as a kid and everyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Today’s news reports of Cilla Black’s funeral and this random Windows desktop background selection (from thousands of possible images) seem worth a mention. Although not really my generation I grew up more than aware of Cilla Black. My parents liked,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The new @Windows Phone 10 Build still has set-up screen gears that spin but don't mesh. Pedantic perhaps, but not that hard to get right! Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
This is the New Zealand Herald application today with the “Rugby” category turned off. Perhaps it slips through because there is no religion filter? Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The Hillary Trail is a linked series of walks in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges. Have explored most of these places, many are regular ‘Alfie walks’ or road cycles from home. Amazing to think all this just a few kilometres up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I once had a drawing board, I want one again. This one: Ideum’s Multitouch Platform Drafting Table Via Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Details of RUGWELL July meeting: First presentation: The Productspec team will demonstrate the brand new Revit families for the MonkeyToe Systems range of roof access, plant mounting, barrier and personal protection systems. Second Presentation: Dynamo 101 By Chris Welch - Productspec Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Details of the upcoming RUGAKL July meeting, see you there? Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Jasmax, 2 Marston Street, Parnell, Auckland Join us from 5:30 for 6:00pm : Welcome and Introduction 6:05pm : Presentation: Geo-referencing a Revit project with C3D using Autodesk Shared Reference Point by Chris Forster 7.00pm: Wrap... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog