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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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Interesting article about the infamous Mont Ventoux* Bert Wagendorp’s novel approach to cycling summit is a Tour de force | Richard Williams | Sport | The Guardian This summer’s Tour de France returns to Mont Ventoux, which is the title... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Written by a analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology. The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit - Filed for reference Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
So I see this story on the NZ Herald site about a man who took a photo of a strange object in the sky over Fendalton Rd, Christchurch: Man discovers photo of strange object on phone - They even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
New South Wales planned introduction of compulsory rider ID is causing controversy: Government to bring NSW riders to heel - Bicycle Network The fine and compulsion is not good but I think all cyclists should carry ID. I take this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Caught this series when it aired on Sky NZ recently. Found it interesting as it based on real stories — diaries and letters — from the perspective of soldiers, housewives, factory workers, nurses and children impacted by the War. 14... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Woking, England, is the home of the modern McLaren but their founder is a Kiwi icon. They returned to New Zealand to retrace, in the 650S Spider road car, some of Bruce’s formative drives and visit the many McLaren related... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Tomorrow is today as the Surface Book is already available for pre-order in New Zealand from $2,749.00 (i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB) to $4,899.00 (i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB) at the Microsoft NZ Store. Surface Book Headed To 10 New Markets, Pre-Orders Starting Tomorrow - Petri “Below is the breakdown of when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Only 72km but technically it was a coast to coast ride. In fact the coast to coast part is only about 6km by road! From home went along the western cycle path to the city and Waitemata Harbour waterfront. Then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Headed South for a ride which had been on my to do list for a while. Although not challenging riding — flattest cycle trail in NZ — the Hauraki Rail Trail was a new way to see some interesting country.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Another year has flown by and it is 2016. Time to look back at 2015 from a bloggy (but not just CAD blog) perspective: Best Blog Event: I didn’t get to any physical blog specific events this year but had some great on-line calls and sessions with several vendors. One... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Not all news is bad; The Top 6 Good-News Stories of 2015 | Bill Gates Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
No wonder Everest, Tibet seemed familiar when I visited in 2014: Back in 2005 I saw Tibet Florida* (but it was still under construction) * In Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Short local loop, some quiet back roads and a bit of bush single track (shared, so not racy) and a section of the Scenic Drive. Just 23km but 600m climbing and a fun tarmac descent down West Coast Rd (max... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Christmas evening, jump in the car and hear an odd ticking noise from somewhere within the dash. Engine off, it slows down to a stop. Power on, back again, turn the ventilation fan from Auto to Off, slows down but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Just the usual City waterfront ride today but my first look at the new Te Atatu Rd cycle under-pass. Looks great and means a few metres less climbing and one busy road crossing avoided. Work continues on the Waterview tunnel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Tiny car makes a big impression Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A couple of months ago, while browsing a NZ Cycle Touring group on Facebook, I saw a post by Frank about his planned NZ tour. It included a stretch from Queenstown to Te Anau and I, along with several others,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Did a new variation of a favourite ride today thanks to some recently opened cycling infrastructure. Went into town along the North Western Motorway (HWY 16) bike path which is slowly transforming into a really nice ride. The old narrow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The Flying Spaghetti Machine is back! Over the past few weeks it occasionally felt odd, with an intermittent throttle lag I can only compare to a poorly engineered turbo installation. Bit of a concern when it is not a turbo!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Can relate to this sign, seen on a letterbox today. Sent from my Lumia 1520 Windows Phone Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 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