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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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I am honoured Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) asked me to cover the BiLT Design Conference (former Revit Technology Conference) in Brisbane. The first post is on their blog: BiLT ANZ, the biggest ever! | BLAUGI Also look for #BILTANZ tags on my social media Conference attendance & travel sponsored... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Curiosity about changes to a historic building, an interest in a ‘religion’ (cult?) and the “Oh No, Ross & Carrie” podcast led me to a rather strange place. I attended the opening of the Auckland Scientology Real Org on January... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Oh wow, until I read "I don't read fiction. It's not real, so I consider it a waste of time." I thought that was just me... I don't read much fiction, much prefer non-fiction, and can't stand fantasy. That becomes tiresome at times living in the land of "The Lord of the Rings." Being forced to read The Hobbit at school (and finding it tiresome at best) probably contributed to that! If you want them to read about the perils of system design and human control/command systems, I recommend "Command and Control" by Eric Schlosser. It covers history and frailty of nuclear command systems and strategy. I wish it were fiction, but unfortunately, it is not!
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Happy blog'iversary!
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Phil Read offers advice to Americans travelling ‘down under’ for BiLT ANZ 2018 Tips for Avoiding International Incidents During BILTanz BILTanz is only two weeks away. If you’re planning to attend from North America, it’s very important to take a moment and understand the critical differences between the A and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
BIM AK time again, see you there! Only two weeks to go until the May 2018 BIM AK Event! Make sure you are registered! This months event will be focused on BIM during the design stage, with some excellent infrastructure project case studies - showing that BIM isn't just for... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Today 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 One (which ended 11th November – 1918). Although... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I just started reading the April Issue of Car Magazine U.K. but had already seen one Letter to the Editor :) From: Robin Capper Sent: Monday, 29 January 2018 13:23 To: Subject: In defence of the 308 GT4 Hi,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Tonight, 9 April 2018, I got an offer to buy tickets to see a comedian. Who doesn't matter because that is not the issue. The performance is not going to happen until June 2019. That's right, over a year away.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Brian Eno tweeted this; Jean-Michel Jarre's Favorite Synths #EMS #VCS3 #ARP2000 #ARP2500 #FairlightCMI #MemoryMoog #Eminent310 #Mellotron— Brian Eno (@dark_shark) April 4, 2018 Two music heroes in one tweet! Direct link here: Jean-Michel Jarre’s Favorite Synths May 3, 2012... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I’ve passed this Alfa Romeo parked on the roadside many times. Finally stopped and took the photo that was begging to be taken. Alfi the car, meet Alfie the dog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
March 31st means it is blog’iversary time. Fourteen years since that first tentative post! New Zealand is a long way from everywhere and social media eliminates that gap. I really appreciate the connections blogging, and more recently Twitter & Facebook, have enabled. While the other platforms have taken over much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I was surprised to hear of the departure of Terry Myerson, Microsoft Windows & Devices chief, in one of their biggest reorganisations. They are splitting their Windows and Devices (Surface/Xbox) Group across “Experiences & Devices” and “Cloud + AI” Teams. While Microsoft reorg’s are not unusual this one is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I don't know where it happened but a bee* died on my commute tonight. Smashed into the brake lines * OK, more likely a wasp but that doesn't work for the title Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
If you use AutoCAD Architecture/MEP 2018 Project Standards feature (to sync style/display setting changes across a project) be sure to upgrade all the files associated with the project to the new 2018.dwg format or it will not work correctly. If the project standards reference files or project files are in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
The interior ventilation fan on the mighty Bravo started making an annoying noise - tick, tick, tick – then stopped entirely. Given it runs almost all the time, not much airflow without it, I guess 16 years spinning had taken... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I was watching a documentary on architecture, Supersize Structures, and in one part (about the density of cities) they showed a picture of Hanoi. It was a passing shot but looked familiar, very familiar. In 2008 I had taken the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The Flying Spaghetti Machine clicked up its 240,000th kilometre on the way to work this morning. Is that a milestone? Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Great night last night; Big Bike Film night feature “The Moment” (at the Academy Cinema) on the birth of freeride mountain biking. Amazing riding often captured with huge (by today's stds) cine/video cameras on neck breaking helmet cams. My orignal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Time flies and it is nearly March, see you there: Only one week to go until the March 2018 BIM AK Event! Make sure you are registered! (Thursday 1st March, 5.30-8.00pm). This months event will be focused on Procurement, BIM, and how we can foster more collaborative working arrangements, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Saw a car with this modification to the VW logo on the way home tonight. A Disney fan, a comment on the VW emissions debacle, or both? Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
An unusual sound from a merging line of cars caught my attention while commuting this morning. I was tootling along the motorway, listening to a podcast, with the sunroof open, and heard a loud voice. A few minutes later the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
At least it is metric! :)
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I guess everyone takes that photo bridge framed by fort photo? Me: November‎ ‎25‎, ‎2007 Windows Lock Screen today Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Driving along the motorway, at 80 km/h, and glance across the before changing lanes. A cute toddler in a vehicle, matching my speed, a couple of lanes over caught my attention; She was sitting in the front seat, not far... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog