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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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Why giving money, directly, is better than giving aid, from GiveDirectly. They are also one of GiveWells top nine charities for 2017. Here’s the basic story: GiveDirectly is the first nonprofit that lets donors like you and me send money... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Fascinating to see Autodesk and ESRI announce an alliance at the Autodesk University Technology Keynote. In my previous life at the Airport the gulf between GIS and BIM was a real frustration. Look forward to seeing what this brings. Sent from Outlook for Android More information here: Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
About twenty years ago I read a 'brain dump' from Jim Awe about the next generation of AEC design. It described a world of object design, model properties and display management that was realised in Architectural Desktop and, later, Revit. Today at Autodesk University he did it again presenting the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
After an update to Windows 10 Fall Creators edition (which was painless) Trying to update an email subscription on Spark’s Lightbox web video service Edge browser gave an amusing message with a rather appropriate icon: After clicking through the vintage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I won’t be able to attend this one, will be overseas, but they are a great place to meet, and learn from, people from across the Auckland AEC community. Registrations are now open for the November 2017 BIM AK Event.(Thursday 23rd November, 5.30-8.00pm), proudly sponsored by Ignite, Jacobs, and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Revit User Group Auckland’s next meeting is its tenth birthday. A lot has changed since then but people still want to learn about Revit and related BIM applications. This month is about Revit and 3D Printing. Revit and 3D printing, and RUGAkl's 10th birthday! When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
It was sobering reading an email today (reproduced below) from Tibet Watch marking the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Lhasa protest uprising. It is impossible to visit Tibet without confronting the oppression Tibetans live with and wondering if you are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Siemens Catchbook is a sketch application for iOS, Android and Windows 10. I first saw it a year or so ago and was intrigued by the way it interpreted sketch input (pen or mouse on Windows) and captured sketched relationships. Unfortunately Catchbook was not available in New Zealand at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I wonder how many can get a message like this and know it is spam* because it is years since have had any form of Apple account bill or purchase? * Like the poor writing and bogus link weren’t already... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
And it is official Anna presented Mark with his official certificate, announcing to the crowd that the cyclist had broken the record for the Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (male) by an incredible 43 days. Finishing the trip in just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes, Mark became the first person to ever to officially circumnavigate in under 80 days.
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If you understood that title you’re probably a Kiwi CAD geek. The long version is: Revit User Group Auckland September meeting is tomorrow (20/09/2017) evening. It is hosted by Warren and Mahoney at their office in Pakenham St, Auckland (not the usual Jasmax Parnell location). It is about Building Information... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Congratulations to all!
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I prefer Italian cars (for both irrational and rational reasons!) but if was in the market for a Japanese one the Suzuki Swift would have been top of the shopping list. After years of making worthy but dull small cars... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A bit embarrassed I just saw this, belated Happy Blog'day to the man who got me blogging too! Mine won't be 14 until March 2018, where has that time gone!
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The plan was to try and rendezvous with Mark Beaumont (who is cycling Around the World in 80 Days) as he approached Auckland Airport. But plans… I headed out from home on a nice sunny Saturday morning. I had been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A bit more light in the morning, a sign Winter is ending? But still can’t breathe out while taking the photo, Spring warmth yet to arrive… Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
It has been few years, 2011!, since I last attended Autodesk University Las Vegas but I have just registered for AU2017. I will be arriving* sometime Sunday 12th as added the Monday 13th Forge DevCon to my pass. Interested to see what is happening in that Quantum space. Because there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Amazing photos, shows the art of photography is not all about the tech... Photographer Shoots Formula 1 With 104-Year-Old Camera, And Here’s The Result! – Into Our World Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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
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
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
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 - Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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