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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 few weeks ago I ordered two new Flying Spaghetti Monster badges for my car(s). One for the new(er) Abarth and a replacement as a decade of NZ UV had got to the finish on the Bravo one. They were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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It all started with an email. A running TradeMe search for “Fiat” turned up this listing which got me thinking about a way not to replace the Fiat Bravo HGT which is my daily drive. I should also credit, blame,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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See you there! Welcome 2019 & Revit Workflow Automation Kerry Thompson (KTA) will show how he uses Revit with other tools to execute workflows to create, manage and export (to other platforms) Revit details & library content. Tools used include: Revit, AutoCAD, ImageMagix, PDFTK, Acrobat, Windows scripting (DOS), AutoIT, Dreamweaver,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I’ll be there! From the DUG Organisers The first 2019 session of Dynamo Users Group NZ is just around the corner! A promising evening to Explore Parametric Design for Stadia. Please don’t forget to register for it (& Event details)at: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/dynamo-user-group-nz-tickets Hoping to see you all next Tuesday, from 17:30!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
It is astonishing how many cars are doing a head on "’chicken run’ down Triangle Road passing stationary traffic, on the wrong side of a double yellow ‘no passing’ line, crossing a two lane bridge with no means of escape.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Red lights, cars stopped, green pedestrian and cycle crossing, all good, right? No! It doesn't look so dramatic on the front camera (due to field of view). I let this run a bit longer so you can see the cars... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Today’s ride was the first real chance to test my new Tailfin Pannier System. I had fitted it for the short “Get the car ride” last week but today loaded a single bag with the items I commute with (toolset,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I went for a bike ride after work tonight to try out my “Happy Birthday to me” present which arrived the previous day. It’s an upgrade accessory for my CX/Commute bike, a gorgeous Tailfin Rack and Pannier. The ARC-3 doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Cycle lane | Tick Green Light | Tick Forget MINI are made by BMW, thus don't have functioning indicators | Tick No harm done but could have been… Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The news tonight of a solo sailors yacht turning up years after being abandoned reminded me of Chris Sayer. In 2002 he was forced to abandon his 6.5m racing yacht 480 kilometres west of Cape Reinga, NZ, after a collision... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Another year has flown by and it is nearly 2019. Time to look back at 2018 from a bloggy/social media (not just CAD blog) perspective: Best social media related event(s): The best event I attended last year I only got to thanks to social media. It was an honour to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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The end of this “Long Term Test” video shows the Ferrari FF (or similar GTC4Lusso which recently replaced it) is a viable replacement for my Bravo as shares all these attributes: Italian 4 seats which fit actual people Acceptable performance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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When is a project lifecycle system not a lifecycle system? Say you have a system which uses a single database and project management system, for multiple connected applications, spanning multiple phases of a project, from design to operation. Say one of those products, in fact the primary one the system... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I was walking Alfie in the Waitakere Ranges yesterday and an incident made me wonder. I often walk and cycle alone so always carry a phone, emergency contact numbers on a card, and my drivers license as ID. Rather grim... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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For a radio show to bill itself “The most interesting radio show on the planet”, see below, sounds like quite a boast. However, Weekend Variety Wireless (WVW), formerly, on Radio Live (8pm to Midnight Saturday & Sunday) lived up to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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While looking at Flightradar during the QANTAS eclipse I noticed another aircraft with a clever registration. I guess you need to be a CAD/GIS and Aviation geek to see why ZKDEM is so suitable for an aerial survey aircraft. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Cycling, waiting at the Takapuna lights, on a cloudless day… And it went dark for a split second. Looked up to see it was a QANTAS solar eclipse! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Want to plan a ride/drive and just need to know a rough distance for a few options; grab the pen, Map > measure distance, scribble, scribble, scribble, done. The “Pen Directions” option does the same, with turn instructions, between each end of an inked line but tends to be too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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Before: After; awesome Summer Trim Groom (+ bonus bandana) by Asuka @ Carevets Glen Eden Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I seem to have developed a rather strange way of deciding on a travel itinerary. I cycled (nearly) to Mt Everest, which was amazing, but I never had the longing some have to visit it. I went because an unexpected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I decided to forego the “2 for $4 Mulitbuy” special in favour of the standard 2 for $3.50 pack… Same store, same aisle… Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Found this HBO documentary about Gianni Agnelli on Sky NZ while grazing the Soho schedule a couple of weeks ago. Recorded it, just got around to watching it, and so glad I did. While the Agnelli FIAT connection got my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Thanks to @AlecTang for the tip about this awesome site which maps aggregated Strava activity www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map This is my most recent 100 Auckland region rides. The purple are less travelled, to yellow most travelled. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The Surface Book standard SD memory card slot is a great feature. My SLR & Compact cameras both use them but my phone, bike, and car cameras use Micro-SD. It is easy enough to use an adaptor for them but it sticks out so bagging, travelling, with it in is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
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I was browsing the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) site, saw a poster for a Boeing related exhibition while cycling today, and stumbled upon an exhibition of one of my Product Design Diploma (mid 1980s at UNITEC) Tutor’s work. Gifford Jackson taught us design drawing (a mixture of illustration,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at RobiNZ CAD Blog