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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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The start of the A2O Cycle Trip proper meant getting rid of AHBART for a week. I’d been offered a free secure park but it was on the opposite side of Christchurch from where I was staying so had an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I’ve cycled the Inland route from Kaikōura to Waiau a few times (2006, 2011 & 2012) and it was a great ride. This time I was pedalling the Abarth, looking forward to a wonderful drive. I was heading to Christchurch... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Return to the car, having stopped to pick up dinner, to find an elderly man looking at it: It’s a Fiat? Well, made by Fiat but it’s an Abarth Thought it was a Fiat but then I looked closer, no!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Finally got “Rapid Rob’ out of the car and, from this photo, it is pretty clear why I need to take both wheels off to get it in! It was warm enough but there was lingering low cloud, or sea... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Original Nuova 500 July 4th 1957… the New 500 July 4th 2007… Happy 62nd Birthday Fiat 500 Mine got a set of new Bridgestone RE003 tyres and a Warrant of Fitness for another years fun Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
“The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker” is brilliant: Credit Peter @ NZARH for sharing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Had a very early start for the interisland ferry. Other than it and getting to Kaikōura by the evening I had no other fixed plans for the day. Not much traffic on the Wellington motorways at 6:00am, even though it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I had a lazy start, sleep in, as had booked a Weta Workshop/Studio tour for 11:00. I went via Mt Victoria, another first for me I think (although maybe went up there as a kid). The weather was still mixed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I had intended to cycle today, either the coast to Pencarrow or Hutt River/Rimutaka trails, but awoke to dismal weather. It was quite cold, 10-14c, drizzle to driving rain and ‘robust wind’ which locals probably considered a light breeze. With... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Awoke to a stunning day, clear blue skies and no wind. Like yesterday it was a leisurely start, self catered breakfast and an unscheduled car wash before getting on the road. I had parked under a tree, which was fine,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Awoke to a stunning day, clear blue skies and no wind. Like yesterday it was a leisurely start, self catered breakfast and an unscheduled car wash before getting on the road. I had parked under a tree, which was fine,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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The plan was simple, chuck a bike in the back of AHBART and drive to Christchurch to join a cycle tour on the Alps To Ocean trail (Tekapo to Oamaru). It would have been faster to fly but some ‘to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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A recent “Hidden Heroes” article on Honest John got my attention. They think my Fiat Bravo HGT is a future classic and there are only 21 left on the road in the U.K. There were never many HGTs in New... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The only cycling activity today was fitting my bike back into AHBART for the trip home. ‘Bart’ had been safely stored across the road from Left Bank in their secure parking area. It was that which made the trip viable,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Another fine day, so much for the tropical cyclone forecast! Had breakfast in the motel (self catered) and set off for Paihia on the ferry from Russell. I was the only one on the little ‘Waimarie’ ferry, not Fullers. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I was glad to see the sun shining when I woke up on Sunday morning. The plan was a relatively short 45km trail ride to Opua with a ferry ride and short road section to my overnight accommodation in Russell.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I could not get a photo but, last night, followed a couple of interesting car/plate combo's on the motorway; WHYTGG | A new white Mustang BLNDNI | A 70s yellow Mini 1000 with a Blondini decal. Was a little disappointed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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What is it about round numbers? Glanced down just as AHBART rolled over 156,000km on the way to work yesterday, but pulled over to take the photo! Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Awoke to better weather, still overcast but warm, no rain and still no wind from the threatened tropical storm. Opononi Lighthouse Motel was great, quiet, clean and right on that beautiful harbour front. It was straight back on the bike,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Day one of my ride was a mix of cycle trail, Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Trail Kaikohe to Horeke, and road riding to Opononi for the night. After a good, big for me, breakfast (pancakes with fruit, honey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I’ve wanted to ride Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Trail (Opua to Horeke, Hokianga) since learning about it a couple of years ago. I have ridden in the area a couple of times but that was all road touring.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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