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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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There's a local takeaway place I go to irregularly, more often in winter than summer. Because I (still) use Quicken for managing finance it only took a couple of clicks to see over the last decade it's on average monthly, sometimes a couple of times a month in winter but with gaps of several months in summer. Run by a couple, open long hours seven days, the food is always good. The only reason for sporadic visits is I don't frequently eat what they offer, but what they do, they do very well. Last week I went in and was... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Forty years ago, an iconic album was released. It was a couple of years later that I first heard it, courtesy of fellow design student Jeff Fisher at Unitec, and became a fan of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. The Arts Fuse have a lovely tribute to this album which, even after decades of listening, is still a musical adventure. One day it will be part of my US road trip playlist. Arts Remembrance: At 40, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’s "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" Still Enthralls - The Arts Fuse "Released on April 27, 1981, As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
March 31st means it is blog’iversary time. Seveneen years since that first tentative post! I really appreciate the connections blogging, and more recently Twitter & Facebook, have enabled. While the other platforms have taken over much of the day-to-day activity, I still prefer having the content I really value, in terms of wanting to retain, on my ‘own’ platform. It has been a quiet year, especially for the CAD Blog, but that's OK. To everyone, everywhere, thanks for visiting, reading, and subscribing both here and the other platforms! Statistics follow in the extended post but are for me, you don’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
11.59pm on 25 March 2020 was the moment when Aotearoa New Zealand went into Alert Level 4 to contain COVID-19. On Tuesday I joined a couple of thousand to watch live comedy (Bill Bailey was awesome) in a theatre. Today I visited someone in hospital, then on to a mall packed with people on opening day. I didn't need to wear a mask to do any of this. Think about that... Thanks to everyone who made the tough decisions, helped implement them and followed the science. It hasn't been easy but has been worth it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Although best known for his iconic race commentary I'll also remember Murray's tales of his day job, advertising/marketing, outside of motorsport as well. His autobiography is well worth a read. I was privileged to be at the 2001 Melbourne kick-off to his farewell year, although he remained active long after that official 'retirement', and see his joy in response to deafening applause and a standing ovation from the entire crowd in the pre-race parade of drivers. There is no better way to remember him than a recap of this podcast from April 2019: F1: Beyond The Grid 1000th race special... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Some drivers have little regard for the safety of others, judging by this incident last weekend. I was cycling, at approx. the 30km/h limit, along Halsey Street with a considerate car following me. As we approached Jellicoe Street a Mercedes overtook both the following car & me crossing the double yellow line just before a blind 90° corner. This was in the low-speed pedestrian zone by an entry to the America's Cup village on the final Prada Cup race day (Jan 30th). Seems they were racing to find a parking space. I slowed as I passed, with a W.T.F.?, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I first saw Hubcap Creatures By Ptolemy in Car Magazine back in 2004 (even blogged about it) & loved them. Ptolemy Elrington crafts discarded/found hubcaps into works of art complete with the scratches and scars of their previous life. I loved them then, to the point of finding out the cost of freight (more than the price) made shipping to NZ unrealistic, but a mention in todays "The Motoring Podcast" had me back at the site again. Thanks to recent travels if I buy the right Lotto ticket would love to give the Penguin a home in New Zealand. Penguin... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A colleague was booking airport parking (not on airport) and it seems you can't park an Abarth! Odd given some equally rare, and far more exotic, marques are listed! This, wrong, option is available... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
How to get valet park number one at the Airport? The valet part is courtesy of a work travel booking. Park No 01 because they didn't want to drive a manual far or reverse it! Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I usually begin this post with "Another year has flown by..." but 2020 was a strange mix of COVID-19 impacted time dilation where it both flew and dragged simultaneously. Time to look back from a bloggy/social media (not just CAD blog) perspective at a very strange year: Best social media related event(s): With so much going on-line this year, including work for about 3 months, it is hard to single out one event. These come to mind: Antarctic on-line meetings | Trip reunion Zoom meeting and speaking to the Auckland Antarctic Meet-up on-line (with help from Dr Karl) Autodesk University... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
It was a pleasant surprise to see this award, for the Revit User Group Auckland, presented at Autodesk University last week. It was for the most RSVP's for groups in the Autodesk Group Network, but I suspect New Zealand's COVID status gave us an unfair advantage. Our 2020 kicked off in February, as normal due to summer holidays taking priority in January, but then COVID-19 Intervened as New Zealand locked down. We cancelled the March meeting then met on-line in April and May. Our meetings are hosted in an office (thanks Jasmax) we didn't want to compromise their workspace even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Waking up at 01:00 Monday morning is a price you pay to watch (most) Formula 1 live in New Zealand. For me it means an early night, waking again and ten minutes on phone to review of social media, while making a coffee, before settling in for the 01:10 start. A recently that routine was interrupted by awaking to a phone stuck in a never-ending restart loop. This wasn't a problem, it just meant I had to follow F1 Twitter on my Surface Book while Googling how to get a Samsung out of a boot loop. That turned out to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
This is written about a year after I boarded Ortelius. In the lead up to the trip I had heard, read, many people say that something about you changes after experiencing Antarctica. I thought twelve months would be sufficient to process what this trip meant but still can't express it. More than any other travel I've done, this trip changed me. It was a rare combination of places, people, and experiences I will never forget. The staggering beauty and isolation The people: fellow guests, the host, guides, and crew who made it possible Experiencing the locals in their element, largely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I had time to kill until my late afternoon flight. My neighbours at home, and others on yesterday's falls tour, suggested Parque das Aves (Bird Park), a privately owned aviary near the Brazilian Falls park entry, was worth a visit. World Expeditions made it easy as I joined their morning 'Falls Trip', but got off at the gate, which meant the transport and border crossing hassle was sorted. Parque Das Aves Parque Das Aves has four enormous 'immersion aviaries' set in sixteen hectares (40 acres) of jungle. Although I'm not a fan of Zoos this appeared to be very well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Cool to read the history of the Fiat 132; our family car when I was a kid and the first Fiat I ever drove. Under the Knife – Don’t mention the War | During its thirteen-year lifespan, Fiat’s D-segment saloon went under the knife on four different occasions, with varying degrees of success. The Fiat 132 was launched in 1972 to replace the 125 Berlina... [the article uses the acronym 'DLO' which is car design speak for 'Day Light Opening', or windows...) Although not the purest Fiat experience, thanks to soft suspension and slightly 'woolly' steering, the 1973 Fiat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
A few weeks ago, I joined the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as "Friend of Antarctica". They've been hammered by COVID-19 as much of their income comes from Antarctic tourists visiting Port Lockroy, as I did last year, and of course now they aren't. In addition to the digital content they share with members I just received this neat welcome pack: A magazine, photo book about the base and its history, pencil, stickers, postcard, and metal/enamel badge. Because the international mail timeline between NZ & the U.K. is lengthy, COVID again, I had forgotten they were sending 'something' so it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The (home) office receptionist likes the Mercer Bay Loop, rare to have no wind. The track has been 'civilised', in part to control kauri dieback, and my 'secret' favourite view spot has been landscaped. It used to be a largely un-noticed cut through the bush off the track. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I have attempted Strange Planet speak: The vibrating creature who resides adjacent is aware this location on their rollmachine access, and no other, will reach the vision orbs of our moral creature, make its blood pump race, and cause it to misconduct by emitting repetitive loud expressions of F R U S T R A T I O N OOC: The neighbour's cat knows if he sits just there, and nowhere else, on their drive the (home) office receptionist will be able to see him and will bark... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I've only been to Argentina, and a few km into Brazil, but this shows how vast Brazil is and why most people don't realise where (in relation to North America and Africa) South America is. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
The remarkable history of human discovery and a curious fact regarding Uranus and Antarctica. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Mid-winter 2002, on a bleak wet Sunday, I channel surfed into an episode of the Australian 'Getaway' TV travel show. It featured a supported cycle tour in the South Island of New Zealand shot the previous summer; perfect weather, glorious scenery and what looked like a fun time. It was decades since I had done a proper cycle tour and this looked like a very pleasant way to get back on the road with a comfortable bed, hot shower and dining sorted each day! In February 2003 I did that trip, my first with Adventure South NZ, and had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Remember seeing this in Car Magazine sometime in the early 80s, brilliant. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Today's Bing picture, sunset at Big Sur, reminded me of one I took near Coffs Harbour back in 2018 when travel was a thing They say 'don't shoot into the light'... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
After lunch I joined an optional, but if you're there essential, side trip. We boarded an open top truck for a drive through the jungle to the river about 6km downstream from the falls. There was a commentary and they stopped/slowed for significant flora/fauna, like the fellow below, but the most memorable aspect were the flocks (clouds, flights?) of yellow butterflies, too small to see in photos, which fluttered by as we drove along. Off the truck there was a short walk down to the river. With no breeze, sun, and humidity it was hot! The queue is for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Looks lovely and oddly familiar, given have not been there!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2020 on Saturday Cooling Off at Between the Lines
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