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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'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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Way back in March, just before its HubNut YouTube debut (embedded below), I was able to source a decent used air conditioning condenser for my Bravo 155 HGT. Given there are so few in NZ it was an opportunity not to be missed as, uneconomic to repair, cracks in the old one had taken out the system. Dropped it off at the mechanics to get it fitted, quite a task, and get the dodgy throttle response, as experienced by Hubnut, sorted. Then COVID-19 Lockdown one happened... After that I was happy (because not my daily) for it to go into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Having used iOS, Android I still have not found a phone UI to match Windows Phone for simplicity, flexibility and customisation. With the demise of it I ended up on Android and looked for a way around the worst aspect of iOS and Android: having to manage a grid of icons. That is something both tried to make better (but made worse) with folders. Forget managing application icons, lists or folders For me Android became tolerable when combined with 'Nokia Z Launcher' years ago (thanks Kerry) which used a simple list, with integrated search and filter by gesture. Simple in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
I really appreciated Car (magazine U.K.) making their digital copies available to non-digital subscribers while the presses where shut down due to COVID-19. Car Magazine (Android) But after a few months reading it, sort of, on the phone* I was so happy to see this arrive in the mail today: Car Magazine print edition * They only offer Android & iOS digital issues so having a Microsoft Surface Book tablet about the size of the print edition Car didn't help. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
It was great, as I'm one, to see Mark Hadlow in his one man 'tour de force' play: MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) One Actor, Nine characters, two hours of non-stop brilliance. Simple staging, clever lighting, sound effects, and a couple of (live on stage) costume changes support the storyline which pivots around, but is not really about, the recreational cycling boom. Well it was nearly non-stop as, in one of the highlights, Mark briefly broke the fourth wall after he tripped over a line which required remembering a Hollywood actors name, 'what name?', then got it, and was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
After yesterday's rain it was nice to see the morning sun. Parque Nacional Iguazu, the Argentinian side of the falls, involves much more walking and a full day outdoors. After a repeat of yesterdays shuttle, coach transfer (with an underwhelming 'gift store' stop along the way) to the park we got on a small train. It transfers you from the visitor hub (bottom of the picture below) to the Devils Throat access walkway (top left). From the train long metal walkways led to the falls. The calm before the falls One benefit of mucking around taking photos, is getting left... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
It was a relatively early start to catch a mid-morning domestic flight from B.A. to Iguazú but Aeroparque Jorge Newbery is close to the city. I thought had allowed plenty of time but was a little surprised when the Hotel said it would take 15-20 minutes to get a taxi. Turns out the Monday morning rush meant every passing Taxi, on B.A.'s busiest street, was occupied but it wasn't too long before one arrived. Once at the airport incredibly efficient check-in and security clearance (again) meant it was barely ten minutes from taxi to gate! That gave me time to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
When AHBART was detailed by Final Touch it included ceramic paint protection. That came with very specific hand wash instructions so, although I never use car washes, when I saw this amusing accessory on an Abarth Group had to get one. Seems appropriate for the car and summarises those car care instructions :) I ordered it a couple of months ago and had almost forgotten when, thanks to COVID-19 mail timelines, it arrived last Friday. It is printed on heavy duty vinyl and Velcro attached; take a look at for details. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
While Frank Stephenson did design the production new generation Fiat 500 it is a pity he did not mention, credit, Roberto Giollito and his Fiat Trepiùno concept car (below) which served as the inspiration. It was named for a unique 1+2 seat configuration where the front passenger seat could be slid forward, under a recessed dashboard, to create two full size passenger spaces beside the driver. Pity that didn't make production! Still getting a concept to production largely intact, past the bean counter cuts and real-world requirements, is no mean feat. Love watching him draw too. I wondered if he'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Love this series comparing the design and life of the Austin Maxi and Fiat 128. Although they were not direct competitors (the 128 is more 1100 sized) the similarities, of both cars and design history, are remarkable. 128 v. Maxi Part 1 : Last Tango of the Titans 128 vs Maxi Part 2 : Function over Form 128 vs Maxi Part 3 : Spring Song 128 vs Maxi Part 4: The Racehorse and the Donkey Continuing our meditation on the Austin Maxi and Fiat 128 Every Day Is Judgement Day. If you drive a front wheel drive car today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Another lovely morning, another BA Bikes tour. I could get used to this kind of 'Día de la marmota'*. It was a short, now familiar, walk back to BA Bikes. It was interesting to see city parking lot prices are relative to vehicle size. For comparison Peso $120 ~ 180 was about nz$3-5 at the time. Maybe Auckland should consider this for the behemoth SUVs & Utes clogging the CBD. Back on the bike The North Tour with Diego (guiding solo) was another delight. Scenic gentle riding on bike paths or quiet back streets with short breaks adding historic, current... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I've been working from home (WFH) for 9± weeks using my old desktop PC to Remote Connect to a CAD workstation in the office with no problems. I purchased it in December 2009, and it has been used for intermittent CAD, gaming and general home computing ever since. I got a big (for the day) 1.5 Terabyte hard drive as it's my 'download everything' local backup for 800GB of OneDrive cloud stored documents, photos etc. On my mobile machines I just have the OneDrive folders I need set to off-line to reduce storage & sync data. It's an old PB... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Nice to see (in the Adventure South post linked below) Burnside Homestead's new owners are carrying on with the cycle accommodation. Special memories of our stay here, one of the last with Bruce & Alison before they retired to Oamaru. Features the brilliant Kate at Waitaki Braids too.
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One aspect of the Bristol Hotel I never really got used to was conventional hinged lift (elevator) doors. They didn't open when the lift arrived so, several times, I pressed the call button and waited (absent-mindedly) for a lift which was already there. The Hotel had a great international breakfast included with self serve cereals, fruit (fresh & stewed), pastries (sweet & savoury), ham & cold meats and the usual hotel cooked breakfast eggs, bacon, etc faire if that is your thing. I had a bigger breakfast than usual as (thought) had a full day of exercise ahead of me.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
From the days of Level 4 lock down: A team challenge to 'create COVID-19 protective costume from found items' for an on-line meeting. The hope was divine Flying Spaghetti Monster protection would offset the colander holes. * The badge was on-hand to replace an aging plastic one fitted in 2009 (see link), but the car was trapped at the mechanics by lock down! Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Nice to see a summary of the brilliant COVID-19 Info from Siouxsie Wiles (@siouxsiew), Toby Morris (@XTOTL) and The Spinoff ( @TheSpinoffTV) The bumper Toby Morris & Siouxsie Wiles Covid-19 box set The animations and illustrations created by Toby Morris in collaboration with Siouxsie Wiles and published by The Spinoff have been shared in their hundreds of millions over the last couple of months. For ease of reference we’ve put them all together in one post. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Filled up AHBART yesterday, 60 days since last fill and could still only get 24 litres into the (35 litre) tank. Mind you have only driven 316km and half of that was before lockdown! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I didn't know it at the time, but this could the last live event I see in 2020. It was early in the Auckland Arts Festival, itself was closed mid-way due to COVID-19 restrictions. It's the second time I have seen Pat Metheny, his second visit to New Zealand. The first meant a trip to Wellington, this time just to Auckland's Town Hall. They specifically announced "The artists request no photos or recording during the performance" so here's my only one from before. It was annoying to see a few people still trying, seemingly oblivious to the phone screen-glow which... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Not sure when it started but both AutoCAD & Revit started Zooming to extents after a 'hold the wheel' mouse pan. Maybe something changed (mouse driver) or working on a remote connected machine impacts timing... Bit of a searching I found an Autodesk forum post (about AutoCAD) but no real solution. There was a clue as a post mentioned it was probably a miss-detected mouse wheel double-click. After a bit of trial and error I found altering (speeding up) the Double Click speed setting sorted it. On Win 10 Settings > Devices > Mouse > Additional Mouse Options [link on... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog