My name is Dion Moult, and thinkMoult is my blog. I work as an architect and do software development. I have written about Gentoo Linux, CG art, open-source, plants, robotics, digital privacy, and GIS. I am available on the fediverse socially as @thinkMoult@mastodon.social.
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Embed Peertube videos on your website 2019-01-19
How to view BIM IFC files on Linux 2019-01-12
BIM IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files can be viewed and parsed on Linux in a few ways. I describe how to open IFC files with FreeCAD, IfcPlusPlus, and IfcOpenShell.
How to install Blender and The GIMP on Android 2019-01-10
How to install and run Blender and the GIMP on Android phones using Gentoo Linux. This runs Blender and The GIMP as a native app with full desktop functionality. This also demonstrates two desktop environments: Fluxbox and E17 and shows running Midori as a browser.
Create 360 VR panoramas with Radiance 2019-01-05
How to use the Radiance rendering engine to render out different types of 360 panoramas for virtual reality. Create cube maps, equirectangular panoramas, sphere maps, fisheye views, and other environment maps.
Use macbethcal to calibrate textures 2018-12-30
Use macbethcal to calibrate image textures that are used in a Radiance render with a colour chart. This helps to make sure that they represent the true colours of the real-life object.
Free Buddhist vector logos 2018-12-29
I've created three free Buddhist related vector logos for any use. They are created using Inkscape, a free and open source vector graphics program.
Radiance specularity and roughness value examples 2018-12-27
Radiance specularity and roughness values are hard to measure without special equipment. This article describes measurement techniques and rules of thumb, along with benchmark images to understand specularity and roughness. These images help give an intuitive understanding of material properties.
Map of the Great North Walk: Sydney to Newcastle 2018-12-25
The Great North Walk is a 250km trail that goes from Sydney to Newcastle. I've created a free online map you can use to guide yourself from start to finish, and download a GeoJSON or GPX file to use in your GPS devices.
thinkMoult Atom / RSS feed 2018-12-15
Subscribe to Dion Moult's blog and online articles using Atom / RSS.
Free 3D lamp model 2018-12-13
Download a free 3D model of a lamp in OBJ format and Blender format for use in renderings and architectural visualisation.
Why Revit is shit 2018-12-11
Revit is a proprietary software package developed by Autodesk, an industry monopoly that consistently underdelivers when architects, engineers, and builders attempt to execute a BIM project. With OpenBIM still yet to mature, here is a list of criticisms of the software's limitations.
Robotic stereotomy with stone diamond wire-cutting 2018-11-21
Stereotomy in stone cutting can result in material wastage, and when assembled, tend to not be able to cantilever well. This new technique cuts a wave-joint in a block with a diamond wire that allows stone to interlock and cantilever with minimal material wastage.
Panblog, a new, minimal, plaintext blog system 2018-10-28
Panblog is a minimalist blog system. You write articles in Markdown with metadata in YAML, and Pandoc converts your articles to HTML. The entire system of Panblog is a 73 line Makefile and 14 line lua filter, excluding HTML and Atom feed templates.
Medical animations and surgical visualisation with MedFilm 2018-10-07
MedFilm offers educational films for patients to learn about surgical procedures. Learn about anatomy, how to prepare for your procedure, what you will experience and the process during surgery, and advice for post-operation recovery. Available in multiple languages and on a subscription basis for clinics.
Worldwide GPS tracks with OpenStreetMaps for urban design analysis 2018-07-03
OpenStreetMaps GPS data can be used to generate heat maps of GPS activity in cities around the world for free. This allows architects, urban planners, and city enthusiasts to analyse how the city works and make more informed decisions for the built environment.
Edmondson Park - a retail and residential development by Frasers and HDR 2018-06-24
30km away from the Sydney city centre in the suburb of Edmondson Park, HDR has designed Ed Square: a diverse urban neighbourhood of restaurants; shopping, entertainment; playgrounds and parklands; adjacent to the Edmondson Park train station and all within walking distance from your own front door.
OpenStreetMaps - an open-source Maps application 2018-06-19
Learn about OpenStreetMaps, the open-source and Wikipedia-inspired mapping application instead of proprietary maps like Google Maps. Learn about the depth of map detail, specialised cycling, snow, and water maps, and humanitarian mapping initiatives to help relief workers during natural disasters.
Deleting Facebook, and a reflection on digital privacy 2018-04-02
Deleting Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica files is not because Facebook is tracking our data. In fact, our data is being tracked by almost all organisations across the internet to varying extents. People should have an awareness that there are both public and private outlets for expression online.
How to download the Australian BioNet Database 2018-03-27
Use Python to extract a region of species data from the Australian NSW BioNet flora and fauna database. This script uses the public API. The data is given in both JSON and CSV formats and can be used in GIS software like QGIS.
Improving human rights through secure messaging 2018-03-19
The instant messaging app you use has an impact on human rights worldwide. Discover the links between digital privacy, human rights, and why it matters whether you use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, even though they're owned by the same company. Use Signal, an open-source, free, and end-to-end encrypted messaging app.