This is the personal weblog of Dion Moult. 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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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.
A history of rendering engines and modern trends 2018-03-13
Discover the history behind how 3D rendering came to be, from flat shading, specular highlights, the phong shader, to ray-tracing engines and real-time rendering trends. Discover how scientifically validated rendering helps architects get closer to rapid prototyping and visualisation of designs.
Clean meshes automatically in Blender with Python 2018-03-06
Use Blender and Python scripts to automatically clean up and process meshes for easier modelling. Weld vertices, replace triangles with quad faces, and recalculate surface normals. Script can run headlessly on a server.
Australian electrical infrastructure maps 2018-02-26
See maps of Australia's electrical infrastructure, covering all major power stations, electrical transmission lines, and substations. See generation capacities of all renewable and non-renewable power plants and a brief description of energy generation within the NSW and Sydney region.
Show who modified an element last in Revit 2018-02-19
Find out who created or last modified an element in Revit. Use macros to instantly query any element or even find the editing history of view templates or sheets. No plugins or paid applications required.
Digital privacy is important, even though you think it doesn't impact you 2018-02-13
Most people share sensitive information online without even realising it. People think that privacy doesn't impact them and that tracking ads are benign. We discuss our hypocritical ideas about privacy online and how we can help raise awareness about political oppression.
Breakdown of a photo-realistic image in Blender Cycles 2018-02-05
This article demonstrates how particles and a few texture maps can easily add realism to any scene.
How to obfuscate and protect BIM IFC files 2018-01-28
Learn how to protect and obfuscate BIM IFC files from Revit and ArchiCAD by hiding proprietary company data. Hide material information, custom property sets, and IFC element attributes.
Gentoo Linux blogs on Planet Larry 2018-01-23
Similar to Planet Gentoo, Planet Larry is a feed aggregator of blog posts by Gentoo Linux user blogs. If you run Gentoo Linux, and write a blog, you can add your blog to the feed. Content can be anything, not necessarily related to Gentoo Linux.
2018 New years resolutions 2018-01-17
2018 resolutions include blogging more, diversifying investments, consuming ethically, improving digital security, and laying the foundation for long-term livelihood.