The following is a comprehensive, chronological list of all articles published online.
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.
Basic rendering tutorial with Radiance 2018-01-14
Learn how to render basic shapes using with Radiance. Radiance is a validated lighting simulation software that allows you to create physically correct images. This tutorial guides you on doing your first render directly with Radiance, instead of using other third-party interfaces.
Brand new Gentoo desktop computer 2018-01-05
I bought a custom desktop computer pre-loaded with Linux in Australia, from LinuxNow.com.au, and am so far very happy with my purchase.
Stitching high resolution photos from NSW SIX Maps 2017-12-30
Save high resolution satellite photos automatically from NSW GIS SIX Maps directly in your browser for free, without manually merging up to 10,000 pixels.
LearnMusicSheets - download PDFs of music sheet exercises 2017-12-14
Download PDF music scores and exercises with LearnMusicSheets. Beautifully notated scales, arpeggios, and manuscript for piano with no copyright notices.
Practical Abhidhamma Course for Theravāda Buddhists 2016-02-18
A 200-page introduction to the Abhidhamma for Theravada Buddhists. Apply the Abhidhamma in your daily life. Free online book for download with minimal Pali.
Space architecture - a history of space station designs 2015-02-28
This article explores space architecture and their different priorities of human comfort in space stations and other isolated environments.
Clean code, and how to write it 2015-02-10
Learn how to write good clean code for beginners: covering basics such as clean syntax, architectural practices, and workflow.
Blender artwork: something's not quite right 2015-02-03
A few test renders I had produced recently, including a hand, a forest, bubbles, and flowers.
Competitive weight loss with WeightRace.net 2015-01-20
Lose weight in a friendly competition using the online application weightrace.net.
Use Behat to recover your legacy web app 2014-10-06
Learn how to salvage your legacy web application using Behat's automated testing with a simple 7 line code patch to your new or existing test suite.
Architectural visualisation renders with Blender 2014-05-29
I show an exterior and interior render of a university project, the highly unrealistic centre for profligate steel welders. Modeled in Blender and rendered in Cycles.
Building REST APIs with auto-discoverable auto-tested code 2014-03-10
Learn how to combine RMM with TDD to ensure that your REST API is auto-discoverable and auto-testable with fully updated documentation at all times.
Using Sahi, Mink and Behat to test HTML5 drag and drop file uploads 2014-02-24
Fully automate testing HTML5 drag and drop file upload scripts using Behat and Mink through the Sahi driver. Files can be specified in base64 format.
Eight rotary phones - an art installation 2014-01-23
The University of Sydney graduation exhibition featured an art installation with an isolated network of eight old-school rotary phones.
Installing Gentoo on Android with chroot 2014-01-03
Learn how to install Gentoo Linux on your Android phone inside a chroot, along with what quirks to expect after your install is done.
USyd Architecture Exhibition website released 2013-12-08
The official announcement and behind the scenes of the University of Sydney Architecture Graduation Exhibition website.
vtemplate 1.0.0 released 2013-11-28
vtemplate is a PHP-based boilerplate setup for starting new web projects which combines various industry standards. Includes frontend tools, BDD, and CI.
The Architecture Graduate Exhibition - University of Sydney 2013-11-23
Read the behind the scenes of the ANALOGUE Architecture Graduate Exhibition by the University of Sydney 2013.
Architecture IRC channel on Freenode 2013-10-05
Find, network and chat with other architects online in the architecture IRC channel hosted by the Freenode IRC network on the channel ##architect.
Sydney revue coming up from the architecture faculty! 2013-08-26
Another Sydney revue presented from the university architecture faculty is showing this year. Buy tickets and visit the show at the Seymour centre.
Blender panoramic renders howto and demonstration 2013-08-19
Blender panoramic renders can be done with both Blender Internal and Blender Cycles. Learn what settings to choose and what renders you can create.
Hello SevenStrokes: Building websites ... a little differently 2013-07-30
SevenStrokes specialises in web design and development, but with a unique approach that tailor makes websites to your business for the long term.
DraftSight: a free and cross-platform alternative to AutoCAD 2013-07-21
There is a general lack of open-source 2D CAD tools out there. In this article I introduce Draftsight, and provide ebuilds to install it on Gentoo Linux.
In order to discuss BDD, as a blogger, I need to talk about Behat 2013-07-09
Behat is a behaviour driven development (BDD) tool. I show how to use it to evaluate UI testing.
So then I built an oil lamp 2013-07-01
I learned some carpentry and basic metalwork to build an old-fashioned retractable wick suspended oil lamp.
The one and only IBM Model M Keyboard 2013-06-22
I found an IBM Model M at the back of a disused wind tunnel. It still works, it's still loud, and these are my first opinions on it.
Free major and minor scales for piano sheet music 2013-06-15
Download free piano sheet music for major, minor harmonic, and minor melodic scales for all keys. Includes fingering annotation and typeset in LaTeX, exported in PDF format.