Monday, December 31, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 4 Back in Hong Kong

This eighth installment covers the fourth day back in Hong Kong. It includes ramblings about the Goldfish Street, Peak Tram, and Central District (including The Landmark) during rush hour.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 3 Macau - Part 2

This seventh installment covers the afternoon part of a day trip to Macau. Read on for ramblings about the old Macau (small village life and also the tourist mecca central area), MGM, historic pawn shops, and the sailing back to Hong Kong.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 3 Macau - Part 1

This sixth installment covers the first half of a day trip to Macau. Read on for ramblings about the ferry ride over, The Venetian, and lunch at Fernandos.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 2 in Hong Kong - Part 2

This fifth installment covers the second half of Day 2 ("night-time"). We revisit some of the harbourfront locations, whose character has now been transformed with the onset of night.

HKTrip12: Day 2 in Hong Kong - Part 1

This fourth installment covers only half of day 2, which will be split into "day" and "night" parts. Here we will be covering the daytime sights of Tsim Sha Tsui - namely Harbour City, Victoria Harbour, Arts Centre - and in other neighbouring districts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 1 in Hong Kong

This third installment covers the first full day of adventures in Hong Kong, including comments about the MTR, dinner at Din Tai Fung, and photos of Sheung Wan, Grand Millennium Plaza, and Tung Lo Wan.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


We take a short break from the travel chronicals for some timely news updates...

I'm graduating today (12/12/12) with my Bachelor of Science with Honours with First Class Honours in Computer Science. Yipee!

Monday, December 10, 2012

HKTrip12: Arrival in Hong Kong

This second installment covers the taxi-ride out from the airport and head-throbbing jetlag.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

HKTrip12: Flying to Hong Kong

This first installment covers flying out to Hong Kong from Christchurch. It includes ramblings about flight itineraries/options, Christchurch / Sydney / Hong Kong airports, my first flight on an A380, and other peculiarities of being in transit.

Christchurch Airport at 4am- Control tower and new terminal building

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holidays in Hong Kong

Wow. I'm back home now after an amazing week of holidays in Hong Kong. This is effectively my second visit (though technically actually my 4th, not including the trips when I was just 3 and 6 years old respectively, and barely remember anything from those visits).

Having said that, it was a truly eye opening week, filled with an abundance of tasty food, many pretty and interesting sights, and learning to get around within the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis. There were contrasts everywhere (rich/poor, shiny/scruffy, fast/slow) and often even side by side. But underlying all of the vibrancy was the sheer convenience that comes with abundant availability everywhere you turn.

Some of the highlights of this trip were:
  • Flying on the A380's
  • The MTR System
  • Hong Kong's Architecture
  • Macau (especially The Venetian and Fernando's)
  • Peak Tram
  • Char Leong
  • Tasty Food
  • Spending time with relatives
Details about these and more will be featured in an upcoming series of posts to appear here as I get them written up (and photos checked and uploaded).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FAQ - F-Curve Grouping Inconsistencies

This was originally posted in response to a bug report, but I thought it would be interesting to many other people, if only to document why things are so.

As Sambler writes:
I have found some inconsistency relating to keyed data showing up in the dopesheet/action editor/graph editor.

In the 3dview if you insert a keyframe it shows up in the dopesheet -

For an object all data keyed by set will go into a group (say location). keying another set of data creates a new group (rotation) If you go to the object properties and insert keyframes for scale they show up as individual lines not grouped together at all.

For a bone, keying location creates a group for the bone containing the location data. Adding another key for rotation brings that new data into the existing bone group. But if I go into the bone properties and key the scale properties they show up in the dopesheet as individual lines.

So it would appear that keying by a predefined set in the 3dview groups the data, keying a set for a bone groups the data by a bone group, but keying in the properties panel is not considered a keying set so enters unrelated keyed data.

FAQ - When should I insert keyframes?

Subtitle: And what can Blender do to help me with this?
(This was originally written as a response to a question on BlenderArtists)

There are basically two schools of thought about how/when to keyframe...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Monday, November 12, 2012

Return of the SIlvereyes

The bottlebrush outside my window started flowering again a few days ago, and that means one thing: silvereye season is in full swing again (even if not all the flowers are open, or even fully open yet!)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Double Rainbow

Last night we were treated to a double rainbow!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Themeable Axis Colours

It is now possible (as of r.52026) to customise the axis colours as part of your theme. The main benefit is that now you can tweak these colours so that they are more visible than the old hardcoded ones (a bit of an annoyance of mine with the old colours used). For example:

 Default colours - Note how badly the dark blue tends to fade into the background.

A "softer" set - These are all a bit more visible (and are in fact closer to some of the ones I've seen in other software)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Growth and Renewel in Christchurch

Over the weekend, I spent time out getting some exercise and time away from screens. Heck, I even spent time in a supermarket for the first time in months XD. Here are some pics from around the city of things that have been popping up around the place.

A mural and makeshift garden that's popped up along Riccarton road after a cluster of shops were abruptly demolished a few months ago.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Free at last!

From October 2012

Finally all of my coursework and my honours project thesis are all completed!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Multithreading dependency graphs... (LibEE Paper)

Woah! I've just finished reading through the paper Dreamworks published at Siggraph this year about their new fancy multi-threaded dependency graph.

Some seriously cool stuff here with some interesting insights which we should take into account when working on our own revamp. Having said that, even without worrying about multi-threading (it's still an area I'm not that familiar/comfortable dealing with yet... and it'd certainly be worth having some multithread gurus around if/when we go down this path) we still have a lot of design issues to tackle to even get a basic system that tackles most of the issues that we're currently facing with our old antiquated beast.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Maker's Schedule vs Manager's Schedule

A while back, I wrote a post in response to one of Paul Graham's essays regarding how it's important/necessary for programmers (or in fact, anyone doing some form of creative activity) to hold a mental picture of all of the relevant parts of a project at hand (i.e. all of it in many cases) to do a good job very productively. As I've been slowly plowing through the writings of many other productive people, similar trends emerge time and time again: being able to hold a mental picture of an entire project when working on it appears to be a contributing factor to how we can achieve "flow" (i.e. that magical state where you're able to absolutely massacre your todo-lists, steamrolling through item after item with barely any effort, while growing manically happy at getting things done in this way).

Sunday, October 21, 2012

LuxCity @ FESTA

Last night, the city hosted the "LuxCity" event as part of the inaugural Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). Since it's a long weekend, naturally, I headed off to take a look with my camera. Here are some of my favourite shots:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mmm.... Cake!

Colours of Spring

During spring, the weather can be quite fickle...

But we also get some colourful sights...