Monday, 4 July 2016

Quote of the Month!


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."  - Mark Twain.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

New Blog - Reefwing Robotics



I have always been fascinated by robots and robotics. This new blog will document the building of AVA. AVA is intended to be a fully autonomous robot which can react based on a number of layered behavioural patterns. I will go into the philosophy of behavioural based robotics...


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Sunday, 25 May 2014

New Android Tutorial Available



We have published a new Android Tutorial over at the Android Studio Tutorial site.

Your First Android App - Hello World!

In this first tutorial we will do the traditional thing and write a "Hello World" Android app. This is very simple with Android Studio and doesn't require any actual coding since the default app says Hello World. Nevertheless, it does demonstrate how to build an Android Project from scratch and understand the options in the New Project Wizard.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Wakefield Park Track Day


A quick 2 minute video of the Wakefield Park (http://www.wakefieldpark.com.au/) track day in the Toyota 86 GTS and Lotus Elise. I hope to get the Lotus back from the mechanics shortly...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

If...

If . . .
by
Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a man, my son!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Life Movie available NOW in iTunes!



Our latest App, Life Movie has just been approved by Apple and is in the App store. This is the latest in our Life Series and complements Life Audit and Life Goals. Life Movie is a tool to help you visualise and manifest your goals. You can see some screen shots and download it from iTunes.

OVERVIEW

Life Movie allows you to make up a slide show of your dreams and goals and then watch them, accompanied by the play list that you select in the music tab. 
Slides can be either images that you have stored on your device, photos that you take with the camera or text describing your goal. You can choose from a range of transitions between slides and select how long each slide displays. 
Note that if you see an image on the web that you would like to use to visualise a goal, you can save this to your iOS device using Safari. In Safari, browse to the image you want then touch and hold the picture to save it to your Camera Roll. Once in the Camera Roll you can use it in Life Movie.

THE THEORY
What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve". 
This is the philosophy of Napoleon Hill, one of the greatest motivators of all time and author of the best selling book, "Think and Grow Rich." Regularly visualising your goals using Life Movie will cause your sub conscious mind to start working on how they may be achieved.
When you visualize, you rehearse how a problem can be overcome, how a new idea could be implemented, or what a piece of art looks, reads or sounds like. You mentally practice achieving and living your goal, which leads to the real thing. 
Mental simulation provides a window on the future by enabling you to envision possibilities and develop plans for bringing those possibilities about. In moving yourself from a current situation toward an envisioned future one, the anticipation and management of emotions and the initiation and maintenance of problem-solving activities are fundamental tasks. 
This has been demonstrated in a number of studies including Taylor, S.E., Pham, L.B., Rivkin, I.D., & Armor, D.A. (1998). Harnessing the imagination: Mental simulation, self-regulation, and coping. American Psychologist, 53. 
For best results use Life Movie at least once a day. Consider having specific movies for different areas of your life (e.g. Health, Family, Work, Money, Relationships and Travel).

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Life Movie v1.0


Following on in our Life Series (ie Life Audit and Life Goals) we are very excited to announce that Life Movie has been submitted to the App store for approval.


Life Movie allows you to make up a slide show of your dreams and goals and then watch them, accompanied by the play list that you select in the music tab. 


Slides can be either images that you have stored on your device, photos that you take with the camera or text describing your goal. You can choose from a range of transitions between slides and select how long each slide displays. 


Read all about it on the Life Movie page.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Reviews of Life Goals (iPhone App)



Life Goals was rated 9/10 by Anna Papachristos in her analysis at the iPhone App Review site


In Anna's words: "What is great about Life Goals, as opposed to other goal management applications, is the way it provides its users with a pre-designed set up featuring different categories.  Many similar apps make it easy for users to enter their goals and set due dates, but Life Goals helps you break things down into categories that some may even overlook as being an area of their life they could improve upon." 

Erica Sadun (author of the iPhone Cookbook) also recently reviewed Life Goals and Life Audit on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). 


Erica described the App as follows: "An enhanced to-do app, Life Goals reorganizes a standard reminders approach around focused categories. As you add and accomplish tasks, your Life Chart updates to show you which areas you're excelling in, and which you're neglecting, through an expanded system of graphs and statistics."


Erica goes on to say: "A lot of thought has gone into its design, to help users prioritize and review task management. If you like visual and statistical goal feedback, this app has it in bunches."


You can read the whole review at the TUAW Life Goals Review

I had a huge laugh at Erica's closing remark: "The graphics are a little on the low-end "designed-by-engineer" side, but it's really the methodology, not the interface, that sells this app."

Being an Engineer it is hard to argue with that - I think I will take it as a compliment. However I will also update the graphic assets in the next version!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Ink Blot Profile v1.1




Ink Blot Profile has a new Icon!


Ink Blot Profile is our stand alone iPhone App which allows you to complete the famous Rorschach Ink Blot test.

The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach who detailed the relevant procedures in his book Psychodiagnostik, which was published in 1921. During the test you will be shown a series of ink blot images and then asked what you think they resemble. Based on your responses, the App will calculate over 27 indices and ratios, which are then used to provide a detailed diagnosis in 7 key areas.

To differentiate this App from our other Personality App we wanted a fresh new look for the icon so we approached the Graphic Designers Red Alfalfa. I'm really happy with the results and I think their approach to icon design may be unique. I will let the designer describe what they did...


"Inkblots are produced manually by hand, so I designed the icon with the same approach.  I used water-colour paints and painted one half of the inkblot on paper.  The direction for that design came from the Manta-ray in the ‘Reefwing Software’ logo.  I then scanned the painting into Photoshop, rendered the image, duplicated the layer and flipped it horizontally to give the inkblot effect.  A few adjustments and blends later and the design was complete.  Adding a metallic frame, custom corners and reflection was also deliberate, in order to stand out even further in the app store." 

If you would like Red Alfalfa to design your next App icon then you can contact Adam at adam.woodleigh@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/redalfalfa

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Reefwing Personality Profile v1.2


Personality Profile v1.2 has been submitted to Apple for approval.

Version 1.2 adds the ability to purchase the Rorschach Ink Blot test from within the Personality Profile App.

The Rorschach Test measures both perception and association. It will provide you with insight into your personality characteristics and emotional functioning.

The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach who detailed the relevant procedures in his book Psychodiagnostik, which was published in 1921. During the test you will be shown a series of ink blot images and then asked what you think they resemble. Based on your responses, the App will calculate over 27 indices and ratios which are then used to provide a detailed diagnosis in 7 key areas. These are:

1. Stress (i.e. if you are stressed and how you handle it);
2. Emotional State & Coping Style (Affect);
3. Information Processing & Aspirations;
4. Cognitive Mediation & Reality Testing;
5. Thinking Process (Ideation) & Obsessiveness;
6. Self Perception; and
7. Behaviour.

Once the evaluation is complete you can see the 27 variables and read the diagnosis on screen. Then as with the other tests you have the option of emailing the results or retaking this or another test. The output of this test represents 6 months of programming effort.

Whether you are just interested in understanding your own personality and emotional state or will be undergoing the test (it is often used in court ordered evaluations) and want to know what to expect, then this in-App purchase is for you!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Webcomic - Quantum Physics and Comics?

I've been dabbling with the idea of a physics / engineering / science webcomic.

You can check out my efforts at the newly developed Ethanol and Entropy site.

I guess some of the jokes may be a little obscure...

Sunday, 24 July 2011

2011 Semillon

Kintarla 2011 Semillon

Our 2011 Semillon and Verdelho is now available for order at the Kintarla website. We tried the Semillon last night and it is delicious. This wine is quite delicate at the moment but will age will and should develop for the next ten years or so. Young Semillon's are a very different drink to when they get a bit of age on them.

At the moment our Semillon is a very pale yellowish green in colour and the tastes which predominate for me are lime, pear and apple. It would go great with seafood or pork. As the wine ages the colour will darken to a deep golden hue. I'm not sure yet how the taste will mature but usually you start to get toasty vanilla and almost oak characters emerge.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Portrait of Georgia

While up at Byron Bay we had found an artist that does dog portraits!

This is a scan of the portrait that she did of Georgia.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Rejection!


My First iPhone App rejection!

The horror!! Well this is a pain, I did have a feeling that this App may have trouble getting approved by Apple.

The problem is that it is basically an eBook albeit with narration done by yours truly.

Luckily I was using some standard free eBook code so I only wasted a couple of weeks tweaking this and formatting the story in HTML. Still...

The answer is to submit the story directly to the iBookStore. I will probably do this at some stage but you have to setup a separate iTunes account, financials, tax info, etc. which is time consuming.

If you want to have a look at what might have been and hear a sample page you can check it out at the Reefwing Software web site.

This is what rejection looks like:

Hello David,

Thank you for submitting Blood Bath to the App Store.

We've completed the review of your app, but cannot post this version to the App Store because it did not comply with the App Store Review Guidelines, as detailed below:

  • 2.21: Apps that are simply a song or movie should be submitted to the iTunes store. Apps that are simply a book should be submitted to the iBookstore

To reply to this message or to get more information, visit the Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. Do not reply directly to this email.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

The 2011 White vintage

The 2011 white vintage has finished fermenting and will be bottled at the end of May.

We crushed 2.5 tonne of Verdelho which converted to 1,500 litres. Assuming no wastage that will convert into 2,000 bottles or about 166 cases. A conversion ratio of 600 litres per tonne. The 2011 vintage is 100% our fruit.

It is interesting to compare this to the 2010 Verdelho vintage. In 2010 we picked 1.5 tonne of our own fruit and bought another 1.5 tonne of fruit from our neighbours. This 3.0 tonne converted to 1,587 litres. A conversion ratio of 529 litres per tonne.

For the Semillon, we crushed 4.0 tonne which converted into 2,200 litres (2,933 bottles or approximately 244 cases). A conversion ratio of 550 litres per tonne. We only used the first press for the Semillon which explains the lower conversion ratio. To add a bit more complexity to the Verdelho we blended some of the 2nd press Semillon into this. This is our first Semillon vintage.