Inside The Christchurch Brick Show 2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Documentation, LEGO | 0 comments

Mitchell Adair made an excellent documentary about our Christchurch Brick Show that took place on July 12-13, 2014 here in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Create LaTeX tables easily

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Documentation | 0 comments

I am a big fan of this website for creating LaTeX tables. Finally a tool that allows you to design your tables with a WYSIWYG editor.

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University of Canterbury 2013 Bridge Building Competition

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Documentation, Event | 0 comments

Here are some fun scenes from today’s Bridge Building Competition. The water was freezing and all students took a dive.

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ZIP upload at Elsevier’s Editorial System is broken

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Documentation | 0 comments

I am guilty of using a Mac. It can create ZIP files directly in the Finder. But the Editorial System of Elsevier cannot handle these ZIP files. So I decided to try another tool to create ZIP files: iZIP. I uploaded that ZIP file and Elsevier still complains that the archive was corrupted. It is amazing how Elsevier continues to fail to offer a reasonable upload tool.Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 10.39.23 AM

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Elsevier Enhanced Upload Tool Removed

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Documentation | 0 comments

I am not sure if I can claim credit for this, but my detailed documentation of Elsevier’s faulty Enhanced Upload Tool might have contributed to its removal. I received several emails of fellow academics that confirmed my report. Some of them even email Elsevier with reference to the documentation. Today I received an email from them stating that:

Dear Dr. Bartneck,

We are writing to inform you that a new version of EES (2013.7) will be released on August 12th 2013.

In this release we will be removing the Enhanced Upload Tool that authors can currently use to upload files when submitting a manuscript. This action is being taken because many authors report problems when trying to use the Enhanced Upload Tool and the large majority of our authors prefer to use the Classic Upload Tool during submission.

By removing the Enhanced Upload Tool we hope to improve the overall submission experience for our authors. Authors wishing to upload multiple files can upload a single compressed (zip) file and authors will still be able to upload large files, e.g. video files. Instructions for uploading zip files are provided on the Support Hub.

For more information about this release and other recent updates, you can click the EES version number that appears on the banner of all EES sites. Information on the 2013.7 release will be added to the Support Hub once the changes are live in EES.

If you have any questions about this update, please contact your Journal Manager or Customer Services (

Best regards,

Your Elsevier Editorial System Team

The question I have for Elsevier is: what are you doing with all the thousands of dollars you charge us? How about investing some of it in creating an appropriate upload tool. WordPress, Facebook and many other manage to create a drag and drop. Or at least a “multiple select” open dialog. Elsevier, stop wasting our money and get to work!

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Shop Manual Honda CB77 Super Hawk

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Documentation | 2 comments

I am a big fan of Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics Of Quality. For one of my next LEGO projects I am considering modelling the motorcycle that Pirsig rode across the US, as described in “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance”. After a bit of research I found out that it was a Honda CB77 Super Hawk.

Honda CB77 Super Hawk

Honda CB77 Super Hawk

To be able to create a LEGO model of this motorcycle I needed a technical drawing. The motorcycle is out of production for 45 years and hence it was not directly available. Ken gave me the tip to check the Christchurch City Library and voila, they had an original shop manual in their archive. I scanned it, ran OCR over it and uploaded it as a PDF for your delight. You can now download the Honda CB77 Shop Manual.

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