Day 19–Ferry ride and Northern Lights

Today we leave the West Fjords and head south on the car ferry Ferjan Baldur. It’s a 3 hour boat ride and we had internet connectivity the whole way. I still got a little bored and had a nice nap on the way. Looking at the forecast for tomorrow it was going to be overcast…

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Day 18 – Dynjandi

Today’s highlight was the trip to Dynjandi. We’ve seen a lot of waterfalls by now but I think Dynjandi is the prettiest with it’s wide veil. You see this waterfall many k’s away and it gets more impressive the closer you get. It’s actually a series of waterfalls with a total height around 100 meters….

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Day 16-17 Rainy West Fjords

Saturday – Our run of good weather has ended for now. It’s been a pretty bleak drive to get to  Ísafjörður. We’re taking the opportunity to rest and enjoy staying in the one hotel for 2 nights in a row and to try and get some washing done in the sink and make use of…

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Day 14 15–Heading West

Day 14 – After a disappointing night, and a bleak outlook we weren’t keen on an early start so took out time to head west today. First stop to break up the drive was Goðafoss. I’d had it on my list originally, then removed it as there were more impressive waterfalls but last minute to…

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Day 13–Hunting for the Northern Lights

It was really overcast this morning so we took the opportunity of having the same hotel for 2 nights and getting some sleep. With the long sunlight hours we’ve been having long days on the road and we’re both pretty tired. Things like riding around the lake I’d originally had on my list are out…

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Day 12–Dettifoss

This morning we set off on a little adventure to find the location of a photo I’d spotted – Bjolfur. It’s just before the turnoff to Seydisfjordur. It’s a small gravel road and all I have is my memory of the photo and a rough lat/long other than the name. We find the sign that…

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Day 11–Bye Icebergs, Off to The East

After being told about the previous night’s Northern Lights I woke about once an hour and looked out the window in hope of the elusive green in the sky to no avail. Up early for sunrise to head back to Jökulsárlón to get the Icebergs in the morning light. We headed for the beach and…

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Day 10 – Off to Jökulsárlón

While we slept last night there was a great Northern Lights display….bummer. The hotels really need a  “Please wake me if there’s Northern Lights option. I had checked the forecast earlier in the day and it was cloudy..must have cleared up. After yesterday’s windscreen sacrifice to the weather gods we were given another beautiful day….

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Day 9–Vik And Surrounds

After crashing hard and a good night’s sleep we woke to a beautiful morning. First we headed to Reynifjara Beach to suss out the area. Light isn’t good there in the morning and there’s nobody in sight. The sand is dark grey and full of the most perfect skipping stones. Short drive round the corner…

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Day 8–The Golden Circle

Today was a massive day – lots to see and a long way to drive. We’d  made the right sacrifice as the weather gods were in our favour today. We had clear skies and amazing light. We picked up our CX-5 – probably the grubbiest rental we’ve ever had. The good thing is we don’t…

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Day 7–Bye Helsinki, Hello Reykjavik

I tried really hard for some night shots last night but by the time the sun went down and was finally dark I could barely keep my eyes open. Luckily I was wide awake at 4am. I wanted to see what Central Station looked like lit up and this was my last chance. Of course…

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Day 5–Helsinki

After waking up early, realising the internet was out and eventually going back to sleep we had a lazy morning of eating through the rest of our non-transportable food and generally packing before heading off to Helsinki. Great run with no dramas and with the petrol station leading into our drop-off we bid farewell to…

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Day 4–Spin around the Archipelago

After another bad night of sleep with a throbbing arm I was wide awake for 3:30am. Switching sides had made it a lot better meaning my good side got bumped in the night. Good time to do the previous day’s post. I’ve given up on finishing my deck till I get to Helsinki tomorrow where…

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Day 3–Rainy Day In Turku

As we settled into our cabin it started to rain. It rained most of the night and the early hours of the morning. After a full day of being out of my arm brace and battling for bed space in the not king size bed my arm was sore so I was promptly awake at…

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Day 2–Cruisy Drive to Turku

After crashing hard, unsurprisingly I woke up crazy early. Luckily I packed a bag of lollies we quickly devoured at 2am. We have heaps of time to kill before we head to Turku so lots of light napping till about 8 when we venture out to the big shopping centre on the other side of…

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Day 1– To Helsinki

Our journey began with a delayed flight. Many thanks to Cathay Pacific for the sms around 6pm to tell us our flight was delayed till 2am so we could alter our pickup and spend a little less time at the airport. Unsurprisingly it is fairly quiet at that time so getting through security was pretty…

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Ignite Australia 2017 Wrap-up

Last week I had the pleasure to present at Ignite Australia. I’ve missed the last few as it’s coincided with overseas trips so moving to February worked out well. I presented Lessons from Hollywood: Building the interactions of tomorrow today. It was a big different to the techy talks I normally do as it was…

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Creating a Diprotodon for HoloLens–Dippy is Born

I recently presented at Ignite Australia on Lessons from Hollywood: Building the interactions of tomorrow today . For that talk and for fun I wanted to create something from scratch rather than use assets someone else made. Now I have 0 graphical ability but fortunately my brother Adrian did get those genes instead. My brief…

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Using the C for Airtap in HoloLens

When I first used HoloLens almost two years ago I was taught the air tap. I looked a lot like the picture above. It worked for me and I was content. A few months ago, I got my own device and started sharing how cool the device was. So then I had to teach people…

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Brisbane .Net–Reality Check Wrap-up

Tonight was the Brisbane .Net User Group where Dave was kind enough to introduce me. There were so many options for what to show and talk about I had to step back and think that most people will not have even seen a HoloLens in the flesh before so went right back to basics. I’d…

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Quick Reset of Unity Transforms

I was working through Rick’s Creative Coding with Unity sessions and one of those nice little tips he gave was how to quickly reset your transform properties. Instead of painfully setting them all to 0’s each time : Select the little cog menu on the far right of the transform section SelectReset

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