Thursday, September 29, 2005

Shana Tova 5766

This blog will be on a break for about a week so now is a good time to wish everyone out there "Shana Tova" for the new year. If you have no idea what I am on about, you might wish to check out Wikipedia's Rosh Hahshana article to get more information about this very special time in the Jewish calendar.

Double Trump

The image above is titled "Double Trump" and shows two fractal shofarim, in honour of the upcoming holiday.

In other news, I will be away on dance camp this coming weekend, which explains the reason for the blog's very temporary hiatus.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Innocent Kichel

Spent a good part of today making kichel* for Rosh Hashana. This massive job took my mom and I over three hours to complete.

*Kichel is a traditional Jewish "biscuit" that is served with various kinds of herring. To make Kichel, you combine eggs, oil and flour into a dough. This is then rolled out so that it is very thin. The rolled out dough is then cut into small squares, brushed with egg white, sprinkled with sugar and baked in the oven. It is a very time consuming endeavour but is well worth it.

Innocence

The graphic above is called 'Innocence'. It has nothing to do with kichel or Rosh Hashana, but I though that it looked cool.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Blog Bicentennial

This is the two hundredth post to this blog!

Below is an exploding firework to celebrate.

Blog Bicentiannial

Monday, September 26, 2005

Phantom

The image below is titled 'Phantom'. It seemed like a good name at the time.

Phantom

In other news, I am in the throes of deciding if I should get a new graphics tablet or not. My old tablet has not worked since I changed from XP to SP2 about a month ago and now that I have had some time to work on the problem, have realised that it can't be made to cooperate (long story - sad ending). The good news is that I have a birthday coming up soon and the idea of getting a new wireless tablet holds a great deal of appeal.

I won't make a decision anytime soon as this week is really busy with Israeli dance camp on the weekend followed by Rosh Hashana and the High Holy days. Happily it is not urgent and I can take the time to make a good decision.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Apophysis Rocks!

The image below is a bit different to what I usually post. It reminds me of a stone wall. The texture was what saved it from ending up in the recycle bin.

Cave Wall

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Fractal Fan

The title is a really bad pun. I could not resist.

Fractal Fan

Friday, September 23, 2005

Space Architect

Today was the last day of school for this term which means that I am officially on holiday. Suffice it to say, this is a wonderful feeling!!

Space Architect

The image above is called "Space Architect"

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Simon's Star

Below is a rather inadequate tribute to a Simon Wiesenthal. He was a great man who will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Simon's Star

More information about Simon Wiesenthal, can be found in this News Article.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Spiral Vortex

What can I say? The "spiral thing" strikes again.

Spiral Vortex

Only three days to go until school holidays :)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Virtual Snow

It has been snowing in Christchurch (South Island)! Aforementioned snow has caused quite a bit of disruption and been featured on the news. The cold snap is a problem for farmers busy with lambing but it is great for the ski fields which can now remain open for a while longer.

Flakey

Seen as its snowing down South and we are suffering from rather cold temperatures here in the North, the above snow flake (called 'Flakey') seemed appropriate.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bushed

The fractal below looks a touch like a bush. Perhaps I should have coloured it green?

Bushed

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Decision 2005

Lets just say: I came, I saw, I voted. Then I went back to grading Junior Science tests.

The most amusing moment of the day came when I found out that according to one of my students, cheese is a good source of roughage. This is great news as I love cheese! Second prize goes to the kid who defined breathing as "When you suck air in and blow it out again". Kid #2 is technically right so I gave him the mark.

Laser Display

The 'Laser Display' above is to celebrate the fact that polling boothes have now closed and we won't need to listen to anymore annoying electioneering for another three years!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Finally Friday

Am thrilled that Friday is here and school is out! Hectic weeks like the one just experienced make me wonder why I chose to become a teacher. Most of the time it is pretty great but every so often things just get to be too much.

Twisted

The image above is called "Dancing Things". I feel a bit like dancing now that the weekend is finally here. If only I had the energy. Going to take a nap. Right now :)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Out of Control

Things are so busy at the moment that if feels like my world is spinning out of control. I know it will be OK if I can just make it through tomorrow!

Given my current state of mind, the fractal below is oddly appropriate.

Psychedelic Saturday

Its called "Psychedelic Saturday" as it was created late last Saturday night.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Organic Stars

This one is a bit different from my usual offering. Are there any bonus marks for fractals that are "interesting" as opposed to "cool"?

Organic Stars

Monday, September 12, 2005

"O" Ring

The image below is dedicated to Tracy of Artsy Science because he is an all round great guy and orange is his favourite colour.

Orange Hexagon

The image above is titled "O Ring".

Sunday, September 11, 2005

9/11 - In Remembrance

In an instant the world was changed
Nothing would ever be the same again.

Ruined buildings crumbled to the ground
Everyone shocked beyond imagination
Monumental destruction,
Eyes refusing to believe
Minds stunned by the impossible.
Bodies everywhere.
Rescuers dying with honour.
All horrified, lost and searching.
New heroes rising up.
Comfort, a rare commodity.
Ending in sorrow.

Cross Horn

Dedicated to those who lost their lives / loved ones four years ago.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Blocky II

Had a lovely relaxing day today. It involved tutoring a single student, grading homework assignments, taking a long nap, reading a book and watching TV.

I love weekends.

Blocky II

The above is titled Blocky II.

Friday, September 09, 2005

TGIF

I like Fridays as much as the next guy but this past week has been tough! Am really glad that it is over and that I survived. Still have a fair bit of stuff that needs doing but at least the weekend gives me some breathing room. A large part of this weekend will be dedicated to sleeping / recharging.

To give you an idea of how bad it has been, my mom says that whenever she saw me, I had the "scared deer in headlights" look on my face. Not good.

Blocky

The image above is titled Basically Blocky

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Lying Politicians

Politicians lie, fractals don't. Nine days out from the election, all the political stuff (News, leaflets, billboards and radio commercials) is making me nuts.

Iris

The image is called 'Iris' (the flower, not the part of the eye).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sea Creature

This one appeared on my screen last night. It looked like something that could be found on the beach. I love it when that happens :)

Sea Creature

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Super Square

It was another rough day at the office today. Things will be better once I get some sleep.

Super Square

At least I now have a key and computer access :)

Monday, September 05, 2005

Ghost Flake

Busy busy day! I'm exhausted and overwhelmed. The fractal below seemed appropriate.

Ghost Flake

Things should improve soon. Taking over from a fellow teacher mid-term means "in at the deep end" and "hit the ground running". Its doable, exciting and fun but the first few days are hell! The great news is that the school is wonderful and the kids are, by and large respectful and motivated. What more could a relieving teacher ask for.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Mostly Better

After being reformatted, my computer is mostly recovered. Am still going through the process of reinstalling software and putting backed up data where it belongs. Aside from losing the ability to use my right "alt" key as the windows key, things are going well.

The only "major" problem is that I managed to lose the driver for my USB serial port adapter so will probably end up buying a new adapter and using the software from that. Downloading a driver from the web did not work and actually finding the correct driver seems to be an impossible task.

Still, overall am glad to have my "baby" back. Below is a fractal to celebrate.

Gold Silver Spiral

Insanity is...

Staying up until 1.30am working on a webpage because you ran out of time to do it during the week.

Am so far beyond tired it is not funny. Below is the fractal promised on Friday morning. Enjoy.

White Flower

The above is entitled 'White Flower'. Eight fold forced symmetry is a beautiful thing. This one came from my dwindling stock of fractals as I have not had time to create new ones.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Frustration!

Could have entitled this post "Aaaaargh!" but Frustration sums it up well enough. My home computer is once again not working. This time have opted to reformat the entire thing and then revert to backed up contents. To be more accurate, have given my computer to my genius brother who will do the deed for me (thanks bro).

My other source of frustration?? The fuel price is now up to $1.53 per litre (Thanks Katrina).

The Labour government's response to suggestions that they should remove some of the tax on petrol to give us relief?? "New Zealanders should be focused on becoming less dependent on fuel and should use more public transport". The fact that this suggestion is laughably impractical on so many levels does not seem to have occurred to these esteemed politicians. For the record, a whopping 43% of the current petrol price goes to the government in the form of taxes / levies.

To be fair, National would not decrease the taxes on petrol, but they won't raise the price by 5c for the Kyoto Protocol either. For more information on what each party says the will do regarding tax / petrol, take a look at this handy summary from the NZ Herald.

Missing my usual fractal?? Never fear. The plan is to post a new image tomorrow night.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Spring Spiral

It is officially the first day of spring over here, although from the weather this morning you would not think so. Was treated to heavy fog during my drive into work. The city was totally obscured by a thick white haze. It was lovely!

Golden

The image above is called 'Golden'.

Today is also National RAK day. RAK stands for "Random Act of Kindness" and the idea is to do something kind / special for someone else today. A rather cool idea. I think everyday should be RAK day but having an officiald day is a good place to start. Think I am kidding?? Check out the official National RAK day website.