Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Uphill Battle

Sometimes life can be a bit of a struggle. And sometimes it helps to stop and enjoy the scenery once in a while.

Today's Gratitude Item: That options evening went well. It was a late night but hopefully it was worth the effort.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dawn Pony

This one is the result of a re-visiting old parameters and doing fun new things with them.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the newsletters I thought I'd lost made it back to my pigeon hole. It would have been even better if I'd remembered to to hand them out. Happily that can wait until tomorrow.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Strange Clouds

Presenting the second in my horse series. No doubt there will be more to come.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting around to organising the "assets" that my students will use for their desk top publishing topic. It took a while but hopefully the effort was worth it.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

5772 Tisha B'Av

Commemorating the saddest day on the Jewish Calendar.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Being reasonably up-to-date with work. Only problem is this is a bit of a 'lull' before a storm of marking which is headed my way next week. Here's hoping that my students have put in enough work to pass!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Nice Horsey

It turns out that if you want to persuade large animals to do your bidding, bribing them with food is the way to go.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the mini-quiches I took for morning tea went down well. Let's just say that I have never seen food disappear so fast!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spherical Cat

Dedicated to all those cat lovers our there.

Today's Gratitude Item: Some fantastic PD today. Had the opportunity to touch base with colleagues and work through some "stuff" relating to courses and assessment. Said "stuff" was all quite important and it has made my job just that little bit more "doable".

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fragile Grass

The green stuff reminded me of grass that has recently been mowed by a talented grounds keeper.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to send out feedback to one of my classes who have recently completed a major project. It feels great to have that task "done".

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Polar Fleece

As in I used the "polar" variation in apophysis to get this design and I think it would make a cool polar fleece fabric.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our progress reports are short and simple to do. It's a pity that they don't really give parents all that much information and don't give teachers the opportunity to say anything particularly helpful. I guess that is what email / phone calls are for.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pixelated Ocean

I've been waiting ages to find a decent home for the clip art on this one. Original life preserver was photographed almost two years ago on a trip out to Tiritiri Matangi.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a spare battery in my desk drawer at work. Needed said battery for "my" wall clock which was tragically slow. Oddly, my personal wrist watch was running slow this morning and that now has a new battery too. Needless to say, sometimes being "timeless" is not a good thing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gold Checkers

I'm pretty sure there is a game that could be played on this one :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to combine .pdf's in Adobe 9 professional (and the fact that I have this magical piece of software on my school computer).

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Funky Blue Patchwork

Some experiments can only be described as "funky".

Today's Gratitude Item: That an urgent project I had to do did not take nearly as long as feared. I wish that would happen more often. It's a pity that doing said project has only made a very small dent in my too large "to do" list.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Technicolor Lighthouse

I know I've done lighthouses before, but this one seems a little bit special.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surviving the week. It's been too busy and the work just keeps on coming. I'm really grateful that Shabbat is almost here because my personal batteries need recharging.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Magic Christmas Ball

Not exactly Christmas colours but this one looked really good in pink and really horrible in everything else.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to add sound to presentations made using Open Office's "Impress" application. The nice thing about OOS is that it's free and incredibly powerful. Some of my students don't have working versions of PowerPoint and there is no reason for them to buy it when Impress works just as well. The only tricky thing was figuring out that to get sound to work, you have to convert the file from a .wav file to an .mp3 format. Sadly the documentation for Open Office was less than helpful in this regard. On the bright side, Open Office is open source and I'm sure there is a wiki out there just waiting for a 'sound' update.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jolly Swagman

There's a song about this one :)

Today's Gratitude Item: That my professional development request was approved meaning that next Thursday I get to go to some workshops which should be really helpful in planning for next year.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another Christmas Star

What can I say? I just can't seem to help myself. It's sad really.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having plenty of material to use for practice and assessment tasks for our upcoming desktop publishing topic. Let's just say that the Sports Department and the International Student department have been very happy to collaborate.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Golden Sun

Was super-pleased with this one. It took ages to 'perfect' but at least my efforts were not in vain.

Today's Gratitude Item: A "welcome back" coffee mug, cappuccino sachet and chocolate fish from my Head of Department. It was a lovely gesture which helped keep us all awake!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Floral Lattice

The lattice on the left hand side was remarkably easy to create. Its based on the main fractal. Gotta love Paint Shop Pro's reflection tool.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I'm ready to go back to work / school. Have had a really good break and am actually looking forward to getting back to work.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hole Heart

As in its a heart with a hole in the middle. Took a bit of ingenious play to get the background right.

Today's Gratitude Item: That library books are free. This is something that is easy to take for granted, but having an endless supply of reading material is really great.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pansy Unplugged

This one reminded me of a pansy - on steroids.

Today's Gratitude Item: Peace and quiet on my last day of holidays. I simply love being left to my own devices. Needless to say, heaps of work got done.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fun Festive Flower

Got lucky with pretty much every aspect of this one, from the design on the left to the original fractal. Even the gradient co-operated with minimum fuss. Basically I'm having a good day today.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my boss forgot to tell me about morning tea today! This is a good thing as she realised she forgot to tell me when I did not turn up and emailed to apologise. Needless to say, this saved me having to spend about 80 minutes in the car, $12 on gas and half a day in 'wasted' time. Sometimes being forgotten can be a wonderful thing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spiral Zag

Its probably no surprise that I've created yet another spiral. I'm thinking its a sad disease which has not known cure.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to update this using the iPad. It's a bit more tricky than doing it on a regular computer but it is extremely convenient.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Little Leaf Fall

This did not turn out nearly as well as anticipated. In fact, I don't like it at all :( Note to self: Some things are better left unrendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Batter from chocolate muffins! Yum :)

Monday, July 09, 2012

Quad Spiral

Tried a new combination of variations based on a tutorial. The weird thing was, I followed the tutorial instructions exactly yet my image looked nothing like it was supposed to which was somewhat disappointing. I wonder what I did wrong...

Today's Gratitude Item: That my computer blanked out due to a brief power issue and it was not more serious. Resetting the fuse fixed the problem which was a big relief.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Funky Whirl

I know this is similar to previous works but I liked it so it got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dad's Firefox fixed itself. It has been playing up a bit and would not let him play Sudoku. Happily, when it updated itself the problem got fixed. Best of all, I get to take the credit :)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Reinvented Wheel

Perhaps reinventing the wheel is not always a bad thing - especially if the "new" invention is an improvement on the old.

Today's Gratitude Item: A perfectly quiet day which involved nothing more strenuous than a lovely walk, great food, an "OK" book and the obligatory Shabbos nap.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Heart Break

What can I say, it turns out that broken hearts are really ugly! I tried quite hard to make this one look half way decent but it did not work out. Love and life can be like that sometimes.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having just enough time to write this before needing to dash off again!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Paved Crazy

Had fun with this one. Only problem is that it took around two hours to render.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting all five of 'my' images for the upcoming Chaggim done. The holidays are still 3 months away but these images need to be ready well in advance so they can be used for advertising / education programs. Coming up with ideas and creating the work is quite a big job and its great to get it out of the way for another year.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Shattered Wing

Everything for this image came together really well. It's good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to unwind. I seriously love school holidays. Work is generally great but having time off is precious beyond words.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Thistle Craze

This one reminds me a bit of thistle flowers. Perhaps that has more to do with the colour than the form.

Today's Gratitude Item: Ideas that come to me in the shower! Specifically, ideas for the "Chag Images" that I'm currently working on. Creating the images is relatively easy. Coming up with ideas for the images can sometimes be a struggle.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Mixed Message

The clip-art on this one is sending a really mixed message. It looks suspiciously like a Christmas tree - but it can't be because I'm Jewish (and it's not even close to Christmas).

Today's Gratitude Item: Filing my planning for next term. This is a big deal as the paperwork takes a while to create. This time around, I got a lot of it done before school broke up which was good. Much of this work took place when my carpool buddy was driving us to and from work (it's a 40 minute trip - each way). Needless to say, it's amazing how much one can get done in that time.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Golden Gate

As in it looks like a close up of really ornate gates.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my external hard drive problem sorted and getting a new pair of headphones complete with a microphone. This means I can now screen cast with sound from my main computer.

Gold Green Web

An unexpected Apophysis creation :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that my external 'back up' drive was broken. It's been making a weird clicking noise and when I tried to access files from it, I could not 'see' them. The good thing about this is that said drive is under warranty (it's less than a year old) and I have the original documentation / packaging so taking it back and getting a refund should not be a problem. Here's hoping that the next external drive I get is more reliable. I have not had great luck with external back up drives - this is the second one to 'die' on me without being of any use.