Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Missing Mosaic

As in this one has a whole bunch of tiles missing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having help putting together that photomosaic puzzle mentioned in an earlier post. It's been a mixture of fun and frustration!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Grate Wall

The background of this one reminded me of a metallic grate / wall - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a free raspberry pi (thanks Orion Health). Now all I need is a suitable SD card and a power supply.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Desert Dome

I wish I could say that I came up with this one on my own but it is based on this tutorial. Obviously tweaking was involved. If you are going to try this, you probably should know that the 'crackle' variant slows down renders. A lot.

Today's Gratitude Item: Anchovies on my home-made pizza. The experience will certainly be repeated in the coming months.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Flower Top

As in it's a flower in a *fractal* bottle top.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being well and truly in 'holiday mode'.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Wobbly Web

This one was made by a high tech spider.

Today's Gratitude Item: Saving work often! My computer 'froze' after being left it's own devices for a bit. Happily nothing critical was lost.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Weird Wave

On a weird 'carpet' background.

Today's Gratitude Item: Some random person's carport. Used said carport for shelter from an unexpected shower during my morning walk. Without it, would have ended up being cold and wet.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Simple Structure

Which was simple and fun to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sleeping in! It was raining this morning so our normal walk was postponed and we all got to sleep later than usual. Bliss...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wide Eyed Wonder

Not sure what I was thinking with this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'bonus' piece of sushi. The lady at the shop cut one of the pieces too small and gave it to me as a free 'extra' on my regular order.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Splash Step

Who knows where stepping on this particular stone will lead.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a cool hot air balloon photomosaic puzzle (1000 pieces). Am looking forward to assembling it in the near future!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Making Space

To make space, begin with a spiral...

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to go to bed really late *almost* guilt free.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

String Scales

As in scales made of string / wire.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some problems are easy to fix. It's a pity that too many problems are not in the 'easy to fix' category.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Grasping Infinity

This one reminded me of two claws grasping an infinity symbol. The background took a remarkable amount of post processing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Mindless Fun. That is what holidays are for :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Outside the Box

As in there is something trying to escape from inside the box and it looks quite creepy!

Today's Gratitude Item: Cooler weather! After the heat of the last few weeks, having a cool day was a welcome relief.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fractured Face

Sometimes when things break it can be a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant 'final' dance session. Today was our last class for 2013 and it was really great. Am looking forward to resuming class in 2014.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

3/4 Modern

Yet another image which did not turn out as well as hoped.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through the day without a nap. Had a very late night yesterday and the heat just added to the problem. Coffee helped a little bit - but not nearly enough. Am headed for bed sooner rather than later!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Purple Pods

This one is a bit to 'busy' for my liking but it was fun to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: This interactive Python text book.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gentle Geometry

For once it looked better with a white background.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that Air New Zealand safety videos are really cool. The latest Hobbit themed offering is one of my favourites.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Infinite Frustration

This pattern keeps coming up and whilst it is pretty enough, the repetition is getting rather annoying.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really yummy chicken / almond sandwich - nice lunches are always a good thing.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fashion Flame

An experiment with colour (and the lack thereof).

Today's Gratitude Item: Free, easy to use Python IDEs (like Wingware).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

String Waves

I thought that this one would look nicer than it does.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free Internet and free coffee - so far CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools) has been awesome. Being in Wellington is fun too.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ribbon Road

Easy, tame and perfect for a corporate desktop.

Today's Gratitude Item: Midweek sushi - always a cause for celebration. Being at the start of summer vacation is a really great feeling. Weirdly, I'm on a course for the next three days (Computer Science for High Schools) but it should be a lot of fun and it does not really count as work.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Straight Curves

As in this one is made up of straight bits and curves.

Today's Gratitude Item: A noteworthy afternoon excursion (translation: found a $5.00 note on my afternoon walk). Every so often it pays to exercise.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Holy Hamentashen

As in it reminds me of hamentashen and it has a hole.

Today's Gratitude Item: A relaxing Sunday which involved walking, dancing, making ice-cream, cutting out silver snowflakes (don't ask!) and reading a good book.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Lattice Work

If you look carefully, you'll see the a bunch of Stars of David.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some snail mail I have been waiting for arrived today. The almost instant nature of digital communication means that waiting for something to arrive in the post has become something of a novel experience.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Haunted Forest

I can't see the ghosts, but I know that they are there!

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to taste panetone. One of the Science teachers at school brought some for morning tea and it was lovely. It's quite complicated to make but apparently dead easy to buy - especially around Christmas time.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Dawn Wheat

The title really says it all

Today's Gratitude Item: That good old fashioned 'Paint' was able to open an image which my admittedly old version of PaintShop Pro 'choked' on. A bit of experimentation revealed that my version of PSP does not like foreign language characters in the file name.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Chanukah 5774 - 8th Night

For all those coffee lovers out there. This is my favourite image of the entire series. Is it just me or is it a bit sad that Chanukah is almost over?

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to track down work from a student from last year to prove that she passed a given assessment. Said student got in touch last night saying that the grade was not appearing on the NZQA website (trust me, this is a big deal). Happily, I have evidence that the grade was entered into the school database and can prove that she passed the assessment - so hopefully we will be able to resolve this issue with minimum fuss.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Chanukah 5774 - 7th Night

For all those athletes our there.

Today's Gratitude Item: Asparagus. This might be my new favourite vegetable. Or perhaps it's the nice cheesy chive dip that goes with said asparagus (a little goes a long way).

Monday, December 02, 2013

Chanukah 5774 - 6th Night

One of my favourites in the series - was quite easy to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to finish the PowerPoint for our school prize giving on Wednesday night. It looks like proceedings will go on for quite some time and I'm wondering whether I should start a betting pool / sweepstakes to keep things interesting. Maybe we could bet on...

  • The length of the principal's speech
  • The length of the chairman of the BOT's speech
  • The length of the guest speaker's speech
  • The overall length of the ceremony

At least the food afterwards will be tasty. Our hospitality teacher is catering the event and she used to be a chef. Whether anyone will be hungry after an overly long ceremony is an open question.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Chanukah 5774 - 5th Night

Took forever to create this one. The maze 'works' :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to enjoy a lovely book (Ask Bob, Peter Gethers). It was oddly compelling and completely different to what I usually read.