Monday, June 30, 2014

Pretty Pink Knot

Was not as easy to make as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Confirmation that dance camp for next year will go ahead and that a choreographer from Israel will be involved. Am so excited!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Modern Disco

Long live the '80's.

Today's Gratitude Item: That creating something for a (non-paying) client took much less time than originally feared. It's good when that happens.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Coming Undone

Thought this one would look much nicer than it does...

Today's Gratitude Item: A fun night out :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Free Fall

Or perhaps 'String Cascade'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making some progress in *starting* to learn Python. Have been trying to get a really basic program to work and now it does! Getting this far was a big break through and I'm looking forward to making more interesting programs in the coming weeks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

One Ring

One of the nicest rings that I've made thus far.

Today's Gratitude Item: Left over bread and dip from last night. Yum!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Plain Mosaic

Not bad, just not all that interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Yummy miniature banana bread 'loaves' kindly supplied by one of my 'Food Tech' colleagues. One of the best things about working in the Technology department is the fact that the food (and coffee) is really good.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Xmas Balls

It's not quite the season but these things happen.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home 'early'. As is so often the case, there is a long (and boring) story behind this one.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spindle Stretch

It's amazing what you can do with digital string.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out that the deadline for proposing new courses at school is on Friday. This is 'short notice' but it's better than being too late. The plan is to propose a level 1 Digital Technologies course at school for next year (long story).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunrise on a Holy Sea

As in the sea has a hole!

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to play. Sometimes taking time off from work can be really helpful. So much so that I'm *almost* ready to face the new week.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hex Rooms

This one could be two 3D cube rooms next to each other.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'do nothing' day! After being too busy for the last week it was wonderful to have time to relax and do nothing.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Flower DNA

Colours did not turn out as hoped. It's a bit dull for my taste.

Today's Gratitude Item: It's Friday! Am so happy that the weekend is finally here. Have had a difficult, frustrating week with kids not doing what they need to do to pass.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Royal Carpet

Checkered designs are always great flooring options.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the week is almost over. Let's just say that getting up in the morning (while it is still pitch dark) has been tough and I really need a weekend.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Slightly Nuts

As in this one reminded me of an ornate nut. I wonder what the accompanying bolt might look like.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my android was not completely broken and would at least play music for dance tonight. Could not type anything though and kept getting a dialogue box telling me that some critical process had stopped working / had to be force closed. The thing usually works well but tonight, it took ages to start up and then even though I turned it off (and on) again a couple of times, the problem was not resolved. Still, half working is better than completely broken. Will of course need to investigate further and either fix / replace. Trying to run a dance class without a reliable music system is not a good idea.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gentle Waves

The simplicity of this one was most appealing.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a massive excel spreadsheet I was working on cooperated and did not crash. This is one of those 'long story / happy ending' moments.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Pipe Rings

It's a bit different, but I think it 'works'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A productive day. It's amazing how much work can get done at school without the students! Today was 'teacher only day' and it was great.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Diamond Hole

As in it's a large diamond with a hole in the middle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Well lit car parks - especially useful for getting safely to one's car after a dance party. I would have blogged last night but it got too late. Such is life.

Friday, June 13, 2014

String Flame

Did not think this one would turn out quite like this. It reminds me of a remembrance flame.

Today's Gratitude Item: Am feeling almost human now that my cold is *almost* gone. Am looking forward to the weekend and having time to catch up on sleep (nothing new there).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

More Gentle Waves

Made from similar parameters to 'Gentle Waves'. It was *just* different enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: An 'out of the blue' phone call from an old friend. It's nice when that happens.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stretched Imagination

Finding this in the 'real' world would be a bit of a stretch.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our house was not damaged by last night's rather impressive storms. We also did not lose power which meant my alarm went off (as usual) so I was not late to work. Others were not so lucky.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Complete with black hole.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my favourite umbrella survived a very stormy day! It was too close for comfort at times but happily said umbrella withstood the worst of the wind. It's a pity that in a rainy place like Auckland, it is impossible to get from point A to point B at school without getting soaked.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Lucky 15 Degrees

Had something that was not exactly great. Turned the final transform 15 degrees and got this

Today's Gratitude Item: That people kept giving me mandarins today. This has a lot to do with the fact that I have a cold and my colleagues decided it was their duty to supply me with a steady supply of vitamin C. At least I know that they care :)

Sunday, June 08, 2014

String Shine

Had fun with the background on this one. It did not take as long to create as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking the day off! Normally I do at least some school work on Sundays but decided to take a proper break today. Needless to say, it was a good decision.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Inner Circle

For some reason, this one makes me really happy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending a lovely day in Hamilton. Had a 'dance thing' which went really well and it was great to catch up with dancers from around the North Island. The 'car treats' supplied by our awesome driver were a very nice surprise.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Heart Angel

Worked out better than expected. It's nice when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good laugh. One of my less technically savvy colleagues sent through the following help request this morning …

"When I saved my info where did it go? How do I retrieve it?"

That was all the information that was provided. In retrospect, it's a pity that she was serious and not just kidding around.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Pearl Mesh

This one is a bit too 'busy' for my liking.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to represent negative numbers in binary. It turns out there are at least three systems for doing this, the most useful of which involves 'flipping the numbers' and adding one (called 2's complement). Will be teaching this to my senior students later in the year :)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

5774 Shavuot

This one took a while to create. Sadly the app does not actually exist. The Torah image is from Wikimedia (thanks Merlin) and the Blintzes were photographed by flickr user Susanica Tam and are licensed under a CC share alike (with attribution) license.

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: Remembering to post this image. I believe the phrase 'better late than never' is appropriate here.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Fern Beacon

Was really pleased with this one. Nice and 'simple' is usually a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: That senior management at school look like they are seeing reason about the best way to get teacher comments for our upcoming 'Learner Lead Conferences'. It's a long story but at least now there is a chance of getting a happy ending.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Modern Mess

The title really says it all. Thought it would look better than it does. This is what happens when one does not get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Today's Gratitude Item: Catching up with old friends over coffee. It had been too long and it was great to get reaquainted.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Modern String Bead

I wish they made beads like this in the 'real' world.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an early night! With winter officially here, nothing beats curling up in a nice warm bed.