Thursday, July 31, 2014

1000 Eyes

Reminded me of peacock feathers. This is not the first time something like this has happened.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting 'proper' coffee this morning even though our student run cafe was officially closed because of a 'Staff Meeting' (long story).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shadow Rings

This one is a variation on a theme - was pleased with the final outcome.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a client's problem 'sorted' in record time. My tech guy is the best!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Modern Woman

It's good when 'different' pays a visit.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to 'export' my python program (from yesterday) into an .exe file which anyone can use. The actual file / folder package is quite large but it 'works' - have had two of my colleagues give the program a go and they found it useful.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Heart Complications

As in it's a heart - only a bit complicated.

Today's Gratitude Item: Writing my first ever Python program which is actually useful. I now have an easy way to convert .csv files into Moodle friendly .xml files. This is going to save me (and my 'early adopter' colleagues) loads of time.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

UN Condemnation

This statement is five days old - wish I'd posted it then, but it's not too late. Suffice it to say, all the anti-Israel rhetoric I'm hearing is getting 'old'.

Image courtesy of Israel Under Fire

Today's Gratitude Item: *Finally* locating the image above. It was buried under a bunch of other relevant content. Was worth searching for though.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

We Build, They Destroy

Today there were protests in Auckland against Israel's ground offensive in Gaza. The situation there is a tragedy. It is a great pity that the protesters appear to be missing the point - the ground invasion is a direct result of Hamas firing rockets into Israel.

Are these people unaware of the 'terror tunnels' that have been built Hamas?
Do they not realise that Hamas use homes, schools mosques and hospitals to store rockets, rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles?
Are they oblivious to the fact that Hamas tell the civilians in Gaza not to abandon their homes when Israelis warn them that they are planning an attack?

I'm wondering why the protesters, who are so vocal in their opposition to Israel are silent when it comes to the actions of Hamas? Where were these protesters during the Syrian crisis? How is it that they only come out when Israel is under attack?

Here is some food for thought...

Image courtesy of Israeli Defense Force

Today's Gratitude Item: Reading first hand about what is going on in Israel. My uncle sent through an enlightening / scary email. Happily the family are all OK - despite the rocket attacks.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Xmas Wire Frame

When designing, we usually start with a wire-frame. Only not this kind of wire frame. It worked well with the 'wire' Christmas tree. My timing in posting the image is a bit 'off' but such is life.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through a long week at school. Am really happy that the weekend is finally here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Manual Waves

As in these had to tiled the hard way.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it rained at lunch time. This made my 'field' duty incredibly simple as kids don't bother to go out on the field when it's raining.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ocean Bars

A holiday experiment - am not overly pleased with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That coffee does not keep me awake :) Which means being able to indulge in liquid heaven shortly before going to sleep.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sky / Land Reflections

Finally! A fractal that worked out well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm on a freezing day - it's a 'big' small thing. Winter is here with a vengeance and having the means to keep warm is certainly a reason to be grateful.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Frock Fabric

This one is far too pink for my taste - hopefully it will appeal to 'someone' out there.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our 'broken' washing machine was coaxed back to life. Being able to get clothes clean with minimal effort is a wonderful thing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fashion Check

I wonder what garments made from a checkered fractal fabric would look like...

Today's Gratitude Item: Being ready to go back to school tomorrow. The holiday has been far too short but it is only 9 weeks and three days until the next one (not that I'm counting!)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Teal Twist

This one is a variation on a theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a $10.00 note on today's walk. Felt a bit bad for whoever dropped it though...

Friday, July 18, 2014


I might have gotten a bit carried away with this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: Acquiring a lovely new 'work top'. Finding clothes that fit well is notoriously hard as most 'stuff' is made for taller people and all to often the 'waist' of a garment ends up on my hips - most definitely not a good look. Happily this is not an issue with the new top.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Infinite Surf

Complete with a driftwood-type background.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to create a basic 'hangman' game in python (from scratch). Admittedly making a text-based version of hangman in Python is not that hard if you now what you are doing but when one is just learning it's a significant step forward.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

33 Knot Wind

Wouldn't want to be out sailing in that. Inspired by a night-time storm complete with lightning and thunder.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dashboard light has finally been fixed. It has not been working for a very long time but when my car went in scheduled maintenance last week - the mechanic replaced the light. Driving to dance with the dashboard all lit up was slightly unnerving but in a good way.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Curved Cracks

Sometimes one finds mailboxes in the strangest place.

Today's Gratitude Item: Wonderful sunshine! Last week we had wind storms / rain. Yesterday, super impressive fog. Today, at last - sunshine (all day). It was very exciting.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Electronic Mail

The rectangles reminded me of envelopes, the mailbox seemed like a great idea at the time.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing something much sooner than expected!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hairy Situation

As in interwove discs made out of blue fractal hair.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to walk outside again! It was everything I'd hoped for.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

String Theory Forever

It turns out that those annoying little "Santa Mailboxes" are everywhere these days!

Today's Gratitude Item: That our weather is set to improve. Am desperately hoping for some sunshine tomorrow after a long period of wind, rain and grey skies.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Romantic Barrier

If you don't see the hearts, try squinting and tilting your head.

Today's Gratitude Item: Egg and potato frittata- a perfect 'holiday Friday' lunch.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Feather Flower

Not too sure about this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a great holiday despite almost a week of stormy weather. Happily, staying indoors (and on my computer) has not been a problem. We've been lucky with the power situation - many others have had their supply interupted due to storm related damage.

Wearable Art

I really wish one could get fabric that looked like this. It would make a truly magnificent skirt.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making good progress on the programming course that I'm doing. So far am enjoying the experience - having time in the holidays to get a significant portion of the work done is very helpful.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Spring Rain

Made on the first day of spring 2013. Posted mid-winter 2014. Funnily enough, it was windy / raining for most of the day. Sadly, today's colours were more grey than blue.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to use some of the more basic features the date.time module in python. As is so often the case, it's simple when you know how.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Quarter Flower

Had fun with the colours on this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really productive vacation day. Got loads done and am feeling really good :)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Moon Holders

As in the small circular indentations on the left are perfect for holding just about anything.

Today's Gratitude Item: A spurt of creativity. It's good when such 'spurts' coincide with school holidays.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Funky Friday

Made in the car on the way home from work one Friday afternoon (my car pool buddy was driving)!

Today's Gratitude Item: Inspiration (which is sometimes found in the strangest of places)! Was frustrated by a dearth of ideas for my next "Rosh HaShana" graphic. Happily inspiration came in the form of a fun poster that was hanging in our local dry cleaners.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Magenta in Motion

Another 'old' idea - revisited.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making it to the last day of term! Am looking forward to two weeks of not having to get up early.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Endless Waves

Or should it be "Ocean Mosaic"?

Today's Gratitude Item: The 'new' course that I proposed at school has been accepted. This means that provided enough students choose to take it, we will now offer a level 1 'Digital Technology' (aka Computer Science) course next year. That's the good news. The bad news is that creating the course means a mountain of extra work.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Chain Button

The main image reminded me of an ornate button. Not sure if I like this image or not.

Today's Gratitude Item: A much better turn out at dance class - despite the cold wet weather.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mosaic Magic

Simple but hopefully effective.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that in my subject, practically everything is on-line which means sending home work for kids who have missed time in class/ need to catch up is incredibly simple. I knew there was a reason I spent so much time making eBooks / 'remote control' resources.