Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ripple Mask

Had fun making the background for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to explore various apps for programming on iPads. Whilst an iPad is not the best device to use, it is what most of our juniors have so finding ways for them to be able to 'do stuff' on iPads is quite important. Frustratingly they can't just use scratch to create programs as that requires flash and if we use Puffin Browser then any filtering we have goes out the window - which could be problematic (see here if you're curious).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Behind the Blue Door...

In a fractal world, this is what doors look like.

Today's Gratitude Item: A fuzzy headband. Said accessory was needed so that my new, wide brimmed hat does not fly off my head in a stiff breeze. So far it seems to be working...

This Way Up

Simple but worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Holiday jigsaw puzzles (which is part of the reason that this is being posted so late).

Monday, December 28, 2015

Which Way?

If you look carefully, you should be able to see the arrows in this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Air conditioning and frozen fruit juice ice lollies - perfect for the scorching weather we have been having.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Textured Stone Steps

The shadow / shading effect in this one was a surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: My muse is back! Sometimes a bit of a break from creating fractals can be helpful.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Designer Disc

Simple but surprisingly time consuming to make

Today's Gratitude Item: A very pleasant afternoon tea followed by an equally pleasant evening walk.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Whole Hearted

This one started off as 'half hearted' but was improved 'on reflection'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A perfect day which included perfect weather, perfect bagels and a perfect nap.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Infinity Disk

Had fun with this one. There is quite a lot happening in the background.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing next year's Yom HaShoah micrograph. It took a lot longer than anticipated. For a sneak peak at the image in question, click on the preceding link.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Beach Stripes

Sometimes 'very simple' looks complicated. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Soft serve ice cream towards the end of my second walk of the day. This was a *very* rare (and much anticipated) treat.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lily Ripple

Named for the small lily at the bottom left. Some squinting might be required.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making at least some progress on a project which is turning out to be more challenging (and time consuming) than anticipated.

Monday, December 21, 2015

See Sand

The original reminded me of the ocean. The post-processed image lost some of the 'ocean qualities' but gained a whole lot more.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rice wraps and the fact that sourcing ingredients is really easy. This might be one of the advantages of living in the 'Asia Pacific' region.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Storm Factory

As in this is where storms are born. Colours reminded me of the sky just before it rains.

Today's Gratitude Item: Airline mode on my iPad. It allows me to play games uninterrupted by adverts or the 'ping' of incoming emails. It also gets used if the iPad is close by after lights out.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gentle Tide

A remarkably co-operative image - this one required minimal post processing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Receiving a very kind 'thank you' email from one of my students. Unfortunately he won't be in my class next year as he is changing schools but he took the time to say that IT is now his favourite subject thanks to my class. Needless to say, said student is a real mensch.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Echo Lace

Tried something a bit different and it worked.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a suitably shaped mirror. This made it possible to read a serial number conveniently located at the back of an installed waste disposal unit. One would think such an important number would be on the front of the device - one would be wrong.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thorny Echo

This one is a bit 'dull'. Thought the colours would 'pop' a bit more than they do.

Today's Gratitude Item: Mild Christmas entertainment. On my evening walk had the pleasure of walking past one concert band and a group of carollers. Said musical interludes made me smile.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shadow Spiral

Once again, Apophysis managed to deliver a nice surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant end of year dance session / dinner. Everyone had a great time and the turn out was fantastic. Having such an awesome circle of friends is something really special.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wing Descent

As in it reminds me of stairs made of butterfly wings.

Today's Gratitude Item: Blu Tack that is white rather than blue.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Grass Blinds

This one might be a bit too geometric...

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous summer weather (ie: cool but not raining). Perfect for being outside. Perfect for staying indoors :)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hot Spot

I was going for 'modern' but ended up with 'weird'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to go to school tomorrow! Sunday nights are so much better during summer holidays.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

This Way Up

Did not turn out quite as well as hoped.

Today's Gratitude Item: Help getting 'sorted' for next week's dance class. It will be the last class of the year and I'm looking forward to it (although not dancing for five weeks during the summer break will be tough).

Friday, December 11, 2015

Emerald Wizardry

Colours reminded me of the emerald city in the 'Wizard of Oz' film.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very relaxed morning :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Distorted Flow

Simple but nice.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being on holiday. Had sushi for breakfast, walked 14 km, found 90c and created a bunch of fractals. Am loving the whole 'break' thing.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Blue Waters

Very similar t previous works but it got rendered because the detail within the waves is something new.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to the end of the school year. I'm pretty sure I said this at the end of last year but it is hard to believe how quickly time passes. The start of a lovely long break from school is 'as good as it gets'.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

One Direction

The name really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Digital Technology will *finally* take it's rightful place on the University of Auckland's "table B". This means that students wanting to get into limited entry courses at Auckland University can now take Digital Technology and have it 'count'. Other subjects on "table B" include Calculus, Physics and Chemistry. Needless to say, this is a very big deal.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Floral Sphere Revisited

The background was a nice surprise. I'm loving GIMP's filters which make creating tiled designs very easy.

Today's Gratitude Item: That NZQA is very happy with how I'm assessing my students. It's complicated to explain but getting this particular 'thumbs up' is quite a big deal.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Chanukah 5776

Wouldn't it be cool if this was a real event? It takes the whole 'chanukia in the window' thing to an entirely different level.

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: No department meeting tomorrow! An hoping that my car pool buddy does not have a meeting either in which case we will be able to make a quick get-away from school.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Purple Contemplation

Tried a new variation with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home safely! Had an awesome time in Christchurch but nothing is quite as good as sleeping in one's own bed.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Wonky Wall

Who knew that 'wonky' could be a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free transport to the airport - this makes getting home easy :)

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Rain Damaged

As in it reminds me of what happens to paper when it gets wet (and is then dried again).

Today's Gratitude Item: Awesome, free, 'proper' barista coffee and the promise of more of the same tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

In Recess

Sometimes zooming in (a lot) can yield interesting results.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great day at CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools)!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Whole Flower

Originally this one was called 'hole flower' but then the hole in the middle disappeared.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to get online and blog! Weirdly the wireless signal is great outside - inside, not so much. Am not sure if twilight blogging is romantic or inconvenient.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bare Table Cloth

Here is a child's eye view of a table with nothing on it except for a fractal table cloth.

Today's Gratitude Item: Turning up to relieve for one of my colleagues and discovering that my services were not needed after all. Needless to say, this gift of extra time was not wasted.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Floral Insanity

So named because the post-processing took a very, very, very long time and by the end of it, was almost insane.

Today's Gratitude Item: Semi addictive iPad games. It's been a good weekend.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Patch Play

Am not particularly pleased with this one. Maybe it should have been called 'experiment gone wrong'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a screen protector for my new iPad 'on special'. It cost $10.00 which sounds like a lot until you compare it to the $15, $29 and $34 'quotes' from various retailers.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Crazy Waves Revisited

Am sure that I've created similar images in the recent past. This one is cool because the original is tile-able.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a brand new iPad. I had to give the old one back (long story). Now, for the first time I have an iPad which is actually mine. Am so excited that I can hardly sit still. The iPad is a favourite toy and every so often it gets used for work.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Curtain Call

Am particularly pleased with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: A smooth path. After over two months of bumpy, gravel filled trips home, one of the major roads near my house finally got 'hot sealed'.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Picasso Triangle

Sometimes 'weird' is good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to finish a presentation that I need for tomorrow. Hopefully it will go well.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eye Disc

At the moment I have a 'thing' for discs and curves.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally upgrading to Windows 10. The actual update went off without a hitch and all my files survived the process.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Woven Wavelets

Am not too sure about this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that the nightmare that was 'Integration Day' won't be happening this year. Happily this truly awful idea/event has been allowed to die the most silent of deaths.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Waffle Mix

Tried a mixture of variations on this one and it worked. It's good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Escaping last nights intense thunderstorm unscathed. Even our power was unaffected which was quite lucky. Said storm was intense enough to be considered newsworthy.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Beaded Argyle

This one was a big disappointment. It took forever to create and the result was not what was hoping for.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to have a decent walk. I'd love to say this is because the stormy, rainy weather has improved but this is not the case. Was able to stay mostly dry thanks to my mother's light, waterproof jacket (which had a hood). To be fair, this afternoon the strong winds were more problematic that the light 'spitting' from the sky.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hopeful Lines

Was hoping that this one would look OK when rendered. Happily, it does.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good day. Had a lovely visit from some colleagues who will be teaching level 1 Digital Technology next year and we got to chat / share resources. Also managed to get a fair bit of 'other important stuff' done.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Docking Station

Dedicated to all those who dream of space travel.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some much needed help with creating a relational database / website solution. Happily my brother is an 'industry expert' and he generously put up with me for the four plus hours it took to fix what I loving call 'the mess'.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Squared Away

Was really pleased with this one. It took a lot of effort but it was worth it.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected (and very kind) gift from one of my dancers. There is a long story behind this but it's 'all good' and right now I'm feeling very spoiled.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Neon Fountain

Probably a bit too bright for most people...

Today's Gratitude Item: A new waste disposal unit that works brilliantly. The old one was rather temperamental.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Triangulated String

Sometimes bright pink is an appropriate colour choice.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow is my last 'verkakte' meeting for the year and whilst I'm not looking forward to said meeting, I am looking forward to it being over. My long-suffering colleagues have two more to go but I miss the final installment as I'll be 'geeking out' at CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools) in the not too distant future.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fire String

There is a reason that this kind of fractal is also known as a 'flame'.

Today's Gratitude Item: That sometimes when working on a layout, things just seem to fall into place.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wheat Wave

As in a woven wave made of fractal wheat.

Today's Gratitude Item: This pixabay image of an alphabet. It was perfect for creating a 'thanks' graphic which was needed for a project that I'm working on. The images in pixabay are all public domain which makes it my 'go to' place for finding illustrations for just about everything.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bright Blue Flower


Today's Gratitude Item: Not only are junior exams over, I don't have any marking to do. Right now life is good.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Circle Squint

It took considerable 'playing' to get the background to co-operate.

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprisingly good day. Our junior students are writing their end of year exams. Happily supervision today was really easy as the kids seem to know the drill and were brilliantly behaved. Here's hoping that tomorrow brings 'more of the same'.