Monday, August 31, 2015

Wave Ride

Am not too sure about this one. It was fun to play with though.

Today's Gratitude Item: Amazing, freshly made ginger cake as part of our meeting after school. I know I blog about food a fair bit but this cake was really something special.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Triple Moon

Similar to previous works but cool enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Slow progress. Which is better than no progress at all.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Glow Tile

I've always had a 'thing' for stuff that glows in the dark.

Today's Gratitude Item: Students who take the time to ask for help! It makes my job a lot easier when kids email asking for help / confessing that they missed something in class - especially when they are really polite about it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Double Comfort

This one looks nice and cozy. Took forever to get the gradient 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Lovely bread and dip for morning tea.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Eye Wave

Did not turn out quite as well as expected. Not bad enough to 'bin' though.

Today's Gratitude Item: Giving up one of my least favourite roles at school. I realised that continuing in said role was not necessary and met with the DP concerned today. Whilst she was less than happy about my decision, not having to do something that I have come to loathe is a huge weight off my shoulders.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Coiled Copper

Another 'nice and simple' image.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cheap fuel. I've probably blogged about this before but knowing the location of one of the cheapest petrol stations in Auckland has certainly paid off. Price was a whopping 13c/L cheaper than one of the other stations on my route in to work.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Super String

Had a lot of fun making this one. It was not as complicated as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing some 'soul destroying' marking. Whilst completing the marking was a painful process, I am glad that it is over and am looking forwards to moving on.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Double Eclipse

In a fractal universe, anything is possible - even a double eclipse.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing the game I created to help my students learn the basics of data representation. It was a fun project that took an insanely long time to complete. It will be interesting to see if said game helps the kids grasp the concepts that we are trying to teach.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


As in the gold flowers are trapped in a golden net.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making inroads into my massive marking pile. It's taking a while but this is not unexpected.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blue Venus

Is it just me or does this look like the fractal equivalent of a Venus fly trap?

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some 'little' things out of the way.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Heart to Heart

Needless to say, more than 'a bit' of post processing was involved with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a random pack of playing cards next to my desk. It turns out that they can be used to show kids how a selection sort works.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Copper Button

I've posted similar images in the past but I liked it, so it got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cheap airfares to Christchurch. I'm heading down there in December for a Computer Science thing. It should be fun.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Complicated Bead

Another variation on a theme

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally downloading the various Office apps on my iPad. Our school has an Office subscription which means using the apps is free. It also looks like it will make it easier for staff to share MS created content with students who are using iPads. Needless to say, this may well solve a number of 'interesting' problems that we are currently grappling with.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Double Dome

Easy to make. Similar (but not the same) as previous works.

Today's Gratitude Item: My day was made infinitely better by *free*, hot, barista-made, student delivered coffee. On occasions like this, I love my job.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fern Mirage

This one has been heavily post processed. Happily the results exceeded my expectations.

Today's Gratitude Item: That turning a 'broken' photocopy machine off at the wall (and on again) not only fixed the problem but also resulted in my printing from Friday magically materialising. Given that said printing was in colour and the charge comes off a very limited budget, it was nice not to have to reprint.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fern Cloth

As is so often the case, this one was a most pleasant surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: A steady flow of assignments being submitted. The work is due at 9:00 am tomorrow and I am hopeful that most of my students will manage to get it done before the deadline.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Patience Rewarded

As the title implies, patience was required when creating this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Peace and quiet. I love Saturdays :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Rising Sun Fan

Totally different and almost entirely accidental.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting Game Develop to do what I needed it to do. Am finally making progress and it feels great.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ripple Sphere

It's easy to get spheres. Sometimes it is easy to make ripples. Getting both at the same time - not so easy!

Today's Gratitude Item: A simple equation. ie: Freezing weather + Not having to go out = Happiness :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Floral Gauze

A bit 'old fashioned' but at least it was easy to name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Enjoying genuine halva all the way from Greece at dance class courtesy of one of the group who has recently returned from an overseas holiday.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Curve Check

As in a checkered, curved design.

Today's Gratitude Item: That options evening went well. It was a very long day today - hopefully it was worth it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Magnetic Sunshine

The lines reminded me of magnetic fields.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to recycle / update an old screen casting presentation for staff PD purposes. My colleagues seemed happy enough with the material and hopefully it will inspire them to make some screen casts of their own.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Water Hole

As in an upside-down water droplet in a hole.

Today's Gratitude Item: That finding public domain images for use in various projects is so much easier than it used to be :)

Saturday, August 08, 2015


If only one could buy fabric that looked like this...

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking along both my Android and the cable which connects it to speakers to Winter Warm-up. I had sent the organisers a USB with the music on it as requested but for some reason, only two of the five tracks played from the USB. Arriving early and checking that the music was OK before hand was also a good move. In the end things went smoothly and a brilliant night was had by all.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Rags to Ribbons

As in fractal ribbons made of rags.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a colleague showed me a really great on-line crossword puzzle maker where the crosswords one generates can be completed on-line. This is a fantastic tool which allows kids to do crosswords without us having to spend money printing them out.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Arched Effect

This involved a lot of zooming

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that there is something that is even better than freshly brewed barista coffee. Free freshly brewed barista coffee!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

X Spot

As in 'x' marks the spot.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting approval to go to Christchurch later in the year for CS4HS. Am looking forward to it already :)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Infinite Suspension

This one was a lovely surprise - no post processing was required.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really productive class where pretty much everyone was doing what they were meant to be doing. Seeing kids make significant progress is a wonderful thing.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Diamond Distort

This one is related to 'Infinite Suspension'. It's amazing what a different final transform and change in colouring algorithm can do.

Today's Gratitude Item: Really lovely cheese and crackers which were served as part of our after school meeting. There are definite advantages to be in the same department as the Food Tech / Hospitality teachers.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Faint Flower

I get cold just looking at this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That August is finally here. Our daffodils are doing well and we have one that is flowering. Spring is now only a month away and after a cold wet winter (complete with 'short' dark days), I'm looking forward to not having to get out of bed before sunrise.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Regular Rectangles

Simple but fun to create.

Today's Gratitude Item: A much needed day of rest.