Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ripple Mask

Had fun making the background for this one.

Ripple Mask

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Behind the Blue Door...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

This Way Up

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Which Way?

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Textured Stone Steps

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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

Designer Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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'.

Whole Hearted

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Infinity Disk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Beach Stripes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Lily Ripple

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

See Sand

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Storm Factory

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Gentle Tide

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Echo Lace

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Thorny Echo

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Shadow Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Wing Descent

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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...

Grass Blinds

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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'.

Hot Spot

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

This Way Up

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Emerald Wizardry

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Distorted Flow

Simple but nice.

Distorted Flow

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Blue Waters

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

One Direction

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Floral Sphere Revisited

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Chanukah 5776

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Purple Contemplation

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Wonky Wall

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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).

Rain Damaged

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

In Recess

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Whole Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.