Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sky Scaffold

Am not too sure about this one...

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to enjoy bread again. Matzos is OK but after a week, I am really glad that Pesach is done for another year.

Friday, April 29, 2016

High Fibre

Needless to say, it took a while to get this one 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Expert help! Something that would have taken me days to figure out was sorted in a matter of minutes. It's great when that happens.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paua Restoration

It's been a while since I've made anything with Apo. It's good to be back :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Solving a slight mystery which has been driving me nuts. It's a long story which involves jQuery, some recalcitrant radio buttons and finally getting things to 'sort of' work.

Whisper Flame

Sometimes simple and 'zoomed in' works well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my Shavuot image completed. It took a while but was worth it. Feel free to click on the preceding link for a sneak peak.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Which Way Up

If these were arrows, which direction would they be indicating?

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting good feedback from last week's workshop. It's nice to be appreciated.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Flower Squared

This geometric design was an unexpected surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: This site which has proven to be a great way to learn some simple jQuery.

Many Boats

On many waves...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having some success with a small JavaScript app that I'm trying to write. I still have a long way to go but progress is progress.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


As in there is a disc peaking out from behind the diagonal slats.

Today's Gratitude Item: "Alone Time" - having time to just think things through can be really valuable.

Friday, April 22, 2016

5776 Pesach

Sometimes we don't fully appreciate the joys of matzoh - especially towards the end of Pesach. This image aims to change that.

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: Finally figuring out how to use GIMP's gradient editor to create create gradients composed of more than two colours. This provided a great example of really bad usability - which is good because I'm always on the lookout for horrible usability examples to share with my Computer Science students.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


It looks like my signature is in danger of being impaled.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home safely after running a two-day workshop. Said workshop went well and most of my participants seemed happy with how things went (either that or everyone was just being polite - it's sometimes hard to tell).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Flower Squared 2.0

For some reason this one is oddly appealing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free headphones! I forgot to tell my workshop participants that they needed headphones to access content. Amazingly, the event organiser came around with free headphones for everyone.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jagged Waves

Maybe this one should have been called 'loud and proud'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding 20c on my morning walk. The plan was to get sushi but I forgot that they recently put the price up by 20c and would have had to go without if not for a said find.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gold Fern

Somehow ferns never grow 'old'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having strong interest in a workshop that I'm running this week. I was expecting only a handful of people (long story) and was pleasantly surprised to find that eleven people signed up. I'm "excited nervous" about delivering the workshop as I have not done this sort of thing before. Happily my resources are ready and everything is pretty much 'good to go'.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Iron Flower

When it comes to colour, less can be more.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good walk, great sushi and *finally* having time to upload content to Shutterstock and create some fractals in Apophysis (it's been a while).

Friday, April 15, 2016

Barbed Wire

Some days I feel trapped by my spiral addiction.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to the end of a crazy / busy term. Am officially on 'holiday' for two weeks. Given the amount of work that I need to get through, I'm using the word 'holiday' in its loosest possible sense.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Puzzle Spiral

As in a spiral made of interlocking puzzle pieces.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to recycle material from last year. I had anticipated having to make changes but realised that this was not necessary - which means getting to bed earlier than usual (yay).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Uncertain Radiation

The name reflects the problems experienced when trying to settle on the 'best' colour for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: The end of term is in sight. Two more days to go...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fat Angel

As in the entity towards the top right reminded me of angel - albeit one that should probably go on a diet.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting 44 level 1 websites marked and moderated within 48 hours. It was a massive job and getting it out of the way is a huge relief.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dangerous Blue

Those spikes look very sharp - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free samples. Especially when said free samples are of the 'salt and vinegar' variety. Today's offering was not as good my favourite snack but it was still quite good.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Super Star

A pretty variation on a theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Imminent Popcorn (yum).

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Copper Arch-Form

Sometimes fractals can resemble alien buildings.

Today's Gratitude Item: Solitude on my afternoon walk. It's good to have time to think...

Friday, April 08, 2016

Twilight Turning

It's sort of mesmerizing...

Today's Gratitude Item: Possibly sourcing a 'standing desk' for my classroom. It's currently in the DP's office but they might not need it in the near future and I was in the right place at the right time and called 'dibs' (fingers crossed). The alternate plan is to put the furniture in next year's budget which is not the end of the world but would mean waiting for quite a while...

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Sharp Oasis

Definitely different. This does not look like a fun place to visit.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my 11th graders' graphing projects marked and returned. My students always keen to find out their assessment results and it's good to be able to get that not so small task out of the way.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Ripple Target

Every so often, really cool / interesting images appear. It's good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students gave me a solution to a particularly annoying problem. It's good when that happens.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Mercury Rising

This one is not quite silver enough to be actual mercury.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some fairly urgent (and important) 'stuff' done. Getting 'on top of things' is proving to be tricky as there is a lot going on at school...

Monday, April 04, 2016

Endless Origami

Look at this one long enough and it becomes almost 3D.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to use Excel's 'VLOOKUP' function. It was not too hard and said function did exactly what I wanted it to do. Happily it made a rather tedious task somewhat less tedious.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Satin Flowers

The colouring of this one does not quite work - the small size is 'OK' but the flowers in the large size are quite ugly.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a 'sort of' early night. It's not as early as I'd like but it is earlier than it has been in a while.

Floral Connection

Reminds me of a flowering creeper.

Today's Gratitude Item: The end of daylight saving. It means an extra hours sleep which is a good thing. This is not as good as an entire extra day of holiday but at this point, I'll take what I can get.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Purple Chains

Was really pleased with how this one turned out. It's almost 3D.

Today's Gratitude Item: Really delicious 'pizza bread' for morning tea. My mother made it and it was awesome!

Revisited Man

Named for the small purple 'mandelbrot man' on the right hand side.

Today's Gratitude Item: Supportive parents who appreciate my efforts. It's amazing how 'big' even a small 'thanks' can be.