Monday, October 31, 2016

Pie Net

As in I used the 'pie' variation to create this one.

Pie Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students taught me how to use SASS (scss). This will make development of webpages even easier and is something that I will show the rest of the group next year. It is surprisingly straight forward, especially if you use something like Koala.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Square Storm

Named because of the 'squares' which make up the spiral storm. I really struggled with the colours for this one. This is firmly in the 'not bad enough to bin' folder.

Square Storm

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A fun night out which involved free food, jokes, singing and a quiz in which my team were part of a three-way tie for first place.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Curved Metal

It would be cool if we could get metal gates which looked a bit like this.

Curved Metal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having access to all the information from the last time Auckland group hosted an Israeli Dance camp. We'll be hosting in 2018 which seems a long time away but figuring out dates, booking venues and organising teachers is something that should be done sooner rather than later. This might be an interesting ride...

Friday, October 28, 2016

Square Power

Had fun with this one - especially when it was time to 'post process'.

Square Power

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering how to add headers to adobe documents (and the fact that I have Adobe 9 Pro on my school laptop).

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Shock Wave

These waves have some spiky bits for variety.

Shock Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A simple solution to an annoying problem. There is a sink outside my classroom which is convenient for filling my water bottle. There was also a kettle near said sink and some of our students used to boil water to make instant noodles. Problem was that sometimes they would leave a disgusting mess where noodles would end up blocking the sink. The solution? Remove the kettle. This means no nasty noodles in the sink and some very happy seniors who needed a second kettle for their common room.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Square Scales

Sometimes 'nice and simple' happens.

Square Scales

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Using my iPad at dance class (instead of my the 'old' Android) worked beautifully. This is a work in progress as I need to set up a series of playlists but so far, things are going well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On a Wing

Took a while to get this one 'just right'.

On a Wing

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Today's Gratitude Item: That the end is firmly in sight for my senior students. We have a bit more than 24 hours to go before their final deadline...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simchat Torah 5777 (slightly late)

I should have posted this one last night. Happily with the time delay it's still Simchat Torah in some parts of the world :)

Simchat Torah 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home safely from camp. Happily the traffic on the return journey was not nearly as bad as anticipated.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Looking Outward

This 3D cog 'thing' was something of a surprise.

Looking Outward

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A perfect day which included an unscheduled visit to the maginificent Hamilton gardens followed by delightful home made pizza. Said day also included a massive amount of dancing :)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Corn Fountain

Tried a different variant for a change and this was the result.

Corn Fountain

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a brilliant time at dance camp. Being exhausted at the end of a very full day never felt this good.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fantasy Flowers

No sunlight or water required.

Fantasy Flowers

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to Hamilton safely. Free wifi at our accommodation was a lovely added bonus

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Grate Lattice

As in lattice that looks a bit like a circular grate.

Grate Lattice

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a number of things on my 'to do' list took a lot less time than anticipated.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Polar Wave

This one looks better 'small'.

Polar Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting confirmation that everything is set up for my students to submit 'external' work for marking. This is quite a big deal and being set up in this way makes things very easy on my end.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Royal Drapes

Am not too sure about this one. Rendering it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Royal Drapes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'quick get-away' from school :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rule #21

Now all I have to do is convince my students that usability really does matter.

Usability

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Today's Gratitude Item: The end is in sight! Only 10 more school days with senior classes (then things get a lot more quiet). I have loads to do in that magical time 'when the seniors leave' but a lot of the pressure will be off.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sukkot 5777

I opted for keeping it simple this year. Hopefully it will be effective.

Sukkot 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow is my last 'super crazy' Monday this year. It involves a full on day with meetings at both ends. Happily next week, Monday is a public holiday and the week after, things will be a lot more relaxed as my senior classes will have completed all their course work for the year.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rule #24

Finding a suitable 'x' quotation for the alphabet series was a bit of a challenge.

Quadratic Equation

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliantly relaxing day.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rule #23

Sometimes cliches are there for a reason.

Watch...

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Today's Gratitude Item: Then end of quite a busy day (and a quite a busy week).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rule #22

Happily, validating code is relatively straight forward. Especially if said validation is not left until the very end of the process.

Validate...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out a critical piece of information before it was too late :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rule #26

In a class of students, there will always be one who submits work as a .rar instead of the requested .zip

Zip It!

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That 'the fast' went well for my family and I. It's amazing how amazing raisin bread toast tastes when one has not eaten all day :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Yom Kippur 5777

Wishing everyone an easy fast.

Yom Kippur 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My Moodle notifications are working again. Trust me when I say that this is quite a big deal.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Rule #25

I probably say this at least once a period to a student who is struggling. On a good day, this line even works.

You Can Do This...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very special birthday dinner and family who love me. Tomorrow is the actual day but in good Jewish tradition, we start celebrating the night before. This also means that when the fast comes in tomorrow night, my birthday will pretty much be over. Happily this time around my birthday and Yom Kippur don't fully coincide (they did when I turned 18 and it was really, really weird).

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Rule #16

Related to Rule #25 (You can do this).

Persevere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being *mostly* ready to go back to school tomorrow.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Rule #20

Funnily enough, this one is hard for a lot of my students.

Think!

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Local body elections are finally over! This means that the various hoardings will soon come down and we can once again enjoy our surroundings without the visual pollution associated with said elections.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Rule #19

Obvious advice which is often ignored.

Save Often

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding a really good tool for writing (and testing) regular expressions.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Rule #18

There is a song about this one...

Respect

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to write a regular expression that validates most email addresses correctly. This was an for an exercise related to 'Formal Languages' (there are much easier ways of validating email addresses) and it was a fun learning curve. It was necessary as my students will be doing something similar in class next week.

Rule #17

The trick is to ask the right questions.

Question Everything?

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a wireless adapter for my desktop. It worked like a charm and my 'office' has finally been set up so that I am a lot more comfortable.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Rule #14

Being 'different' is a lot more fun.

Normal is Overrated

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a $20 note on a walk! It was surreal but fun.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Rosh HaShana 5777

This one took longer than one might think to create. Shana Tova everyone :)

Rosh HaShana 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Guilt free time off :)

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Rule #13

Or should that be 'Make IT work'?

Make it Work!

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Banana boxes! They are sturdy and just the right height for transforming my 'sitting' area into a much more comfortable 'standing' area.