Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Flower Net

As in a 'flower' caught in a net.

Flower Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good day at CS4HS. Am looking forward to 'more of the same' tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

3D Lattice

Strange things happened on post-processing. The 3D effect was not nearly as obvious in the original image.

3D Lattice

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having Internet access in my room at CS4HS. This is the first time in three years that this has been the case and it's wonderful.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Very Bright Idea

Perfect for those cold winter days when one forgets what the sun looks like.

Very Bright Idea

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item:Finally finished updating the eBook that I will use to teach 'basic' databases. Said databases are 'basic' in that they only contain one table so the design is very simple. They will be implemented using php / sql which is where things become both fun and interesting.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rule #10 (revisited)

This one is on my classroom wall. I had one which says 'Just do it' but one of my students plagiarised and then quoted the rule. This one should encourage them to be more sensible.

Just because...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to wrap hexagonal boxes neatly without using a massive amount of wrapping paper.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Errors...

Another one for my classroom wall. The old 'e' in my alphabet series wasn't working for us.

Errors...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a relatively old book by Daniel Silva that I had not yet read. Like other books by this author, The English Girl is a very satisfying read.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Subtle Love

If you look really carefully, you might be able to spot the string hearts in this one.

Subtle Love

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A rainy day. My carpool buddy was driving and this meant that for once, I could work in the car both to and from school. This gave me about 80 minutes of extra time which is huge. Normally working on the way home is impossible due to the angle of the sun.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dappled Ocean

Adding some 'perspective' and playing with a variant that distorts everything slightly resulted in this.

Dappled Ocean

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Roadworks have been happening on my regular route home which has meant taking an alternate route for the last month or so. Happily, said roadworks are pretty much complete and today, for the first time in ages, the commute home was back to 'normal'.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Space Walk

As in a tunnel in space.

Space Walk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our 'report writing' requirements at school are a lot less onerous than they have been in the past. Happily, school has gone with the 'less is more' approach.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Many Moons

This one did not turn out quite as well as hoped. The fact that the image is slightly skew means that looking at it for any length of time can make one feel a bit off balance.

Many moons

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to 'cover' for anyone today. With my senior students on exam leave, I was expecting to get at least one 'cover' - happily today this was not the case which gave me extra time to create resources. Needless to say, this is my 'make hay while the sun shines' period.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Stripe 90

Named because the pattern on the narrow bars is at right angles to the pattern on the wide bars.

Stripe 90

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the rest of my moderation came back and NZQA is 'highly confident' in my ability to assess students against the various standards. Needless to say, this is great news as it means that I am on the right track when it comes to assessing kids.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Alien Fence

This one could be a close up of a fence. Sort of.

Alien Fence

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress on the eBook that I'm currently creating. It's taking a while but there is light at the end of the tunnel (hopefully said light is not an on-coming train).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Modern Ancient

A modern depiction of an ancient symbol.

Modern Ancient

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to read one of Jeffrey Archer's more recent books (Cometh the Hour). This was a rare treat as most of the books that I read are not nearly as well crafted.

Friday, November 18, 2016

From Ashes

The ashes in question are still glowing.

From Ashes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our 'intermittent' internet problem was mostly resolved by the time I taught my junior Mathematics class.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Star Born

This one turned out better than expected which was a lovely surprise.

Star Born

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an increased travel subsidy for an upcoming visit to Christchurch. Air fares were more expensive than expected but the event organisers found a sponser who has donated extra money which will cover most of the cost of getting down there. This was a very pleasant, unexpected surprise.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Deconstructed Blossom

This one was a flower before I added a final transform and changed everything.

Deconstructed Blossom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my nearest and dearest coming through a rather important health check with flying colours. Said check was in the 'routine' but 'not fun at all' category. We are all glad that said check is over with no problems.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Screen glitter

Cyan and blue on their own are often quite ugly. Put them together with sufficient black and the result could look something like this...

Screen glitter

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Really great 'professional development'. Spent the day at a 'Best Practice Workshop' looking at subject specific material that was incredibly helpful. This made a wonderful change from some of the other less useful PD that has been foisted upon us during the year.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Floral Compulsion

This is similar to other works but I felt compelled to render it.

Floral Compulsion

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being far, far away from the recent earthquakes. Thoughts go out to all of those who are too close to the action for comfort!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fern Arch

This one was a lot of work for a slightly disappointing result. Never mind.

Fern Arch

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Fractal inspiration! It's been a long time since I created new work and the break appears to have been beneficial. The only downside is that I did not do any school work at all on the weekend. Never mind.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weird Hole

Created on one of 'those' days.

Weird Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to make bagels look good, even if they are not being covered with sesame seeds. Normally sesame seeds are part of the 'deal' and they cover a multitude of sins. This time around, some 'seedless' bagels were required which meant figuring out a way to ensure that said bagels looked 'pretty'.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Shadow Dawn

As in dawn in a land of shadows.

Shadow Dawn

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to work on a resource that needs urgent updating. The coffee break mid-way through the process helped.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Escalator Waves

The pattern reminded me of the 'tread' of an escalator. Hence the name.

Escalator Waves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to do my share of junior Mathematics exam marking in record time. Unfortunately part of the reason for this was that too many students did not even attempt many of the questions.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Block Sun

Is this the opposite of 'sun block'?

Block Sun

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the American elections are finally over (and that I live in beautiful New Zealand).

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Shaky Ground

If you're having one of 'those' days - please hang in there. Eventually the shaking will stop (or you'll get used to it).

Shaky Ground

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the first day of junior exams went smoothly. At this point 'uneventful' is really good.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Falling Apart

Ever feel as if 'life' is taking small bits of your soul? Does it look like this?

Falling Apart

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally completing a redesign of one of the sites that I look after. It took a while but hopefully the effort was not wasted.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Volvo

As in 'boxy but good'. Dedicated to all those 'Crazy People' fans out there.

Volvo

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a better understanding of Bootstrap's grid system. I wanted the material to go from 6 columns (on a wide screen) down to 4 columns, then 2 columns and then one column. What I had would jump from 6 straight down to 1. In the end the fix was easy (although the information on the bootstrap page was not all that clear IMHO).

Too Much

As in this one is bulging because it is 'over full'.

Too Much

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Recharging! As in having a long nap (guilt free of course).

Friday, November 04, 2016

Hope Spiral

As in I took a gamble with this on and hoped that it would turn out well .

Hope Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being out on the field with junior athletics. It made a nice change from the usual routine and in my case 'out' means being in the shade recording kids' times on 'my' database which worked like a charm.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Ribbon Rise

Getting this woven effect was quite a challenge.

Ribbon Rise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Repurposing a website that I made for a client (but did not end up using). When the site was originally not needed, I was a bit annoyed about the 'wasted' effort. It turns out that said effort was not wasted after all.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Phoenix Rising

This one is closely related to 'Ribbon Rise'. Was not sure which was nicer so both got rendered.

Phoenix rising

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to finish a revision resource for my Maths class and start updating the database eBook that I'll be using with my level 2 students next year.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Petal Floor

This one was partly luck and partly patience.

Petal Floor

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our senior students are now on exam leave. This means we only have junior classes until the end of the year which also means having time to do all of those things that we promised ourselves we would do 'when the seniors leave'.