Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Torch in Waiting

This one reminded me of the torch used to carry the Olympic flame. Don't see it? Try squinting.

Torch in Waiting

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Windy weather. It was the perfect excuse to forego my post-school walk and nap instead. Given that I was absolutely exhausted, said nap was both necessary and useful.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thorny Rose

This time around, the thorns are part of the flower.

Thorny Rose

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That when things don't quite work - it is easy to screen cast the problem. This saves a lot explaining which is a good thing. I live in hope that the problems I have identified will be fixed.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Disc Play Geometric

It does not get much better than a geometric design that involves woven bits of fractal string.

Disc Play Geometric

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being 'mostly ready' for the upcoming term. Knowing we just have one final push before the end of the year is a great feeling!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flower Tile Cold

I thought this one would turn out better than it did. Having said that, it was not ugly enough to bin.

Flower Tile Cold

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A typical Saturday which involved recharging batteries and not worrying about anything!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Distorted Weave Play

Here's what happens if you take a woven string flower, chop it up and rearrange the bits...

Distorted Weave Play

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress of on updating a client's website.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spiral Magic

There is something a little bit 'magical' about this one.

Spiral Magic

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Accidental kitchen discoveries. It looks like we might have stumbled on a good way to make coffee flavoured 'ice cream' without the need for either cream or an ice cream maker.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Simchat Torah 5778

This took a while to create. It would have taken even longer if not for the awesome guys over at www.lashon.net/CL//index.html who have a very nice little app which lets one generate Hebrew Tanach (and Mishna) passages on demand.

Simchat Torah 5778

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a great day! Our broken dryer got fixed in record time, the program I'm creating worked and dancing as part of our community's Simchat Torah celebrations went incredibly well.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Subtle Sine

As in there is a sign wave in this one. Sort of.

Subtle Sine

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Dancing twice this week. Once this evening and then again tomorrow as part of the Simchat Torah celebrations. It should be fun...

Monday, October 09, 2017

Floral String

An old idea revisited. Whilst we have been here before, this one was just begging to be rendered.

Floral String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: *Almost* completing program #2 for the resource I am developing for next year. There is still a long way to go but each little step helps.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Dropped String

As in string, in the shape of a droplet.

Dropped String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making slow but steady progress on a major project.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Almost Thistle

It's spiky and a flower - which is close enough in my world.

Almost Thistle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delicious bagel straight from the oven. It's been too long since 'the last time'.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Holy Hail

The layers reminded me of hailstones cut in two - only with holes inside.

Holy Hail

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: New, super comfortable sun glasses. Said sun glasses have Polaroid lenses which makes a big difference (it's the first time I've had Polaroids and I really like them).

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Grid Portals

This one was 'good'. When I added the square / mosaic background, it became 'better'.

Grid Portals

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my mum was willing to be a 'usability volunteer'. It's a long story, the short version is that we want our students to test that the stuff they make is easy to use. To do this, they need to know what usability testing actually looks like.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sukkot 5778

This one took a lot longer to create than anticipated. In New Zealand, our community is tiny and most people don't know what Sukkot is. This cartoon is a light-hearted explanation.

Sukkot 5778

The quite large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Beating a WordPress site into submission. For some reason one particular category was showing the date (when this was not desired) but the others were not. I successfully edited the .php for the problem category without breaking anything and the page is better for it.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Disc Connection

The organic 'feel' of this one made it worth rendering.

Disc Connection

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students entered (and won) a web design competition. His prize was a significant amount of money and I am extraordinarily proud of him.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Earth Cross

The background really helped to make this one 'pop'.

Earth Cross

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some tedious (and annoying) paperwork out of the way.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Deep Tentacle

In my world, ocean monsters are both scary and beautiful.

Deep Tentacle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to create some fractals (it's been too long) and start work on a fairly major project.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Geo-String

As in Geometric String. Sometimes strong patterns work.

Geo-String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy fast!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur 5778 - Soul Restoration

It would be great if there was an easy way to atone for sin. Popping a pill would be a good option but in this life, nothing is easy and even with this remedy there is a catch.

Yom Kippur 5778 - Soul Restoration

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being on holiday! Somehow fasting is not quite so bad when one does not have to face one's students after the weekend.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spiky Compass

The title really says it all.

Spiky Compass

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day of school and then two weeks of 'holiday' (given that I have loads of school 'stuff' to do, the word 'holiday' is used in it's loosest possible sense).

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Double Sign

This one has my signature. Twice!

Double Sign

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A while back I wrote a couple of proposals to create resources for new standards that are being offered in my subject area for next year. The Ministry of Education has approved both proposals which means I get paid extra to make the resources and they will be shared with teachers around NZ. This is quite a big deal and I'm really happy about it although the amount of work involved is 'significant'.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Geo Thorns

Or perhaps, 'thorny triangle'.

Geo Thorns

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to mark practice exams! Whilst things are still far too busy, it could be a lot worse.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Wind Flame

Bright can be beautiful.

Wind Flame

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My search for a new job is over! I have accepted a position at a new school starting next year. One big plus is that my daily commute will be significantly shorter.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Moth Wing

Took a nice pattern and zoomed in. A lot.

Moth Wing

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making good progress a tedious but necessary task.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paved Reminiscence

As in we've seen similar paved designs before.

Paved Reminiscence

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Daylight saving is back! I know that at least one of my fellow bloggers loathes daylight saving with a passion but for me it is wonderful as it once again becomes possible to go for a long walk in the late afternoon (rather than having to use the treadmill relatively late at night). It also means that those lovely long summer holidays are within sight...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rosh HaShana 5778

This image was inspired by my dad when a while back he asked what year we were in...

Rosh HaShana 5778

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Two blissful days without any students! It always feels strange to be on holiday when one's non-Jewish colleagues are still working but I'm not complaining.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mask Trunk

Is it a close up of a mask or a fantasy tree trunk?

Mask Trunk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Senior practice exams! Whilst my students are not looking forward to writing said exams, it means a break from regular classes and time to catch up on a plethora of small tasks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ocean Peak

Perhaps it should have been called 'just swell'.

Ocean Peak

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: End of topic tests which can be given on a day when I am not on campus. Normally I'd have to leave relief / plan work so being able to give a test makes things super easy.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pulled Diamond

This one if very firmly in the 'not too sure' folder.

Pulled Diamond

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting loads done. Having a virtual 'to do' list on my desktop has proved to be useful...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Half Hole

Named because it started off as half a hole. Now it's a whole hole.

Half Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding the link to the old google form maker. It was extremely well hidden as in users need to push the '?' / help button at the bottom left of the screen and realise that the 'running man' links to the old forms option. Finding said link was a minor miracle.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Diamond Network

Simple but pretty.

Diamond Network

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that is is possible to hide unwanted text on a webpage using .css - it's a long, complicated saga with a great ending.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sliding Diamonds

Sometimes having things 'slip away' is not all bad.

Sliding Diamonds

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being 'busy' rather than bored! Things tend to get a bit crazy at this time of year...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dripping Diamonds

This one might be in the 'too simple' category.

Dripping Diamonds

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having our final dance session at our temporary venue. Being able to keep dancing while our regular space is being renovated has been great but we are all looking forward to things getting back to normal.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Irish Network

If you look hard enough at this one, you'll spot the four leaf clovers.

Irish Network

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: 'Kind Traffic'. Getting from point A to B in Auckland can be a bit of a gamble so when trips take less time than expected, there is cause for celebration.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bit of a Stretch

With added elastic!

Bit of a Stretch

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Jet lag! As in my dodgiest student was due back from overseas today but I think he might be jet lagged as he did not show up.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beaded Denim

Was particularly pleased with how this one turned out.

Beaded Denim

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to deliver some content to my 11th grade Computer Science students! Now all I need to do is finish making the teaching resource and we will be good to go.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Spun Star

Also known as 'entrapment'.

Spun Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliantly restful day spent indoors due to the rain.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Metal Work

This was one of those times when grey was better than coloured.

Metal Work

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through one of they busiest weeks ever. It is a massive relief to be *mostly* up-to-date and I'm looking forward to a relaxing (and guilt free) weekend.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Night Flower

This would work well as a piece of jewelry.

Night Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to cut down a video presentation so that it is *just* under 10 minutes long. It's for my third (and final) Uni assignment and it is great to have that part completed. Even better, we have fast Internet at school so I will wait until tomorrow morning to upload said video to YouTube :)

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Radar Ripples

Similar to previous images but nice enough to be worth rendering.

Radar Ripples

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning a 'new to me' dance that was actually taught a couple of years ago at camp. One of the other dancers in my group managed to pick it up and she taught it to us tonight. It is possibly the most complex dance in our repertoire and having someone else do the teaching made a nice change.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Paper Flower

More accident as opposed to design.

Paper Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Slowly making inroads into my 'marking mountain'. It is still significant but it's not as bad as it was...

Monday, September 04, 2017

Trendy Tile

More design as opposed to 'accidental'

Trendy Tile

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Got my second Uni assignment back and was pleased with the result. One more to go...

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Hand Checkered

Sometimes 'rustic' is good.

Hand Checkered

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Decent weather (at last). It's funny how something as simple as walking in the sunshine can be so good.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Flower Rays

An interesting surprise which is *sort of* a variation on a theme.

Flower Rays

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting up ridiculously late! I love Saturday mornings :)

Friday, September 01, 2017

Layered Stripes

I played and then zoomed. A lot.

Layered Stripes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting back admin rights on my school computer. After the latest update I noticed that I could not longer install fonts / software. Happily our IT guy was able to give me back admin rights so all is well with my world.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big Wheel

Is this one of those times where 'big is good'?

Big Wheel

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Good 'bad' timing. Some dreaded professional development falls on the High Holy days which means I get to skip it :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Curve Ball

Simple but hopefully effective.

Curve Ball

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 12th grade 'experimental' lesson went much better than expected. This is a good thing as I it forms part of my 'assignment 3' for 'that' Uni paper.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pre-Butterfly

This one reminded me of a chrysalis...

Pre-Butterfly

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that Word 2016 has an easy way of putting in clickable check boxes. This means not having to make .pdf mark sheets as they can be done in Word instead.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Drain Again

For some reason, pretty drain holes keep appearing on my screen. Weird.

Drain Again

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting progress reports done. They needed to be done by the end of this week - happily the process was mercifully brief.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bottled Angel

If you can't see the angel, try squinting and tilting your head a little.

Bottled Angel

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having marked all my 12th graders programming work! Admittedly the group is very small (only 10 students) and it did not take long but it is one less thing to do this coming week.