Sunday, April 23, 2017

5777 Yom HaShoah

This image contains 2,188 names of those who perished in the Holocaust. The names are from the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.

5777 Yom HaShoah

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to crop images to a specific aspect ratio / size in GIMP. When you know how, it's extremely easy...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Striped Opera

If you've seen the Sydney opera house, you'll know where this one got its name.

Striped Opera

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having time to create a cartoon that has been 'brewing' for quite a while.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cold Zag

Sometimes 'old' designs are worth revisiting.

Cold Zag

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good day in the kitchen. It's funny how when one bakes it makes the entire day seem worthwhile.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ragged Edge

Am not too sure about the dark 'shadow' in the middle of this one...

Ragged Edge

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally completing a series of videos that are needed for next term. I also had time to email the parents of all my students showing what work is overdue. It seems to be working in as some of the missing work has miraculously been uploaded since 'that email' went out. Whilst nagging is never fun, at least modern technology makes said nagging easier and more efficient.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hot Silk

As in this one reminded me of silk that might be used to make a hot air balloon.

Hot Silk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing my Shavuot graphic for 5777. It will feature on this blog in due course. If you can't wait, you can sneak a peak by clicking on the preceding link.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Curled Up

The spiral addiction strikes again.

Curled Up

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Pesach is over! Whilst I probably love matzos more than the next guy, it will be good to get back to being able to eat bread again :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Green Light

Originally this one was pink / blue but when I inverted the colours this appeared.

Green Light

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally realising that the reason my headphone recorder had a nasty feedback problem was due to interference from the external wifi receiver that I need to be able to get the internet on my desktop.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hole Connection

As in a hole surrounded by a bunch of connections.

Hole Connection

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a very useful tutorial for making 3D wristbands using Illustrator. It was quick and easy to follow.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dusk Ripples

I liked how this one 'flowed'.

Dusk Ripples

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new 'puzzle book' - sometimes it's nice to do a crossword instead of reading a novel.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Interference

Interference is usually bad / annoying. This is the exception.

Good Interference

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Staying home over Easter. It is an ongoing mystery why so many Aucklanders feel the need to sit in horrendous traffic to get out of town for Easter - especially when the weather in other parts of the country has been dodgy to say the least (thanks cyclone Cook).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Orange Splice

This one seemed like a good idea at the time.

Orange Splice

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting to the end of Term 1. How is it possible for a term to feel endless and yet be over so soon?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shell Grid

Sometimes purple is a good idea.

Shell Grid

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Loads of rain! Normally I'm not a fan of being wet but it rained enough that they had to cancel the 'whole school assembly' that was scheduled for today. Assemblies are generally quite tedious / boring so the cancellation resulted in significant joy among both students and staff.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Subtle Spiral

For some reason, the 'spikes' on this one add to its appeal.

Subtle Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: 'Proper' coffee this morning supplied by our International department. It was the perfect 'kick start' to a very busy day.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pesach 5777

The list is based on the biblical account of the first Pesach - I *might* have taken some liberties with the order.

Pesach 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Leaving school 'early' (as in not staying for this afternoon's meetings) due to it being Erev Peasch :)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Subdued Fireworks

This one was originally very, very bright - downplaying the colours was a massive improvement.

Subdued Fireworks

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: New boots for work :)

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Wild Flower

This one could be filed under 'Crazy. Colourful. What was I thinking!!'

Wild Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Student emails where first they let me know there is a problem and then shortly after they get back in touch to say that they have fixed it! It is really good when kids persevere, ask questions and manage to make progress - especially when they are working at home / on the weekend.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Deep Web

As in the connections here go way beneath the surface.

Deep Web

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A colleague switched duties with me so I did not have to be out on the field. It turns out she knows our 10th grade students really well and was keen to be involved. She is normally in the library and I was more than happy to switch places and cover her station while she was out on the field doing 'my' assigned role. A true win/win situation.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Weird Pink Infinity

This one looks like a drug induced hallucination that was created by someone who has never experienced a drug induced hallucination.

Weird Pink Infinity

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it just might rain tomorrow. Here's hoping! Regardless of the weather situation, school continues to provide material for my cartoon blog. So even when it's bad, it's good.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Modern Organic

Maybe this one should have been called 'strange connections'.

Modern Organic

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Something that I though would be extremely tricky and very time consuming was not. Normally I underestimate the time needed to complete a given task so when I overestimate, it makes a very nice change.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Butterfly Interference

Close up the interference pattern is quite cool. The small image does not really 'work' in this case.

Butterfly Interference

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That an annoying problem is *hopefully* close to being resolved.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ripple Noise

Staring at this one too long might induce seizures (whoops).

Ripple Noise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quite an intricate email done and sent. It took ages but was hopefully worth the effort.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Gentle Fern Cascade

Sometimes really 'soft' colours are all that is required.

Gentle Fern Cascade

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being mentioned as "this nice woman from New Zealand" in a blog post by one of my favourite bloggers. He just celebrated his 12th blogiversary (you can read more here).

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Ice Dance

This one required a lot of work and the end results was still not quite what I'd hoped for.

Ice Dance

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That April Fool's Day fell on a Saturday this time around which meant not having to deal with student pranks.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ice Connection

In retrospect this one is much too bright. Never mind.

Ice Connection

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quite a bit done during my 'non-contact' time today. Normally it's a struggle to be productive on Friday afternoons but happily that was not the case today.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Royal Sparkle

The words 'very purple' spring to mind.

Royal Sparkle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my 12th graders inspired me to give Brackets another try. He also showed me how to install some plugins which make the shift from notepad++ a lot less painful. One of the main reasons that I will probably embrace brackets is that does not require as much updating as notepad++ and it has some really useful features that experienced developers possibly take for granted (such as code completion and auto closing brackets / tags)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Para Silk

As in fractal silk to make a fractal parachute (for jumping out of fractal planes).

Para Silk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having plenty of tissues! Being unwell with a runny cold is deeply unpleasant. Running out of tissues would make the situation so much worse.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On the Radar

For some reason, this one makes me both calm and happy.

On the Radar

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surviving a very long day. Left home befor sunrise, got back well after sunset. Parent teacher interviews went well but would have been much better if I did not have a cold. Am feeling slightly sorry for myself...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Repeated

Not only is this one almost a repeat of 'On the Radar', it is also has a fairly obvious repeating pattern.

Repeated

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being slightly unwell. It means not feeling guilty for taking the evening off (ie: no exercise and definitely no marking).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Big Tree

In this fractal forest, the trees are more blue than green.

Big Tree

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my 7th graders are 'out' for much of next week which means I get a break from teaching them Mathematics. This is a good thing as it will give me time to catch up on marking etc.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cold Ripple

As in a ripple design featuring 'cold' colours.

Cold ripple

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A long nap and a delicious apple, filo and cinnamon dessert. Saturdays are the best!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flower Veil

As in a cross between a flower and a veil.

Flower Veil

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my dodgier students was away to day. The difference this made in class was amazing - the period was calm, productive and enjoyable rather than being frustrating and exhausting.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tranquil Geometry

This one has an odd, calming quality to it.

Tranquil Geometry

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That almost all of my senior students either handed in their assessment work or organised an extension in advance. It is good that they take our assessment processes seriously. Now the marking begins...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hole lot of ...

This one is a 'hole lot of something' - was a bit disappointed with how it turned out.

Hole lot of ...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Switching departments! It's a long story but I am now officially under the 'Mathematics' department rather than 'Technology'. It's a long story but the short version is that what I teach is a better 'fit' with Mathematics. The switching process was much easier than anticipated.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Glow Gate

Or possibly a portal to another world.

Glow Gate

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That reading large .pdf files is super easy on an iPad. One of the best things about my iPad is that I can read said files via iBooks which is currently making my life a lot easier.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dance Disc

As in two discs having a great time together.

Dance Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing 'Teacher Only Day' early and managing to get home before a scheduled 4:00 pm Skype call. Plan B was to stay at school and call from there but that would have meant enduring Auckland's heavy rush hour traffic to get home at the end of a very long day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wave Machine

This is where all those waves really come from.

Wave Machine

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting ahead on this week's reading for my Uni course. Head was spinning after a fairly intense session but at least I have the feeling that progress is being made...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ghost Crescent

If you look closely, you can see the crescent shape in this one.

Ghost Crescent

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the crêpes I made for tonight's dessert worked really well. Not burning my fingers during the crêpe making process was an added bonus.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Crescent Creche

Where baby crescents hang out while their parents are at work.

Crescent Creche

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a really good day. My students were all in a good mood, possibly because the weekend is almost here and Monday is teacher only day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sphere X

This one is quite 'busy' but in a good way.

Sphere X

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to screen-cast my iPad. Whilst there are a large number of apps which allow 'in-app' recording, recording one's iPad / iPhone is strongly discouraged by Apple for security reasons. This makes sense right up until one needs to show 7th graders how to access the isometric grid (and turn off automatic point labelling) in the iPad app version of Geogebra (which is different enough from the PC version to make screen-casting the iPad a really good idea).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tall Order

Originally there was one column and no background...

Tall Order

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a brand new, very powerful projector for my classroom. The old one was not up to the job and the bulb needed replacing. Said bulb was so expensive that getting a new projector made sense. My students and I are loving the new model as things now very clear and easy to read.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blooming success

Here is my take on a modern flower.

Blooming success

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking a top 8th grade Mathematics class once a week. Tomorrow's plan involves getting them to do some time calculations using the 'Travelling Salesman Problem'. If this goes well, it will be a great mix of Math and Computer Science. Teaching these students is always really fun as they are engaged, motivated and quick to pick up on the patterns which means we can go well beyond the 'normal' curriculum and look at some really interesting stuff.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Uncertain Diamond

If you look closely, you can see that this one is 'wavering' a little.

Uncertain Diamond

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 7th grade Math class are on a field trip tomorrow. Normally I'd see them twice thanks to our rather weird time table. I think we are all looking forward to the break.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wave Reminiscence

I think we've been here before - and it was so much fun that the experience has been repeated.

Wave Reminiscence

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A colleague letting me know that a resource I made and shared is useful. It makes the effort spent creating said resource worthwhile.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Purim 5777

Had a lot of fun with this one. Please note the disclaimer and see the large version of the image to be able to easily read the text.

Purim 5777

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the rain finally let-up allowing for a mid-morning walk outside and a stress free trip to tonight's Purim festivities (which were fun).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Recalcitrant Stripes

Named because finding a suitable gradient for this one was much harder than usual.

Recalcitrant Stripes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Get home before the rain. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Stone Flower

This one is a mix of 'old fashioned' and modern.

Stone Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: This isometric drawing tool. It is perfect for showing my 9th graders the relationship between 'plan' views and a 3D shape. In addition to this resource, we will use physical building blocks to help them get their heads around this topic.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Square Hole

Reminds me of a woven flower.

Square Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Jeffrey Archer's latest novel is waiting for me at my local library. The timing is perfect as I have *almost* run out of reading material.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Soft Windmill

This one was a fun surprise.

Soft Windmill

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my reports done. Setting things up so that said reports could be completed took a while but the actual report creation was very quick.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Odd Perspective

Sometimes zooming in (a lot) helps. This was one of those times.

Odd Perspective

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My most restless student managed to sit *relatively* still and focus for almost an entire period today. He suddenly became motivated to work thanks to a possible trip to New York (he's always wanted to go and provided he behaves, it could happen). It will be interesting to see if the motivation lasts (here's hoping).

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Home Spun

And full of recycled goodness.

Home Spun

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through a mountain of work which included working on my Uni course, getting through a massive pile of marking and updating the parents of my 7th graders on each child's progress (mail merge is a wonderful thing). Am feeling rather virtuous.