Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Topographical Waves

Sometimes '3D' happens - this time it required surprisingly little effort.

Topographical Waves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Vindication! For the past two years I have focused on 'skills based' material in my senior courses rather than something called 'generics' (very long, very boring story). Digital Technologies is now on Auckland University's "Table B" (this is a very big deal) but the 'generics' that I have been avoiding don't count towards this. Many of my colleagues at other schools still offer generics for various reasons and I have always felt vaguely guilty / out of step for not going that route. Needless to say, my students are now advantaged as provided they work hard, everything they do in 'Digital' counts towards "Table B" points.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hidden Heart

In the original, the heart was a lot harder to see. This one required quite a bit of post processing in GIMP.

Hidden Heart

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it is easy to 'dob students in' for using FaceBook if they are under age. Some of my 7th graders are not too bright and one of them sent me a friend request. I checked her age and then reported her profile. As teachers we are not allowed to 'friend' our students for very good reasons (aside from the fact that it is creepy, it is not safe and things could go badly wrong all round).

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Soft Target

Had fun with this one.

Soft Target

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my seventh grade Math students emailed asking for help with a homework question. She is the first one to actually do what I asked (ie: "if you are stuck, take a screenshot and email me asking for help"). I made a super quick video and got a lovely 'thank you' email shortly after.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Scarf Fall

This one is related to 'topographical waves' - it's good when making slight changes results in interesting differences.

Scarf Fall

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to turn off notifications from a particularly sneaky website that I inadvertently enabled late on Friday.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Disc Disturbance

The 'spin' variation is quite limited but in this case, it did the trick.

Disc Disturbance

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students solved a very tricky python problem and shared the 'fix' with me (and the class). That saved me days of frustrating effort :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Modern Tile

This one is simple but good. Does that make it 'simply good'?

Modern Tile

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an add-on that lets me convert footnotes in a google document to end notes (needed for my Uni assignment).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fire Flower

Tried something different with this on and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Fire Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A power nap before dance. I'd have liked to nap for longer but in this case 'a little' was better than none.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Patience Weave

As the name suggests, this one required a fair bit of patience.

Patience Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding on-line interactive algebra worksheets that are self marking. This will allow my students to get some much needed practice without needing to consult 'boring' text books.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Irresistible Curves

As is so often the case, when this spiral appeared, I could not resist the temptation to render it.

Irresistible Curves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being given time in my Uni course to focus on our first assignment. There won't be any new content until after said assignment is due which is a huge relief.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Flowers for Gran

This one reminded me of my grandmother - I think she would have really liked these particular flowers.

Flowers for Gran

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Hot from the oven, home made 'pizza bread' for afternoon tea. Yum!

Gold Hub

It turns out that shifting one's perspective can make a big difference.

Gold Hub

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my hands on a new Puzzle Book. The Australian Woman's Weekly Puzzle Book for June / July *still* has not arrived at my local book store. Happily I spotted a 'Better Homes and Gardens' puzzle book which seems to be similar (only with more prizes).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Forever Trap

As in a diamond (which is forever) that is also a trap.

Forever Trap

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a critical review I posted on a forum for my Uni course was well received by my lecturer.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Seed Pod

A fun surprise which was less difficult to create than one might think.

Seed Pod

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That sometimes it is easy to fix kid's broken code. Weirdly one of the most common mistakes that I see is typing a '+' instead of an '='. This is surprisingly easy to do and surprisingly hard for kids to debug.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Religious Experience

This one took a bit of rotating / tweaking but we got there in the end.

Religious Experience

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to schlep heavy dance speakers home! Now the mission is to find a lighter (but still powerful) upgrade to said speakers.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NY Dawn

As in this one is reminiscent of a cityscape on a clear morning.

NY Dawn

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free, hot, barista coffee delivered to my classroom - this is one of those 'things' that never gets old.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Butterfly Net

This one is a variation on a theme. As usual, if you can't see the butterfly, try squinting

Butterfly Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That updating my old version of XAMPP was a lot less painful than anticipated.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Metallic Rush

This one was named when I was in a hurry.

Metallic Rush

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to write a program to make key-wording images (for uploading to Shutterstock) less painful.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Go Flow

Just went with the flow on this one.

Go Flow

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Post it notes! They are really useful for making notes on things like text books. I finished reading 'Designing with the Mind in Mind' which is part of my Uni study and being able to mark the bits that I need to refer back to later was very convenient.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Arabian Night

The colours and funky triangle reminding me of the dessert at night - hence the name.

Arabian Night

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not being late for work despite falling back asleep after turning off my alarm (oops).

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Desert Storm

Getting caught out in this one would probably not end well.

Desert Storm

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking the night off from school work. Am exhausted and whilst I have a mountain of stuff in the 'to do' pile, I decided it could all wait! Sometimes it is OK to say 'enough is enough'.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Twisted Sunrise

The intricacy of this one made it worth rendering.

Twisted Sunrise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Dancing at the 'new' venue went incredibly well. I was very nervous about the change and am pleased with how things went.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Embedded Rose

This one is a variation on a theme.

Embedded Rose

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my dodgiest students is shifting to another school. Friday is his last day! When I found out I was completely professional and *nicely* said 'things won't be the same without you'. It turns out that teachers can be quite good at keeping a straight face whilst doing the 'happy dance' on the inside.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Warp Six - Engage!

This one is for all the Trekkies out there.

Warp Six - Engage!

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a surprising amount of 'stuff' done. An actually feeling vaguely ready for the week ahead.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Cog Weave

Simple but 'strong'.

Cog Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting all my 11th grade databases marked. There were some surprises (both good and bad). Overall I was pleased with the results.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Gold Nexus

This one did not turn out quite as well as hoped. Having said that, it is not bad enough to 'bin'.

Gold Nexus

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Confirmation that I am on the right track for one of my Uni assignments :)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Upscales

Reminded me of scales but going upwards.

Upscales

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being at the start of a lovely long weekend :)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hail Storm

It looks quite turbulent inside this one. The rings are reminiscent of a hail stone - hence the name.

Hail Storm

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That most of my students handed in the assessment that was due this morning. So far the marking has been relatively straight forward which is good. Sadly 'straight forward' does not mean 'quick' but it could be worse...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Piecemeal

Sometimes interesting things happen when one distorts a 'base' image.

Piecemeal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding one of the recommended reading books for my Uni course at my local library (which means being able to get my hands on it for free).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shavuot 5777

This one took longer to make than one might think. It's based on a very old joke that has a number of variations.

Shavuot 5777

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some long overdue moderation done. It took ages but was worth the effort.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ripple Ring

The 3D effect of this one is the main reason it got rendered.

Ripple Ring

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That both meetings I had scheduled today finished sooner than expected. The best thing about this time of year being incredibly busy is that people simply don't have the time to spend in pointless meetings.

Striped Triangle

This is similar to other works but different enough to be worth rendering.

Striped Triangle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a steady stream of cartoon ideas to use in my other blog.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ornate Star of David

Can't see the Star of David? Try squinting

Ornate Star of David

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That embedding a forum in a website is incredibly easy. Hopefully said forum won't attract spam...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Flower

As in a flower made out of springs.

Spring Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That most of the time all a simple 'restart' is all that is needed to fix a computer problem :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wheel Motion

Was interesting enough to be worth keeping - but only just.

Wheel Motion

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having only five more essays to mark! This is just a small 'bite' out of the ever-present marking mountain but getting through at least some of the work helps reduce my stress levels.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Darkness Rising

Originally I did not like this one all that much but it has grown on me.

Darkness Rising

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The NZ Grapher site. It is a brilliant way to make a range of statistical graphs using either provided or one's own data. The short version is that this little gem of a site has saved me loads of time.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Split Spiral

There is a small 'split' near the center of this spiral...

Split Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to get a google form to automatically email a response to the person who filled in said form. This was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Odd Balls

Strange things tend to happen at the end of a long week.

Odd Balls

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding something that was thought to be lost. It was in the last place we looked.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sharp Waves

Does this give new meaning to 'rough seas'?

Sharp Waves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to make a half-way decent, self marking fractions worksheet using some fairly interesting formulae in a google spreadsheet.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Uneasy Connection

They are joined but the situation is rather prickly.

Uneasy Connection

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a lovely relaxing 'do nothing but read a book' day. Term time is often busy and this term has been 'insane' when it comes to work-load. Unfortunately there is no end in sight...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Winter Daze

Perhaps I should have called this one 'dreary frost'.

Winter Daze

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of my dodgiest students will be away next Monday and Tuesday. He told me today that he would not be in class. It was hard keep a straight face and not jump for joy (that would be unprofessional).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ever Blue

As in like an 'ever green', only blue.

Ever Blue

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That most of my students are working on assessments. For now it means a little less marking and a bit more time to get things under control. The only down-side is that all those assessments will need to be marked in the not too distant future (eek).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ice Angel

This one seemed like a good idea at the time - now I'm not so sure.

Ice Angel

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The support of good friends! When things get difficult, having someone who "has your back" can make all the difference.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hail Sphere (and my blogiversary)

I really enjoyed making the background for this one. Also, today is my blogiversary (is this still a thing)?

Hail Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A guest speaker who was interesting and motivating! Said speaker came to talk to a select group of kids about the value of Digital Technology, Calculus and Physics. The kids left inspired (although some wished they had access to the information earlier). It was a brilliant advertisement for my course even though it is a bit late for many of the kids who heard it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Soft Squares

A combination of things that make me happy - squares, diamonds and 3D spheres.

Soft Squares

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to use Hapara with relative ease. It is one of a number of ways of delivering content to students and whilst I am not convinced that it is the best solution for my classes, it has potential. At least this afternoon's 'PD' (professional development) was mostly useful. It is a pity that the same cannot be said of the tedious 'Staff Meeting' that followed it.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Presents

This is a bird's eye view of a bunch of wrapped presents. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Presents

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a free, easy to use alternative to 'tagxedo' (ie: Word Clouds). The 'new' site works on pretty much all devices without the need to install any extra software. According to the FAQ this includes tablets which means it might just work on iPads although I have not had time to see if this is the case.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Grunge Sphere

A modern take on an old idea.

Grunge Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the websites I use quite heavily have not been affected by the recent ransomware cyber attack.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Funny Faces

Is it just me or are there a bunch of alien faces hidden in this one?

Funny Faces

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'broken' coffee machine. The good thing is that the machine was not actually broken and I got to enjoy a coffee that was the result of said machine being tested.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reflected Distortion

Sometimes, everything just comes together. This was one of those times.

Reflected Distortion

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting at least half way through my 'to do list'. Life has been far too busy / stressful this past week.

Beetle Wings

Created for a friend who did me a big favour.

Beetle Wings

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to find an alternate dance venue for when our current hall is being renovated. It's been a bit of a mission but at today I finally got the good news.
The only issue is that parking might be a challenge...

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Deep Texture

Maybe this one should have been called 'Leather Ocean'.

Deep Texture

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day. We had 'compulsory' cross country which meant that roughly one third of my senior students voted with their feet and stayed home. It also meant not having to teach my 'intense' 7th grade Math class last period. All in all I'm counting this one as a win.