Sunday, December 31, 2017

Rocky Road

Sometimes the path is both bumpy and curved.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Excel has come a very long way in the 'removing duplicates' area. I needed to use that tool today and was pleasantly surprised by how much easier it was compared to the last time around.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Random Spindle Shape

This one is far too ornate for my taste.

Today's Gratitude Item: The book Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future. It was an easy read and I *finally* 'get' how public key encryption works.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ocean Eye

Took ages to get this one 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very long (unscheduled) holiday nap.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Light Music

Is it just me or does this one look a bit like piano keys (only blue instead of the traditional black and white).

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected 'single sale' on Shutterstock which means that this month I'll meet the payment threshold (yay).

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Denim Wave Weave

The 'fabric' style series of fractals seems to be a gift that keeps on giving.

Today's Gratitude Item: Hot bread, fresh out of the oven for breakfast. It does not get better than that.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Octagonal Bloom

Looking at this one makes me wonder if I should not try and make more octagon images.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting a handle on writing media queries that work properly! Creating suitably sized custom logo images helped.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Modern Star Network

This was one of those times when everything went right.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having time to update (and modernise) my personal website which was embarrassingly out of date.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Subtle Dessert

The original version looked like a chocolate gateau but this variant is lower in *virtual* calories.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally feeling like I'm on holiday. Not having to worry about all the Christmas insanity is a huge bonus.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tight Little Circles

Sometimes when solving a problem, one spends ages going in 'tight little circles'. That is what happened with this image.

Today's Gratitude Item: Extra sushi - this was a rare (but most enjoyable) treat.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Eye Opener

Another example of what can happen when things are going really, really well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making progress! It's been a long road and the end is almost in sight :)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Space Monoacle

It's amazing what you can see through a single lens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the videos for 'that resource'. Now "all" I need to do is assemble them into an eBook. Having most of the hard work done is a massive relief.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ocean Rescue

This is not the first time that I've had a buoy appear in a fractal ocean.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making progress on my databases resource. It's taking a *very* long time to create but the end is almost in sight...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Road Rose

As in a road in the shape of a rose.

Today's Gratitude Item: Recycling some old code for a new project. Sanitising data was involved - somehow it is much easier the second (and third) time around.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Checkered Uprising

Perhaps this one should have been called 'double ocean'.

Today's Gratitude Item: It rained! Said rain was incredibly welcome after days of very warm weather. Even better, whilst the clouds appeared while we were walking, the rain held off until we got home.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Floral Hole Check

Sometimes my flowers have holes. Usually this is not a problem.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to go to school tomorrow. Stress free Sunday nights are taking a bit of getting used to - in a good way.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Floating city

Tried a 'different' variation with some interesting results.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending a good part of the day doing a jigsaw puzzle. This is a rare 'summer' treat and the puzzle in question is really lovely.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Woven Checkered Wall

It's been that kind of day...

Today's Gratitude Item: That I saved my work moments before a very brief but completely unexpected power-cut.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Diamond Sackcloth

The original looked a lot more like sack cloth.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliantly relaxing day. I should have got more done but at this point taking time off is not the world's worst idea.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alien Harvester

Presenting an innovative way to harvest fractal grain.

Today's Gratitude Item: A lovely final dance session for 2017. We danced and then we ate. A good time was had by all :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chanukah 5778

Inspired by my dad's love of donuts and the fact that 17.5 million sufganiyot are consumed in Israel during Chanukah (according to this infographic)

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the videos and putting them into an eBook for one of the new standards we will be teaching next year. Thing is, I have a feeling that I've forgotten something important...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Subdued Sackcloth

The colours in this one were originally quite dull. Happily it was easy to enhance them in GIMP.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the internal microphone on my 'new' school computer is better than anticipated. In fact, I think it might even be better than my 'old' computer's microphone.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fair Trade Diamond

Presenting the third image in the 'sackcloth' series. The first two images will feature here in due course.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to finish reading a book which needs to be returned to the library tomorrow :)

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Onion Suspension

The shape reminded me of an onion and it was different enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to relax without needing to worry about teaching my 'old' Math group ever again. Let's just say there were some 'challenging' students in the group and I'm very glad that the school year is over.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Check Patches

As in patches with a checkered border. Could be useful for mending jeans...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of the school year. This time around it was bitter-sweet as I am shifting schools and will miss all of my colleagues at my 'old' school. They gave me a really lovely farewell which was the perfect way to end my time there.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Waving Grain

With some added 'glow' for luck.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my computer for next year 'sorted'. Being able to access the machine early is extremely useful and I have managed to transfer all the necessary data from 'old' to 'new' machine which is a massive relief.

Strings Attached - Version 2

It took ages to find suitable colours for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Avoiding a very long wait in horrendous traffic by choosing an alternate route to dance class this evening. It was a bit of a risk but this time around it paid off.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Very Big Fan

Perfect for a really hot day.

Today's Gratitude Item: My last Tuesday at my current school. This is a cause for celebration as all year, I have seen my dodgy 9th grade class twice on Tuesdays. Once is bad enough but twice in one day was awful.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Pale String Patchwork

It turns out that modern can also be subtle.

Today's Gratitude Item: An old series 'Big Bang Theory' that I had not seen before :)

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Harlequin Bloom

Am not too sure about this one. It was pretty enough to render, but only just.

Today's Gratitude Item: Only one more week of school. Normally Sunday nights are my least favourite part of the week but with the holidays in sight, I'm actually excited about tomorrow and the days ahead.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Christmas Daze

Named both for the star / cross symbol and the fact that it was created on Christmas Day 2016.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 'stuff' for the last day at my current school is ready to go and it looks amazing. It was a mission to get to this point and it would not have happened without masses of help from my mum (thanks mum!!)

Friday, December 01, 2017

Door Seal

Also known as 'overly complex lock'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to prevent Brackets from auto closing tags when they are opened. This is a geek thing - the short version is that being able to adjust the program's settings made my workflow a bit easier. Sadly adjusting said settings was fairly complicated.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Simple Woven Flower

Hopefully the design is more inspiring than the title.

Today's Gratitude Item: The planning for the last five lessons with my 9th grade math class is all done. This might be one of the best feelings in the world. :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mechanical Fan

This one involved quite a bit of zooming in...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a *much* better day than yesterday. Whilst I made only limited progress on one of the projects that I'm working on, at least some progress was made.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Weird Wrap

Was not quite sure what to do with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Summer pajamas and the fact that it is finally warm enough to wear them.

Monday, November 27, 2017


Perhaps this one should have been called 'making waves'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rediscovering old resources that can be recycled. At this point, anything which keeps my students engaged and does not take ages to prepare is a good thing.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Awakening

Sometimes the images that appear are a surprise. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: That sometimes things don't take quite as long as feared.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Snow Angel

If you can't see the angel, try squinting / using your imagination.

Today's Gratitude Item: My mum's help making 'farewell' cards. I'm switching schools next year and have 10 school days before it's time to say 'goodbye' to colleagues. Getting this done on my own would be way harder and a lot less fun.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ridge Ripples

I'm pretty sure we've been here before (what else is new).

Today's Gratitude Item: Starting the weekend with two new books by one of my favourite authors. Life is good :)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Woven Ice

Not quite ugly enough to 'bin' (although it came close).

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my appraisal documentation finished and signed off. It's a necessary evil and I'm hoping that my new school has a more streamlined process for doing this.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fragile Snow Flower

As in a flower made of snow.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cell phones! Traffic getting to dance was so bad that I was slightly late. Happily it was possible to give one of the other dancers a call which meant being able to let the everyone know that I was en-route.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Barbed Wire

If you add ice, even the most menacing object can become quite pretty.

Today's Gratitude Item: Pizza bread! Especially home made pizza bread that tastes amazing.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Toy Bridge

It looked more 'bridge like' before it was reflected.

Today's Gratitude Item: That 'difficult' situation I blogged about last week has now been resolved. It's a huge relief to be back on track for 2018. Even better, next year instead of teaching a mix of 'Digital' and other stuff, I'll be teaching all Digital at a school which has a strong junior program. I'm sure there will be a lot to learn but I'm looking forward to the experience.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ornament in Progress

If you are wondering how Christmas ornaments are made - here is a possible answer.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to hear the rain (even when it is not raining all that hard). It's all too easy to take some of the little things for granted!

Inevitable Spiral

The title really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very relaxing day after a very stressful week...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hole Mask

As in a mask with very large holes for the eyes.

Today's Gratitude Item: At school there was a fairly impressive fire in our sawdust extraction unit. Luckily the damage was minimal and no one was hurt. This is the first time in my career where a fire evacuation has not been a drill. I guess it's a slow news day because the story made the NZ Herald (online edition).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flotation Device

Also known as 'blob on the water'.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a difficult situation is in the process of being resolved. I am deeply grateful for the support of my family and current school principal at this time. It's a long, complicated story but it should end well.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Radar

The shape at the bottom left looks like a Christmas tree.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out that someone's ethics are inconsistent with mine before it's too late.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkish Delight

Named for the pattern rather than the dessert.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to experience Virtual Reality for the first time. It was intense but really cool. I can see how VR can become scarily addictive but it also has massive potential for education and training.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tile Style

This is more of 'the same but different'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting power back! We had a power-cut earlier in the evening and let's just say that it was not fun. As always, it made me realise how reliant we are on electricity and not having power, even for a short time was deeply uncomfortable.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scottish Sphere

The sphere ended up quite a bit brighter than anticipated.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being the proud owner of an Auckland Transport HOP card. This makes traveling by ferry / bus very easy and works out to be cheaper than paying cash / the casual rate. I don't 'bus' often but it's nice to have the option.