Monday, December 11, 2017

Subdued Sackcloth

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

Subdued Sackcloth

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Fair Trade Diamond

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Onion Suspension

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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...

Check Patches

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Waving Grain

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Strings Attached - Version 2

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Very Big Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Pale String Patchwork

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Harlequin Bloom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Christmas Daze

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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'.

Door Seal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Simple Woven Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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...

Mechanical Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Weird Wrap

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Submerged

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

Submerged

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

The Awakening

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Snow Angel

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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).

Ridge Ripples

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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).

Woven Ice

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Fragile Snow Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Barbed Wire

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Toy Bridge

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Ornament in Progress

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Inevitable Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Hole Mask

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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'.

Flotation Device

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Christmas Radar

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Turkish Delight

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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'.

Tile Style

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Scottish Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Star

If I celebrated, this would be on top of the tree.

Christmas Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of a weekend and a new John Grisham novel to enjoy :)

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Ash Flower

In the preview, the flower looked a lot more ash-like.

Ash Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the major roadworks that were making my daily commute both lengthy and painful are finally complete!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Light Curve

I liked the holes so it got rendered.

Light Curve

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Avoiding a tedious and time consuming task. Some finesse was required :)

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Smooth Sea

Initially this one looked like a smooth wave...

Smooth Sea

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting confirmation that I'm on the right track with the resources that I'm developing for next year.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Bar Work

If the barre at ballet looked like this, I might have been more inclined to practice.

Bar Work

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being 'off campus' today which meant not having to go to a rather tedious after school meeting. It *almost* made up for having to work yesterday.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Diamond Tile

This was one of those *rare* times when a mosaic background was a good idea.

Diamond Tile

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a good idea for an assessment resource I am meant to be writing. Hopefully my colleagues will agree that the context I'm planning on using is sensible.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Fan Wall

I'm sure we've been here before.

Fan Wall

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: CSS Grid (and finally getting it to work).

Friday, November 03, 2017

Rough Geometry

Sometimes the woven look is a good option.

Rough Geometry

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Today was the last day that I see my 12th graders and they pranked my classroom. Thing is, this was one of the few leaving pranks that I have experienced which was both 'kind' and very funny. Sometimes 'leaving' pranks can get way out of hand but my group went for the subtle approach. So much so, that my colleagues were not even sure I had been pranked. The in-jokes (there were several of them) were extremely funny and it was the perfect end to a really good year with this group of kids.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Horse Shoe Mussel

It turns out that horse show mussel is a poor cousin to paua (abalone). Cool thing is, the shells are easily found at my local beach and can be broken / sanded to fit a desired shape.

Horse Shoe Mussel

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Today was the last day that I saw my 11th Grade CS students as they go on study leave and I am switching schools next year. They organised a surprise pizza party which included a lovely vanilla cake (they know I don't eat chocolate) and they gave me flowers, a card (which most of them wrote in) and some tiramisu cake as a gift. I am deeply impressed by how thoughtful and kind 'my kids' are and am definitely going to miss teaching them next year.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Double Ripple

Simple but effective. Made with the newly discovered 'half julian' variation.

Double Ripple

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering the joys of the latest Beta version of Firefox. It's better than Chrome because the developer console allows users to see grid-lines if 'grid' has been used. This matters because 'grid' is a convenient way to layout pages that *finally* has wide browser support and it is something that I'll be getting my students to use going forward.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gate Guardian

Weird things (like this) can happen when one uses the 'rectangle' variation.

Gate Guardian

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Halloween is over. I really don't like this particular holiday and see no merit in encouraging kids to dress up and ask strangers for candy. At best it's creepy and weird.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Silver Road

I wonder where this one leads...

Silver Road

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new luach just in time! The old one (from 5777) runs out tomorrow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sand Flower

The original texture of this one reminded me of sand - hence the name.

Sand Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to export close captions from YouTube and then add these to a video that can be embedded in an eBook. The short version is that this will allow me to create eBooks where the videos are captioned so if kids don't have head phones (or are Deaf), they can still access the content.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ocean Spikes

This one might be a bit 'pointy' for some.

Ocean Spikes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my hands on the current issue of my favourite puzzle book.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fern Spiral

A surprise combination of two of my favourite things (ferns and spirals).

Fern Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting some fairly important contracts signed. Things were complicated by the fact that two schools were involved...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Disc Convention

If you look closely, you might notice that this one is made up of lots of discs, all crowded together.

Disc Convention

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Most of my seniors submitted their final piece of work today so things will be a little less crazy at school - at least for a short while.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

At Last Diamonds

As in it took *almost* forever to get this one right. It was made a long time ago when had the time to be creative...

At Last Diamonds

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to 'the end' with my senior classes. Their final assignment is due at 9:00 am tomorrow and it gets sent away for marking which means that we are officially done. Hopefully this will give me time to focus on creating resources for next year...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Handwork

We were doing tessellations in Mathematics and I got a bit carried away.

Handwork

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the results for my final Uni assignment. Needless to say I was happy with my grade :)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Button Bloom

This is what happens when you cross a flower and a button.

Button Bloom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being home! Dance camp was awesome (but too short). Having said that, sleeping in one's own bed cannot be over-rated.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Square Disc

This one was 'ordinary' until I played with the background. A lot.

Square Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a really brilliant weekend (and not having to go to school tomorrow). Have had a complete break from all things school related and it has been wonderful.