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.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Focused Fibre

It took ages to find colours that looked acceptable for this one.

Focused Fibre

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Unexpected 'proper' coffee. Today was a good day :)

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sharp Shelves

I can't remember exactly what I did to get this one. Which is a pity because at some point, I'll probably want to do it again.

Sharp Shelves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to mark my 8th grade measurement tests. This was a time consuming, tedious process and I am really pleased that it is done. It would have been easier if my students had shown their working as requested (insert deep sigh here).

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Peach Squared

I'm pretty sure we have been here before...

Peach Squared

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easy to fix errors. Sometimes my students send me broken code and ask for help. When their errors are quick to spot and easy to fix it is good, mostly because this means they are on the right track and also because it does not take too long to figure out what the problem is.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Strip Tease

This one is modern but probably too busy for most people.

Strip Tease

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Slowly getting a handle on my marking mountain. The only problem is that when it comes to marking student work, it is something of a moving target...

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Comforting Curves

Soft blankets anyone?

Comforting Curves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Delicious vegetable stew for lunch. It was a perfect meal on a rather cold day and made a brilliant change from what I usually have.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Must Focus

Inspired by the fact that this one uses the 'foci' variation.

Must Focus

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That no matter how insane Wednesdays get, I can look forward to dance in the evening which is a great way to take a break from all work related worries.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Column Grid

In addition to having a thing for 'spirals', I also have a thing for grids.

Column Grid

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of my most difficult students had a great day today and was focused and working hard. It felt strange but in a good way.

Monday, May 01, 2017

5777 Yom Ha'atzmaut

The wristbands in this image are not real (as far as I know). It would be cool if they were.

5777 Yom Ha'atzmaut

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My afternoon meeting was cancelled :) I only wish this would happen more often than it does.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

5777 Yom Hazikaron

The wristbands in this image don't *yet* exist in the real world. If anyone 'out there' wants the artwork on them, feel free to contact me directly.

5777 Yom Hazikaron

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Remembering to post this image! This time around it is a case of better *slightly* late than never.

Rigid Ripple

Saw it. Liked it. Rendered it.

Rigid Ripple

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being *mostly* ready for school tomorrow morning. As usual, the holiday has gone past far too quickly.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Only Blue

Sometimes spiky can work out well. As long as one is not on the receiving end of said spikes.

Only Blue

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being indoors on a *very* rainy day.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Soft Path

This is one of those times when watching one's step would be wise.

Soft Path

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of my course 'intensive' (it was great) and being able to go back home to Auckland...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flower Fence

I could not fill the holes in Apophysis so some careful post processing was required.

Flower Fence

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: So far the 'intensive' course is going well although I am looking most forward to getting back 'home' tomorrow night.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Disc Play

As in there are quite a few very small discs in this one.

Disc Play

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free dinner. It involved a webinar and subsidised pizza which ended up being free because the pizza guys 'lost' the order and when they finally found it, they gave the pizza to us for half price as compensation for the delay (which mean the subsidy covered the entire cost). Needless to say, the pizza was worth the wait.

Flower Squared

This one is a variation on a theme. As is so often the case, we have been here before.

Flower Squared

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to connect to the wireless at my Uni accommodation without having to pay for it. It would have been nice if they guy at the front desk would have clued me in but no such luck. This explains why this post is happening now and not last night (insert deep sigh here).

Monday, April 24, 2017

DeVine Leaf

Reminded me of a leaf on a grapevine.

DeVine Leaf

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting *much* faster at creating cartoons. Happily finding content for said cartoons is not as difficult as one might think.

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.