Wednesday, May 31, 2017


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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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'?

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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)?

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.

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


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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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: My afternoon meeting was cancelled :) I only wish this would happen more often than it does.