Friday, November 30, 2018

Delicate Meeting

When networks meet, the interaction is often quite delicate.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our school timetable is back to normal. For the past two and a half weeks we have had a weird timetable (long story). It's nice to have things back as they were.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cross Lights

As in a cross made up of lights.

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of my clients was pleased with changes that I made to their website. It's good when that happens.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Radar Sky Light

As is so often the case, this one is a variation on a theme that was nice enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow should be easier than today! Things were 'full on' and whilst they are mostly good, it will be nice not to be quite so busy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ocean Drop

Not quite a drop in the ocean.

Today's Gratitude Item: Garlic-free pizza. We ran out of garlic oil but this was a good thing as having a more 'plain' pizza worked really well :)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Turbulent Forest

Sometimes 'dark and ominous' is the order of the day.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it is very easy to embed a game / interactive content created using snap game into a google site.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sky Pieces

This one was interesting enough to render.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally realising that it is possible to move a selected layer in GIMP by ticking one tiny box in the 'move' area. In the past I have sometimes struggled to move things and have often ended up shifting the wrong layer (long story).

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Paper Cut

It's sometimes a challenge to get something different - so when it happens, it gets rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a book I ordered from the library arrived much sooner than expected. It was mentioned in one of the sessions at the PD I went to last week and while everyone dutifully wrote down the title, I went a step further and snagged it from the library on the spot. What can I say? Internet access and an easy to use library website has made getting one's hands on 'recommended reading' a piece of cake.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Creative Curve

Yet another variation on a common theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Three more weeks of school and then we get a nice long break.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

All Right

As in a design made up of right angled triangles.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant second day at CS4HS. It included learning to code *a bit* of Javascript. That process is a lot easier (and faster) when you have expert help in the room.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ocean tiles

Complete with air holes.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really fun day at CS4HS. Am looking forward to 'day 2' of the event tomorrow :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mosaic Magic

Creating images is often a bit of an adventure. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dad was right and it is still possible to catch a bus from home to Auckland University. Auckland Transport's new 'Journey Planner' is worse than useless and despite typing in Auckland University as the location, it did not come up with the correct bus. All the options suggested by the planner involved over 2km of walking (much of it uphill). Funnily enough there is an Auckland Uni bus which goes exactly where I need to go. Sadly, the 'Journey Planner' does not reflect this fact. Needless to say, scathing feedback was left on the Auckland Transport feedback form.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Key Hole

Was particularly pleased with how this one turned out.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the construction / roadworks that has been going on for months in my local area has finally come to an end. It is really nice being able to walk / drive without having to put up with work-site related detours and delays.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Communication Tubes

All meeting at a communication hub.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding some fun binary games and a really good, short video explaining how to convert between integers and binary. I'll be using this with my 7th graders this week.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Light Barrel

Which looks surprisingly heavy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to recharge in peace and quiet.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Fresh Bamboo

This one is a variation on an old theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a fair amount done today. It helped that two of my most challenging students were out of class last period today which made for an easy end to a hectic week.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Steep Side

Climbing this one would be a challenge.

Today's Gratitude Item: My appraisal at work went well. The meeting was encouraging and productive and it was nice to have a chance to show someone in senior management what we actually do in Computer Science :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Rolling Waves

Again! For some reason I often end up with ocean scenes which is strange given that I don't particularly like 'the water'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a bit of a 'lighter' day tomorrow. Today was 'full on' and I'm exhausted!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Power Spin

This one was a bit of a disappointment. Not quite bad enough to bin but it was a close call.

Today's Gratitude Item: Most of my 7th grade students really enjoyed the 'Run Length Encoding' exercise that we did today. This involved them figuring out a mystery image. One funny thing was the fact that a number of them figured out what the image was and then improved on it before submitting their answers!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Angular Bloom

Those petals are slightly too geometric to be real.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the comments for my junior students' reports ready for proof reading. Writing reports might be one of my least favourite things about being a teacher so it is great to have that task mostly out of the way.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Avatar Scales

If aliens had scales, this is what they might look like.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making headway on my junior reports. This chore has been weighing on my mind and it was good to get a significant amount done.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Gryro Jar

Reminded me of a plastic container holding a gyroscope.

Today's Gratitude Item: Time off doing nothing! Last week was busy. The next two weeks will be even busier. Having a day to catch one's breath is not something to be sneezed at.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Slate Skin

Another tiled experiment that went well enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: A *very brief* presentation that I gave to colleagues this morning was well received. They laughed in the right places and the head of our Mathematics department later said "Following your one minute hack would be like being the next act on-stage after Led Zeppelin carrying a ukulele".

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Petal Path

It's a pathway made of fractal petals.

Today's Gratitude Item: New dance shoes. I'm particularly excited about this pair as they are extremely comfortable and they make me a tiny bit taller.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Hope Spring

As in I 'hope springs eternal' - was hoping this one would turn out well and it did.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an additional coffee muffin in the freezer! I thought we were completely 'out' but was really pleased to find that this was not the case. Needless to say, a touch of home baking is scheduled for the near future.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Stretching Out

I liked the 'interesting' bit in the middle so it got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: My new 7th grade classes went well. I get to see these students twice a week for the next five weeks and whilst this will take up a significant amount of time, they seem to be quite enthusiastic and willing to give things a go. We all had fun today.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Deepshade Musings

The colours reminded me of being in a shaded area - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our final teaching day for our senior students. It was weird but in a good way. Needless to say, at least some of my students will be missed :)

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Grand Entrance

Finally something a bit different!

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out the source of some mildly annoying spam and hopefully putting a stop to it.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Storage Space

This one looks like rows and rows of box files - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: A stress-free relaxing day. I'm always grateful for 'time off' after a busy week and today was no exception.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Target Practice

As in a bunch of fractal targets. This one did not turn out quite as well as hoped.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delightful lunch! It was our 12 grader's last school day and a brilliant cooked lunch was provided for them. There was so much left over that staff were invited to partake. It was delicious :)

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Sparkling Sensation

Sometimes lots of decoration is a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Last minute credits! As in some of my seniors finally submitted work that 'counts'. The phrase 'better late than never' comes to mind.