Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Star Crossed

Originally I was going to tile this one and the result would have included both stars and crosses (hence the name)

Star Crossed

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great session at dance. We combined the Tuesday and Wednesday group and whilst the numbers were smaller than anticipated, we all had a wonderful time.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Bead Suspension

As in this one looks like beads suspended in space. Can't quite see it? Try squinting and tilting your head a little.

Bead Suspension

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing the 'big five' (ie: the images that will feature here over the upcoming *Jewish* holiday season). Whilst said holidays are roughly three months away, time flies and it is good to be prepared.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Super Sea

This one is an ocean on steroids.

Super Sea

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing my Sukkot image for 5780 - it took a lot longer than anticipated but the time spent was worth it. The image will feature on this blog in due course.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hyperactive Springs

This is what happens when a series of discs is let loose.

Hyperactive Springs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous weather! After days of fog / rain, it was lovely to have clear skies.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sewn Up Sphere

The intricate pattern at the bottom of the sphere was a nice surprise.

Sewn Up Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being motivated! Finally found the energy to continue working on the programming resource that I'm using with my senior students.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hole Interest

We've been here before, but not quite like this.

Hole Interest

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My work computer has been fixed! It is wonderful to have things back to normal and I'm almost ready for some workshops that I'll be running next week.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dull Dips

This is one of those times when slightly duller colours worked.

Dull Dips

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My school computer has been repaired and is ready to be retrieved. Am really grateful that this happened rather quickly and am hoping that the repair means the device will work reliably going forward...

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

In Pouring

Is this the opposite of 'out pouring'?

In Pouring

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The technicians at school were able to take a look at my computer (that's the good news). The bad news is that the issue is a hardware fault which has rendered said computer into little more than a pretty silver brick. Hopefully this can be repaired / replaced sooner rather than later. The 'dead' machine has forced me to take a bit of a break from working which is probably a good thing...

Monday, July 08, 2019

Nuclear Mushroom

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. It's ugly but sort of fascinating...

Nuclear Mushroom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That pretty much all of my 'school stuff' is backed up to the cloud. My school computer has decided it no longer wants to work and whilst this is not ideal, at least I can still get work done and I don't need to try and cope with a new / loan computer and students at the same time. Here's hoping that our IT department are not on holiday and can help resolve the situation...

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Bit of a Strain

As in this one reminded me of a sieve / strainer.

Bit of a Strain

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a series of perfect, public domain illustrations for use in my Rosh Hashanah graphic (which will feature here in due course).

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Pasta Play

All that's missing is the sauce.

Pasta Play]

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My brother brought round a cable that makes the second monitor in my extended display extremely clear. Said cable worked first time around. Am super excited about the improvement :)

Friday, July 05, 2019

Path Portal

As in a portal to a path which leads to infinity.

Path Portal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sorting out one of my student's problems which will allow them to catch up with work over the 'holidays'.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Rose Wood Discs

Simple but nice. Sometimes I like to string my audience along a bit.

Rose Wood Discs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day before the start of our winter 'holiday' (where the word holiday is used in the loosest possible sense as I will be spending a significant amount of the time 'off' working). Am looking forward to being able to sleep in a bit though...

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Disc Intimacy

Or perhaps 'Kissing Circles'.

Disc Intimacy

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home safely after a very long day. Whilst I'm very tired, things are actually going quite well (touch wood). Am hoping to have time to catch up on 'stuff' tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Light Perspective

Normally when I use the perspective tools, the results are not as obvious as this one.

Light Perspective

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surviving day two with no non-contact time. Tomorrow is the last day that I have such a full timetable and I'm looking forward to things getting a little less crazy.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Tube String

It took ages to get this one into something worth posting.

Tube String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering Scratch's "Backpack" feature. This is an easy way to transfer blocks of code between projects. Whilst it is far from perfect (everything in the backpack is called 'script' and the name can't currently be changed), it does make life easier. Especially if one is careful about backpack maintenance.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

United

A bunch of interlocking circles that does not look quite as good as hoped.

United

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Two screens! My brother set me up with a split display over two large screens and the difference has been huge. He said it would increase my productivity and he was right. Having so much screen real-estate is a luxury that has, overnight become something of a necessity. Thanks bro!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Midnight Tides

When the ocean is a fractal, tides can look a bit like this...

Midnight Tides

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a bunch of resources aimed at primary / middle schools that will be helpful in integrating programming into what teachers already do. I needed this for a workshop I'm involved in during the upcoming school holidays.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Softly Spun

If you weave light instead of more traditional materials, this can happen...

Softly Spun

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having some unexpected 'student free' time which allowed me to get a nice chunk of marking done.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

String Ray

As in rays made of string (rather than the aquatic organism).

String Ray

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that using 'OR' in sql queries can be extremely powerful. I need to create a new database resource for my senior students for next year and incorporating 'OR' queries will be part of it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tree Top Star

Warm, inviting and light - this one is perfect for a Southern Hemisphere mid-winter Christmas.

Tree Top Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out why some student code was not working correctly. In Python if the indenting is not quite right, weird things can happen!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Echo Wave

I liked the repeating pattern so it got rendered.

Echo Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my middle school students really enjoyed the Caesar Cipher worksheet we did today. I probably made this too easy but they loved the idea of being able to write notes to each other that their younger siblings would not understand.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Spun Diamond Fan

Holes can be good - especially when they are spun around a bit.

Spun Diamond Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having some extra time to get things done this afternoon.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wind Candle

Can't see the candle / flame shape? Try squinting.

Wind Candle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Aspirin! I don't often get headaches but being able to get rid of them quickly is a minor miracle.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Disc Weave

Sometimes 'simple' can be effective.

Disc Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting more space in my 'office' downstairs.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Molten Fire

I enjoyed playing with this one in 'post'.

Molten Fire

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The end of an extremely busy week. Am looking forward to being able to relax in the very near future.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Disc Co

Both the image and title are a play on a disco ball.

Disc Co

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students showed me how to use Chrome / Firefox’s ‘inspect element’ feature to access a colour picker. Really easy and super convenient.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sky Net

Dedicated to all the Terminator fans out there.

Sky Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Great barista coffee from an unexpected source.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hollow Curvature

This one sort of has a hole in it, hence the name.

Hollow Curvature

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a piece of code I wrote worked as hoped on the first attempt. Given that some guess work was involved,I'm counting this as a minor miracle.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Modern Tulip

It's either a really modern flower or a piece of weird architecture.

Modern Tulip

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'different' day today. I got to spend time with colleagues from other schools who are also involved in developing resources for the new level 2 standards. So far, so good although there is a lot of work that needs to be done in quite a short space of time (nothing new there).

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bubble Funk

I found a variation in Apophysis that made bubbles - playing ensued.

Bubble Funk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding time to edit the contact form on my personal webpage to further limit spam that has been sneaking through. It's at this point that I say "I love regular expressions".

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Simple String

Whilst this one is simple, it is also quite stylish so it got rendered.

Simple String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The developer's of this really useful tool for learning about LZW compression added a feature I requested that will make life even easier for my students.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Spherical Surpise

As the title suggests, this one was unexpected.

Spherical Surpise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The wheels on my lab chairs that were broken have now been fixed. It's a small thing but it makes a big difference to everyone's comfort level.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wire Flower Power

The only problem with this one is that the pattern is very strong and it might be difficult finding one's icons...

Wire Flower Power

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking the night off and reading a book instead of working. I believe the name for this is 'guilty pleasure'.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

String Resonance

Plain but not so simple...

String Resonance

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being toasty and warm on a rather cold day.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Blue Wave Hole

Holes can be a good thing.

Blue Wave Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That following up on student attendance this morning took less time than usual. It's a small thing but it was a good start to the day.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sunday Morning Special

Created on a Sunday afternoon (a long time ago) and finally posted on a Monday night.

Sunday Morning Special

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Receiving a speedy solution to this morning's parking problem. We have allocated parking at school but when someone parks the school van in your slot, resolving the situation can be tricky.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Gentle Wave

Presenting another image that 'just worked'.

Gentle Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to snatch a bit of 'down time' during a busy day. Suffice it to say, lots of schoolwork was involved.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Shavuot 5779

A new take on a very old idea?

Shavout 5779

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Doing the smart thing and not trying to go for a walk this morning. To say that the wind was both cold and intense would be an understatement.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Odd Ball Glowing

This one is strange but in a good way.

Odd Ball Glowing

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected non-contact. The horrible weather meant that my 7th grade class who walk over from a nearby school opted to stay warm, safe and dry which meant they did not come for their lesson. The 'free time' was a lovely surprise.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Spun Puddles

I rendered it because of the 3D effect - only it turned out a lot brighter than expected...

Spun Puddles

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That random.org refused to generate random strings for my students (we needed them as part of an experiment that we are doing on compression). This was the perfect excuse to create a fast and simple random string generator of my own. The nice thing about my generator is that it does exactly what we need and students can specify the exact length of the string with ease.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Gossamer Spirals

Here are more spirals with a slightly unexpected twist.

Gossamer Spirals

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A decent turn-out at dance despite the rainy weather. Even better was the fact that the rain had stopped by the end of the session which meant not getting wet when leaving.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Border Line

The wave pattern appealed so this one got rendered.

Border Line

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the Internet that went down in my non-contact and was back up again in time for my fourth period class. The only thing worse than 'no Internet' is 'no Internet and having a class of 28 kids sitting around doing nothing because they can't access their work which is in the cloud'.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Memory Lines

This one would have been perfect for posting back on ANZAC day.

Memory Lines

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Almost completing the first big part of a resource that I'm working on. I have a working 'recipe moderniser' that I'm quite pleased with. The program allows users to scale recipe ingredients and automatically converts ingredients into grams where possible (which makes baking easy assuming you have an electronic scale).

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Pretty Pink Flower

There is a sort of hidden star of David in this one.

Pretty Pink Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to retrieve student work from the 'school' computers and pass said work on to my student who is currently overseas - all from the comfort of my own home (at 11:30pm at night). When technology works, it is a wonderful thing.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Fountain Fit

It's good when things fit together easily.

Fountain Fit

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm, safe and dry on a very rainy day.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inner Shine

Weirdly, it took ages to find colours that worked with this one.

Inner Shine

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Starting to get my head around regular expressions when using Python. They are in the 'extremely useful but quite daunting" category.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Checkered Dreaming

Curved checkered patterns are *almost* as much fun to make as spirals.

Checkered Dreaming

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An extra, extra long weekend. My school is closed tomorrow (day before the ball) and Monday is a public holiday. Am looking forward to the mini-break :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Punctuated Pattern

The 'speech mark' made this one sufficiently interesting to be worth rendering.

Punctuated Pattern

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day! Most of my colleagues were on strike but as I'm not union (long story) today was a golden opportunity to make a massive amount of progress on a resource I'm developing to teach my senior students Python programming.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Floored

Am not too sure about this one. It's in the 'OK but not great' file.

Floored

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A quiet day in which quite a bit got done. Am hoping tomorrow will be even better!