Monday, October 21, 2019

Mandel Sash

Named for the mini-mandelbrots that have been used as decoration.

Mandel Sash

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding shelter from a mid-walk shower. My regular readers might think that I'm obsessed with the weather but when one is outside with no umbrella, unexpected rain can be problematic. One could argue that in Auckland, rain should always be expected but I'm both an optimist and a bit of a slow learner when it comes to things that are weather related.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pebble Path

This one would make an interesting piece of jewellery.

Pebble Path

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a way to complete mine-sweep faster. It turns out that if you press the left and right mouse buttons at the same time over a square where you have already found all the surrounding mines, it will clear any remaining squares. Some of my students have challenged me to mine-sweep once they have submitted all of their assessments (which is a good way to get them to complete work). I'd rather not lose!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sharp Turn

Here is yet more proof that 'spiky' can be a good thing.

Sharp Turn

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: We are finally into 'short sleeves' weather. Sometimes a sweater is still needed but it's lovely to be able to ditch a few clothing layers.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Stretch Weave

This one was sort of OK. Then I tiled it and the result was definitely worth keeping.

Stretch Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My school's 50th reunion is pretty much over (at least from my perspective). This means that on Monday things will finally get back to sort of normal.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Always Connected...

Also known as 'pretty blue lace'.

Always Connected...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a reasonably dry afternoon. This meant that an afternoon walk was possible :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Extreme Blue Weave

Stare at this one for long enough and it will grow on you.

Extreme Blue Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easily finding an email that I needed from way back in March! Modern search features are a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tower Flower

This one turned out even better than expected.

Tower Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding two things that I'd misplaced (in two separate locations). It's been a rough start to the term!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Purple Points

If you rotate this one 30 degrees and use your imagination, you'll see the Star of David in the middle.

Purple Points

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that it is possible to open Adobe Illustrator files in GIMP. Life is good :)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sukkot 5780

*Almost* everything you need to know - on one handy page.

Sukkot 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That recycling content in Google Classroom is extremely easy. I've probably had this as a gratitude item before but anything that saves time / makes preparing for school simple is worth celebrating.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Grey Snow

They say that no two snowflakes are identical but I've taken a bit of artistic license...

Grey Snow

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The cherry tree blossoms that are at their peak - so pretty!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shield Flake

Is it a shield or a snowflake? You decide.

Shield Flake

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new pillow for my birthday. I'm looking forward to trying it out in the near future as it looks like it will be extremely comfortable.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Scottish Star

This is what happens when tartan sort of meets a Star of David.

Scottish Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great video series that explains what git and github actually are. I've always found git / github fairly confusing and the video series has made things a lot clearer.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Green Star

This might be the most environmentally friendly star in the series.

Green Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A safe and relatively easy fast. I'm mostly grateful for the fact that Yom Kippur is a once a year 'thing'.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780

Yom Kippur is one of those holidays that 'is good when it's over'. My mom inspired this one when she pointed out how precious Yom Kippur actually is. Here's hoping everyone has a good fast...

Yom Kippur 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Looking forward to being off-line again tomorrow (and being back on-line again after the fast).

Monday, October 07, 2019

Red Star Rising

When it comes to stars / snowflakes, simple is good. The background was made in Apophysis, the snowflake was made with 'Context Free' and then edited in Illustrator.

Red Star Rising

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the video series that I started yesterday. Whilst the series is quite short, it still took a lot longer than anticipated.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Large Hole

I'm pretty sure I've made large holes before but this one was nice enough to render.

Large Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting round to revisiting a video series that was in need of updating. After a slow start, it is going well.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Large Net

You can catch some pretty large things in this one.

Large Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That at least two of my students are working during the break. Unsurprisingly, the two who contacted me this weekend with questions are both top of their respective classes.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Stranded

Names as it is made up of a very large number of strands.

Stranded

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Time to create fractals, play scrabble and read.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Travel Style

This one looks like it's going places.

Travel Style

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprisingly productive day which involved proof-reading reports, doing some design work and making fractals. 'Holidays' are the best.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Building Web

As in a building made out a woven web-like substance.

Building Web

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm on a freezing day. We are supposed to be well into spring by now but today was icy cold with random bits of rain thrown in for good measure. A great day to stay inside and read a book.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Modern Star (again)

It's been ages since I last played with Context Free. This one is simple but nice.

Modern Star (again)

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another brilliant day spent doing very little. Taking a two-day break from being on-line has been wonderful.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rosh HaShana 5780

Shana Tova Everyone!

Rosh HaShana 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delightful Sunday, made all that much better by the fact that it is Erev Yom Tov.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Spin Geometry

This one turned out much better than expected.

Spin Geometry

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Daylight saving is back. Even better, I am on holiday which means that dark early mornings won't be a problem for the next short while.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Digital Turtle

The turtle did not appear until I reflected the image in GIMP. It was a very nice surprise.

Digital Turtle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making it to the end of a hectic term. Am not sure who was happier to be on holiday, the teachers or the kids.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Very Compact Disc

Discs are a bit of a common theme but, as is so often the case, this one was nice enough to be worth keeping.

Very Compact Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it's extremely easy to create keyboard shortcuts in GIMP. This can take a lot of the pain out of repetitive tasks.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Feather Fan

As in I like feathers. A lot. You could say that I'm a bit of a fan.

Feather Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having an umbrella when I really needed one! Today the weather was crazy - being outside during an admittedly brief hailstorm was an unwelcome experience (which is where that umbrella became invaluable).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Spun Potholes

Take some potholes, colour them purple and then spin them around.

Spun Potholes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being surprised at how amazing the guys over at Rokdim are. If you are looking for Israeli dance music, you can download it there AND they throw in the teaching video for free. They are fantastic at responding to feedback too.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Gloomy Sun

This one is a lot less depressing than anticipated.

Gloomy Sun

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our 'Common Assessment Task' went well and there were not issues. Having this out of the way is a great feeling (trust me when I say this is a fairly big deal for our students).

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Brick Lace

As in a wall made out of textured, lacy bricks.

Brick Lace

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'different' day which involved a rather interesting workshop aimed at folk dance teachers. It was nice to see how others approach the task of teaching new dances to a group.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ornate String

It took a surprisingly long time to get this one looking 'just right'.

Ornate String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really peaceful day in which I did not feel overwhelmed by work related issues.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Ziggle

This is what happens when you merge a zigzag and a squiggle.

Ziggle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a reasonable amount done today. Having a 'to do' list and tackling it one annoying thing at a time helped.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Weird Square Hole

It turns out that sometimes holes can be square!

Weird Square Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding a desktop ePub reader that displays embedded videos. We currently use Edge to do this but MS have announced that when Edge is phased out / replaced by Chromium, the ePub functionality will no longer exist which is a great pity. It is amazing how many desktop ePub readers don't correctly render embedded video. In this case, 'simple' works but I will need to edit my ePubs slightly so that the video pages appear in the correct place. At least I have time...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Moth Wings

The design on the diagonal reminded me of a line of moths.

Moth Wings

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That today's Internet outage at school was mercifully brief. It is scary how dependent my classes are on being connected. No internet / intranet means things pretty much grind to a halt which is not good.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Out of Kilter

This one is a bit wonky - in a good way.

Out of Kilter

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An early night! With slightly less going on this could be a great opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Spun Out Spiral

Duplicating, rotating and tiling were the order of the day. They took something that was 'ordinary' and improved it quite a bit.

Spun Out Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to follow up on student attendance for the next week and a half. This saves me between 15 and 20 minutes each day and it's nice to get a break from this particular chore. So far, I'm loving our school exams. Especially as for my subject, our students have a Common Assessment task which means that I don't have to do loads of marking :)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Spiral Hill

As in a hill with a spiral center.

Spiral Hill

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being refreshed and *mostly* ready for the week ahead.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sea Doorway

This one is OK but it's not quite as good as hoped.

Sea Doorway

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Saturdays! The not having to get up early and go in to work routine never gets old :)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Ocean Net

It turns out that woven waves are now a thing.

Ocean Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: School exams are next week. The good thing about this is a slightly lighter teaching load and a bit less stress. The plan sit do as much catching up on 'stuff' as possible

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Almost Flower

As in a cross between a flower and woven spiral.

Almost Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a contract (in writing) for next year. Knowing that I don't need to shift schools is nice. It's a bit of a pity that said contract is for a year only rather than being for a permanent position ...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Peaking Purple Waves

The name pretty much says it all. Some very careful manual tiling was needed for this one.

Peaking Purple Waves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Minimal traffic this evening when going to (and from) dance class. Auckland traffic can be an interesting gamble. Happily this evening the odds were in my favour :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Grenade!

It's not quite the right shape for a grenade but the pattern was close enough for it to earn the name.

Grenade!

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my experiment using google's Colab worked even better than expected. My students found it easy to use and I found it easy to mark their work and give them feedback. Even better, despite the limited formatting options, there is a way to make text look exactly as intended, provided one is comfortable with html and css. So it's all good :)

Monday, September 09, 2019

Curtain Waves

This one was remarkably easy to create. It's good when that happens.

Curtain Waves

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Google have put out some new 'toys' / improvements for use with Google Classroom. So far, so good. They are doing some interesting things with something called 'Code Lab' which might be an easy way to allow my students to create and submit code within the google classroom environment (which makes it easy for me to see that they are on-track and give them feedback).

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Blue Motion

I like this one. You could say I'm a fan :)

Blue Motion

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally cleaning out the cupboard next to the computer in my home-office. Getting things a bit more organised felt really good.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Modern Arch

Am not too sure how exactly this happened, but am glad that it did.

Modern Arch

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new headset (similar to the one that died) for $65 instead of $99. A brother who knows exactly what he is doing and retailers who are willing to price-match is a wonderful thing.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Windswept

Sometimes tiling fractals can give pleasing results. This was on of those times.

Windswept

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That finding the blue tooth settings on my laptop is very easy. I *might* be getting some blue tooth headphone as my 'current' wireless headphones died quite suddenly and need to be replaced.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Box Stairs

Some 'flipping' and tiling was involved in this one.

Box Stairs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a fair bit of 'box ticking' done today. It is a great pity that the government and at times our own senior leaders insist that staff complete tasks that are essentially busy work. Having to do 'admin' type stuff which is not looked at /used by anyone and does not benefit our students is one of the less fun things about being a teacher.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Very Modern Ripple

Am not too sure about this one - I'd hoped it would somehow be nicer than it turned out.

Very Modern Ripple

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my dancers who has been overseas for quite a while has finally made it back home. It was lovely to have her back with us in the circle.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Industrial Fan

This fan is environmentally friendly. It must be as it is 'green'!

Industrial Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That most of the things that were broken yesterday in my Computer lab have been fixed - so today was a lot better than yesterday!

Monday, September 02, 2019

Ups and Downs

It took ages to get this one to look right but it was worth the effort.

Ups and Downs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spring is here! Got to walk outside after school for the first time this season. It was almost dark by the time I got home but said walk was a wonderful time-out opportunity after a day which was plagued by a whole lot of small, frustrating problems.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

String Spin

In this case, post processing helped. A lot.

String Spin

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being *sort of* up-to-date on my marking which is a lot better than being hopelessly behind. The thing with marking is that it is relentless (a bit like dirty dishes but without the joy of having had a great meal before said dishes need to be washed).