Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tinsel Tunnel

Another Christmas time image which turned out better than expected. Is this what they mean by 'Christmas Magic'?

Today's Gratitude Item: Peace and quiet. It means having time to get quite a bit done without being distracted / getting side tracked.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Gentle Lace

One of the prettier tiled designs that has graced my screen in recent days.

Today's Gratitude Item: My favourite sushi shop is open again after a brief break that felt a lot longer than five days.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Fairy Fountain

It took ages to find the right colours for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good day which involved food, napping, reading and creating fractals with no worries about work in the morning.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Tiger Blossom

I like the flower but really struggled to place the design on the background in an effective way. Am not entirely satisfied with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having enough books to read. Our library opens relatively late on weekends and has, of course, been closed on public holidays which means that running out reading material at this time of year is a definite possibility. eBooks read on an iPad are just not the same...

Friday, December 27, 2019

Silver String Flower

The interference pattern in this one made it worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out that it is super easy to format numbers nicely when using php.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Let Ripple

Finally something that is both cool and different :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Another really productive day. It's been fits and starts for a while now so actually getting stuff done is quite good.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Cross Interference

This one was not all that good until it got post processed in GIMP.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really peaceful day - which is all one could really ask for at this time of year :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Bright Weave Bead

It's been a colourful kind of day.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making some real progress on my database resource. It feels good to be getting stuff done, even though everything takes longer than planned.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Plane Bat

As in is it a plane? Is it a bat? You decide!

Today's Gratitude Item: A random spurt of creativity which means that the 'fractal making' is going really well. Here's hoping that said creative spurt continues for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Chanukah 5780

Inspired by Christmas decorations that were spotted in early October. Had quite a bit of fun making it :)

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Today's Gratitude Item: Cool weather, time to relax and not needing to go anywhere or do anything.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Portal Piece

Somehow round 'windows' are always appealing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gigantic pieces of sushi! I think the person who was cutting said sushi was feeling generous.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Stellar Hub

Another design where the hole is more than the sum of the parts (pun intended).

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprisingly productive day which started with a few hiccups but ended quite well.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Young Flax

It's woven and it's green - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: My screen-casting software is once again co-operating. It was throwing errors after a recent update and I though that my uninstall / reinstall did not work - only now it seems like it has. I'm just grateful that it seems to be OK...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Curved Columns

It's a bit bright but the 3D effect made it worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding some really good open source Family Tree software. It's a bit of a pity that the help manual is only available in French!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Delicate Light Weave

The title really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to get up early for the foreseeable future. Summer is my favourite time of year and it is wonderful to be able to do some much needed recharging.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Encompassed Glow

This is the alternative to maps in a fractal universe.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good day spent make more than a few fractals.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Mountain Frieze

If you look at this carefully, you can see the mountains in the background. Sort of.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress on jigsaw puzzle #2. So far its been fun - especially as I've had help with the tricky bits :)

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ornate Goldness

I salvaged this one from the original which was fairly uninspiring.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a lot fun doing jigsaw puzzles. They are both addictive and satisfying.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Floral Jade

Apparently stone flowers are now a thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really relaxing 'do nothing' day. Being on holiday can never be over-rated.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Flower Hands

If you use your imagination, the bit at the bottom is actually two abstract hands.

Today's Gratitude Item: New puzzles to do in the near future. Getting said puzzles was a bit of a mission but this is a story with a happy ending.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Grate Idea

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

Today's Gratitude Item: A lovely dinner out with my dance group. This is an annual event and every year I am reminded how lucky I am to be part of such great group.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Netted Goldfish

Here is what happens when one goes fishing in a fractal world.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out why my database was not quite working. It turns out that if you are inserting a Boolean value into a database, putting said value in speech marks does not end well. An obvious mistake that was not all that obvious at the time.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Odd Entity

Sometimes 'odd' can be a good thing. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting in a good mix of 'work' and 'play'. Am frustratingly close to getting a database project to work as intended but am not quite there yet. Maybe tomorrow...

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Ornate Extreme

It's bright, bold, garish and ornate. Yet somehow it works.

Today's Gratitude Item: Time to catch up and get stuff done without needing to worry about school / classes. This is my favourite time of the year.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Paperweight Bubble

This is in the 'I wish it were real' pile.

Today's Gratitude Item: Successfully making an eight-sided star bow on my first attempt. My mum showed me how to do it after consulting YouTube and finding an online template. Normally these things don't go quite so well the first time around so this early success was quite a lot of fun.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Religious View

This cross just appeared and demanded to be rendered. Sometimes it goes that way.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of a lovely long summer holiday. I'm planning on making the most of the time away from school.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mask Net

As in a network made up of masks.

Today's Gratitude Item: The filing cabinets which were taking up a large amount of space in our office have finally been removed. It's weird having a large amount of extra room (in a good way).

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Chained Dawn

Somehow I thought this one would look nicer when rendered. Sadly this was not the case.

Today's Gratitude Item: Using custom .css to beat a WordPress theme into submission. This is one of those times when knowledge really is power.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Lamp Line

I tried something a bit different and it worked.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a fast way to align images in GIMP. It turns out that modifying and then using the underlying grid is a powerful strategy.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Rose Bowl Tinsel

The 'rose bowl' was more obvious before I rotated this one by 90 degrees.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'full-on' day with students who were willing to do the work. Tomorrow promises to be more of the same.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Sine Fence

As in if you look closely, you might spot the sine wave.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day. Am looking quite forward to tomorrow when a week of puzzle making commences. Here's hoping that things go smoothly.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Another Round

Quite literally, another disc design. It was one of 'those' days.

Today's Gratitude Item: The improves (slightly larger) glue-less envelopes that I created to hold impossible puzzles work perfectly. Cutting and folding these envelopes is extremely satisfying.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Stone Spinner

I'm a fan of stone :)

Today's Gratitude Item: This time next week will be the start of my summer vacation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Moon Synergy

Where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day of actual classes! Next week we are still at school but it should be a lot more fun.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Drain Circling

Here is another 'drain' that actually looks quite good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Paying less than expected for some rice crackers - everyone loves a bargain :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Gentle Joining

The diamonds were more pronounced until I softened the edges.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending most of the day in my 'happy place' - which means making puzzles in advance of Wider Living Week.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Many Worlds...

Who says there is only one world?

Today's Gratitude Item: Success after four plus hours of struggling. I now have an input box with an auto-suggest feature where the suggestions are based on entries from a database.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Marginal Discs

As in I liked the discs and the stripes but the overall composition is marginal at best.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being reasonably up-to-date and ready to face the new week.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Minimal Discs

A brief foray into the realm of 'less is more'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous weather on a gorgeous Saturday. Time off to recharge is always something that is worthy of gratitude.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Modern Power Flower

You've heard of 'flower power' - this is a 'power flower'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting another tricky piece of code to co-operate. This one involved setting up a rating to display as partially shaded stars depending on a value held in a database. Fun stuff.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ocean Oddity

The weird tiled effect made this one interesting enough to keep.

Today's Gratitude Item: My code worked first time! Given that the code concerned was an sql query with multiple joins, having it work on the first attempt was rather exciting.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

On-screen Hydrangea

Not quite as pretty as the flowers outside but no a bad effort.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our IT team installed github desktop onto our lab computers which should mean that students can now use github for version control. I'll be experimenting with my 9th grade class to see if the system is easy to use and does what we need.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Ring Joy

As in a ring that gave me joy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being inspired to create a Database resource for my Level 2 students for next year. It will be a fair bit of work but I mostly know what needs to be done and have made a small bit of progress.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fall Mosaic

The colours made this one worth keeping.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a teaching video for Shevet Achim Ve'Achayot - a dance that we 'learned' at camp that I'm planning teaching to my group. It's tricky at first but the music (and steps) are really compelling and I suspect it will be worth the effort.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wave Twist

As in a bunch of waves - with a twist.

Today's Gratitude Item: A day that involved zero school work and zero guilt. Sometimes taking time off is necessary. Today was one of those times.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Floral Wrap

This one could work as a wrapping paper. It's probably a bit busy for most desktops.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing a really dreary, tedious book. In retrospect toughing it out and reading all the way to the end was a bad idea but at least that particular reading experience is over.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Flower Rocks

As in flowers made up of rocks.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally learning how to use github correctly. The biggest problem was working out how to easily push projects on my local system into the cloud. This is one of those things that once you know how to do it, it's incredibly simple. For me, the key was downloading github desktop and having a bit of time to play with it and figure out how it works.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

All That Jazz

In my world, funky music belongs on funky records. If you are too young to remember what a record looks like, this might help.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easily getting home from CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools). The short version is that I got lucky with the buses.

Cold Diamonds

In a fractal world, ice cubes sometimes look like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some of my senior students *finally* handed in their last internal for marking. This really is a case of 'better late than never'.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cut Squares

Or should that be 'cut diamonds'?

Today's Gratitude Item: Dry weather when I needed it the most! For a while it was 'touch and go' with the rain situation.