Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Loop Play

Had a lot of fun with this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting the hang of a rather tricky dance move. YouTube helped!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Light Sculpture

The candle in the middle of this one was a nice surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: No major issues with the new computers at school. My students were able to pick up where they left off last term which was great.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Mental Blocks

This could be the fractal equivalent of writer's block.

Today's Gratitude Item: Google Classroom finally fixed their *not so new* grading tool so that it is possible to filter assignments by 'status' rather than having to hunt for work that has been submitted in that particular view. Needless to say Classroom has always been miles ahead of MS Teams when it comes to setting assignments, seeing what work needs to be graded and retrieving grades for analysis.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wild Ride

In a fractal world, this is what a roller coaster looks like.

Today's Gratitude Item: Garlic bread! After a *long* week of matzos being able to eat bread again is simply the best.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Cog Rose

Is it a cog, a rose or a weird mix of the two? You decide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my dad successfully set up on Skype. It was harder than anticipated because whilst I could hear him, he could not hear me. Finally managed to solve the issue by messing with his computer's sound settings in a non-obvious way.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Loopy Daze

As the title suggests, am not too sure if this one was a good idea.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting some video tutorials 'sorted'. Happily things did not take as long as feared although I still have a fair bit to do before Monday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Zig Braid

This one was both unexpected and quite interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: A super restful day. Decided not to do any computer work today and really enjoyed the time off :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Pot and Pipes

Sometimes apophysis does weird woven things. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Connecting with a colleague over coffee. Being able to 'talk shop' with another teacher who 'gets' what life is like teaching Digital Technologies in a typical New Zealand school was lovely.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Rose Bowl

As in a flower in a dish rather than the sporting event.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my Shavuot image for 5779 done. Said image will feature on this blog in due course.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hot Feather Disc

Sometimes bright colours are good. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how 'rows' work when using grid css. It took a while but was worth the effort.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ultra Ornate

When something like this appears, it just has to be rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having another week of holiday stretching out before me.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pesach 5779

Ironically, creating this one took more than one attempt.

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: Finally getting a proposal written and out of the way. As is so often the case, it took longer than anticipated.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pre-Easter Fun

The cartoon below is currently outside one of our local coffee shops. Whilst I had to explain to my dad that the rabbit was holding a selfie stick with a cellphone on the end, this is exactly my sense of humour. The 'normal' fractal will be back tomorrow.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my beloved sushi shop is open on Saturday! I was worried that it might be closed due to the Easter holidays.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Summer Spines

This one was not supposed to be quite so grey / ominous.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding $1.00 right near where I parked my car before dance class tonight. It was in a totally unexpected place and the lucky find certainly added a spring to my step.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stairs at Dusk

This one reminded me that circular stairs are pretty but painful to climb.

Today's Gratitude Item: Fresh hot raisin bread with butter. It does not get better than that :)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Cosmic Ripple Ray

This is somewhere between a magnetic field and cosmic radiation.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding out how to use Github in conjunction with Pycharm to manage program development. I was surprised by how easy it was :)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Precious Cross

It's almost gift wrapped but not quite.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through a fair bit of marking. Did not quite get all of it done but the end is in sight. Once the marking is done, the plan is to move onto preparing for next term...

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Black Light Waves

As in the 'hole' in this one reminded me of the shape of a candle flame - only it's black.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being at the start of a two week holiday. Of course I use the word 'holiday' in it's loosest possible sense as I have tonnes of school work to get through. Happily getting up before sunrise is off the table for the next little while.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Caught in the Current

This one looks better in a smaller size - it's odd when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting new keyboards and mice in the lab (as well as completely new machines). The new peripherals were a lovely, exciting surprise as some of our keyboards were a bit 'sticky' / rather old (and by old I mean ancient).

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Smoke Fan

As in a fan made out of smoke.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our new computers arrived today. I'm looking forward to the start of next term where we will have all new devices in the lab. Very exciting :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ripple Thing

Presenting one of the stranger things to come out of my computer.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more *teaching* day before we get an all too brief two week break. We have a different program on the last day of school so if I can just get through tomorrow, everything will be OK. Hopefully.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019


As in the pattern sort of reminded me of fingerprints - it's been that kind of day.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my classes has been cancelled as the students have something else on. This will hopefully give me a bit more time to get stuff done (this week has been insanely busy and there is far too much happening).

Monday, April 08, 2019

Extreme Flower

I discovered that playing with the 'curve' values can improve just about any gradient.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to get up in the dark. Driving to school with the sun mostly up was a weird feeling after a solid month of leaving home while it is still dark. The only problem is that it is downhill from now on as winter approaches.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Narnia Doorway

As in these doors lead to a completely different world.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more week of school and then we are on holiday. It's been a very long term!

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Two Tubes

This one was interesting enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: The end of daylight saving. Whilst I have loved having longer evenings and time to walk outside after school, getting up (and getting to school) in the dark was not all that much fun.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Flight of Fancy

This one reminded me of very fancy wings - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: That parent / student / teacher at meetings at school went really well. All the interactions that I had with families were positive and it was great to be able to put faces to names. The only downside is that only half of the families showed up for their interviews. It is a great pity that the other half are not more involved with their child's education (insert deep sigh here).

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Deep Blue

This is one of those things that seemed like a bright idea at the time.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to stay overly late at school for parent / teacher meetings. My final two appointments told me in advance that they would not be attending. When the appointments are a 20 minute catch-up where we look at all the student's subjects and progress overall, the time adds up. Obviously it would be better to meet with parents but at least if they can't make it, some of them let us know...

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Diamond Fold

In a fractal universe, this is what origami looks like.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some fairly hefty marking done. I was relieved that one of my hardest-working students managed to pass. This is one of those times when the final grade does not adequately reflect the effort that went into the task. Happily as teachers we can (and do) write extra feedback that acknowledges those super important things like grit and perseverance.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Diamond Shine

Was really please with this one - I've always had a 'thing' for geometric shapes.

Today's Gratitude Item: A free 'flu jab which did not hurt too much. Here's hoping it does it's job and helps me avoid being unwell this winter.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Modern Distortion

Every so often something really nice appears on my screen. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: No meeting before school tomorrow morning! That gives me more time to get other stuff done :)