Thursday, April 30, 2020

Extra Stringy

Like melted cheese, some fractals turn out to be extra stringy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally understanding how Christofides algorithm works. This great little interactive was the key. Everything else I looked at used unfamiliar terminology which made trying to understand this fairly simply idea much harder than necessary. Now I know how my students feel when they met new concepts!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

String Pansy

This one was a bit of a disappointment but it was not quite ugly enough to bin.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through a rather busy day and managing to do *most* of the stuff on my list. There are still a few things that need attention but the hope is that tomorrow will be less frantic.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha'atmaut

This image would be a lot more relevant if we were not in the grip of the COVID-19 epidemic. Maybe next year...

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: Getting at least some of my 'to do' list sorted. It's been a day for a mix of work and chilling out. Needless to say, the chilling out was a lot more fun than the work.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Mechanised Splash

This one has a nice mechanical 'feel' to it.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is a public holiday meaning that technically I don't have to work. It certainly takes some of the pressure off (distance learning during COVID-19 is not as stress-free as one might think).

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Neptune's Necklace

A nice woven, wave design that turned out reasonably well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to access previously disabled Chrome 'add ons' from my school account. This required some changes to the permissions and it does take up to 24 hours for 'new' add-ons to appear but being able to do this is massively useful (and quite exciting).

Friday, April 24, 2020

Pointed Possibilities

I liked both the colours and arrows so decided to keep this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting confirmation that from next week on-wards I'll be teaching 'all Digital' again. It's a long story with a very happy ending!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Smooth Ocean Storm

It turns out that waves can sometimes be smooth.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding all the errors in a piece of student code. It took a while but is hopefully worth it as the student in question is working really hard and being able to go through the code and show them how to fix it should be massively helpful in terms of improving understanding. I hope!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Candle Stick

Of the woven variety.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an eBook of short stories that are quite different to what I usually read. Switching to digital books has its pros and cons. One of the advantages is finding new authors that one might not otherwise know about.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Channel Waves

As in there is a channel / ditch in this ocean.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quite a lot done today. Doing the whole 'distance learning' (or should that be 'distance teaching') thing is quite challenging. I'm grateful that at least some of my students are making progress and they are getting reasonably good at asking questions. Unhappily there are still far too many who don't appear to be doing anything (yikes).

Monday, April 20, 2020

Yom HaShoah 5780

This image contains 1,986 names of those who perished in the Holocaust. *Most* of the names are from the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.
The sixteen names that are highlighted in gold on the tree nearest the yellow badge are my relatives including one of my great grandfathers, his siblings, cousins and other members of the family.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Here is a document with links information and all of the images in this series.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally being slightly inspired. I've been uninspired for far too long - a mix of going into winter and being locked-down.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Flower Freeze

Sometimes if you take fractal flowers and freeze them, the result is quite pretty.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to get up extremely early in the morning. Whilst lock-down is not exactly fun, there are some advantages. Getting to 'sleep in' during term time is one of them. Now if only all of my students would actually do the whole 'distance learning' thing, it would be pretty great.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Column Curve

I like my columns with a bit of a carved curve.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having as many emails as feared after quite a busy day on Friday where I contacted all the students in my classes and their parents. The less good news is that far too many of my students don't appear to be getting the hang of distance learning with many doing nothing / very little (yikes).

Friday, April 17, 2020

Unfolded Origami

Which basically translates as 'stack of square paper'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding a way to help my students understand (and generate) Minimal Spanning Trees. It's been on my 'to do' list of quite some time.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Full-On Flower

This one might be a bit blue - even for me.

Today's Gratitude Item: Bread! Whilst I like matzos, it's nice to be able to have bread again. It's amazing how good it tastes after an eight day 'bread free' period.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Ocean Border

This one is worth a closer look.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of an insanely busy day. In some ways providing content and supporting students via distance learning is MUCH harder than simply going to school and teaching my classes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pirate Musings

Does 'x' mark the spot?

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a surprising amount of work done. I'm *almost* ready for the start of Term 2 which begins tomorrow (we're remote teaching during COVID-19 lock-down which is something of an adventure).

Monday, April 13, 2020

Angel Ascent

Or perhaps - nontraditional angel.

Today's Gratitude Item: Completing a poster / project that has been on my mind for quite some time. The end is definitely in site with this resource - there are a few more videos that need making and then I'm done!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Bottled Up

This one was a huge challenge. The original image had a horrible green tinge that took ages to remove.

Today's Gratitude Item: A balanced day which involved some work and some play. I need more of these...

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Curve Crack

As in a curve which looks a bit like a crack.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not running out of eggs. It was a close thing but the situation has been resolved. Needless to say, I remember the time when we could go to the shops without having to queue just to get in / keep a distance of 2m from everyone else with great fondness and nostalgia.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Forest Jewels

The pattern reminded me of an ornate chain.

Today's Gratitude Item: A blissfully peaceful day which involved, food, a long nap, a walk and minimal schoolwork.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Gentle Curves

It turns out that when it comes to curves 'gentle' is the way to go.

Today's Gratitude Item: Living in New Zealand. According to this article we are the third safest country in the world when it comes to the Pandemic (behind Singapore and Israel).

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Pesach Sameach 5780

Pesach Sameach everyone!


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: Matzos. I've been looking forward to having matzos and cheese for several months and really grateful that we were able to get said matzos during lock down and that it will be shared with family.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Alien Wing

The large version of this one is oddly disappointing. The small version on the other hand looks quite good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our Zoom dance session went much better than last time. Being able to play the music directly from my computer was great and everyone seemed to have a good time - even though meeting remotely felt a bit strange.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Harelquin Rings

If you look at this one closely, you might be able to spot the rings in question.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally feeling guilty / motivated enough to start work on a project for our junior students. As always, making the videos takes a while but I'm enjoying getting back into things (we still have over a week of holiday left).

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Modern Electric

Electric blue is almost my favourite colour - only sometimes it's a bit intense.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to set up playlists in Groove. Needed this for an upcoming zoom session where we will dance again in the comfort of our own homes. It will be interesting to see if Zoom is a better option compared with Jitsi. I'd love to be able to support Jitsi (it's open source) but zoom lets me easily share my computer's sounds whereas Jitsi does not (yet).

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Infinite Islands

Originally the 'holes' looked like islands and the rest looked like an ocean. Things changed when I post processed.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a slightly easier way of making falafel with my mum's help. Said method is both quick and clean. Results tasted really good.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Fragile Filaments

I could not resist keeping this one. I liked the delicate bits.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having matzos for next week. The drive into town to get said matzos was surreal. Perhaps lock down is the answer to Auckland's traffic woes.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Silk Shards

Another pretty background that I could not bare to bin.

Today's Gratitude Item: The falafel that I made for lunch today was a hit. I used this recipe and everything just worked. Shaping the balls was a bit tricky but once fried (with a lot less oil than shown in the recipe), they held together really well.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Teal Float

This could be the start of a funky aquarium.


Today's Gratitude Item: Having a large space to dance in, right here in the comfort of my own home. Some re-arranging / cleaning was involved and the results are impressive.