Monday, July 31, 2006

Gold Grace

Finding the right gradient took a while. Am pleased with the result.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I did not have to tutor the student I was supposed to see after school today. The break was sorely needed and most welcome.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Colour Splash

I have no idea how this happened! At least its symmetrical.

Today's Gratitude Item: The Kauri Trees at the bottom of our garden. Although they are relatively young, they are magnificent and just looking at them is a calming experience. I don't know why this is. Having such majestic trees right on one's doorstep is a great privilege.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

This Way

"This is not a drill. Evacuate now. Follow the green lights to your nearest exit. This is not a drill...."

Today's Gratitude Item: Mum's bright red beanie* which is perfect for keeping my ears warm when walking on a cold clear day. The only problem with said beanie is that it is not very flattering! The good thing is that when people see me in it, they get a good laugh.

*A Beanie is the New Zealand term for a ski cap.

Friday, July 28, 2006

In Sync

Some times everything just drops nicely into place. Its good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Its Friday afternoon and a wonderful weekend awaits me! One of us is in need of some R & R.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Warp 3


Dedicated to all the "Star Trek" fans out there.

Today's Gratitude Item: A warm classroom early in the morning. Someone puts on the heat real early at school so my classroom is cosy when I arrive. Very nice.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Spiralus II

This one is the same flame as the yesterday's graphic. It just shows a different area of the flame with a different gradient.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my favourite jumper has very stretchy sleeves - perfect for unpacking the dishwasher when the crockery is still too hot to hold without protection (patience is not exactly my strong suit).

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Spiralus I

Sometimes these things just happen. The second in this series is currently rendering. This one, in huge size took about 2 hours to do.

Today's Gratitude Item: Modular orgimami! Its great for making colourful models to teach students about geometric solids.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Gold Bridge

Got lucky with the gradient. Wonder what's on the other side of this bridge?

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to buy spinach again! With the rather wet weather we have been having, both spinach and lettuce became scarce. It got so bad that the veggie shop did not have any spinach for about a month. Happily things are now back to "normal".

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Magen Sky

This one may end up as a greeting card. I created it after losing the parameters for a similar graphic (whoops).

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of the libraries near by had a book that my mom asked me to borrow for her which saved me having to order it.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Floral Fantasy

Usually the ones on a white background don't look particularly pleasing. This one certainly breaks that rule :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Saturdays! Not having to go to work, being able to sleep in late and spending the entire day reading a novel is something very special. Sometimes the "quiet life" can be very very good.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Outpost 52

Somewhere at the edge of civilisation, was Outpost 52.

Many of you will recognise the above fractal. It is a direct result of Trystan's script with very little "tweaking". Its not very creative but it was a start.

Today's Gratitude Item: The filing cabinet in my classroom that got damaged during the move upstairs has been fixed. This is wonderful as I can now access the student files inside and can lock my computer away when it is not being used.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Magnetic Distortion

Done using Trystian's "plastic" script. For some reason, the rendered image looked much more solid than expected. Am not sure why this is.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the deputy principal visited my one eighth grade class today and was pleased with how things went. It was one of the best lessons we have had all year.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Snail Spam

I really hate getting unsolicted snail mail, especially from finance companies / people trying to sell me stuff. Now what we do is we send the mail back marked "unsolicted mail" with one of these stickers. That means that the snail spammer then pays postage twice. Once to send the mail and once to have it returned. Needless to say, offenders rarely reoffend. If only there was a way to to this with email. Those of you who are observant, may notice that the snail's shell is actually an apophysis spiral.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my students are such great amusement value. One of them told me today to "Think before you hassle". Needless to say, this little angel is in the habit of chatting, so I am in the habit of hassling her. Still, the rather candid comment did make me smile inside.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Silver Star


Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an extension cord at school so that I can have my computer plugged in at the back of the room where my desk is. The reason for needing a cord now is that I shifted classrooms at the start of term and my old cord was not long enough for the new classroom.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Tidal Motion

This one took forever to get "right". Am glad that it finally worked out though. Sometimes making these images is really easy, and other times it is a real struggle.

Today's Gratitude Item: First day of the new term and my worst student is not going to be back in my class! Needless to say this is a huge relief. Said individual had extreme behaviour issues and was wrecking my class. Now things are back to normal. They are not perfect - just normal. Normal is very very good.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Liquid Dream

Sometimes it is easier to let the fractal speak for itself. I wonder what this one is trying to say?

Today's Gratitude Item: The "undo" button. Need I say more?

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Light Phase

"Light Phase" is the name given to the process in photosynthesis which needs light to proceed. The "Dark Phase" (aka: the Calvin Cycle) follows the "Light Phase".

Who said biology was hard?

Today's Gratitude Item: The greeting cards that I had printed featuring some of my work are finally ready. Am hoping that they look good. The plan is to pick them up from the printer (who also happens to be my brother) very soon. Thanks Bro.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Chaos Weave

The large version took over three hours to render! Happily it was worth the wait.

Chaos Weave

Today's Gratitude Item: Teflon pans. They make cooking easy. Especially when the dish in question is french toast (served with Canadian Maple syrup of course).

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Cold Front

Created on a very cold winters day. The thing about those icy cold days is that they are often "nice from far" but "far from nice".

Today's Gratitude Item: That I *finally* managed to get the kids section at the library where I volunteer in some kind of order. It was a small section but what it lacked in size, it made up for in messiness. Now hopefully it will be much easier to use / keep neat. The key was putting labels on the shelves and separating out the various sections so it is all a lot clearer now. This "little" job took me six hours over two days to accomplish. Holidays are a wonderful thing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


This one "appeared" with minimal "tweaking". Had problems deciding on the gradient but in the end managed to get it "sorted".

Today's Gratitude Item: My car passed its WOF (Warrant of Fitness). In NZ, you need a WOF to be allowed to drive your car as in driving without one is illegal and will result in a fine (if you are caught). The idea is that a WOF ensures that the car is road worthy. They have to be done every six months which is a pain but it does help the mechanics pay their bills.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Blue Thing

Made from scratch a while ago using Apo 2.04.

Today's Gratitude Item: The guy at the gas station pumped my gas for me! It was quite a shock to the system as most gas stations have become "self service". It was nice to see a friendly face and experience some real service at this service station. It would have been nicer if said gas did not cost so much, but you can't have everything. Gone are the days when we thought that $1.53 a litre was expensive, its now sitting at $1.70 *deep sigh*.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Recommended for those times when two is a crowd.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm. There is nothing quite like being warm and cosy in winter. The key today was taking an afternoon walk followed by a very hot shower. Result? Heaven.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Odd Ball

Late Night + Bubble Variation = Odd Ball.

At least I can say that things are adding up well :)

Today's Gratitude Item: That blogger finally loaded up for me! Its been going slow yesterday and today and I am wondering what the story is. Still, can't complain too much - it usually cooperates and the price is certainly right :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wave Wall

You know you are having a bad day when it feels like a massive wave is about to obliterate everything. Enough said.*

*The graphic below and comment above were both created several months ago when work was rather stressful. Things are much better now. This has a lot to do with the fact that I am currently on vacation.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I finally solved the Sudoku puzzle I was working on. It said "easy" but for some reason, it wasn't. Must have been lack of sleep on my part. It took three tries to get it right.

Friday, July 07, 2006


Took some time to get this one looking "just right" but am pleased with the result.

Today's Gratitude Item: The great classroom swap has successfully occurred! I also managed to plan most of my classes for the first week back. With any luck, my request for a new *comfortable* chair will be granted and the guys will move the heavy cabinet which is still downstairs up to my new room. I left a bright pink note telling them where to put it. Previous gripes aside, sometimes pink has its uses :) It must be said that going in to school during the holidays is a very weird experience.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Life never goes smoothly for long. If it did, we would probably get bored.

Having said that, all too often the turbulance we experience is generally not fun and it can feel pretty damn dark at times. Hence the colour choice and title of this graphic.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my life is not too turbulent at the moment. I am enjoying the "smooth sailing" while it lasts.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Things that are "seedy" need not always be bad. Sometimes they can be quite interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I am almost totally recovered from my "dodgy spell" earlier in the week. I can't even say that I was sick, just had a slightly sore throat / runny nose that has now completely disappeared. Several of the dancers in my dance group were away sick tonight so the old winter 'flu is certainly making the rounds.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Reunions are a beautiful thing. Especially when those being reunited fit closely together.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the person who looked after my Maths classes at school #1 (whilst I was looking after someone else's classes at school #2) emailed me about important changes that will be happening next term. Even better, she gave me the home phone number of a colleague at school #1 so that I can talk to him directly and find out what is happening. It looks like we will be switching classrooms which means I get the stairs and the view (of the motorway - yippee) and he gets a printer close by.

Monday, July 03, 2006


Sometimes it does not take much to "break" things. Whilst this spiral looks a touch "thorny" it is actually rather fragile and should be handled with great care. The same can be said of many people.

Today's Gratitude Item: Kleenex. Lets just say that without them, having a running nose would not be a pretty sight! I currently have the runny nose / slight cough thing happening. Am feeling fine, mostly - certainly not sick enough to take time off. Of course, getting the sniffles whilst on vacation is what responsible teachers do. We get sick in the holidays so that we don't need to take time off from teaching during the term.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Sometimes that which is not perfect can still be considered "beautiful".

This one is for my students who just can't seem to get it right, for whatever reason.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I don't have to work tomorrow! I can't believe how fast this weekend has flown by and I would not be ready to go back to school on Monday. Happily I get to sleep in / relax tomorrow. I really love my life.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Pink Pretzel

I still hate pink, even in the shape of a Chaoscope pretzel. The new version of Chaoscope is very cool though and this is the result of a super quick play.

Today's Gratitude Item: Amazing weather made even better by the fact that shcool is out! Holidays rock. You know the saying "we love school, when its closed!"