Thursday, August 31, 2006

Orange Bowl

Orange bowls don't necessarily contain oranges :)

Today's Gratitude Item: New Socks. The old ones were getting very thin. This is probably due to the amount of walking that gets done in them.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Six Stars

Cold rainy weather is a good thing. Not being able to decided on a background colour can be a good thing too.

Today's Gratitude Item: Rechargeable batteries. I use them in both my graphing calculator and my camera. Whilst the calculator is a very handy tool / toy, it tends to "eat" batteries so having rechargeables is very useful.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Effort #2 at coloured background. Made with the same parameters as "Morrocan Wind".

Today's Gratitude Item: Comment moderation. Yes folks, now anyone can comment on my blog (not only registered users). The neat thing is that with comment moderation, I can preview comments and OK them or not. Whilst most people who take the time to comment are great, every so often some "dodgy" stuff gets posted. With moderation, the dodgy stuff dies and more people can have their say! Of course if it does not work or if my regulars tell me they don't like it, it can be turned off at a later stage. After all, this blog began as an experiment so trialling new stuff is all in the spirit of the thing.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Morrocan Wind

This one was inspired by a challenge on the Frac Fan Forum which specified no black or white backgrounds.

Today's Gratitude Item: That its not just me. Sometimes when things go wrong, I think its all my fault. Its a relief when my colleagues report that they have similar issues. Its good to know that I am not alone.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Spiral Addiction

Saw it, liked it, rendered it :)

Today's Gratitude Item: A new toaster. The handle of the old one broke so it got replaced with a shiny new version.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


It looked like a cog in the middle. This one is "Mediocre" with some severe tweaking.

Today's Gratitude Item: Movies, subways and coffee with a friend. Sometimes its really wonderful to get out of the house :)

Friday, August 25, 2006


Made in Apophysis with the "disc" variant. Clearly this is a variation which is worthy of further exploration.

Today's Gratitude Item: Resoled leather shoes. My favourite pair of shoes are back are in use. I have missed them and its great to have them back again.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Night Shade

This fractal umbrella has been designed for all nocturnal shading needs.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that tomorrow is Friday! Guess who is in serious need of a weekend.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Cold Flame

This one is fuelled by creativity and passion. Once it starts burning, it can't be extinguished.

Today's Gratitude Item: That today was not a total loss. Enjoyed dance class *as usual* and then filled up my car (price now $1.67 per L, an improvement on the $1.77 per L price of three weeks ago). The rest of my day is not worth contemplating!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Sink Hole

Done after a really lousy day at the "office". Pity I can't send some of my more difficult students down that hole!

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that today was not "lousy". In fact, it was great. The practical part of a major assessment that I had been stressing about went off without a hitch. My students impressed by rising to the challenge. They did what they needed to do in almost total silence and it was wonderful to watch them.

Monday, August 21, 2006


The title really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to bed before 11pm on what has been an insanely busy day.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ice Dawn

Dedicated to all of those currently stuck in a heat wave. Don't you wish you were able to transport yourself into this graphic :)

Today's Gratitude Item: The ability to touch type. Life would be a lot more painful without this handy skill.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Jade Sphere

Done with the same parameters as "Bubble Bauble".

Today's Gratitude Item: Rubber gloves. Washing stuff manually would be a lot less pleasant without these handy little items.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Bubble Bauble

The "bauble" bit was done in Apo (as usual), the background in PSP.

Today's Gratitude Item: The tutorial class that I held at lunch time went well. We are having a *big* assessment next week at school and I was worried that my classroom would not be big enough to fit all the worried students in need of extra help / reassurance. Happily, only a dedicated few (around 20) turned up and we had a very productive session.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


This one took a while to create, a while to render and a *long* while to upload. It was worth the wait though!

Today's Gratitude Item: A perfect cup of "tea"*. Once again, its the little things that make life worthwhile.

*Technically the black currant "infusion" that I enjoyed is not "tea" as it has no actual tea leaves in it. I think of it as tea because it comes in a "tea bag" and is brewed in a similar manner (sans milk and sugar).

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Its not quite "Sanctuary", but its close enough.

Today's Gratitude Item: Longer days. I noticed that it is getting dark later *at last*. For the first time in ages, I did not need to put on the outside lights when my student left after our afternoon session. Looks like we are finally on the "right" side of winter.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Magen Fly

These ones look like they have wings! This is #4 in the greeting card series.

Today's Gratitude Item: Seating plans. I set one up for one of my "challenging" classes and am hoping that it will be effective. Funny thing is, the students that generally work hard had no problem with "the plan". Those who are less keen on my math class looked distinctly unhappy.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Magen Gold

Graphic #3 in the greeting card series.

Today's Gratitude Item: Warm socks. When life gets hard, having warm feet on a cold day can make it bearable.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Magen Funk

These are supposed to be funky. This is the second in my greeting card range.

Today's Gratitude Item: Lunch. Or more specifically, the volunteer lunch we enjoyed at the library today. Take some fresh bread, salad, hummous, sushi, chocolate thingy (for with tea / coffee) and half a dozen ladies and you have a recipe for success. A good time was had by all.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Glass Star

Late at night, strange things tend to happen. I think the universe is telling me to take go to bed already!

Today's Gratitude Item: A successful dance performance. After months of practice, we finally got to perform our choreography and it went really well. The only thing better than the audience appreciation was the sense of camaraderie amongst the group. Lets just say that dance group is filled with the nicest people!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Cyclone Cynthia

Sometimes weather can be pretty and nasty at the same time. For the record, I don't know anyone called Cynthia :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Chocolate cake at morning tea. For some reason, cake always tastes better when it is unexpected :)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Squashed Star

Made whilst experimenting with the "hyperbolic" variant.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that the week is almost over. I need to sleep. Enough said.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Spotted Violet

Those white / yellow spots took forever to get right! Hopefully it was worth the effort.

Today's Gratitude Item: Toilets that work. You can stop laughing now. Lets just say that after parent teacher interviews and before dance class, I had to go and the toilets attached to the hall where we dance were out of order. Happily, the alternate loos were fully functioning.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Pearl Swirl

Done with the same parameters as "Cosmic Sunflower". Life is very good :)

Today's Gratitude Item: That the staff (ie: teachers) beat the students (ie: the 1st XI) at soccer at lunch time today. The field was more mud than grass and the main reason I watched the game was to support the referee who happens to be a student in one of my Maths classes. Needless to say she did a brilliant job!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Cosmic Sunflower

This is what my "bright ideas" look like :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Being safe on the road. I was one car behind a "fender bender" coming home from school today. Am grateful that my car was not the one to be "hit". The accident was not serious in that no one was physically injured. The one car looked significantly worse for wear though.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


We all have days like this! If this graphic hits too close to home, just know that you are not alone.

Thankfully today is not one of "those" days for me.

Today's Gratitude Item: Waking up this morning and realising that I have everything that I need. Being content means not worrying about a whole lot of stuff and just enjoying each day for the gift that it is. I know this is Corny but who says "corny" can't contain a grain of truth?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Dust Flower

This one was a real surprise. It does not use the "blur" variation which would usually result in a flame that looks like this. It uses two transforms, with only linear and spherical variations. Weird.

Today's Gratitude Item

Having the time to read a book. Started (and finished) "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. The story was compelling, heartbreaking and at times, humourous in a dark way. My mom asked me to get it from the local library and read it after seeing the author on the Oprah show. This is a good thing, as this is not the kind of book that I would usually read and it does offer some insight into the making (and breaking of) addiction.

The saddest thing about the book was the last page where it summarises what happened to many of the characters in the book. Suffice it to say, they were serious when they said that the success rate of "The Clinic" was seventeen percent and that this was the highest in the country! Certainly a depressing prospect.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Ice Cave

I get cold just looking at this one. It appeared with minimum tweaking which is amazing. Why is it that the best ones often take minimal effort?

Today's Gratitude Item: Salt and Vinegar rice crackers. The plan is to eat some right now.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Four Seasons

This one has it all, Spring, Summer, Autumn and finally Winter at the bottom RHS.

Inspired by Vivaldi.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a "good" day. For some reason, everything seemed to go well today. Perhaps it has something to do with the weather. After a few weeks of cold / cloud / rain we finally had a warmish sunny day.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tish B'Av 5766

Tish B'Av is one of the saddest days on Jewish Calendar. The book of Lamentations is read in shul on this day.

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: Having a good lesson with my favourite private student. Teaching can be "tough" at times and having a "good" student is a real pleasure.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Living Light

After the storm, the sun will shine again.

Today's Gratitude Item: That NCIS is back on television! I love that show mainly because it is so fast paced, that it makes my time on the treadmill simply fly by *watching TV is not bad for you if you are walking at the same time*.