Saturday, April 30, 2011

Inside Out

As before, the names for this image were taken from the Yad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to London Ninja (aka Mark) for giving permission to use the photo which is the basis of this image.

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: Trying a variation on an "old" bread recipe - said variation worked like a treat and now the whole house smells like freshly baked bread. I never get tired of that particular smell :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Aeon Web

Named because it took ages to get this one right. In the end, I got the double strands by duplicating the original fractal and then shifting it over a bit.

Today's Gratitude Item: That three of the seven books I ordered from the library have arrived. Its nice to have free reading material on demand :) I'm loving the fact that since the councils merged, there is no fee for requesting books.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crazy Wire Flower

This one is firmly in the "OK" category. Not great, but not terrible either.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally got around to marking my 9th graders' Graphs tests and no-one failed! A couple came close but everyone "got it" (or at least got enough questions right to get through). To be fair, they are a top group so I was expecting greatness. It is nice when they deliver though.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ribbon Trail

If you follow this trail, there is not telling where you will end up.

Today's Gratitude Item: White fillings. Whilst having cavities (or in my case, a single cavity) filled is not exactly fun, at least these days they can match the filling colour to one's teeth and one does not end up with a mouth full of metal.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kosher Dreams

I know that dream catchers are an American Indian "thing" but wouldn't it be cool if there was a Jewish version? I can see it now - kosher dreams guaranteed.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to consume bread again - lets just say, tomorrow I will bake!

Monday, April 25, 2011

String Seal

As in the type of seal royalty would use to "sign" documents - the fractal version. This one would be rather tough to forge.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that its been raining all day and I have not needed to go out for anything :) Rain is a wonderful thing when one is safe and dry indoors. Having a clothes dryer to expedite laundry and not needing to hang out the washing in this type of weather is an added bonus.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Remember - ANZAC Day 2011

The "poppy" was create with tagxedo. The words are from the list of Fatalities on the NZ history website.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having the time to read two novels in as many days. Love the fact that the library was open yesterday and that I managed to find "new" (as in new to me) books from some of my favourite authors.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ring Reinforcement

Anyone remember those sticky plastic / paper ring reinforcements we used to painstakingly stick onto hole punched documents to prevent them ripping once filed? This image reminded me of those.

Today's Gratitude Item: A lovely quiet day which included good food, a good book and a great nap. This is what holidays are all about :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rings of Fire

I'm thinking volcano + earthquake all in one. You can even see the waves from the earthquake.

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that it is possible to overlay a grid on top of a fractal in Apophysis so that the rule of thirds can easily be followed. Very nifty!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

String Windmill

This one turned out far better than expected. Its probably too busy for most but it makes me happy. It reminds me of those toy windmills we used to play with as kids (the ones on a stick where you blew on them to make them turn).

Today's Gratitude Item: That my mom found (and kept) a pizza flier from a local store as she knew that I would be able to use it as a basis for one of my "Chag" images. Lets just say that said flier was extremely useful. Said image is close to completion and will feature on this blog in due course.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Clover Web

Saw it, liked it, scaled it up to make it large :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to make modelling chocolate. Well, sort of learning - It turns out that if you add corn syrup to chocolate in the correct proportions, it becomes a bit like clay on cooling and can, theoretically be moulded into a range of shapes. According to the internet, if one does not have corn syrup, then golden syrup can be used in its place. Seen as I did not have any golden syrup handy, used honey instead and used the modelling chocolate I made to decorate some chocolate cup-cakes. It worked but my "clay" got soft too easily and then tended to stick a fair bit. Now would probably be a good time to scour youtube in the hope of finding a demonstration.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Knitted Ribbon

This one reminds me of a design on a rather "dated" jumper.

Today's Gratitude Item: Completing both my Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Ha'Zikaron images for this year. Both will feature on this blog in due course.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pesach Sameach (5771)

Presenting the 6th in my "Goshen Gazette" series (only 4 more to go)!

The hieroglyphics are from the hieroglyphics unicode chart. The theatre faces are a modified version of this image found over at wikimedia commons.

Oh... and according to the sacred-texts site, the eye hieroglyphic in the middle of the page means "weeping".

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: Winter clothes! Its been really cold today and it looks like a change in attire is on the cards.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This descent looks treacherous and there's not telling what's lurking at the bottom.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having home made matzos to eat :) Have been avoiding the temptation of eating it early and can't wait for Pesach to start. I know the festival is about more than matzos but after slaving away making the stuff, it will be wonderful to indulge.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Violent Rose

This rose is spinning so much, it does not need thorns.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sleeping late, finding $1.40 on my walk and having time to just relax. Its nice not being under pressure to get stuff done.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Stare hard enough at this one and it looks like its 3D - no funny glasses required.

Today's Gratitude Item: Nothing beats the "just started my holiday" feeling. Successfully bribing my students so that they worked hard on the last day of term was an added bonus. Even better is the fact that my Head of learning wanted to see me about an assessment that I'm in the process of putting together but he did not want to interrupt my classes because they were working so well :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cathedral Arch

Lets just say that the final colours of this one were something of a surprise. It reminds me of what the ceiling of a cathedral could look like (if those who built cathedrals were into fractals).

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that shifting stuff around on google calendars is not as tedious as originally feared. Whilst it would be great to have a way of inserting an extra day in a school time-table situation, manually shifting stuff did not take as long as I thought it would. It was much quicker than any other available options.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stone Flower

This one started life as a Fractal Science Kit image. It got kaleidoscoped into this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to "transpose" data in Excel. Ever had data in columns when you really wanted it to be in rows (or vice versa)? Turns out in Excel's "Paste Special" menu, there is the option to transpose data to make this happen. Gotta love google for making it so easy to find the answer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ocean Prison

Its almost as if there is an image behind the "bars" in the foreground of this one. Got lucky with the colouring.

Today's Gratitude Item: For the first time in months, an entire batch of fractals was accepted on Shutterstock. I'm hoping that its a reversal of their previous policy but fear that the reviewer was just being kind.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Diamond Desktop

Its been too long since I made a "serious" desktop. This one has space for icons and is neatly divided into sections to make organising easier.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my students "got" basic differentiation. They were surprised at how easy it was to apply the rule! Some of them were really excited as they did not struggle with the concept (they usually find things a lot harder) - they kept asking "is that all?" :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Coiled Sun

This one was fun to make. I'm thinking that orange might be one of my favourite colours at the moment.

Today's Gratitude Item: No left overs :) Its great when one's miniature cup cakes are so popular that there are none left. In retrospect, I probably should have made more than two dozen. The "pi" symbols were a great hit with the Maths crowd and they all enjoyed the visual pun.

Saturday, April 09, 2011


In this image at least, everything appears to be connected :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to pipe chocolate into "pi" symbols for placing on miniature cup-cakes. This has opened up a world of possibilities :)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Dark Matter

Wherever it is dark, there is the potential for stars. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally being able to give my senior students the results from their Internal assessment. They have all been really anxious about this as it "counts" for credits. Happily, most students passed and those who did not get it this time around will have another go next term. Needless to say, most were pleased with their results.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Forgive and Forget?

The "forget" part always bothered me - its seems I'm not the only one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to fill up my car because someone else did it for me :) Its one less thing which needs to be done and at this point, every little bit helps.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

No Trouble

Its a pity that more people are not like Thomas Jefferson. He must have been a really special human being.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cooler weather. For the first time this year needed a jumper at school and hardly sweated at all in dance class! Its amazing how much difference the change in weather has made.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Time and Tide

This "tide" took a fair bit of time to create.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not getting drenched! I returned to my classroom after doing my bit for cross country and 5 mins later the heavens opened. Lets just say that the vast majority of my students were not so fortunate.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Cog Work

This one was too busy to get clip art / a quotation.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cross country is tomorrow. This means not having to teach my "challenging" 8th grade group which is a very good thing.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

String Success

I'm not sure if the page curl at the top LHS "works". I keep wanting to grab some tape and fix it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Only having to spend two and a half hours volunteering at the library instead of four. Basically went in to cover a stack of books and then went home when I was done. Having the extra time to prepare for tomorrow was really useful.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Winning Habit

Its amazing what one can do with a bit of electronic string.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an extra hours sleep :) Its sad when summer is officially over and daylight saving ends, but the extra hour of sleep *almost* makes up for it.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Wisdom Bowl

The quotation for this one is a bit different. You can find out more about its origins at the at the African Proverbs website.

Today's Gratitude Item: The Khan Academy website. It has an impressive range of mathematics related videos and practice exercises so when parents ask how they can help their kids learn maths, the answer has just gotten even easier.