Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Red Moon Rising

The koru and red moon give this one a distinctly "New Zealand" feel. This one is going to be my new wallpaper at work.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dance group don't need to shift nights! There was the possibility that we would either need to switch nights or switch halls and neither option was particularly appealing. I'm relieved that an alternative arrangement was organised meaning we don't need to move.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Purple Points

If you look closely, you'll see that this one is going counter clockwise. there are arrows to point the way.

Today's Gratitude Item: That at least some of my students prefer Computing class to being outside watching athletics. The aversion to running / jumping / sunshine might be a bit of a geek thing. From a personal perspective being indoors is good, especially when its very sunny and there is no available shade.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hyper-real Ribbons

Sometimes fractals are more intense than their every day counterparts. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: My purple rocketfish finally arrived. This means being able to have my external drive (for back up purposes) permanently attached to my machine which means everything gets backed up with minimum fuss. That has to be a good thing.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Window Weave

This one appeared as if by magic. Its nice when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to get through a mountain of work that was threatening to crush me. I'm now ready for the coming week and have done my most urgent marking.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunwoven Bloom

The "braid" at the side was created by making a repeating pattern from the fractal in Paint Shop Pro. Sometimes it's fun to play with the pattern maker to see what happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the first homework assignment in the admittedly basic python course that I'm working on. The last question was a bit tricky but my code did what was asked of it. Feeling immense satisfaction.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Three Spin

This one was a pleasant surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: The CS course currently being run over at Udacity. So far the videos have been really clear and course material is excellent. If only I had more time...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hot Quilt

Every so often, using the "rectangle" variation in apophysis produces some interesting results.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my photocopy card / money woes at school were swiftly sorted. Details are really boring but everything worked out well in the end.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Flower Spider

If spiders surfed the 'net, would this one make them jealous?

Today's Gratitude Item: Raisin bread that was so fresh it was difficult to slice thinly, thus giving a perfect excuse for having a lovely thick piece of said bread.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Electric Love

Its official. I love ripples!

Today's Gratitude Item: That a colleague in the English department was willing to let me use a space he had previously booked so I can run an assessment there. I was pretty desperate and he was super nice to let me take "his" space.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Just as Hurrican Irene was battering the East coast of the US, this appeared. It is somewhat ironic that the name "Irene" translates as "peace" (at least according to this wikipedia article. Needless to say, this one was created quite some time ago.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my boss is getting used to sending me everything in electronic form. She prefers paper so training her is taking a while - but we're making progress. Of course she thinks I'm more than a little crazy (I blame my students for that).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flat Spiral

This one is made of ribbons of light. It happened with minimal effort on my part.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to create a cool image for an example website (which features a bunch of orange objects) using the tool on the personalised plates website. The image I created looks like this...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Forever Diamond 2.0

Was experimenting with final transforms and this was the result. Was too interesting to "bin".

Today's Gratitude Item: That it was extremely easy to add my google calendars to the Moodle pages which have been set up for my classes. This means that my students (and their parents) can go to one place to get all the information they need. Needless to say, this is super convenient and has made me quite happy.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Window Patch

This one is a cross between patchwork and a stained glass window. For some reason looking at it makes me happy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my android successfully connected to the school system. After four *failed* attempts by the IT guy to get it onto the system, one of my Y12 students did in less than 3 minutes. Turns out that the proxy settings had to be put in correctly. Said student was rewarded with chocolate for his efforts and I am thrilled that I can finally use my android at school.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pretty Patchwork

Rotating this one by 45 degrees made all the difference.

Today's Gratitude Item: That most of my students are enjoying our Computing / IT classes. After teaching Maths / Science where kids don't really have a lot of choice in being there, it's great to finally get to teach a subject that they enjoy. It's still a massive amount of work, but at least it's fun too.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blue Depths

This one turned out really well. It was surprisingly simple to create - even though it looks rather complex.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good turn out at dance tonight. When all the 'regulars' manage to come with no one missing or away, it makes a huge difference.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Curtain Call

Every so often, a fractal which imitates real life appears. this was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to relax with a cup of tea. It's been one of those super-busy days. Tomorrow is promising more of the same.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Flower Flag

Every wonder what would happen if the Israeli flag was re-designed by a bunch of hippies? Wonder no more!

Today's Gratitude Item: New shoes (ie: ones which don't have holes). It was nice being able to walk with confidence - puddles be damned.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Flower Storm

Not sure which era this one blew in from, but it was fun to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very productive day. Managed to layout a community newsletter (for a client) and get a good start on this year's Pesach image.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Flower Spiral

Got really lucky with the "braid" on the side. Its made from the same basic fractal as the main pattern. Sometimes the "pattern" filter in Paintshop Pro is truly magical.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a free Online Font Converter which lets one convert from mac fonts to Windows fonts without downloading any software. It also helped fix some .ttf fonts which Windows would not recognise as being valid.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Blue Knot

This one may be a bit tightly wound for my liking.

Today's Gratitude Item: Winning a $20 shopping voucher for being quick to answer a survey related to Computing Teacher Professional Development.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Bubble Tunnel

Took a while to get the colouring right. Interestingly, this one is the same basic fractal as "Shell Bone"

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a link to download Game Maker Lite version 7. The latest version is 8.1 and we use Game Maker at school for our game development unit. The problem was that 8.1 caused one of my student's computers to have a bit of a hissy fit. Annoyingly, the main links to Game Maker 7 on the official site no longer worked. After some intensive searching I was able to download good old version 7 which worked beautifully with my student's computer. It would have been great if YoYo games had not removed the older versions of the software from their site but such is life.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Shell Bone

Loved the curved pattern that magically appeared. Lets just say that today has been a good day for creating fractals.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering xmind. Like freemind it's a piece of mind mapping software that is really useful. It has a few advantages over freemind in that it's possible to quickly and easily generate concept maps and join bubbles with arrows rather than straight lines. The basic version if free which is an added bonus. My students seemed to find it easier to use xmind which is a good thing.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Tu B'Shvat 5772

For something relatively simple, this one took a while to create. It turns out that illustrating trees can be a lengthy process.

You can read more about Tu B'Shvat over at wikipedia.

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: Chocolate in my pigeon hole. I did a favour for a colleague and he put a large amount of chocolate in my pigeon hole. Needless to say, discovering said chocolate made a nice end to a very busy day.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Sea Snake Skin

The pattern is reminiscent of leather / snake skin hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my hands on a resource that I can use to assess one of the new Achievement Standards. Let's just say someone else did most of the hard work and was happy to share saving me heaps of time and stress.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Waitangi Day 2012

Took a while to create this one. The text in this image is a word cloud made from the English version of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is Waitangi Day which means I don't have to go in to school. I really love public holidays :)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Union Jill

The star is close to the Union Jack symbol, only its in pink - hence the decision to call it "Union Jill".

Today's Gratitude Item: Being pointed to a very useful video series which shows how to code a website. Whilst I know how to code a webpage, my students don't and this is something I want them to learn. Getting them to follow the video is a great option.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Sweet Saturday

Made on a Saturday night. Saturday nights are very, very good - especially when one is left alone with apophysis.

Today's Gratitude Item: A long weekend :) I need the time to get organised for next week. Am currently extremely tired and will also be using some of the time to nap.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Super Spinner

One of the variants tends to give fractals a spinning / moving quality. Can't remember exactly which one it is now.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having the Y12 dean magically appear in my class to check that everything was OK. We are still in the rather messy phase of getting our students into appropriate courses and some students who signed up for Computing should not be doing it as they don't have the equipment. Having the dean appear was really useful as he was able to take out the students that need to switch their options making everyone's life just that little bit easier.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Joy Twist

I liked how this one is intense in the top corner with the colours fading out towards the edges.

Today's Gratitude Item: Remembering to take my camera to dance and getting a nice group shot of "my" dancers for an article which will appear in the upcoming edition of the local community newsletter. The newsletter has a very small distribution but getting some publicity is better than no publicity at all.