Friday, November 30, 2012

Dream Sphere

This is one of those images which looked much nicer on a white background. It's rare, but it does happen.

Today's Gratitude Item: A late surge of sales over at shutterstock which turned a sightly disappointing month into a bit of a celebration.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weave Learner

I thought this would look better than it does. It's not bad enough to 'bin' but not really good enough to keep.

Today's Gratitude Item: Good timing, great food and interesting professional development. Suffice it to say hot chocolate, sushi and computers were involved.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pointed Cog

Had fun with this one. The 3D effect was a nice surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: Knowing the punchline to a friends joke. Somehow, this made it funnier. Here's a link to the joke in question.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


This one was pretty easy to make. It's a variation on a theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: The Add Blocker Plus add-on for firefox. I have installed it on both my home and school computer and am now able to surf in relative peace. Blocking adverts is a slightly strange move given the adverts at the bottom of my blog but the improved ad-free experience made the decision a 'no brainer'.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pixelated Ocean 2.0

Waves which are far too "structured" appear at regular intervals on my screen. These, at least were "render worthy".

Today's Gratitude Item: Winning (half)* a large bar of Toblerone for my department this morning. It had to do with identifying the people in "Divine Comdey Dante". We were given a *cropped* printout of the image and challenged to name the people in it. I scanned in the image, did a google image search and found the answers. I then emailed these on to the principal and included the people not in the 'original' (cropped) image we were given. He liked my ingenuity. Some of my less charitable colleagues (from other departments) thought it was cheating. Said exercise was fun and took less than 20 minutes to complete from scanning to emailing. Gotta love the power of the internet (and chocolate prizes).

*The other half of the chocolate went to another department who managed to 'manually' identify everyone in the cropped image. I think my way was quicker.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ley Lines

Took a while to the colours to co-operate. Creating this sort of thing breeds patience which is probably for the best.

Today's Gratitude Item: That laying out the quarterly magazine for my local community did not take nearly as long as anticipated.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Four Quarters

Finally realised that a tiled background with a sphere on top can look quite cool.

Today's Gratitude Item: Books that make one laugh out loud.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Squared Stars

It's interesting how a relatively plain background can be 'spiced up'. Did not take as long to create as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making serious inroads into my planning for next year. This task is very time consuming and it was good to get a relatively large proportion of it done.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Radical Radar

I love it when a fractal appears that requires no post processing. It makes life that much easier.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my car-pool buddy texted me this afternoon when she was at the car. I was headed over there in a slight panic because I could not find my cellphone. When my bag rang, said phone was easily located (and I did not even need to ask for help).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Glass Tiles

Simple but fun. I tried "improving" this one in Paint Shop Pro and then realised that some things are better left "untouched".

Today's Gratitude Item: That I don't have to drive to school tomorrow. Hopefully this will allow me to get some planning done in relative peace.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sphere Cubes

Might be a bit drab for some desktops but I like it.

Today's Gratitude Item (With a bit of a rant included for no extra charge!):

Free parking and getting home much earlier than usual. It's a pity that today's Professional Development was only moderately helpful. The first session was an eclectic mix of a freezing cold lecture theatre, largely irrelevant information and sheer boredom. To be fair, the remaining sessions were better although the lack of internet access / electronic resources made things harder than they needed to be. One of the most annoying things about this kind of PD is that they give out paper feedback forms at the end but don't give enough time to write meaningful comments and they still have not made it possible to feedback electronically - annoying when one types faster than one writes (insert frustrated scream here).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Twighlight Touchdown

This one reminds me of an aeroplane touching down. Did I mention that I have a vivid imagination?

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to supervise juniors this afternoon whilst most of my colleagues were at their Paid Union Meeting. I'm not a member of the Union - partly because I don't agree with the Union's politics, partly because I don't see the point and partly because they tend to have meetings where they complain. A lot. Was able to carry on cleaning out my classroom instead which was great.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fibonacci Star

As in this one is the result of an intriguing plug-in called "Fibonacci"

Today's Gratitude Item: Being inspired! It's great when one has an exciting idea and has the time to 'run with it'. Gotta run :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fragmented Rose

Was easier to create that one would think. It's good when that happens.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the email I sent out on Friday urging some of my students to return and finish work may well be effective. Said email was sent to both students and their parents. So far, I've received an encouraging number of positive responses (along the lines of "thank you" from parents and "we'll be there on Monday" from the kids).

Friday, November 16, 2012


As in it's a star on an admittedly muddy field.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out that it is possible to embed video into .pdf files. This opens up a number of exciting possibilities for helping students get the hang of various pieces of software.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Net Worth

The net "works" in this one. Can't quite remember how I got it though.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a really easy to use, free Car Pooling Site which lets one find people to car pool with to events. This is especially useful when traffic / parking are likely to be an issue. Hopefully it will do the trick and make it easy for me to get to my Technology workshop which is scheduled for next Tuesday. Said site is for New Zealand but there are almost certainly similar sites in other countries.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Structured Steam

Background reminded me of steam (sort of). Star in foreground was a time consuming afterthought.

Today's Gratitude Item: Good quality Belgian quality (from my birthday).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hex 3D

If you turn your head sideways and stare at this one, you'll see a Star of David in the middle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering how to get the most out of gradients in Apophysis. Before I would rotate / randomise a gradient to try and get it to co-operate. It turns out that "rotate" is just one of a handful of available options and it is possible to change the colour, saturation, lightness and frequency (ie # of colour bands) with ease. I've been using Apo for years and only discovered this feature last week (by accident).

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kitch Trip

This is either very good or very, very bad. Am trying to figure out which. I like the 3D effect but the overall image is "in your face ugly".

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day. Had several students turn up to complete work which is good. Teaching only those who want to learn is really wonderful / easy!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Curtain Call II

It's odd how sometimes fractals look a bit like fabric.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to do school work over the weekend. This was a nice change and I'm looking forward to a week of exam supervision, completing paperwork and planning for 2013.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


As in the spiral addiction strikes again and I was helpless to prevent it.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our dance thing for the Older Women's Network Festival went well. We did some simple participation dances at the end of the day for them and most seemed to have fun and enjoy the music. One of my dancers brought along this really nifty thing on wheels to transport our rather bulky sound system which made things unbelievably easy.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Sky Dome

The colours on this one make me happy. Am not really sure why that is.

Today's Gratitude Item: Slowly making in-roads into clearing out 'stuff' that my predecessor left from last year. With senior classes finished, I've spent most of today doing paperwork and cleaning out cupboards. Having a nice organised, clean space is a wonderful feeling and whilst I'm not there yet, things are a lot further along than they were. The fact that a lot of the Unit Standards / Achievement Standards that were part of the mess have expired made the task extremely easy.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Snail Stairs

As in this one is reminiscent of a snail shell and spiral stairs.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my laptop battery lasted the distance during junior athletics today. I got to record student names and times and doing this electronically was much quicker and easier than trying to write down everything by hand. One of the nice things about Excel is that once a student name was in there, it was easy to enter the name when it came up again. This was brilliant because a large number of the participants were quite sporty and they appeared several times in the spreadsheet.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Funky Frame

Loved the modern look of this one. The "ribbon" on the side was icing on the cake.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time at school to get on with paperwork / planning. Tomorrow I'll be on the field most of the day helping out with Junior athletics. This is not as horrible as it sounds as I get to take my laptop along and record winner's names and times so I'll be in the shade and sitting down rather than in the sun / doing crowd control.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Piece-ful Blue

It's good when the pieces of a fractal fit together like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: All of my students are now officially on exam / study leave. This means having time to finally do the things on my "When the seniors leave" list. This includes tackling a tragically large mountain of paperwork and planning for next year. Some of the kids will still come in to finish off assessments but at this point, I only need to work with kids who are motivated / want to pass - which makes a big difference. There will be some relief work / cover for teachers who are away but things should be a lot more relaxed than they have been in previous weeks.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Future Frame

Being "square" can be a good thing :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the first draft of my reports done. Today was the final day of classes for my 12th graders. It felt weird knowing that it's the last time I'll teach this group of students (happily we parted on good terms). The kids always ask if I'll miss them. The answer is almost always "yes". Such is life.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Coloured Brolly

As far as photos go, this one is the poster child for "cliché". Having said that, it makes me happy and I've always wanted my very own "Rainbow Umbrella" photo.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my mum helped me to put together the gift presentation that I mentioned yesterday. It's looking really good and it would not have happened without her. Using newspaper wrapped in coloured serviettes to give the thing the required 'height' and bulk was a stroke of genius and it is now very presentable (pun fully intended).

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Fire Loop

Had real fun with this one. It took a while to get it right.

Today's Gratitude Item: Acquiring a rather large, bright pink plastic "crate". Said crate will be used to create a cool gift for one of my colleagues who is celebrating a significant birthday next week. I stupidly volunteered to put the gift together and finding something sturdy enough to hold all the 'stuff' everyone contributed was going to be a challenge. Happily that is now 'sorted'.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Scaffold Star

This one is a bit grungy for my taste. I'm certain that someone "out there" will find it appealing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to get started on reports at school. Somehow "getting started" is always the hardest bit and once one has drafted a few reports it gets easier.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

String Check

This one is hinting at infinity.

Today's Gratitude Item: That checking email on my iPad is effortless. My students have an assessment due tomorrow and being able to answer last minute questions whilst watching TV is pretty cool. In a perfect world, my students would have completed the work by now and have 'sorted' all of their questions but in the real world, having access to school email via an iPad is a nice solution.