Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On the Shelf

Similar to 'Purple Plant" but different enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing Scott Turow's "Reversible Errors". I found it an arduous read although a number of reviewers over at amazon have been singing it's praises. Am looking forward to reading something that is faster moving...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cog Hive

As in a bee hive made up of cogs. This one should come with free sun glasses!

Today's Gratitude Item: Holidays, crossword puzzles and a good novel.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Funky Striped Diamonds

The title of this one pretty much sums it up.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting the '4096' square on the game '2048'.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Twin Trees

The Fractal Science Kit journey continues. It's been slow going but persistence is paying off.

Today's Gratitude Item: 'Big Bang' re-runs. Sometimes revisiting old episodes can be fun.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Another Fractal Science Kit experiment. It's still not quite what I'm aiming for but it's reasonably close.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not being bored. Have heaps to do during the holidays and am enjoying every minute.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Diamond Ripple

This is the same fractal as 'Red Squares in Motion' - just a different area and colouring algorithm.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being on holiday and not needing anything from the shops. Today has been really peaceful :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Red Squares in Motion

Finally - something that I'd consider a 'Fractal Science Kit' success. I'm still trying to get the intricate woven designs that others seem to manage but this is a good start.

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprise 'Christmas' bonus - as in I got a completely unexpected 'enhanced' sale over at Shutterstock.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wall Flowers Revisited

Sometimes revisiting the past can be fun.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to get 'in the zone'. The only downside of 'the zone' is that time magically disappears while one is there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Neptune Sphere

Named for the way 'bars' go around the sphere - reminded me of the planet Neptune's rings.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to relax / chill out. I love the holidays :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Buoy in Water

It's not the first time I've created a buoy floating in water, but this is a definite upgrade compared with my last attempt.

Today's Gratitude Item: A monarch chrysalis on one of our swan plants. Last year, none of the caterpillars survived for very long as they were 'taken' by wasps (a situation which was both horrible and depressing). So far we have one chrysalis and a second rather large caterpillar. Am keeping my fingers crossed.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ocean Highlights

Sometimes people get highlights put in their hair. This is what might happen if the Ocean could get highlights.

Today's Gratitude Item: A boatload of free, on-line crossword puzzles.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Olympics

Complete with rings, ice and snow.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding $5.00 on my morning walk followed by the best nap ever! Weather is really humid which might explain why napping during the day (and then staying up late into the night) is working quite well.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Peaking Through

This one took quite a while to create. It is based on two fractals (with inverted colours). Getting the 'peaking through' part was a bit of a mission.

Today's Gratitude Item: Glorious summer weather and not having to be outside in the heat!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bulging Waffles

Everyone has heard of "Belgian Waffles". These are 'bulging waffles' - they are pretty and fat free. It's a pity they don't taste like much.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a great parking space at the mall! Had to get my hands on some nice trays for a gift presentation and this close to Christmas, the shops were quite busy. It was also raining, so finding a covered parking space close to the mall entrance was a nice surprise.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Urns

Whilst the title is not all that creative, the picture is quite pretty.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really great end to dance for the year. Let's just say awesome friends, dance, food and free parking were involved. What more could one ask for.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chanukkah 5775

Had fun with this one although it took a while to create. View at a large size to appreciate the details. Chanukkah Sameach everyone.

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: Not having to stand in line at the post office. Given that I went during lunch time and it is close to Christmas, this was nothing short of a minor miracle.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Twice Squared

This one did not require as much post processing as you might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Unscheduled sushi :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Something Squared

The background really improved this one - without it, the image was very boring.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the 'end of year' gifts for my dancers all wrapped up. Said gifts are looking great - next job is to write the cards and then they will be 'good to go'.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Square Deal

This one is closely related to 'Twice Squared'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having plenty of books to read and sufficient time to read them. Right now, life is very good.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Patched Earth

Sometimes creating spheres can be fun :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Indulging in my favourite hobby. The plan is to make the most of my vacation time and not waste a minute. So far, so good :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Navajo Rug

Sometimes when making fractals, it's a good idea to just go with the flow.

Today's Gratitude Item: Officially being on summer vacation. Not having to set my alarm clock for early tomorrow morning was a wonderful feeling.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indiginous Matters

This one is *almost* the same parameters as "Navajo Rug". Funny how one or two tiny changes can make a big difference in the final outcome.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is the last day of school for the year. I can't believe how quickly the time has passed but am looking most forward to the holidays.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Cellular Magic

I like the complexity of this one. Colours are not quite right though - was aiming for something brighter and more '3D'.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fact that I have almost finished creating the eBook for my level 1 'Web Design' Unit which will run for the first time next year. Even though the content is basic, the resource still took a while to create.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Diamonds in Shadow

This one is reminiscent of old fashioned wallpaper - complete with the staid / stuffy feeling. I think I need to go back to using Apophysis.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the head of Science brought in some really nice plunger coffee for morning tea and he was happy to share.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

RWB Mosaic

The 'RWB' stands for 'red, white an blue'. This one might be too busy for most screens.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to catch up on those 'bits and pieces' which accumulated during the week.

Saturday, December 06, 2014


Another red, white and blue image. Turns out these are the colours of the New Zealand flag - hence the title.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my luggage *finally* made it 'home'. I arrived back in Auckland late last night but my luggage did not. Happily, the airline called early this morning to let me know that said luggage had been located and would be delivered to my door. The actual delivery took much longer than expected, possibly because of an accident on the harbour bridge.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Tiger Mosaic

This one makes a nice change from my usual offerings.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to implement jQuery. I made this in a workshop this morning. It was easy :)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ceiling Tiles

They are either tiles or a bunch of colourful computer chips. Took forever to get this one 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to dance in Christchurch! It was both fun and a bit different. Having said that, am looking forward to getting back to Auckland :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ice Web

I needed a break from apophysis so revisited Fractal Science Kit. Did I mention that when it comes to FSK, I'm strictly in the 'novice' category?

Today's Gratitude Item: Winning a cute laser pointer prize during one of the workshop sessions at Computer Science for High Schools.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Ice Diamond Paper

This one is based on similar parameters to "Ice Web" but looks a lot nicer. Still not quite what I was going for though...

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding my way. Not 'getting lost' when visiting somewhere new is certainly something to celebrate.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Tennis Ball in Motion

Is this one a hit?

Today's Gratitude Item: CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools). This is a fantastic professional development opportunity and it will take me away from school for the rest of the week. Can't wait to 'hang out' with colleagues from other schools and get ideas on the best way to approach the various Computer Science standards that I'll be teaching next year. The fact that I miss a bunch of meetings and prize-giving is an added bonus.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Broken Ripple

Involved a bit of post processing - the ripple effect is 'real' though.

Today's Gratitude Item: The 'inner' cardboard roll from a bolt of fabric. Said 'role' formed the base for some Christmas cracker shaped 'thank you' gifts for some of my students who will be helping out with the sound / lighting for prize giving. I now have a bunch of festive 'crackers' (filled with candy) all ready to go. It should make prize giving that little bit more fun for the guys in 'the booth'.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flexi Mosaic

Nice and simple - at least from my point of view.

Today's Gratitude Item: Great timing. Despite a few morning showers, we somehow managed to avoid getting wet on our morning walk. It was one of those days where taking along an umbrella was of limited use due to the strong wind.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Shell Cog

Colours reminded me of the sea shells that we used to find on the beach.

Today's Gratitude Item: That 'integration day' is over. The less said about it, the better.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hidden Hearts

Can't see the hearts? Try squinting

Today's Gratitude Item: Having my last class with my 'challenging' 11th grade Maths group. I'm supposed to see them next week but am 'out' on professional development. Said class went better than expected, thanks largely to kahoot.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bullet Meets Glass

On second thoughts, it might have been better to make this one grey / silver rather than blue...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to get a large chunk of work done today. I 'hid' in my classroom for most of the day and managed to avoid being interrupted.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Strange Alien Sphere

Sometimes Apo's 3D options can work well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Successful external moderation. It's complicated to explain - so let's just say it's quite important to get this right.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Forget Me Not Squared

Interesting things happen to images when they are 'squared'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having 'naked' circuit boards lying around. Have taken photos of said boards as I had an idea for an image which *might* end up on one of my walls.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What Lies Beneath?

I'm wondering what is being hidden by this fabric?

Today's Gratitude Item: That parking is still free in the city center on Sundays. Managed to find a perfect, shady spot close to where I needed to be. Not having to 'feed the meter' was an unexpected bonus.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Salvaged Pixels

The original did not look all that great. Doing a bit of post processing helped. A bit.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpectedly great day on Shutterstock - what was an 'OK' month might become something more.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ocean Mosaic

Why is it that every second fractal looks like either fabric or ocean waves?

Today's Gratitude Item: Kahoot! It's a website where teachers can create a quiz and then project the questions on the screen. The kids in the class use a unique code to access the quiz from their device / smartphone and they answer the questions as they are put on the screen. Kids get points for answering quickly and correctly and after each question, it shows who is in the lead. Our junior students really love this way of doing multiple choice questions and it's a great way to ensure that everyone in the class participates in the activity.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wonder Wall

Made with cool glass 'wonder tiles'.

Today's Gratitude Item: An "hour of code". This resource features some incredibly cool games which teach kids the basics of programming in a fun way. Have tried it with some of our younger students and it worked a treat.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Casual Curtains

This one was a nice surprise. The 'glass' background was an obvious choice.

Today's Gratitude Item: An offer of free accommodation (staying with a friend) for Dance camp in April. Needless to say, said offer was deeply appreciated and it will make camp even more fun than usual.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Galactic Bridge

Similar to previous works but different enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new charger for my work computer with minimum fuss. The part that is meant to connect the computer to the charger was perished / unsafe. Happily, our awesome IT guys replaced it on the spot.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Butterfly Light

This would make a very cool night light.

Today's Gratitude Item: A dearth of meetings. Our 'curriculum' meeting this afternoon was cancelled and my eLearning meeting tomorrow afternoon is also not going to happen. No meetings = sheer joy.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rich Rags

Perhaps this one should have been called 'Fabric Waterfall'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Feeling better. Still have a bit of a cold but am much better than I was on Friday / Saturday :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Midnight Daisy

As in a close-up view of a blue / green flower. The middle part of the 'flower' is towards the top right of the image.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a 'two novel' day. As in I all I did today was sit and read. Am still struggling with a cold and taking the day off from just about everything (except reading) was exactly what was needed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Soft Woven Spin

The 'glow' in this one is thanks to Apophysis. No post work was required.

Today's Gratitude Item: A short work day which included sushi for lunch. We started at 9:30pm and it was all over by 2:30pm. Added to this is the fact that I had a 5 minute drive (rather than 35 minutes each way). So it's all good. It would be even better if I did not have a cold and a running nose but nothing's perfect.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Smoke Sphere

Presenting a virtual sphere made of virtual smoke.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my exam marking done. I 'inherited' a junior class which means experiencing the joys of marking junior exams. Happily, the marking that I was responsible for was both quick and easy to do.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shadow Storm

Would not like to be caught out in this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That today's 'half day' meant not having to spend two thirds of my lunch 'out' on duty. Given that today was characterised by intense showers and fine spells, not having to be outside was something of a relief.