Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Canvas Ceiling

Has a nice 'summery' feel to it.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great morning tea. This is partly because I 'gate crashed' another department's morning tea (to be fair, I was *sort of* invited). At school a number of departments have morning tea on a Friday. In our block, the team who were 'on' did a terrible job (this was not a surprise - 'terrible' is normal for them). When I saw what was on offer, visiting another department was the only reasonably course of action. I am also grateful that when my team are on - no one feels the need to have morning tea elsewhere!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aquatic Urns

I'm guessing that these are for storing water...

Today's Gratitude Item: Having my last Video Conference class for the year. It is lovely to be 'done' although I will miss my students.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Modern Glass Bead

Was playing with the 'rectangle' variation as part of a final transform and got this.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I was not teaching when the fire alarm went off at school this morning. It was *another* false alarm (a frustratingly frequent occurrence). To make matters worse it was raining heavily at the time and the 'assembly area' is out on the field. Happily, the alarm only affected a small portion of the school so I simply shifted to a more favourable location. Admittedly not the best response to a fire alarm but there was no real threat and getting wet was not a good option.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cool Corner

Happily, this one looked much prettier than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Last minute marking! Many of my students are *finally* submitting material for feedback before the big 'hand in'. I believe the phrase 'better late than never' applies to this situation.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ripple Patch

Not as vibrant as I'd hoped but still quite nice.

Today's Gratitude Item: Black felt and double sided tape. The new shoes that I bought a few weeks ago were cutting into my ankles. Putting some black felt over the problem area should fix the issue.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ocean Bars

Hmmmm.... This one does not 'do it' for me. It's not ugly, it's just not all that great.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to go to school tomorrow! Waking up a bit later and having time to read / catch up with 'stuff' is certainly cause for gratitude.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sunrise Behind Bars

The double meaning in the title is not accidental.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dance group got some good press by appearing on 'Both Worlds' - a television program which follows young people from refugee / migrant communities (they did an episode on an Orthodox Jew and visited our dance group as part of that show). We got about 2 mins of air time and my somewhat beaten up dance sneakers got their 15 seconds of fame (there was a closeup of my feet!) The show will probably go unnoticed by most people as it aired at 10:30 am this morning on a magnificent day when any self respecting kiwi would have opted to be outdoors.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Drugged Spider

This is what happens when spiders drink too much.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being at the start of a three day weekend. I love public holidays - especially when they occur on Mondays.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pink ZigZag

Thought this one would turn out better than it did...

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that Geogebra is now available on the iPad. They have also made it very easy to share creations. For example, I made a very simple circumference / area calculator which is now available to anyone who wants to use it. This was made with the desktop version as the iPad version appears to missing some functionality...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small Diamonds

This one looked 'promising' but did not deliver.

Today's Gratitude Item: That this year's eDay (related to the course that I teach via Video Conference) will be taking place at my local school. Last year the venue was a couple of hours drive North and it made the day very long. Happily this time around that won't be an issue.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gentle Weaving

This one is oddly soothing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Two early morning meetings down, one more to go!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amethyst Argyle

Fun and easy to make.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having colleagues who are willing to try new software / apps and patiently report back when things don't work out.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamond Lace

Liked the metallic look of this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing my programming course. Have had to wait about two weeks for the last (optional) lecture to be posted. There was no assignment with the lecture which is a pity as the assignments really helped to consolidate the material. Still, it was a nice 'taster' of level 3 programming.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shiny Diamonds

Simple but *hopefully* effective.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally catching up on some sleep! The fact that I spend a significant proportion of my weekends 'dead to the word' is a bit worrying though...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sky Net

In a fractal world, sometimes the sky and ground meet.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my iPad email *finally* matches reality. For some reason it kept showing a handful of old, deleted messages. When I tried to delete them (again), it told me this was not possible. The only way to fix it was to delete the email account and then re-add it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bauble 7.3

As in an upgrade compared with previous attempts. Would look good on Christmas tree.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to boot Windows 8 in 'safe mode' (the 'magic' sequence was to hold down 'shift' and click restart). One of my students had a weird problem where she updated her machine last night and then the screen started flickering and we could not do anything on it. Hopefully restoring to an earlier point has worked.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simchat Torah 5775

This one is worth a closer look - At one chocolate a week, it will last for an entire year!

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: That next week things are 'back to normal' when it comes to dancing. Our regular sessions have been somewhat disrupted by the holidays and whilst I really love holidays, I love them even more when they don't get in the way of our dance class.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pixel Path

It was pretty enough to be rendered :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to make a quick 'get away' from school. This is a rare occurrence and is something to be savoured.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crystal Blue Convergence

Sometimes 'new' variations work better than expected. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my counterpart at one of the nearby schools is both willing and able to moderate assessments with me tomorrow. This should have been done last term and it will be good to get it out of the way.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Purple Diamond Scarf

Reminded me of flowing fabric - for obvious reasons.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the upcoming term is a 'short' one for me. Am a bit worried about some of my student's progress (or lack thereof). Having said that, the fact that summer holidays are not too far away is a good thing.

Harlequin Kiss

Presenting another variation on the checkered theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a perfect day :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lava Ripple

This one is *almost* too hot to handle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting new shoes (boots) for school. Said boots are very comfortable and they were on sale. Hopefully they will be long lasting.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Floor Magnet

This one is like a magnetic field - on steroids.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding 30c on my walk this morning. Was feeling restless and walking really helped. Finding the coins (two separate places) was a nice bonus.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Sukkot Sameach

The 'booth bros' are back! Posters are vintage 'United Israel Appeal' pieces. Umbrellas are on sale as even though it's not supposed to rain during Sukkot, it always does! Of course that could be because I've always been in the 'wrong' hemisphere.

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: Writing a Python program to encrypt / decrypt messages using a Caesar cipher. It was easier than expected and will be a good exercise for my students for next year.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Trapezium Funk

It's amazing what one can do with a *large* handful of rectangles.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not being bored! Am really enjoying the time away from school and can't believe how quickly my holiday is disappearing.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Funky Flower

An old theme with a new twist.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning a 'new' Israeli dance via YouTube. As is so often the case, am deeply grateful for the information which is literally at my fingertips.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Pink Fire

Sometimes 'pretty' hits the spot.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting the hang of Gimp's Bezier Path tool. This is an incredibly useful tool that has taken me years to figure out! All of a sudden it 'clicked' and now I don't know how I've lived without it.

Diamond Check

Funky, modern and weird - three for the price of one.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy fast! The weather helped - it was rainy / cold which is much better than sunny / dry. Thus thirst dehydration was not an issue.

Friday, October 03, 2014

5775 Yom Kippur

Everyone has heard about 'sun protection'. Changing one letter gives us 'sin protection' - the idea was amusing at the time.

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: Finding a vector of logo that I needed on-line. This saved me having to recreate it :)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Intersection Inspection

Was particularly pleased with the background to this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That this season, the blossoms on our ornamental cherry tree have not been decimated by the birds. Said tree is starting to look really pretty.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Sea Surge

If this was a book, the first line would be "It was a dark and stormy night".

Today's Gratitude Item: A particularly productive day on the fractal creation front. Sometimes things just 'work'.