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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Zip of the Future

Took a while to render but was worth the wait.

Today's Gratitude Item: Paid Union Meetings! Best thing about them is that I don't need to go to them and we get a 'half day' (most of the kids get to go home early). It is a brilliant opportunity to catch up on work.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Parallel Play

A bit plain and 'repetitive' for my liking.

Today's Gratitude Item: The prospect of a very nice 'school lunch' tomorrow. There was some experimentation with making gluten free quiche this evening and my plan is to enjoy some of said quiche at school tomorrow. It will make a delicious change.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Fabric Ocean

Dedicated to all those who like the colour blue.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to find a coffee shop that was open beyond 3.00 pm. It turns out that most of the coffee shops in our area close at 3:00 pm on a Sunday which is not all that helpful when one has a meeting scheduled for 3:30 pm

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Modern Flower Power

Presenting a fun combination of hippie flower and Star of David.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another glorious Saturday. Had fun doing a whole lot of 'nothing'.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Window Water

Droplets of fractal water can be endlessly fascinating.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making progress on planning for next year. The fact that many of my colleagues in other schools are happy to share resources / ideas / planning makes things 'doable'.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Happily Hypnotic

You are getting sleepy...

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected, hot, chicken burger. Was out on the field all day helping with Junior Track and Field and it was freezing. The icy wind and showers had us all wondering when summer would actually arrive. Happily, some hot food was supplied for morning tea and it was delicious.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Ocean Tiles

All this one needs is a surfer inside the wave.

Today's Gratitude Item: 'Inheriting' a top stream Maths class. My senior students have all gone on study leave and I have been given a Maths class to teach instead. Happily, they are a top stream which means my new students are bright, motivated, hard working and a joy to teach. It also means that because I have this 'extra' class, I won't be getting a whole lot of unscheduled relief teaching. Right now, life is really good.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Bottle Close Up

Made of beautiful blue glass.

Today's Gratitude Item: Remembering a 'forgotten' password. Was forced to change said password some time ago and *briefly* forgot the 'new' password. I really wanted to avoid having to do the 'forgot password' routine as that can be annoying / inconvenient.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Wave Interference

The results of an interesting experiment.

Today's Gratitude Item: 'In' jokes. I have a group of senior students who hang out in my classroom at lunchtime. They are generally good kids and tomorrow is their last day of school (before they go on study leave / write finals). Today they left a message on my whiteboard. The cool thing? It was both funny and in binary. My response (which I wrote underneath for them to see when they come in tomorrow)? 010011000100111101001100

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Mini Mosaic

Was quite pleased with this one. Simple can be good.

Today's Gratitude Item: A freezer full of delicious mini 'cinnamon / nut swirls'. It took a long time to make them but the results were worth the effort. They are very good with a cup of hot coffee :)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Mosaic Ring Thing

Whilst this is very similar to previous works, I just could not help myself.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having weekend marking to do. It's the first time in quite a while and it's wonderful!