Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Violet Distortion

Reminds me of the 'African Violet' pot plants that we had when I was growing up.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting help with a Python problem which has frustrated me for weeks. The solution, as suspected was incredibly simple (as in I knew I was missing something 'obvious').

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Floor Check

As in yet another checkered floor design.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally successfully 'binding' arrow keys in Python. This took a while to figure out.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sukkot 5776

With 'pop up' restaurants and shops becoming common place, I thought it was time that the 'Booth Brothers' got in on the act. If you are in NZ, then this image is one day late and it is not your imagination.

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Today's Gratitude Item: A burst of creativity which resulted in quite a few fractals being created.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Woven Wood

If only this one were real...

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to get up early tomorrow morning. This could be the best thing about being on holiday :)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Spring Bloom

As in a flower made up of springs.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of daylight saving. Losing an hour's sleep is a small price to pay for 'longer' days.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gold Disc Curtain

Hopefully this one is not 'too bright' for desktop wallpaper

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day. It was the last day of term today and all the 'dodgy' kids stayed home. Exams finished yesterday and our motivated students came in for 'debrief day'. Those less enthusiastic about school decided to start their holiday early.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Double Interference

Sometimes horizontal lines can be surprising.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day of school before we get a two week break. I'm looking most forward to the time off (it's been a very busy term).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Portal to the Unknown

Sometimes you just have to 'go' with gold and silver.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Yom Kippur is 'done' for this year. Needless to say, this is one of my least favourite 'holidays'.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Yom Kippur 5776

This one was Inspired by a vintage music festival poster.

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Today's Gratitude Item: Getting things set up so that my students can submit their external assessment electronically. We are part of a trail which, if successful could result in a lot less paperwork (literally). I'm hoping things will go smoothly.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Oasis Upgraded

Playing with 'depth blur' was a good idea.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having any junior classes. With the seniors busy with exams things are a lot quieter than they have been in some time and it makes a nice change.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Etched Olympics

This is what happens if you don't wipe the bottom of your coffee cup. Don't say you weren't warned.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really relaxing weekend in which minimal schoolwork was done.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Spiral Spring

I'm pretty sure that I've posted similar images before but couldn't help myself. This one was just begging to be rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous weather. Spring is definitely here and I'm enjoying the longer days and am looking forward to the start of daylight saving (bring on summer!).

Friday, September 18, 2015

Holy Sea

As in an ocean full of holes

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having time to focus on learning how to code a Python GUI. My head now hurts but at least some progress has been made.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Spirals on Steroids

Sometimes 'no colour' is the best option.

Today's Gratitude Item: Twitter. It can be the fastest way to get urgent questions answered by large government departments.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Koru Coin

Took ages to create. At least the time was not wasted.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally resolving a situation which has been 'in progress' for about two weeks. Whilst the conclusion was less than ideal, being able to 'move on' is a great feeling.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ribbon Road

Tried something quite 'different' and it worked.

Today's Gratitude Item: Two days of unconnected bliss (taking a break from technology = a very peaceful start to the New Year). In addition, making french toast with the left over babka turned out to be a hit and this will probably be repeated in years to come.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rosh HaShana 5776

A rather obvious take on the theme of 'apples and honey'.

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Today's Gratitude Item: Delicious warm, home made babka. This is a traditional 'once a year' treat and getting to eat some of it 'early' was really special.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Rotating Ribbons

Did not work out as well as I'd hoped. Never mind...

Today's Gratitude Item: A random spurt of creativity. Let's just say that it's been a while.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Desert Koru

Did not expect this one! Significant zooming was involved.

Today's Gratitude Item: The long weekend (at least for me) is finally here :)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shadow Flowers

It's amazing what one can do with a large amount of triangles.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being 'gifted' a cool plastic spider by one of my students. It appeared on my keyboard and I think they were hoping it would give me a fright. They were wrong! Said spider now has pride of place on my notice board.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Spike Wave

Reminds me of fireworks for some reason.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Flickr is being cooperative again. Things have been a bit 'buggy' over the past few days but they now seem to be back to normal which is good.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


At least naming this one was easy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making my first ever 'Bootstrap' site. It was an experiment and I'm not 100% happy with it but it is responsive and I can see a lot of potential in the tool.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Tinsel Weave

In this case, 'shiny' is good.

Today's Gratitude Item: "Two birds with one stone". Got organised to go travelling and documented how to evaluate the usability of an interface (it's a Computer Science thing). Happily, my screen recording tool lets me blur out material that I want to keep private. It also lets one pause when recording to avoid any potential 'oversharing'.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Modern Try

Finally a triquetra that was worth rendering!

Today's Gratitude Item: A really lovely afternoon 'out'. Part of the attraction could have been the fact that it was an excuse not to spend today doing school work.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Irish Cross Roads

Had fun with the 'knot work' background.

Today's Gratitude Item: A mystery being solved. A while back one of my students complained that I had not taught them about two dimensional arrays. He did not recognise that a 'list within a list' is a two dimensional array (ie: the work had been well covered in class) and I was wondering where he got the notion of 2D arrays from. It turns out that his dad is a rather 'involved' parent who is able to program. Now the trick is to figure out how much of his recent assessment is his work and how much is his dad's. A meeting may well be in order.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Infinite Tree

As in both the canopy and roots go on forever.

Today's Gratitude Item: Enjoying the best lemon curd tartlets ever. They both looked and tasted sensational.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Side Waves

Another experiment which went well.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my planning workload for next year has been massively reduced. One of the courses that I'm responsible for won't happen next year. Ordinarily that would not be a cause for celebration but in this case, it's actually a good thing and I am extremely happy about this latest development.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Ocean Volcano

This one was recalcitrant at the start and had to be beaten into submission.

Today's Gratitude Item: Unexpected morning tea. It's good when that happens. Somehow I managed to miss the notice about morning tea but luckily there was a reminder email about the event :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Pasta Wheel

Wouldn't it be cool if you could get pasta in this shape. It would make an excellent 'sauce carrier'.

Today's Gratitude Item: That this morning's atrocious weather (strong winds and heavy rain) cleared away before I had to be 'out and about'.