Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tiled Tide

This one combines two of my favourite things - oceans and a woven design.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing an eBook that I was working on. The next step is to upload it to my Moodle course so that my students can easily access the material.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Square Away

Somehow I thought this one would look better than it does. C'est la vie.

Today's Gratitude Item: That helping my neighbour get his email working again was really easy. I'm not sure what the issue was but it was one of those times when standing with a person and watching them attempt to do something magically fixes the problem. Said neighbour was grateful for the 'help' even though I did not actually do anything.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brick Lily

An experiment that is on the edge. ie: it's not ugly enough to bin but it's not all that great either. At best it's vaguely interesting.

Today's Gratitude Item: That tomorrow is a public holiday. Also, the end is in sight with the resource I am currently developing - which is a good thing given that I need it for class on Thursday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pattern Roll

As in two patterned rollers side by side.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free pens for school. My bank manager is wonderful. It turns out that the bank can't reuse pens left by forgetful customers as most of them have some kind of branding on them. Instead of throwing the pens away, said bank manager now keeps them for me and today I collected a nice large stash - perfect for the start of the year.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Quarter to Shiny

Reminded me of clocks all showing 'quarter to...'

Today's Gratitude Item: That a slight issue with one of my student's exam marks from last year is in the process of being resolved. It's a long story - the short version is that I'm massively relieved that the problem is solvable (this is partly due to the fact that the said problem resulted from an error on my part).

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Floral Fantasy

In my imagination, flowers sometimes look like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Delicious home made quiche to take for 'shared lunch' tomorrow. Said quiche was baked by my mum while I wrestled some code into submission.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

High Sky

Sometimes it is hard to figure out where the ocean ends and the sky begins.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to move most of my 'stuff' to my new classroom. Shifting posters from the old room to the new one was a bit of a stretch but I got there in the end :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Warp One


Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making significant progress on revising my level 3 Web Design material. Hopefully it will be ready before classes start next week.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Basket Case

Presenting yet another woven design. The colours seemed like a great idea at the time but now I'm not so sure.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding out how to make a site re-open a pop-up contact form if the user made mistakes when said form was filled out. It look about three days of searching to get this to work all thanks to the fact that normally when one presses the 'submit' button, a contact form 'pop up' automatically closes. The trick was to check for errors and if they are present, get the pop-up to re-open (showing the errors). Confused? Just trust me when I say that this was quite a bit deal.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Diamond Smoke

Are these diamonds forever?

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting the correct rebate for the compulsory student services levy for the single university paper that I will be doing this year. The levy started at $397.50, then dropped to $262.35 and finally after a successful appeal it settled at $131.17. Given that I can't actually pretty much all of the services covered by the levy as the campus is in Christchurch and I'm in Auckland, having to pay it is less than ideal but at least the amount is not as excessive as it was.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Smooth Weave

For some reason felt compelled to render this one. Even though woven fractals are neither new nor original.

Today's Gratitude Item: A near miss. There was a storm and one of the very large trees on the sidewalk outside our house split and a massive branch crashed through our fence. Luckily it does not appear to have damaged the walls of the house but this one was too close for comfort.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tunnel to Darkness

This one leads to dark and dangerous places.

Today's Gratitude Item: Playing with 000 Webhost and discovering that this could be a way for my students to make sure that their mail forms work correctly. One problem with using XAMPP is that it won't send mail easily. You can check that email has been generated by looking in the 'mail sent' folder but it is not quite the same as seeing the solution working in the real world. There are limitations on the free service (for example a website can only generate 50 emails per day) but it is great for our purposes.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Night Bloom

Complete with spiky bits.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting bootstrap to co-operate and managing to make a gallery / lightbox where the images for the gallery are dynamically generated based on the contents of a given folder. It helps that there are a lot of light box / gallery solutions 'out there' that developers have been willing to share.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Late Night Ripple

For something made late at night, this one turned out quite well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the 'all clear' from the dentist. I was incredibly relieved that this time around the checkup was uneventful.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rose Complex

If you can't see the rose, try tilting your head and squinting a little.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering how to easily graph several sets of information on one axis in Excel by accident.

Monday, January 16, 2017

O Synergy

Or should it be 'Oh. Synergy!'

Today's Gratitude Item: My level 1 students did very nicely in their external exams. Results were officially due out tomorrow but they got published slightly early. The rest of 'my' results were OK and I'm really glad that the long wait is over.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tartan Disc Revisited

I'm pretty sure that we've been here before...

Today's Gratitude Item: An html stripper. I needed to get quite a bite of 'plain text' from some html and doing it manually would have been impossibly tedious.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spiro Flower

It's amazing what one can do with bright blue fractal string.

Today's Gratitude Item: Email from students in the holidays. It turns out that some of them are working on their IT either to prepare for this year or to get ahead. This is one of the reasons that I really enjoy my job.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dream Pipes

Not to be confused with pipe dreams.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delightful day 'off'. After finishing a series of screencasts showing a client how to use an access database I developed for them, I decided to take the rest of the day 'off' and it was lovely.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ridge Wave

In a fractal universe, wave appear with a predictable regularity.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding the next two books of a recently discovered trilogy at the library. It's nice not having to wait too long to find out how a story ends.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Test Tiles

Let's just say that not all test are successful.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my standing desk is large enough to accommodate two people working together :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fire in the Hole

This was one of those rare times when the 'Glynnia' variation improved the original image.

Today's Gratitude Item: Unexpected fuel vouchers. They were a 'thank you' from a friend for some computer help. It's lovely to be appreciated :)

Monday, January 09, 2017

Rough Ripples

The description really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the developers of the 'Participants Database' that I'm using on one of my Word Press sites responded to a question in record time with an answer that easily solved a problem that I was having. If you're curious about the plugin or the developers, please visit their website.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Twice Shy

As in the missing chunk at the top right looks suspiciously like a bite mark.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to see humour in ordinary situations. Life is a lot easier when it is filled with laughter.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Fire Aim

As in a target with a bit of a difference.

Today's Gratitude Item: My cartoon objecting to UN resolution 2334 (and the fact that New Zealand co-sponsored said resolution) has been well received. You can see the cartoon at the preceding link (it was cross-posted to a closed group in FB and some people liked it).

Friday, January 06, 2017

Found Objects...

When walking 'out there', nothing is quite as heart breaking as finding cute kid's toys that have been lost / abandoned. This happened to us the other day and inspired the poster below. If said toy is not retrieved from it's spot by tomorrow, the poster might appear in the real world. Maybe.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to make access give custom error messages on forms where fields are required. This time around googling was spectacularly unhelpful as most of the advice said to use VBA but failed to point out that if you have more than one required field, VBA won't actually do what you need. In the end using validation rules turned out to be the answer. All that was needed was a 'not null' statement with a suitable error message underneath. So simple!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Snake Star

Named because the texture on this one is reminiscent of snake skin.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to check for duplicates in an excel spreadsheet over multiple columns. The process involves using the 'countifs' formula but it is not too hard.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Disc Flower in Copper

Sometimes ornate is good.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the 'silly season' is finally over and things are starting to get back to normal (where the word 'normal' is used in it's loosest possible sense).

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Embedded Turquois

This one did not turn out as well as hoped. It's a bit dull / lack luster.

Today's Gratitude Item: *Still* being on vacation. I seriously love this time of year and am enjoying every moment.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Dune Scales

As in the sides look like overlapping scales. Don't see it? Try squinting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting 'unstuck'. Was struggling with a project and finally got somewhere today.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Sphere Drip

This one is a sphere inside a sphere image.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding the facial expression area in the software that I use to create the comics on my other blog. It still takes too long to create each comic but hopefully it will get easier with practice.