Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Feather Light

As in a feather made entirely of light.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having plenty of material for my cartoon blog. The only problem is having time to make said cartoons...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Light Spiral

Made up of strings and photons (the photons in question were on sale).

Today's Gratitude Item: Robocompass. This is a great little app which can be used to explain how to manually construct geometric shapes. Needless to say it is incredibly useful when teaching 9th grade geometry.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Diamond Flowers

Am not too sure about this one. It seemed like a good idea a the time.

Today's Gratitude Item: Chilled (or even better, frozen) litchi juice. If you have never tried it, you are missing out (it's an old favourite of mine).

Tri Thing

Short for 'triangle thing'. It took a while to get the mosaic background right.

Today's Gratitude Item: I tried to make something like this out of paper and it worked much better than anticipated. My version has more 'movement' than the preceding photo...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Eye Ripple

Complete with fractal eye lashes.

Today's Gratitude Item: Paying *a lot* less for petrol than anticipated. Pump price was $1.78 with a further 6c reduction at the till. The service station that I frequent was significantly cheaper than other options (prices varied between $1.85 and $1.99 at other outlets on my route).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Burning Flame

This one is related to 'eye ripple' - only it is not as good.

Today's Gratitude Item: That getting my planning for tomorrow done did not take nearly as long as feared.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cell Network

The cells in question being fractal body cells.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out what one of my students was doing wrong. His website was not working as expected and it took ages to find the problem.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Light Fountains

This is one of those 'would be cool if it was real' moments.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to combine excel's 'index' and 'match' functions to look up information from a data dump and put it into an easy to read table.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Odd Working

As in the workings of a very strange machine.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the hang of conditional formatting in sheets. It is now very easy for me to make self marking worksheets for my 7th grade Math class.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


The title really says it all.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting travel sorted for April and October - both trips fall into the 'short but important' category.

Light Tower

For some reason this reminded me of the sky tower viewed from below.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the hang of GIMP's 'offset' command. It makes creating cartoons relatively easy. To enjoy said cartoons, feel free to visit my other blog.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Don't Push It

Just because a button exists, does not mean it should be pushed.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being mostly caught up. Its a good feeling :)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Metal Factory

This one originally featured metallic colours but the 'inverted' version looked nicer.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to edit categories on a Wordpress blog. This matters because my colleagues and students are blogging to record their professional development / learning and quite a few people have been asking for help with it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Apartment Sphere

This is what happens if you take a regular apartment building and then change it into a sphere.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to get on top of my marking before going to bed. Unfortunately I still have a mountain of 'other' work to do.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Copper Blossom

The 'wooden' background was a nice surprise. Sometimes random experimentation can be a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Collaborating with colleagues. It is always interesting and can save time as the wheel need not be reinvented on a daily basis.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sphere Play

The ripple effect in the background was almost accidental.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the problem solving site that I want to use with my 7th grade Math students works on iPads. I'm so used to stuff not working on iPads that when it finally does it's cause for celebration.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Delicate Floral Explosion

This one reminds me of a rather colourful doily.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to make a 'book' using geogebra. Basically it is possible to assemble a group of related diagrams in one convenient place which should make things a lot easier for both me and my students.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Old New

Created on Old Year's Eve this one is a mix of old and new ideas.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my partial scholarship for doing some further study this year finally came through. I am now officially a student again and am enrolled in one paper at Canterbury University. Things might be about to get busier than they already are (eek).

Friday, February 10, 2017

Side Lines

As in lines coming in side ways.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to get an 'all parent' email sent out before our system went down for scheduled maintenance.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Suspended Motion

This one did not take as long to create as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to help a student get his computer working again. Initially it would not start up (it was a power issue). Removing the battery and power source, holding down the on button for 30 seconds and then putting the battery back and plugging it in fixed the problem. We would never have figured this out without Google. Of course my student gave me far more credit for the fix than I probably deserved. Needless to say, we were both relieved to have the machine back in action.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Grid Basics

Very similar to 'many squares' but different enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my school's Moodle is being slightly temperamental which means that I can't do more marking tonight. This is actually a good thing as it means getting to bed at a *sort of* reasonable hour.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Spiral Case

It's been a while since my last spiral and this on just had to be rendered because it reminded me of a spiral staircase.

Today's Gratitude Item: A friend who inadvertently helped put things in perspective. An overly busy day is nothing compared with two funerals in less than a week.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Apartment Blues

Reminded me a high-rise apartment building.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my 'crazy idea' was not so crazy after all and the person I shared it with has picked it up and will run with it. Here's hoping that said 'crazy idea' works out.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Many Squares

Turned out better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: My dad showed me how to print off multiple .pdf files without having to open each one. It's easy when you know how (as in select the files, right click and choose 'print').

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Spot Mark

A bit cliched but in this case 'x' marks the spot.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'different' day which involved a barmitzvah, a delicious lunch and catching up with people who I have not seen in a while.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Not Stirred

This one has been shaken.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Monday is a public holiday - I need the time to get 'stuff' orgnanised for school. The first week back has been predictably insane. Happily my classes are mostly under control...

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Go With It

This one is reminiscent of flowing fabric - bringing to mind the advice to 'go with the flow'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a perfect, ready made resource over at the Geogebra site. In the near future I will be doing 3D 'nets' with my 7th graders and having an interactive which allows the nets to be folded and unfolded is very handy. We will, of course actually make the paper nets too but the interactive version will be very helpful in explaining 'stuff'.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Anxious Separation

Is this what it looks like just before things fall apart?

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding out what classes I will be teaching this year. Our timetables are still in flux but things are looking reasonably OK. In addition to IT, I will also be teaching 7th grade Mathematics which should be fun. At least it is a subject where I have some prior experience...