Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big Wheel

Is this one of those times where 'big is good'?

Today's Gratitude Item: Good 'bad' timing. Some dreaded professional development falls on the High Holy days which means I get to skip it :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Curve Ball

Simple but hopefully effective.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 12th grade 'experimental' lesson went much better than expected. This is a good thing as I it forms part of my 'assignment 3' for 'that' Uni paper.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This one reminded me of a chrysalis...

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that Word 2016 has an easy way of putting in clickable check boxes. This means not having to make .pdf mark sheets as they can be done in Word instead.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Drain Again

For some reason, pretty drain holes keep appearing on my screen. Weird.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting progress reports done. They needed to be done by the end of this week - happily the process was mercifully brief.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bottled Angel

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

Today's Gratitude Item: Having marked all my 12th graders programming work! Admittedly the group is very small (only 10 students) and it did not take long but it is one less thing to do this coming week.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Diagonal Flowers

Rotating this one by 45 degrees made all the difference.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress on figuring out what to do for dreaded 'assignment #3' of my Uni paper.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Butterfly Flower

Is it a butterfly or a flower? You decide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to breathe easily again! The worst of my cold is over - feeling 'normal' has never felt so good.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Silky Way

This would be cool if it was real.

Today's Gratitude Item: Laughing so hard that I cried. That does not happen as often as it should.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Purple Mountain

This is my version of Purple Mountains.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being sensible and cancelling dance class. My dancers were all suitably sympathetic which is good. Here's hoping that next week we can resume class as normal.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hole Rotation

It took ages to find colours that worked with well for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cold medicine that actually works.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Drain Hole

Only the drain in my sink is not as pretty as this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to go to an afternoon meeting - it turns out that having a cold is a great reason to go home 'early'. Whilst I am not a fan of being unwell, in this case there was a fairly significant silver lining.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Double Hole

With a funky checkered background thrown in for good measure.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the 'on site' lectures for the course I am doing were videoed at the time. I needed a very specific piece of information that was missing from the notes that I took way back in April - happily finding said information by looking at the video was both quick and easy.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spindle Check

A variation on a theme that worked out rather well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Home made chicken soup! I *might* be coming down with a bit of a cold and am hoping that said chicken soup will keep the worst of it away.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Radiant Ribbon

This combines two of my favourite things, a spiral and a woven design.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an extra 'free' due to my one class being on a field trip. I was anticipating being given internal cover but this did not happen (which is great). It felt strange not having to teach my 9th grade math class...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tail Display

Reminded me of a peacock's tail. Sort of.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 9th grade Math class are going on a field trip tomorrow which means we get a bit of a break from each other (this is a good thing).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fern Shade

Simple but hopefully effective.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an easy to follow set of tutorials that are helpful when learning C#. Also helpful is the fact that at least some of the syntax is reminiscent of php (commenting and the need to put semi-colons at the end of each line are common to both languages).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fire Funnel

Is it just me or is this one slightly ominous?

Today's Gratitude Item: That options evening went really well. It will be interesting to see how many students choose my subject for next year...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spiral Check

I'm pretty sure we have been here before. Repeatedly.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having someone else take care of the 'little' things which sometimes are not so little.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shimmer Web

If this is the web, what does the spider look like?

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally submitting my second Uni assignment. Two down, one more to go. Only problem is that the last one is the big one (worth 60% of our final grade).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Crescent Rose

Sometimes disc designs are good.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Winter Warm-up went well - mostly due to the fact that one of my dancers brought her computer / speakers as a back up 'just in case'. Without said backup we would have been up 'that' creek without a paddle (long story).

Friday, August 11, 2017

Blue Sun

Made in the car on the way to work (way back when I had a car pool buddy who happened to be driving while I 'worked').

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my CV updated! Needless to say, the hunt for work closer to home continues...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Revisited Fan

We've been here before but the urge to render was irresistible.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to quickly highlight text in Moodle when there is no obvious tool to do so. A tiny bit of html / css was required.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Solar Eclipse v2

This one did not turn out as well as hoped.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out that sliding downwards with three fingers on my laptop will show my desktop. This is a cool Windows 10 / laptop multi-touch gesture that I did not know about until I saw one of my senior students showing it to a classmate.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Solid Upholstery

As in it looks like old fashioned upholstery fabric.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a decent day over at Shutterstock. Let's just say that in recent months things have been far quieter than I'd like...

Monday, August 07, 2017

Spiral Stare Case

The colours of this one required a fair bit of tweaking.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting updated contact information for a site I maintain without the anticipated pain of tracking down said information. It magically appeared in my inbox courtesy of one of my contacts which saved me a bit of time and stress.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Interesting Squared

This one is somewhere between a flower and a weird web.

Today's Gratitude Item: I'm considering switching schools for next year which means that the hunt for a new job is on. Fortunately my Uni lecturer is happy to act as a reference. Now 'all' I need to do is dust off my CV, update it and find a suitable position. I believe the term 'Oy Vey' applies.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Wave Smoke

This one turned out better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an A grade on the first assignment for my Uni Course. It's a case of 'one down, two more to go'...

Friday, August 04, 2017

Ice Daffodil

This is what happens when winter and spring collide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting an improved version of an urgent project on-line. I really need a weekend!

Thursday, August 03, 2017


For some reason this one makes me very happy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some worries off my chest. My school has made some decisions that I don't agree with when it comes to courses for next year. At least the DP was willing to listen to what I had to say. It will be interesting to see if anything changes (I'm not holding my breath though).

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Odd Flower

Zooming in to just part of this fractal did the trick.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having spare batteries in the cupboard for my iPad keyboard which died quite suddenly at some point yesterday. Things are all working again now which is great.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Flower Tile

The negative flower in the middle of the tile was the main reason that this one got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not being the only one to post dodgy usability examples in the Usability FB page I administer. For a while there it felt like I was the only one experiencing bad usability on a regular basis.