Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gate Guardian

Weird things (like this) can happen when one uses the 'rectangle' variation.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Halloween is over. I really don't like this particular holiday and see no merit in encouraging kids to dress up and ask strangers for candy. At best it's creepy and weird.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Silver Road

I wonder where this one leads...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new luach just in time! The old one (from 5777) runs out tomorrow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sand Flower

The original texture of this one reminded me of sand - hence the name.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to export close captions from YouTube and then add these to a video that can be embedded in an eBook. The short version is that this will allow me to create eBooks where the videos are captioned so if kids don't have head phones (or are Deaf), they can still access the content.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ocean Spikes

This one might be a bit 'pointy' for some.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting my hands on the current issue of my favourite puzzle book.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fern Spiral

A surprise combination of two of my favourite things (ferns and spirals).

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting some fairly important contracts signed. Things were complicated by the fact that two schools were involved...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Disc Convention

If you look closely, you might notice that this one is made up of lots of discs, all crowded together.

Today's Gratitude Item: Most of my seniors submitted their final piece of work today so things will be a little less crazy at school - at least for a short while.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

At Last Diamonds

As in it took *almost* forever to get this one right. It was made a long time ago when had the time to be creative...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to 'the end' with my senior classes. Their final assignment is due at 9:00 am tomorrow and it gets sent away for marking which means that we are officially done. Hopefully this will give me time to focus on creating resources for next year...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


We were doing tessellations in Mathematics and I got a bit carried away.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting the results for my final Uni assignment. Needless to say I was happy with my grade :)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Button Bloom

This is what happens when you cross a flower and a button.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being home! Dance camp was awesome (but too short). Having said that, sleeping in one's own bed cannot be over-rated.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Square Disc

This one was 'ordinary' until I played with the background. A lot.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a really brilliant weekend (and not having to go to school tomorrow). Have had a complete break from all things school related and it has been wonderful.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ripple Angel

Perhaps this one should have been called 'string meditation'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Great dances, good friends and really tired feet. Tomorrow promises to be more of the same which is good.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tipsy Weaving

Sometimes things tend to go a bit 'sideways'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to recycle material that I used last year with an 11th grade math class with my smart 10th graders. Said recycling has made my planning a lot less stressful which is good.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mixed Green

It's amazing what can be achieved with virtual string.

Today's Gratitude Item: My external moderation came back without any issues. This is a good thing :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Torch in Waiting

This one reminded me of the torch used to carry the Olympic flame. Don't see it? Try squinting.

Today's Gratitude Item: Windy weather. It was the perfect excuse to forego my post-school walk and nap instead. Given that I was absolutely exhausted, said nap was both necessary and useful.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thorny Rose

This time around, the thorns are part of the flower.

Today's Gratitude Item: That when things don't quite work - it is easy to screen cast the problem. This saves a lot explaining which is a good thing. I live in hope that the problems I have identified will be fixed.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Disc Play Geometric

It does not get much better than a geometric design that involves woven bits of fractal string.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being 'mostly ready' for the upcoming term. Knowing we just have one final push before the end of the year is a great feeling!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flower Tile Cold

I thought this one would turn out better than it did. Having said that, it was not ugly enough to bin.

Today's Gratitude Item: A typical Saturday which involved recharging batteries and not worrying about anything!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Distorted Weave Play

Here's what happens if you take a woven string flower, chop it up and rearrange the bits...

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress of on updating a client's website.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spiral Magic

There is something a little bit 'magical' about this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Accidental kitchen discoveries. It looks like we might have stumbled on a good way to make coffee flavoured 'ice cream' without the need for either cream or an ice cream maker.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Simchat Torah 5778

This took a while to create. It would have taken even longer if not for the awesome guys over at www.lashon.net/CL//index.html who have a very nice little app which lets one generate Hebrew Tanach (and Mishna) passages on demand.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a great day! Our broken dryer got fixed in record time, the program I'm creating worked and dancing as part of our community's Simchat Torah celebrations went incredibly well.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Subtle Sine

As in there is a sign wave in this one. Sort of.

Today's Gratitude Item: Dancing twice this week. Once this evening and then again tomorrow as part of the Simchat Torah celebrations. It should be fun...

Monday, October 09, 2017

Floral String

An old idea revisited. Whilst we have been here before, this one was just begging to be rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: *Almost* completing program #2 for the resource I am developing for next year. There is still a long way to go but each little step helps.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Dropped String

As in string, in the shape of a droplet.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making slow but steady progress on a major project.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Almost Thistle

It's spiky and a flower - which is close enough in my world.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delicious bagel straight from the oven. It's been too long since 'the last time'.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Holy Hail

The layers reminded me of hailstones cut in two - only with holes inside.

Today's Gratitude Item: New, super comfortable sun glasses. Said sun glasses have Polaroid lenses which makes a big difference (it's the first time I've had Polaroids and I really like them).

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Grid Portals

This one was 'good'. When I added the square / mosaic background, it became 'better'.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my mum was willing to be a 'usability volunteer'. It's a long story, the short version is that we want our students to test that the stuff they make is easy to use. To do this, they need to know what usability testing actually looks like.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sukkot 5778

This one took a lot longer to create than anticipated. In New Zealand, our community is tiny and most people don't know what Sukkot is. This cartoon is a light-hearted explanation.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Beating a WordPress site into submission. For some reason one particular category was showing the date (when this was not desired) but the others were not. I successfully edited the .php for the problem category without breaking anything and the page is better for it.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Disc Connection

The organic 'feel' of this one made it worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students entered (and won) a web design competition. His prize was a significant amount of money and I am extraordinarily proud of him.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Earth Cross

The background really helped to make this one 'pop'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some tedious (and annoying) paperwork out of the way.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Deep Tentacle

In my world, ocean monsters are both scary and beautiful.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to create some fractals (it's been too long) and start work on a fairly major project.