Friday, August 31, 2018

Tree Treat

Every so often a Christmas tree appears on my screen. Which is odd given that I don't 'do' Christmas.

Today's Gratitude Item: That spring is *almost* here. The days are noticeably longer and for some reason this makes me happy.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Making Waves - Again

The 3D effect made this one worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being appreciated by a colleague. That is something that never gets old, especially when the appreciation comes in the form of something concrete :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Three Disc Diamond

Sometimes more subdued colours are a good idea.

Today's Gratitude Item:The smell of freshly roasted peanuts!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Geo Conception

As in this one looks like the birth of a rather intricate geometric object.

Today's Gratitude Item: A relaxed evening after a very long day at school.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Always Around

Some days rings and discs are very much in evidence. Today was one of those days.

Today's Gratitude Item: Scratch Cards. These are an extremely easy way to introduce students to programming. Sometimes ready made, 'ready to go' resources can be a life saver.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Storm Turbine

Perhaps I should have called this one 'intricate made easy' as creating it was not as difficult as one might think.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally managing to lock layers in GIMP. I'm not sure if the latest version properly supports this feature or if I've been doing it wrong for years (and have finally figured out how to do it correctly). Either way, it's a win :)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ripple Construction

We've been here before but I liked this one enough to render it.

Today's Gratitude Item: That requesting the latest books from my local library is both free and easy. The only hard thing is remembering which books one wants to request (and then waiting fro the requested material to become available).

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ripples Revisited

Somehow I seem to be unable to resist the temptation to render images like this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Grabbing some coffee sachets on my way out the door. I almost did not take supplies with me as the venue for today's workshop has a coffee machine. Life being life, said machine was 'out of order'. A broken coffee machine probably does not qualify as an emergency but it was nice to be able to enjoy a caffeine hit at morning tea.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hot Pools

A somewhat strange variation on a theme.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having the opportunity to reflect on some of the work that my students have produced. Am in the process of making posters to celebrate excellence and happily, I have more than enough material to work with!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hole Ball

Or perhaps, 'hole in one'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A new dancer at tonight's class! To make it even better, said dancer is male (a rarity) and also has done a fair bit of Israeli dance (another rarity). The dynamic this evening was really great and having another experienced dancer in the circle made a good night exceptional.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fractured Triangle

This one turned out much better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Staff meeting after school was mercifully brief. The only thing better than short meetings is no meetings at all.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Light Chains

This one came out a lot darker than intended.

Today's Gratitude Item: Small victories. One of my students *finally* handed in an overdue piece of assessment work. It was worth the wait as the work was to a very high standard which means that said student has finally got to experience some success in my class.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


It took a while to get the colours right on this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding out how students can easily log exactly what they do in Photoshop when creating images. This gives us an easy way to provide evidence that they are working at a given level without them having to write a whole lot. Needless to say, less writing is actually a good thing!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Disc - Strings Attached

It's weird but is it wonderful?

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a good time at Winter Warm-up (ie: a 'dance thing') and the fact that after a brief hiccup, our music worked :)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Aqua Urn

Sometimes rotating things is a good idea.

Today's Gratitude Item: The daffodils outside my window. There are quite a few of them and every time I look outside, I'm reminded that spring is on the way...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Woven Oddball

This one was a funky surprise that turned out well.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking some time out after a very busy week. I probably should have done a bit more marking but taking a breather has been really good.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Winter Sunrise

This one really is too bright for most desk tops.

Today's Gratitude Item: That YouTube allows one to block and remove dodgy comments. I don't understand online trolls but being able to deal with their mess with minimum fuss is really good.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Soft Intersection

Another image that ended up being darker than anticipated.

Today's Gratitude Item: Delicious veggie soup for lunch. I left my hummus at home by mistake but my work colleague had the bright idea of sharing lunches. She had some of my *homemade* bread and I got to enjoy some of her *homemade* soup.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Midnight Introspection

The bright blue bits seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I am not so sure...

Today's Gratitude Item: That my junior classes are working really well and seem to be enjoying 'Digital'.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

In Gathering

This one definitely has a *central* point.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting further than expected on tackling my ever-present 'marking mountain'.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


I had to render this one. Frustratingly the large version is annoying blurry and 'sharpening' things made it worse.

Today's Gratitude Item: A good night out and getting home reasonably early.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fuzzy Fun

The small version of this one is OK but the large version is blurry. It's been that kind of day.

Today's Gratitude Item: New headphones for our students! Our old ones were really dodgy and most had given up the ghost. Having working headphones has made life a lot easier.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Tumble Tiles

The colours on this one are not quite bright enough - this was one of those times where I spent ages trying to get a decent image and it did not quite work out.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to query our school database to find new / relatively new enrollments based on the date. Interacting with our school database is always a bit of an adventure but at least this time around, it co-operated.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018


Once again, the middle part is a bit blurry. I hate it when things are 'close' but not close enough!

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good day where a colleague and I had time to get our programs for next year mostly 'sorted'. As in we have figured out which standards we want to offer. We still need to do a lot more work before we are 'ready'.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Accidental Fire

I accidentally zoomed into this one and was both pleased and surprised with the resulting image.

Today's Gratitude Item: The leave I requested for the upcoming Jewish Holidays has been granted (with pay). Given that I have not been in my current job long and the holidays fall badly this year, the 'with pay' part was a nice surprise.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Driftwood Dreaming

It's amazing what rotating and tiling an image can do.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to moderate student work with a colleague without having to visit another school (first time in seven years). Not being the only one teaching 'Digital' at school is really convenient.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Rocky Ripple

We have been here before but it's been a while...

Today's Gratitude Item: Remembering to get hummus for school tomorrow. This is one of those times that the phrase 'better late than never' applies.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Right Tide

As in this one has a right angle in it.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant Saturday (as usual). This included making quite a bit of progress on my marking mountain (after Shabbat).

Friday, August 03, 2018

Ocean Chess

This is what happened when a checkered pattern meets the sea.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting teaching materials completed just in time for class! Things have been too busy which means not being as prepared as I'd like for some classes .

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Edge Lace

Another variation on a theme which was good enough to be worth rendering.

Today's Gratitude Item: All my students are finally set up with working gmail / school accounts. We were mostly fine except for some students new to my class / new to the school. Now we are sorted! It's a great feeling :)

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Pushed In

Tried something a bit different and this was the result. The 3D effect was a nice surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a perfect Photoshop YouTube tutorial to inspire my 8th grade students. We're going to make melting clocks inspired by Dali at some point in the future.