Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cold Diamonds

In a fractal world, ice cubes sometimes look like this.

Cold Diamonds

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some of my senior students *finally* handed in their last internal for marking. This really is a case of 'better late than never'.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cut Squares

Or should that be 'cut diamonds'?

Cut Squares

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Dry weather when I needed it the most! For a while it was 'touch and go' with the rain situation.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Metallic Monarch

It sort of has wings and it is sort of orange, so the name sort of fits.

Metallic Monarch

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The fans that I bought on the weekend for dance class are both attractive and rather powerful. They are not as loud as one might think and I'm hoping they will no disappoint 'on the day'.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Pole Position

The original version of this looked a bit like a pole.

Pole Position

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to easily access the videos associated with the book "Teach Like a Champion". The book has been somewhat useful and has some great ideas on how to teach kids so that they are well prepared for higher education. I suspect that teachers of knowledge rich subjects like English and Math would find it much easier to apply the examples in the book compared with than teachers of PE and Technology (ie: more 'hands on' subjects).

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Rock Nursery

As in the place where rocks are born.

Rock Nursery

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting some robust floor fans for dance class on Wednesday. Here's hoping said fans help make the space a bit cooler :)

Friday, November 08, 2019

Sequin Fun

Sometimes fractal sequins appear on my screen. This was one of those times.

Sequin Fun

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really delicious lunch provided by our tech department. We had beef cheeks, mashed potato and lettuce salad and it was amazing. The only problem was that after lunch I wanted to take a nice long nap instead of returning to work.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sequin Something

I tried a new variation with this one and was pleasantly surprised with the result.

Sequin Something

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having an air conditioned classroom. Over winter it is really easy to forget how unpleasantly hot it can get.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Tendril Network

The woven look is old, the tendrils are a new twist.

Tendril Network

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That some of my students *finally* handed in work that was really overdue. It turns out that emailing parents and informing them about the overdue work was more effective than anticipated. I'd love it if my senior students were motivated and mature enough to manage their workload and act in their own best interests but for all too many of them, parental input is still required.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Curtain Fall

If you are looking for imaginary networked fabric - look no further.

Curtain Fall

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to remove password protection on Excel spreadsheets with the help of Google. It turns out that uploading the document to google, opening it in sheets and then downloading it does the trick. Very occasionally password protecting a critical shared document makes sense but when a copy of the document has been sent to a recipient, leaving it password protected is not at all helpful.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Disc Construct

As in a construction made up of discs.

Disc Construct

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: There is light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow is our senior students last day 'on time table' and I'm looking forward to having time to plan for next year and catch up on other tasks that have been awaiting attention for far too long.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Dusted Spiral

Was oddly pleased with this one - it must be the spiral shape that appealed.

Dusted Spiral

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making acceptable progress on my marking pile. It's not quite as low as I'd like but it is better than it was.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Enigmatic Entrance

As is so often the case, I have no idea where this one leads.

Enigmatic Entrance

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliantly relaxing day. Recharging after a 'full on' week was really good.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Floating Fan

As in it looks like a cross between a fan and some sort of water lily.

Floating Fan

The is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making slow progress. Which is better than no progress. It's taken ages for some of my 10th graders to complete their programming assessment and they are rapidly running out of time.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Midnight Flower

Named for the shape, colour and the fact that I was working late when this one appeared.

Midnight Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow's Friday! It's been a very long 'short week' - which is what usually happens when one tries to cram five days of school into four.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hex Star

It felt like a good time to create yet another woven Star of David.

Hex Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow is our last day with our 12th graders. It will be weird seeing them for the last time - but in a good way. It's a sure sign that we are that much closer to our summer vacation...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Blue Barnacle

Most barnacles are not quite as square as this. They are also not quite as pretty....

Blue Barnacle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our student externals are due tomorrow morning. Weirdly, I'm looking forward to this as once the deadline has passed, a massive source of stress will have disappeared.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Saphire / Gold Flowers

This was made on a day for creating ornate lace designs.

Saphire / Gold Flowers

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting back home safely from Wellington and being almost ready to teach two camp dances to my group during our next session.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Mandle Drop

It seemed like a good idea at the time but now I'm not so sure...

Mandle Drop

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of an absolutely brilliant dance camp. Amazing people, inspiring dances and a lovely break from the normal routine.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Diamond Sponge

This is what happens when one's patchwork develops holes.

Diamond Sponge

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item:A brilliant, full day of dancing with tomorrow promising to be more of the same.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Braided Mystery

A bit of a disappointment but not quite bad enough to bin.

Braided Mystery

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of a lovely long weekend. Time off is always a good thing.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Eiffel Wave

Named for the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A rather large box that was going be thrown out. Said box was perfect to transform my desk at school into a much more comfortable 'standing desk'.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Holy Road

As in an intricate road that is sadly full of holes.

Holy Road

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That despite parts of the city center being out of bounds due to the Convention Centre fire, getting to dance class this evening was not a problem. If anything, people seemed to be staying off the road so getting both to and from dance was actually easier than usual! The motorways were not affected by the fire. I'm pretty sure that people needing to go into the city would have had quite a different experience.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

5780 Simchat Torah

This one is a day late (oops). It's been that kind of week. Can we all just pretend that it got published on time?

Hopefully the theme is not too obscure. It merges the idea of weekly food delivery with Torah portions.

5780 Simchat Torah

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my dancers is finally back from an unexpected overseas excursion. I'm looking most forward to having the group back to normal tomorrow - it's just not the same when my regulars are away.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Mandel Sash

Named for the mini-mandelbrots that have been used as decoration.

Mandel Sash

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding shelter from a mid-walk shower. My regular readers might think that I'm obsessed with the weather but when one is outside with no umbrella, unexpected rain can be problematic. One could argue that in Auckland, rain should always be expected but I'm both an optimist and a bit of a slow learner when it comes to things that are weather related.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pebble Path

This one would make an interesting piece of jewellery.

Pebble Path

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a way to complete mine-sweep faster. It turns out that if you press the left and right mouse buttons at the same time over a square where you have already found all the surrounding mines, it will clear any remaining squares. Some of my students have challenged me to mine-sweep once they have submitted all of their assessments (which is a good way to get them to complete work). I'd rather not lose!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sharp Turn

Here is yet more proof that 'spiky' can be a good thing.

Sharp Turn

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: We are finally into 'short sleeves' weather. Sometimes a sweater is still needed but it's lovely to be able to ditch a few clothing layers.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Stretch Weave

This one was sort of OK. Then I tiled it and the result was definitely worth keeping.

Stretch Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My school's 50th reunion is pretty much over (at least from my perspective). This means that on Monday things will finally get back to sort of normal.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Always Connected...

Also known as 'pretty blue lace'.

Always Connected...

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a reasonably dry afternoon. This meant that an afternoon walk was possible :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Extreme Blue Weave

Stare at this one for long enough and it will grow on you.

Extreme Blue Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easily finding an email that I needed from way back in March! Modern search features are a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tower Flower

This one turned out even better than expected.

Tower Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding two things that I'd misplaced (in two separate locations). It's been a rough start to the term!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Purple Points

If you rotate this one 30 degrees and use your imagination, you'll see the Star of David in the middle.

Purple Points

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that it is possible to open Adobe Illustrator files in GIMP. Life is good :)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sukkot 5780

*Almost* everything you need to know - on one handy page.

Sukkot 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That recycling content in Google Classroom is extremely easy. I've probably had this as a gratitude item before but anything that saves time / makes preparing for school simple is worth celebrating.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Grey Snow

They say that no two snowflakes are identical but I've taken a bit of artistic license...

Grey Snow

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The cherry tree blossoms that are at their peak - so pretty!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shield Flake

Is it a shield or a snowflake? You decide.

Shield Flake

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new pillow for my birthday. I'm looking forward to trying it out in the near future as it looks like it will be extremely comfortable.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Scottish Star

This is what happens when tartan sort of meets a Star of David.

Scottish Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great video series that explains what git and github actually are. I've always found git / github fairly confusing and the video series has made things a lot clearer.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Green Star

This might be the most environmentally friendly star in the series.

Green Star

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A safe and relatively easy fast. I'm mostly grateful for the fact that Yom Kippur is a once a year 'thing'.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780

Yom Kippur is one of those holidays that 'is good when it's over'. My mom inspired this one when she pointed out how precious Yom Kippur actually is. Here's hoping everyone has a good fast...

Yom Kippur 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Looking forward to being off-line again tomorrow (and being back on-line again after the fast).

Monday, October 07, 2019

Red Star Rising

When it comes to stars / snowflakes, simple is good. The background was made in Apophysis, the snowflake was made with 'Context Free' and then edited in Illustrator.

Red Star Rising

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the video series that I started yesterday. Whilst the series is quite short, it still took a lot longer than anticipated.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Large Hole

I'm pretty sure I've made large holes before but this one was nice enough to render.

Large Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting round to revisiting a video series that was in need of updating. After a slow start, it is going well.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Large Net

You can catch some pretty large things in this one.

Large Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That at least two of my students are working during the break. Unsurprisingly, the two who contacted me this weekend with questions are both top of their respective classes.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Stranded

Names as it is made up of a very large number of strands.

Stranded

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Time to create fractals, play scrabble and read.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Travel Style

This one looks like it's going places.

Travel Style

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprisingly productive day which involved proof-reading reports, doing some design work and making fractals. 'Holidays' are the best.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Building Web

As in a building made out a woven web-like substance.

Building Web

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm on a freezing day. We are supposed to be well into spring by now but today was icy cold with random bits of rain thrown in for good measure. A great day to stay inside and read a book.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Modern Star (again)

It's been ages since I last played with Context Free. This one is simple but nice.

Modern Star (again)

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another brilliant day spent doing very little. Taking a two-day break from being on-line has been wonderful.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rosh HaShana 5780

Shana Tova Everyone!

Rosh HaShana 5780

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A delightful Sunday, made all that much better by the fact that it is Erev Yom Tov.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Spin Geometry

This one turned out much better than expected.

Spin Geometry

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Daylight saving is back. Even better, I am on holiday which means that dark early mornings won't be a problem for the next short while.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Digital Turtle

The turtle did not appear until I reflected the image in GIMP. It was a very nice surprise.

Digital Turtle

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally making it to the end of a hectic term. Am not sure who was happier to be on holiday, the teachers or the kids.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Very Compact Disc

Discs are a bit of a common theme but, as is so often the case, this one was nice enough to be worth keeping.

Very Compact Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it's extremely easy to create keyboard shortcuts in GIMP. This can take a lot of the pain out of repetitive tasks.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Feather Fan

As in I like feathers. A lot. You could say that I'm a bit of a fan.

Feather Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having an umbrella when I really needed one! Today the weather was crazy - being outside during an admittedly brief hailstorm was an unwelcome experience (which is where that umbrella became invaluable).

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Spun Potholes

Take some potholes, colour them purple and then spin them around.

Spun Potholes

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being surprised at how amazing the guys over at Rokdim are. If you are looking for Israeli dance music, you can download it there AND they throw in the teaching video for free. They are fantastic at responding to feedback too.