Thursday, June 20, 2019

Disc Co

Both the image and title are a play on a disco ball.

Disc Co

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my students showed me how to use Chrome / Firefox’s ‘inspect element’ feature to access a colour picker. Really easy and super convenient.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sky Net

Dedicated to all the Terminator fans out there.

Sky Net

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Great barista coffee from an unexpected source.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hollow Curvature

This one sort of has a hole in it, hence the name.

Hollow Curvature

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That a piece of code I wrote worked as hoped on the first attempt. Given that some guess work was involved,I'm counting this as a minor miracle.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Modern Tulip

It's either a really modern flower or a piece of weird architecture.

Modern Tulip

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A 'different' day today. I got to spend time with colleagues from other schools who are also involved in developing resources for the new level 2 standards. So far, so good although there is a lot of work that needs to be done in quite a short space of time (nothing new there).

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bubble Funk

I found a variation in Apophysis that made bubbles - playing ensued.

Bubble Funk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finding time to edit the contact form on my personal webpage to further limit spam that has been sneaking through. It's at this point that I say "I love regular expressions".

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Simple String

Whilst this one is simple, it is also quite stylish so it got rendered.

Simple String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The developer's of this really useful tool for learning about LZW compression added a feature I requested that will make life even easier for my students.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Spherical Surpise

As the title suggests, this one was unexpected.

Spherical Surpise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The wheels on my lab chairs that were broken have now been fixed. It's a small thing but it makes a big difference to everyone's comfort level.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wire Flower Power

The only problem with this one is that the pattern is very strong and it might be difficult finding one's icons...

Wire Flower Power

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking the night off and reading a book instead of working. I believe the name for this is 'guilty pleasure'.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

String Resonance

Plain but not so simple...

String Resonance

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being toasty and warm on a rather cold day.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Blue Wave Hole

Holes can be a good thing.

Blue Wave Hole

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That following up on student attendance this morning took less time than usual. It's a small thing but it was a good start to the day.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sunday Morning Special

Created on a Sunday afternoon (a long time ago) and finally posted on a Monday night.

Sunday Morning Special

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Receiving a speedy solution to this morning's parking problem. We have allocated parking at school but when someone parks the school van in your slot, resolving the situation can be tricky.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Gentle Wave

Presenting another image that 'just worked'.

Gentle Wave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to snatch a bit of 'down time' during a busy day. Suffice it to say, lots of schoolwork was involved.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Shavuot 5779

A new take on a very old idea?

Shavout 5779

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Doing the smart thing and not trying to go for a walk this morning. To say that the wind was both cold and intense would be an understatement.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Odd Ball Glowing

This one is strange but in a good way.

Odd Ball Glowing

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpected non-contact. The horrible weather meant that my 7th grade class who walk over from a nearby school opted to stay warm, safe and dry which meant they did not come for their lesson. The 'free time' was a lovely surprise.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Spun Puddles

I rendered it because of the 3D effect - only it turned out a lot brighter than expected...

Spun Puddles

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That random.org refused to generate random strings for my students (we needed them as part of an experiment that we are doing on compression). This was the perfect excuse to create a fast and simple random string generator of my own. The nice thing about my generator is that it does exactly what we need and students can specify the exact length of the string with ease.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Gossamer Spirals

Here are more spirals with a slightly unexpected twist.

Gossamer Spirals

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A decent turn-out at dance despite the rainy weather. Even better was the fact that the rain had stopped by the end of the session which meant not getting wet when leaving.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Border Line

The wave pattern appealed so this one got rendered.

Border Line

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the Internet that went down in my non-contact and was back up again in time for my fourth period class. The only thing worse than 'no Internet' is 'no Internet and having a class of 28 kids sitting around doing nothing because they can't access their work which is in the cloud'.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Memory Lines

This one would have been perfect for posting back on ANZAC day.

Memory Lines

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Almost completing the first big part of a resource that I'm working on. I have a working 'recipe moderniser' that I'm quite pleased with. The program allows users to scale recipe ingredients and automatically converts ingredients into grams where possible (which makes baking easy assuming you have an electronic scale).

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Pretty Pink Flower

There is a sort of hidden star of David in this one.

Pretty Pink Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to retrieve student work from the 'school' computers and pass said work on to my student who is currently overseas - all from the comfort of my own home (at 11:30pm at night). When technology works, it is a wonderful thing.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Fountain Fit

It's good when things fit together easily.

Fountain Fit

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm, safe and dry on a very rainy day.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inner Shine

Weirdly, it took ages to find colours that worked with this one.

Inner Shine

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Starting to get my head around regular expressions when using Python. They are in the 'extremely useful but quite daunting" category.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Checkered Dreaming

Curved checkered patterns are *almost* as much fun to make as spirals.

Checkered Dreaming

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An extra, extra long weekend. My school is closed tomorrow (day before the ball) and Monday is a public holiday. Am looking forward to the mini-break :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Punctuated Pattern

The 'speech mark' made this one sufficiently interesting to be worth rendering.

Punctuated Pattern

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day! Most of my colleagues were on strike but as I'm not union (long story) today was a golden opportunity to make a massive amount of progress on a resource I'm developing to teach my senior students Python programming.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Floored

Am not too sure about this one. It's in the 'OK but not great' file.

Floored

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A quiet day in which quite a bit got done. Am hoping tomorrow will be even better!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Very Checkered Weave

I sort of like this one but it is too busy to use as a desktop wallpaper.

Very Checkered Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out why one of my student's web / sql databases was not working correctly. When the database was set up, he inadvertently put a space at the start of one of the column names. Which meant that spotting the error took both time and some detective work. Happily we go there in the end.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Diamond Twirl

This one is sort of a flower, sort of a star and sort of a spiral.

Diamond Twirl

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sunday nights are my least favourite part of the week - but at least I'm up-to-date on my marking for once.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Crater Blossom

It turns out that carefully placed craters can be quite pretty.

Crater Blossom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Extremely fresh mandarins - straight from our tree. Said fruit was a bit tricky to peel but tasted very nice indeed.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Weird Flowers

Sometimes 'weird' is a good thing.

Weird Flowers

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Fabric Technology Students who were willing to repair some distressed headphone bags. Said bags were made from a silky, smooth fabric and fixing the seams was fairly tricky. Our students mended them with grace, flair and minimal fuss.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sad Panda

Flickr is down for scheduled maintenance but they created a fun contest to help users survive until they are back up. We were invited to print out the Panda image provided by Flickr, then take it on an adventure. In due course contests will upload their photos of our intrepid Panda on her adventure. Seen as I don't do photography and don't do printing, here is my entry.


Today's Gratitude Item: Being almost at the end of a very tough week. It's been brutal but Friday's coming...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Amber Comfort

If you need a bright, fractal throw pillow, here's something that will fit the bill.

Amber Comfort

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An unexpectedly strong turn out for dance this evening.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ice Thorns

Am not too sure about this one...

Ice Thorns

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Hand Brake - a lovely piece of open source software that allowed me to save an .mts file in the more accessible (and significantly smaller) .mp4 format. The next step is to show my colleague who teaches drama how to do this for himself.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Modern Sky Path

The background made this one interesting enough to keep.

Modern Sky Path

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting through an insanely long day at school. With classes and 'Open Night' after school, did not get as much done as I'd hoped and was at school for thirteen plus hours. This could be the definition of insane.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sphere Birth

There is something a bit ominous about this one.

Sphere Birth

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Large fine periods during this morning's intermittent rain. Said dry spots were enough to allow a carefully timed walk which involved an emergency 'shelter / book' break at my local library.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tunnel Mystery

As in that tunnel leads somewhere - only the exact location is a mystery.

Tunnel Mystery

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a kanban system that might work well with my junior classes. Whilst I love Taiga, signing up is not as easy as the new system (freedcamp). It will be good to experiment and see which works better for my students. The main goal here is to be able to set permissions and ensure that students get help in the order that it is requested.

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Bit of Magic

There is actually no such thing as magic but sometimes we can get close.

A Bit of Magic

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The Ministry has agreed to fund resource development for one of my proposals. It's a bit of a shame they did not approve both proposals but getting something is better than nothing.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ultra Modern

This is one of those images which looks like something someone else would make...

Ultra Modern

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having time to get on top of my marking and make progress on a new programming resource that is in the works. My 9th grade students have camp this week which has meant having an extra non-contact every day. Needless to say, having five extra hours of time to prep / mark has made a huge difference. Next week it will be back to normal (insert deep sigh here).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Revisited Cross Weave

As the title suggests, we've been here before.

Revisited Cross Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: It's my blogiversary! Tomorrow 'Not Quite Perfect' will be 15 years old which is a significant milestone. The scary thing is that my blog is now older than some of my students (yikes).

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Copper Delight

If this one feels familiar, it's because it is similar to other images that I've rendered. It turns out that if copper wire is involved, sometimes I just can't help myself...

Copper Delight

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The microwave! This meant a very short wait for a delicious hot dinner on a night when I was really hungry.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer Suggestion

In a fractal world, this is what you could expect from a day at the beach.

Summer Suggestion

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting help form the IT guys at school and fixing some of the problems I was having with MS Office and OneDrive sync issues. The short version is that the default location for files that sync with OneDrive is not always the best option.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Extreme Weave

Perhaps this one should have been called 'wave construction'.

Extreme Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an easy way to make multiple, specifically named copies of a google spreadsheet.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Scribble Blossom

This one involved blurring things just a tiny bit.

Scribble Blossom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that there is a quick and easy way to get student email addresses via google classroom. All one has to do is download the grades from any assignment and the email address are right there.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Glowing

This one could also be called 'Shadow Play'.

Glowing

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The weekend is finally here after an extremely long week with far too much to do.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Once More Around

Don't stare at this one too long - you might get dizzy.

Once More Around

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding some working code that I could share with a student who was stuck. This time around, it was not as straight forward as one might think...

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Yom Hazikaron / Yom Ha'atzmaut 5779

This one took a lot longer to make than one might think - but it was worth it.

Yom Hazikaron / Yom Ha'atzmaut 5779

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Managing to memorise the names of my latest group of middle school students. I see the group every day for three and a half weeks and they are the fourth group this year - so keeping everyone's name 'straight' is a bit of a mission :)

Monday, May 06, 2019

Smooth Silver

Ever have one of those days where you feel a bit grey? You are not alone.

Smooth Silver

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being up-to-date with my marking. It took a while to get to this point and tomorrow will bring more work to do but at least I'm no longer too far behind the eight ball.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Broad Leaf

The ripples in this one could almost be the veins of a very large leaf.

Broad Leaf

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making half a dozen videos to teach the new level 2 programming / planning standards. It's mostly fun but extremely time consuming. The downside is that I'm massively behind on my marking (oops).

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Shimmer Spirals

Pink, blue and gold chord - this one had to be rendered.

Shimmer Spirals

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A super-relaxing day after a very busy week.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Brick Wall Perspective

For those days when you need something vaguely pretty to bang your head against.

Brick Wall Perspective

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Winning a cup of cafe style coffee at school (to be redeemed at some point in the future). It's a long (slightly boring) story with a great ending.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Web Scaffold

Before one builds a web, scaffolding is sometimes necessary.

Web Scaffold

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my broken stop-light fixed with minimum fuss and in record time :)

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Remembrance Dove (Yom HaShoah 5779)

This evening marks the start of Holocaust memorial day. The image below contains 1,996 names of those who perished in the Holocaust. The names are from the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.

Remembrance Dove

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Unexpected sushi on a 'too busy' day.