Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bubble Arches

This one looks better from a distance.

Bubble Arches

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My request for leave to travel down to Machol Pacifica later in the year was approved in record time.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Sky Flower

Was really pleased with how this one turned out.

Sky Flower

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of an overly long day.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sharp Ribs

I thought this one would look better than it does. The rendered version was not quite ugly enough to bin.

Sharp Ribs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A super relaxed weekend spent mainly trying to recover from a slight cold and annoying cough. Here's hoping that the cough disappears sooner rather than later.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Coin Twist

As in a coin with a bit of a twist.

Coin Twist

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Code WOF. This is a fun website which allows users to practice their Python skills and maintain coding prowess.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Brown Eye

This one turned out a bit more orange than anticipated.

Brown Eye

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Really quiet classes. For some reason my students decided today was the day they wanted to work in *almost* silence. It was nice and peaceful.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wave Weave

This one is perfect for your sturdy fractal-fabric needs.

Wave Weave

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking the night off from work of any kind. No marking. No prep. It's sad that sometimes one has to be physically unwell before it is OK to take time off from work on a 'school night'.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Always Alert

Here is what happens when one combines eyes and an infinity symbol.

Always Alert

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tissues! Whilst having a running nose is not fun, having a running nose and no tissues would be a whole lot worse.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jacob's Ladders

If you look closely, there is both a Star of David and a bunch of ladders in this one.

Jacob's Ladders

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My amazing dad managed who saved me a lot of running around. It's a long story but the short version is that he is the best.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Electric Ladder

The spiral addiction strikes again!

Electric Ladder

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending some quality time with my trusty *old* graphics tablet and fixing some assets that my student need to use for a current project.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Big Blue Ring

When naming things, sometimes opting for simple and obvious is a good idea.

Big Blue Ring

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Taking things a bit easy this weekend. I'm up-to-date on my marking and ready for tomorrow but have not done anymore than I absolutely have to this weekend.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

5779 Tisha B'Av

Weirdly making this one was much more of a struggle than normal.

5779 Tisha B'Av

The huge version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Things went relatively smoothly at Winter Warm-up (it's a dance thing). The music set up is always 'interesting' and not in a good way but we managed thanks to some quick, innovative thinking on the part of one of my dancer's husbands.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Green Seal

Usually important seals are red. Going green in this case was a great option.

Green Seal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The weekend's here!!! It's been a long week.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

"Full On" Fan

Ideal for those hot summer days.

"Full On" Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Chill-out time at the end of a long day.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Flower Ring

As in a mix of a flower and a bunch of rings.

Flower Ring

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Aspirin! I'm amazed at how effective it is - happily headaches are a very rare occurrence but having fast and effective pain relief is a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Curve Flex

As in a flexible curve.

Curve Flex

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally realising that Excel was a better option than Access for a project I'm working on. Sometimes the judicious use of the 'sumifs' function and a bit of data validation is sufficient and a full blown database is not necessary.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Rising Galaxies

Somehow the swirling spirals in this one seem to work.

Rising Galaxies

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a relatively complicated Excel formula to work - first time. Was doing this at the request of a colleague and it was really pleased that things went smoothly.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Dusk Disconnect

This pattern needed to be broken up a bit to get the most out of it.

Dusk Disconnect

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally learning how to create 'Totals' queries using Access. It is easy but not obvious - which meant spending a lot time searching up possible solutions until I found one that actually worked.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Everything Bits

As in this one has bits of everything in it.

Everything Bits

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The new blue-tooth speaker that my brother brought over for me. It is extremely light and will possibly be sufficient for running my dance class which would solve a number of problems.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Eye Window

Round windows are impractical except in a fractal world where somehow they seem to just fit.

Eye Window

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being in a nice warm classroom whilst it is raining outside. The plan is to wait for the rain to stop before rushing out to my car...

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Fractured Familiarity

We've been here before - although things aren't usually quite this intense.

Fractured Familiarity

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to use formulae in airtables. It's not easy but it is possible. Playing with new interfaces is always fun. Needless to say, usability issues abound.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Magenta Musing

Every so often I feel the need to render a checkered / flower design...

Magenta Musing

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A replacement spoon for weekdays when I have my breakfast 'to go'. The old *plastic* spoon fit perfectly into my round cereal container but it developed a fatal crack. Happily the replacement spoon is even better than the original.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Double Disc

I"m not convinced this one was worth rendering...

Double Disc

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Receiving positive feedback and kind comments from colleagues who use resources that I've shared.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Waffle Dawn

The texture is 'waffles', the colours are 'dawn'.

Waffle Dawn

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a massive amount done! I had a day 'off timetable' (and off site) and was able to use the time to *almost* complete the level 2 programming resource that I'm working on. Getting most of the work done is a great feeling.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Spidery Silk

I thought this one would turn out better. The small version looks nicer than the large version.

Spidery Silk

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having extra time tomorrow to work on my level 2 programming resource. It was good to make quite a bit of progress today and am hoping that tomorrow will allow me to get most of the work done.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

One Eye

Or perhaps, one eye among many.

One Eye

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day of not having to do much at all. Have been really tired and being able to simply relax was wonderful.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Oh Mayan

Saw this one and though 'oh my...'

Oh Mayan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting time on Monday to complete some urgent project work :)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Almost Guitar

The shape is right, but the strings are missing.

Almost Guitar

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being *mostly* on top of my marking...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Geo Sphere

An interesting one. This sphere is a bit pointy.

Geo Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: I reintroduced a *very* old dance this evening and the group seemed to like it. It's good when that happens.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Metallic Tortoise

For some reason, this one makes me smile.

Metallic Tortoise

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Super fast service from the Tech guys at school. After my hard drive got replaced, Illustrator / InDesign were no longer working due to licensing issues. It was great that this got fixed in record time (by remote control).

Monday, July 22, 2019

Creeper Bars

As in the background looks like a creeper type plant but it is behind bars.

Creeper Bars

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Google classroom has a new 'Gradebook' tool which looks like it could be quite useful.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Chocolate Fan

This one is simply delicious.

Chocolate Fan

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making significant progress on my book review generator. It's coded in Python and is almost finished - which is good as this is a task that I'll be getting my senior students to tackle in due course.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Chocolate Squares

It turns out that like the real thing, this one was irresistible (ie: it simply had to be rendered)

Chocolate Squares

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being home again. Whilst I enjoyed the conference that I went to in Wellington, it is great to be back in Auckland. Nothing beats being able to sleep in one's own (very comfortable) bed.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fern Blues

Presenting yet another *blue* spiral fern.

Fern Blues

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A really good day spent networking with colleagues and doing lots of Digital Technology 'stuff'.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rib Twist

The edges of this one reminded me of ribs...

Rib Twist

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A workshop that I ran was well received. It's good when that happens :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Star Crossed

Originally I was going to tile this one and the result would have included both stars and crosses (hence the name)

Star Crossed

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great session at dance. We combined the Tuesday and Wednesday group and whilst the numbers were smaller than anticipated, we all had a wonderful time.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Bead Suspension

As in this one looks like beads suspended in space. Can't quite see it? Try squinting and tilting your head a little.

Bead Suspension

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing the 'big five' (ie: the images that will feature here over the upcoming *Jewish* holiday season). Whilst said holidays are roughly three months away, time flies and it is good to be prepared.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Super Sea

This one is an ocean on steroids.

Super Sea

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing my Sukkot image for 5780 - it took a lot longer than anticipated but the time spent was worth it. The image will feature on this blog in due course.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hyperactive Springs

This is what happens when a series of discs is let loose.

Hyperactive Springs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous weather! After days of fog / rain, it was lovely to have clear skies.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sewn Up Sphere

The intricate pattern at the bottom of the sphere was a nice surprise.

Sewn Up Sphere

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being motivated! Finally found the energy to continue working on the programming resource that I'm using with my senior students.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hole Interest

We've been here before, but not quite like this.

Hole Interest

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My work computer has been fixed! It is wonderful to have things back to normal and I'm almost ready for some workshops that I'll be running next week.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dull Dips

This is one of those times when slightly duller colours worked.

Dull Dips

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My school computer has been repaired and is ready to be retrieved. Am really grateful that this happened rather quickly and am hoping that the repair means the device will work reliably going forward...

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

In Pouring

Is this the opposite of 'out pouring'?

In Pouring

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The technicians at school were able to take a look at my computer (that's the good news). The bad news is that the issue is a hardware fault which has rendered said computer into little more than a pretty silver brick. Hopefully this can be repaired / replaced sooner rather than later. The 'dead' machine has forced me to take a bit of a break from working which is probably a good thing...

Monday, July 08, 2019

Nuclear Mushroom

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. It's ugly but sort of fascinating...

Nuclear Mushroom

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That pretty much all of my 'school stuff' is backed up to the cloud. My school computer has decided it no longer wants to work and whilst this is not ideal, at least I can still get work done and I don't need to try and cope with a new / loan computer and students at the same time. Here's hoping that our IT department are not on holiday and can help resolve the situation...

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Bit of a Strain

As in this one reminded me of a sieve / strainer.

Bit of a Strain

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a series of perfect, public domain illustrations for use in my Rosh Hashanah graphic (which will feature here in due course).

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Pasta Play

All that's missing is the sauce.

Pasta Play]

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My brother brought round a cable that makes the second monitor in my extended display extremely clear. Said cable worked first time around. Am super excited about the improvement :)

Friday, July 05, 2019

Path Portal

As in a portal to a path which leads to infinity.

Path Portal

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sorting out one of my student's problems which will allow them to catch up with work over the 'holidays'.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Rose Wood Discs

Simple but nice. Sometimes I like to string my audience along a bit.

Rose Wood Discs

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day before the start of our winter 'holiday' (where the word holiday is used in the loosest possible sense as I will be spending a significant amount of the time 'off' working). Am looking forward to being able to sleep in a bit though...

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Disc Intimacy

Or perhaps 'Kissing Circles'.

Disc Intimacy

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting home safely after a very long day. Whilst I'm very tired, things are actually going quite well (touch wood). Am hoping to have time to catch up on 'stuff' tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Light Perspective

Normally when I use the perspective tools, the results are not as obvious as this one.

Light Perspective

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Surviving day two with no non-contact time. Tomorrow is the last day that I have such a full timetable and I'm looking forward to things getting a little less crazy.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Tube String

It took ages to get this one into something worth posting.

Tube String

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering Scratch's "Backpack" feature. This is an easy way to transfer blocks of code between projects. Whilst it is far from perfect (everything in the backpack is called 'script' and the name can't currently be changed), it does make life easier. Especially if one is careful about backpack maintenance.