Saturday, November 30, 2019

Another Round

Quite literally, another disc design. It was one of 'those' days.

Today's Gratitude Item: The improves (slightly larger) glue-less envelopes that I created to hold impossible puzzles work perfectly. Cutting and folding these envelopes is extremely satisfying.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Stone Spinner

I'm a fan of stone :)

Today's Gratitude Item: This time next week will be the start of my summer vacation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Moon Synergy

Where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.

Today's Gratitude Item: One more day of actual classes! Next week we are still at school but it should be a lot more fun.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Drain Circling

Here is another 'drain' that actually looks quite good.

Today's Gratitude Item: Paying less than expected for some rice crackers - everyone loves a bargain :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Gentle Joining

The diamonds were more pronounced until I softened the edges.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spending most of the day in my 'happy place' - which means making puzzles in advance of Wider Living Week.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Many Worlds...

Who says there is only one world?

Today's Gratitude Item: Success after four plus hours of struggling. I now have an input box with an auto-suggest feature where the suggestions are based on entries from a database.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Marginal Discs

As in I liked the discs and the stripes but the overall composition is marginal at best.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being reasonably up-to-date and ready to face the new week.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Minimal Discs

A brief foray into the realm of 'less is more'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gorgeous weather on a gorgeous Saturday. Time off to recharge is always something that is worthy of gratitude.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Modern Power Flower

You've heard of 'flower power' - this is a 'power flower'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting another tricky piece of code to co-operate. This one involved setting up a rating to display as partially shaded stars depending on a value held in a database. Fun stuff.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ocean Oddity

The weird tiled effect made this one interesting enough to keep.

Today's Gratitude Item: My code worked first time! Given that the code concerned was an sql query with multiple joins, having it work on the first attempt was rather exciting.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

On-screen Hydrangea

Not quite as pretty as the flowers outside but no a bad effort.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our IT team installed github desktop onto our lab computers which should mean that students can now use github for version control. I'll be experimenting with my 9th grade class to see if the system is easy to use and does what we need.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Ring Joy

As in a ring that gave me joy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being inspired to create a Database resource for my Level 2 students for next year. It will be a fair bit of work but I mostly know what needs to be done and have made a small bit of progress.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fall Mosaic

The colours made this one worth keeping.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a teaching video for Shevet Achim Ve'Achayot - a dance that we 'learned' at camp that I'm planning teaching to my group. It's tricky at first but the music (and steps) are really compelling and I suspect it will be worth the effort.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wave Twist

As in a bunch of waves - with a twist.

Today's Gratitude Item: A day that involved zero school work and zero guilt. Sometimes taking time off is necessary. Today was one of those times.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Floral Wrap

This one could work as a wrapping paper. It's probably a bit busy for most desktops.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing a really dreary, tedious book. In retrospect toughing it out and reading all the way to the end was a bad idea but at least that particular reading experience is over.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Flower Rocks

As in flowers made up of rocks.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally learning how to use github correctly. The biggest problem was working out how to easily push projects on my local system into the cloud. This is one of those things that once you know how to do it, it's incredibly simple. For me, the key was downloading github desktop and having a bit of time to play with it and figure out how it works.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

All That Jazz

In my world, funky music belongs on funky records. If you are too young to remember what a record looks like, this might help.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easily getting home from CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools). The short version is that I got lucky with the buses.

Cold Diamonds

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

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'?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.