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SKETCHUP. Unnamedx. Playing with technology a good way to learn. Last updated 19:23, August 5 2015 Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ Hemi Eriwata takes a look at a 3D printer during the Mobile Learning Centre's visit to his school - Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea in New Plymouth on Wednesday. The expert calls it computer coding, but to a six-year-old it is just playing with a robot. When Noel Leeming's Mobile Learning Centre visited Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea in New Plymouth on Wednesday one of the activities the junior class got to do was learn about programming using a Microsoft Surface Pro. "They are using colour sequences instead of typing codes," learning specialist Max Priebe said. Or as six-year-old Ngakau Rangi put it "we are making a path for a robot. " It was fun, he said. As was riding a virtual reality rollercoaster, painting on the computer and playing with the 3D computer, printer and a scanner. "If we have time we scan a student, which is like taking a three-dimensional photo and you can have a look at yourself and rotate the sides.

" - Stuff. 5 Ways Technology Has Changed How We Treat Website Redesign. There are very few industries that have not gone through significant changes in the past 10 years thanks to technological advancements. Cutting-edge fields like medicine are always advancing, of course. But thanks to new technologies, now so are traditional and industrial fields like home builders and manufacturing. It might not come as a surprise that website redesign would change so much — after all, it’s based in the very vehicle of that change, the Internet.

But what’s really interesting is seeing how individual technological advancements such as the mobile device and tablet have changed the industry as a whole. Of course, it’s a lot more than just phones and tablets, and that’s the topic of today’s blog. Interested in how website redesign has morphed over the years? 1. 2. Mobile technology is responsible for another big change, too: the size (load time) of websites. Recommended for YouWebcast: Build a Powerful Network and Accelerate your Growth 3. 4. 5. How Champagne changed the global economy - Fortune. Money, taste, and wine come together in an explosive combination when we consider Champagne. There are many reasons to love Champagne, and some to dislike it, and it is natural that different people will come down on different sides. But for me, the biggest factor is one that I haven’t yet mentioned but that I can no longer avoid.

How you feel about Champagne may depend a bit about how you feel about the world—or at least the wine world. Champagne has shaped the world of French wine, the world of wine, and … the world. Champagne the region wasn’t always the symbol of luxury that we know today. A crossroads of the north-south and east-west trade routes, it shipped its acidic pinkish Pinot Noir wines to Paris, the closest urban center. Phylloxera’s long, slow, devastating, vine-destroying march reached Champagne in 1890, causing production of the prestigious wine to plummet. Hard economic times in the interwar years brought back the issue of collective reputation. Study: How experiencing awe transforms the way you treat the people around you. Second Life—the online world once considered the hottest destination on the internet—never got much past a million users. But its creators think virtual-reality headsets could help give it a new lease of life.

Linden Lab, the San Francisco company behind the 12-year-old role-playing game, is planning to release a similar title that will work with virtual-reality (VR) goggles like the Oculus Rift. Codenamed Project Sansar, it will begin testing with a handful of players in the coming days. The company hopes to have an alpha version available by the time Facebook-owned Oculus launches its consumer headset early next year, and to commercially release the game before the end of 2016.

Some of Sansar’s rules will be slightly different, and the immersive VR graphics will be far superior (though it will still work on regular computers and mobile devices too). But like Second Life, Sansar isn’t a game with a clear objective. Virtual world, real money The move into VR seems logical on its face. Homeless Model Mark Reay Shares His Story with PEOPLE. By Gabrielle Olya @GabyOlya From the outside, Mark Reay seemed to be living a glamorous life – he modeled for Versace, nabbed small roles in Sex and the City and a Woody Allen film, and was always immaculately dressed.

But for several years, he was secretly homeless. His story – which he tells in the new documentary Homme Less – begins in the 80s. "I had a wonderful four-year experience living in Europe from '84 to '88, where I worked in Milan in shows for Gianni Versace, Franco Moschino and Missoni," Reay, now 56, tells PEOPLE.

After his European stint, Reay moved back to the States and took a desk job. He was able to earn a living as a TV and movie extra for five years before heading back to Europe to pursue modeling and photography. But after just two days, Reay was covered in bedbug bites. A few days became a few years. "It wasn't something I was proud of," he says of his secret. During the time he was homeless, Reay continued to work as a model, actor and photographer. London Preps for Fall Full of Art and Culture. From Paris to Berlin, Madrid to Rome, Europe’s great cities must be grinding teeth and quietly grumbling in different languages because it’s becoming more apparent with every passing year: London is Europe’s epicenter for art, culture and sophisticated tourism.

When you toss in the ever-present blend of history and modern aesthetics running through the city, it’s not a fair fight. The British capital is prepping an autumn that promises to keep it on top as a preferred destination for the rest of the Continent and the United Stares. According to London & Partners, the official promotional arm for London government, there were 2.4 million American visits to London’s leading museums and galleries, up 9% on the previous year. Google reports London and its museums make up the most Googled city in the world for art galleries, performances, art and design.

The minds behind that autumn push even enlisted a little Downton Abbey assistance for their promo video. When artists become estranged from art history | Arts & Culture. Some of the portraits are literally effaced – almost anti-portraits – such as Brian D Cohen’s obscured ‘Man with Eyes Closed (Walter White)’, Cecilia Mandrile’s blurry ‘ID-Intensively Displaced’ and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s etching ‘Siskin’, of a non-existent black man named after a bird. Since the late twentieth century, art history in art schools has taken a back seat to ‘critical studies’ with courses such as ‘Postcolonial Identities and Representation’ or ‘Art and the Everyday’.

While contemporary artists may plunder the works of great artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, as a resource for their own work, they are keen to distance themselves from the historic role of art in reflecting and promoting the elite and Western culture. This is a pity, because it seems to have a dampening effect on new art. These prints and photographs lack exuberance or excitement. Wendy Earle is convenor of the Institute of Ideas Arts and Society Forum.

Picture by: V&A. Andy Burnham, Armani and the politics of men's suits. Ed Miliband reportedly wore Spencer Hart suits (Photo: Reuters) In an interview with GQ, the Shadow Health Secretary was asked whether his wife buys his suits for him (presumably a reference to the fact that David Cameron has admitted Samantha helps him with his clothes choices), and responded: "She doesn't. I generally go off and buy them myself. I get them from a mix of places, but recently Jaeger. " Asked whether the suit he was wearing for the interview was from Jaeger, he said: "No. God, do I have to... This is going to get me in trouble. Clearly rattled at the thought of what an Armani suit, previously described by GQ as "the pinnacle of tailoring" and favoured by the likes of David Beckham and George Clooney, would do to his image as an 'aspirational socialist' (and not one of those profligate Westminster types), Burnham, 45, was quick to point out that the suit was 'off-the-peg'.

"To redeem myself a little bit," he added, "I only ever go in the sale time. Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke - UK Politics - UK - The Independent. The minister without portfolio said that Mr Corbyn’s populist left-wing policies could prove difficult to beat, and argued that the Islington North MP is closer to the centre than former Labour leader Michael Foot, who suffered a humiliating defeat in 1983.

“Don’t underestimate Jeremy Corbyn,” Mr Clarke, who has served as the Chancellor and Home Secretary, told The Huffington Post. “If you have another recession or if the Conservative Government becomes very unpopular, he could win,” he added. Clarke, a grandee fondly nicknamed “The Beast”, told the website that Mr Corbyn’s popularity lies in his appeal as “a non-politicians answer to the Westminster establishment”.

Read more:Corbyn tops leadership vote of constituency groupsChris Leslie: Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poorPeople are imagining life #IfJeremyCorbynWinsWin or lose, Corbyn will set the agenda unless Labour speaks upCorbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine Loading gallery 1 of 4. Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews. The Birkin bag is quite possibly the most well-known bag in the world. But last week, British singer Jane Birkin, the bag’s namesake, asked Hermes to dissociate her name from the crocodile versions of the bag after the results of a PETA investigation revealed the cruel slaughtering of reptiles used to make them.

For its part, Hermes claimed the crocodiles in question were never used for its Birkin bags, but rather for watch straps and other handbags it carries. Either way, they respected Birkin’s request and said they were looking into it. Even though crocodiles aren’t cute and cuddly like angora bunnies or other furry animals, the PETA investigation revealed some pretty deplorable practices that no creature should have to endure. What’s important to keep in mind is that there are good-quality (not to mention cheaper!) Alternatives to animal skin bags, like faux leather, materials made from recycled plastics, or organic varieties! [Photo of crocodile skin from Shutterstock] Pics: Sustainable eco-fashion - IOL Lifestyle. July 9 2015 at 01:32pm Cape Town - As one of the biggest contributors to the global economy, the fashion industry has a responsibility to help protect the environment. But with fast fashion – a term used to describe the “out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new” whirlwind being the norm – consumers are buying as many garments as quickly as possible and it’s costing the planet dearly.

Sustainable fashion, or eco-fashion, is one of the latest buzzwords. It speaks to a design philosophy that aims to help support a system of environmentalism. Through the years, industry powerhouses have dedicated millions to massive campaigns showcasing their conscious collections. But do consumers understand what sustainable fashion really means? Fashion retailer H&M’s global head of sustainable fashion, Catarina Midby, says sustainable fashion should start at home by educating yourself about ethically-produced products and by buying less.

“It’s a very clear goal and task for us. Nontando Mposo, Cape Argus. Balenciaga Break-Up: "It Was Mutual" | Week in Review | BoF. LONDON, United Kingdom — Perhaps the most notable thing about the week's biggest news in fashion — Alexander Wang's now confirmed departure from Balenciaga — wasn't that he was leaving. It was how amicable the break-up seems to have been. The fit between Balenciaga and Wang was tenuous from the start and the commercial and creative impact that parent company Kering expected has clearly not materialised since Wang took the creative reins of the storied French brand in December 2012. Too often, when designers leave fashion houses, their departures are surrounded by drama and controversy. When Christophe Decarnin left Balmain, it was under a cloak of secrecy as the designer had reportedly had a nervous breakdown.

Raf Simons was turfed out of Jil Sander so publicly that the fashion world was up in arms, indignant that he had been treated so disrespectfully. Nicolas Ghesquière’s fiery exit from Balenciaga in 2012 has led to a lawsuit between the designer and Kering.