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Vacation on the Hawaiian Islands? There is an Island For Everybody

Vacationing in Hawaii is like making a pit stop in paradise. How so when the notion of paradise differs from person to person? That is precisely the magic of the Hawaiian  Islands: they truly do offer something for everybody – be it the budget traveler, the adventure-seeker, the family of four, or the honeymooning couple.

Oahu is generally considered the island of choice for the unseasoned visitor to Hawaii. On Oahu you can stay in a resort, a beach bungalow, or a budget hotel. You can learn to surf, go kayaking, or lie on the island’s white-sand beaches. In Honolulu you can visit Iolani  Palace, home of the last two monarchs of the Hawaiian  Kingdom. You can take a submarine tour off of Waikiki  Beach, visit the Hawaii plantation villages in Waipahu, or take a tour of the world-famous landmark, Pearl Harbor.

Over 2.5 million people visited Maui in 2009, making it one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. Couples seeking a romantic getaway or those interested in avoiding city life are likely to find what they’re looking for on Maui. Here you can stay in a world-class resort, or rent a condominium with a kitchen. You can take a helicopter tour through the mountains, or bike 10,223 feet up a dormant volcano. In addition to horseback riding, scuba diving, and snorkeling, you can also see world-famous magic shows, or take a dinner cruise while surrounded by humpback whales that can be observed during the winter months from December to March.

The Big Island of Hawaii is the most ecologically diverse of the islands and offers a wide range of accommodation from resorts to bed-and-breakfasts, to budget hotels to campgrounds. At the Hawaii  Volcanoes National  Park you can witness live lava flows at Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano. You can hike up waterfalls in the rainforest, or go sportfishing and drink coffee on Kona Beach. You can lie on black-sand and green-sand beaches, or plan a busy day trip that allows you to experience the varying climates of the region.

On Kauai, the Garden Isle, you can experience the feeling of being on your own private island.  It is the oldest of the eight main Hawaiian Islands, and a visit to the Na Pali Coast State Park allows visitors to see the rugged terrain, high sea cliffs and green valleys much as they appeared centuries ago. You can stay in a cottage, a bungalow or a beachfront villa, and if you tire of exploring the island’s unique flora and fauna, you can shop for antiques and artwork at the Coconut Marketplace or go golfing at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.

The islands of Lanai and Molokai are polar opposites in terms of what they offer and the kinds of visitors they attract. Lanai is where Bill Gates got married, and Molokai is home to a few Hansen’s disease patients who still live on the Kalaupapa peninsula, the former exile of leper patients where Father Damien lived and worked. If you want to avoid crowds and enjoy leisurely days of golfing at some of the world’s best hotels, then Lanai is the choice for you. If you want to experience Hawaii at its most rural, be surrounded entirely by locals, and don’t mind rustic accommodations, then Molokai is your island.

Classroom Technology: Useful for All

Technologies in classrooms

Nowadays with growing technology, it is necessary for educational institutions to establish their classrooms with the latest technology to enhance the quality of learning. If students become more active and take interest in their studies, development in their studies is the result. Classroom technology is nothing but building classrooms with advanced technology like inserting smart boards, providing staff and students with computers, printers, secure network connection, etc.

Technological terms for teachers

First of all, the main ingredient to enhance the student’s capability of learning is a teacher. So appoint the faculty who has enough knowledge about his/her subject and also up-to-date about the latest technology which is implemented in the classroom. If not, let them learn the technologies, its functionalities, and features, etc.

Implementing a mobile computing system will benefit the students. Provide the staff with laptop computers so that they could communicate with their students at any time and solve their doubts. Use presentation tools like smart board or IWB in the classrooms for teaching.

Also try to use PowerPoint presentations or other presentation applications where you could explain your concepts in bulletin points or numbering. This way of teaching would make learning easy to understand even if the concept is complex. You could also highlight important notes.

Now, let’s see the facility that needs to be provided for the students.

Technological terms for students

First thing, provide them with computers and enable secure internet connection so that it would be easy for them to communicate with their teachers. Even www that is the World Wide Web is very well-known and very useful. There are many search engines in which you could search for any information and get the solution. It is very helpful for students when they want to do assignments or projects.

Some students may need a hard copy of the lessons taken in the class for reference. So provide them with printers.

Technological tools for classrooms

Graphic calculator

Another classroom technology is a graphing calculator in which the students can calculate complex mathematical problems within a few minutes. The students do not need to interpolate or extrapolate for answers and struggle.

RSS Feed

Sharing information is the greatest way of enhancing your knowledge. So let the students create blogs online using the internet and discuss the lessons with each other. Moreover the students should be allowed to do syndication which allows for information to be gathered by a user in a central location rather than searching and struggling for a long time. Teachers and students could enable RSS feed for a particular project or unit in order to stay connected with each other and share their views.

PDA or Personal digital assistant

PDA or Personal digital assistant is a device in which the students could store data, data which can be extracted quite easily. This device is more affordable than computers and could be connected to the internet and online resources allowing one-to-one possibilities for students.

Thus, it is always advisable to implement the latest technology into the classrooms of modern schools to provide quality and professional education to the students. Though it is somewhat costly, it is worth the money.

A Contemporary Art Perspective on Digital Photo Manipulation

Traditionally the photographic image implied a record of a single instant in time from a single point of perspective. These limitations warranted the photographer to either assemble a staged shot or to passively wait for the ‘decisive moment’ for the elements to compose within the camera’s view. Digital photo manipulation of images has removed these constraining limitations of traditional photography, to now enable the photographer to take control of both multiple perspectives and the joining together of instances of time.

Challenging the single-point perspective, Andreas Gursky overcomes the constraint of the single-lens through the manipulation of his photographs by the seamless joining of two or more photographs to create his images. Gursky’s photographs do not overtly hint at any such digital photo manipulation. When joining his images or his changing of specific colors, he takes care to alleviate any distraction that may result. As a consequence of these multiple perspective creations, the panoramic scale of Gursky’s work is greatly enhanced. In his 1996 piece titled ‘Atlanta,’ the actual seam is unidentifiable, but its position is still identifiable due to the alignments of the two perspectives.

Mary Frey in her piece ‘In her Bedroom’ 1997, manipulates the representation of time, to create a fantasy environment of a scene that is familiar in its ordinariness, however at the same time foreign in its impossibility. The image depicts an elderly woman, seated adjacent to a small table assembled with picture frames, resembling a shrine of images to loved ones. The woman’s head is lowered, she covers her eyes with her hand, her fist is clasped and her partially exposed face appears grimaced. The reflection in the mirror tells a differing tale. Shown is a rear view of an elderly man standing between the seated woman and the mirror, appearing to have his hand reaching in front of him, approximating the position of the woman’s shoulder. A ghostly apparition perhaps, attempting to provide consolation to the grieving spouse. The image is powerfully emotive, albeit only a digital photo manipulation.

David LaChapelle is a contemporary photographer having evolved his digital photo manipulation of futuristic fashion shoots, exaggerating aspects of celebrity’s profiles creating popular culture arts. He creates his own visual fantasy worlds within each work, erotically charged and wildly imaginative in their surreal settings. His piece titled ‘Pieta with Courtney Love’ 2006 is an intensely blasphemous work depicting Courtney Love in a photo blended interior/exterior landscape, looking angelic while holding the crucified marked body of her deceased husband Kurt Cobain. The perversity of these two characters being set within a pivotal religious setting, along with the symbolism of the various objects within the composition, would be confronting for many with combining of religion, politics, and art. LaChapelle’s digital photo manipulations of white-trash kitsch celebrity culture, hint at a society that is manifestly media-centric, with an unhealthy appetite for anything that is celebrity regardless of its notoriety or popular culture arts.

Unsurprisingly, artists examine every facet of life, utilizing all available resources, materials, and mediums to depict their interpretation of the world about them. Digital Photo manipulation and the creation of random imagery is just not surprising, nor outside the ‘norm’ of our brave new world. Photography has for many decades had to combat the accusation of ‘But is it Art?’, and thus as technology develops at such an astonishing pace, it is the medium at the proverbial ‘coal face’ or cutting edge, at which you would expect to find artists operating within popular culture arts.