Fashion in blogging

What is fashion?  Fashion refers to a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style with which a person dresses, as well as to prevailing styles in behaviour. Fashion also refers to the newest creations of textile designers.The more technical term, costume, has become so linked to the term “fashion” that the use of the former has been relegated to special senses like fancy dress or masquerade wear, while “fashion” means clothing more generally and the study of it. Although aspects of fashion can be feminine or masculine, some trends are androgynous.

There is nothing more sophisticated than a well-dressed human being.




Anna Dello Russo

‘I forced myself to gain confidence with blogging because I wanted to show the “behind-the-scenes” fashion world. For me, blogging is about getting in touch with a new generation, with an audience younger than me. I keep my blog almost like a teenage diary, but the concept is deeper. When I am working with an assistant I always tell them beauty is all around in life, but it is about how you edit it.’

Everybody knows about Paris or Milan; to me, posting an inspiring picture from Santiago or Helsinki has much more value.’




‘My blog started as a simple “Would this repel men or not?” Now it’s more about questioning whether or not what I’m featuring is aesthetically pleasing and wearable art. Initially, I wasn’t the man-repeller; I was just making the observations. Over time I started putting images of myself on the site, created a persona. It has expanded from just women’s fashion being repulsive to men to women consciously dressing for themselves and almost hoping that they will in fact achieve man-repeller status.’





The Decline of Girls in STEM Programs

What does this mean for women in a future that will be dominated by the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM? And, more importantly why are there less of them? We’ve all seen the stats: women currently comprise 18% of computer science undergraduate majors, down from 37% in 1985. But, did you know that the earliest computer programmers were women and that the programming field was once stereotyped as female? It’s pretty hard to believe.  


The good news is that girls are now taking math and science classes and doing very well at them, and even receiving higher grade point averages than boys. Perhaps this means there is a shift on the horizon?

Thinnox, being a learning service provider for the current Generation Z experiences these dominant trends first hand. We have noticed the large discrepancy in enrollment between boys and girls in course offerings such as computer programming, robotics, and game design first hand. Just look at our enrolment numbers over our 2013 summer camp season below.


Comparison of girls and boys in key camp program for summer 2013

Girls are too often the lone rangers in some of our male dominated classes. What is surprising is that the instructors find the girls are doing great and having fun. We do see larger proportions of girls, however, in art-related technology programs such as graphic design and media arts.


It seems that girls are more interested in applying the arts to technology projects instead of applying math and science concepts. Imagine how girls can impact creative design and how they may envision project concepts of an entirely different nature than their male counterparts if we had a more equal distribution of gender in our STEM based programs.


It’s entirely possible, and quite likely, that I am oversimplifying and over generalizing the problem here, but what is clear is that we would like to see more girls in courses like computer programming, game design and robotics.

Sophia, one of our girl coders, says that “I wanted to do game design and I though computer programming might help…and it did. I see the importance of coding skills in game design.” After the computer programming camp, Sofia went on to do a second camp in media arts and is now in our game design camp. She currently has the most advanced and detailed map layout for her game and we are looking forward to her final product.

Nothing is impossible when it comes to architecture

Have you ever dreamed about building something extraordinary, something that cannot be copied, something that will subconsciously display your name as soon as anyone looks at it? If you’re into architecture and dream big, you may consider building a house one day. But it won’t be just a house, it will be your vision.


The following images show how Architecture really is pushing the boundaries on home living. The below homes have all been built in the last few years and expose us to all the possibilities: when space, materials, setting, and environment are used in novel and interesting ways, life can be completely different!







This is a very interesting vision and it includes natural elements: large expanses of water, combined with simple lines to use the space and nothingness in the design; this spectacular house is located in Monterrey, Mexico and has been designed by a Japanese architect, Tadao Ando.







The white, ultra-modern, and almost space-age looking house is organized around vertical circulation located at its core is an inhabitable climbing frame and is not suitable for anyone shy or retiring. It reflects owner’s behavior in mind; is intriguing and space captivating. This beauty belongs to Sou Fujimoto and is located in Tokyo, Japan.




How to be successful…

Many people want to achieve success in life, but it’s easier said than done. There are so many distractions that it can be challenging to discipline one’s self to accomplish a monumental goal. By keeping the following advice in mind, however, you can dramatically increase your chances of becoming successful in whatever you choose to pursue.

Imagine yourself being successful. Einstein said that the imagination is more important than knowledge. The more vividly and accurately you imagine your success, the easier it will be for the rest of your self to follow through. The same way engineers first imagine a bridge and then build it, you can be the engineer of your success, too.

Find the purpose or goal of your life. Identify the things you love to do, the things that give you satisfaction. Once you identify what you love to do, use this information to find the purpose of your life or the objective of your life.

Define the meaning of success as you see it. You cannot have success if you do not know what it means for you. Everyone views success differently and using someone else’s standard for success is like eating another person’s lunch and expecting to love it. Set clear goals and be realistic.

Set a timeline for when you want to achieve your objective. If you don’t know when you will achieve your objective by, then it’s hard to know whether or not you have failed. Give yourself a timeline that is difficult but doable. Winning a Tour de France from scratch in two years is not reasonable, but booking a comedy gig in front of at least 20 paying customers probably is.

Identify the things/skills/material needed to achieve your objectives. If you want to be a famous speaker, for example, you need a broad vocabulary, subject knowledge, speech writing, voice clarity, and presentation skills. This is identifying short term objectives to achieve long term goals.

Be curious about life. Many successful people have an insatiable curiosity. If they don’t understand how something works or don’t know the answer to a question, they find out. Often, this takes them on a quest of self-discovery, one in which the journey is just as important as the destination.

Spring Semester Starts on April 20, 2013

Thinnox’s Spring Semester will start on April 20, 2013.

TED Careers

Hi everyone! Wow, it’s been a while since I posted last. We have been hard at work preparing everything for our March Break camps. Make sure you check out our Facebook page for details on how you can win a free week at camp!

It’s that time of year again, when high school students start to apply for colleges and universities. For today’s post, I want to focus on the various TED careers out there and how you can get ahead.

1) Animation – “How to get a job at Pixar Studios
This interview features Andrew Gordon, the directing animator at Pixar. Gordon has a lot of great advice for budding animators out there!

Courtesy of Pixar

2) Engineering and Programming – “Best jobs in America
Many of these jobs require a computer-related degree, which are becoming more and more  necessary as technological advancements arise.

3) Game Design – “The Video Games Design Industry. Who Does What And When?
There are so many different aspects to creating a game, and this article summarizes the many different careers available within the game industry.

Courtesy of Ubisoft/Assassin’s Creed

That’s all for today! Good luck to all students applying for university and college 🙂

Guest Inspiration Drop

Hi everyone! Alex and Phil (our coop students) put together this blog post for you today. Enjoy!

Mellow greetings earth citizens, mildly chilly out isn’t it? Today, we’ll be talking about some of the games that have just been released on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and more! First, we bring you escapeVektor, the E rated game recently released on the Wii, 3DS and PS Vita. In escapeVektor, you play through the various nodes of the 27 zones to escape. Sounds simple enough, except for the fact that you are only given one life per level.

Our second game, with an E10+ rating, is Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Animated by Studio Ghibli, this RPG game has incredible graphics and a tear jerking story. You play as the 13 year old boy Oliver trying to rescue his mother from another world.

This brings us to the final game of this post. The Cave is a 2D action adventure puzzle game in which you team three of the seven possible unique and unlikely adventurers to explore subterranean amusement parks and castles.

Hope you enjoyed our post today, We’ll be back with more soon!
(Editor’s note: I am really looking forward to playing The Cave!)