Hopefully you have the resolution to read this Digg find.AA If not, right click and choose view picture/image.AA Thanks to John C. for this one.
Born in Taiwan and trained in South Africa as an architect, Tsai uses his eclectic and modern design sense to create the ZigZag Coffee Table.AA Beginning with a rigid angular form traditionally found in Chinese home doorframes and screens, Tsai has cleverly combined artistic sensibility and space saving awareness.AA As a functional piece, the interior of the ZigZag Table creates a series of shelves that can be used to hold any number of objects.AA What better way to clear the clutter and leave only clean looks and bold design behind ?
Tsaia€™s designs have won international praise, including the 2007 Red Dot Design Award and the 2007 Momentum/Topbilling Lifestyle DA©cor winner.AA In 2008, Tsai was honoured with the first ever a€oeMost Beautiful Object in South Africaa€A award for his nested bunk beds.AA The bunk beds, inspired by traditional Russian Matriochka dolls, were designed to pull out to accommodate a sofa, grandstand style seating, and five full sized beds, all the while fitting comfortably within a space of 36 square meters, the average size of a home in South Africaa€™s townships.AA Here, great design epitomizes practicality — the charitable foundation Shoebox Homes now manufactures his beds for use in orphanages across the country.
The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBIa"¢), a program developed by Santa Clara Universitya€™s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, assists social benefit entrepreneurs in developing business plans that enable their organizations to reach increasing numbers of beneficiaries.
The GSBI consists of three major components:
- An on-line, mentored, application process hosted on Social Edge and based on three business planning exercises designed to benefit all who participate.
- 20 organization selected from the application process receive scholarships for an online (4 month) and in-residence (2 week)AA program that involves a€oeaction learninga€A and mentoring to prepare a sustainable plan for the organization.
- On-going mentoring and collaboration for all who complete the in-residence component.
All who participate in the Business Planning Exercises will benefit from the mentoring and feedback on their application, and 20 organizations will be selected for a full scholarship, valued at US $25,000, to participate in the 4-month online preparation and then to attend the intensive two week in-residence program. Selected candidates are responsible for their travel expenses (airfare, ground transportation, passport, and visa).
The application process involves completing three exercises where applicants define their value proposition, target market (beneficiaries), and a€oesocial businessa€A model (key income and expense drivers).
Read more and participate here (the first deadline is on the 16th of January)
thanks to Jill Finlayson at Social Edge for the heads up!!
You may have already seen this blog since it’s making its viral rounds (as they tend to do in the winter months) - but if you haven’t, Fuck You, Penguin is a blog where the author "tells cute animals what’s what." It’s, um, hilarious. Read excerpt below, from post titled "Reindeer Act Like They Don’t Know." [ Ed. MNP would have, of course, added the correct "s" to the word "reindeers" ]
Save it for the tourists, Reindeer, because there is no way I’m buying that "surprised" act. Talking like, "oh, it’s Christmas already? I didn’t even have my good horns on!" when we all know you’re back there marking your calendar, counting down the days. You can’t hide how you really feel about Christmas forever, Reindeer. My guess? You actually were surprised one year, but then you saw the picture and felt like it really made you look thinner, so now you do it every fucking year, like the weird girl in high school that everyone knew was getting plastic surgery the minute she turned 18.
So, if you don’t understand this feature you (might be a little silly in the head, but nevertheless) should drop a comment and we’ll be happy to explain.AA For the rest of you - enjoy Bootsy Collins live.AA This has gotta be from the extreme late seventies - but since we haven’t gone there yet, we batched it together with the 80’s.AA I think it’s safe to say that Bootsy inspired a generation.
You kids don’t know the meaning of catastrophe these days.AA Everyone has such a sunny outlook.AA Some of us remember Y2K - when the entire world collapsed.AA Nothing was ever the same again.AA In the commemoration of the 9th anniversary of the biggest tech scare of the nuclear age, we present to you this short docudrama.
In the 1880’s Mark Twain coined the famous phrase, "Clothes make the man". When some time later, the lesser known, but wittier follow up, "Naked people have little or no influence on society", the sight of ragged trousered ragamuffins like Huckleberry Finn were not a rare occurrence.
Were he around today I’m certain Twain would be heartened by the universal availability of cheap clothing within North America but would he update his views to "designer label threads make the Man Bro", "Wal-Mart people have no respect"
We live in "affluenza" ridden times where the celebrity endorsement of a designer label clothing brand apparently infiltrates the garment with magical coolness and teenagers will sacrifice limbs and younger siblings to own such a garment.
Personally I don’t get it. Perhaps the fact that I’m a grumpy old man who hates shopping for clothes doesn’t aid in my understanding of this "label" indoctrination.