Archive for August 2008

Yesterday I posted a question on DNA 11’s Facebook fan page. I asked why the company chose World Vision and what was the connection between their product and World Vision.

Their reply: “We chose Worldvision simply because there are children who really need our help. Nazim (co-founder) of DNA 11 was showing me a card from a child he personally sponsors and it inspired me create this campaign. We also donate to other causes (AIDS, the arts, individual schools, and other not for profits) but this one is close to our hearts.”

I just received an email from a unique company that makes what they call DNA art. DNA 11 creates personalized art from (you guessed it) DNA, fingerprints, and kiss marks. Specifically, their product line includes DNA Portraits, Fingerprint Portraits, and Kiss Portraits.

DNA 11, a company that seems to be in the business/innovation area of producing unique art, has just set up a Facebook fan page. In doing so, they’re also encouraging support for World Vision and their initiative to sponsor a few impoverished children each year. If you join their network on Facebook, DNA 11 will donate $1 (for each new member) to World Vision. Sponsorship of one child is $360 a year, and they tell me it is their hope to sponsor a few kids. So far membership is at 63, so if you think this is a good cause and makes sense to you, look them up and click “join group”. Nothing else is needed from you. (Look up “DNA 11” in a search.)

I’m curious to know how DNA 11 sees its business as intersecting with World Vision and their goals. I think it’s a great idea, but why choose an organization to support that is not related to the arts? Perhaps the founder of DNA 11 simply felt the company should give something back? Or maybe they see a connection between their products’ inspiration (biology and physical aspects of our existence) and the physiological needs of kids around the world? Hopefully the founder responds to my questions…either here or on Facebook 🙂


The past few nights I’ve been sampling tunes on RCRDLBL.com and tonight came across Solid Gold. Since I’m only scanning the reviews in my Google Reader and artists’ bio pages, I didn’t see this group is from Minneapolis until I’d given their song a good listen. Tony Plunkett on RCRDLBL likens Solid Gold’s sound to Culture Club, but there aren’t enough tracks there for me to make a comparison. Hop over to their MySpace page and check it out though.

“Who You Gonna Run To” is worth the [free] download…I couldn’t be a music critic as I’m instrument-ignorant so I’m hard pressed to describe the actual sounds here..There’s one sound that’s a constant in the song…Plunkett says it gives it a “woozy groovy” feel. I’d just have to agree.

Diana over at Dee’s Delightful Blog is Hulu.com’s newest fan. A joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corporation, Hulu.com launched in the spring of 2007. Their mission is “to help people find and enjoy the world’s premium video content when, where and how they want it.” About a month ago, they announced the release of several widgets, which hits the nail on the head as far as satisfying the when/where/how components. There are four different widgets: Player, Summer, Show, and Picks widgets.

Player Widget allows users to watch content directly from the widget and track featured, most popular or recently viewed videos. Additionally, you can search for videos not found on Hulu.com This widget can be embedded to the Apple dashboard, iGoogle, soon Facebook, among others.

Summer Widget features a unique video each day, so this widget is not customizable.

Show Widget serves up your favorite show, by episode or clip. When new videos are added to Hulu.com, the widget automatically updates as well.

Picks Widget allows you to choose from today’s highest rated, most popular, or recently added videos.

All widgets can be embedded into your blog/site.

This solar-powered streetlight would be perfect for lighting in city parks, plazas, and sidewalks. The leaf-shaped lights, designed to be interwoven among tree branches, gives off light during the night from the energy it has stored during the day time. Not only is this concept sustainable, its design works with the tree, the ‘faux’ lamp stand.

The Seoul, South Korean designer of the light, Jongho Lee, says, “I’d like to make something naturally from our daily life and the way we respond to the world.” Like a lot of designers do, Lee finds inspiration from observing people. What really caught my eye in her bio was her further explanation of inspiration: “In their [people] life where joy and despair coexist, design is my way of conversing with them. I wonder where, in this lighting project, she found an element of despair. Was she thinking of the ugliness of typical street lamps clashing with the beauty of a park? Or did she consider the every-day ‘despair’ of energy-wasting technology?

I would love to see these lights illuminating Minnesota’s many parks and lake paths, but they would probably get more usage in a state that sees more yearly sunlight 🙂

via Inhabitat


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