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"Sneakers"
Recently watched the documentary "Sneakers", which covers the somewhat popularity evolution of sport/athletic style shoes.  Throughout the documentary, we are introduced to writers, bloggers, photojournalist, collectors, a pro skateboarder with several signature shoes and a shoe company CEO, all in the “shoe game”.
I think the documentary hits on some really good points, especially how the shoe has really become a major part of fashion, individualizing one’s own look, making them more original and separating them from their peers. 
In the video, a designer for Puma made a reference to how shoes have evolved much like jeans.  Think about it… There are some many things you can do to design jeans.  The different stitching, pockets (placement, shape, flaps), dyes, washes, cuts (slim, skinny, fitted, baggy, low-rise), bedazzled (if that’s your thing), the list can go on and on.  Same can be said for shoes… colors, fabrics, patterns, prints, laces, low/mid/high-top, etc.  These choices gives you endless possibilities and those with an interest in shoe fashion realize this, especially designers.
It’s not only casual shoes that are changing, but also athletic shoes.  A lot of research and technology is going into the development of athletic shoes.  We now have shoes advertising to make you run faster, jump higher, and tone your butt.  There’s also the Vibram Five Fingers designed to strengthen your feet.  A lot of big shoe companies are coming out with super lightweight, thin, minimal support trail and running shoes to also help strengthen your feet and lighten your “foot load”.
Just like with anything else in this world, shoes will continue to evolve and it will be interesting to see what shoes are “hip”, as well as what technology has done to improve our athletic shoes 15-20 years from now.
If you’re big into shoes, I highly recommend watching the documentary "Sneakers", If you can find it.

"Sneakers"

Recently watched the documentary "Sneakers", which covers the somewhat popularity evolution of sport/athletic style shoes.  Throughout the documentary, we are introduced to writers, bloggers, photojournalist, collectors, a pro skateboarder with several signature shoes and a shoe company CEO, all in the “shoe game”.

I think the documentary hits on some really good points, especially how the shoe has really become a major part of fashion, individualizing one’s own look, making them more original and separating them from their peers. 

In the video, a designer for Puma made a reference to how shoes have evolved much like jeans.  Think about it… There are some many things you can do to design jeans.  The different stitching, pockets (placement, shape, flaps), dyes, washes, cuts (slim, skinny, fitted, baggy, low-rise), bedazzled (if that’s your thing), the list can go on and on.  Same can be said for shoes… colors, fabrics, patterns, prints, laces, low/mid/high-top, etc.  These choices gives you endless possibilities and those with an interest in shoe fashion realize this, especially designers.

It’s not only casual shoes that are changing, but also athletic shoes.  A lot of research and technology is going into the development of athletic shoes.  We now have shoes advertising to make you run faster, jump higher, and tone your butt.  There’s also the Vibram Five Fingers designed to strengthen your feet.  A lot of big shoe companies are coming out with super lightweight, thin, minimal support trail and running shoes to also help strengthen your feet and lighten your “foot load”.

Just like with anything else in this world, shoes will continue to evolve and it will be interesting to see what shoes are “hip”, as well as what technology has done to improve our athletic shoes 15-20 years from now.

If you’re big into shoes, I highly recommend watching the documentary "Sneakers", If you can find it.

NO GIRLS ALLOWED!
April 5th will be the start of this years Masters golf tournament at Augusta National, but this year brings a little bit of a controversy.  IBM is one of the biggest sponsors for The Masters tournament and each year IBM has been a sponsor, Augusta National has given the CEO of IBM a membership to the golf club. 
However, Augusta National is a male only membership club and IBM just hired a female CEO.  So this situation has raised the question of whether or not Augusta National should break their tradition and provide a membership to IBM’s new CEOVirginia Rometty.
I am all about equal rights, but in this case, I hope Augusta National sticks with their tradition and policy of a male-only membership.  Augusta National Golf Club was established in 1933, membership by invitation only, has always been an all-male membership club, and since 1934, it has hosted every Masters Tournament.
This is a tradition the golf club has held for almost 80 years, so why break it now? Some will say, “well this is an outdated tradition and we live in a new society where men and women should have equal rights.”  I completely agree with that, but this tradition of a male-only membership is not being held by the club because they feel women are inferior.  Look at sororities, fraternities, boy scouts, girl scouts, Junior Leagues, etc.  I don’t see anyone complaining about these groups.
If there are women that have an issue with Augusta National being a male-only membership club, then by all means, they should band together and establish a female-only membership golf club.  You get no objection from me.
It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out in the next few days.  Will the Augusta National committee break tradition, give in and extend a membership to Rometty?  Or will Rometty, in hopes of squashing the issue, decline the membership before Augusta National even has a chance to provide/not provide her with a membership?  Right now, it seems there is a bit of a stand-off between Augusta National and IBM to see who’s going to make the first move.  Either way, I’m not surprised if IBM’s board members are pressuring Rometty to decline a membership.
The Masters is just a few days away.  So we’ll see what happens.

NO GIRLS ALLOWED!


April 5th will be the start of this years Masters golf tournament at Augusta National, but this year brings a little bit of a controversy.  IBM is one of the biggest sponsors for The Masters tournament and each year IBM has been a sponsor, Augusta National has given the CEO of IBM a membership to the golf club. 

However, Augusta National is a male only membership club and IBM just hired a female CEO.  So this situation has raised the question of whether or not Augusta National should break their tradition and provide a membership to IBM’s new CEOVirginia Rometty.

I am all about equal rights, but in this case, I hope Augusta National sticks with their tradition and policy of a male-only membership.  Augusta National Golf Club was established in 1933, membership by invitation only, has always been an all-male membership club, and since 1934, it has hosted every Masters Tournament.

This is a tradition the golf club has held for almost 80 years, so why break it now? Some will say, “well this is an outdated tradition and we live in a new society where men and women should have equal rights.”  I completely agree with that, but this tradition of a male-only membership is not being held by the club because they feel women are inferior.  Look at sororities, fraternities, boy scouts, girl scouts, Junior Leagues, etc.  I don’t see anyone complaining about these groups.

If there are women that have an issue with Augusta National being a male-only membership club, then by all means, they should band together and establish a female-only membership golf club.  You get no objection from me.

It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out in the next few days.  Will the Augusta National committee break tradition, give in and extend a membership to Rometty?  Or will Rometty, in hopes of squashing the issue, decline the membership before Augusta National even has a chance to provide/not provide her with a membership?  Right now, it seems there is a bit of a stand-off between Augusta National and IBM to see who’s going to make the first move.  Either way, I’m not surprised if IBM’s board members are pressuring Rometty to decline a membership.

The Masters is just a few days away.  So we’ll see what happens.

Spike “The Douche” Lee
You can’t go 15 minutes without hearing something about the death of Trayvon Martin, whether it’s on TV, the internet, or brought up in conversation.  The loss of any life is tragic, expect for murderers, rapist, and child-molesters… the world is a better place without them.
So many people are going to have their thoughts and opinions on this case, but people are so quick to jump to conclusions and think they know everything.  The media is largely at fault for this problem.  The media is only going to be privileged to certain information and in-turn, they are only going to release certain information and shape the story in a way to increase ratings.  As the saying goes, don’t believe everything you hear in the media.
I’m not siding with anyone on this; not George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin and his family.  Why?  Because I don’t know all the details and I wasn’t there the night it happened.  Just the other day in one of my college classes, a student brought the subject up in class during a group discussion and she immediately said “it’s a racial thing…Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon.”  Wow, someone call the investigators cause this girl clearly knows what happened!
Others quick to jump to a conclusion and also involve themselves unnecessarily… good ol’ Spike Lee! In case you didn’t know, Spike Lee retweeted what he thought was the address of George Zimmerman 250,000+ followers . Now, I can’t think of any logical reason as to why it would be necessary to do such a thing.  To me this sounds like Spike Lee wanted to put the word out on the street “hey, here is this dude’s address.  how about someone pay the Zimmerman residence a visit!”  Turns out it wasn’t Zimmerman’s correct address, it was the address of an elderly couple. What if some irrational, lunatic saw the retweeted address and took a trip over there.  Who know’s what this person could have done… vandalize the house, threatened, hurt or maybe even murdered the occupants of the house.
People really need to think before they react, especially given the magnitude of this situation.  Again, I am not on either side at this moment.  I’ll wait for all the evidence to be gathered and when it does, the truth will come out.  Until then, don’t be like Spike Lee and be a total moron!

Spike “The Douche” Lee

You can’t go 15 minutes without hearing something about the death of Trayvon Martin, whether it’s on TV, the internet, or brought up in conversation.  The loss of any life is tragic, expect for murderers, rapist, and child-molesters… the world is a better place without them.

So many people are going to have their thoughts and opinions on this case, but people are so quick to jump to conclusions and think they know everything.  The media is largely at fault for this problem.  The media is only going to be privileged to certain information and in-turn, they are only going to release certain information and shape the story in a way to increase ratings.  As the saying goes, don’t believe everything you hear in the media.

I’m not siding with anyone on this; not George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin and his family.  Why?  Because I don’t know all the details and I wasn’t there the night it happened.  Just the other day in one of my college classes, a student brought the subject up in class during a group discussion and she immediately said “it’s a racial thing…Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon.”  Wow, someone call the investigators cause this girl clearly knows what happened!

Others quick to jump to a conclusion and also involve themselves unnecessarily… good ol’ Spike Lee! In case you didn’t know, Spike Lee retweeted what he thought was the address of George Zimmerman 250,000+ followers . Now, I can’t think of any logical reason as to why it would be necessary to do such a thing.  To me this sounds like Spike Lee wanted to put the word out on the street “hey, here is this dude’s address.  how about someone pay the Zimmerman residence a visit!”  Turns out it wasn’t Zimmerman’s correct address, it was the address of an elderly couple. What if some irrational, lunatic saw the retweeted address and took a trip over there.  Who know’s what this person could have done… vandalize the house, threatened, hurt or maybe even murdered the occupants of the house.

People really need to think before they react, especially given the magnitude of this situation.  Again, I am not on either side at this moment.  I’ll wait for all the evidence to be gathered and when it does, the truth will come out.  Until then, don’t be like Spike Lee and be a total moron!

Los Taco Bell Idiotas!


I’ve been seeing the new commercial from Taco Bell about the new Doritos Locos Tacos and in the commerical Matt Christiana apparently drives 965 miles with three of his friends to get his hands on this new taco that was only released in a few cities for testing before going national… BULLSHIT!

First off, Matt and his friends look like college students living pay check to paycheck and the 1993 Volvo station wagon looks like it would barely make it 200 miles.  Then, what morons would really drive almost 1,000 miles to get some Taco Bell?  Why not wait till it goes national and drive three miles at most to hit your nearest Taco Bell joint?

This morning on my way into school, I was listening to 105.7 The Point and they were talking about this Doritos taco, but not about the commercial.  Turns out a few years ago, some dude came up with the idea for a Dorito shell taco, he even created a Facebook page called “Taco Shells Made From Doritos Movement” and then approached Frito Lay (the makers of Doritos) about the idea, but they said “thanks, but we can’t except outside ideas.”  A few years go by and Frito Lay calls up the original inventor of the Dorito taco, they fly him to the company headquarters, wine & dine him, take him to the test facility, let him try the Dorito taco, give him some souvenirs, then send him back home………with absolutely NO $$$!

Either this dude is a complete idiot like the guy driving almost 1,000 miles for the taco or Frito Lay has paid him some “hush” money.

Well, I almost 99.9% of the time avoid fast food, but I had to give this Dorito taco a chance because of the hype surrounding it.  I’ll leave it at this… the commercial ad was enough to make me drive to go get one, but I only drove five miles.  As for Mr. Dorito Taco inventor, I sure hope you got sort of payment.  Will I be going to get another one… NO.

Shady Employers

Word on the street is that some employers are now asking potential employees for their passwords during the interview or hiring process.  Hmm, let me think about this one…{insert sarcasm}”Yeah sure, Mr. Jones!  If that’s what gets me the position, then here you go.Piss off!”

Why in the world would companies ask for this information?  They say it is so they can find out who this potential employee “really is”, but I don’t buy it.  What information can they find by logging into a Facebook users account that they can’t find by simply searching for their profile?  Well some may say, “what if there profile is set to private and you have to be friends with them in order to view their public profile?”  Then I say, TOUGH NUGGETS!

If my profile is set to private and an employer asks for my password, that is like them asking for the keys to my house as well as a printout of my bank statements.  Employers have absolutely no right to search my house or see where I am spending my money.  The same applies for my social network life; they have no right to see who my friends are, my family is, or comments and photos I’ve posted.

However, if you’re some moron that doesn’t have your Facebook set to private and you’re posting photos of you toking on a bong or posting racial comments, well then that’s on you.

This is like an employer asking someone if they are homosexual during a job interview.  Here’s what I say… if I am in an interview and the hiring board or manager asks for my Facebook or Twitter password, I will respond with “Sure, not a problem as long as you give me your password.”  Manager: “Why?”, Me: “You want my password to find out what kind of person I am and employee I might be, so I want yours for the same reason and to make sure you are someone I want to work for.