Mark Gonzales

Back in the day in a desperate attempt to become a professional athlete (because I was shit at football) I got really into Fencing. It didn’t last long of course, but I had loads of fun learning the fundamentals and somehow I managed to pick up fairly quickly which helped. In some respects its the perfect sport, it has the right amount of strategy and athleticism to keep young minds like myself occupied. Naturally I geeked on the Fencing gear, specifically the trainers. A weird mix up of tennis shoe tread and a sort of cross training function upper were required for optimal performance and I loved them!

Which brings me onto the shoes in question, the adidas Aloha Super which draw inspiration from adiStar Fencing shoes originally worn by Mark Gonzales during a performance art piece at theĀ German Museum in 1998. I’ve been meaning to get back into skateboarding too, so I can’t wait to test these when they release later this week!

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Experienced Skiers Required

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I’m sure most of the people who read this blog are aware the Supreme Fall/Winter preview is out! There’s tons of clothes in the collection I love, mostly the outerwear, I’ve got my eye on a few bits n’ bobs but I don’t want to jinx myself, so if I end up getting anything I’ll make sure to post comprehensive review. Away from the clothing Supreme don’t get enough recognition for being the world best miscellaneous goods maker. Whether it’s a bluetooth speakers, water bottles or bricks, Supreme know how to make things you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it in their signature red. And there’s no better example than the Supreme/AWS Max-700 Digital Scale above. Say no more? Okay.

Hallelujah

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My prayers have been answered, London FINALLY has a new 24 hour nightclub called Fold and it’s opening next week! It’s such great news and I love the approach the founders are taking with the place, there’s no photos allowed, a continental lineup and it’s located way out in Canning Town away from any residential buildings, so noise complaints shouldn’t be an issue. My Mum still lives around the corner too, so it’s great to see something popping off there, although I’d be lying if said I wasn’t a tad jealous I didn’t come up with the idea myself. But I’m really happy the local 24 hr off license will see an upsurge in business over the next few months!

Beyond the Politics of Race

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Having recently read the work of Thomas Sowell I’m intrigued by the alternative view of the ‘black experience’ within the USA. It’s a tricky subject to tackle, but Sam Harris and Coleman Hughes do a great job of dissecting it and offering potential solutions which could lead us to a non-race baiting utopia (one can hope). You can listen to the entire podcast here.

Dirty Jobs

I’m really interested and if i’m being completely honest slightly worried about the role of automation and AI for the future of employment. It’s an inevitable change that no amount rhetoric will fix but more worryingly is the complete lack of attention being placed on it by the people it will affect the most. Maybe they’d prefer to spend their brain power ensuring their family and friends are safe and issues of robots taking over their jobs can be left to the government. I don’t necessarily agree but I get it, life is complicated enough as it is, why worry about issues you don’t really understand. But if there is something to gleaned from technology progressing at the rapid pace it is now, the next generation need to look for other more unconventional routes into the workforce and ultimately change their perspective of what success looks like. It’s refreshing to hear Mike Rowe argue for the return of vocational jobs and question the over glorification of University degrees, especially in subjects with limited future job/earning potential. The entire interview is a joy to watch and I encourage you to check it out!