For the Love of the Shoes

You might not be aware of this, but 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1. Although, if you read this blog or are a sneakerhead, you probably are.

The Air Force 1, to me, is a classic silhouette, something an enthusiast can spot from across the room. It’s kind of like the Porsche 911, which you can look at from across a parking lot and immediately know what it is.

I wear a few pairs of my AF1s every week. I cannot go without them. They are a wardrobe staple for me and will be for years to come.

I tried to count all my pairs of AF1s, but opening all the boxes and going through them was taking too long, so I, instead, estimated that I have about 40 pairs—everything from simple, single-colored ones to “Grail” pairs like the two 25th anniversary ones made of anaconda leather and crocodile leather. And the huge majority have never been worn.

Air Force 1s even find their way into scenes where I would not expect them: Jackson Teller, a character on Sons of Anarchy, is almost always in his all-white pair.

Enjoy the video, and see how many pairs you think you would wear.

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Gaming @ The Library

We’re going to have a couple of gaming systems set up for you to play. Join us on the 2nd floor, play a variety of games, and have some fun.

Where: Second floor

When: April 10th 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Book Trailers

I am not sure I would actually read this book, but the trailer made me laugh out loud.

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8-bit Fun


This is for fans of the, old school, 8-bit Nintendo games and the teen fantasy genre.




Harry Potter


For more videos from Doctor Octoroc check out his site.


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For the Love of the Shoes

Michael Jordan X Converse

March Madness: Arguably the most thrilling sporting event in the world. I have watched it for decades and have loved every minute of it—even when the teams I root for come up short, which is pretty often.

How does this relate to shoes? In the best way possible.

Jordan Brand is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s historic game-winning shot during the March 29, 1982, NCAA Tournament finals by hosting a special online auction for the iconic Converse Pro Leather Mid LTD.

Led by Jordan Brand’s corporate responsibility program, Wings for the Future, 30 packs in total will be created. Beginning Monday, April 2, 2012, 23 of those will be auctioned off online through eBay at The packs will not be available for retail.

The special edition Jordan X Converse Collab pays tribute to the moment Mike Jordan became Michael Jordan—and the moment the number 23 became legendary.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will support the James R. Jordan Foundation, which is dedicated to strengthening families, motivating youth, and ensuring high-quality academic opportunities for children in underserved communities.

Each pack includes a Converse Pro Leather Mid and an original North Carolina jersey, all of which is enclosed in a deluxe hardwood box. Each shoe is hand signed by Jordan and is laced with details unique to that magical night in 1982.

Talk about a collectible: Only 23 available worldwide and 100% of the proceeds to charity. This is what makes this event even more special.

Thank you Nike, and most of all, thank you Michael Jeffrey Jordan, simply the greatest player of all time.

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The Hunger Games: In Review

Okay, so if you’re reading this and have not yet read The Hunger Games or seen the movie, I warn you that there are definitely spoilers ahead.

And with that warning safely in place, let’s talk Hunger Games.

First, let me set the scene: I went to the midnight showing, and maybe I am just getting old, but I was really worried about falling asleep during the movie. I had worked all day beforehand, and as I sat waiting for it to start, even with the adrenaline rush that comes from anticipation, my eyes were getting heavy. That changed quickly, though, as the lights dimmed and the previews started. As I waited for the movie to start, I could barley remain in my seat because of all the excitement.

There were moments during this two-hour and 20-minute movie when I was disappointed, but overall, I loved the experience and think the movie isn’t half bad for having started out as a book. Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job bringing to life main character Katniss Everdeen; she played the role almost exactly how I pictured the strong, scared, and tortured heroine.

However, I think one of the downfalls of this film was that it did a weak job of building up Gale and Katniss’ relationship. If you did not read the books ahead of time, you might completely miss that there is supposed to be an intense love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. In the books, Gale played a huge role in Katniss’ life; before the games, Peeta was practically a stranger. But the movie put forth almost no effort making Gale an important character.

The thing I found most disappointing, though, was the lack of world-building moments in the film compared to the book. One of the coolest parts of this story is the world Suzanne Collins created, and it took a backseat in the movie when, in my opinion, it should have been front and center. In the book, District 12 seems almost haunted by pain, dirt, and desperation. Although the movie began to touch upon the horrible environment Katniss was raised in, I think it falls short in expressing how awful things are in the districts.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it both to people who have read the books and those who have not yet been sucked into the world of Panem. (If you haven’t read the series, you should go right now to your local library to check the books out. Then, cancel all your plans for 24 hours so you can read them.)

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The Hunger Games Music

This is some of the music from “The Hunger Games”  movie soundtrack.

I am going to see the movie tonight at midnight, and I can hardly wait. I will let you know next week, sometime, what I thought of it compared to the book.


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For the Love of the Shoes

This week I am going to look back at a pair from a few years ago since the releases lately are being covered by plenty of other sites.

The Air Jordan Spiz’ike – “Kings County”– are yet another style that are definite head- turners. The stark contrast of black nubuck and white patent leather is crazy enough,but that is before you factor in the mixture of yellow, red, and orange on the shoes. As with most of the Air Jordan Spizikes, the “Kings County” Spiz’ikes, look much better in person rather than what the photos shown below. Additionally, these were labeled a limited release.

Michael Jordan and Spike Lee released the Jordan Spiz’ike shoes on October 21, 2006 as a tribute to their historic relationship. This relationship began when Mars Blackmon became the primary pitchman in Nike commercials for Air Jordans. The Spiz’ike is a mash-up of the Jordan III, IV, V, VI, Air Jordan IX and XX shoes. So, all the different ones that have been released are very wild looking to say the least.

I picked up my pair a little over a year ago and am quite happy with them. They are always getting noticed.
I hope you enjoy.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would make a list of my favorite Irish things, places, and/or people.

Warning: this list may contain things that are not actually Irish but only green in color. Because the color green is tied so closely to the holiday, I thought that would be okay.

1. Bram Stoker:
The Irish writer wrote one of the most important books in literary history for any true fan of vampire pop culture. His book Dracula was—and still is—an inspiration to the genre as a whole, and although I was forced to read it for school (not choosing always takes some of the excitement away), I don’t regret it one bit. I loved every creepy, compelling, and mysterious moment of that adventure. So thank you Bram Stoker, not only for making me a true lover of vampires but also for paving the way for Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer, and many other vampire-fiction authors.

2. Green Arrow:
(This is the one I warned you about above. Green Arrow is not Irish, but he does wear a lot of green.)
If you are not familiar with who Green Arrow is, just think of Batman in green tights with a bow and arrow and you kind of get the picture of this billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante super hero. Although he does share some similarities with Batman overall, I think Green Arrow is a lot less emo and bit more socially conscious. This is why I had to make room for him on this list. He may have been better used in a future list about the best comic book super heroes, but alas, I chose him for this one.

3. Fiddlers Hearth:
As far as getting a good Irish meal in South Bend goes, Fiddler’s Hearth is pretty much the best. I love their food; I love the old, cozy, pub-style look they have going on; and most of all, I love the fact that in the summertime, you can sit outside and eat. If you plan on going there for St. Patrick’s Day, though, make sure you’re not in any kind of hurry. It takes forever. But I think it’s worth it.

4. The Four Leaf Clover:
The four-leaf clover is one of the most recognizable images associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and for good reason; anything that, if found, will bring you good luck will always be a favorite of the masses. All you have to do is stumble across one of these bad boys, and then, according to tradition, you are set.


5. Lucky Charms:

I love the little marshmallows. They defiantly are magically delicious.

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For the Love of the Shoes

On Saturday, March 17th the Nike Foamposite One “Electrolime” will go on sale.   This is noteworthy to sneakerheads for a number of reasons. The Foamposites are limited production shoes that retained quite a following ever since their
first release.  The Foamposites were the most expensive Nike basketball shoes when they debuted in 1997 with a price tag of $180. This price has since climbed to $220, but Nike never has a problem selling them all out right away. Back then, the shoes were a signature shoe for Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. A bright yellow upper gives glimpses of Golden State, while black accents, trademark branding, and icy outsoles take it back to the essence.
I have one pair of Nike Foamposites and love them. Everything is unique about the sneaker: the feel, the look, the materials, and the sole design.
They are unique and will continue to have a rabid following as long as Nike keeps the color schemes and variations rolling out every few months. If I get a pair, I will be sure to post about them.  

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