Thursday, December 18, 2014

Am I Getting Too Old To Party?

Dear Andrew,

It's my birthday and I feel depressed. I never used to be one of those people that hated telling people their age, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm getting old. How do I keep the party going even though I'm old?

Yours truly,
Aging Rager

Dear Aging Rager,

Your fear of not being able to party as you get older isn't uncommon, but it's unwarranted. If anything, the more experience you have at partying, the better you get at partying. The more you understand about what brings you happiness, the more skills you can acquire to bring that happiness about. Living longer makes you better at life.

This is why our elders are so appealing. We realize they've accumulated extremely deep stores of knowledge and wisdom precisely because they aren't 18 years old. We stand in awe as we ponder what insights and secrets they've extracted from the volumes of life they've endured. Similarly, the more time we spend learning who we are in this world, the better we get at being ourselves -- this is how one becomes a master -- this is the great gift of aging.

As with many aspects of a materialistic culture, ethereal ideas like mastery and wisdom are often undervalued. We are made to feel bad about change, appearance, and, most of all, our immaterial inner world. Aging demands that we reckon with overwhelmingly intense ideas about the mysteries of the world, eventually dying, looking different, loss and heartbreak, and the impermanence of everything. But these things are only truly upsetting when we attach too much importance to the material world in which the pain of these ideas dwells, outside of our true inner self.

Our true inner self -- our spirit -- is ageless and never dies. But this concept is so hard to conceive of that we often distract ourselves with little games that seem to give us a place to rest our anxiety and distract us so we don't have to dive deeper into what is really going on inside us. We worry about how we look, our attractiveness, about stuff and objects and pursuits and money and a million other things. And it's totally fine to play these games, as long as we remember that they are only games. They don't define our essence, and they are not why we are here. And when these games begin to distance us from the effortless beauty of existence, they take on a sinister and self-abusive quality. Some of these games are purposely set up to make sure that we can only ever lose -- they only can separate us from ourselves -- playing these games too passionately can kill us even though we outwardly appear to be living. Obsession with youth is just fear.

Besides, when we think back to our younger years, we often tend to exaggerate the good times and block out the bad. There's nothing wrong with remembering things in an idealized way, as long as it doesn't make us lose appreciation for where we stand right now. If we're intent on always comparing our current situation with how things used to be, we are likely to never be satisfied and to dread moving forward into the new and unfamiliar.

Andrew W.K. — co-owner of 'critically-acclaimed' Santos Party House, multi-level nightclub and
live concert hall in downtown Manhattan, New York City

There's a difference between "getting older" and "being old." Getting older is just another way to describe the process of being alive. The longer you go without dying, the "older" you become. We can easily understand how aging in this way is a great triumph. Those who have reached old age have truly achieved a remarkable feat of endurance, and we should recognize and respect all that they've experienced and withstood to survive so long. This is why it's equally intense when someone dies much too soon, and didn't get the chance to survive long enough.

The best we can hope for is health and strength and a mind that's able to comprehend, appreciate, and penetrate the world around us, no matter what stage of life we're in. Make the most of the age you are right now, and realize that you still are you, no matter how old you are. Don't buy into the hype about "getting old," because aging doesn't automatically mean life gets worse. That's all guilt-based nonsense usually used to sell products and fantasies that are never as good as they're described -- they're just entertainment. And that's OK. But don't give in to it, or give up and get lazy. Don't fall back on "getting old" as an excuse for not living full-on.

What matters most is using every moment you're alive to become the best person you can be. All of us are children only for a short time. The majority of our life is spent as an adult. And as an adult, we have the tools, the resources, and the physical and mental fortitude to shape the world so that the dreams of our childhood can be realized. The gift of childhood gives us the vision and the gift of adulthood gives us the power. Be glad that you've even lived into adulthood. Be glad that you've even had the chance to have another birthday. Many children didn't get to ever see adulthood. Appreciate yours, and celebrate it in honor of all those who'll never get to have a birthday ever again. And remember...

People don't stop partying because they get old, they get old because they stop partying.

Your friend,
Andrew W.K.

Kim Jong-un Death Scene | The Interview Online Leak

Kim Jong-un death scene from ‘The Interview’ leaks online — New York Post

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Michael Jordan's Residence

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Gorillas in the Mist — Dian Fossey’s Legacy

Short Film Showcase
Mountain Gorillas' Survival: Dian Fossey’s Legacy Lives On

Step into Rwanda’s beautiful Volcanoes National Park, where a community is uniting on the front lines of a region in crisis to protect critically endangered mountain gorillas. Sir David Attenborough takes you through Dian Fossey’s journey of setting up the Karisoke Research Center in the park, where nearly a quarter of the world's 880 gorillas remain.

Today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International continues its conservation efforts to protect a diminishing gorilla population threatened by poachers. Produced by Craghoppers, this powerful film takes you behind the scenes, uncovering the story of the devoted trackers risking their lives to save a species.

Gorillas In The Mist (1988) -starring- Sigourney Weaver & Bryan Brown | Directed by Michael Apted
Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film.

A Kentucky girl, Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas of the Ugandan wilderness. Studying them at close quarters, Fossey develops a means of communicating with the gorillas, and in so doing becomes obsessed with the beasts' well-being. She is so devoted to "her" mountain that she loses the opportunity for a romance with a National Geographic photographer (Bryan Brown).

Appalled by the poaching of the gorillas for their skins, Fossey complains to the Ugandan government, which dismisses her by explaining that poaching is the only means by which some of the Ugandan natives can themselves survive. She refuses to accept this, and becomes a militant animal-rights activist, burning down the poachers' villages and even staging a mock execution of one of the offenders.
Dian Fossey (January 16th, 1932 – December 26th, 1985) † R.I.P. †

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Behind The Business Of Department Store Holiday Windows

Behind the Business of Department Store Holiday Windows

Each December, millions of people file into department stores around the world, but an even higher number stop before they make it through the doors.

Macy's holiday display
The reason: the seasonal displays, which have become increasingly elaborate since the late 19th century, when Macy’s reportedly first decorated its plate-glass facade with scenes from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Led by modern dream makers such as Dennis Freedman of Barneys New York and David Hoey of Bergdorf Goodman, today’s stores spare little expense to create over-the-top tableaux, employing hundreds of design elves and calling on celebrity “curators” from Baz Luhrmann to Lady Gaga to bring the magical mise-en-scènes to life.

Here, a brief look at the blood, sweat and baubles behind one of the season’s most beloved traditions. — Zach R. Gross | The New York Times Magazine

Macy's and other NYC department stores unveil elaborate holiday window displays

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Strongest Family In the World


The Strongest Family in the World | My Crazy Obsession 

 The Best family is so obsessed with their own strength that they spend countless hours lifting weights. 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

True Story Of 9/11 Imposter: Tania Head — World Trade Center's Fake 9/11 Survivor

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception” by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Gugliemo, Jr.

Tania Head’s 9/11 story was beyond harrowing. She was in the World Trade Center when the plane dove into the building. Dazed and sickened, she walked down 78 floors with her skin on fire and her right arm dangling. She survived, but her husband died at Ground Zero that day, and the horrific sights she saw on her crawl to safety plunged her into a haunted depression. Only through her involvement as a founding member of the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network did she conquer her grief and trauma.

There was a little problem, though. Tania’s name isn’t really Tania; it’s Alicia. Her husband didn’t die in the towers, because she wasn’t married. Someone named Dave died, and she said he was her husband, but in fact she had never met him. She didn’t hold a high-powered job at Merrill Lynch, as she claimed. She wasn’t at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In fact, she wasn’t even in the country. She was in Barcelona.

9/11 Special - The Woman Who Wasn't There: A real-life psychological thriller and the story of an incredible deception that goes inside the mind of one of history's most famous 9/11 survivors. — National Geographic

This epic lie is the subject of “The Woman Who Wasn’t There.” One of the co-authors, Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr., was involved in the WTC Survivors’ Network and considered Head a close friend. He is also the director of a documentary by the same title, which debuted April 17 on the Investigation Discovery network.

It’s easy to understand why survivors were taken in by Head’s story. The level of detail is breathtaking. Over and over, to rapt audiences, Head mourned the young man wearing a red bandana who stretched out his hand to help her to safety, only to disappear into the smoke to die a hero. She never told anyone her husband’s last name (to protect his parents’ privacy, she insisted), and sometimes she seemed to slip up and call him her fiance, but again and again, she’d recount the poignant story of their wedding in Hawaii. When she visited Dave’s name at the memorial, she liked to bring a toy yellow taxi, as a memento of their charmed first meeting, to place near the reflecting pool. Who would make all that up?

THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE (2012) Trailer Tania Head wanted to shoot a documentary about her fellow 9/11 survivors and her victims group. But, while they were shooting a problem emerged - Head was never in the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001 and her entire story was an invention of her prodigious imagination.

The depth of the deception is even more puzzling given how very public a face of the survivors’ movement Tania Head became. It was Head, as one of the first docents at Ground Zero, who walked Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other luminaries around the site. “She was the ubersurvivor,” Fisher and Guglielmo write. As the survivor with “the saddest [story] of them all,” she gained celebrity status. An enterprising New York Times reporter, David W. Dunlap, eventually demanded answers about inconsistencies in her story and exposed her. Rather than expressing remorse, Head became angry and defiant, claiming that her fellow survivors had betrayed her by believing the reporter.

So why did she do it?

That is obviously the most enticing question. Unfortunately, the authors don’t provide an answer. Although Guglielmo and Head were intimate for years, and it was she who encouraged him to begin a documentary about the survivors, she would not open up to him about the truth once the deception was uncovered. He was able to track down a childhood friend from Barcelona who told him about some of Head’s traumas: She had a bad car accident at 18 in which her arm was indeed severed (if we believe the account), and her father did prison time for embezzlement. “It is around that time, after those life-changing events, and especially after her family unit fractured following her parents’ contentious divorce, that Alicia started living in make-believe worlds.”

Although the authors aren’t Head’s psychiatrists, a little more background on the psychology of pathological lying, also known as pseudologia fantastica, would have been useful. Are the spinners of complex imaginary worlds always so hard to spot? The book contains no information on other spectacular hoaxes (Robin Hemley’s “Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday” comes to mind), nor reference to any books, such as Lauren Slater’s “Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir,” that attempt to penetrate the mind-set of the compulsive liar. Such context could help flesh out a tale about a character whose motivation remains shadowy.

A look inside the mind of Tania Head, history's most infamous 9/11 survivor. Her jaw-dropping tale of escape from the south tower was most astounding and she later rose to national prominence amongs 9/11 survivors .. until it all turned out to be a lie.

We know that Head’s a liar from the flap copy, but the book doesn’t reveal the deception until very late. Structurally, that gives the authors a problem: a lot of pages to fill and not a lot of suspense. For this reason, the documentary might prove a more intriguing form for the material than the written account. It will be fascinating to be able to watch Head lie in real time — and see if we’re as taken in by her performance as almost everyone else appeared to be. — The Washington Post

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) -starring- Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult & Zoë Kravit | Directed by George Miller

SYNOPSIS: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. 
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters May 15th, 2015

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid, and supermodel Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.

The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”) is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe”, “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (“The English Patient”), production designer Colin Gibson (“Babe”), editor Margaret Sixel (“Happy Feet”), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“A Room with a View”), action unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris (“Australia”), and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (“Knowing”).

Club Drug: Special K — Cures Depression

Special K, a Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns as a Treatment for Depression

It is either the most exciting new treatment for depression in years or it is a hallucinogenic club drug that is wrongly being dispensed to desperate patients in a growing number of clinics around the country.

It is called ketamine — or Special K, in street parlance.

While it has been used as an anesthetic for decades, small studies at prestigious medical centers like Yale, Mount Sinai and the National Institute of Mental Health suggest it can relieve depression in many people who are not helped by widely used conventional antidepressants like Prozac or Lexapro.

And the depression seems to melt away within hours, rather than the weeks typically required for a conventional antidepressant.

But some psychiatrists say the drug has not been studied enough to be ready for use outside of clinical trials, and they are alarmed that clinics are springing up to offer ketamine treatments, charging hundreds of dollars for sessions that must be repeated many times.

“We don’t know what the long-term side effects of this are,” said Dr. Anthony J. Rothschild, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Some psychiatrists say the drug has not been studied
enough to be ready for use outside of clinical trials.
Credit Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times
Pharmaceutical companies hope to solve the problem by developing drugs that work like ketamine but without the side effects, which are often described as out-of-body experiences.

On Tuesday, at a medical conference in Phoenix, a privately held company called Naurex reported that its drug caused no such psychotic side effects in a midstage trial involving about 400 patients. The drug, called GLYX-13, showed signs of reducing depression in about half the patients tested.

“It’s definitely the most promising compound in the depression space in terms of effect and durability,” said Harry M. Tracy, the publisher of the newsletter NeuroPerspective, which follows companies developing drugs for psychiatry.

Naurex, based in Evanston, Ill., recently raised $80 million and will start a Phase 3 trial to confirm the safety and efficacy of GLYX-13 next year with hopes of receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2019, said Norbert G. Riedel, the chief executive.

GLYX-13 is given by intravenous injection every week or two weeks. Naurex is also working on a version that can be taken orally. Cerecor, a privately held company in Baltimore, hopes to have results from a midstage study of a once-a-day pill this month. Johnson & Johnson is in midstage trials of a nasal spray containing esketamine, a derivative of ketamine.

But achieving safety and efficacy for this type of drug can be challenging, and some attempts have failed. About a year ago, AstraZeneca dropped an experimental drug after it failed in a clinical trial.

Some doctors and patients are not waiting for the pharmaceutical industry. Because ketamine has long been approved for anesthesia, doctors are allowed to use it off-label to treat depression. Clinics charge from $300 to more than $1,000 per treatment. Insurance rarely covers the cost. Schedules vary by clinic and by patient, but some patients are treated every few days at first, then every two weeks to two months.

Critics say that severely depressed patients might be too desperate to adequately weigh the risks of the experimental therapy.

Special K a.k.a. ketamine
“We are talking about a population that is particularly vulnerable,” said Dominic A. Sisti, an assistant professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, who was one of the authors of a recent commentary in a journal expressing concern about the clinics.

He and other critics say that some clinics are run by anesthesiologists who are familiar with ketamine but do not provide overall psychiatric treatment. Others are run by psychiatrists who might not have experience administering the drug.

Besides the psychoticlike effects, ketamine can raise blood pressure and heart rate. Evidence from people who abuse the drug indicates that it can cause a decline in brain function and bladder problems.

Some patients say they are ready to take that risk.

“I look at the cost of not using ketamine — for me it was certain death,” said Dennis Hartman, 48, a businessman from Seattle.

He said that after a lifetime of severe depression, he had chosen a suicide date when he entered a clinical trial of ketamine at the National Institutes of Health two years ago. His depression lifted and since then he has gone to a clinic in New York every two months or so for infusions. He started the Ketamine Advocacy Network to raise awareness of the treatment.

Advocates say that the dose used for depression is smaller than that used for anesthesia or by abusers and can be given safely.

Dr. Feifel is one of a few academic psychiatrists to offer ketamine treatment.
Credit Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times
Dr. David Feifel, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, said that what is essentially a psychedelic trip is over quickly after the treatment is ended.

“More often than not, they really like it,” said Dr. Feifel, who is one of the only academic psychiatrists to offer ketamine as a treatment, as opposed to in a clinical trial, though only to people who have exhausted other options. He said that if he did not offer the drug, “I’m consigning you to lose another decade until ketamine might be ready. I just don’t feel that presumptuous.”

One of his patients, Maggie, said that when she got her first infusion she was aware enough to change the tunes on her iPod, albeit slowly, but was “transported into a completely different dimension.” She added, “Everything there is completely vibrant or molten.”

The trip ended quickly, but within hours, a lifetime of depression began to lift. “Never ever ever before have I felt like that,” said Maggie, 53, who lives in Orange County, Calif., and spoke on the condition that her full name not be used because of the stigma associated with depression. “I woke up the next morning, and I didn’t take an antidepressant for the first time in 20 years.”

A common refrain among ketamine advocates is that questions about its safety are emanating from drug companies, which have no financial incentive to develop ketamine because it is generic, but see it as a threat to their proprietary products.

“Let’s trash ketamine to justify producing something patentable and turn it into a blockbuster,” said Dr. Glen Z. Brooks, an anesthesiologist who runs NY Ketamine Infusions, a clinic in Manhattan.

Drug company executives say that ketamine itself has too many problems to ever gain wide acceptance for long-term use, especially as an off-label treatment.

There is clearly a need for new drugs. “Almost half of depressed patients are not being treated adequately by existing drugs,” said Dr. Sheldon H. Preskorn, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

That, he said, is because virtually all the antidepressants used in the last 60 years work essentially the same way. They raise levels of serotonin or one or two other neurotransmitters, chemicals that transmit signals in the brain.

Ketamine would represent a new mechanism of action. It is believed to work mainly by blocking receptors in the brain for N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA, which interact with a different neurotransmitter called glutamate. The blockage setsa cascade of changes that are not yet completely understood.

“Synaptic connections that help us to cope seem to grow back,” said Dr. John H. Krystal, chairman of psychiatry at Yale and a pioneer in the study of ketamine for depression. He dismissed any suspicions that people are simply getting high and not experiencing a true antidepressant effect, saying the lifting of depression occurs after the side effects end.

Naurex says its drug avoids the side effects because it interacts with the NMDA receptor in a different way, not totally blocking it. Cerecor says its drug blocks only a particular subunit of the receptor.

Dr. Feifel said the biggest obstacle to ketamine use is not the side effects but that its effect on depression wears off so quickly.

To stretch the time between visits, some clinics are now providing ketamine that patients can inject themselves at home, or ketamine capsules prepared by a compounding pharmacy. That is a departure from the standard practice of closely monitoring patients while they take the drug.

The need for repeated treatments has been a problem for Tiffaney Israel-Ritchey, 41, of Lubbock, Tex., who said she was suicidal until she first tried ketamine in December 2012. “It saved my life,” she said.

But she had to stop in October 2013 because she could no longer afford the infusions, which cost $750 to $1,000. Now her depression is back, she said, though it is not as bad as before. — Andrew Pollack | The New York Times

Nike Vapor 360° — Baseball Glove For The Future

No Love for Leather: Nike's Innovative Vapor 360 Baseball Glove is Here

You can spend your time smelling leather somewhere else, as Nike has moved away from all leather for its latest baseball glove.

The Nike Vapor 360 glove uses a mix of synthetic materials and engineered leather to create a lightweight alternative to an all-leather glove, also eliminating the two or three months needed to break a glove in.

The Vapor 360 is ready out of the box.

Jeremy Hewitt, a Nike senior designer, tells Edge that when Colorado Rockies All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez showed him how he took a traditional all-leather Nike glove and replaced the back with mesh to make it lighter, Hewitt knew “we could do more to make it game ready than just putting mesh on the back of leather.”

That was two years ago. Now, multiple prototypes later, including one that Gonzalez used to nab a Gold Glove last season, Nike — working with Gonzalez — has created the Vapor 360. The new glove will be used by a handful of Nike MLB athletes and will be available for retail this coming holiday season.

To reduce weight, Nike cut leather. Matthew Hudson, senior designer, tells Edge that he used Hyperfuse construction, a concept borrowed from Nike basketball shoes, to “essentially build a lightweight structure.”

The Hyperfuse combines a lightweight polyurethane material, perforated for even less weight, with a thin layer of thermoplastic polyurethane to get a glove that weighs approximately 585 grams, 20 percent lighter than an all-leather glove.

“Through heat it welds itself to the base material and creates a very durable, strong and light composite,” Hudson says.

The Hyperfuse moves to the back of the hand and the thumb and pinky. Don’t fret, though; leather doesn’t fully escape the process. Still moldable and durable, leather—engineered, though, with perforations to break down the structure and let it form quickly—covers the palm.

“It is a balance between traditional and futuristic materials, but they function the way athletes want them to work,” Hudson says.

Hewitt says that the glove’s designers also wanted to give the athlete customization, whether a deep bowl a la Ken Griffey Jr. or a flaring thumb and pinky as we see popular currently. Traditionally the thumb and pinky areas have a felt and plastic insert, but Nike included a new insert that players can shape. Then, to hold it in place, Nike replaced the glove’s traditional lacing system with struts from the thumb to pinky. If you want an inward curve, wrench down the laces at the top and keep the lower laces loose. For flare, tighten the middle and loosen the top.

Flywire, the Teflon-like material found in numerous Nike shoes and in the neckline of NFL uniforms, replaces a “predominent amount” of traditional leather lacing.

“Flywire is equally as strong, but a big savings in terms of weight,” Hewitt says. Leather laces are still used in the base of the web and glove and across the top of the index, middle and ring fingers.

The combination of Hyperfuse and engineered leather makes the glove game-ready out of the box, Hewitt says. In 2013, Nike sent Gonzalez a Vapor 360 prototype that the Rockies outfielder opened 50 minutes before Opening Day. He played with it that night and won a Gold Glove that season. Who needs that full-leather smell? — Tim Newcomb | SI
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