September 30, 2017

Converse All Star: Legit or Counterfeit


I always wanted to own a pair of Converse All Star. After a long delay of owning one, I finally got one.

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This kind of shoes is one of the famous and common in town. This is also widely imitated. But how can you determine if the one you are buying is genuine or fake?

Here are some tips to determine if your Converse All Star is genuine or counterfeit.

Packaging
Of course, this should come in a Converse packaging. Some have paper stuffing or tissues on it. Signs of being fresh is also noticeable compared to counterfeits.

Shoe Size Label and Tongue

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Real ones have the “MADE IN” at the top of the label and a QR code on the bottom right part. 

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck TaylorCheck also the stitches around the tongue. It should be even and not loose.

Chuck Taylor Patch

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
A legit Chuck Talor has only one color, navy blue. An original has a stamp of a star and Chuck Taylor signature only. This should be printed clear and neat. The color must not smudge even faded. Items made before 2008 has a ® under the All Star logo whereas units manufactured after 2008 have not.

Toe Cap and Pinstripe

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
The rubber toe cap should be straight parallel to the bottom laces and must be made of solid rubber. The pinstripe printed on the edge of the sole should be crisp, smooth, and evenly printed.

Sole and Insole

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Insole

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Dot on the sole
Original pairs have one small dot on one side of the sole. The insole of legit one has a “CONVERSE” that is plainly and sharply printed with hard space between each letter.

Heel Logo

Heel Logo
Genuine has an either “ALL STAR” (before 2008) or “CONVERSE ALL STAR” (After 2008) texts on the heel logo.

Price and Source
A pair of authentic Converse is normally sold worldwide between $50 to $100 and manufactures in either Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, or Malaysia.

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September 26, 2017

Movie Sharing: Gifted


Chris Evans starred this movie as Frank living with his niece portrayed by Mckenna Grace as Mary.

Mary does not want to go to school and just continue homeschooling with Frank but the later refuses since he already taught everything to Mary and he wanted Mary to experience socializing with others and gain friends.

Gifted, Movie, Gifted the Movie
Screenshot from the movie
At school, Mary got bored over the first grade Math with her teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate). Bonnie started to give difficult arithmetic questions where Mary answers correctly. After the recess, Bonnie asked the principal to have a walk-in observation of Bonnie’s class. As soon as the principal entered the room, Mary asked her to call Frank because she wanted to go home.

After the class, Bonnie talked to Frank about the incident and told him that Mary is a gifted child. Frank simply replied that he taught Mary about Trachtenberg Method and walked away.

Gifted, Movie, Gifted the Movie
Screenshot from the movie
Bonnie do research about the said method and found out that Mary’s mom Diane was a Math genius and working for Millennium Prize problems on the Navier-Stokes Equation before she took her own life. Since then, Frank took the responsibility of caring Mary.


One day on a school bus, Mary saw a bullying incident. She stands up and breaks the nose of the senior student. The principal called Frank to the school and tells him that Mary can get a full ride at the school for the gifted nearby. Frank refuses the offer for he just wants Mary to have a normal childhood. The principal called Evelyn, Frank’s mother.

Evelyn was a rich, bossy Englishwoman who has opposite ideas with Frank. She soon appeared at Frank’s home and met Mary for the first time. She wanted to get Mary and bring her to Boston where Frank disagreed which lead to the court.

Gifted, Movie, Gifted the Movie, Chris Evans
Screenshot from the movie
In the series of court hearings, the conflict between Frank and Evelyn continue. They found out that Evelyn was disappointed with Diane for being weak in completing the Millenium Prize problem, Frank giving up his professorship at Boston University, and her husband disrupting her career.

Instead of accusing something, Frank simply insist that he wanted Mary to become a normal child, which can be forbidden if she will stay with Evelyn.

In the end, Evelyn wanted to put Mary under foster care near Frank’s house and make her go to school for the gifted. Frank agreed but suspected that Evelyn was still with Mary in the foster family’s home.

Gifted, Movie, Gifted the Movie, Chris Evans
Screenshot from the movie
Frank rushed to the house and throws a file in the table and tells Evelyn she must see it. Mary runs outside but she was caught by Frank and ask for forgiveness. Mary hugs him and asked not to leave her again.

Gifted, Movie, Gifted the Movie, Chris Evans
Screenshot from the movie
Evelyn was about to call the attorney but he stopped when she saw the file that it was the complete solution for the Navier-Stokes Equation. This was given to Frank by Diane and asked him to publish only after Evelyn dies. Frank told Evelyn that she can already publish it but will leave Mary alone or else, he will get it back and will stick with Diane’s instruction. In tears, Evelyn takes the deal.

At the end, Mary attended morning classes in the university and the elementary schools in the afternoon.

What I learned from the story is that however bright or genius they are, kids are still kids and they should experience being one. 

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