The Chucker dispatch 017

It must​ have been the coldest and longest week that I'm glad is over. Can't wait to land in Lisbon in two weeks and spend the Christmas and New Year over there.

Right now sitting next to warm coffee and writing these lines feels good. Since the last email couple of weeks have passed, so I have combined some older and more recent stories. But I'm sure you'll enjoy all of them.

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The Chucker dispatch 016

We all try to predict the future from time to time. But to capitalize on what’s going to change in the future, a lot of things have to go right.

Not only do you have to speculate the changing variables correctly, but you have to guess how they will interact.

While predicting the future is sometimes necessary, it’s often not knowable. We’re speculating, but our brains convince themselves otherwise.

Plausible answers about the future tend to cement as reality in our minds. We convince ourselves that we know something that is not knowable.

Predicting what’s going to change is hard. Predicting what’s going to stay the same is relatively easy.

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Mikk selects Nº 17

I just bought a one-way ticket to Lisbon. Quite excited about it.

This reminded me that I'm yet to upload here my latest Mikk Selects.

It was recorded a week ago right after I took Kadri to the airport. She went to Lisbon with a one-way ticket. So, I can't wait to get myself there as well in the middle of December.

Anyways, here's the latest Mikk Seletcs. I hope you enjoy it.

The Chucker Dispatch 014

📍 28th of October

Hey you. Hope You're doing great.

I have some great stuff this week to read and gaze at this week, so if you love to read and look, buckle up.

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🖥️  Links that I'm into

🎙️ Blamo! Podcast: The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman

A podcast about the origins of The Sartorialist. The importance of a creative voice and how Scott continued to evolve his work outside of Fashion.
 

🎞 Soul Skate 2018

Soul Skate is the roller disco that’s central to Detroit’s cultural legacy. This new documentary from Carhartt WIP, NTS and Dazed takes a look inside the world of the iconic bi-annual party.


📝 Giving poor people cash is a good idea. Giving entrepreneurs cash might be a great one

 the Nigerian government dreamed up a radical measure seemingly inspired by reality TV. It created YouWin, the largest business-plan competition the world has ever seen, awarding cash to young entrepreneurs. Contestants had to be under age 40 to apply; judges based their decisions on who had the most viable business plans that were most likely to generate jobs. From 2012 to 2015, the Nigerian government gave away $100 million to over 3,000 entrepreneurs, all of them under age 40.


📝 A New Option for N.B.A. Prospects: The Million-Dollar Intern

Darius Bazley, a top basketball prospect, is skipping college and charting a new path for draft prep: earning $1 million as an intern for New Balance.
 

📝 Big In Japan

The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be.

 

📝 A Tribe Called Quest and the Art of the Mixtape

An excerpt from Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, a book about the legendary rap group, and his relationship to their music. The first act ever to have two five-mic albums awarded by The Source magazine. 


📝 What makes a great football stadium?

Architects and design experts weigh in on great football stadiums.
 

📝 What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?

One of the realest Players Tribune articles ever.

Tunde/Märgid #009

Even though it started to snow today, KLBRATED boys still keep you warm inside. New episode of Tunde/Märgid.

Kaur:

Loyle Carner - Ottolenghi (feat. Jordan Rakei)
Murkage Dave - See A Man Smile
Falcons - Waterworld (feat. Jazz Cartier & Goldlink)
Tom Misch - Water Baby (feat. Loyle Carner)
Masta Ace & Marco Polo - Breukelen "Brooklyn"

Mikk: 

Action Bronson - White Bronco
Anderson .Paak - Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Brandon Coleman - A Letter to My Buggers
Kelela – Lmk_What’s Really Good Remix_ 100 Bpm (feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, cupcakKe & Ms. Boogie)
Samaria - Shy Girl

The Chucker Dispatch 013

📍 22nd of October

Birthday weeks kind of feel like a New Year's eve or around that time. Time of the year when you can assess the present and plan a future. Take some time off and think about life in general. Where you see yourself headed etc.

And every time I find myself contemplating about the future, I read less and watch a bunch of videos, films and short movies. That's why this time the dispatch is all moving picture.

Hope you like it!

🖥️  Links that I'm into

🎞 Sticks & Stones

Vuhlandes is a photographer from Detroit, Michigan who displays a strong affinity for his hometown in his work. He recently directed a short documentary about his neighborhood as well as his approach to photography and why shooting the reality around him makes him the happiest.

 

🎞 The Long Time

Jack Sanders was confident he found the perfect remodeling project for his senior architecture thesis. But an outsider’s view on what was needed for a rural Alabama baseball team required a different approach, one that derived from the inside out. In the end, his unorthodox approach led him to discover how a community built on passion and innovation is what legacies are made of. And he followed suit.

 

🎞 We’re All Going To Die

We’re All Going To Die takes on the simple task of exploring the meaning of life. Through color, imagination, humor and fart jokes, Director Stefan Hunt asks you to look at the what ifs, the why nots and the oh wells that might flash before your eyes when paid a surprise visit by Death. 

 

🎞 The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

 

🎞 A Country We Could Feel Proud Of

We're sometimes taught that feeling proud of one's country is always suspect; but actually, it's essential to be able to have and express pride in collective life. The trick is to ensure that we have countries that deserve our pride. In this film, we design the ideal state to be proud of.

The Chucker dispatch 012

Marketing is still something that I'm fascinated by, but growing more and more dissatisfied with over-consumption. That's why news like Marcus Engman starting a consultancy to convince companies to focus on design make me feel hopeful for the future. 

From the article:
“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman. “And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media."

I strongly back up Engman's quote, and this is something that I would love to do in the future as well. Focusing on design and communication as a whole, making sure that the product/service is something that people need and want. Not that I have to market a product so creatively that people wouldn't recognize its pitfalls.

At the same time, I understand that this romantic notion is hard because the reality is that great design doesn't naturally surface as it once did. And Ikea has the luxury of having a built-in audience to help amplify stuff; you can't say the same for smaller entities, unfortunately.

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The Chucker dispatch 011

Uncommonly, I send the e-mail out on Sunday morning. And this time most of the links unusually are NBA focused. But not by design. I guess the NBA season is approaching so there's incentive produce interesting NBA related stories. 

On a side note, a new sound(E)scape episode was just published later today as well. 49th already. Next one will be something special, we're thinking of doing a double episode just like for the 30th.

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The Trillion Dollar Time Trial

Climate change or more so a clean energy transition is a topic that I have become more interested in recent times. Having experienced the hottest month ever recorded in Japan has given me a different perspective to look at this.

I picked up a book called The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann which I started to read in Tokyo. Haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a thorough overview of how two different sides try to solve the same problem. The problem which is getting bigger and bigger.

More so, the last couple of months I have found fascinating reads from the Internet as well. One of my favorites is from the Future Crunch. It’s a very long read, but well worth it.

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Influence

Another pointless article  made me write the following lines.

Jeff Carvalho, managing director of the Highsnobiety, said “Brands and designers have the option to see what’s trending all around the world. We believe that consumers and influencers are driving what’s trending today.”

I think we have a reached a dangerous point in streetwear culture at the moment, where everybody is focussed on the influencer & influencers pushing the trend. But influencers who are just influencers don’t contribute to the culture. And culture is what has brought streetwear here for good. The influencers aren’t pushing the culture; they are pushing the numbers for the brands by becoming another medium for brands to sell their ads.

Don’t tell me I’m old and grumpy. I have nothing against people accepting the streetwear vibes and making it their own, but I don’t like it being misrepresented. Unauthentic. The streetwear will be here for good, either it has mainstream’s attention or not, it will remain.

Mikk's Letter – October 2018

Explaining your thought process to others while exploring the life-changing decision is quite difficult. In your mind, you have found the right answer and probably have already convinced yourself to make it.

But then the other's start asking awkward questions. Or even undermining your decision. They might not do it in bad faith, but you interpret it as an attack on yourself.

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The Chucker dispatch 010

Runners are goal-oriented by nature. In a way, achieving them defines us - our records, weekly mileage and races won.

From childhood, we’re told the importance of goal setting. And it’s true - clear goals provide direction and motivation throughout our lives. I wanted to play in the NBA when I was twelve. I wanted to start my own company when I was twenty. Each of those goals set me down a particular path fueled with ample ambition.

While our goals provide an endpoint, they are ineffective at creating the behaviors required to achieve them. Habits are much more powerful. Once formed, they operate unconsciously and automatically.

There is something empowering about setting a lofty goal – as if you dare to assume you can achieve it. It can be inspiring and motivating. But it can also be daunting.

Personally I’ve found the most meaning in creating simple, repeatable habits that I know will lead to improvement. The process isn’t sexy, and it’s certainly not instantaneous. But it’s the surest path to the goal.

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The Chucker dispatch 009

Understanding oneself is one of the hardest things to do. And to be honest, trying to assess oneself or put in perspective is quite hard.

I have come to think that I might be a person who’s at all times thinking about new projects. Dreaming about the making them happen and already envisioning the results.

It’s painful to admit, but deep down I think I’m seeking for gratification. From others. And by coming up with as many projects as possible I increase the change of getting that praise. 

It’s something that I started to think about recently when Kanye tweeted that everybody should have an option to turn off their Twitter followers count. To root out the evilness and pointlessness of striving for followers. And the fake confidence boost that we get from it. Or to be exact, how we wrongly assess people based on their followers count.

Writing these lines, I came to realize that maybe I’m not that cynical or in deep shit. Perhaps I don’t want to feel complacent. Maybe having multiple new projects is not a bad thing if you really like them all.

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