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A Review of RŌNIN Division

The fashion sense of our world is quickly enveloping around a new “genre” of dressing: streetwear. The official Reddit community of streetwear has over 530,000 readers; while mostly teenagers and young adults are starting to adopt this new style, older people who wish to spice up their wardrobes can browse the subreddit and still look quite awesome.

Ever since trying on my friend’s thicc black Ronin Division hoodie, I’ve done research to find out more about this brand and why their name isn’t as big as the legendary retailers such as Supreme or BAPE.

The origin of this brand stems from two members of the Hypebeast forums, Yoon and Jarvis. Each year, they posted an official discussion thread with a lookbook of their pieces they planned on releasing. They communicated directly with members of the forum even as more and more people started following their startup. Several members of the forum found it efficient and appealing for a brand to communicate with their customers. This method also allowed them to cultivate what designs they wanted to release.

what do you guys want to see from us this year?

– Yoon, https://hypebeast.com/forums/brands/212092

From their inception several years ago (2012), they’ve taken feedback from various online forums. While their infamous shirts were originally printed on shoddy blanks, their outerwear quickly became renowned for their insanely good quality. The thick fabric is likely one of the softest and highest quality materials you’ve ever felt. Ronin employs cut & sew for their hoodies, a method of buying fabric and embroidering/sewing it together themselves before releasing. Other brands fail to match their quality due to this method.

 

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A hoodie from Ronin Division’s Fall/Winter 2016 drop.

 

Much criticism came from their failure to take risks with their clothing early on. However, they used minimal and essential designs to establish themselves in the streetwear community over their first few years. Their most recent drop, Fall/Winter 2017, came extremely late this season (falling on 2/2/2018). Despite the lateness, the pieces’ reception was excellent; like their other drops, sought-after items sold out in mere seconds. For a lesser-known brand, their stocks of items are sold quite quickly to a core part of the streetwear community.

Besides the quality, Ronin has sublime customer service. They contact you via email after you submit a message through their website. Back in 2015, an unknown member of the streetwear community took to the forums to say, “I would just like to give a HUGE shout out to Ronin Division. Completely outstanding customer service!” You can read about their experience here.

Another Reddit user, mohammadaali, recounted his experience meeting one of the creators of the brand:

This man listened to drunk college kids talk about their aspirations, feelings, & other random nonsense for too damn long & believe me I know those guys, we’re close friends and I don’t even think they have interesting enough stories to listen to for hours, but he was so into it. He was all about listening to what they wanted to do and spreading the culture.

– u/mohammadaali, https://www.reddit.com/r/streetwear/comments/5v7kzk/met_the_creator_of_ronin_division/

In the end, I perceived Ronin Division as an excellent brand that has an immense amount of potential. I recommend you look forward to the next drop and pick up a comfortable hoodie! Their website is www.ronindivision.com.

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A well-krafted origami

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This origami is not ordinary,
And is krafted from the finest stationary,
With a 2:1 sheet of my biology notebook,
I folded as my hands trembled and shook,
As the end of the school day was at hand,
I held up the legend from MSJ Band,
I have finally won,
For I have finally got it done.

 

The Origin of Niagara Falls

The Origin of Niagara Falls

Once upon a time,
In the Land of Above,
There was a Mother and a Father,
Who ruled with tough love,

Their children went to Heaven High,
And flexed their straight As,
They would study every moment they got,
For minutes to hours to days,

Niogre was the son,
With an ugly face,
A large, brown stomach,
One who never made haste,

Nia was the daughter,
Small, weightless, with a heart,
Her parents were extremely proud,
As they considered her very smart,

But one fateful day,
A day of sorrow and woe,
Both children received B+s,
Which is not too bad, I know,

But for the proud, stern parents,
This could not happen again,
They had to teach them a lesson,
They’d committed a deadly sin,

The Father roared a mighty roar,
Lifted the many pounds,
He hefted Niogre and Nia,
And threw them through the clouds,

They fell and fell through the air,
They wish they’d given a confession,
Nia floated slowly to the ground,
But Niogre left a depression

The ground gave way to his weight,
Paving the way for a cliff,
the stones were sharp and jutted,
and the edge of the rock was stiff,

Nia and Niogre were saddened together,
In pain and in quite a daze,
their brains were disoriented,
and their vision was in a haze

But both heard the scream of their father,
it caused them both to turn,
he said, “you scum of children”
“only one of you shall return!”

“With your magical powers,
and your mighty features,
you must outdo each other,
in making magnificent creatures!”

“These creatures must live forever!
A race of success and glory,
they must have the best qualities,
that place them in this story!”

The Father’s thunder stopped,
And Niogre clutched his face,
the siblings had little time,
to create the superior race,

Niogre got to work immediately,
and used his large, misshapen hands,
he worked to create the fiercest force,
that had ever been seen in these lands,

But Nia, the clever Nia,
she thought of many things,
she eventually chose a creature of beauty,
one with a beak and a pair of wings

Both created several herds,
In their habitats,
Nia made a flock of birds,
Niogre, a horde of cats,

At first, Nia laughed,
“You think you can cross the line?
Beat my cardinals, robins, woodpeckers,
With your filthy feline?”

Niogre smiled an ugly grin,
“Imma disrupt the peace,
My lynx, cougar, and jaguar,
Are far better than your geese!”

Nia laughed in his face,
“Out of ten, you’re a four,
You should probably realize,
That our parents love me more!”

The Father heard this go on,
And his voice was hard and rocky,
“I’m not beaming up a little fool
Who has gotten far too cocky!”

And so Niogre won the battle,
Forcing Nia to her fears,
Out of her pair of eyes,
Came a river of tears

She cried and cried and cried,
Sobs, hollers, and bawls,
Her tears filled the depression
Creating Niagara Falls,

She shook and shook,
Now there was none to appease,
Her hair fell from her scalp,
And made the many trees

Out of her spite, Nia made a pledge
Her creativity was finally bloomin’,
She made a creature of grace, smarts, talent,
And called it “the glorious human”

By putting four limbs together,
She caused this sudden upheaval,
Created a race of amazing beings,
Morally good but evil,

The first tribe of Nia’s humans,
Known as the Ongui-nia-hara,
They resided on the shores,
Of the falls of Niagara

These Natives carried a rich culture,
They committed many a vice,
A common cultural custom to see,
Was their annual sacrifice

The humans eventually branched out,
Spread out far and wide,
Across the Earth they went,
There were no laws to abide,

They invented fire and weapons of death,
Corruption in every mind,
It was a rarity to find a human,
Who was morally right and kind

Nia, now Mother Nature, saw this occur,
The various inventions of tools,
The human condemned their own planet,
By burning the fossil fuels,

But in Niagara Falls,
The tribe was truly pure,
For the filth everywhere else,
Nia wasn’t quite sure,

This nefarity of humankind,
Slowly, slowly, unfurled,
Nia’s beautiful creation,
Was now the destruction of the world

And there was the origin of those lands,
The lands of Niagara Falls,
The sound of the water cascading down,
Is the sound of Nia’s calls,

She regrets the creation of human,
They lack the mind to quit,
Nia would emphasize the need,
Of life; to preserve it

The moral of this tale is,
Treat our world kindly,
Don’t be too ignorant nor too cocky,
And treat others very finely

And so ends the story,
Of what nature calls,
The origins of species,
Within Niagara Falls

 

William Jennings Bryan

Here’s a taste of US history!

William Jennings Bryan’s idea for the way that the awful economic status of the United States would be resolved was to insert another metal currency into the current gold dominance of that time. He desired to enact the Free Silver Movement, which would increase revenue of farmers by introducing silver into the economy. It would also reduce the government’s reliance on gold. By helping the laborers and farmers, the wage gap would decrease and the situation of the economy would better. Whereas the addition of silver would reduce its own value in the long run, it would direct sole reliance on gold to a more reliable combination of silver and gold. The national income tax he also proposed would take money from the rich and give it to the poor, improving the common laborer’s quality of life and bridging the US wage gap.

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A Collection of Music

Hey guys! As junior year of high school begins, I would like to share a plethora of music that I personally listened to throughout the last decade of my life. I hope to discover/share more amazing pieces in the future, but if you want some sweet, dulcet tones for now, check out these links!

Undertow by John Mackey

Symphonic Suite by Clifton Williams

Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Avenger’s Theme by Alan Silvestri

Zigeunerweisen performed by Rafael Mendez

The Ayres of Agincourt by Richard Meyer

Satiric Dances by Norman Joio

Transcendent Journey by Rossano Galante

National Anthem of the USSR

Vapaussoturin Valloituslaulu

 

 

 

Origami Caesar (Planet of the Apes)


This origami model was folded right after viewing the fantastic finale to the best movie trilogy of this decade. War of the Planet of the Apes inspired me to design this model, and I think it turned out pretty good. I folded it from a 16×16 grid and a ten inch square sheet of paper. Caesar not like Koba. Apes. Together. Strong. 

Origami Dragon

This origami dragon was designed and folded by me. I used a ten inch square of green kami, and the base is a regular bird base with pleats folded in the middle. I also put one of my origami Links on the back of the dragon just for giggles. The origami link was folded by me with a post-it note during my ACT test prep class. This was just a fun, quick fold, and I am sorry for not posting in like three months.

Drowned in the Unknown

A poem inspired by Holocaust survivor, Lilly Black (interview).

A new lily, comely and pristine,
Youthful and truly untouched,
to observe the first of what changed her life,
Religion to her body was clutched,

She saw the people being herded like cattle,
But why? Why were they being sent away?
Doubting all answers and ideas given,
No matter what her parents would say.

And soon she too was among the “lesser”,
Which she had questioned if they truly were worse,
but they must be, all Jews and herself,
She believed the people mouthed them a curse.

Why didn’t these observers do anything?
They let these soldiers shove us around,
Caged upon trains like meat sent for transport,
as the silent watchers stared to the ground.

Drowned into the black of unknown,
Constantly doubting her only kin’s life,
Robbed of her culture before the dark set,
Her dreams were slain and flame set to her strife.

Her finger scratched, was her life to be gone?
Her sister taken, was her soul as well?
The woeful unknown enveloped her so,
The circumstance naught but a frightening hell.

For the unknowingness was horrendous,
She never knew of her fate,
or what went through other people’s minds,
or if this pain were ever sate.

By Shivang Shelat