Powerlifter Vs. Vegan Strongman, Plus Metal


What happens when a champion powerlifter goes up against a vegan strongman and you throw in some pulsing metal and a headbanging host for good measure? Strength Wars! Patrik Baboumian, a 282 lb. vegan Strongman battles Jiří Tkadlčík, a 231 lb. Powerlifter in a challenge including 10 reps of 250 kg deadlifts, 50m of a 180kg prowler, 10 keg lifts at 80kg, and then another 50m with the prowler!

Testing the Waters

by Barent Roth
Professor of Sustainable Design, The New School

This week at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Design conference in Seattle we will be trying something new, something called a Swarm. Borrowing elements of brainstorming, design thinking, and the intensity of a hackathon, designers will cluster in groups of eight to ten and try and harness the power of collaborative timed competition to create ______.

As a veteran of engaging, inspiring conferences that result in nothing more than digital handshakes in the aftermath, I will instead try to lead our group to take advantage of the incredible brain power in the room by creating something lasting and meaningful. It’s ambitious, and unlikely, but it can be done. In the fall of 2011 I started teaching Sustainable Design at The New School. The school and its collaborators at the Stevens Institute had just completed their entry into the Solar Decathlon, an amazing competition that challenges universities around the world to build a solar powered home. Seeing all of the entries at the National Mall in DC makes you feel like you are getting a little glimpse of the future, a stroll down an idyllic sustainability lane. Yet after proving their photovoltaic collectors can easily power the needs of a family by actually living in their new constructions, the students dutifully deconstruct the homes and take them back to campus limbo, all except for The New School’s entry, the Empowerhouse. The Empowerhouse is now a home for a family outside our nation’s capital. During the design process the post competition phase of the house was carefully considered and addressed. On a much, much smaller scale our Design Swarm will attempt a similar form of longevity.

The Empowerhouse (photo by Martin Seck)

The Empowerhouse (photo by Martin Seck)

During our 3.5 hour workshop, we will be creating an ocean trawl for 5Gyres to be created using Shapeways 3D Printing technology. A trawl is a simple tool pulled by a boat made to float atop the water’s surface and collect debris in a large net. The report last December that revealed the incomprehensible 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans was thanks to the 5Gyres organization pulling a trawl through the global seas.* This inspiring marine research non profit wants to make it possible for others around the world to build their own low-tech trawls in order to test their own waters. Shapeways not only allows 5Gyres to produce a trawl but equally important, Shapeways can deliver the Trawl parts directly to citizen scientists, or actual scientists, for assembly, helping to make this horrific submerged pollution problem more visible.

Trawl in Action (photo by 5Gyres.org)

Trawl in Action (photo by 5Gyres.org)

Details of the Design Swarm are being kept intentionally vague to keep the conference attendees and the Design Swarm moderators on their feet. What we do know is that we will work in thirty minute bursts and have design minions sketching, CAD modeling, and prototyping our ideas for us while we try to solve our chosen problem. Ideally we can follow the lead of The Empowerhouse and create something 5Gyres can actually use to help illuminate the scope of the worldwide plastic pollution problem.

Debris gathered from a 5Gyres trawl of the Hudson River NYC, June 2015. (photo by Marcus Eriksen)

Debris gathered from a 5Gyres trawl of the Hudson River NYC, June 2015. (photo by Marcus Eriksen)

There will be a follow up post after the Design Swarm to report on the results.


* PLOS One (Public Library of Science) http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111913

Vegan Fashion Panel: LOS ANGELES

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West-coasters! Los Angolans! I’ll be in your city along with the brilliant minds behind VAUTE, Nicora Johns, Mink Shoes and Eco Divas.  Come smize at us from the audience and ask pressing questions like “is fashion something serious” and “are scientists really growing fur in the laboratory“? Brought to you by PETA.

When: Monday August 24th
Doors: 6:15, program: 6:40-7:30
Where: Pyo Gallery, 1100 S Hope St. #105, LA, CA 90015
Host: PETA

Then on Friday August 28th, Brave GentleMan will be popping up at MooShoes LA to give you first-dibs on our incredible Fall 2015 collection of future-wool (recycled cotton/recycled poly) suiting, ready-to-wear, outerwear, and accessories! We’ll have limited numbers and will probably sell-out, so if you know you want something, make sure to be there! RSVP here.



NAK & Game Changers

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A new vegan shoe company, NAK, takes classic men’s shoes and adds a flash of teal. NAK is made in Italy under fair labor conditions and features some fantastic vegan materials.

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In 2016, The Game Changers documentary will aim to do exactly what the title says. As the website says:

From a warehouse gym in Berlin and the UFC Octagon in Las Vegas, to an Olympic podium in Russia and the bushlands of Zimbabwe, The Game Changers will introduce the world to elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and every day heroes—each on a mission to create a seismic shift in the way men eat and live.

NBA’s Ben Gordon & NFL’s David Carter


Orlando Magic’s Ben Gordon sat down with Vice Sports and friends at the Los Angeles eatery Plant Food & Wine. Turns out he’s vegan and has a great sense of humor! Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears singed David Carter of The 300 Pound Vegan who recently graced the cover of LAIKA Magazine. You can hear Carter’s powerful interview on the Rich Roll Podcast.