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Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival: Sunday, May 4th

The first of two Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals in 2014 takes place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Streets on Sunday, May 4th.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival Sunday May 4 2014

Like the movie Groundhog Day, you can mill around the streets from 11am to 6pm to see hundreds of (mostly) out-of-town vendors selling food, artwork, and myriad of other trinkets and tchotchkes.

Big attractions are typically the zeppoles and fried crab cakes – and of course Cake Boss oglers will be around too. Three music stages also set up. The main stage is south of the CVS downtown, a kiddie stage at 3rd Street, and a secondary stage at the north end of the festival between 6th and 7th Streets.

Some of this year’s featured musical acts include:

Groovy performance from The Black Hollies

One particular act that we’re interested in seeing is The Black Hollies.

Here’s a perfect song for the sheep as they enter their voluntary weekly enslavement called “employment” this morning. Not nearly as gloomy as the title suggests, and sounds like a mashup between trippy 60′s and today.

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Hoboken Week in Review: 4/20/2014

Hoboken Week in Review – April 20, 2014

Hoboken Week in Review April 20 2014 NJ Easter

Here’s a selection of noteworthy posts for the week ending (Easter) Sunday, April 20, 2014:

Politics and City Happenings

  • On deaf earsHoboken “citizen complaints” don’t work unless you’re a political donor.
  • Andrew JarzykWithout a trace.
  • Trees murderedOnly in Hoboken do parks get “de-forested.”
  • Hospital MonopolyDoes anyone else wonder how our “healthcare monolith” is doing so great?

Updates & Events

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

weekends are an employees parole mokokoma

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Hoboken Photo Leftovers for April 19th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: April 19, 2014

Hoboken Photo Leftovers April 19 2014

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photos 1-4: {#JUICY} Inching forward to opening (this week hopefully) is Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries. They also tout their shakes as well.
  • Photos 5-7: {#BUDDING} You know without a doubt spring has arrived when the trees start flowering!
  • Photos 8-9: {#OVER} The Office endured a “painful” move out of Hoboken. However, greener pastures await them in neighboring Jersey City.
  • Photo 10: {#FROZEN} Rare snow sighting last week, as old man winter didn’t go down without a fight.
  • Photo 11: {#JESUS} A “Happy Easter” flower display makes ordinary trash receptacles more bearable.
  • Photo 12: {#HALF} Diamond Athletics slowly establishing their brand presence on the exterior of their building.
  • Photo 13: {#MISSING} Kind of sad to see missing Andrew Jarzyk fliers crumpled up on the ground.
  • Photo 14: {#TRAGIC} Two puzzling entries into the Hudson River led to two unnecessary deaths last week. A make-shift memorial was set up along the waterfront.

Another perfect weekend to spend in the great outdoors!

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Parking Cartel in Hoboken?

A year and a half – 11%+ parking rate increase in Hoboken

18 months ago, we talked about how parking garages all seemingly raised their monthly rates simultaneously – as if they were in a “parking cartel” in cahoots with one another.

Well – it seems that the Little Man Garage on Hudson Street went up over 11% recently. Did your salary go up 11%?

Garage rate increases Hoboken NJ

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15 years of progress

Do you feel more complete after “15 years of progress?”

Since it’s Friday – I figured I’d share this cartoon that I saw the other day entitled “This is Progress” (i.e., 15 Years of Progress.)

Like it or not – it’s true for the most part. And makes you wonder where all of this technological “progress” is taking us, has made our lives better (and I mean by better – not “more entertained” or “connected” – but rather more whole as humans), or hurting the population in general.

15 years of progress technology

“Progress” happening too fast for “generations” to grasp

It’s been written before, that the “benefits” that all this technology progress affords humans, is actually a dual-edged sword.

Sure, kids these days are “iPhone experts” and have become accustomed to “ease and convenience” of the digital all-access “instant” world we now live in.

Not too long ago, technological “change” happened at a much slower pace. Take music for instance. We went from live performances, to the grooved “album” records, to reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, mp3, and finally now “streaming cloud” music. But the earlier “technologies” took at least a whole generation or more to change. And quite often, co-existed with one another. People had time to truly understand what it was, and what it did. It wasn’t always “the latest and greatest,” at least not on the breakneck pace these days. Where the new obsoletes the old sometimes within the same calendar year.

Nowadays, the “old” technology gets discarded as a whole, and essentially ends up in the trash heap. Remember days where you actually had to purchase and listen to the whole record, rather than 30 second samples and the “choice” to buy only the ones you wanted? People actually gave every track on a record a chance, at least.

I believe that not allowing something to “settle in,” so to say – that the change almost becomes more important than “what it is.” Take a look at this video – where kids were shown a portable cassette player (i.e., a “Walkman.”) They were stupified by the “old” technology. Cute and funny as it may be, it also scares me a bit. What downsides do our future generations have in store?

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Boys or Men? “The Mask You Live In”

Be a man – is that such a bad thing?

A couple videos to share with only brief commentary. One, is this much viewed “The Mask You Live In,” which has received over 3 million YouTube views. It tries to play down the fact (and the phrase) “Be a man.”

My only question, what can a man be other than a man?

The Mask You Live In {PARODY}

And below – is a parody of the above The Mask You Live In video, made by people who seem to value the importance of the true nature of genders.

Here’s one “mission statement” from “The Representation Project” website (makers of the original video): “Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?”

(I can answer the above question with one word: misdiagnosis.)

What do you think? Who is trying to feminize the male population?

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