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Historic…

It was Historic for sure!

This “blizzard” we had was absolutely historic – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Historic because it set the all-time record for the highest “Hype vs. Reality” ratio! (A now distant second was Chicken Little’s “The Sky is Falling,” which held the record for nearly 200 years.)

Take a look at these EPIC photos!

It was (and is) still a storm!

This “weather event” was still significant in many ways. Snow storms (even pedestrian ones) do impact people’s lives in the short term, and this was quite a powerful storm (for some). It just snowed heavier in other parts of the northeast.

I guess this weather pattern was a bit too complex for our inferior technology to pinpoint precisely what would have happened in the future.

No one is to “blame”

While I find it humorous that the “Hype vs. Reality” ratio was so high, and always find the silver lining to situations like this (less snow is better for most) – I certainly feel no need to issue “blame” to anyone.

Why do people even use phrases like that when something like this happens “We blame those stupid meteorologists for getting it wrong! Burn them at the stakes!”

If anything – YOU are to blame for taking what those weather people say as gospel. How do you like them apples?

People should always be prepared for the circumstances that may take place in their neck of the woods.

  • If you live near a body of water – have a flooding plan (evacuation, supplies, etc.)
  • If you live in a cold climate – have your shovels, salt, fuel, etc.
  • And no matter where you live – it’s never a bad idea to have a supply of essentials on hand at all times (food, medical, water). What’s so bad about that? Just rotate it over time to ensure freshness.

Another bonus is that a majority of the sheep believed the hype and are frozen with fear and submission. Have you seen the roads today? Almost post-apocalyptic!

For the history books…

“The Storm”

Insanity and “the storm”

Man, the media hypes these storms as if people will be trapped for weeks or months without food or water, and will certainly cease living if they don’t rush to the store for their lifeline of supplies. This “major east coast storm” was no different. All major supermarkets and hardware stores were MOBBED the day before the snow started.

It’s probably the same people that go out every time a storm gets hyped too. You’d think that after just one instance, that they would permanently be converted into “preppers” who would always have at least six months of food and water on hand. But nope. Not the case. Why can’t people learn not to wait until the last minute? Is it that hard to comprehend? Do they lack those cognitive skills?

Anyway, here’s a quirky video from Hudson County Comedian Pat Lamb regarding the whole “hype machine” when it comes to prepping for “the storm.” I love the way he refers to these people as “locusts.”

“Bread & Milk!”

And I’m sure you’ve seen this viral video from two years ago from Comedian Vic Dibitetto “Bread & Milk:”

But getting your “supplies” before the storm makes sense

Despite the truly unnecessary need to rush to the store before the storm – I can see some logic behind it.

Because I for one, prefer NOT driving in the snow. And most importantly – it is because the IDIOTIC drivers that go out and try to navigate the snowy conditions. And your chances of getting injured or wrecking your car because of OTHER PEOPLE’S stupidity are much more likely.

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken

top 5 blizzard don'ts in Hoboken NJOkay – it’s winter.

This is just like any heavy rain storm – except that it’s frozen precipitation. And that means it will accumulate above the ground and cause an impedance to anyone who is a “challenged walker.” Yes, that is what snow is! Amazing, eh?

It’s fairly elemental.

But when it’s frozen and “accumulates,” it’s a bit different than water – which other than flooding, eventually drains away quite rapidly compared with the many weeks (if not months) we’ll see this snow on the ground. Turning brown. Becoming annoying. “Please make it go away… Looking forward to summer…. “

When we get FEET of snow – it presents a whole slew of problems, which are usually transportation oriented.

So what are the Top 5 things you should avoid during a blizzard?

Number 5: Please postpone medical emergencies

Number 5 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAt the height of the blizzard late tonight – medical vehicles and apparatus will have a super-tough time traversing city streets. That could mean the difference between life and death!

So if you can – please avoid (or postpone if possible) the following medical emergencies:

  • Heart attack or stroke. (Stay off carbs, eat lots of veggies, keep blood sugar low, avoid strenuous activities).
  • Child birth / labor. (If you’re close to your due date – either try to push it out NOW – or figure out a way to keep the baby in the sack till the weather clears).
  • Profuse bleeding. (Any tricky home projects or drunken bar fights should be put off till the storm clears).
  • Broken bones. (While not as bad as some other emergencies – try not elevating your body to more than 12″ off the ground. And if out and about, ensure your shoes have proper traction).
  • Panic Attacks. (There is nothing to worry about at all. Everything is fine. It will be spring in less that 3 months!)

ambulance hoboken blizzard medical emergency january 2015

Number 4: Try not to start any fires!

Number 4 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAny kind of row-house fire in Hoboken at the height of the blizzard, will practically ensure that an entire block burns down. Just because the snow is heavy and wet does not mean that it will aid in any way in preventing such a disaster.

So in order to reduce your risk (and guilt) for starting an epic fire for the history books:

  • Do not use candles if you’re a known drunk or narcoleptic.
  • Shut your circuit breaker if your house is known to be non-code compliant.
  • Playing “fire bomb beer pong” not a bright idea during the storm.
  • More than 11 iPhone chargers in a power strip just to keep your facebook stream alive is just not worth it.
  • Deep-frying a frozen turkey inside your studio apartment in wood-frame house can wait.
  • Firing up the hibachi grill on your fire escape. Just don’t do it. In other words, don’t be an asshole!

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Major East Coast Storm

Blizzard Warning in effect for Hoboken NJ and Tri-State Area

Well – here’s your “Historic East Coast Storm!” Blizzard Warning now in effect for the next 2 days or so.

Looks like Hoboken is in the 2-3 foot range – with possibly more. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Move your cars if possible! The city is also TOWING cars if they’re not moved off “Emergency Snow Routes.” Keep in mind this wasn’t always the case. So you have till 9pm to move your cars tonight. See below for “emergency routes.

Have fun!

NJ Hoboken Blizzard January 26 27 2015 Winter

Hoboken Snow Emergency Routes

MOVE YOUR CARS OR GET TOWED.

  • Washington Street – Both Sides
  • Willow Avenue (West Side) – Observer Hwy to 11th St
  • 3rd Street (North Side) – Jackson St to River St
  • 4th Street (South Side) – River St to Jackson St
  • 5th Street (South Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
  • 9th Street (North Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
  • 13th Street (North Side) – Washington St to Madison St
  • 17th Street (Both Sides)

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Today’s Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke predicts future of technology – what next?

For those who haven’t seen this fascinating “prediction” author Arthur C. Clarke made over 40 years ago regarding the future of the “internet of things,” here you go. Spot on:

Who is today’s Arthur C. Clarke?

Sure it’s easy to go back through the archives to find out who was “right” a long time ago. I’d be interested to see some other predictions made by (then) respected scientists, authors and other noteworthy people – who got it way wrong.

However, I’m wondering who would be today’s “Arthur C. Clarke.” What predictions being made TODAY will be the ones that come to fruition in the future?

Because it’s my belief that most predictions being made (about the future) today – are to coerce others into manipulating change today (policy, investment, etc.)

Take a look at this interesting “future study” from DHL as an example. The first “scenario” they come up with was “climate change.” But some of their other scenarios were interesting, like with 3D printing and the need for major suppliers of “things” diminishing. I do think they left a lot of intangibles out of their five scenarios – mainly because they were using this video as a marketing technique to their existing customers and investors.

Even “TPTB” don’t know for sure what the future will bring. Since the entire “upper echelon” of influential people in society (the ones with the power, money, weapons and control) are psychopaths and sociopaths – I think it’s a safe bet to say “God only knows what our future 40 years from now will be,” so hang on tight for the ride!

What’s up with “startups?”

“Startups” – Why all the hype?

The buzzword in the business world these days surely seems to be “Startups.”

So much attention is paid to these startup-companies (as well as Venture Capital – to the tune of close to $50 billion dollars in 2014).

Heck, we just landed the biggest “startup” Hoboken has ever seen – JET.

And most of these new companies are TECH Startups. With big national or global “potential” or promise. Not some mom and pop small business. But don’t you smell something wrong with this massive flurry of companies – that come as fast as they go – and don’t leave much behind in terms of tangible long-term value to the world? Isn’t there something missing from this “hollow” industry?

Do tech startups offer anything beyond hype and marketing and investment

Any substance beyond making a (very) few people “uber” rich?

Looking from afar, you begin to notice some trends. I’ve read quite a few books and “followed” a few “serial entrepreneurs” around over the past few years.

They’ll tout their “success,” but what they seem to do is bounce from one “startup” to the next. In some cases, ALL their previous “successful” ventures – are no longer in existence!

And the odd thing is – that even though those businesses ended up failing in the end, the founders, early round investors all made a killing (financially).

Multiple millions of dollars in their pockets. And they “tout” their track record. Really?

Sure, in some cases – the founders really did create a product in which they were “passionate” about – but I think that passion eventually wears off as their vision gets clouded with reality. The fact that they really don’t have to “risk it all” in order to make a very large return on investment in a short amount of time.

Do startups really care about the big picture or long term?

It’s my guess that most tech startup companies have that “trump card” in the back of their mind.

“I’ll put mediocre effort in – and if it doesn’t take off – at least I have my silver parachute payday! I’ll just start another one after this one goes down!”

I’d love to see a really good tech startup (with a major “game changing” product) refuse all venture capital unless they had very stringent “cash out” policies. Like a five or 10 year time line to make a profit.

startup garbage

Do these tech startups actually make or produce anything?

Another thing that is disturbing is that most tech startups don’t create anything of physical value (some exceptions – like 3D printing technology). What does SnapChat or airbnb do other that collaborate or combine information? Or Delivery.com?

Sure, maybe Uber might be slightly different – but they’re just skimming off the top of an existing market – not adding any true wealth to the economy. Just re-directing it.

And any new physical product that does come out (like most technology, cameras, “wearables” and what have you) are made in China because we have no manufacturing left in the good ‘ole USA!

Again, it’s just another form of speculation. A stock market. Gambling. With a whole lot of hype and A.D.H.D. customers who will jump head first into the “next big thing” before they’re pulled in another direction and next big startup.

Maybe this is all we have now?

Let me try to be fair here. Perhaps this is the “new” way to make a living. It certainly isn’t Bill Gates or Steve Jobs MEGA-WEALTH, but maybe this is 2nd best? Sort of like the “middle class” of rich?

Nothing or no one that is iconic or memorable over time. Just moderate short-term success?

Is it possible that the current market conditions make these semi-successes the best one can strive for? Or is it the super-fast pace in which technology is changing everything in this world? Not just “tech” startups?

Who knows, but maybe if the majority of “paying customers” just ignored the startups and waited until something of long-term sustainability comes their way – the madness will stop (or quiet down significantly).

Until then, enjoy your “here today, gone tomorrow” flash in the pans.