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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!

Tal Wilkenfeld on Bass

Great young musician – Tal Wilkenfeld {Serendipity}

I’ve seen a lot of musicians get “touted” as the next best this or that. And I’ve certainly had the displeasure of hearing some crappy music come out (like that horrific over-produced, over-rated Lindsey Stirling dubstep noise that millions are in love with now – and will not even remember 4 years from now).

But I wanted to share a glimpse of talent I stumbled upon the other day – it’s this bassist Tal Wilkenfeld (from Australia). She’s already gotten some top-billing since coming to the states a decade ago, touring with respected musicians like Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton. (This artist is nothing “new,” but rather new to my purview).

Now, I stopped liking “Jazz” back in the 80′s – but “Serendipity” is a really well done (and original) song without special effects or mind-melding noise. Excellent! (Song starts at 1:30). Enjoy.

Need help with debt?

How many are in debt in Hoboken?

It’s a shame that the “concept” of debt vs. wanting (I need!) things is so hard to grasp by individuals, that it has become a mocking parody on shows like Saturday Night Live.

Credit cards, commercials, the “need to fit in,” other “must have” items (clothing, cars, tech gadgets) we could all do without.

About the only thing that used to be purchased on a “loan” was a home. And even back in the day, the cost of a home was just around 1x to 2x what your annual earnings were. People paid their homes off very quickly. Today, homes have become pretty much impossible to own outright.

While this video is funny, I don’t think it would aid in getting many people out of denial.

What makes you tick?

Does anyone even care anymore about what makes you tick?

what makes you tick in Hoboken NJ does anyone askTotally random “Friday Fun post” here – but this has been ringing truer and truer over the past few years. It’s that age-old question “What makes you tick?”

Before we elaborate more on the actual question itself – the reason I bring this up is more or less for the LACK of people who give a crap about truly “knowing” other people.

I mean you can’t get a better open-ended question about another person that “what makes you tick?”

It throws people into an impromptu arena where they are free to answer the question almost any way they wish.

And it’s a damn good way to get to know another person quite a bit – in a very brief moment.

So why is it today – that fewer and fewer people actually take the time to really get to know someone else’s “inner workings” (other than reproductive mechanisms…)?

The problem is – narcissism and self-importance!

Think about some of the most memorable people you’ve met in the past couple years. I can bet you that a majority of them spent very little time talking about themselves compared to asking about YOU.

Isn’t that amazing? You remembered the people that hardly disclosed much about who they were – but because they had YOU in focus, you had positive memories?

Knowing other people intimately helps you too

This is one thing I believe many people have inherently forgotten. In the midst of their narcissistic, self-important life – they have downright “un-learned” that observation is one of the most important things in this world. And I don’t mean “watching TV,” no.

It’s about listening, learning, carefully observing, thinking and more.

For one thing, I’m not saying curious or truly nice people don’t exist. I’m saying they’re becoming more rare.

Being outward with your conversational skills is a very altruistic task not everyone may be comfortable with. However, you really need to try it in order to see the amazing benefit.

Social networks, competition, retarded TV shows that make 99% of the viewers feel “unworthy,” and much more have hampered people’s ability to have a true, honest conversation these days.

Ask yourself – Who is more important and better than you?

I can almost guarantee that there is at least ONE thing in everyone that you know that is BETTER than you.

What does that tell you?

The problem is (and I blame social networking almost fully), that people feel they need to “compete.” And even if you’re one of those that says you don’t – you’re lying. Sadly, people believe that maintaining social pecking order is as important as breathing and sleeping. So whether it’s conscious or not – it exists. Period. The end.

So what makes you tick?

What makes you tick Hoboken NJI’ll offer up some private tidbits about Hoboken411 that you might have never known (because 99.9% of you have never met me personally). If you feel like sharing some of your “tick” anecdotes – please feel free. Can’t hurt to let a little off your plate, right?

For one – how I come up with topics for this website is not something you can read, learn or pick up from a book. It’s my way. No one elses. Sometimes I have lots to say, other times I wrangle with what I feel like saying. Bottom line: Unless I either like it or support it, or at the very least have a moderate opinion about it – it does not get published.

How do you motivate yourself? I don’t use the word “motivate.” I just do what I do. Like a “second sense.”

When you don’t have a boss (or “handler”), you are in charge of you.

Have you been in such a situation? It’s a lot different than having to rush to an office, or conference call or whatever. Being truly responsible for your output (or lack thereof) is a powerful (and sometimes scary) feeling.

Goals are on my time line. One thing about “getting things done” is that the best way to get them done – is to WANT to get (or SEE) them done. Which is why you should never approach a task (whether it’s spring cleaning, closet organization, etc.) without your own visual that you can already SEE it completed. In your mind – seeing the finished goal. Focus on it. Not the work at hand, but the finished, “wrapped” product. It will truly help you forge ahead regardless of how daunting it may have seemed. Call it “mental positive reinforcement” if you will…

I could go on. But understanding the “inner-workings” of your friends, family-members, significant others – is very important. And honesty is too.

If you have an OCD, or anal-retentive control-freak in your life, it’s probably one of your priorities to have whatever affliction it may be taken care of. Because certain “control-based” asshole-ish attributes can be deal-breakers in relationships – even if they involve marriage or children or even casual friendships. So keep that very close to the forefront of your mind.

So get out there today and learn something new about a person in your life. And that means doing it outside of the comfort zone of your “social network.” Do you have what it takes?

It will NEVER be “your team!”

Sports, Bread and Circus – Should you even care? It’s not your team!

When the Yankees lost to the Diamondbacks back in 2001 – that was the tipping point (or the start of a better, more fulfilling life) for me. I still cannot believe that I actually became “emotional” that “my team” lost. Slowly but surely since then, professional sports have been completely eradicated from my life (with the exception of some leftover Yankee hats).

Let this video below serve as a reminder that whatever “camp” you’re in, and for whatever reasons – these over-payed “sporting” entertainment spectacles rely on YOU to pay for tickets, merchandise, apparel and more. But it will NEVER be “your team.” Not today. Not tomorrow. Not EVER.

So what are these drunk boneheads fighting over? What are they “defending” exactly? How can you have “pride” in something that doesn’t belong to you in any way, shape or form? Look in the mirror and ask yourself the same question. Perhaps it’ll all go away one day and we can get back to our roots as individuals.

Statue Theft FAIL in Hoboken

Weakling punks FAIL at Statue Theft in Hoboken

Here we go again with another nefarious video capture in front of Muller Insurance at 930 Washington Street this summer.

“It shows 4 frat boys trying to steal a decorative garden statue. Luckily we thought to cement it and bury it so they try – but honestly can’t remove it. It’s funny but ridiculous – no one wants us to have a nice main street I guess?”

The good thing is that whomever these “frat boys” were, they certainly were not MEAT HEADS on some football team. Because then, the statue probably would have been damaged. Pencil-neck nerds who get sweaty using anything other than a touch-screen computer are no match for heavy landscaping. They probably dropped their pints of piss-water beer several times throughout the night as well.