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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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“Emergency Vehicles” in Hoboken

Geek alert: various “emergency vehicles” in Hoboken

Hoboken Emergency VehiclesArea resident Marty Cass loves snapping short videos of “emergency vehicles.” While he primarily digs the top-notch FDNY and NYPD apparatuses – he’s been known to get a taste of “Rescue911″ type rides in Hoboken too!

In the video compilation below, we have:

  1. A wacky “mini-ambu-cart” that the Hoboken Volunteer EMS recently acquired;
  2. As well as brand new Ford Explorer SUV (Guess the donations were put to good use!) {starts around 1 minute mark}
  3. And the most interesting clip of them all. You remember the lame “Hoboken Huddle” that was put together for the Super Bowl a while ago? Well – there was a small army of “emergency” vehicles from Westfield, New Jersey here. You ever wonder why? How the dots connect? {starts at the 1 min 10 sec mark}

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Hoboken featured in Ford Commercial

Ford Commercial shot (partially) in Hoboken

Hoboken in ford commercial sign and ride TVJust because we stopped watching TV years ago – doesn’t mean we can’t mention something “seen on TV!” Hoboken411 reader Jen must not have a DVR – because she actually saw a spot for a car manufacturer. And she was eagle-eyed enough to notice that Hoboken was quite prominently displayed in this Ford Commercial for their “Sign and Ride” promotion.

Just a little forewarning to potential car buyers. “Zero down” technically means they want you to have as much interest-bearing debt over your heads as possible. Be very careful about the draw a “fresh new car” has. And remember that it loses over 20% of its value the minute you drive it out of the parking lot!

Our suggestion? Save up and buy a quality used (5 years or so) higher-end German car (like Audi, BMW, Mercedes). Lower insurance costs, and the thrill of a more powerful ride that is probably in better condition used than a domestic car brand new.

Anyway, the Shipyard, Maxwell Place and Lackawanna Terminal all got some “air time” in this latest piece. Hoboken looked like one of those fake Hollywood sets for some odd reason.

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Longing for spring in Hoboken

Over Polar Vortex: Longing for spring in Hoboken (hurry!)

So the so-called “Polar Vortex” has invited itself to our area again, bringing tiresome cold-weather and bulky winter gear out of the closet. While we normally welcome the change in seasons (as it makes you appreciate the pleasant weather more rightfully so, I can say wholeheartedly I cannot wait until winter is over.

The shoddy plowing and unreasonably poor sidewalk conditions didn’t help an already brutal winter.

That said, we watched a time lapse video we made last summer again, and it gave us enough faith to remember that spring begins in just about three weeks. Maybe the snow that is expected for Monday will be the last of the significant snowfalls? I bet I’m not the only one with those sentiments!

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John McAfee – Mayor of Hoboken?

You can dream: John McAfee for Hoboken Mayor

You ever follow the life of John McAfee? He truly is is one of the “most interesting people in the world.”

How awesome it would be for Hoboken if John McAfee was Mayor? Imagine a clear and concise speaker, who exudes confidence and intelligence? This guy doesn’t need “handlers” or advice from anyone. And a sophisticated sense of humor as well.

We can fantasize, can’t we? Below is a recent interview he did on RT.com. I think you would be proud to have him holding press conferences after events like Hurricane Sandy. It would be a strong departure from our current situation, that’s for sure!

“Some call him “Master of Paranoia”. The life of this man is the life of adventure — a scientist, a software developer, he developed new antibiotics in the heart of the jungle, drugs and guns are not an oddity for him. Luxury and poverty, freedom and jail — this man has tasted it all. Today we talk to the man of the legend — John McAfee is on Sophie&Co.”

Read more on his cool blog too.

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Icy surfaces in Hoboken

Helpful tips for traversing icy surfaces in Hoboken

Walking on icy surfaces in Hoboken can be a precarious ordeal. Whether it’s untreated sidewalks or snow melt that re-freezes overnight. Especially with many slate sidewalks in town that “look good,” but are the most slippery of them all.

The folks at The Globe and Mail in Canada actually produced a helpful video that contains at least one decent tip on how to manage icy sidewalks… It’s all about how you shift your weight on your feet.

Check it out… and good luck out there!

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