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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.

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.

Victory!

Ebola Virus

What you need to know about the Ebola Virus

See – we don’t really read the news much these days (other than quick glances at headlines). Truly “observing life,” requires looking at real things outside and kind of slowly forming an opinion based on real experiences, etc. So we haven’t panicked whatsoever about this “Ebola Virus Scare” that is dominating the “news” headlines. Remember all those other “global pandemic scares” in the past? Avian Flu, SARS, heck – even AIDS was supposed to kill half the world. I don’t know.

Anyway – below is a pretty funny clip from YouTuber Mark Dice. We don’t necessarily agree with the direction he goes on with his rants – but some can be quite entertaining, and his delivery almost always gives me a chuckle or three.

Here’s what he said about the latest fear mongering episode people are talking about: