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The art of Pawel Kuczynski

Brilliant art from Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski may not be a “local” artist – but he is one of those rare, special people who’s art should be appreciated across the world. Brilliant, thought-provoking pieces that are a byproduct of our times. Not for those who are “victims,” however. Wouldn’t make sense to those people…

One of my favorites (called “Disable”) is perfect for anyone who drives in circles around a parking lot to find the “closest spot,” or those who spend 30 or 60 minutes “working out” at a gym, only to spend the rest of their time dormant on the couch “catching up with the DVR.”

You can buy his photos (with or without frame, canvas, etc.) at Pictorem for a very reasonable price. See a few more noteworthy ones after the jump.

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Hoboken ain’t snobby

Some list calls Hoboken a snobby city

I hate these new “top 10″ lists that pop up all over the internet. Especially when they try to rank cities across the country – and most likely have NEVER visited them. This is an example of data on a spreadsheet not translating whatsoever into real world observations and experiences.

So a sham of a website called Movoto published a stupid list called The 10 Snobbiest Small Cities in America.

Here’s what they tell uneducated readers about Hoboken:

“Locals here definitely are world-wise and well off. For starters, this place had the ninth highest household income on our list, with a startling average of over $100,000 per household. Hoboken also had the seventh highest percentage of population with at least a college degree. True, there were fewer private schools here, but there were other stats to keep this place elite.

The performing arts and art galleries here both ranked in the top 30, and there were few non-fast food restaurants here for those who can’t stand not to have filet mignon with every meal. If you’re more into the art culture, you can always hobnob in Hoboken at the Barsky Gallery.”

Hoboken411′s take:

  • “For starters,” rankings in general are meaningless.
  • “Performing Arts?” We have a very small performing arts representation here in Hoboken. It’s a joke. Same with art galleries. Sure a few here and there – but I cannot see how we’d even make a blip on any map of the “arts.”
  • $100k household income? That is barely considered middle-class these days.
  • If there’s one thing they got right – was showing a stroller in the picture. That factor, if considered alone – would make Hoboken the #1 snobbiest city on planet earth.

Go talk to some of the old school B ‘n’ R’s here in town. Doubt you’ll see any snobs around.

“Sandy Money”

WTF is “Sandy Money” anyway?

The trend these days seems to be “Gimme Gimme Gimme” – but how come no one asks “from where?”

This is in reference to the so-called “news” and people who follow the so-called “news.”

All this talk about “Hurricane Sandy money” – billions here – millions here – who got what, they got more, they got less, what about us? Where is OUR share?

The almost socialist fabric woven through the whole story is sickening. Politicians like Zimmer “point fingers,” and so on…

Has anyone taken a “big picture” perspective?

Sandy Money Hurricane New Jersey

Government “programs” are bullshit to begin with

For one – the size and scope of this whole “grant” process was way too big and complex for anyone to handle “fairly,” especially when inept organizations like (any) government body are involved . They have rating scales, charts, and all sorts of “models” to try and make it “fair,” but without a doubt will fail in some way, shape or form. Someone will get the short end of the stick. ALWAYS. Either due to insufficient rating systems, human error, what have you.

It’s easy to “examine” or analyze a bloated and poorly run operation after the fact (like WYNC and others did – why didn’t they “investigate” it CONCURRENTLY AS IT WAS HAPPENING? Or demand to see the “rating charts” that were going to be used to “divvy up” funds before the numbers were released? Why always the “Monday Morning Quarterback” mentality?)

But way WAY more importantly – take a look at all these stories and political “sound bites,” and if you were paying attention – you’d notice the BIGGEST, MOST CRUCIAL aspect missing.

Who is eventually “paying for it?”


Sandy Money is taxpayers money

Hey idiots – it’s YOUR money they’re “fighting over…”

It bugs me to NO END that the “battle” for money or funding is like a SHARK FEEDING FRENZY. But none of these stories ever FOCUS on who’s money it is or was. They act as if this “magic money” is owed to others. No one at your water cooler at the office mentioned this. Why?

All levels of government are funded by TAXES from ordinary people.

How can any municipality “demand” money from the state? Is it written contractually anywhere?
How can any states “demand” money from the federal government? The “superstorm” was nobodies fault!

The fact is that all these publicly-funded-puppets are “in the spotlight” essentially “fighting” over what was once YOUR money.

Shouldn’t you find that INSULTING? “Allegations about Mitigation Money!” What the fuck is “mitigation money” anyway? What happened to taking care of YOURSELF?

Shit, politicians, instead of being bold, finger-pointing entitled snobs – perhaps they should be HUMBLE that the PUBLIC is paying their salaries! Especially with PLATINUM health insurance and other exorbitant “benefits!”

They throw numbers around like “$50 billion” as if it’s chump change that grows on trees. Did you know if they just “returned” the money back to the people they stole it from – it would equate to $5,500 for every man woman and child in NJ? That certainly would help the local economy!

I don’t know. But reading these stories makes me shake my head.

If there is any “LAW” that should be enacted – it should be for the media. There should be a REQUISITE REMINDER at the beginning AND end of EVERY story that talks about “disbursement” of money from the government – that all of that came from someone else.

Because people forget way too easily.

Marketing Mentality

Hoboken & Beyond – Do you believe the “Marketing Mentality?”

Marketing mentality Hoboken NJ Running Company Happy FeetI’ve noticed a very curious trend when it comes to “marketing mentality” in Hoboken and pretty much the rest of the world. Something has changed. And quite substantially as well!

It’s long been said (since the grandfather of marketing Edward Bernays) that “emotion sells” anything 100x better than actual merits. Which is why you see dopey idiots and hot chicks on “Light Beer” commercials, smiling happy people on Jewelry commercials, and “perfect lives” on any other consumer goods commercial. It’s all psychological.

However, while the ignorant “masses” are suckers – there are still many of us “critical thinkers” left in the mix. A dwindling number for sure, but still enough to make a difference.

So I saw this sign at NJ Running Company (127 Washington Street) the other day that read “Happy Feet (in the store) – Sad Feet (not in the store.)”

You know what my first thought was when I saw that? “Happy Wallet (not in the store) – Sad Wallet (in the store buying shit I don’t need.)”

As you can see, while this is a simple sandwich board sign which typically has ultra-low “returns,” it still played on people’s emotions. And I can BET that at least a few (unsuspecting) consumers probably bid farewell to some of their (leftover) hard earned cash. Psychological marketing “wins!”

Are you influenced by marketing like that?

NJ Running Company Hoboken NJ Happy Feet Sad Feet Marketing Mentality

Jersey City Brew Club “walking beer tour”

Jersey City Brew Club Summer Walking Beer Tour – July 26

Home Brew Jersey City Walking Beer TourHere’s a rather unusual “event” taking place this Saturday, July 26th: The Jersey City Brew Club Summer Walking Beer Tour.

“Curious to see local homebrewers’ setups? Take an afternoon tour of Hoboken and Jersey City, visiting home breweries and sampling homebrewed beer. After the tour, head home or stay late to join us at a Jersey City bar! Homebrewers and curious beer lovers both welcome!

This tour will include 4 stops in Hoboken and Jersey City, with multiple samples of homebrewed beer and snacks at each stop. The ticket also includes a one-way ticket on the Light Rail.

You meet at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken (11th & Park) and eventually meander your way over to White Star Bar in Jersey City.

Note: This is a walking tour, taking 5-20 minutes between stops. Please wear appropriate footwear. Also, please come with a full stomach to offset all the beer!

Get tickets here ($32 a pop).

411 Take: While the cost might seem a bit steep to ordinary folks, it still is a unique “experience” to say the least. I suppose it will interest those who are starting to become “home brew” aficionados even more so. You know, this is one of those “hobbies” that turns some people into “fanatics” about their craft over time.

Jersey City Brew Club Summer walking beer tour

St. Ann’s Biblical Upgrade!

St. Ann’s Biblical Upgrade in Hoboken, NJ

Speaking of St. Ann’s Church – did you know that one of their “biblical” statues recently went through a significant renovation / upgrade?

St. Ann's Hoboken NJ Bliblical Upgrade

That’s right – just in time for the St. Ann’s Feast – this gorgeous statue got renovated because it was essentially falling apart.

Now all the beer-swilling patrons will get to see a clear rendition of what this really meant!

St. Ann's Church Statue Before After Hoboken NJ