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Hoboken Architect Receives Award

Minervini Vandermark bags “merit award” for Tribeca West in Hoboken

Local Hoboken Architect Minervini Vandermark was recognized by industry peers for their work on the Tribeca West Lofts over at 10th & Jefferson Streets earlier this month.

Tribeca West Lofts Hoboken NJ Merit Award

AIA-NJ digs enviro-friendly multifamily building desing

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has presented Hoboken, N.J.–based architectural firm Minervini Vandermark Architecture with a merit award in the built residential category for its work on the Tribeca Lofts, located at 930 Jefferson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sitting at the southwest corner of 10th and Jefferson Streets, the structure offers three equally prominent facades and an impressive view of the Manhattan skyline. The building maximizes floor-to-ceiling glazing and outdoor balcony space for stunning views of the skyline as well as a neighboring high school football field.

The design team incorporated an exterior material palette that includes brick, exposed concrete, frameless curtain-wall glazing, aluminum-clad timber windows, clear anodized aluminum cladding and terracotta panels and baguettes used for screening and guardrails.

“We’re very grateful of the recognition we’re receiving for the design of Tribeca West,” said Frank Minervini, AIA, Principal of Minervini Vandermark. “We took a relatively small building and produced a design that mirrors the full-fledged aesthetic and functionality of a Manhattan condo.”

The building is on track to receive LEED Gold certification for its implementation of sustainable technologies including storm-water detention and grey-water reuse, solar paneling, low-flush plumbing fixtures, a high-efficiency elevator and Energy Star-rated appliances.

“In addition to the ingenuity showcased in this building’s design, it is also environmentally friendly,” said Kimberly Bunn, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Sustainable Design is a hallmark of architecture, and we appreciate seeing works at the cutting edge that are also responsible to the planet.”

The building features 15 one, two, and three-bedroom units from 800 to more than 1,600 square feet. Many of the units have amenities including decks, balconies and private rooftop patios.

Tribeca West Lofts Hoboken NJ Merit Award Minervini Vandermark

While I think the rear balcony designs lack floor to floor “privacy,” they might help out if you have to escape the building fast! Overall – it’s better than most cookie-cutter crap out there.


Baltimore: Degenerate Society or Righteous Cause?

Take a look at the “raw” video below (stuff “not shown on TV”) regarding the retarded riots in Baltimore, Maryland. These monsters are just smashing shit. Just for the sake of smashing shit.

Everyone and their brother has a “theory” as to why this took place.

Our take is that technology is mostly to blame, as it has taken perspective out of the human race. From bogus monetary systems to lack of discourse with subjects that affect everyone. Gone is careful contemplation about societal concerns (or any subject for that matter). Humans have what some say “evolved” really fast (with all this fancy gadgetry and constant contact), yet – some very important things were left behind. Like common sense and a true understanding of your environment(s)?

This isn’t a race issue (although it looks that way).

Humanity has become dumbed down beyond repair. How do you bring back days where you “earned” your living? Or made strong community bonds? Or were entirely self-sufficient? Whether the “system” is also to blame, or the lazy human lack of spirit and drive (which began it’s decline several generations ago) is anyone’s guess. But I’ll say one thing: “People be stupid.”


SexyPop Popcorn will soon be available in Hoboken!

I’m sure you know what “Pirate’s Booty” is, right? It’s an addictive cheddar corn pop snack that has been around for a long time. And when I say addictive – it’s not easy for ANYONE to just “eat a few.” It’s also marketed as “healthy” since there are less chemicals (but the same amount of insulin-spiking carbs).

They’re on supermarket shelves across the globe.

But the owner of the Pirate’s Booty (Robert’s American Gourmet) sold the product for like $200 million bucks recently and started a new company: SexyPop popcorn.

I ran into a couple of the SexyPop “representatives” the other day.

SexyPop Popcorn NJ Hoboken

On Long Island – SexyPop wants to expand to Hoboken (and beyond)

So I met Lazaro and his co-worker, and they just started peddling the new SexyPop popcorn to local businesses like King’s.

What is Sexy Pop (according to them):

“SexyPop is a global snack food company. Our company is based on fun and passion. Be smart, be thoughtful, be generous. Enjoy SexyPop. Order some for a friend or yourself today. It’s really really good.”

After meeting my two new friends and giving them “solid leads” where they could sell their products – they graciously offered me many samples to take home: Bangin’ Cheddar (2) – Black Pepper and Brazilian Coconut.

I gave one bag of cheddar to a trusted confidant – who let me down with their feedback. “Meh.”

{Disclaimer – Popcorn is essentially the “seed of a grain.” Corn, oats, wheat, rice, barley and more are just not smart for people to eat (according to Wheat Belly Total Health author William Davis). So “enjoy” at your own risk}

I accepted the generous gifts (ARV ~ $6.00) and took them home.

The cheddar was not as bland as my acquaintance suggested. Considering I stay as far as my willpower allows from “processed” anything, these popcorn nuggets were not so bad. Addictive? Yes. But definitely could have been “greasier.” Air-popped popcorn just sucks. Butter is better. But they nailed the flavor in my opinion.

The other two flavors I (shouldn’t have) tasted were also very interesting. The Pepper flavor was quite subtle. A perfect amount of salt, too. But popcorn just cannot satiate anyone. You become obsessed like a malfunctioning robot. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Arm-mouth. Fuck that shit! Put it back in the pantry! But regardless, the flavor and texture was perfect. If you can control yourself. Nice to try a popcorn that doesn’t have diamond-strength nuggets that send you to the dentist like other brands.

Next was the Brazilian Coconut flavor. It’s like a tease. You get the “sense” that it’s sweet, but it’s really not. It’s also slightly salty, but has the somewhat sweet essence of coconut. Again, curiously addictive. If you put any of their flavors in a bowl at an apartment party – 100% guarantee that they’d all be empty. Empty bowl. Unsatisfied party patrons. Sounds like a “winner” to me!

Expect to see SexPop Popcorn at various local Hoboken merchants this year. And be on the lookout for other flavors like French Butter, Nantucket Salted, Pineapple Habanero and Bodacious Banana as well.

It was quite interesting to see the genesis of a product relationship in Hoboken. Judging by the demographic – this will do fairly well until the rest of the populous realizes the problem with grains like corn (GMO or not). But my faith in humanity remains grim.

Call Lazaro Jimenez (Sales & Retail Merchandising Representative) at (347)400-8137 or (516)671-4411 if you want this in your store! They have promotional discounts right now and an excellent price-point for this snack.

SexyPop is it worth it in Hoboken NJ

Communication Options

Forced Communications? Mandatory? Says who?

Saw the below report on RT News the other day – which briefly covered how some folks out there who were previously NOT on social media “had to be on it” in order to succeed.

They even went on to mention it was practically “mandatory” to have presence on social media (as employers and colleges also check your social media profiles.)

How many think this is a totally retarded concept to accept? Or do you just follow along like obedient slaves? (Also – are you aware they’ve changed the terminology from “social networking” to “social media” so they can use everyone as free photo reporters?)

Just because “it’s there” doesn’t mean you need it

Unless your job IS social media – there is absolutely no need to consider any of these so-called “social” networks mandatory. And as their headline indicates – you now have to SACRIFICE your privacy for the sake of success?

Just that headline – “sacrificing privacy” hints that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy FROM THE SOCIAL NETWORKS THEMSELVES. I mean, in a perfect world, those social networks would be limited to what you decide to “share” (i.e., voluntary disclosure). But just BEING on those networks strips you of your privacy from the get-go! They track you, “decide” what content you see, and sell your data to the highest bidder. They even know what you talk about when you’re not logged in!

Here’s a few things to consider.

  • If EVERYONE is on something (i.e., a venue, stage, network) – doesn’t that just DILUTE you and the time you capture the attention of others? Why even play that game when the odds are already stacked against you?
  • As time goes on, and more people (in developed countries at least) sign up to whatever these networks are – the MORE valuable those who haven’t sold their soul to the devil become. Just watch and see!
  • Think about the evolution of human “communication,” and how, to this day, absolutely nothing can replace face to face interaction. Not even video chatting. Because these new “networks” (Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) have spread like a virus – they’re simultaneously devolving humanity. Funny how contradictory these “advancements” are.

Luckily – we do not have 100% adoption, and there are still quite a few people who can see the writing on the wall. But I’d be a bit concerned for future generations, that’s for sure!

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Uber Circle Jerk

Uber killing traditional cabs, everyone whines

You see this “memo” floating around Hoboken? It appears the Hoboken taxi & limousine companies are “on the ropes,” and have pumped out this propaganda piece to help garner support for themselves. It’s wrong on so many parts (which we’ve already mentioned). But let’s look again at how we see this whole debacle:

Point 1: “Phone app transportation services are illegal and unsafe.” Ooh. Scary!
Our take: It’s taking business away from us. We’ll “hide” behind laws which were stupid to begin with (or – we typically hate the city and their stupid laws, but we “need” them to help us in this fight.) Additionally, have you seen the death traps most taxis in Hoboken are? Screw all of them – and walk.

Point 2: People who use this service are completely unaware of how “risky” it is to use Uber. We pay through the nose for insurance. Wah Wah.
Our take: How many of you (either for or against) see who the real enemy is? It’s not taxis or independent contractors. It’s the fucking local governments and insurance companies! Get the hell out of our way!

Point 3: Hybrid cars were forced on the taxi industry. Uber doesn’t “comply.” They pollute. Wah wah.
Our take: Who in God’s name cares? That whole polluting thing is bogus to begin with. What is this, Communist China? “Unauthorized vehicles?” I thought America was a free country!

No one should get distracted by this sideshow between taxi drivers and Uber. Instead, you should fight to ABOLISH all commissions that “regulate” the individual transportation industry. That alone is your problem.

Bullshit taxi memo hoboken NJ

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Food Babe vs. Gawker

Food Babe vs. Gawker (and others)

You can have your opinion about health and diet. You can also “choose” which “science” or “evidence” to believe. Most of the time, what you stick with is what actually works for you (or you end up on a “roller coaster.”) But much of the debate these days is what is “healthy” and what isn’t. Or what is “harmful” and what isn’t. Many of those buzz-words don’t have any immediate ramifications or benefits. Thus, it’s kind of hard to truly and conclusively deem one or the other as absolute fact. But an interesting “flame war” has been instituted against a health and nutrition blogger called Food Babe. The likes of the NY Times and popular disinformation specialists “blogs” have teamed up to try and literally destroy the “Food Babe” (Vani Hari). And it’s a lot more spooky than you might believe.

Food Babe Gawker Flame War on healthy foods

The tale of two polar opposite camps – BigAG vs. “Natural”

Before I get into the details of this outright character assassination, I think this high-profile “digital cat fight” needs to be clarified a bit. Now I don’t know Vani Hari whatsoever, but learned about her blog right when she started a few years ago. She’s definitely blown up big – as she’s been on countless “MSM” shows like GMA, Dr. Oz., CNN and others. While those networks are all essentially dying a slow death (that is until the internet is “turned off,”) it’s still a big audience.

Additionally, “Food Babe” (FB) is, understandably so, a capitalist. She profits from promoting her message – like any other messenger of good, helpful information is. By profiting from proliferating a message – it helps you spread “the good word” even more. It’s how our country was founded. But she is being “called out” for having sponsors she actually believes in and stands by. Amazing how people forget.

{{{ Can you believe there are scumbags on Twitter and the internet who expect people to give information away for FREE without some way to “monetize” that stream of helpful data? That would be the equivalent of people 200 years ago to expect all BOOKS to be free of charge. Or expecting your cell phones and internet connections to be free too. What kind of entitled assholes do we live amongst? Oh yeah, I forgot – it’s 2015… sorry }}}

The general vibe of FB’s message is to eat “natural” and avoid as many chemicals “you can’t pronounce” as possible. In other words, the more natural it is the better. Less packaged goods, less preservatives, and so on. She’s vigilant about finding out what “crap” is snuck into everyday things you like – such as Starbucks, Newcastle Beer and Subway Sandwiches. Rightfully so, because big businesses are always looking for ways to reduce cost and increase profit – and often turn the other way when the lowly (and practically “invisible”) customer who pays for the product might become very ill (read: the $3B Paxil settlement against GlaxoSmithKline).

On the other side – you have sites the NY Times and Gawker that seem to be offering their “reach” (for profit) to those looking to squelch powerful messages that might possibly be impacting “the bottom line” for other industries. No scruples whatsoever. For example – Gawker used to “like” Food Babe (multiple positive articles), but all of a sudden “turned the cheek” to destroy this blogger.

But who or what do you believe? One “study” or another? Or actual visual evidence that something is working? Out of all those “studies” you read – where ### people did #### things.. Did you ever partake in such studies?

It’s possible “Food Babe” also has been corrupted

While “Food Babe” seems to be on the right track for the most part, just the way “cops” or “politicians” may all start out with good intentions, when the going gets “good,” often their views and logic become heavily slanted. Good cops become bad cops, honest politicians become corrupt, and so on. Not to say that FB’s views have become tainted – but perhaps she’s now “over-zealous” in her views of “Good vs. Evil” foods?

You repeat the same thing enough – you become blind to an open mind. She appears to be anti-anything modern. Again, I think that doing things as natural as possible is probably for the best – not all modern advancements are bad.

It’s plausible that she’s just gone way off to one side with no tolerance for anything outside her (now narrow) realm of belief. I mean look at my 92-year old father. He eats McDonald’s and is going strong. Those so-called “bad things” aren’t lethal the minute you touch them. The stigma these now chastised “ingredients” have been vaulted into “deadly organisms.” We wouldn’t have 7 billion+ on earth if that was the case.

So going to extremes on one side or another is not necessarily good either.

“Organic” – Jury still out on that?

Just a side note here – I really think it’s kind of a shame that we have (polar opposite) sides when it comes to “organic” debate.

Because at this point in time – I’d suspect that even “USDA Organic” has been corrupted and cannot be fully trusted. I mean a neurotoxic pesticide is not smart to ingest, regardless of what “label” you use. Calling something a certain name, doesn’t make it safe (or outright dangerous for that matter). As they say “everything in moderation.”

Unless you can “grown your own” non-GMO food sans chemicals, I doubt it makes much difference what you eat (unless you eat a million of one thing, then perhaps you have other issues to contend with). We sort of have to stop “Googling” ourselves to death with fear and worry.

The completely ONE-sided attacks against “healthy” living

Now it’s certainly not necessarily a bad thing to try and be healthy. Minimizing modern toxins and pollution or what have you – definitely won’t hurt (with the exception of people so afraid of germs via sanitizers, etc. that they have no bodily defense for anything!) It causes no harm to try and be as pure as you can be.

But those outright attacking the “healthy” people just because some of their fears may be unfounded is a bit shitty. There is no healthy debate about the subject matter itself. Just hateful mud-slinging.

Gawker, et. al. – Character Assassination

Gawker (and a majority of the blogs in their “lineup”), are mostly time-wasters with purposely controversial content. They’re also likely “bought and paid for” by whatever entities want to spread disinformation (or misinformation) – the same way “lobbyists” muck up government work and influence legislation, etc.

Their sites cater to the major “deadly vices” that humans are inflicted with: Gossip, smear, sports, video games, smut, gadgets, and more. The only site that had any kind of respectability (in the early days) was lifehacker.com, but it’s become too burdensome to filter out the “technology” crap and liberal-leaning fluff from there as well. In other words, Gawker is pure crap. A “tribe” that has followers – but most cannot comprehend exactly why.

Plus, the company is incorporated on the Cayman Islands – a place known for companies and individuals to either “launder” money or escape the controls of other more strict countries. There is so much “global” financial activity in the Cayman Islands, it just makes you wonder about what the M.O. is behind choosing to incorporate there. (And if it’s so great – how come everyone isn’t doing it?)

The bottom line: Don’t fall into any “camp!”

What is happening here is “tribe mentality.” People get stuck in their own “camps” of belief. While 99.9% of them are not sufficiently educated enough, nor have enough actual experience to speak with authority. Citing “studies” means nothing. Proof is in the pudding, so to say.

Watching this debate was almost painful. The 100% support the followers of Gawker had (I feel bad for them), and the outright hatred towards this woman who’s probably making a positive difference in the health and well-being of most people who experiment with some of her suggestions is sad. Gone are the days of healthy debate!

Best bet is not to take sides at all. Perform your own experiments (if you can afford to), and try not to take all “scientific studies” as gospel. As each one has a counter-claim, and you should “cui bono?” each one of them.