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Constant Contact (2015)

(Too Much) Constant Contact?

Just a brief editorial about the state of communication in today’s day and age. And I’d like to chime in about what I call (and is commonly known as) “constant contact.”

What did people do just 50 years ago? (That’d be 1965 for those that are wondering). What was the “mindset” for people going about their way back in those times?

People did things. With no “digital entertainment” options available 50 years ago, most people actually did tangible things. Whether they were reading (much diminished today) or physical work (fixing stuff, exploring the world, personally meeting up with others, etc.), time was spent in much different ways.

Less (remote) talking – more alone time (or face to face). Back in the day, people either talked face to face, or via LANDLINE telephone (or “pay phone” in cases urgent in nature). Things that happened were very much physical – and mental (via contemplation, study).

Memory and physical artifacts. When you talk to a person a generation or two beyond yours – you might sense a different way of recollecting life. Yep. The old-fashioned way: via memory and story-telling. That is nearly absent in today’s world. And instead of digital photos – physical photos, or even drawings or poems documented an important occasion worth remembering.

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Hey! Why is “too much contact” bad? Doesn’t it make life better?

This is a good question. Much like many new modern “conveniences,” those in favor will tout the “benefits” of our new found ways of disseminating information. But they will never discuss the detriments that come along with them. (Or at least think for more than one second about it).

On occasion, I’ll browse a stupid “feed” of tweets that have a common similarity. And I’ll notice things like:

  • Someone mentioning it’s “cold” in Hoboken. Really? Did you need to just say “Brrr?” Yeah so? It’s like me telling the world I just had diarrhea squirts. Not necessary. We know it’s cold.
  • A stupid sports “tweet” like – “He should have caught that…” (really? Does “the world” need to know that you’re dissatisfied that some over-paid “actor” didn’t catch a ball? Pathetic!)
  • Yet another “selfie.” One thing that should absolutely just “go away” on it’s own – are selfie photos. Truly believe they are THE most pathetic examples of human life on earth.

My point is – that all this “fluff” flying around is NOT beneficial to society. It doesn’t provide philosophical perspective. No critical thinking. No deep contemplation. 99% of what you see is meant for “instant” reaction. Anything worth “deep thought” is really not that at all. It usually has “social” connection – and in no way will be “thought about later.”

We’ve received many emails from readers who “get” what we’re talking about. But how many don’t get it? You reach who you reach, and that’s about it. Others will hopefully follow in due time. It’s up to them.

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Dave Hopla Shooting Clinic

Dave Hopla Basketball Shooting Clinic – 2/26

Here’s something “physical” to do with your kids while we all reach the end of our tolerance of the cold weather – and it includes a big-name NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla!

(Register here: nextbasketwins.com/hoboken-nj-skills—drills-clinic.html)

Dave Hopla Basketball Shooting Clinic Hoboken NJ

Former NBA Shooting Coach Dave Hopla comes to Hoboken

What: Dave Hopla Shooting Clinic
Where: Hoboken High School (8th & Clinton)
When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $50 per participant

Boys and Girls all ages! Dave will give an entertaining and informative lecture followed by a breakout session at each basket where the kids will practice shooting techniques. Dave will cover all the areas of shooting a basketball as well as take the kids through a workout at each basket so they can each try it.

About Dave Hopla:
Dave is considered by many to be the top shooter in the world. He regularly knocks down 495 out of 500 shots. Dave regularly keeps track of all his shots when he practices and lectures. In 2004 he made 98.89%. In 2005 he shot 98.20% by making an unbelievable 35,332 out of 35,979 shots!

During the summer of 2007 Dave attended 31 camps where he shot an unbelievable 99.19%! He knocked down 11,093 out of 11,183 shots. Dave has worked with many NBA, WNBA, college, high school teams and players. In 2006 Dave was hired as a shooting consultant for the Toronto Raptors. After joining the Raptors, Toronto increased its team shooting percentage every month, from 44.2% in November 2006 to 47.5% in January 2007. They also increased their 3-point shooting percentage from 30% in November 2006 to 40% in January 2007. In 2007, Dave was hired by the Washington Wizards as an Assistant Coach for Player Development and worked for the New York Knicks as a shooting coach from 2012-2014.

Oh, and take a look at this video where he sets the world record for making 18 3 point shots in 60 seconds. Who wouldn’t want a coach that proves his skill?

918 Willow Fundraiser – 2/26

Hoboken Fire Relief – 918 Willow Fundraiser at Elks on Feb. 26th

You may recall, at the beginning of this year, a fire broke out at 918 Willow Ave., home to 15 residents as well as D’s Soul Full Cafe. While the fire didn’t level the building, it rendered it temporarily uninhabitable until the necessary repairs could be made. This has caused some hardship for those tenants, who may be displaced until the beginning of this summer.

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As a result, a fundraiser is being held over at the Hoboken Elks Lodge No. 74 this Thursday, February 26th from 7pm to 11pm.

“Suggested” donation for this event is $50 (but you can “pay what you can afford”) and will provide you with full open bar (call in sick on Friday), as well as live music from: Allison StrongKaryn KühlThe FaveDave CalamoneriLas Vandelays and Debby Schwartz.

Food from Dark Side of the Moo, as well.

We interviewed Stephen Bailey, the owner of D’s Soul Full Cafe with Hoboken Internet Radio last week, and here is what he had to say:

Enjoy helping those down on hard times!

Hoboken Movie Lineup: 2/20/2015

Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken NJ Movie TimesOpening this weekend is a flick called Hot Tub Time Machine 2. It’s the sequel to the 2010 Hot Tub Time Machine.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won’t leave his basement. After, a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink returns to the helm for this sequel set 10 years in the future, and starring Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson.

These flicks may not be considered sophisticated, but sometimes a nonsensical diversion is just what the doctor ordered!

Hoboken Movie Trailer: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)

What if you get sick after eating out?

What is the proper way to handle restaurant experiences in Hoboken?

Got a “tweet” from a girl who had dinner at Dino & Harry’s last weekend saying “My entire family got food poisoning in Hoboken… #gross!”

I proceeded to ask from what, how, etc. – and she suspected it was from the calamari – and added that “service was awful, horrible!”

But is shaming a restaurant via social media the answer? Was it really “food poisoning” or just “angry they had a douchebag waiter?” Could they have gotten food poisoning earlier?

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How would you handle “bad food” in Hoboken?

It’s quite possible they were served bad fish – it happens in the food service industry. Almost impossible to avoid entirely. In fact, it happens all the time IN YOUR OWN HOME as well!

Would you ever “tweet” that YOUR cooking sucks? Of course not – friends would NEVER come visit again!

You see – I’ve gotten food poisoning in Hoboken as well (several times in the past two years, which were my FIRST bouts in my life, too). You want to know what my solution was?

I don’t frequent those places anymore. But I did NOT publicize our woes. I could have had some food that might have been under-cooked, or mishandled in some way. That is no way indicative of future prospects – and if it was, then natural “market dynamics” would solve the problem. A place that makes every customer ill from food-poisoning wouldn’t last long!

It was my choice not to “risk” going to those places anymore. Am I failing to prevent others from getting sick? Probably not – just the same way I can’t promise that some people won’t get food poisoning from a place I give good reviews for either. I would just rather not talk about those places anymore. My way of handling the problem.

But that twitter girl should have probably gone back to Dino & Harry’s and explained their issues (or even called the same night) instead of asking the social media power-brokers for attention (hello, socialism!)

The shitty thing about social media (Twitter especially) is that people make profound statements (in 140 characters or less), without painting a full picture. No idea what the back story is or was, no idea if they tried rectifying the problem or when it occurred. Did they call the restaurant? Ask for restitution? Why mention bad service? Maybe that was their gripe and they pinned food poisoning to “get back at them?”

And lastly – while we post here what we were “fed” (no pun intended) on social media for this particular instance – this type of complaint really should be done in private.

The restaurant is obviously successful for a reason. They have been doing things right for quite a while. To potentially “harm” them for something that may have been a “fluke” is a bit harsh.

This is exactly why social media and “constant contact” between everyone and their brother is a detriment to society. Not only are people NOT doing constructive and productive things, they’re also “shaping” how others behave – without any real merit. Yes, “social media” can be quite helpful, say in times of emergency – like a flood or weather event – but for shit like this, not so much.

Look at your last 1000 tweets or fakebook updates – Did you really need to mentally process them?

The Everymen: “NJHC”

The Everymen – NJHC

Since forming in 2009, The Everymen have quickly built a rock solid resume thanks to their tireless average of over 100 shows a year, and a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting live (New Jersey) bands around. As a testament to their electrifying performances on and off the stage, WNYC Soundcheck/NPR said “The Everymen inject each element of their energetic rock with a palpable passion.”

Take a look at The Everymen’s new video for “NJHC” from their latest album “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz.” This track is essentially an ode to the band’s home state of New Jersey (culminating in a list of almost every famous Jerseyan in the process!)

Hoboken has a notable presence in the video. Enjoy!