I’m by no means bored today. not in the very least.
and, with my hair actually a bit on-fire this morning I found myself looking at a pop-up message on my iMac dutifully (although the word, “grimly” might offer some much needed drama) advising me that the batteries on my mouse were low.
I immediately swung into action, rummaged through my astonishingly useful clutter drawer, found two AA batteries, and deftly acted as my own “IT Guy”. this involved lobbing the older batters into the trash basket – one underhanded, and the other with an elegant sky-hook that offered a rewarding and resounding “THUNK” to the experience when the woeful battery found “the hole”.
however, while I was performing at such optimal levels my mind wandered, ever so briefly, to the pair of NIKE running shoes I had some what more carelessly (I’m pondering the word, “nonchalantly” as well) tossed into the trash only last night. they easily had over four hundred miles on them, but I really liked them, and they had carried me through some reasonable adventures, so I was loathe to give them up. but, experienced and savvy runners know to be disciplined around cycling their boots.
…in any event, the thought struck me that those batteries and shoes had served me well, but it was easy to throw them away; toss them aside.
we certainly need to be grateful for the little things. but, we probably should not take anything for granted.
thusly, this post is setting the stage for the next post, with a date, as yet uncertain. but, hints include: Where The Wild Things Are, Milestones, Death, Reunions and Lacrosse.
also… I think I did very well by my Boys Select lacrosse team this season (we went 19-6 as we head into the Playoffs). but, I anticipate being tossed aside.
…I’ll add this bon mot to my list of annoying things. but, first I have to demonstrate why it’s a bon mot, possibly rude, likely spot-on, or simply part of the problem.
…or, the solution.
context: the back-end of WordPress blogs allow us (that blog) to track a lot of vaguely useful data. this includes words or pherases that other people use to find, “Google” or “Bing”, for example, our blogs and/ or specific posts. it’s rather like shooting in the dark.
Wednesday someone punched in: “brian cork is stupid”, apparently looking for proof or trouble.
but, the who and why are less material than the what, and now what. naturally, I want “brian cork is stupid” to be a oxymoron and much less so a bon mot. and, I’ve likely already used bon mot wrong (ish), so I’ve, therefore defeated my own purpose, here. which likely takes us to the bottom of this post, down there (↓).
meanwhile, in light, or possibly, in spite of it…
naturally, because I’m closer to an ape than brilliant, I tried googling: “brian cork is stupid” myself. and, ironically (in my opinion, so far), the top four results on Google were posts about topics that are very close to my heart, and I feel are incredibly relevant:
okay… I’m not actually including the Vanessa Hudgens piece. and, the point I am still trying to make, there, is less important, to me any way, than Facebook being a weapon of mass destruction, and texting and driving. NOTE: just for now, it’s irritating me that the Vanessa Hudgens piece is indexing hire than the texting and driving piece.
2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.
4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied. Having dull mental responses; slow-witted
5. Pointless; worthless: a stupid job. Trivial, silly, or frivolous.
A stupid or foolish person.
[Latin stupidus, from stupre, to be stunned.]
by the way… the more often I include the words: “brian cork is stupid” in this particular post, the stronger they are in the search indexing Google uses to rank and file things. so, this is my possibly being self-flagellating and less congratulating. but, I’m ever so curious to see if it works that I’m pressing ahead any way (much like what happened while Curtis Burton the third and I were ten and we decided to use his Mom’s new silk sheets as homemade parachutes from the roof of my Nana’s four-story house).
all of this only gets worse, for me. as I save this post in DRAFT form to evaluate how it looks, below is what pops-up under “related posts”.
a thought popped into my head about The Three stooges:
no episode, in particular, just The Three Stooges.
…while I was watching the video, however, I had a thought…
…maybe it’s okay if people start by punching in: ”brian cork is stupid”, if the best result is them finding my posts about Facebook, and perhaps more importantly texting and driving.
God is whacky and just might have a sense of humor, and a perspective that drives it well beyond our comprehension.
in closing, I have this vibe about whom may have googled me being stupid. and, the possible foundation for that was my past, more so than my today. but, the key here is my favorite bon mot which is: “the worst mistake you will make is the one you repeat”. and, I live my life daily, to be part of the solution. so, my prayer, today, is that God use me in any way, shape or form, to be part of the solution.
heck… a hammer is stupid until it’s used to help build a house.
As I predicted, forecast, warned, advised and flat-out told, you, all of you, collectively, months and months and months ago, Verizon today announced an iPhone 4 compatible with its own network, to be available early next month.
The Verizon iPhone includes the 5-Mpixel HD camera, A4 processor and ‘retina’ display of the existing iPhone 4, but runs only on Verizon’s CDMA network vs. the GSM networks of AT&T and other iPhone carriers outside the U.S. As readers know, I dropped my iPhone 4 for an HTC EVO 4G at Sprint because I was fed-up with AT&T’s lousy service in terms of customer, billing and network. I really do like the HTC EVO. But, I am mostly concerned about usability and productivity. So, I’ll be evaluating Verizon, to be certain.
Current Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the new iPhone online “on or around” February 3 – first-come, first served – with availability on February 10 through Apple stores, Verizon stores and online. Pricing with a new two-year contract is $199 for a 16GB version or $299 with 32 GB. Verizon has not yet specified data plan pricing, but a data plan will be required. A 3G Mobile Hotspot app will provide WiFi for up to 5 devices through the Verizon iPhone. For a $35 restocking fee, Verizon customers can exchange a phone purchased within the last 30 days to buy an iPhone. [See also: Verizon iPhone FAQ.]
This changes several things. Maybe a lot of things. Especially in terms of market share. Google thinks they are competing with Apple for the cellular device proliferation. I’ve posted some interesting statistics with the valid forecasts. And, you’ve read Nicholas Johnson, who is now, according to his linkedIN profile an Solutions Ninja (he might be; we need to be open-minded. but, where do you get tested for something like that?) saying that Android devices rule the market (they are awesome, but they don’t rule anything). Here about some of all that, here: being part of the solution evolution revolution. But, go to “search” on this blog, it’s over to the left, and punch-in: “Android”, for more.
But, let’s just see how another service-provider in North America changes things. Verizon is the preferred choice for business and cellular devices. Big Blackberry country, that. But, let’s see how many Verizon users jump on the iPhone (that had an opportunity to go with an Android device, but didn’t, mind you).
NOTE: The iPhone’s reported customer loyalty levels were the highest in the survey, while Research in Motion was second at 35% (for its Blackberry OS), Google Android was third at 28%, Nokia was fourth at 24% and Microsoft was fifth at 21%.
Loyalty remains an important factor for a company looking to gain share in the highly competitive mobile phone market. Me? I believe strong customer stickiness and a brand image synonymous with innovation has enabled Apple to grab mobile phone market share despite heightened competitive pressure.
So… As I’ve already stated on this blog, and I’m right, Apple is going to hit $1000 inside the next ten years. Along the way, it’s going to hit $418, and fairly soon. That’s roughly 25% ahead of the current market price (today). As an aside… I estimate that iPhone operations constitute the majority of the company’s stock value (54%).
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brian cork by John Campbell
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