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New Futures Career Navigator

December6

http://lnkd.in/dyjuSaY: I’m pleased to tell you that my younger brother Greg is the Executive Director (CEO in the Non-Profit sector) for New Futures (www.newfuturesdc.org).

This intrepid group has only just launched their innovative and ground-breaking CAREER NAVIGATOR. A year in the making, the Career Navigator is a “game-changer” for New Futures, and exponentially expands the reach of their services to low-income students across the DC region.

“Words used to describe the Career Navigator have been “wonderful,” “incredibly useful,” “fabulous,” and – as one of our Scholars marveled – “amazing!”

career navigatornewfuturescareernavigator.org – “Career Navigator is a product of New Futures, a non-profit organization that offers career education as well as scholarships and mentoring support to D.C. area young people seeking postsecondary education.”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Coaching the Y Combinator

October20

So… as most of you know, I’ve been coaching my daughters in Soccer (and, it seems, everyone else’s sons in Lacrosse) for quite some time. In Georgia, the reputation of Shockers Nation has prevailed going on ten years now.

I sent the following to my Soccer parents this morning:

Shockers!

Some light reading for your hectic Sunday:

I’ll look for you, my hearty-and-ferocious Shockers all, later this afternoon at Bethesday Park as we march on Gerogia FC. This is a reminder to be at the fields no later than 430pm. Cheryl sent out special approach instructions earlier this morning.

Meanwhile, I’m going to share with you a long-standing theory of mine that has driven my coaching style for almost two decades. This takes my approach with “life lessons” to something of an extreme. However, I suspect the more technical amongst you might appreciate this, if just a bit

I’m certain you’ve noticed that we try to rotate our players through positions, and attempt to sub when practical, if not possible. The objective is to maintain good form, and keep the match interesting (this is how athletes learn best). That said, there are always a few players that play the entire match, or close to it. In the case of Soccer, it’s almost always a Stryker, our unique “Stopper”, and our Wing Defenders. For me, the variable, here, is Stopper. In any event, this consistent player formation is based upon the “Y Combinator” theory:

In computer science, a fixed-point combinator (or fixpoint combinator) is a higher-order function that computes a fixed point of other functions. If the effect of the other function is to advance a particular computation one step, or to do nothing if the computation is finished, then the fixed point will be a function that advances the same computation by as many steps as required to complete it. This can be used for anonymous recursion: to construct recursive anonymous functions.

Think about that for awhile, and you understand how this description elegantly applies itself to Soccer (and, Lacrosse), and helps explain why our Shockers can remain devastating against most other clubs despite our rotation (and, often because of it). It might also help you understand why you see me sub the way we do.

By the way… Thank you for having your dughters.

Who Wants The Ball!

- Coach Brian

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invest with me, Apple and Schools

October2

Brian Patrick Cork:

I will pay $500 to any developer that can come up with a meaningful solution that solves this problem and is adopted by the school system. will anyone match me?

“Hilariously, officials at high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are now taking back a couple thousand iPads a week or so after giving them to students as part of a 47-school pilot…”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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self indulgence for the betterment of mankind

March21

 

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos today announced that his underwater expedition had successfully recovered the mangled wreckage of two rocket engines from NASA’s Apollo program from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. After…”

Brian Patrick Cork: so… my immediate thoughts were:

  1. Bezos has too much time on his hands;
  2. this is an example of doing something for the sake of doing it, not because people need or want it (sort of like how developers go about creating pointless apps); and,
  3. our country was proving itself innovative beyond measure in the space-age era with so much technology being developed (smaller computers and components, food stuff, insulation, etc).

this is ultimately about self-indulgence, which is fine. however,  I do think I would have preferred to see the money to go higher academic scholarships or related programs in High School. we need that more than anything in this country to groom future leaders.

UPDATE 032213:

on the other hand… and, to be fair, I was reminded this very morning that,

“Bezo’s is fascinated w space exploration. He has been involved in projects with Branson, Elon Musk and others. Musk has the only private contract w NASA & ESA for space station transport. Recovering these engines will be the ultimate green & recycle gig. Elon Musk has been perfecting his Dragon launch systems. A post on LinkedInn tonite showed where Musk was not filing patents on his engine technology. Bezo = Why re-invent, they are just sitting there, go get them!”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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