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Calvin Coolidge and Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices

August15

I was recently asked, “why would you care about someone like Calvin Coolidge?”

perhaps one reason the question was asked was because we were discussing Thomas Jefferson, and how the geo-political stage is so different today, set for Hilary Clinton (I’m just throwing that out there…), as compared to the era of our Founding Fathers.

earlier this week I published:

Instincts, Convictions, and Best Practices by brian patrick cork
Published on Linkedin August 12, 2014

it is dangerous to make decisions based on pleasing people. when we please the person in front of us and then change directions to please the next person we encounter, we’re not living according to moral convictions. we’re choosing what’s easy in the moment rather than being fully committed to righteousness.

for a vital point-of-reference ponder Revelations 3:16.

outside of Revelations here is a book that might find itself an example of my point, today:

Johnson, Charles C. (2013-03-12). Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President.

Excerpts and thinking:

with vital input from George Landolt.

it was the legislators’ “solemn duty” to “think last of themselves.” Otherwise their decisions would “lack authority.” Calvin Coolidge wished to protect the legislature from itself and to guarantee that a republican spirit would continue in the state’s government.

although he had stood fast against attempts to raise the salaries of legislators, Coolidge favored increasing them for schoolteachers, believing that bad teachers would imperil republican government by failing to teach the convictions essential for republican life. He also exalted good teachers throughout his career.

as vice president, he said: The standards which teachers are required to maintain are continually rising. their work takes on a new dignity. it is rising above a calling, above a profession, into the realm of art. it must be dignified by technical training, ennobled by character, and sanctified by faith.

so…

for the most part, every president has their own rap. some have rhythm, others a dark legacy. but, every man (until Hilary) got that office based on merit that was needed at the time. circumstances change, and that platform often creates an unkind legacy.

Coolidge was something of an intellectual. He was not interested in politics. he wanted to make a point. he had money and influence. he was probably more of a throw-back that values the role of a founding father. I suspect he was be a fan of Thomas Jefferson. thusly, he had few friends. that said, he was a champion for important threads in the fabric of our culture and society.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Is Android good or merely available? Kind of like a cheap Hooker

August3

to be fair, the title for this post could be deceiving. thusly, you are encouraged to read-on. do it!

Nicholas and I continue our discourse over the dominance of Android (or, not). Airdroid is (or, is becoming[?]) very cool.

As posted in Linkedin…

Brian Patrick Cork – I’m using an #Android handset for testing purposes. Evidently #Apple punishes people for such indiscretions by holding text messages hostage. It has something to do with prior usage of #iMessage. Stand by for updates. But, in a-typical fashion, I am very unhappy with Apple right now. #badideas”

lg g3I recently took notice of the LG G3: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g3,and thusly picked one up for vital utilization. It’s brilliant. For the moment I’m not missing my trusted iPhone, in the least.

Nicholas recently reminded me of our lengthy and animated debates over this topic only a few years back. He remains very passionate and quite the champion for Android. I believe his opinions are well-founded.

“Do you remember the conversations from the old days about whether or not Android could ever overtake iOS in popularity? http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/07/31/android-reached-record-85-smartphone-market-share-q2-2014-report/ - NJ”

Below is a recent dissertation I offered-up:

Going back I have always believed that Android was inevitable (goodness… I blogged about it enough).

That said, I’m firm in my convictions that we should swap the word, “popular” for “affordable” and/ or “available”. Thats been part of the epic Google strategy for Android – make sure a version was available for everyone. That makes sense to me. You can get a Metro PCS Android handset, for example. There are many points of distribution, just like whores. The devices may not be state-of-the-art, and the version of Android may be limited, but its a terrific way to ensure your Operating System proliferates and dominates.

Meanwhile, the article does have some inaccuracies. For example, Apple is not “losing” market-share, in this case. Its simply not getting market share in some regions (or, choosing to ignore it). Apple is selling more iPhones than ever, with record profits. BUT (big but), that’s not the point of the article. The author would actually do Android more justice by not offering such misleading and contrasting information about other companies. The best point of the article (although not elegantly described) is that Android is dominate (by users not necessarily quality) through a saturation distribution model.

NOTE: I need to investigate why LINUX did not benefit from this same thinking. It would be interesting to see what the numbers looked like if Apple had an entry-level iPhone (even the 4S is expensive compared to most Android devices). But, the stigma amongst Apple users for the older devices or perceived lower-end (i.e. 5C) indicates its a simple matter of status. Some high-end Android devices like the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 are more expensive than an iPhone today. So, I am also curious about what the acquisition numbers for those compared directly to the iPhone are. If you ask most teenagers (in the US and Great Britain, for example), they want an iPhone. For further example, at Cambridge and Milton High Schools in Alpharetta, 96% of the kids have smartphones, and 94% of those are iPhones (this is based on an actual poll through Instagram, Twitter and parking lot). On the other hand, about 60% of the engineers at DSI (Bob Twitchell) use Android Devices (I THINK they prefer the Nexus line).

Here is a poll question I’d like to see: If you have an Android device but could have an late model iPhone with the same data plan, would you switch?

Random thought: I need to investigate what is happening with used handsets and the residual value comparisons between the high-end Android devices and iPhones.

I’m not challenging. I am genuinely keen for the facts. I don’t have a bias or preference any longer. I do have a healthy fascination with it all.

A few days later…

…Also…

I share your position that Android now possesses an overwhelming share of the mobile market – this includes smartphones and tablets (tablets often being overlooked).

However, what many people don’t understand when touting these numbers is that Android devices are not used that much for internet web browsing and related activity. This is meaningful, and critical to understanding how the trend will shift and evolve. I’m confident more mobile Web users ran iOS (45.6%) than Android (43.7%). The actual margin appears small, but its significant considering the number of Android devices. This probably means many low-end Android phones are used more like traditional feature phones – for simple phone calls.

So, the majority of Android users today are fairly unsophisticated. This tracks to the belief that Android appeals to the masses, mostly because of cost and the availability of cheap starter handsets. But, I believe this will change as the software continues to improve, and the cost of the handsets increases. Ironically, snob appeal will kick-in (that is part of the iPhones appeal, along with ease-of-use). More decision-makers and corporate-users will adopt the Android platform.

For me an interesting question is who is going to ultimately dominate the tablet market in terms of both numbers and productivity. That has me looking at Microsoft, again.

NOTE: I’ve been working with a group of super-wealthy and influential Spanish businessmen. Today, they swear by Blackberry. Go figure. It only bares observing for now.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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maybe the Lord is God of thunder

December13

I may have George, John, Johnny and Todd back to hands-on-knees. I’ll add Mark to the mix.

so… I started with the simple question:

“How is it, or why is it, the Christians and Jews managed to come up with a “competing” holiday period Christmas and Hanukkah)?
What is the common ground or tension point?
Perhaps the answer is evident and I’m a bit foggy today. However, I’m drawing a blank. And, its a terrific excuse to engage you good men.”

it’s been quite a spell since I posited myself as the Heterodox, eh. the conversation is only getting itself underway. or, it may stop itself cold. perhaps because I answer my own question towards the end of soliloquy (an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, esp. by a character in a play.) below. soliloquy kind of works because I talk to myself and mutter through the thinking process – and, it’s all quite dramatic.

while I want there to be a God, I do sense there is something I can’t fathom that creates triangles that generates purpose (this might make a lot of sense to people that play Soccer and/ or Lacrosse and understand physics) and might assign karma to stuff. maybe not Catholic soccer players from Ireland, mind you.

in any event, I suspect “God” was realized when some cave dweller saw a family friend fried by a lightning bolt and realized they were gone.

really gone.

they had evolved enough to be self, and not just situationally, aware. the concept of fading to black and no longer being conscious gave birth to the notion there is something else we can hope for.

few things inspire like hope.

playing on the need were some form of leader(s) that understood they could control others and this evolved into organized religion that first had to be filtered through a series of pagan rituals.

so, the line of David was divided while a bunch of people were holding an orgy under the harvest moon (although a dear friend suggests: “I believe Christmas which was not highly celebrated actually was chosen during a Roman festival of the sun. So in a way, it was marketing”). by the time they came to their senses it was December, and they picked and chose their favorite rites. but, both lines exert a measure of control with a set of rules that make most people manageable for the hierarchy that get to go to Mandela’s memorial and take “selfies”. God just issues discernment and sorts-out those that don’t use it in an advantageous way.

define advantageous as you will. that might be the holy grail.

something created the universe. it works brilliantly I think, unless its a fatally broken open-loop system that has [fill-in-the-blank] leakage at the end we can’t yet see (AT&T has a data-leakage problem they won’t admit to, and it causes a lot of slower thinking people financial issues). God works. when I finally see Him beyond my minds-eye, I THINK one of my first questions might be, “so how should I refer to you?”, or, “what do you like to be called?”. also, “do ‘selfies’ impact the whole ‘plank in the eye’ conversation?”.

one more thing… who wins if you care enough to keep asking the question(s) as I believe the Heterodox, must? is it a Kobayashi Maru? possibly Russian roulette? are you damned if you do? or, damned if you don’t?

see you on the other side. maybe not. probably.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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What if we could VOTE by Twitter?

December12

yesterday I posted:

no one can say Obama does not lead by example. his Selfie reflects a Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition.

that set-off quite a firestorm of activity for me. I had people emailing, texting and calling me with the opinion that I had formed a negative stance too fast. others opined that I had wittily exposed a sour underbelly of the Obama character train-wreck. but, most lamented the fact that the world had focused its attention on Obama and not the brilliant memorial for Nelson Mandela.

politics, and also religion, are tough topics around friendships. you can tell a neighbor his kid is bad and remain in better form more often than if you disagree about things like political commentary.

I’m going to keep pondering and potentially posting how I feel about all of this. I’m troubled, to be certain.

what if we could cast our vote by Twitter? or, what if our president was held to his post by on-going comments like those we all follow at the butt-end of news articles? does feedback actually matter any longer?

perhaps I was naive, and the media had not quite rotted into the putrid mess is represents today, but I feel pretty good about the Ronald Reagan (Republican) administration. I never cared about his party affiliation. I simply believed he had a sense of himself and what he felt was both right-and-wrong. so, he soldiered through and fought for all of us. that said, can any of you point to a meaningful thing that George W. Bush (Republican) did while in office other then make us all think he pulled the wool over our eyes after 911? Bill Clinton (Democrat) was probably a pretty good president. He was a VERY good foreign policy enforcer. however, we will think first about his infidelity. does this mean karma kicks-in and Hilary Clinton gets a shot at the White House? I’d vote for her, today. And, with Hilary, you get Bill back.

Darren LaPorte took exception to my post. he is a genuinely good man. we exchanged a fair amount of emails over the topic. one excerpt I’ll share with you is this:

“…But looking at your linked in, I used to look forward to reading your insights, but it just seems over the last couple of years, it’s been a lot of Obama bashing. Just an observation. I never put my political views out there.  Of course we are still friends.”

my response, in part:

“Candidly, I feel the quality of my writing has fallen-off dramatically. So, thanks for holding me accountable.

And, to be very transparent, I don’t like bashing my Commander-in-Chief. I am letting my frustration poison my other senses. I’ll not doubt many others feel the same way about my blog as yourself. I’m a much more positive thinker than that. I’ve been lazy.”

so… I just posted the following on Linkedin:

8 Photos You Didn’t See From Obama’s Trip to South Africa – policymic.com

“There was a hell of a lot more that went on besides that selfie.”

Part I: I joined the Obama-razzing party yesterday. I can’t tell you today if that was fair or not. But, my dear and transformed friend Darren LaPorte called me out and is holding me accountable around fairness. So… There has been a great deal of press around the spin of the “selfie” and related stories that unfortunately trumped the Mandela memorial event. I know its common for current and past CE’s to travel, work and hang-out together. I’ve experienced it first-hand at [REDACTED] house.

Part II: Both parties are more aligned than most people realize. However, members of the House and Senate are more concerned about staying in their seats. I’m at a loss as to the best role for our president today. The last one I had real faith in was Bill Clinton, a Democrat. I do think its funny Bush has an Instagram page. And, who could blame anyone, let alone Obama, for seeking a photo-op with Bono. If we could side-step the requirement for citizenship I’d like Bono to be our president for three years. But, I’d buy him as president of the United Nations. That would be genuinely interesting.

at the three year mark we can start commenting via social platforms for a real-time determination that he keeps his post, or not. as we are learning with members of the House and Senate, and the White House, “four-more-years, or even “two-more-years”, can be too long and unproductive. on the other hand, we never had Mandela long enough.

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

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