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getting Down on Google’s Upside

June28

Eric Savitz let me know that consumers are now activating five hundred thousand (500,000) Android devices every day. apparently he knows this because Andy Rubin, Google’s senior Vice President for mobile, made the comment on his Twitter account.

Rubin also notes that the number of Android devices activated is growing 4.4% every week.

but, this is a good example of both pointless and possibly misleading information.

why? you ask. how could this happen?, you might wail.

never mind those insipid questions. let’s focus, collectively, on what is actually relevant.

let’s see… based on Mr. Rubin’s information, and the scoop offered up by Mr. Savitz, that’s one million Android devices activated every two days. that puts the number at fifteen million a month, forty-five million a quarter. that seems rather impressive when you consider the tallying being one hundred and eighty million units a year. that’s certainly a whole lot of phones and tablets.

…except, Google does not get any money for those devices. there is no revenue sharing agreement with manufacturers and service providers like there is with Apple (a company that clearly understands how to make money).

I understand there might be some profit from Google Apps. but, not much. and, that’s why no one really talks about that particular subject. analysts don’t want to go there. Rubin certainly does not enjoy the topic. Larry Page won’t answer calls over it – that’s for certain.

nonetheless, Google (GOOG) (the last I bothered to check) finished up $10.85, or 2.25%, to $493.65.

and, that’s precisely why Rubin unleashed the information.

…but, watch where it goes a week from now.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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osama bin laden was such a Rascal

May13

so…

I found myself at Publix this afternoon running a few errands before we light out early tomorrow for the first rounds of State Cup Soccer.

as I sidled (I also considered using the word “ambled”) up to the check-out counter I gazed over at the rack with trash news magazines that include rags like the National Enquirer.

I already can’t recall which rag it was (I’ll just call it the National Enquirer – they can fight me if so inclined)… however, to my amusement I spied a front cover image of that rascal Osama Bin Laden. the cover included a headline bolding announcing that the hapless terrorist was being outed by a mistress!

in the picture his countenance was marked by consternation and seemed rather quizzical. I’ll submit he may have had a similarly perplexed look just before one of our SEALs put a round just left of his disjointed nose last week, at his bungalow in Pakistan.

in any event, I doubt many of us contemplated the gleeful mass-murderr of the innocent and unwary as being the sort to rumble a mistress. I’ve just assumed he back-ended is subordinates, and with a hearty, “ayatolliyaso!”… I know that’s Iranian. but, I think its funny.

in any event… it figures the National Enquirer would root out this nugget and share it before Barack Obama announced it while struggling to make eye-contact with the camera. in fact, I would not be surprised if Osama Bin Laden was also a regular guest at the Playboy Mansion and the geniuses currently shuffling their feet around the Oval Office likely would not know about it until the National Enquirer snapped a few photos with them all doing a conga with lampshades askew on lumpy heads.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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that’s it for Skype

May10

evidently it’s official.

Microsoft, a modern day evil empire, paling only in comparison to Facebook and Google’s potential, has agreed to acquire SKYPE.

I own interests in SKYPE, and will now be rid of it.

I rarely used the service, now an application found on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices (and, others, I suppose). but, only twenty minutes ago, I deleted them, and unceremoniously, from my devices.

SKYPE is now part of the problem.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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vanessa hudgens gets sucker punched naked

March17

I meant for this post title to be provocative.

just like the story below is meant to be stupid and misleading. we, collectively, should expect naught else from actors with low self-esteem and media that feeds the assinine frenzie.

New photos of VANESSA HUDGENS, which appear to show the actress completely naked, have leaked online.

it’s both amazing from a process perspective, and as a commentary on our society, that words like “naked” and “punched” generate big numbers when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”). in fact, I’ll tag this post with both words and be curious to see how many hits I get.

A third set of nude snaps, allegedly featuring Hudgens, were published on various websites on Tuesday morning.

The High School Musical star’s good girl image was first tarnished in 2007 when provocative pictures of Hudgens first appeared online. Last year, Hudgens was left red-faced again when new snaps circulated on the web.

Sources say whoever leaked the photos this time is trying to sabotage the star’s career. The untimely scandal arrives two weeks after Hudgens’ film Beastly hit U.S. theatres March 4th, and just before her next movie release, Sucker Punch, hits U.S. theatres on March 25th.

so… inching forward, this post might not be taking form like you want to expect.

my eight year old, Emma Jo, saw an advertisement for Beastly and recognized that it was, indeed similar to Beauty and the Beast. she reminded me that the “beauty” was lucky because the “beast” “…is a good dancer…”

I doubt either Emma Jo, or myself will actually see Beastly. but, I’m hopeful Ms. Hudgens gives the retelling of a solid parable a worthy effort. the choice of direction for her career, in that regard is more promising than troubling.

I’m not so sure about Sucker Punch, though. it’s writer, Zack Snyder has described the film as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”, including dragons, B-52 bombers and brothels. the imagery is rather stylized like The 300 (the ultimate guy film), and Watchmen. I want to see Sucker Punch, but not because of Hudgens. I want to see dragons, derigibles, zombies, explosions and Scott Glenn being a wise man (with both a samarai sword, and a straight face).

I’m skeptical that someone wants to “sabotage” the movie career of Hudgens – unless that “someone” is herself. she had to pose for those naked pictures right? she also had to be hanging out with “someone” that took the pictures, had the power, and lack of character, to post those pictures on the internet. and, she had to consciously choose not to learn some form of lesson from the first time all this occurred back in 2007.

or, maybe she did learn a lesson. those pictures of her nude are excellent advertisements for, what might be, provocative story-lines and content in both the up-coming movies. if she follows the career advice of other self-flaggelating actresses like Paris Hilton, no PR is bad PR, eh.

my challenge remains to try and keep my own daughters focused on a different path. Haley Anne, at fourteen, sees young women like Hudgens making a lot of money, wearing gorgeous clothes and dating Zak Efron, and the only trade-off is a decidedly different kind of character development than preparing for a movie. to be fair, it’s feasible that Ms. Hudgens can separate her person from her public personnae, and the internet exploitation is rationalized as being only business. but, I wonder what she is going to tell her own kids when they Google her.

I knew Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) back when we were both kids and in our mid-twenties. I was more often than not surfing and playing volley ball off the strand in Hermosa Beach, California and he was already making “interesting” moves both on-and-off screen. but, he was clear with his objective to laugh all the way to the bank. somehow, it’s all different when it comes to girls. so, I write about these things that weigh on my heart, shoulders and sense of responsibility as a citizen and father.

I’m also torn in business this week. I just helped one young entrepreneur secure seven million dollars ($7M) for a venture, rallied a long-time investor and friend of mine, Jack, to keep up the good fight even though young people are disappointing him everywhere he turns, and I just got punked by a young, eighteen-year-old entrepreneur I took a HUGE chance with my local reputation on the line. after only thirty days of coaching, he told me his team really only wanted me “…for my rolodex”, I was “slowing him down”, “things were not going as fas as he thought they should”, and, “…if [he] needed business advice he would go to his Dad (who has never been involved with start-ups in his, otherwise, storied career)”. I still think he is a good kid, and we have to be allowed to make mistakes. I’ve made some (really) big ones, despite great mentors. but, it’s only Thursday, and this has been a really whacky week.

I am really looking forward to soccer practice tonight with my U10 Shockers and the U14 Breakers (that’s another story I’m trying to get straight in my head). however, God is all over all of these touch-points.

I find myself searching for baring points. and, maybe I can’t help everyone (well… I actually, probably can, and do. some times some people just don’t like what they hear). many people are going to become great examples of Laws of Natural Selection. he’s certainly sucker punched himself. perhaps that is what what God is telling me through one humbling episode while also getting an opportunity to be taught other lessons by my Emma Jo, Jack and another young man who is making me (and hopefully his investor, proud) in terms of perspective.

I’ve long maintained that God’s greatest gift to us is discernment. I don’t want to debate the Christ element. whether He rose from the dead or not, his example remains “the gift that keeps on giving”. but, discernment allows for perspective and offers a foundation. and, in my case I’m thinking “example”.

I am determined to do my best work with anything and everything I do. it’s the vital difference between being pleased, and being satisfied. often the difference between success and failure. people from around the world seek my guidance. I can’t help people that won’t help themselves. Ms. Hudgens is an example of what I don’t want my daughters to be. one way or another that young entrepreneur is going to be an example of something, and it will be a lesson for many other people I work with over the next seventy years (I expect to find myself, at one hundred and twenty (120) years of age sitting outside of a Starbucks in China guiding some young champion. one day he’ll be annoyed because I fell asleep with an venti ice chai in my hand. but, I’ve actually faded to black – but, doing the thing  love almost as much as I do my daughters – helping great people make good decisions). I intend to be an example and baring point for my family, friends any generation of people that want or need a beacon.

why me, you ask?

I’ll let God sort that out. He gave me the tools, and the will and discernment to use them. I’m no ark. but, I believe in a covenant with everyone around me.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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