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saying Goodbye to Chris Langer

October9

Hello Pearl.

I’ve only just learned about Chis’s death by reading the obituary section of the Radford Highlander magazine. I did a quick Google search and came up with his broader obituary.

I knew Chris for a couple of years at Radford University. I played on the Lacrosse team with him. I’ll submit his tour were the glory years. One of my favorite memories of Chris was him defending the goal at practice with a sawed-off goalie stick without a head. I’m pretty certain he was on acid. I recall Coach Woolley looking askance at him with chagrin. However, that weekend Chris shut-out Richmond. Chris was fairly well known for experimenting with a lot of things, including nutrition. He was always razor-thin. Chris was very intense. But, you could not help but like him on a deep level.

“An accomplished athlete, Chris played two intercollegiate sports for Radford University, where he was an All-Conference lacrosse goaltender and a member of the 1981 Virginia Intercollegiate State Championship soccer team.”

I’m not the least surprised Chris travelled far-and-wide with a rather ecclectic career-path searching for a way to connect with a lot of people and make a difference. I’m also not surprised that he appeared to feel that he pissed-off a lot of people. I’m sure they all forgive him because he had an aura of uniqueness about him that made him more interesting and inspiring than irritating or hurtful.

I really do hope this message finds you. People cared about your husband, and his legacy is real. Consider me a friend. I coach my daughters in Soccer and everyone else’s sons in Lacrosse. I tell my Chris Langer story to every goalie on every Lacrosse team I coach.

“Chris” Cork, ’84

let’s Bitch-Slap North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

April4

I love strategy. it’s something I’m genuinely good at.

looking at a map, North Korea finds itself framed by China and South Korea.

if Teddy Roosevelt were looking at the same map and faced with the choices we are today, I’m thinking he would essentially bitch-slap North Korea’s little sissy of a leader, Kim Jong Un.

that’s a tactical move. but, it sets-the-stage for a reasonable strategy.

and, it’s a bit contrary to my earlier post today, a Purposeful RESULT of Random Love. but, that just brings us back to Roosevelt and how some historical lessons are always relevant, as is my reference to my Dad below.

I’m thinking that China is massing on North Korea’s border (…wait… did you know that is what’s happening? it sure is) because they can’t take the chance that North Korea pisses off the United States enough to elicit a preëmptive strike that casts nuclear fall-out into China and South Korea. think about what Israel did with the Yom Kippur War in 1973.  that would make for a Chinese interesting” forty-year anniversary.

more importantly, China takes Korea and ultimately puts them in the hands of South Korea making for a terrific and powerful trade-partner.

“SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea’s government-run Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The North’s Uriminzokkiri’s Twitter…”

kim jong unhere’s an interesting angle… by reputation, some of the finest hackers hail from China, itself. so, if I’m a shadowy Chinese Central Communist Party member (for the record I’m not. I am in-fact, a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman – look it up in this blogs archives), and I want to stir-the-pot and instigate change, I give the order to attack North Korea at its bitter black heart – their ridiculous parody of a leader, Kim Jong Un, himself. he apparently drives everything rampant through a run-away ego.

everything about the little sissy makes you want to bitch-slap him.

“…a picture posted Thursday on the North’s Flickr site shows Kim’s face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”

My Dad served in the United States Air Force under the Strategic Air Command (“Peace is our Profession”). he took détente seriously, and reasonably expected everyone else to do so as well. “Big planes with big bombs make other people think small”.

maybe the Chinese are gonna go “Roosevelt” on North Korea by speaking softly and use a big electronic stick.

is that poetic and justified irony?

they could call it the “Roosevelt Plan”. that would define irony.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


MAYBE Google is a Chinese two hump camel

March23

there are some cultures where a two-hump camel is valued higher than a wife. even a model that can cook and carry water.

seriously?

so… let’s see if that incites enough ire to get this post viral?

it fascinates me how interested Russians and Chinese are in Google. but, with that view comes research and an understanding of how Google can and probably level many a playing-field in terms of information and how we live our lives.

consider the Chinese Parable about, “Maybe”. there are numerous versions. however, this one helps make the point:

maybe – a parable

a chinese farmer lost his horse.

the neighbors reacted, “that’s terrible!”

the farmer: “maybe”

next day, the horse came back with several others.

the neighbors: “that’s wonderful!”

farmer: “maybe”

next day, the farmer’s son tried to tame one of the

wild horses, fell off, and broke a leg

neighbors: “that’s terrible!”

farmer: “maybe”

next day, the chinese army came through gathering men

for their army, but did not take the son due to his broken leg

neighbors: “that’s wonderful!”

farmer: “maybe”

meanwhile, and for it’s rich perspective…

“Even in this recent bull market spurt to new all-time highs, the run-up in Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) share price is dramatic. Since the beginning of the year, the stock has gained almost 13%. On March 6, …”

NOTE: thirteen percent (13%) comparatively speaking, is not “dramatic”. however, we must needs maintain the vital perspective that this, like many Google related articles, are a form of infomercial. and ANYTHING Yahoo! is suspect.

Brian Patrick Cork: the Google boys want to see their stock hit $1000 for bragging rights. but, it won’t get there on real merit. the products listed as drivers in this article are actually not fully baked. the right strategy is to split the stock. then hold on to your hats. otherwise, look for the Russians and Chinese to keep pushing some short action to keep the range lively enough for spot-trading.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Apple’s Siri will definitely speak Chinese

October24

Tim Cook, Apple’s new(ish) CEO, has advised us that China continues to be the fastest-growing market for the company.

I eluded to this, and more in one of my earlier posts: Apples are good for you Androids not so much.

In the latest quarter, sales were up nearly four times from last year and made up one-sixth of Apple’s overall sales.

peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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