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brian’s BEANS puzzle

February4

A brian’s BEANS puzzle

Take a good look at the picture below. It’s a puzzle, to be sure, for many.

I’m fully aware you may have heard tell of this exercise. And, yes, it’s part of the MENSA process. However, that’s only the beginning.

Let me know if it takes you under thirty seconds, or over thirty seconds to find the man in the beans.

Mind you, this does not necessarily have anything to do with brian’s BEANs. But, it might. Much hangs in the balance. More so for you, than for myself

When you are done with the exercise, please complete the poll below.

If you beat thirty seconds please reach out to me via the Contact Form. Do it!

NOTE: There is an honor system at work.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

isn't evolution Gods fault, anyway?

September30

I found myself embroiled in something of a heated debate over on Paul Sunstone’s “Cafe Philos (an internet cafe)”. I had been given a heads-up on a post he wrote titled: Do Evangelists Ever Tell the Truth? I waded in and offered some thoughts. I clearly touched a few nerves (nothing new there). But, unexpectedly, I found myself facing a ferocious crew that are convinced over half of America believe it’s Creationism over Evolution. I am naught less than skeptical. And, I’ll hold-out for Evolution (as you will see from the long-winded comments, providing you approach that post – beware!).

In any event, we’re putting a poll together today to resolve the matter. To prepare for that I’ve lifted the following outlines of both Creationism and Evolution directly from that venerable repository of information itself, “Wikipedia”.

The Creation of Adam“Creationism refers to the religious belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in some form by a supernatural being or beings, commonly a single deity. However the term is more commonly used to refer to religiously motivated rejection of natural biological processes, in particular evolution, as an explanation accounting for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth (the creation-evolution controversy). In Christian sects such creationism is usually based on a literal reading of Genesis 1-2 but other religions have deity-led creation myths which are quite different.”

Just to be clear… This would mean carbon dating and fossils are wrong. And, I have already pitted myself against this view in an earlier post: How Long Is Seven Days?

and,

evolutionEvolution (non-technical introduction) is the change in groups of living things over time. Living things (organisms) have children (offspring) which differ from their parents in minor random ways. Many of these differences, called traits, can be passed down to future generations of offspring during reproduction. Evolution is the process of these inheritable differences becoming more common or rare within large groups (populations) of organisms. Evolution occurs in two different ways. The first way is random – when a population’s traits change by chance. The second way is called selection. Selection happens when a trait helps an organism to have more offspring, such as by keeping the organism from dying young. This helpful trait will tend to become more common in the population, because organisms with the trait produce more offspring – who may inherit the same trait.”

You know the drill here… Amoeba’s, fish, birds, dinosaurs, Land of the Lost, Jurassic Park, fossils, apes, and all that stuff most of us learn in school (at least me and Curtis Burton the Third, any way).

There is some uncertainly within the aforementioned post’s comments where certain people of interest like Senator John McCain and (wannabe, but not really, VP) Sarah Palin play it down the middle saying they might lean towards evolution, but add the “hand of God” element – which I personally, feel is fair and balanced (just so you know).

There is some true (and delicious) irony represented in-and-amongst all this. Those debating me at Cafe Philos are relying heavily upon the internet (to include google and carefully crafted youtube videos to support their position).

I have taken a different and more academic and community census approach (this unhinged poor Webs, one of the commenters).

Therefore, because of the differential in approach and passion involved, I’ve decided to take personal opinion out of (my) equation, and go to my readers whom I know to be both fair-minded, as well as a hearty and balanced crew in their own right. It’s time to go with that promised poll.

And, the best irony comes in the form of my using my Blog (on the internet to make a point – I just don’t know who’s point yet).

Thusly, and without further adieu America (okay this is a global Blog. So, I’ll ask those who are not Americans to back away), which is it – Creationism or Evolution?


Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

understanding that was Awkward

August19

I understand that readers of this Blog look for life changing, if not globe affecting, punditry. At least this is what I gleam from what you tell me in person, through comments, emails and the odd mail box bomb.

I interact daily with people that, in some form or fashion, change the world. Some times (and, always hopefully) for good. I get to wage commerce in-and-amongst them, offer advice, and from time-to-time, get to be taken seriously. For that I get to be referred to as a Cultural Architect and run point through organizations like the, certainly far from self-effacing (but pointedly paranoid) Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen. Being a Prudent Gentlemen has both it’s rewards as incredible demands – mostly in terms of demands and expectations around a service and commitment to community.

With that said, I most often view myself as a Dad first. I do train fiercely for extreme and adventure races (but, I love training more than racing). I also get to be a youth soccer coach. And, I am pretty good at all of those things.

Then again, sometimes I am just an oaf.

Realizing this – and, discussing it on such a public platform, such as this Blog, is crucial to my own development, as well as yours because it keeps (perhaps it puts) so many things into perspective.

I also understand that this is shaping up to be quite a dramatic and verbose (nothing entirely new from that view point) prologue for my point.

Of course, there is a story.

So… As readers know I am decidedly no stranger to Starbucks. Every barista from Alpharetta to Peachtree City knows my beverage of choice: Vente Ice Chai – nine (seriously) pumps of chai, one pump vanilla with whole milk.

Facing a day with naught less than empire building prospects, I broke my “one chai a day” rule and popped into a SBUX near my offices on the way back from the UPS Store (how is it our offices are a catalyst and spawning ground for dynamic change yet bereft of legal size envelopes?). I strode through the door and was met with the usual “BRIAN” from the crew.  On the rare occasions when I actually have to pay, I don’t have to state my order and it’s always prepared and ready in expedited fashion.

In any event, one of the Barista’s at this particular SBUX is a rather quiet young gal that I suspect has few ambitions in life other than not falling asleep at the wheel. You will understand when I manage “cow” as part of the description. “Simple” comes to mind. My family in England my use the descriptor “thick”.

I understand this is cruel But, this is coming from a fellow (me) that will do anything to inspire his daughters to reflect and represent only the best our genetic coding can muster on any given day (have I shamelessly boasted regaled you recently about how well Haley Anne is doing in public school – having emerged successfully from the ranks of the home schooled, and in soccer, where, as a formidable defender she demonstrates both her will and domain over hapless forwards? Or, how brilliant Emma Jo is in terms of her art and keen insight?).

I digress in parallel with setting myself up.

However, given all my chest-thumping arrogance and notions of, generalized superiority, this stage-setting is relevant.

I had come to the conclusion that this gal was pregnant. Time often throws itself into a vortex for me. Entire months can come-and-go as the world moves slowly around me. Well, her belly had apparently begun it’s expansion last year some time. But, I would swear that I asked her when she was due only last month, and she told me October. Every time I see her I inquire about how she is feeling; her due date; and add how great it is to be a parent.

Okay… This gal had Barista duty today and was moving like she was in a fog (while manning the cash register she reads every button like a First Grade Dick and Jane book). As I awaited my chai at the stand observing her titanic struggle with a cloth hopelessly pitted against a growing puddle of milk and some frothy substance, I asked her (ironically, I might add in a tragic sense) if she was ready to be a Mom.

“I already am a Mom”, she responded.

“Cool. Are you ready to be a Mom again?”

“No. I’m not going to be a Mom again.”

“Well… When your baby comes, won’t that make you a Mom again, in a manner of speaking?”

“No. I don’t think so.”

“Okay. So, when is this one due?”

“It’s not.”

“Lets try it this way… When do you give birth?”

“March.”

Reader – have you heard of the phrase Cow Tipping?

She had gained quite a bit of weight by my estimate. And, I found myself both unsettled and concerned about how realistic the “cow” thing just might play itself out. I did some quick calculating and made out that was seven months away. This was either going to be the longest pregnancy of record, or I was really missing something.

“So… You are having another baby?”

“No.”

“What happens in March?”

“I don’t know.”

“What does you having a baby have to do with March?”

“That’s when I had my baby.”

So… There I was a bit flat-footed, and not feeling like much of a card-carrying MENSA at the moment.

After something of a pregnant pause, if you will, she looked at me and asked:

“Do I look pregnant?”

Once again, faced with an Kobayashi Maru.

Epilogue:

When I tell Joanne this story she will simply opine: “It was just none of your business”. She might add: “You were being an ass”.

IN celebration of own ly lack of demonstrated genius this day, let’s go with a poll and stir up some controversy:

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

is al Franken our vice president?

July2

So…

How many of you can actually say you have heard something about our Vice President lately?

At this point, can you quickly come up with his name?

We can be fairly certain the guy was not a gal – and, is a Democrat.

It’s not Al Gore. But, he is a Democrat.

al frankenMaybe Al Franken is our Vice President. He won something recently. That would be funny. But then, that has usually been his job… Being funny. However, he is a sort of Democrat – but, with a twist. He is affiliated with the  Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (seriously). So, that may not really count anywhere except in Minnesota. But, maybe that’s good.

Supposedly Barack Obama (who is the President) is a Democrat (but, I suspect he is really an “Obamacrat”).

Ha! I bet that takes off!

Since I doubt he (the missing Vice President) has been in Argentina, is it even worthwhile asking where he is; what is he doing; and, should we be concerned about any of that?

By the way… Did you know that it is rumored that every Democratic nominee that expects to have a shot at the White House is supposed to have dinner at Sam Kaplan’s house in Minneapolis (that’s in Minnesota). That does not have to be funny. But, what happens if Al Franken shows up? I’ve met Sam a few times. Al would be treated fairly.

Let’s test our knowledge around this with a poll.

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UPDATE:

07-02-2009

Not to be caught flat-footed, and clearly in response to this post, The White House has announced that Vice President Joe Biden is currently in Iraq. This, then, answers at least three of the critical questions addressed in this Blog posting.

You can follow these global affecting events by reading more about this update here: apparently joe Biden is our vice president.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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