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the weatherman ate my Data

January25

the recent snow storm here in Atlanta now known as: “Snowageddon” made me start asking myself questions like:

what happens to all our information if we lose the internet?

I mean, the internet and the entire infrastructure that keeps it working the way we like it to.

I don’t pretend to know all the answers. my eight year old already knows I’m not quite all that powerful.

but, can we lose the internet?

maybe we’ll find out, collectively, come 20102. and, maybe just any ol’ HUGE catastrophe will do the trick.

all that said, the implications are certainly ominous. what would Larry Page do (for a job, I mean [hello Troy Brown”!])?

if the lights went out, so to speak, meaning we’ve lost power, and most of the back-up (let’s assume world leaders might desire, and so, be able to keep reading Nick Milne’s blog) amongst “the cloud”, and all… we would lose our online statements, subscriptions to Macworld and have no idea who was leading the English Premiere League.

…oh, and exactly what is the vital difference between “the cloud” and the internet? and, do storms, as referenced above, affect “the cloud”, more than the plain ‘ol internet?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

We live yet

March29

Back in August of 2008 I lifted more material from a wide-variety of mediums, including other Blogs, to come up with an incomplete list of ways the world might come to an end. The result was: We are all going to die (probably) 1/.

Part of that effort included a summary around the ominous sounding Atom Smasher:

I rather like this one (not to be confused with Cirith Ungol, as exampled, here).

However, you can learn more about it (the actual scientific experiment, not the Cirith Ungol tune) by watching the following video:

Scientists in Europe have been building the world’s largest particle accelerator. Basically its a 27km tunnel designed to smash atoms together to find out what makes the Universe tick. However, the mega-gadget has caused serious concern, with some scientists suggesting that it’s properly even a bad idea to turn it on in the first place. They’re predicting all manner of deadly results, including mini black holes. So when this machine is fired up for its first serious experiment in 2012, the world could be crushed into a super-dense blob the size of a basketball.

I want to get a telephone call or text message just before they pull the lever so I can start jumping up and down to see if it makes any difference (like when an air liner is rushing towards the ground).

Update: Tallyho has reminded me that the Atom Smasher has been turned on, and the world has not yet been destroyed.

Let’s be sure we have dancing in the streets, and possibly (carefully considered) bacchanalian pursuits.

It should be noted that, also introduced in that fateful posting, were the infamous Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen, an ill-conceived group if ever there was one, fully prepared to stand up to the dreaded Illuminati.  As unhappy as they might be to learn of us, they may fear us as well. Although we may not be able to out think or outwit them, we can likely out drink them as we confound our neighbors with scandalous theories of international intrigue, and put on decidedly more impressive airs than the best of them. We challenge any one of them to a wrestling match.

Continued courage.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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/1 This was followed up with the ill-conceived: We are all going to die (again).

We are all going to die (probably)

August17

We are all going to die (well, probably).

Some of us get to pick when death might occur.  Others will stumble into oblivion.

Generally speaking, I don’t think we should concern ourselves over the issue.

But, here are some theories my friends (beer drinkers, poets, patriots and philosophers all – collectively referred to as: The Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen, or, simply, The Gentlemen) have come up with around the world’s cataclysmic end. We do this because our combined egos are so HUGE, that it, well, just needs to be fantastic (or, “fabulous” if you are Curtis).

Scientific experts (this certainly includes The Gentlemen) from around the world are predicting that five years from now, all life on Earth could well finish. Some are saying it’ll be humans (not beans though /1) that set it off. Others believe that a natural phenomenon will be the cause. And the religious folks are saying it’ll be God himself who presses the stop button…

In no particular order, although you have seen much of this before through a wide-variety of mediums (but, kinda cool if they all happened simultaneously):

1. Mayan Calendar

The first mob to predict 2012 as the end of the world were the Mayans, a bloodthirsty race that were good at two things:  Building highly accurate astrological equipment out of stone, and Sacrificing Virgins.

Thousands of years ago they managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon as 329.53020 days, only 34 seconds out. The Mayan calendar predicts that the Earth will end on December 21, 2012. /2 Given that they were pretty close to the mark with the lunar cycle, it’s likely they’ve got the end of the world right as well.

2. Sun Storms

Solar experts from around the world monitoring the sun have made a startling discovery: our sun is in a bit of strife. The energy output of the sun is, like most things in nature, cyclic, and it’s supposed to be in the middle of a period of relative stability. However, recent solar storms have been bombarding the Earth with so much radiation energy, it’s been knocking out power grids and destroying satellites. This activity is predicted to get worse, and calculations suggest it’ll reach its deadly peak sometime in 2012.

3. The Atom Smasher

I rather like this one (not to be confused with Cirith Ungol as exampled here).

However, you can learn more about it (the actual scientific experiment, not the Cirith Ungol tune) by watching the following video:

Scientists in Europe have been building the world’s largest particle accelerator. Basically its a 27km tunnel designed to smash atoms together to find out what makes the Universe tick. However, the mega-gadget has caused serious concern, with some scientists suggesting that it’s properly even a bad idea to turn it on in the first place. They’re predicting all manner of deadly results, including mini black holes. So when this machine is fired up for its first serious experiment in 2012, the world could be crushed into a super-dense blob the size of a basketball.

I want to get a telephone call or text message just before they pull the lever so I can start jumping up and down to see if it makes any difference (like when an air liner is rushing towards the ground).

Update: The Atom Smasher has been turned on, and the world has not yet been destroyed.

Consider a paradox, and peak into the future, by considering We live yet.

4. The Bible says…

If having scientists warning us about the end of the world isn’t bad enough, religious folks are getting in on the act as well. Interpretations of the Christian Bible reveal that the date for Armageddon, the final battle between Good an Evil, has been set down for 2012. The I Ching, also known as the Chinese book of Changes, says the same thing, as do various sections of the Hindu teachings.

5. Super Volcano

My personal favorite…

Yellowstone National Park in the United States is famous for its thermal springs and Old Faithful geyser. The reason for this is simple – it’s sitting on top of the world’s biggest volcano, and geological experts are beginning to get nervous sweats. The Yellowstone volcano has a pattern of erupting every 650,000 years or so, and we’re apparently many years overdue for an explosion that will fill the atmosphere with ash, blocking the sun and plunging the Earth into a frozen winter that could last up to 15,000 years. The pressure under the Yellowstone is building steadily, and geologists have set 2012 as a likely date for the big bang.

6. The Physicists

This one’s case of bog-simple maths mathematics. Physicists at Berekely Uni have been crunching the numbers. and they’ve determined that the Earth is well overdue for a major catastrophic event. Even worse, they’re claiming their calculations prove, that we’re all going to die, very soon – while also saying their prediction comes with a certainty of 99 percent- and 2012 just happens to be the best guess as to when it occurs.

7. (another) BANG!

We all know the Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that sheilds us from most of the sun’s radiation. What you might not know is that the magnetic poles we call North and South apparently have a nasty habit of swapping places every 750,000 years or so – and right now we’re about 30,000 years overdue. Scientists have noted that the poles are drifting apart roughly 20-30kms each year, much faster than ever before, which points to a pole-shift being right around the corner. While the pole shift is underway, the magnetic field is disrupted and will eventually disappear, sometimes for up to 100 years. The result is enough UV outdoors to crisp your skin in seconds, killing everything it touches.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ See My rantings (albeit sincere and heart-felt notions) around “Human Beans” – or, just ask me some time.

2/ This is just four (4) days before my parents wedding anniversary.  They are deceased, but, it is still relevant because they were, and probably are still, very cool.  Their parties were always great.  I remember one of my many God Mothers (this is a long story) yelling:  “Oh my GOD, we are all going to die!” with a pitcher of martinis sloshing in her hand.

Justice through good natured Armageddon

June24

We keep hearing talk of bringing alleged terrorists to justice through our national judicial system.

Why not?  It worked during our own American Revolution – right?

Wait…  Those terrorists were our Founding Fathers.

Let’s take a different route to indulge my cynical sense of humor…

We keep wanting to try someone for the events leading up 9/11.  And, we have some people in custody that might have been involved.

Currently, I think many people are letting their anger get the best of them.  If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s that when you’re dealing with a crisis, the worst thing you can do is let your emotions run wild.  To react rashly will only exacerbate the problem in the long run.

Rather than be blinded by our collective anger, we must keep a cool head and, after careful consideration of the many complex social and geopolitical factors at work here, annihilate the pieces of shit who did this with good natured, measured, and focused rage.

Let’s also keep in mind that we still don’t know with absolute certainty who is responsible for the attacks of 9/11. What we need is rock-solid, convincing rumors before we can move forward with vaporizing the bastards.

I agree that the perpetrators must be punished severely. But, contrary to what so many knee-jerk, blood-lusting American citizens would like to believe, merely capturing and punishing terrorists will not prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future.  No, they must be tried and convicted in a United States court of law, so that President Bush can, on live television, pump bullet after bullet into their bodies, starting with their feet, and slowly working his way up. Then, after a great deal of soul-searching and consultation with his top advisors, the president must toss their lifeless, bullet-riddled bodies into a shark tank.

I must also respond to the many voices in this country who have been calling for the use of nuclear weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) are not to be used lightly. Much thought and caution must be exercised before making the entire country that spawns, or offers safe haven, to the perpetrators an unlivable radioactive wasteland.

Many say that using a nuclear weapon on the nations that harbor such sub-human filth would be rash and irresponsible.  To which Vice President Cheney might say:

“Why use a nuclear weapon when we have hundreds of perfectly functional tactical missiles just sitting there in our nation’s silos?”

…Should nuclear weapons be used?  The question, really, is how many should be used, and is Cheney the one that gets to push the buttons?

Vigorous debate and discussion must precede any inevitable decision regarding target locations and the number of weapons. This is one area where you absolutely don’t want to make a mistake.

We must remember that impulsively lashing out is never the best course of action. True justice can only be achieved through cool, calm, levelheaded armageddon.

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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