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“Hey Google”, This Falls Under Best Practices

October15

Dear Google:

At this point my last remaining gripe over Android is your method for rolling-out updates. Its frustrating.

I’m an Apple evangelist that loves Android. I swap back-and-forth between iPhones and Android devices out of curiosity (LG G3, iPhone 6, now a Moto X – probably an iPhone 6+ in the next two months after Apple Pay rolls-out).

Apple does a terrific job with updates. I’d like to see Android follow that.

I understand manufacturers want to add their skin. However, if Google could release the update in a more organized fashion the manufacturers (LG, Motorola) and service providers (AT&T, Verizon) could have their flavors ready by roll-out day.

This falls under best practices, and is not the least unreasonable.

By the way… If Android is the dominant mobile operating system on the planet then why do all the major carriers feature the iPhone on their opening pages?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters

brian patrick cork

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

brian cork looking at Herman Cain

May25

Herman Cain supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard.

that is strong, powerful, relevant – and, in direct opposition to Barack Obama (and, his plans for this country).

but, he probably won’t be our next President.

that bodes well for us all. but, probably not the way you are thinking.

Cain has never held elected office, losing a three-way Republican U.S. Senate primary bid in Georgia in 2004 with one-quarter of the vote. he did grab our, collective, imagination and hearts seventeen years ago when he stumped former president Bill Clinton at a National Restaurant Association convention:

“On behalf of all of those business owners that are in a situation similar to mine,” asked Cain, “my question is, quite simply, if I’m forced to do this what will I tell those people whose jobs I will have to eliminate?”

Cain had been a turnaround specialist at Pillsbury, working with Burger King, and in 1986 he’d been put in command of the failing Godfather’s Pizza franchise. he saved it with triage, closing two hundred and fifty (250) of eight hundred (800) stores, before leading an investor group that bought the franchise, and put him in charge (he currently serves on the board of directors for Hallmark, Whirlpool and AGCO) by the time he met Clinton, Cain had been elected president of the National Restaurant Association. this explained much of his confidence, and moxy, as he lit into his president.

in any event, Mr. Cain made a solid impression Thursday when he announced his bid for the presidency. but, no matter how bright Cain might shine, he has little chance of winning the nomination. while he has some personal money, based on being a successful businessman and radio personality, he doesn’t have nearly enough cash to fund his own campaign. and fundraising could be tough for him in such a crowded field with lots of better known candidates running. in fact, his “Hermanator” political action committee has taken in just over $16,000 this year.

it should also be noted that Cain wears hats. and, some how they don’t come across as silly. he also uses pocket squares in his jacket, and carries that off with eye-twinkling panache. but, if things get real serious, as part of my campaign contribution, I am going to enlist Mark Fonseca to work with Cain.

what I really like about Cain is that he probably can’t win, but he will keep everyone else’s campaigns honest and on-point. as rude as this is going to read, he will call a “spade-a-spade”.

and, that certainly won’t bode well for Barack Obama.

the race card doesn’t work with Cain. I don’t think he cares about being black. I do believe he cares about making good decisions that are founded in common sense. he has been a genuine businessman with a very thick accent. and, people listen to him because his mission is all about best practices.

the GOP candidate that ultimately makes their stand against Obama will have Cain’s hand on their shoulder.

that’s good for everybody.

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

service this

January5

I’ve became more than fed-up with certain service providers that, well, don’t.

I always do what I say. And, then some. In fact, I (cliche alert) really do try to perform well beyond my promise. I’ll pause and note, here, however, that I’m always very careful when I promise anything. And, I certainly choose my words carefully.

The simplest reason why I’m going on about this, today, is the guy that built the previous version of one of my business websites has side-stepped his part of a deal in the form of maintenance. And, in some respects he actually attempted to hold my business website, and it’s content hostage.

I really take it personal when people let me down in any form or fashion.

On the other hand, I’ve decided to “hitch up my drawers” and be part of my own solution. Thusly, I’ve complained, and now have done something positive about the problem.

I’m willing to call this one a victory, of sorts.

So… Here is the result: www.briancorkhumancapital.com. This is not an elegant design. But, it’s unique (enough) and very different from other websites of professionals like myself that recruit and coach on the business side of things.  And, the format (blog-oriented) will force my hand in subjecting offering my readers relatable thought leadership because I am, supposedly, a subject matter expertise around people in business and best practices.

By all means, add me to your RSS feed.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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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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