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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

iPad reality


Here is what I know based on having an iPad in my hands for two weeks…

This from the perspective of a businessman (me) – or, perhaps a field researcher, doctor, traveling salesman, even a warehouse supervisor – anyone whose job offers them an opportunity to get away from a desk. The iPad runs hundreds of iPhone apps, and you can bet thousands of more are under development. The productivity and multi-revenue opportunities around the iPad are potentially inconceivable as of the writing of this post. Many of those apps are tailored to specialized lines-of-work. And, it’s more powerful hardware (I’m drawing the compaison to the iPhone) should inspire developers to be relentless in their pursuit of innovation.

But it’s iWork that sets the standard. It comes with attention-grabbing presentation tools. For example, the laser pointer effect in Keynote is slick, bad-ass, awesome, cool. iWork beats Microsoft Office for usability anyway – and, we like our videos. And, the iPad’s size, weight, and battery life make it a natural for the field and travel.

Prediction: “iPadders” will leave their Macbooks at home and the office when they go any where.

One determined piece of advice from a self-acknowledged know-it-all… Don’t skimp and settle for the WiFi-only version and fool yourself into thinking you don’t, or won’t, care about 3G. When you grasp the potential of this device for communication (i.e. VoIP), and the aforementioned Apps currently under development around that potential, “the game” (gaming is a whole other topic) changes completely.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


cool DNA


All our football (we’re soccer purists) matches were cancelled this weekend because the water table is so high the fields are soggy and, thus, treacherous.

So, I busied myself with some epic workouts, entertaining the girls, looking for some new boots, and cleaning out the back of our basement where we have too many boxes of unnecessary stuff.

Haley Anne was looking through one of those boxes that, indeed, had: “Brian’s stuff #4” stenciled (not scrawled, because that’s too messy and uncertain) pointedly across one of the duck-taped flaps.

The first thing of interest was a picture of me winning an AAU State Championship in the 880. That was fun (more for me, likely), and actually held her interest for a minute.

But, what really caught her attention were twenty three tapes of a decidedly eclectic selection of music from 1980. This included AC/DC, Clash (no one cool actually said “the Clash”, eh), David Bowie and New Order. Much of this, most excellent tuneology, is currently being rediscovered by this generation, along with Michael Jackson (admit it… we miss him. I do). Haley Anne was particularly fascinated with the compilation tapes I had for various purposes to include: “working out”, “Driving to San Francisco”, and not ready to explain just yet “unusual events”.  So, right there in her hands, audio (even though it’s analog) proof that “Daddy, really, always has been cool” – this relayed to her new BFF Emma via cellular telephone.

That’s me, today, with a bit more hitch in my strut; even more than is typical (and, that’s a lot).

Today I’m, otherwise, listening to Jackson Brown’s The Road, Running on Empty, and all of The Police.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


robots are always cool


You have to admit, this is cool.

I don’t care how old a kid you are.

And, I am pretty sure the female ‘bot is saying something to the effect: “In the future, it will take mechanized athletes to keep pace with Brian Cork”.

And, we need pirates too.

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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