The Unsinkable brian cork™

Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

pick me, the universe, and finishing well


WordPress has some pretty cool tools that help you track things such as the number of visitors to this Blog (there are a lot of you – and, thanks) on a given day.

One such tool (I am also considering the use of the word implement here, as well), in particular, that I always find intriguing is Search Engine Terms (and a wide variety of word combinations) that people use to find certain blog posts. A recent example that someone apparently used that led to this Blog was: “there is no grand purpose in the universe”.

…also: “ridgeback puppies” is quite popular. Over six thousand hits today alone.

I’ll find the first example inspiring as it led that particular searcher to my blog posts: existentialism isn’t cool it just is and, two sides rhymes with suicide. There, they no doubt found me a man of formidable opinion, wit and conviction.

When people make bold, albeit seemingly sophomoric statements like the universe has no purpose I’ve decided it’s really more a question than a position. That person was likely faced with some form of dilemma – for example – disappointment, or a challenge they felt intimidated by. Thusly, they more likely than not mean: “what is the meaning or purpose of the universe?”

Me! Pick me!

The universe exists to test me and you. Character is more often best when tested. So, the opportunity, and the answer, here, is to finish well.

We all need to have faith in something. So, it might as well begin with ourselves. Then we have our best chance to leverage that divine gift of discernment, and everyone and every thing in the universe wins.

I’m listening to: Not Afraid by Eminem. “Take a step, everybody”. And, I mean it. Also, a variety of stuff by Justin Bieber – because my girls like him, and I want to always understand.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


We live yet


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


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


intrigue at the Summit


I have been moving pretty fast the last few weeks. If there really is some form of recession out there, Alpharetta will have none of that!

Meanwhile, I needed to connect with my little Emma Jo. So, we decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood.

It was then I learned of the intrigue afoot at her school.

The winds of change blow stiffly through the halls of Summit Hill Elementary.

Apparently Emma Jo, Clare, Macy, Emmy and Shea (a tempestuous and rowdy lot I reckon) have formed both an alliance and a considered opinion that Lizzy (clearly someone outside this circle of status quo) isn’t “the boss” even though she wears a pretty dress.

Possibly of greater import is the strain this political upheaval is putting on the “Star Student” situation and the appropriate place in line everyone should take.

I sense that revolution is afoot.

More later.

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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