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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

violations of a kind

November12

so…

I learned another lesson recently (okay… yesterday, in fact) about things that appear to be important; or, perhaps what we think might be important.

…perspective, if you will.

such a simple thing, really.

I’ve worked for about two weeks, rather strenuously, to research information around an obnoxiously epic post (just scroll down, it preceeds this hardly erudite offering). there are a good number of people that have been waiting for it to see electronic life. this morning I arrived to the offices, fed the fish, and fired-up my computer to start checking out comments. although I don’t approve most; while allowing a few, I enjoy the repartee they offer. in any event, there was an ugly banner (in red, no less) splayed across the top of my control panel. the gist of the message was that I had apparently violated some uncertain policy and my blog was banished. just like that. several years of effort. a lot of caring. stories about Haley Anne and Emma Jo, agonizing cultural commentary – just gone. and, to make it worse, I was deemed bad, possibly evil by the WordPress powers-that-be.

amazingly enough, perhaps only to myself, I found that I was unconcerned. I did some pull-ups and contemplated investigating the new Windows phone (problem is only AT&T currently offers that – so, forget it [see aforementioned epic post]). I decided karma might be a bicth, but God had decided He needed my focus, somehow, elsewhere.

then Anthony, from WordPress itself, sent me an email:

“Hi,

A mistake was made in the system which we have corrected. You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a mystery. The blog is back just as you left it.

We are really sorry for that happening and the inconvenience it caused you.

Anthony

WordPress.com”

[…]

I failed to hesitate in my response:

“We are useless without some form of forgiveness.

Brian”

[…]

I actually meant it.

I’m a socially awkward person, and this blog helps me. I almost lost it. but, I was okay. I am somehow still connected to all of you. and, I’m a better man for it.

and, I’m grateful for so much in my life. especially for the events surrounding, and relative to last night. only God knows.

meanwhile, my brother Greg recently reminded me there exists a certain poem. I may go into more detail about this later, but have you ever read the The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?  It’s a classic and wildly complicated poem – a meditation on aging and the aching disappointment of being human (especially male and human) – by T. S. Eliot, arguably the greatest literary observer of the first half of the (or maybe of the whole) 20th Century.

go read it. do it!  Will the mermaids sing to you?

peace be to my brothers and sister.

brian patrick cork

Helen Thomas and finishing well

June7

So… Helen Thomas just plain blew it. Late in the game, she lost her greatest potential.

Dammit… Things, aren’t supposed to turn out this way. So, we need to seek and divine the lessons best learned, here.

Many people abuse their position or authority, both accidentally and with grim purpose. However, it’s more like a cardinal sin if a journalist does such a thing. Especially if yours is a voice for the ages, like that of madame Thomas.

Thomas was influential in my life because she offered a unique opinion; and, that of a pioneering female, a daughter of immigrants, and  with a force of will few will ever match.

I won’t bother with a background story of my own, here. I will only add that I first met Thomas when I visited Capital Hill in 1987 after having read her book: Dateline: Whitehouse. I had some questions, so I sought her out. It’s that simple really. This is, amongst other things, what Prudent Gentlemen do.

While serving as White House Bureau Chief, she authored a regular column for UPI, “Backstairs at the White House,” which provided an insider’s view of various presidential administrations. Thomas was the only member of the White House press corps to have her own seat in the White House Briefing Room. All other seats are assigned to media outlets.

So, I found myself calling and emailing her from time-to-time for the odd insight (she sounds just like she looks like she’s supposed to). She was always terrific, if possibly overly-thorough with her views. She always wanted to make sure I agreed. I often did not. And, I believe she managed to appreciate that about me.

So long Helen Thomas, we won’t be seeing (the same way) you.

I supposed I’m bothered mostly because one possible epitaph for this hearty and ferocious woman might be: “She didn’t finish well”.

I’m not certain if much else could be more important.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

the scales of justice don't, often enough, balance out against evil

April30

As my scandalized practical loyal,  readers know, I’ve recently approved yet another experiment involving an exercise in self-gratification cellular handsets and related technology for our business empire. You can read more about that here: selfless acts of Commerce. Do it!

With the above accomplished, be advised that my immediate impression of the Nexus One is that, like all other challengers to Apple, it ably proves the nimble genius of Steve Jobs, his ferocious development teams, and all things Apple-oriented.

The Nexus One certainly has great promise. Although I will tip my ball cap to the “Car Home” application with it’s nifty suite of features that include: Navigation, View Map and Voice Search. Google has also included a very powerful Maps application that is both free and superior to anything Garvin or NAVIGON has produced.

However, the iPhone has the market share and established credibility. We, that collective we, mind you, trust Apple, in that we understand the technology works because it’s best-of-class.

So, I am reasonably certain that we don’t yet trust Google, ironically, because of it’s open-source and open-community mind-set. The open-source crowd is a squirrelly and high-browed bunch. And, Google neophites are self-focused, self-entitled birkenstock wearing Apple wanna-be’s. That has to make for an uncertain formula. In other words, Apple products do precisely what you expect them to do; while Google products (this includes the “cloud”- driven Google Apps) require having to, as Nicholas Johnson says: “work with it”, to get what you need.

…what ever…

Meanwhile… As we approach my point and a thing on my mind, and in my heart, some of you might be aware of the fact that an Apple iPhone team developer recently lost a prototype of the 3rd generation handset at a bar. It was apparently found by some mercenary rascal that sold it to an editor at Gizmodo. That made for an interesting story, while giving people (not us; we’ve already had seen the prototype) a glimpse of things to come. You can read the details, here: How Apple Lost the iPhone.

A point here is that I’ve been an Apple evangelist since 1985. I’ve been a share holder for almost as long. I’ve done business with those guys longer than most of their most senior employees have walked the halls. But, the emerging story driven by the finding of that iPhone is requiring that I begin to open my heart and mind – elsewhere.

To wit, a recent headline:

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype.

“A computer-crime task force (called: Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen’s house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.

[we’re advised that the task force is underwritten, in part, by Apple]

The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, confirmed the warrant’s authenticity.

Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

Last week Gizmodo had one of the Web’s hottest scoops when it posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and [allegedly] sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media Inc.

After Chen posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company, and Gizmodo returned it.

Gawker Media said California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to Chen’s property.

Wagstaffe said the district attorney’s office is examining that issue.

[this means you have a media hungry DA, once again, deciding if he can interpret the law his way. the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil]

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment.”

[meanwhile, you have Jobs and his lawyers shredding documents that tie them to the task-force]

Journalists tell stories. And the best of them do so within the parameters of truth and light.

This is a potential example of where Apple is a bully and using the judicial system as a blunt-edged weapon. And, I feel certain that fair-minded Americans (those that care about social history, anyway) will likely take umbrage against Apple. This means they now feel like Microsoft, and just became “the man”, and enemy.

Thomas Jefferson, likely, would not approve. And, my own heart tells me I can’t either.

My thinking the last two days has been: why can’t Jobs throw out the word and confirm that he, indeed, has a bad-ass upgrade on the way – and, all the other sissy competitors should buy his stock to subsidize their pathetic efforts to emulate his success.

But no… He had to get all frothy; and, now he’s not just that stubborn genius; he’s an ass-hole.

So, for the moment, our experiment with the Nexus One, and other technologies will continue.

More later – oh hell yes.

Meanwhile, and, on the other hand karma, again, proves to be a bitch…

Pirates rewrite script for Apple’s China iPad launch

Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc’s hot-selling iPad’s have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.

Go China!

Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught them off guard.

[actually, that’s bull-shit. Apple reduces inventory to keep demand honed like a razor. it’s true and I can prove it]

But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Maybe this justifies Apple’s judicial sledge-hammer. Maybe not. Probably not. But, what do you think?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

that damn Karma

June16

Funny, in a sad way, how some things have to play-out.

There is that saying – I don’t know if it’s old or not… But, you recognize it as:

“Karma is a bitch”.

I think there is actually more to that saying both in terms of additional words, and deeper meaning. Something to the effect:

“Karma is a bitch. You can some times drink richly from it’s teat, but she also has a vicious bite”.

Imagine Anthony Hopkins drawing that out with his deadpan eyes and wry smile.

I feel in good form, and I use my powers for good. I happen (as luck, or possibly karma would have it) to be in a business where people and what they (we) do must be valued. However, we aren’t always surrounded by people that share those values.

So… Today, more than ever, I am pondering Darwin – but, will consider Machiavelli as well.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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