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February28

brandon at work

so…

as many of you know I’ve dis

covered Humans of New York. its a fun, interesting, and thought provoking platform for insight and reflection.

we are a culture of story-tellers and listeners. so, we relate to the pathos and charm of our neighbors from that place.

yesterday I took a moment to ponder and borrow some of Brandon’s stuff and mash-it-up into a story-line of my own (I do this with other peoples work from time-to-time).

in any event, here is a brief bio from his Humans of New York blogsite that struck me with an interesting point and potential life lesson:

“Hey there.  I’m Brandon.  I get really passionate about things.  At some time in my life, I’ve been obsessed or borderline-obsessed with saltwater aquariums, the baritone euphonium, reading, piano, filming, financial markets, New York City, and photography.  I studied History at the University of Georgia.  During my senior year of college, I took out $3,000 in student loans and bet it on Barack Obama to win the presidency.  A friend heard about this bet and got me a job trading bonds on the Chicago Board of Trade.  I traded for three years.  It went really well for awhile.  But then it went really bad.Whoops. After I lost my trading job, I decided to move to New York City and take portraits of strangers on the street. Mom wasn’t too happy about that decision, but so far it’s gone pretty well. I’ve taken nearly 5,000 portraits and written 50 stories. And I’ve met some amazing people along the way.

Thanks for visiting Humans of New York.
Feel free to drop me a line at honybrandon@gmail.com. For interview/speech/press/business requests: honyassist@gmail.com.”

while I think its cool he attended the University of Georgia, and don’t find myself the least surprised (I’ve met some incredibly gifted people that came out of that school. they do some great things with the right types of minds), I picked-up on his adventures around trading bonds…

my sense of Brandon is a man of deep should and a keen desire to connect with people and share their stories; give them depth on a a very unusual level. however, he makes it seem that losing a bunch (of other people’s) money, if that’s what occurred was a simple hurdle on the path of a road yet travelled with its potential yet to be fully realized. so, what about that story, and the people that shared that possibly devastating sequence of events?

now I wonder if his journey to tell other people’s stories and save stray dogs is a form of penance. while I doubt that, the stage set and my observations possibly demonstrate how our imaginations can find stories in the midst, and finish them in all manner of distortion, or clarity in the form of provocative photographs.

I suppose my point, here, is that there is so much more to us than we can write, read, photograph, and demonstrate. we are an accumulation of things and stuff, fears and travails, heroics, and not so much, that will never be completed until other people want to tell our stories and spin them in a way that suits a purpose.

what story does your own picture tell today?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

networks

November8

just a quick thought – and, a few observations; followed by opinions, around “networks”, and related words.

why did I use quote (“”) marks around the word: “networks”, you ask? admit, it hundreds of you did ask yourselves, collectively, what I was up to as you paused upon that provocative word. well… it’s due, in part, to the fact that it happens to be an idiomatic utterance with many applications and meanings – a vital element (there’s another one) to the richness of our our English language. and, there begins the approach to my point.

I’m seeing weakness in the broad application of most things associated with some type of network.

to wit:

it can be argued that television programming, as offered by the communication networks, is weak and uninspired. example: Joanne made me watch Grays Anatomy and Private Practice – so, my point is made, there (note: Addison is both a bitch, and pointless).

most of your social and business-oriented networks are also of highly questionable value. daily I hear people say they rely on their networks for job leads, business leads and financing leads. but, they end up feeling like Custer requesting reinforcements at the Little Big Horn.

AT&T’s network has gotten so awful that I abandoned the iPhone  for Sprint and the EVO 4G (interestingly, this did launch me down the path of exploring all things Android, then open-source [so…Linux {Ubuntu} operating systems, and even Windows).

broadly, the word “shallow” comes to mind when I think of “networks”.

maybe some good news is much of these offenses can be resolved by internal “accountability”.

we can easily turn-off the television and speak to one another (no mean feat when I’m competing with Private Practice. but, a worthy effort nonetheless). we can help one another better by being more clear about what we actually need and can do for, and within, our social and business networks. we all really do want to help one another. we just need to understand how. so, being responsible for being less casual, and more focused, is a good direction (this will make us more productive [and less self-entitled] workers, by the way. we can get there by watching less television, to start. then use a cellular service (fewer daily, actually use land-lines any more) that work (this is also a way to hold the service providers accountable) and engage in meaningful exchanges of information, that include dialogue (hint: email and text less, please).

so… ironically, we look to our “networks” to bind (there is an example of a word that is both multi-useful and juxtapositional [look it up]) ourselves together. but, that system has broken down, regardless of the words application. in a period of time when hiring, for example, is now more “mission-specific” than ever – which means we have to be clear, concise and relevant in what we do for a paycheck. the Laws of Natural Selection are going to play a vital role in what happens next. so, we need to communicate, and really (also consider genuinely because it’s so apropos) want to help one another.

me? I’m using the word: “connected”. some how I’ll sort out a way to integrate virtu into that so accountability and responsibility are the baring points. and, all I ask is that you join me in creating that “daisy-chain” that makes life as meaningful as possible.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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