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R.E.M and ME R good

April15

I’m listening to R.E.M.’s Collapse into Now.

and, so should you. do it! especially if you enjoy R.E.M., as I do.

so… I think it’s fair to say that new R.E.M. effort (it seems odd calling them records, eh – album still works) haven’t been an event since the mid 1990’s. but, this, the bands, ready… fifteenth studio set, really does feel something akin to a mid-career rebirth, of sorts. it’s not as if there is an easily defined style to the record. instead, to me, it feels like a compendium of their greatest moments.

NOTE: you have to genuinely know and understand your R.E.M., and relative history, to pace with me here.

for example, they offer up the Losing my Religion – style folk-meditation of Oh My Heart, the rousing (I love that word) rock swagger (and, more so that imagery) of Discoverer. oh, and when Michael Stipes yelps, “Let’s show the kids how to do it!” on All the Best, it truly sounds like a call to arms. you should hear me push that one in the shower (we’re even thinking youtube, maybe).

buy it, as in download it, from iTunes. it’s worth it. do it!

meanwhile, to make my point, and to make your day, I’ve share my copy of Oh My Heart with you just for the nudge.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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iPad reality

March20

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

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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