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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

free never comes Cheap


did you know that Apple, Inc. is now worth, or at least valued, more than Poland (as in the country)? this is a financial fact. read more on that, here.

but, I’ll wager there is not one parent in Poland that would value the health or well-being of their children less than Apple, the company.

so… what do we value? and, how do we assess value? what do things cost us, all, or at all?

I learned a long time ago in Bosnia that freedom, and things that can be taken for granted, don’t come by cheap.

everything has a cost. every…  …thing.

by the way… Bosnia is only five hundred and forty five (545) miles from Warsaw Poland.

for the moment lines of battle are being drawn-up with mandates being handed-down from board rooms around the globe relative to such things as data and texting – a medium many of us certainly do take for granted; possibly can’t live without – but, fail to comprehend what happens behind the scenes, and at the bottom-line.

dramatic, you say? consider this provocative notion… I feel that data is going to be like electricity or water. none of these resources completely free. however, few worry about giving someone a glass of water at home, or letting them plug-in to charge an Apple iPhone or MacBook (or, Android device [hint…see recent activity on my Linkedin profile. but, I’ll BLOG about it soon]).


“Text messaging is free, and calling is going to be free,” said Joe Stipher, CEO of Pinger said while attending the 2012 Mobile World Congress (“MWC”) that ended yesterday.

that free-thinking is becoming a reality. but, what you eventually don’t pay for is going to cost companies and shareholders a great deal.

that’s okay, I say. but, we need to, at the very least, understand.

it would be needless to say that mobile companies are not happy at the flood of free messaging services like, Pinger, piggy-backing their networks. there are a good many such services cropping-up. just Google “free texting” to start your own investigation. the change and evolution is inevitable – it always is. wanting the change is easy. but, defining the winner is never simple.

telecom Italia SpA chief executive Franco Bernabe also spoke-out at MWC stating that, “free messaging services are undercutting the ability of phone companies to invest in their networks”. to be sure, paid texting, or SMS, has been a cash-cow for phone companies that uses minimal network capacity.

“…the new players have based their innovation in the mobile domain, without a deep understanding of the complex technical environment of our industry. This is increasingly creating significant problems to the overall service offered to the end user and driving additional investments for mobile operators,” Bernabe said.

okay then… apparently after years of study, the big telecommunications operators announced this very week that they will try to fight back by introducing software this year embedded in new cellphones that will allow users to do the same sort of Internet-based messaging and voice calls that consumers want without paying separate fees.

cool. that reads (or, sounded) something like, “if you can’t beat them. join them”. but, I doubt it. the cost of that update is based on a heavy responsibility of Board of Directors whose reality are shareholders that, ironically, want the freedom, if you will, for themselves, but not the consumers of the products of companies they’ve invested in.

this is like “whack-a-mole” at Chucke-E.-Cheese’s. the cost will pop-up elsewhere, either in hidden fees or more expensive devices or contracts.

Me? I buy stocks of companies that find ways to innovate, change the world, and create wealth. So, those dividends make paying a bit more for products people need, want – and, can’t live without, like Apple’s make watching everyone else keen into the night, or stumble like zombies through the night somewhat more bearable.

no one  said the Laws of Natural Selection were designed to be fair.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


standing with Bill Pope


I’ve admittedly struggled with the sense of posting about Bill Pope today.

it’s the one year anniversary that we lost Bill and his son Bryce to a treacherous curve on a darkened road here in Alpharetta. my last communication with him that very evening was a series of brief text messages (probably in the hands of Bryce, and dictated by Bill). I distinctly recall being in the moment, with Bill. that’s important, to me.

I like what I wrote last year: taken aback by Bill Pope. and, I think I’ll stand with that, and add only a few additional thoughts…

I don’t know that Bill’s reputation will grow in legend. but, it certainly will by inspiration, if not Bryce’s great promise. Bill and Jane did a great job with that one.

some men are good at trying to make a point. others can make a difference. my thinking is that Bill made it a point to make a difference.

I miss you Bill. you were my friend. and, man, you were a really good friend like only a man’s man can be. a stalwart, and true.

I keep hoping I’ll round a corner, and there you’ll be, hands in trouser pockets, with shoulders rolled forward standing in those saddle shoes with a silly grin on your face – and, a  look in those eyes dancing with naught but the promise of adventure.

my “red-headed-Errol-Flynn-like-friend”, Bill Pope.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


texting and driving legislation


Point of relevance: texting and driving to death by Brian Patrick Cork

This, today, from Pastor Bill:

“Two bills introduced [through] GA legislature: The first to make illegal for teens to talk on a cell while driving, the second to make it illegal to text and drive. Source – AJC A12 today.” – Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Thank you.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


that would be Degevolution


Rusty, who, as it turns out is my new Mormon Brother (I’m not a Mormon, but Rusty is nonetheless, my Brother), and I have concluded that texting, for example, is one of those innovations that fall under a new term “degevolution”.

I’ll pause, here, and grimly advise you that Rusty is the author of the aptly named: Mormon Conversations. I’ll warn you in advance, though, in reading this Blog, you will find yourself amidst unsettling information that includes the debunking of certain myths that include: “Magical Underwear”. You may well, also, find you like this fellow with a big family, and a heart and life story, to match. He’s a pretty fair writer. Certainly better than me (but, that’s easy). And, perhaps more notably, there is transparency, rather like Drew Tilghman, and some useful observations in-and-around a life well-lived.

In any event, but, also in truth, we were using the word devolution. However, I looked it up, and it’s already being used for an entirely separate purpose. So, for the moment, and, certainly relevant to this post, it’s utterly useless to me, and my self-important desire to create a new word that is meaningful and useful (and, a potential blunt-edged weapon worthy of making one of my inarticulate points).

Let’s see if we can work degevolution into our working lexicon. I’ll need your collective help and support with that.

By the way… I use so many comma’s that I have this sudden concern I might read like James T. Kirk. Obviously, you’ll need to be a fan of Star Trek to truly appreciate this (I am, but, call me not a Trekkie).

Meanwhile, Rusty and I found ourselves discussing his life ambitions this afternoon. Our dialogue, however, has it’s genesis with me commenting on his Blog – which in turn had him visiting my Blog, and stumbling upon one of my posts: Texting and Driving To Death.

We (collectively the father of eight children), decided that texting is one of those technologies (or, is it a derivative of technology?) that is degevolutionary because it facilitates educational and social awkwardness while also adding a barrier, to, what some of us, might deem as good or meaningful communication. …and, well, if you do it while driving, you might kill our children.

I suspect Rusty is reading this post, and possibly scratching his head. We, in truth, only had bits and pieces of this discussion. I’m taking enormous liberty, here, and expounding on a tangental thought. So, hopefully, Rusty is also grinning, and content with the spirit of this posting effort.

Thanks Rusty (but, let’s hope we are much more famous; at least highly regarded, for other contributions).

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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