I told Galvin about my expectations around Apple, Inc. and it’s stocks potential, and why. And, he told the world. I’ll remind you of that by pointing you to:  not what you were thinking.

What did you do?

Then I gave you, all of you, fair (fair) warning with: how Verizon might spank Android.

Now, with the publishing of the story: Could Apple Hit $1,000?, in the venerable Wall Street Journal yesterday, it’s a reasonable bet, the market will drive you and Apple stock towards $1000.

What are you going to do, now?

Come on! Do it!

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


so… I met a Feng Shui Master yesterday.

seriously.

people that follow the principles of Feng Shui believe the color pink means something. and, it’s related to Victoria Secret. so, Feng Shui isn’t necessarily arcane by it’s nature.

however, according to the Ballard Poll (I’ll stand in refusal to, otherwise, cite it, here), people that take the position of being serious about Feng Shui are typically self-entitled, a bit (well… more than a bit) snotty, bossy, and overly neat.

I’m bossy. and, I’ll toss in opinionated. I don’t know if I’m snotty. but, I do put on an unreasonable air of superiority, now-and-again.

in any event, I have found that, generally speaking, people that thrust upon us follow Feng Shui, bug me. that master (of his own domain) certainly did. he had a limp handshake and wore a cardigan. so, I’ll likely follow the aforementioned poll and hold “fengers” in a measure of disdain. If I knew many that could demonstrate that their practice(s) some how give them a clear advantage, I might surrender myself, more often, to said structure.

I’m neat in my own cluttered way. I have eclectic tastes when it comes to decor – as well as activities. I have a “Fenger” in our offices, often. and, she gets agitated by fast moving (and thinking) people. she is always trying to arrange things objects in my office. I think it’s okay to have books piled up on the floor. and, pictures. doing things on my terms works for me. so, that’s where I pull and push my positive energy.

…never mind.

as matters stand, I’m declaring something of a victory, here. At home I’ve s defiantly (defiantly) shoved my working desk (now, according to a book that describes all things Feng Shui, by placing a Dragon on our desk, we can apparently bring the“Dragon’s Luck” to us as well as protect us from harmful energy) up against a wall with my back to a broad entryway. and, as I tap this missive into my Apple wireless keyboard (correct, I’m not currently using the Android box), I’m doing so with the grim satisfaction that I’m something of a rebel.

peace be to my brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

As I predicted, forecast, warned, advised and flat-out told, you, all of you, collectively, months and months and months ago, Verizon today announced an iPhone 4 compatible with its own network, to be available early next month.

The Verizon iPhone includes the 5-Mpixel HD camera, A4 processor and ‘retina’ display of the existing iPhone 4, but runs only on Verizon’s CDMA network vs. the GSM networks of AT&T and other iPhone carriers outside the U.S. As readers know, I dropped my iPhone 4 for an HTC EVO 4G at Sprint because I was fed-up with AT&T’s lousy service in terms of customer, billing and network. I really do like the HTC EVO. But, I am mostly concerned about usability and productivity. So, I’ll be evaluating Verizon, to be certain.

verizon, iphone, brian cork, predictions, stockCurrent Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the new iPhone online “on or around” February 3 – first-come, first served – with availability on February 10 through Apple stores, Verizon stores and online. Pricing with a new two-year contract is $199 for a 16GB version or $299 with 32 GB. Verizon has not yet specified data plan pricing, but a data plan will be required. A 3G Mobile Hotspot app will provide WiFi for up to 5 devices through the Verizon iPhone. For a $35 restocking fee, Verizon customers can exchange a phone purchased within the last 30 days to buy an iPhone. [See also: Verizon iPhone FAQ.]

This changes several things. Maybe a lot of things. Especially in terms of market share. Google thinks they are competing with Apple for the cellular device proliferation. I’ve posted some interesting statistics with the valid forecasts. And, you’ve read the passionate Nicholas Johnson, saying that Android devices rule the market (they are  awesome, but they don’t rule anything). Here about some of all that, here: being part of the solution evolution revolution. But, go to “search” on this blog, it’s over to the left, and punch-in: “Android”, for more.

Do it!

But, let’s just see how another service-provider in North America changes things. Verizon is the preferred choice for business and cellular devices. Big Blackberry country, that. But, let’s see how many Verizon users jump on the iPhone (that had an opportunity to go with an Android device, but didn’t, mind you).

NOTE: The iPhone’s reported customer loyalty levels were the highest in the survey, while Research in Motion was second at 35% (for its Blackberry OS), Google Android was third at 28%, Nokia was fourth at 24% and Microsoft was fifth at 21%.

Loyalty remains an important factor for a company looking to gain share in the highly competitive mobile phone market. Me? I believe strong customer stickiness and a brand image synonymous with innovation has enabled Apple to grab mobile phone market share despite heightened competitive pressure.

So… As I’ve already stated on this blog, and I’m right, Apple is going to hit $1000 inside the next ten years. Along the way, it’s going to hit $418, and fairly soon. That’s roughly 25% ahead of the current market price (today). As an aside… I estimate that iPhone operations constitute the majority of the company’s stock value (54%).

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian patrick Cork

so… we all do our best to teach our children about choices and consequences.

…well, some do, and some don’t. and, naturally, it takes, and often doesn’t.

in any event, more followers of this blog, than don’t, know I discuss Laws of Natural Selection. I’m fairly liberal with both my definitions and my opinions. but, you must adore all of that because you continue to amass, here, in droves.

today, I’m using this blog, again, as a platform to take “the micky” out of Islamic Extremists. assumming they won’t like it, they can fight me. we’ve done it before, and I’ll look forward to the opportunity again. hell,it’s me that’s still the one standing, eh.

my experience in-and-around Somalia has never been good. I’m convinced they are part of the “dark continent” for a well defined set of reasons that just go on, forever – even though I suspect those people, won’t. why?

Somali Islamists ban men and women from shaking hands.

in Somalia, it’s not just following the tenants of Islam, which aren’t that bad, by design. it’s, once again, the morons that take that faith (and, any faith for that matter) to that newsworthy extreme.

it’s been recently reported out of Mogadishu that  Islamist insurgents have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together. Mind you, these aren’t people that comprise the government or are elected to drive thought leadership. these are evil minions of idiocy.

here’s an example:

residents of the southern Somali town of Jowhar are fitfully reporting that the al-Shabab insurgents threatened to whip, imprison or execute anyone found breaking the recent edicts.

I have an acquaintance that happens to reside in Jowhar that tells me he will no longer greet women he knows for fear of punishment. he also reports that gunmen are searching buses for improperly dressed women or women traveling alone. he’s seeing women beaten for wearing Somali traditional dress instead of the long, shapeless black robes favored by the fighters.

the insurgents have already banned women from working in public, leaving many families completely destitute.

the good news, here, is this may well be a terrific example of Laws of natural Selection. if those minions of mayhem and moral objectivity prevail, at all, we won’t see many left inside fifty years.

peace be to my brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

I am a deeply (deeply) flawed human bean.

shy, really. and, often socially awkward. It’s not that I could, or should be compared to Howard Hughes, mind you. it’s just that I am always (always) focused. and, driven, of course, with a keen desire to win and prevail – and, with a higher standard.

it sets me apart. and, this can unnerve (most) people.

when I was eleven years old my younger brother, Greg, leveraged a lot of poor judgment and decided to toss some insults at a neighborhood bully named Tony.

I was eleven, Greg was six, and Tony was thirteen.

Tony came from a large (as in both physical stature and head-count) family, that lived up the street, and around the corner from us. for a couple of years I thought his name was actually “Hay Tooney” – you know, like a professional ball player. every time anyone (and, everyone) ever addressed, called for, or was looking at him, they would always (and, loudly) say, “Haay Tooney”!

in any event, he went after Greg. dude did not even hesitate; he was on my little brother like sewage out of the pipe. Greg had his little legs churning up our drive way for all he was worth with a head-start only just good enough that allowed for him to start calling for me. to this day I can’t remember much as I hurled myself out of the TV room, through the garage, and then with ten running steps later, full body into Tony. he already had a piece of fence in his beefy hands that he clearly meant to flail Greg with. instead, he beat me relentlessly with that piece of wood but I kept swinging and pushing. suddenly his resolve melted, possibly with my fury, and then he was on his back with me turning his nose into lasagne.

so… my Mom, the proper Sacramento debutante she was her whole life made me march over to his house the next day and apologize for giving him a beating.

“we are Cork’s. we take the higher road. you’ll understand better as you get older”, is all would say about it.

Tony and his Dad, with a small army behind them, met me at the front door. I extended my hand and simply said, “I apologize”.

…but, I didn’t mean it. not at all. I, in truth, felt like a flat-out liar. I wanted to cry. even howl, maybe.

“okay”, and sullenly, is all he said. his Dad said nothing. he just stared at me with a distant and mildly confused look splayed across his big bland olive-skinned face with a light stubble.

…the high road?

recently, I’ve lost something. and, man, it is, or was, dear to me. but, it’s really gone. and, I feel like it was stolen. now I have people that think I need to take that damn high road again and say things like, “best of luck to you. I offer my fullest support. I know you’ll do great”.

but, my heart isn’t in it. I did my best, and it was really good. the results were evident. now, some how and inexplicably, I’m taking a beating. and, it REALLY hurts. but, I have to go to the people that hurt me and take the high road because it’s, collectively, (maybe) good (maybe) for some of the people I care deeply (deeply) about.

I took a hard run Saturday and I admitted to God (but, He already knew, of course) that I did not want to take the high road. I wanted to be hurt and angry. I wanted to win. prevail. …protect people from the evil that I know is looming.

“come on, God”, said I . you and I both know there won’t be sincerity. and, what about hypocrisy?

I really do want to honor God with my response to this challenge, and the people that I’ve influenced. there’s a broken part of me that’s looking for someone(s) to be mad at. I’d love to exchange that for the patience and grace that He has, and hopefully will continue to show me. but, that’s so hard, right now.

that’s me being authentic.

this is another Kobayashi Maru, isn’t it.

however, as I was cooling down (literally, and miraculously in my heart) I knew that if I just said the words, something like, “it’s okay. I know you all will be great. I support you all”, that would, eventually (eventually) become the reality. it’s what they all expect of me, after all. let’s be very (very) clear. the words would not be sincere. they would ring hollow, in my own ears, in fact.

but, I’ll have said them. and, they might then have a life of their own, and there could be an effect.

my pain is meaningless, really. the people involved mean more to me than, well, me.

so… I wish them all the best (maybe because I want them to be happy and the best they can all be). I’ll have to move on.

…please. please (please), allow them to make me proud. and, remember, there has to be a difference between being pleased and being satisfied.

not because I say so, but because I really mean it.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

I read this effort at the suggestion of Chip Brackley, on my iPad, using iBook.

Last Man Standing by Duff McDonald is not at all bad, really. The book, from cover-to-cover is reasonably well written, and highly useful.

Highlights: If you want to understand the banking business beyond what the media offers, and the people that make it work, this is the book to read. And it’s not a vanity piece for a banker on top of his game. This book has specific relevance to anyone who pays taxes in this country or has a bank account.

McDonald apparently had unprecedented access to Dimon and he just have nailed it if you want to understand Mr. Dimon.

Careful reading, combined with reference to Dimon’s “Management Letters” – which he’s renowned for, make this a valuable endeavor.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

How can you not like Run DMC?

And, athletic, albeit un-ballerina-like dancing?

Just watch this video. Do it!  It starts out great, and then gets better and better. I’ll swear to God that it’s worth your time:

…just so you know… It’s Like That is/ was a fan-fave Run DMC, certifiable hit.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

what’s all this about?

I can’t explain what that damn tree means - or, if it might stand for something.

However, here I do discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

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.

brian cork by John Campbell

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