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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Dad. Architect. Writer. Entrepreneur.
Interests: gaming, bourbon, gadgets, big data, multitouch interfaces, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
Recent Activity
What I do all day is put everything in boxes. I am a compulsive organizer. (Yes I subscribe to Things Organized Neatly) My organized things are data and the boxes are systems. I'm trying to figure out the best way... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cubegeek
This is an old story but particularly interesting. 1995, I was working for a paper products company in Atlanta. I cannot even recall the project's details except to remember that most of the employees of the company ran PCs without... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cubegeek
You just told me all I need to know. I don't need to listen to people explain race any more than I need to listen to drunk drivers' excuses. They're just wrong and dangerous and I'm not going to let them wreck my shit.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2015 on How Long and Hot is a 'Long, Hot Summer'? at Cobb
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Race relations is a specious concept, and a self-perpetuating problem. What does it mean? It means some arbitrary number of some arbitrary racial group feel arbitrarily better or worse about some other arbitrary number of another arbitrary racial group. Nobody... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Cobb
Interesting. I'm right on the edge of 200 lbs and dropping a half pound a week on average. The muscle is definitely showing through but I'm not doing any power lifting at all. So in a month or two I'm going to decide how I'm going to sculpt this grizzly old body. At the current rate, I'm going to start looking like a soldier, especially if I keep the weight on, but I'd rather look like a mortal superhero, Daredevil, perhaps. Something less thick, but with serious lats & shoulders. My Paleo keeps me out of this gluten thing, but it's difficult for me to believe there's something new about pesticide consumption in the biome. Did we double the PPM an order of magnitude below the FDA max? Perhaps. There could be something to that, but admittedly I'm not following so close. For those of us in the 1% of human fitness, or the body sculpting Slice, I expect that we'll be canaries. But people who are calorically indigent need to learn how to make soup rather than drive cabs or panhandle for EBT.
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People are only interested in this because they think they're going to catch a bunch of cops doing MMA and Dirty Harry shit. They already have that spectacular video, and they're already doing their idiot rioting as a result. The daily facts of policing, if properly watched, will turn us into a nation of ratfink stooges. It will be like watching sex videos of average ordinary non-porn stars. It will make us disgusted with each other to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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This would be the longer term consequences of the "CSI Effect" which will be resolved ultimately by admissibility rules and jury nullification. Ultimately, if we believe that surveillance video and Hollywood type production values on video are the ultimate 'technology' solution to hearsay and sworn testimony, then juries will not listen to (biased) attorneys. They will watch video and vote with pushbuttons. It will be exactly like the Roman Coliseum all over again. Millions of eyes and spectacle.
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We have a choice bit of memes and soundbites for problems for which we seek, as citizens in an activist democracy and policy wonkery laboratory, all manner of solutions. Date rape. Drunk driving. Police brutality. Political corruption. It occurred to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Cobb
No. It turned out less than well. This was my tenure as the 'Sleepy VP' in which I got no rest. I wrestled with a large pile of mediocrity that I couldn't upshift to the next level, around a piece of shit product under high stakes circumstances. I didn't enjoy the assignment much, but I learned a buttload.
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(from the archives & previously unpublished Nov 2007) Last August I reported to you from the Lower Upper Middle Class. Since then I've gotten a promotion and I'm essentially living at the level of risk that was involved with the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Cobb
Get back in your time machine and stop this transparent self-promotion. Besides. We knew that you changed your mind. But good on you for that 'tinned food'. Loved it. http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2013/09/my-middle-class.html
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on The Logarithmic Shadow Revisited at Cobb
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"Never trust a man whose shoes cost more than you make in one day." -- Cobb's Rule #7 I have been puzzling for some time over the matter I call the 'Logarithmic Shadow'. It is the observed phenomenon that people... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Cobb
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I hate salad. I love my salad. Over the past year or so, I have completely changed my food intake. I now prepare over 50% of my own meals and I haven't been to Carl's Jr at all this year.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Cobb
Thank you. All my life I wanted to be an excellent writer. I decided to find the time. Consequently, there's about 3 decades of basketball, baseball and football that's a complete mystery to me, and there are a lot of movies I haven't seen. Fair trade.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on My Black Life Doesn't Matter at Cobb
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Since I'm in a new food regime, learning how to cook better and more foods, and exercising like a maniac, my foodie interests are taking an interesting turn. In the back of my head there has always been some Biome... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Cobb
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I hate crowds. I suffer them in silence, for the most part. When I must go, I troll through them with a heightened sense of awareness, always looking for wolves & sheepdogs. Whenever I go into a bar, I try... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Cobb
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J-Dub is one of my alter-egos, another existential partner although he may not know it. If I were ten years younger I would have taken computers a great deal more seriously. It would have given me more social cover to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Cobb
A lot of breathless folks have been predicting the rise of the intelligent machine and the takeover of various sectors of the economy by machines that are smarter than the average high schooler. This article in the NYT says: A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Cobb
I read the recent biography of George Washington by Joseph Ellis and I came away from it rather astounded and impressed with Washington's courage, ability and demeanor. It's as if I had no idea whatsoever prior to then why he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Cobb
Hadoop. Where do I begin to tell the story? How about we go from the epiphany backwards? This morning I read this from Dave Sisk. Hadoop is not even in the same ballpark as any of the CDBMS's that have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Cubegeek
I'm sure we know some of the same people, namely Dave Bradley who took my spot as we moved the server room from XC1 to XC2 and I went in another direction.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2015 on XDE Reborn at Cubegeek
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If I were in charge of IBM this is what I would do. First thing to do is get rid of PWC. You have to admit that these guys were hired simply because IBM software and processes were too complex... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Cubegeek
McKinsey has several analysts who publish on the subject of 'digitalization'. The basic idea, to which I subscribe and find compelling, is that IT can be transforming the way that businesses interact with their customers and with the public. Generally... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Cubegeek
No problem Glenn, I'm glad you're still stopping by.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Programmers Are Not Quiet People at Cubegeek
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Yeah I modified it on April 16th.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Barriers to Added Value in Data Analysis at Cubegeek
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