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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Combat Epistemologist
Interests: literature, bourbon, vintage electronics, big data, hapkido, 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.
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Education. Healthcare. Infrastructure. Chances are that if you're a liberal American, you don't really see any practical limits to the amount of money that it's OK to spend on those three areas of the American economy. If you're a Progressive,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
You can bet on it. Maybe that's what I'll do for my summer vacation. My wife has allowed me to be me. She is what we jokingly refer to as a 'large-breasted Midwestern female'. She's perfectly predictable and normal, reliably ornery, mushy and fiercely loyal. She is practical as the day is long. Our wedding bands are made of tungsten. Unbeautiful. Unbreakable. My self-discipline arises from my absolute inability to trust the advice of other people, whom I generally consider to be intellectually and/or ethically compromised. It has become an ingrained skeptical habit. So I trust me. I must. When I think about it, this reminds me of a little story I was told as a child about two kids coming home from school on a snowy day. They looked at their footprints in the snow and as they came to a field they had to cross they made a bet on who could walk the straightest line across the way. One child watched his feet, the other fixed his gaze on a fencepost in the distance. Naturally the kid with his eyes on the prize won the day. I have the same vocal habit as George W. Bush, which is that I speak like a resume, starting sentences with the first person singular verb rather than the word "I". People always seem to be watching their feet, navel gazing, talking about other people. I can't manage to think about myself outside of the pursuit of a goal. I don't have any motivation outside of (shared) goals. Because I'm perfect enough in myself to be invisible to myself. My ego is attached to the universe. It's not about me. It's not about be. It's about do. I am a vessel of spirit. So in all that it's not self-discipline per se. It's difficult for me to project, to build up myself for what I think other people would pay me. I just want to do what I want to do. So I always have difficulty negotiating myself into.. relationships that deliver a surfeit of profit. So these days I often think I should have been a bigger asshole when I was younger and worked in a more conventionally profitable domain. But actually I don't care so much. I tend to have no regrets whatsoever. I know I'm not going to change. I like myself. All I need is money. It's the only thing I can't make for myself, relatively speaking. Anyway. that came out rather spontaneously. I'm thinking of an old smelly pub in the Midlands with warped floorboards and a pint of Tetley. It was an overwhelmingly sad joint. It was too large and empty. That was Birmingham. But there was another in Stratford. Small, claustrophobic. What I didn't understand was that you're supposed to use alcohol to create intimacy - that it wasn't about the place or the beer. It was about using them to look into the eyes of the one next to you. Now i get it. I have enough life and experience to fill in all the conversation. When I was a younger man it was all about looking at the far fencepost.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2017 on Victor at Cobb
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Victor lived on 30th Street a block and a half from my house. He was, for a short time, my best friend. He was a smart, good looking kid and he was proprietary. He was self-possesed. I learned rather early... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Cobb
Dave Chappelle has aged well. When I look at him in his new Netflix special, I'm liking him still. Not more, not less, but aside from the fact that he has to keep up with and comment on a broader... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Cobb
Really good to see you here. I'll check out Ferriss.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2017 on Fads of Stoicisms at Cobb
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I will and perhaps you will read some of Cobb in retrospective mode. This post is to disambiguate my own journey to Stoicism from that which I just discovered today is the calling card of various hacks and hawkers, namely... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Cobb
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It is to be expected that opinions are sufficient to express one’s self interest. If the aims of American politics were limited to matters of self-interest to the ends of self-determination as conceived of by the Founders, then such opinions... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Cobb
This won’t take long. I’m still in the mood to rave. I’ve fallen in love with my new secret keeper: Biscuit + KMS. Biscuit is a multi-region HA key-value store for your AWS infrastructure secrets. So I’m really a big... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Cubegeek
Oh yeah and this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z72ojR3XlY#action=share
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Scary Flags at Cobb
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A couple years ago I was watching video of the EuroMaidan in the Kiev. What I was particularly interested in was reconciling my own relatively new mindset as a Sheepdog with the reality on the ground there. If there were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Cobb
And if you think it's easy that's only 'cause You ain't me. And I ain't you. -- Earnie Isley I'm finally at a point in my life where I'm learning things that I should have learned a while ago. Surely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Cobb
And this 59 from two ships sounds about right. Depending on the loadout, and the usual "Primary, Backup, Ready-Spare" that leaves us a few more to play around with if needed. We should at some point find out which ships... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Cobb
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I spent a week in Bogota, Colombia. It was easy. It was easy for me because I had friends, translation and money. I had places to go and things to do. As I could, I spent time in upscale and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Cobb
So here's what I know about Destiny 2. The City is destroyed. The Tower is destroyed. Guardians are outcast to the wilderness and flying around the system to find enough weapons and stuff to save Earth. But the really interesting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Cobb
"We're just bugs on God's windshield." -- Richard Kadrey I have this notion that I call the Logarithmic Shadow. It's one of those aspects of human nature I should probably consult Adam Smith on. In my version, this shadow is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Cobb
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The malls are the soon to be ghost towns So long, farewell, good-bye. --Modest Mouse There are two ideas that come to mind when I think of Palm Springs. It's nice to be my age, because I have two ideas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Cobb
I know something about this. You should too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Cubegeek
For a long time, I was an Essbase guy. Like since before `my.yahoo.com`. I'm writing about how I came to understand the importants of DevOps as a kind of testimony about a culmination of the lessons of my prior positions.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Cubegeek
I'm going to be doing more management and 'glue' business the next year or so. Part of this business is selling and personifying the value of DevOps. Like Cloud, this is something that is insufficiently understood at a deep(er) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Cubegeek
I'm going to be doing more management and 'glue' business the next year or so. Part of this business is selling and personifying the value of DevOps. Like Cloud, this is something that is insufficiently understood at a deep(er) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Cobb
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I perceive that the US has a welfare state mentality without actually having a welfare state. So whenever parts of the non-existing welfare state is threatened, the usual suspects rebel as if they have actually lost something. So I predict... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Cobb
The best thing about being in IT is also the worst. Software works and you have lots of choices. So now I've just had some great fun with more operations responsibilities than I've had in a very long time. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Cubegeek
..because you can't make this up., I quote: A girl had posted a question which sounded approximately like (sorry, I can’t seem to be able to find it): “I am 17, and I have slept with nine guys since I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Cobb
The Overview Watching people react to Trump is an exercise in people watching. Sometimes it's instructive to be in alien observation mode. Mostly it reminds the grown up in me exactly how petty people can be with their complaints. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Cobb
I remember that incident.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2017 on The Warning at Cobb
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