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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.
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Glad to be of service. I will always own the domain mdcbowen.org. So no matter where I go or what I do, there will be pointers there. Cheers.
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The most important thing about backing up important files is that you do it yourself, fairly often and redundantly in different media. That way, over time, you'll have opportunities to rescue data that is important to you, and then you'll... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cubegeek
There are also Four (that I can think of right now) Barriers to value add. NR - Not Relevant NA - Not Actionable NS - Not Sufficient NE - Not Efficient Imagine, for example, that your automobile has 100 sensors... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cubegeek
This entry is a pointer to a couple capacity planning documents. The first one I created was back in 1997, which I updated last in 1999. The 1999 Capacity Planning Document is embedded in the extended entry. (Format sucks) The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Cobb
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The following is my route around the site. My realtime audio recording is here: Download TorranceExplosion (yeah I know I said the wrong date at the end. Today is the 18th not the 17th.) I drove clockwise around the refinery.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Cobb
BI - What is it? BI is business intelligence. It is the art and science of getting computers to know and think in ways humans do not do well, but need to know in order to better run their businesses.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Cobb
BI - What is it? BI is business intelligence. It is the art and science of getting computers to know and think in ways humans do not do well, but need to know in order to better run their businesses.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Cubegeek
It certainly can be helped. The classic example is how Weyerhauser changed the way they managed the forests they owned by carefully inventorying what they harvest against what they plant. They simply will never sell more than what they can produce. I'm pretty sure this is standard in the wood and paper products industry. I think that's possible because these are not consumer goods, but I think companies that provide consumer goods are more likely to screw up. Of course wood is a renewable resource and it's easier to manage than say ocean fish...
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2015 on But I Can Afford It at Cobb
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I just skimmed through a story about bluefin tuna. Apparently, we are about to run out. But yet it's everywhere. It makes me think about what might be a fatal flaw in our form of capitalism, and raises the following... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Cobb
That's precisely it. I was originally going to assign these to 'SF Time Travel', but time travel is always science fiction, and ultimately the quality of the fiction has to do with how well it handles flirting with causality. I like Groundhog Day because it explores the gamut of human emotions wrapped up in the paradox, and yet it deals nicely with what I believe to be true if time travel were possible. There aren't multiple universes and causality is what it is, IE there can be no butterfly effect because the energy of local events is irrelevant to remote events. It would be like saying if a star exploded in space, it would change human destiny. Stars in space explode all the time. But things that are going to happen, generally do happen, and the larger area events retain their equilibrium. I recall reading 'Connecticut Yankee' as a kid. Forgot about that one.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2015 on My Top Ten Time Travel Movies at Cobb
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Now I'm going to say right up front that Terminator, Back to the Future, Pleasantville and Peggy Sue Got Married are not going to make the list. I just don't think they're good enough and I don't possess the sentiment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Cobb
I spent the requisite hour surfing through the on-demand movies this evening, in search of something visual to go with my ribs and wine. I ended up watching a stand-up coming, Bill Burr, hilarious. But just looking at literally hundreds of titles is the same frustrating slog. One wonders where they get so many crappy ideas and so many millions of dollars to produce that crap.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2015 on An Appetite for Pathology at Cobb
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My theory of information dynamics says that knowledge cannot be maintained without the expense of energy. I'm finding an interesting inefficiency in my gaming lately. The presence of exploits both expands expertise and decreases propriety. It is inevitable that as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Cubegeek
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My theory of information dynamics says that knowledge cannot be maintained without the expense of energy. I'm finding an interesting inefficiency in my gaming lately. The presence of exploits both expands expertise and decreases propriety. It is inevitable that as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Cobb
I still get missives from the Kwaku Network. The latest one contained the following gem: One look at Charlie Hebdo cartoons shows that the word satire is being used very loosely. The depictions of cabinet minister Christiane Taubira as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Cobb
Culture Ship Names --A Pool of Culture Ship Names-- I’ve Got the Water, Who Has the Board? Lambs Eat Ivy A Descent into the Maelstrom Over My Dead Body Propria Persona Charmed, I'm Sure Irregardless Pack A Lunch Pocket Lint... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Cobb
This year one of my goals is to ingratiate myself with minds and bodies in Los Angeles. That means thinking, eating, drinking, discussing. I'm all about putting together a bigger orbit of fellows. To that end, I've put together a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Cubegeek
I just watched two movies that I didn't really want to watch. I recognized the promise in the trailers that these films were ready to deliver something grotesque and so I avoided them. However, my daughter Scholar, has a particular... Continue reading
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I just did something remarkably easy that reminds me about why Amazon is winning and will continue to win. I started up three different databases and then threw them away. For anyone who has worked in the Amazon ecosystem, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cubegeek
I just did something remarkably easy that reminds me about why Amazon is winning and will continue to win. I started up three different databases and then threw them away. For anyone who has worked in the Amazon ecosystem, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cobb
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Somebody asked questions the other day about why America.. whoa here we go.. was too stupid to adapt the metric system like Europe. Well the obvious conventional wisdom is that we're stupid and have bad habits. But let's think about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Cobb
Teenaged boys will always find out. I guarantee you that they lack the restraint to avoid finding out the answer by experience. If one teenaged boy dares another to eat poop, that poop will get eaten. And the eater will vomit it up. I know. I've seen it done when I was a teenager.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2015 on Does wealth equal power? at Cobb
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Your reaction is perfect and exactly what I expect most humans to do, to understand their humility in the scheme of the greatness that is and in turn treat their own limited lives as more precious, extending that to their fellow man. I wonder if what my interlocutor on Quora calls 'normative ethics' is a simulacrum of that recognition of the numinous. In some ways, one could run a perfect simulation of your genuine emotion and re-disposition to your fellows. But I am beginning to think such a motivation is incomplete or perverse if it doesn't include the genuine overwhelming discovery.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on Whether or Not God Exists at Cobb
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