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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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What if every country's citizens had the right to bear arms as we do in America? Well, from my way of seeing things, the creation of South Sudan wouldn’t have been necessary because women and children would have had the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
In the news today, "Ancient shark with 300 teeth found by scientists". It turns out that this guy is about 80million years old, give or take 5 million. What evolution is it doing? It's not. Why has evolution left the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
Why do I work out? I work out to preserve the joy of the freedom of movement, so I can run in my waking hours the way I run in my dreams, as long as I can. I work to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Cobb
Thrillist has gotten my email and has seduced me into clicking. It's not my worst habit, but I shouldn't give them so much of my attention. They make me forget that there is poetry in the world. Nevertheless they can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Cobb
Somebody asked a question about HashFlare, which is a website that promises to mine Bitcoin for you, for a small fee. I took the time and worked out some of the economics of Bitcoin mining. I think it will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Cobb
I've always told my kids to handle their business, and also to keep their heads. I tell them specifically to be able always to get to their inner peace. To understand that they should never let anyone or anything make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Cobb
So Sunday night I get back home and read the instructions for the new cable modem I bought. It categorically does NOT work with FIOS. So I swap back to the old Actiontek and it works perfectly as if nothing ever went wrong. I give up.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2017 on The Day the Bandwidth Died at Cobb
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This morning somebody posted a tweet about how the game of chess became popular in 15th century Spain when the role of the queen changed. Apparently, before then the queen was not able to move like a rook and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Cobb
I do know how to camp, and even backpack. But I have never had to work out my survival skills. I bought my first SERE book when I was 22 in college. I grew up with the habit of shopping... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Cobb
Once upon a time there was a mainframe computer. I ignored it. So did you. We were wrong. My mighty mainframe was a CDC Cyber running NOS. It was such a craptastic machine that I hated doing homework precisely because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Cubegeek
So those of you who know me know that I know something about BI / DW and VLDB aka Big Data. I think I may continue to use VLDB to distinguish big structured data from high heaps of Hadoop which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Cubegeek
Eww. She's hideous. So if it's ok for sexy people to have whatever sex they want just because they're sexy, why isn't it ok for rich people to buy whatever they want just because they're rich?
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2017 on Obligatory Seriousness on Weinstein's Couch at Cobb
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In the news is the scandal accompanying the sublimated outrage now apparent over the sexual practices of one Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer extraordinaire. The first thing that comes to mind is exactly how Warren Beatty and John Malkovich are immune.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Cobb
I get my news daily from the Wall Street Journal. I take in about five stories and that's it. Other than that, I have about 50 subscriptions on Feedly and another 50 on YouTube. I follow about 250 folks on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Cobb
I think many people are unaware of the fact that data analysis is designed to establish a broad consensus and that consensus is supposed to reflect an approximation of reality over time. That means firstly that everyone must be reminded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Cubegeek
So this happened. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is weighing a new trading operation dedicated to bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first blue-chip Wall Street firm preparing to deal directly in this burgeoning yet controversial market, according to people familiar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Cubegeek
So this week was fairly eventful. I got a mess of comments on Facebook after I tweeted the following: "If minorities know racism when they see it, then patriots know disrespect when they see it. Own your speech." That went... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Cobb
Guys love dogs because there's something very similar about us we mutually understand. Dogs essentially have one track minds, and if you love dogs, then you love them for it. A dog will chase the ball for no good reason... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Cobb
Q: I'm a young black professional male from the hood. How can I feel more comfortable around whites? I do not know any whites in my personal life. I feel out of touch or unable to relate with them during... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Cobb
I entertained a daydream this morning based upon my killer Saturday workout. I brought my wife and daughter with me to my circuit training. Each Saturday we get a different coach. You can always tell what a coach is going... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Cobb
I'm listening to the grinding sound of FUD over cryptocurrencies. It's annoying me to no end. I'd just like to review a few things I've heard in the past from the technically illiterate in consideration of the future of information... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Cobb
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2017 on A Blockchain Update: Bitcoin Rules at Cubegeek
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I have recently discovered yet another superstar Bitcoin maximalist. His name is Richard Heart. He reminds me of another brilliant guy I know and have worked with for many years. As a result of watching him speak for several hours... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Cubegeek
(from the archives October 2015?) I just learned that there is actually a monster under my bed. Well, to be a little more precise, it's about a mile or so down the road from me in Torrance, CA. I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Cobb
I was running late today, but at the end of my workout, I did 3 unspotted reps at 145 on the bench. It was easy but my arms were all aquiver. No juice left at the end of the hour. I'm pretty sure I can push 200 if I'm fresh.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2017 on Reaching Higher Ground at Cobb
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