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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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Dude. My family invented black.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Things I Want To Tell the World at Cobb
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Somebody asked me: Could blockchain technology be used to implement Social Security or Universal Basic Income? I sez: Yes, it’s possible. It’s coming from a side angle though. Basically Congress is going to have to admit at some point that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cubegeek
"The most important thing in life is to be free to do things. There are only two ways to insure that freedom — you can be rich or you can you reduce your needs to zero." -- John Boyd Outside... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
Several weeks ago I cracked a joke about Rick & Morty in mixed company. Now it used to mean, mixed company, men and women. Now the country is more colorstruck. In this case mixed company means baby boom me and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on The Oil Bull at Cobb
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Facts in retrospect. The price of oil as of this post was about $114. Within six months it went down to $60 and two monthe later it was at $35. Just sayin'.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on The Oil Bull at Cobb
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They are basically good ideas that have been taken to extremes by well-meaning, foolish people. The result is a contingent of essentially nihilist non-conformists that undermine national unity, which is our best understood method of civilization. A quick and dirty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Cobb
Q: How much power does the production of Bitcoin cost the planet? A: In my HashFlare Scenario[1] I did some calculation to figure out how much it would cost to mine Bitcoin. I used the example of the fastest commercially... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Cubegeek
Via Loury & McWhorter. (h/t Bill Benzon) A couple points written in realtime. Neoliberal doesn't mean conservative, it means pro-corporate in order to raise tax revenues to fund the welfare state. I expect very much that applies to Coates. So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Cobb
I don't have an answer. But I think it lies somewhere with the understanding that principle must be served whether or not that service pays off. The phrase I've come to turn to is: "If you want to dig for treasure, fall in love with your shovel." So it's more about the devotion to process (presumeably a process of high integrity) than attention the risk management of outcomes. When I wrote this I was trying to deal with how I felt about devolution - the failure of the entire enterprise. And I was toughening myself up, preparing more for the zombie apocalypse because I felt that the 'asshats' would be able to amass more destructive power. Now I believe that the 'smart money' will survive it all by being realistically flexible in light of such a devolution. But this treads a thin line when it comes to service of the common man in principle. In one way, the 'smart money' is playing a game that is completely inaccessible to the common man and so it is unfair to succeed in that game as it is orthogonal to the common man's understanding. Yet on the other hand, if that game is virtuous it should never be abandoned. I think that my problem has been that I have not been so very much inspired to rise above until this past year or two. I recall someone saying that people pretend not to desire what they really want, when in fact they really don't want to compete against those who succeed on that level. We want to win a sweepstakes, we don't want to do the work. Standing away from the dogfight is born more of an understanding that they are fighting over the wrong bone: a femur of steel which will nourish neither of them but once possessed can surely smash the loser's head. I can't help but notice 90% of the population and economy is in that same stadium betting on those same two dogs. I am acknowledging that the game is over absolute power and erasure of the enemy. It is not satisfactorily virtuous. I need to find the 'smart money', the game where the prize feeds the entire enterprise, and puts the rabid dogs down. I see how much is beyond my individual control and I am stuck, as are most people, on the short side of financial independence and the sort of freedom it buys. I think the 'asshats' and everyone figures it out when faced with ultimate failure, with annihilation. The gallows focuses the mind. So Trump *had* to be elected so that people could realize what's at stake, a portion they thought could be finessed with happy talk, the same portion the Trump supports think can be defeated with angry talk. This is the purpose, not only of war (in my old extreme terms) but of pain. How much pain must we endure? All of it.
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Good to see you back, and thanks for this story.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2017 on Farewell to A Dream of Baldwin at Cobb
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In the summer of 1989, at a buppie pool party in Southern California I discovered in the writing of Toni Morrisson's Beloved something I had been searching all my life to find. In retrospect, it was inevitable. It wasn't a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Cobb
Hiphop has been a net positive. There’s no way I could say that any of our lives would be richer if hiphop never existed. There has been too much brilliant innovation. But also hiphop is folk music, and folk are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Cobb
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 Nov 18, 2017 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 Nov 13, 2017 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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