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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.
Recent Activity
The big dogs eat first. I like it. You're right. First responders don't move until their homestead is right and proper. I spent a bit of time thinking about how well adapted I am to my environment and what investments of time and effort I put into things that would be meaningless elsewhere. I'm placing bets on the civilization I can see. I'm not prepared to prep, and I think I'll be caught flat footed. But apocalypses are slow enough to outrun, and runners are visible enough to locate. So I'll just keep my eyes peeled for what the tough do when the going gets tough. I'll be adaptable. That starts with my own health. Job one, baby. I'm fairly confident of my command voice, and I'm getting better at minding other people's business and not subordinating myself to their weakness. I've learned to be fairly hardball witht he people I love most. I'm going to ping some of my old CERT and academy buddies. Time to re-up.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on A Straight Line at Cobb
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What has gotten me most upset over the past few days in the time I've spent chatting with my fellows in the Chatting Class is the temptation towards vigilantism by proxy. I am annoyed by their indications that they want... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
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So I figure that when we end the last term of Donald we will enter the seventh inning stretch of the Culture Wars. The game is not nearly over, shit hasn't gotten real enough yet. It will only come when... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
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After I finish writing this essay, I'm going to read the article that Niall Ferguson recommends on the matter of President Trump and North Korea. To Ferguson, this is his make or break moment. I think it's not but it... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
I've been thinking about what kind of people know enough about America to be worth listening to if you're just an average American. I'm saying it's Louis CK. He's our best comedian. He travels the road all year, and he... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
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(True Story circa 1991) I have spent the past 30 years building Business Intelligence systems. The very basic idea is that there are some things humans do well, and there are things computers do well. The magic is found when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Cubegeek
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I haven't read it. I'm probably not going to. That's because my interest in gender balance in the computer industry is low. I care about the software, not the people. Ironically (or perhaps not), this is what makes me a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Cobb
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It has been a while since I've updated the blog on what's been percolating in my noggin on the blockchain front. Here's a rundown. First off, it turns out that my new friend Mark Jeffrey is putting together folks and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Cubegeek
I'm somewhat liberated and doing more heads up work these days. Taking an opportunity to do a bit of coding reminds me that I have gotten rusty. So I will be burning more time doing the tech thing because as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Cubegeek
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Fareed Zakaria is somebody I don't like. In many ways, he represents to me the wrongheadedness of Pinker's assertion that mankind's societies have evolved beyond war on the scale of the 20th Century. And so people like FZ have a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Cobb
I do like kettle bells. I've been meaning to pick one up forever. As I'm doing circuits three times a week, I suppose i can work that on my off days. The only difficulty I have is when I get to that station at or near the end of my routine. Then I'm too pooped and lose form. I also dig ropes, but I'm not likely to do them at home. I have been bringing my stomach online for the past couple of months, and when i can engage my core, I can immediately tell the difference it makes in every exercise. I have seen that Russian dude before. He's a little over the top, but I like him all the same.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2017 on Martial Education Update - Summer 2017 at Cobb
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Several years ago I figured out that there was a class of knowledge that I was overly dependent on Hollywood and TV for my instruction. Today, not so much. You can check the channel for details under Martial Ed. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Cobb
And you're out.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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It defies your belief in race that I did not define everything in terms of race. And that's because you are brainwashed. Race is your religion and you think that nothing outside of your theory can stand in the face of it, and I'm saying that's bullshit. You're saying that I'm some kind of genius to stand outside of this conception of race, and I say that's bullshit too. You cannot be persuasive in this. You think you're going to save me from some denial of self, and that's just Hotep shit. I'm not buying it. Ever. I have no need to. Your system is incomplete, gapingly incomplete. What brought me to read Hofstader was the idea that machines could think. Since I'be been programming computers (since the age of 14) I've always been intrigued by the ideas about artificial intelligence and what thinking means, how to define thinking and theology and philosophy in general. So I'm talking about systems of knowledge and systems of human organization in general, same as Goedel, not systems of racial supremacy in particular. Sorry you're too dense to see that, but it is what I would expect from a die hard racialist.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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I don't want a Porsche 'as a black man'. I want a Porsche. I'm not trying to escape 'The System'. See this picture? That's me with my mom standing in front of my dad's Porsche Spyder. I've always wanted one. Simple. I used to want BMWs. I got them. Now I want a Porsche. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cobb/36189293576/
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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which has nothing to do with race.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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It turns out that I'm also liking Keybase (www.keybase.io) for sharing secrets and files among people I trust. It does a couple identity things that I like as well. For the time being, I'm going to stick with it instead of looking further into SpiderOak, which is what Shannon Morse likes.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2017 on Hands on Biscuit: First Look at Cubegeek
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I've also never actually given a dog a blow job. My aim is to get a Porsche next year, and cut this ridiculous conversation short.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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When my daughter returned from Thailand, she reminded me of how much people elsewhere in the world listen to American music. I don't think I realized how true that is until I saw these two videos. Somedays I wonder what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Cobb
There are probably a few million African skeletons at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, thrown overboard from the slave trade. They don't get to represent anything. Only the strong survive.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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When people are called to the test, then we will see how they behave. I have a son and a nephew serving in the US Armed Forces. I know for a fact that the Navy and the USMC will fight and die for the nation and race doesn't enter the picture. That is a deracinated nationalism. Proven. Demonstrated to the ultimate test, life or death. I know too many servicemen, too many cops, too many first responders to see it otherwise. These are real functioning institutions at the core of the USA. So I don't really need any more proof. It doesn't bother me, as I said, that these are numerical minorities. The ideal of multiethnic open societies has survived. Racial ideologies will not, ignorant and uneducated people notwithstanding. You can go jump up and down about immigrants in Germany, Germany was not conceived in liberty or dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. That's Germany's problem. If they want to cross us again, they'll regret it. Whatever you say Cobb is, is not of interest. We understand that you believe that race is destiny. We understand that you predict multiethnic, multiracial institutions will fail. I say markets prove you so wrong that it's pathetic. I say religions, specifically Christianity prove you so wrong that it's pathetic, and I say that the greatest military force on the planet proves you so wrong that it's pathetic, not to mention football. So your racialist core beliefs are what they are. I'm not trying to convince you one way or another, just making the difference between our perspectives clear. But if you think you can continue to spam this blog with your racialist ideas, you are heading to the end of a short pier. I think it is fair and acceptable for you to present what you believe other people think about race from what you've seen and heard, but don't make it about you and me. I don't have much patience for that.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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That makes sense. I'll give you this quote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. These words are the birth cry, the first breath, of America. Everything before this was rendered null and void by the Revolution. Everything after rests on this concept. America is the only country in history that is defined by ideals instead of by race or tribe. This nation is under attack. It needs our devotion and support. If you reject the idea of all men being created equal before God and wish to support an English country, you are not an American. You are a Tory." It's from Publius. I understand very well these principles. They are obvious, open and clear for people with the capacity and desire to read the founding documents of the USA. Even if just one half of the attorneys in the US who know that, that is sufficient. I'm not a radical any more than a millionaire is a radical. I am the result of logical work, just like any college professor, engineer, doctor, pro athlete, military officer or ordained minister. http://www.scifiwright.com/2017/07/more-from-publius-on-tories/#more-18868
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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dude. you are getting annoying. speak english or be gone.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2017 on Joots at Cobb
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Thinking of my recent purchase of DogTown & Z-Boys I recall my participation in sports at the very beginnings of extreme sports in the mid 70s Los Angeles. I'm doing a lot more recording of myself these days following what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Cobb
"So come. Take me by the hand. We'll leave this troubled land. I know we can." -- Maurice White, 1976 Somewhere around 1982 I encountered this geek word. I think it was coined by D.R. Hofstadter. It rhymes with puts.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Cobb
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