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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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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 4 days ago at Cobb
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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 5 days ago at Cobb
Shimimura! https://www.amazon.com/Takedown-Pursuit-Capture-Americas-Computer/dp/0786889136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505773588&sr=8-1&keywords=takedown+silicon+valley
Toggle Commented 6 days ago 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 5 days ago at Cubegeek
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(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 5 days ago 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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This morning I ate a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast. I changed from Cheerios which was for last week. As I opened up this new box, I noticed the words. Prime Ingredient Whole Grain. Now being an American,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Cobb
I'm doing circuit training. 3 times a week, and on the off days I'm doing a walk jog with some calesthenics on a park track. My daughter is getting me into yoga slowly and I practice eskrima / kali once a week. I'm halfway into a diet without carbs and I lose about a 2 pounds a month. I'm about to accelerate the diet. I lost about 20 pounds last time I got into this routine, but then my schedule changed and I couldn't work out. I was also doing taekwondo, but not really enjoying it as much as I wanted. I'm aiming to get down to 195 which should be about right considering how wide my shoulders are, but it's hard because I'm putting on muscle. So 10 pounds down, 15 pounds to go. Right now, I look a lot like this guy. http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Daniel-Cormier-52311 But for most of my life I weighed 170 pounds.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2017 on Reaching Higher Ground at Cobb
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Some validation in the theory department about what I've called 'rhetorical patronage'. http://www.culturalcognition.net/blog/2017/9/11/the-stockholm-syndrome-in-action-i-find-lodge-view-more-pers.html
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2017 on The Dirty Little Secret of Black Politics at Cobb
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As I'm getting in shape, losing weight and flattening the old gut, interesting things are happening. First. I can do five pull-ups. Basically any time. I know for a fact that for the past five years I could only do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Cobb
The dark economy thrives. As if money isn't laundered in USD. And yes bitcoin exchanges can be hacked, but a whole lot less frequently than credit cards and uh... what was the name of that government agency that handles all of the top secret clearances? Bitcoin will not be hacked by some psychotic transexual with a grudge, or some Russian useful idiot. But hey. Stay afraid. More coins for me. Any real hacker will tell you that electronic banking is an order of magnitude less secure than Bitcoin, and e-Commerce is even less secure.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2017 on Everybody Hates Capitalists, So Far at Cobb
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We're starting to get a tempo and a pace for our new video blog. 'Vlog' sounds so much like a morloch alien species I can see Spock raising one eyebrow. I am incrementally and unimpressively advancing my iMovie skills. So... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Cobb
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A couple years ago I got fed up with the self-righteousness of political hacks. And trust me if you're not Winston Churchill, Dag Hammarskjöld, Nelson Mandela and King Arthur combined, you're a political hack in my book. Which is to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Cubegeek
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A couple years ago I got fed up with the self-righteousness of political hacks. And trust me if you're not Winston Churchill, Dag Hammarskjöld, Nelson Mandela and King Arthur combined, you're a political hack in my book. Which is to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Cobb
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 Aug 17, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 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 Aug 13, 2017 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 Aug 12, 2017 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 Aug 12, 2017 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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