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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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Hands On Beta Finally I have been watching everything related to Destiny for over a year now, and I am almost overwhelmed with excitement about what is turning out to be one of the most important game events of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
About 4 years ago, the Spousal Unit and I were attending the commencement ceremony for our youngest daughter. All through elementary and middle school with our three kids, we had been celebrating their various achievements some of which were actually... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cobb
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Starting to organize here, there and elsewhere. Ferfer, Sixoseven are starting something XBox One on West Coast Time. Stay tuned. If you like, put your gamertag here and we'll friend up. We're looking for some MMO skilled folks.
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I have a difficult time with atheists and Progressives. Not because I 'am a Conservative' but because I'm a student of history and I have a serious appreciation for thinking which has already been done, with skepticism against that which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Cobb
I'm all for it. Except the 'it' I'm talking about ain't happening. Far be it from me to be a champion of diversity, but where it actually matter, ie genuine heroics, it seems to me that Marvel and others have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Cobb
The Negro is the person who needs to express himself in terms of his previous condition of servitude in his approach to life in America. The Negro is trapped in dual consciousness because he is isolated in the world and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Cobb
You're absolutely right. My life is now a hedge against rising idiocy and the corruption inevitably coming from petty tyrannies.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Gay Rage at Cobb
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I'm surprised that I didn't respond to this question years ago. Maybe I was perplexed. The answer is to disclaim your response to rage. If you were responsible and you claimed that responsibility as a white person responding to black rage, then you have to say that was then and this is now. It means you stop paying attention to street riots and marches and sit-ins and takeovers. It means that you respond to the sort of democratic politics and forms of redress that you yourself would use. It means to stick to a standard of justice and make no allowances for any other sort. Because if you submit to the demands of rage, you will make a dog's breakfast of justice. And yes it might very well come down to an exchange of gunfire - it is apocalyptic and eschatological, it destroys place and stops time. If that's not what you want, then fight against it, with you mind and your honest emotion. For if you split yourself in two, if you say your mind is with one side and your heart is with the other, then you are not only useless to any movement, you are useless to yourself. If you choose to engage and take responsibility, this is what you must do.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2014 on Black Rage at Cobb
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Q. What makes a person gay? A. Homosexuals are people who are sexually attracted to people of the same sex. Gay people are homosexuals who think it's important that you know that about them and want to make some social... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Cobb
I'm actually surprised that nobody remembers how the change originally occurred. In the late 80s when professors like Skip Gates was making a big splash at Harvard and Toni Morrison was the toast of the planet, a monumental book was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Cobb
I do read Foucault in that way and although I didn't stress it so much, I understand that the ultra-minority may want to have his own regime of truth, but there is a limit to which he can generate the energy to support that regime. It take a lot of propaganda to rebrand an anus as a genital. That's just a transient that can only be maintained in the Castro. All these social constructs have their component of brain work and foot work to be done. But such things fall apart. It brings back the question (my favorite) 'Who's your Leviathan'? The gay BDSM army is poorly staffed for force projection. They'll end up besieged.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on On Foucault at Cobb
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Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Cobb
My understanding and appreciation for Foucault comes from his idea of 'regimes of truth' in which he asserts that human understanding can a have reading of fact that is highly contingent upon social context. As a specialist in information technology,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Cobb
I will try to be more consistent in the future. In this case, by nation, I am speaking about the social contract between the government and citizens to define and defend their civil rights. And I am speaking about the difference between 'human rights' and civil rights. I sense a great deal of hypocrisy in the support of 'human rights' when what's actually needed are the defense of civill rights by a proper government. It seems to me that unless one is actively involved in nation-building, then one has no responsibility in the maintenance and defense of civil rights. We in the USA owe that debt of gratitude to France as they supported our war of independence, but oh how we forget Lafayette. I am in agreement with Steven Pinker in that clans do not evolve justice. I am fundamentally Lockean in this regard, but I wonder aloud if some sections of humanity simply require a Hobbsean approach. If the people in their culture refuse to give adequate respect to the proper secular authority, and that authority cannot properly adjudicate, then people will revert to clans. I certainly see trends indicating a failure and lack of respect for democratic institutions here in America. More people are tending to wear their tribal tatoos rather than fly an American flag.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on Blame Iraqis for Iraq at Cobb
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I had no intention for this to be an apology for creative millionaires. Only to illustrate the profound difference between turning over the means of production to the dumb masses and hoping for the best from cynical capitalists. Either way, the dumb masses gave up the buck for dumb corporations.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on You Don't Know Beans at Cobb
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We wait. We kick the can, and then we lash out several years later when we get mad as hell and can't take it any longer.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on Blame Iraqis for Iraq at Cobb
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A certain question divides world opinion. There are people who believe in equal rights before the law, and people who believe there ought to be different kinds of laws for different kinds people. People in cosmopolitan, modern nations like America... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Cobb
"Technology is supposed to make life easier." This is an interesting and unintended consequence of the impulse behind Marxism and the end of the British Empire. Bear with me, it gets really good. Once upon a time in the early... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Cobb
I'm going to repeat myself a little bit. Some of the best advice I ever heard came from my brother. He said not to tell people what you're going to do. Do something. Then tell people what you did. Well,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Cubegeek
I've been thinking about the different ways to die in a Bungie shooter or any video game, and I think that the most satisfying kills are those that uniquely humiliate the target. So far they have been the assasinations in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Cobb
All Unintentional Injury Deaths 120,859 100.00% Unintentional MV Traffic 33,687 27.90% Unintentional Poisoning 33,041 27.30% Unintentional Fall 26,009 21.50% Unintentional Suffocation 6,165 5.10% Unintentional Unspecified 5,688 4.70% Unintentional Drowning 3,782 3.10% Unintentional Fire/burn 2,845 2.40% Unintentional Natural/ Environment 1,576 1.30%... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Cobb
I live in Los Angeles County. There are 10 million people here. The budget of the county is 26 billion dollars and it is controlled by five people. Everybody knows the names of those five people because they have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Cobb
I use a pistol and I train for gunfighting. I am very new to this training. I came to it without having anything untoward suddenly motivate me, I simply started asking questions about guns and my rights as an individual.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Cobb
A good programmer will always think of the 0 case, the 1 case and the infinite case. Any calculation will fit into that and so we are always quantifying how much it takes to grind out an answer. But that... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Cubegeek