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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
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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It certainly can be helped. The classic example is how Weyerhauser changed the way they managed the forests they owned by carefully inventorying what they harvest against what they plant. They simply will never sell more than what they can produce. I'm pretty sure this is standard in the wood and paper products industry. I think that's possible because these are not consumer goods, but I think companies that provide consumer goods are more likely to screw up. Of course wood is a renewable resource and it's easier to manage than say ocean fish...
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on But I Can Afford It at Cobb
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I just skimmed through a story about bluefin tuna. Apparently, we are about to run out. But yet it's everywhere. It makes me think about what might be a fatal flaw in our form of capitalism, and raises the following... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cobb
That's precisely it. I was originally going to assign these to 'SF Time Travel', but time travel is always science fiction, and ultimately the quality of the fiction has to do with how well it handles flirting with causality. I like Groundhog Day because it explores the gamut of human emotions wrapped up in the paradox, and yet it deals nicely with what I believe to be true if time travel were possible. There aren't multiple universes and causality is what it is, IE there can be no butterfly effect because the energy of local events is irrelevant to remote events. It would be like saying if a star exploded in space, it would change human destiny. Stars in space explode all the time. But things that are going to happen, generally do happen, and the larger area events retain their equilibrium. I recall reading 'Connecticut Yankee' as a kid. Forgot about that one.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on My Top Ten Time Travel Movies at Cobb
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Now I'm going to say right up front that Terminator, Back to the Future, Pleasantville and Peggy Sue Got Married are not going to make the list. I just don't think they're good enough and I don't possess the sentiment... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
I spent the requisite hour surfing through the on-demand movies this evening, in search of something visual to go with my ribs and wine. I ended up watching a stand-up coming, Bill Burr, hilarious. But just looking at literally hundreds of titles is the same frustrating slog. One wonders where they get so many crappy ideas and so many millions of dollars to produce that crap.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on An Appetite for Pathology at Cobb
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My theory of information dynamics says that knowledge cannot be maintained without the expense of energy. I'm finding an interesting inefficiency in my gaming lately. The presence of exploits both expands expertise and decreases propriety. It is inevitable that as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cubegeek
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My theory of information dynamics says that knowledge cannot be maintained without the expense of energy. I'm finding an interesting inefficiency in my gaming lately. The presence of exploits both expands expertise and decreases propriety. It is inevitable that as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
I still get missives from the Kwaku Network. The latest one contained the following gem: One look at Charlie Hebdo cartoons shows that the word satire is being used very loosely. The depictions of cabinet minister Christiane Taubira as a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
Culture Ship Names --A Pool of Culture Ship Names-- I’ve Got the Water, Who Has the Board? Lambs Eat Ivy A Descent into the Maelstrom Over My Dead Body Propria Persona Charmed, I'm Sure Irregardless Pack A Lunch Pocket Lint... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Cobb
This year one of my goals is to ingratiate myself with minds and bodies in Los Angeles. That means thinking, eating, drinking, discussing. I'm all about putting together a bigger orbit of fellows. To that end, I've put together a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Cubegeek
I just watched two movies that I didn't really want to watch. I recognized the promise in the trailers that these films were ready to deliver something grotesque and so I avoided them. However, my daughter Scholar, has a particular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Cobb
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cobb
I just did something remarkably easy that reminds me about why Amazon is winning and will continue to win. I started up three different databases and then threw them away. For anyone who has worked in the Amazon ecosystem, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cubegeek
I just did something remarkably easy that reminds me about why Amazon is winning and will continue to win. I started up three different databases and then threw them away. For anyone who has worked in the Amazon ecosystem, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cobb
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Somebody asked questions the other day about why America.. whoa here we go.. was too stupid to adapt the metric system like Europe. Well the obvious conventional wisdom is that we're stupid and have bad habits. But let's think about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Cobb
Teenaged boys will always find out. I guarantee you that they lack the restraint to avoid finding out the answer by experience. If one teenaged boy dares another to eat poop, that poop will get eaten. And the eater will vomit it up. I know. I've seen it done when I was a teenager.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2015 on Does wealth equal power? at Cobb
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Your reaction is perfect and exactly what I expect most humans to do, to understand their humility in the scheme of the greatness that is and in turn treat their own limited lives as more precious, extending that to their fellow man. I wonder if what my interlocutor on Quora calls 'normative ethics' is a simulacrum of that recognition of the numinous. In some ways, one could run a perfect simulation of your genuine emotion and re-disposition to your fellows. But I am beginning to think such a motivation is incomplete or perverse if it doesn't include the genuine overwhelming discovery.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on Whether or Not God Exists at Cobb
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1. Man did not create himself, therefore it was God by default. 2. Not really, even if the implication of your question 1 is proper. But clearly man created religion, science and philosophy all ways of attaining a better understanding of God. 3. All God may care about humans is what we can understand it to. If God is what we think it is, then whether or not we comprehend fully, a covenant can be made and fulfilled, like parent to infant. In the end, we can only experience of God what we are physically capable of experiencing as humans. 4. Depends upon the nature of the covenant. The relationship between God and man is hardly central to my way of thinking. I am predisposed to thinking about what humans, in their limited way, can appreciate about the numinous which will only ever be a fraction of what the numinous actually and wholly is, but is everything to humans. If in all of this you substitute 'universe' for God, the logic is the same. It may be that God has but one message for humans to understand and that is the limit of the speed of light and that once humanity comprehends the implication of that inalterable godlike fact, then we can fulfill our human potential and fully understand our limits. Surely everything humans have ever done and will ever do is affected by that, or the speed of sound or the value of pi or Planck's constant or whatever. Think of them all as messages from God. Ultimately whatever the message is, it will be anthropomorphized because we're human. The truth of everything will be. Humanity will always be predisposed to seeking meaning outside of itself, we will always be preparing to meet our maker, as it were, whomever or whatever our maker is. What is central to my way of thinking is what is mankind to do in the face of the ignorance of God, ie how does mankind handle the unknown? We cannot control who or what God is, yet we can make presumptions about how to deal with the existence of God (within or without God's presence) and work out the implications for humanity. God (the Universe) exists therefore mankind must _____. That is the eternal question.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on Whether or Not God Exists at Cobb
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The reason kids don't decide is that they know that whatever they decide, there will be a community for them. They are swayed in and out of things and places. It's where you're at, dude. We live in a society... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Cobb
Yes of course. And some matter more than others. Your choice of which lives to call black or representative of black says a great deal about you. In fact, I'll say it says way more about you than it does... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Cobb
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Cobb
I take time, occasionally, to help atheists understand the reality of God as they often get tangled around their own rationality. My love for God, whom I see as morally perfect, inspires me to attempt my own moral perfection. Nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Cobb
I lived in South Pas and survived the summers, but I didn't have the problems of a homeowner. I left before the train came and didn't suffer through that. The intersection at Monterey and Pasadena was enough of a headache before the tracks, now I'm sure it's a first world problem of the first order. Ive seen some of the new full constructions that have been done in nice clapboard for ridiculous prices. Of course I always dream of owning one of the big old houses like those near Marengo and Oxley, but only as patriarch of a perfect family. Still, I think that I wouldn't have the patience to perfect some old barn of a place without a huge pile of money in reserve - in the end to become the perfect prisoner. I suppose I am fortunate in that odd way of not having my home be my life's work. but I did start out that way - spending spring and summer mornings and afternoons deep into the business of carpentry where I grew up.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on That Old House at Cobb
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A friend alerts me to this: 1. I’ve read on the Girl Scouts website that the current pension deficit issue will cause councils to see a 40% increase in pension expenses starting the day girl scout cookies go on sale,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Cobb