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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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Because I'm an asshole. I deserve to be hated. I'm happy to own that. So there. End of story. Oh wait. I was a black Conservative, and I voted Republican. That can never be forgiven or forgotten. So I guess... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Cobb
I am thinking about shooting. Probably not in the way you think I am thinking about it. I am thinking about shooting as an exercise in discipline over power never before held in my hands. Two weeks ago as I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cobb
I was accepted to Pitzer in 1978, but chose USC instead. I have always held Claremont in high esteem. I am truly surprised to see that such a place has come this sad state. Like a lot of black folks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Cobb
Tonight's lessons at the FBI Academy were pretty interesting. One of them is that one must keep a sense of humor when dealing with maniacs, because the world is full of them. The second is that the world is no... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Cobb
This is another example of how the national media frame their discussions on race, as if every community with black Americans is 'The Black Community' and that every atrocity they can find is representative of how dysfunctional 'America' and our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Cobb
I miss Boston sometimes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Cobb
This morning, for some reason, I recalled that I wrote a rap/song that helped me memorize the digits of pi out to 100. I was bored on a plane. Also, I have found myself sitting in a middle seat next... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Cobb
I've been getting a lot of questions lately about microagressions. So microaggressions are slights and insults that make you feel persecuted. Taken separately, they're dismissible. Taken collectively they might contribute to a nervous breakdown. This term 'microaggression' is too new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Cobb
It was about 5 years ago on the Fourth of July. His face was bloody but the shouting had died down. A fight on the beach. I strolled over as it came into my periphery and stepped straight to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Cobb
Tim Tow of AppliedOLAP is one of those guys you know in the industry that reminds you that excellence is its own reward. He has been one of the go-getters that I've always admired working with and knowing. We spoke... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Cubegeek
According to researchers at the Equal Justice Initiative, we've underestimated the number of lynchings in the South by about 700 which is about about 20%. Here's the new report. I've keep tabs of this mortality for a while. My current... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Cobb
I've been rather interested to see how the media has reported on 'working conditions' at Amazon, the notoriously data driven business. Like all partners with Amazon Web Services, I'm always glad to see them get more press. The inevitable benefits... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Cubegeek
This is my blog, but it's also a kind of unofficial blog for Full360. Very interesting things are going on. About a year ago, at a hotel room in the Venetian Hotel, we began a discussion about what we wanted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Cubegeek
As Cobb readers know, I'm hanging out with FBI folks these days. One of the agents I spoke with spent years trailing Azzam the American. Like most thoughtful Marine Corps troops and long war veterans he has had plenty of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Cobb
From time to time we need to be reminded that not many writers in the English tongue have improved on Rudyard Kipling's classic poem 'If'. With Kipling in mind, I make a list of 27 items contemporaries might find useful.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Cobb
The other day somebody asked a question about the statistical basis for the views of 'racial realism', which in this (typical) case indicts young black males for a propensity towards crime. I wrote the following: There is a statistical basis... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Cobb
Awesome. That's what I'm talking about. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Cobb
Whiteness is a racial construct invented by post-modernists who think that identity is more powerful than action because identity directs action. In other words, in their world view they see people as doing something in fulfillment of who they think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Cobb
Good one. Thanks for that.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2015 on A History of Diversity at Cobb
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I checked out the abstract yesterday, but the links to the real deal were broken.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2015 on A History of Diversity at Cobb
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Q: Why does the term diversity in American culture almost always refer to people who look different and almost never refer to people who think different? A: Because 'diversity' is newspeak for Affirmative Action. The history is simple. In the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Cobb
I am one of those players who gets it. I have wanted what Destiny primarily is for years and years. A co-op multiplayer FPS with the highest quality graphics and mechanics where I and my friends get to be the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Cobb
In the news is that the 'brownshirt' Oath Keepers have come to the physical defense of gay marriage scofflaw Kim Davis. I thin this was inevitable, and there's more to come. My friend Miniver is wary of men with guns... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Cobb