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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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As an adjunct to my Peasant Theory, I need to flesh out a couple things that are brought to mind by the phrases 'It's a big country' & 'It's a free country'. These items mostly arise was I get rather... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Cobb
And yet we keep beating everyone in the Olympic Games and we do triathlons for fun. It's a big country.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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Interesting you mention that considering the guys from the Apollo program remain sharp but are dying. I cannot believe this speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl_8fha_BEw) is scripted, yet I know he knows it by heart, probably having to repeat it for so many. That there is a smart old dog who must be feeling lonely.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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No doubt this is definitely a young man's game, there's certainly a small window (as I've come to respect more and more) where you can have the youth and connections and power to actually become a superstar of any sort. It explains a lot with regards to inheritance of power and the limits of meritocracy. Also the potential power of crowdsourcing - not the power of crowds so much as the opening of information which only a few in the crowd could actually exploit. Creasy still has that number one spot, although I have to watch Safe House again. I also did notice in one of the scenes, the takedown in the shipyard in the dark, that was clearly Mr Washington's stunt double. Nevertheless the patriot force is amplified by the sheepdog mentality in actuality. Although I doubt any American militias are going to do justice, the idea of an American militia remains powerful enough to dissuade much. I'm too busy to say how much or exemplify, but I have a hard time believing that all of the cops and ex-military in this country could not be effective. I'm thinking of the flag of Mozambique.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Denzel's Cold Warrior at Cobb
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The Equalizer is Denzel Washington's latest movie, and it is a stunning meditation on the will to do damage when damage has been done. It's the story of a man who defies the notion of standing silent when corruption is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Cobb
Ron Dimon asked me, why is 'How?' the most important question. I posted 'The most important question is 'how' on my Facebook page. So how and when am I going to publish what's going on behind that? I can't answer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Cubegeek
At the margins are people who keep the factories producing aircraft, gasoline and detergent. Those CEOs don’t think small and they still produce for global markets. Parsons Engineering is not going out of business, neither is McKinsey. I don’t worry about that America at all.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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We would definitely expand our recreation here in So Cal with a few more lakes. Salton Sea and Lake Elsinore are right now metaphors for trailer park ghettoes. If they were full and deep and environmentally cheap then it would still take some doing to get over the cultural stigma. However it wouldn't take long for the right marketing to fix all that. Tahoe can't be matched, but it is a hike. It would be nice to have a big huge lake down here in So Cal. The few reservoirs we have are too crowded. But we'll all pee our pants for a real river.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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What if you were able to take pictures of people but then the Recognizer steps in? The Recognizer is a system of mutual privacy which does 'give to get' permission negotiations and allows people to establish and maintain circles of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Cubegeek
Well, actually it's part of a larger plan I had in mind, as President. Firstly, I wanted to essentially build new cities in the Southwest and upgrade other cities. That would work in cooperation with my plans to build what I call the 'internal empire'. So the primary rule of this empire is that with some English proficiency requirements, I would open up the borders. People who can work would be put to work on the new rail lines, the pipeline and all that construction and ancilliary services. Part of the difficulty would be a need for police, fire, medical and other municipal services for the new influx, but I would basically declare open season on the desert Southwest. I would call it the New West, and invite people from all over the world to come to America as we build smart new towns and cities. As part of our foreign policy, we would fast-track the targets of genocide into American citizenship. What I would expect to happen is that an influx of Third Worlders would get lazy Americans into a very harsh realization of what's up and why we cannot head into a welfare state future. I think it would kill the idea of $15 burger flippers rather quickly. We need to get back to advanced basics in construction, infrastructure and urban planning. I think it would work wonders for the nation.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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Only politically.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on The Ethiopian Sea Cliff at Cobb
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Maybe for the average American. But I'm having the time of my life. I can fix all the food I eat, and it's exactly what I like to eat. So far so good. Who needs potatoes?
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on The Peasant Epicurean Diet at Cobb
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I just got my latest book from the guy who writes XKCD. The inside dust cover is a map of the world as represented if there was a wormhole from Earth to Mars at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Cobb
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Last night I had an experience with Destiny that has changed the way I look at the game. I think I understand what's going on here. It is an experience that changes it from just another shooter into something far... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Cobb
Well I haven't read the book so I only know informally what the deal is with rice. Chiro says something called quinoi or some such is the substitute.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on The Peasant Epicurean Diet at Cobb
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I will probably be grinding my own guacamole. I could eat that all day. In fact, I'm getting a little sick of (from?) Von's seafood salad. The only question is what kind of chip. I could eat chicken salad all day too. I really wonder if kale will work in my ceasar. I'll give it a try. The toughest thing is giving up rice - even though that's how I used to eat Chinese as a bachelor.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on The Peasant Epicurean Diet at Cobb
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One day two weeks ago I threw out my back. Nothing serious but I'm so stupid that I put heat on it instead of ice and ended up having to go back the the chiropractor twice more than it usually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Cobb
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Microfocus!
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We (programmers) tend to (when writing programs, or even English) write nested statements (especially if we speak LISP (which is quite recursive)).
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Back in the 80s when the world was new, I was a programmer. I would engage my professors and they would exhibit something I call programmer's dyslexia. This happens when you ask a good question that has many implications. A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Cobb
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I say 'I want' only figuratively. I have learned not do desire a better quality of public. The people are who they are, and there are no paths that are good for the people that are not better for those who build the paths.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on Why Ferguson Means More than it Should at Cobb
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That dude has been banned from this website. The one, in 11 years. His blog has been quiet http://planeideas.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on The Intellectual One-Drop Rule at Cobb
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I just finished browsing a piece by Adam Serwer, a race man of some repute. His title, "80 Years of Fergusons" sounds about the right kind of intriguing. I happen to think that Ferguson represents a good deal of retro... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Cobb
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The election of Tom Bradley as mayor.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on 1973. Los Angeles. Democracy Works. at Cobb
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Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Cobb