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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 have a big enough music library to recognize some dimensions of the market. The recent change in policy by Amazon Music has killed off some of my more interesting selections. I was warned. My reaction is to spend a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Cobb
About ten years ago I purchased a bass guitar. Like the millions of my generation, I was in rapture to the funk. Something about the music got into my pants and I had to get up and get down on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Cobb
The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Liu has, with some very short logic whose parsing I will leave to the realm of suspension of disbelief, put a cap on all of the possible adventures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Cobb
I wrote this sometime earlier this year. Just wanted to have it handy. I'm a big fan of Peterson for a lot of reasons, and I think most people are predisposed to dislike or distrust him because he is not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Cobb
I hope as always that all Americans get better at respecting the diversity of African Americans, including those who don't even like being called 'African Americans'.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2018 on The Black Country at Cobb
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On the daily it gets tiresome. I have strong fingers and I'm hanging in there, baby. A couple years ago I gave myself a bad haircut and went to see a long awaited popular military hero movie. In the men's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Cobb
Q: How does the Red Hat acquisition improve the IBM hybrid cloud offering? A: I don’t think it particularly does. Not by itself. It’s very late for IBM to be trying something like this with one big fat caveat and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Cubegeek
I woke up this morning wanting to smell incense, hear organs and listen to the word of God. So I went to an Episcopal Church nearby. I do not attend church on any regular basis. It is something I occasionally... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Cobb
I just thought of a remarkable thing. In light of what the Facebook experience has become for a lot of people, imagine what the other side of your own input would be. That is to say, imagine that your N... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Cobb
What is wonderful about the film 'First Man' is that it is minimally romantic. A simple raw kind of action movie - the kind that, rather like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has the camera linger on faces... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Cobb
Are you still around?
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2018 on Kirk Sorensen's Thorium Future at Cobb
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There are two things to understand. Virtualization & Economies of Scale. First let’s remind you what you should already know about the world wide web. It’s millions and millions of computers that are web servers hosting content that you can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Cobb
Q: As a minority, what is life like in the United States compared to your white counterparts? A: It is fortunate that you speak of counterparts because that is a rather useful term. I have never been, since my highschool... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Cobb
The other day I posted this picture to a thread in Reddit called r/oldschoolcool. Prior to that moment, I had not paid much attention to Reddit. I didn't like the interface. Now at Facebook I don't much like the content,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Cobb
For him it's completely, hmm how shall I say, socio-political. He finds Armstrong to be a clown and couldn't find him more disagreeable if he wore blackface. I suspect this was an opinion he developed as a young radical black nationalist and never backed off. As for Wynton, it's less harsh and still somewhat fuzzy to me. The problem with Wynton is that he is not Miles Davis or John Coltrane. Pops is also mystified and enchanted by Keith Jarrett. So for him, those three are the holy trinity of jazz. Once upon a time he was a fan of Basie and Sinatra, Nancy Wilson and the Four Freshmen. I'm not sure that he has changed his taste in music in 40 years. I would add that if Pops were to create his ultimate multimedia project, which he almost did, it would be a slide show of various homeless people in the street accompanied by Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2018 on Giant Steps at Cobb
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It's strange that in jazz I found many things and tried many ways to explain those things. In the end it was all somewhat ineffable, like the way you read some stranger's face for a smile. You don't know enough... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Cobb
"We are living in an era of woke capitalism in which companies pretend to care about social justice to sell products to people who pretend to hate capitalism." Imagine that you are less than perfect and when it comes to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Cobb
And a hat tip goes to my fourth favorite American, RC Bray.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2018 on My Three Favorite Americans at Cobb
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This is a hard question for me. That’s because one of my rules is “Only be a fan of the dead.” That way you’re never disappointed by their possible future behavior. Also, there are things that I care about that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Cobb
I actually have a story here. Let’s see if I wrote it down. Nope. OK So I’m long past the restrictions of the NDA. Here goes. Some long time ago, we put up an analytic database feed against the POS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Cubegeek
So imagine you put a couple phrases together. Bear with me on this because it is so deep that it's almost obvious. I hope you actually see it, and once seen cannot be unseen. "Thou art that". Take the history... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Cobb
### Max Calls Three days later, Dane lazed in the clawfoot bathtub of his Brooklyn apartment snoozing lightly through the bubbles when his brick rang. The tinkling bell startled him slightly. He let it repeat, remembering that it was not just a happy coincidence playing in his random mix, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Borky's Beach
Chapter One - Alphabet City Dane considered the futility of human memory with resignation. The catastrophe that changed the 21st Century was not so dramatically initiated as those that defined the 20th. There was no royal assassination, daylight air raid, atomic explosion or collapsing of skyscrapers to mark the turning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Borky's Beach
Running a country may be a complicated affair, but considering the state of many countries it is not beyond the ken of several thousand above average individuals. The most important aspect is the sort of institutions at the center of power and the integrity its leadership and bureaucracy. With sovereignty comes the disappearance of accountability. A sovereign power doesn't need to be *good*, merely coherent. Black Americans can create that coherence by acclamation. Hell, Dave Chappelle could do it single-handedly. Your analogy is like asking if black Americans are not running the editorial board of the New York Times, are they really speaking English? If they had actual mastery of the skill, they would be running things. That's not the question. The question is not whether they can run the USA, but a country. I think a better question would be to ask, given no oversight, would somebody like Maxine Waters be running shit into the ground, not if she would be running shit. The latter is unquestioned. I have no doubts whatsoever that a gangsta cabal would extend their tentacles and create all the wealth necessary. I mean how long would it take for Presnit Chappelle to offer a 10 year lease to Jamaica to handle the aluminum smelting industry in New Africa? There's 2 billion right there. How long before Commissioner Jordan sells international TV rights for the NABA? It's interesting to speculate all of this in every industry and domain of known black American expertise - it might even be fun if I knew more. But I can't tell who might be the female propaganda poster girl to get men up to do the work they never expected to get paid to do. Angela Bassett? She still got pull? Where do we put Sam Jackson to work? I think he'd be a kickass press secretary. Ask me 'what?' again muthafuka! More seriously. Harold Ford? Google doesn't have much more than pathetic lists that are 7 years old. I wonder if Obama exhausted the list and actually knows who could be counted on. There would need to be a hell of a lot of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers we don't EVEN have. Probably need a lot of Mexicans.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2018 on The Black Country at Cobb
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..or an Oval Office, or the Joint Chiefs, or a Supreme Court Seat, or American Express.. It's a crazy hypothetical, rather like the song Ruben Ruben ( But the fact remains that black Americans are not desirous of a new country, and therefore have not developed the skills required. But these 42 million people *could* create a country at least as viable as Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2018 on The Black Country at Cobb
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