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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
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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Dostoevsky writes: And an undoubtedly genuine grief can sometimes turn even a phenomenally light-minded man into somebody solid and resolute – at least for a while. More than that: real, genuine grief can sometimes make even fools seem more intelligent... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cobb
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I had a bad dream last night. It was bad in many ways and as I was barely sleeping parts of it were based upon reality. I was waiting both in the dream and in life for something to happen... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cobb
I was able to get about 90% of the items I wanted on my shopping. I was a bit surprised at what was available and not surprised at what was not available. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Cobb
The point that is obvious to me is that nobody who thinks at this point it is actually useful to point out Trump's flaws is really not interested in learning a goddamned thing.
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People are upset that the President of the United States has called COVID-19 'Chinese'. By the way, the novel coronavirus discovered in Wuhan is also known as SARS-CoV-2. Technically speaking, I understand that to be the name of the virus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Cobb
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Our collective ability, internationally, to deal with pandemics is negligible. All of this social engineering is not a solution, it's like squeezing Japanese commuters onto the subway and giving them discount tokens instead of building another subway line. To deal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Cobb
Pandemic Czar Skid Row 231 & 2 State of local neighborhood Florida beaches Sauna Rumor Food stocks Zika SARS MERS Global Health Security Bioterror budget Stoics & IDW Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Cobb
My COVID Resource page is up. I hope you can find it useful. http://bit.ly/covid-mdcbowen Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Cobb
This week it's about Osterholm and his book, and my general attitude about it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Cobb
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“A situation becomes a crisis when it overwhelms the government’s ability to respond.” -- Vinay Gupta This is hard to explain, but should be impossible to ignore. So let me get into it a moment. One of the most important... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Cobb
So let’s start with giving an evaluation. A parcel of stones at VVG1 to VVG2 at an average size of .35 carats with F-G color will net out to about $3250 per carat. 1kg of such stones will be about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Cobb
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"The sun warms a graveyard in December." So mentally, I'm prepared for this. Financially, I will probably be ruined. Emotionally, I'm certain to get through it. Healthwise, I say I'm in better shape than most people my age, but you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Cobb
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Well, this book deserves a longer review than I'm going to give it. Perhaps I'll make the effort in the Dreamtime and so it will be done, if not written. Murakami gives us a world of mystery, ultimately the mystery... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Cobb
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a computer science major and philosophy minor I found it brilliant. The thing is, I waited so long to read it that many of its profundities sound almost like common sense. So from an older reader's perspective I find it marvelous because it reminds me of how intelligent men used to talk. I can easily see the author as one of those engineers for the Apollo program but I can just as easily see him as a cousin to Mr. Rogers. Clearly he was the type that got me into technology - similar in many ways to my own father, a social worker who wrenched his own Porsche.The story is autobiographical and also allegorical. At some point it doesn't matter which because the argument is so rich both in substance and in metaphor. What is consistent is the wonderful pace he takes in moving back and forth between the motorcycle journey and its descriptions of the beauty of traveling the West, the interactions with his friends and son, the distinction between his current self and his prior self, and the structure of his case for observing the difference between classical reason and romantic understanding and reconciling the two.It didn't surprise me to learn that this was the most popular selling philosophy book of all time, and I can attest that I like every person who ever mentioned it to me, though I was too stubborn to be bothered reading it.The book is not perfect. When he gets into the debate about Quality being the source of knowledge, it doesn't quite work, and it gets rather wonky as he describes his prior self's push for a grade-less college course. But then as he moves to speak of Poincare's observations and the geometric inventions of Lobachevsky and Riemann, it all pops back together neatly.I am reading it this weekend with a sense of evolutionary psychology and biology in the back of my mind, and what he is saying snaps nicely into focus as we consider exactly why we select facts in a dynamic way to help our understanding. But he's right. We do know what quality is, and it's hard as hell to describe, but yeah we just know it.At point in the book: At present we’re snowed under with an irrational expansion of blind data-gathering in the sciences because there’s no rational format for any understanding of scientific creativity. At present we are also snowed under with a lot of stylishness in the arts—thin art—because there’s very little assimilation or extension into underlying form. We have artists with no scientific knowledge and scientists with no artistic knowledge and both with no spiritual sense of gravity at all, and the result is not just bad, it is ghastly. The time for real reunification of art and technology is really long overdue. Pirsig, Robert M.. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (p. 264). HarperCollins e-books. Kindle Edition.This is a quality book. I just know it. View all my reviews
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on The Axis of Magic at Cobb
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgzLSMY_nxI
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Like I said, there are no generations. But there are memetic tribes, some of whom do battle. So it occurred to me, as many things often do, that the entire problem between guys like me and guys like SJWs is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Cobb
Valkyrie by Craig Alanson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ahh yeah. This is the one we've been waiting for. And the conclusion is absolutely devastating, and that's about all I can tell you. All of the thrills chills, antics,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Cobb
BTW. I think you would like this one: https://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2009/04/three-kinds-of-black.html
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2020 on The Race Man's Framework 2.0 at Cobb
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I've got to do at least one essay per week to continue my plodding journey to famousity. I've neglected this for some time in order to deal with a multiplicity of family problems. You don't want to know, moreover I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at Cobb
Glad you could make it. I'm not going anywhere soon. enjoy.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2020 on The Race Man's Framework 2.0 at Cobb
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You simply are not reading the text. The model family for the CLP is mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, auntie and all the kids.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2020 on The Cobb Left Party at Cobb
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My anniversary date at little sister comes to mind i heard it was the bomb so as i hit rewind and bring to mind the first time i sat down for some duck a tribe called quest was playing loud,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at Cobb
some update: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s6/u/0/sh/032b3428-3070-47e4-961b-c5ddf13088f9/8ae61e0a9d632e7ae4550ec93fad18bb
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2020 on The Solar Edge of Dyson's Utopia at Cobb
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some interesting developments. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s6/u/0/sh/032b3428-3070-47e4-961b-c5ddf13088f9/8ae61e0a9d632e7ae4550ec93fad18bb
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2020 on Nocera Approaches Dyson's Utopia at Cobb
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When you are a judge you work for many years in the public eye because you are elected and people's real lives are in your hands. When you editor of the HLR, you're in a clique of young people whose minds are unfettered with consequences beyond a bad report card.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2020 on Edjumacation at Cobb
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