[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Monday, 2023-02-06

Blue skies

Filed under: Ecology,Society,Technology — bblackmoor @ 10:05

This is not the future I expected.

The air is cleaner and the sea level isn’t as high as some science fiction authors predicted. Other than that, the real world has gotten much worse much faster than this science fiction obsessed kid ever expected. Rivers drying up, corporations owning lifetime copyright on our cultural heritage, nonstop wars, a major political party turning into a death cult, more wealth in fewer hands than ever before, and the looming threat of AI making most of us useless and disposable to the corporations that actually own this world.

And the sea level is still rising.

But the air really is cleaner than it was when I was a kid. That’s pretty nice.

Wednesday, 2023-01-25

Lola

Filed under: Philosophy,Society — bblackmoor @ 13:39


Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world

Ray Davies, 1970

One of the most unexpectedly distressing things about growing old is watching the world lose its shit over trivial things that are not, in any way, new, while it completely ignores dire and worsening problems which are also not, in any way, new.

So it goes.

P. S. Whether someone is trans is not something other people should lose their shit over (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/25/us/politics/transgender-laws-republicans.html). Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s coastline loses three vertical centimeters a year to the rising ocean (https://www.hko.gov.hk/en/education/aviation-and-marine/aviation/00505-on-sea-level-rise-and-abnormal-sea-level-in-hong-kong.html).

Monday, 2023-01-23

Efficiently Dockerize platform-agnostic apps with Node.js

Filed under: Cloud Computing,Programming — bblackmoor @ 15:52

This is pretty interesting. It had not occurred to me to use node.js to automate containerization. Neat stuff.

Personally, I am more interested in Golang and Rust, but this is a good thing to have in one’s toolbox.

https://www.codeproject.com/Articles/1240084/Efficiently-Dockerize-Platform-Agnostic-apps-with

Thursday, 2023-01-19

Gods of the Information Age

Filed under: Philosophy,Society,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 09:09

Corporations are the gods of the Information Age. We make sacrifices and hope for the best, while they squabble with each other and use us to fight their battles.

We — humanity — could wipe them out with the stroke of a pen. But we don’t. Because what would we worship then?

Wednesday, 2023-01-18

The struggle against profitable complexity

Filed under: Cloud Computing,Philosophy,Programming,Technology,The Internet,Work — bblackmoor @ 09:27

“The struggle between profitless simplicity and profitable complexity is eternal in the world of software.”
https://world.hey.com/dhh/they-re-rebuilding-the-death-star-of-complexity-4fb5d08d

I started my career in programming during heydays of Java Enterprise Edition (J2EE). This was late 90s/early 00s, and there was a rich ecosystem of enterprise vendors hawking application servers, monitoring tools, and boxes upon boxes of other fancy solutions. These tools were difficult to learn, expensive to license, and required an a…

David Heinemeier Hansson, Creator of Ruby on Rails

Interesting article about containers, cloud, etc., by the fellow who created Ruby On Rails.

Friday, 2022-09-09

“Side hustles” are a scam

Filed under: Philosophy,Work — bblackmoor @ 13:03

“Side hustle” is another way of saying that you work for yourself making between $2-$3 an hour. The only people I have seen to make more than that from their “side hustle” are the TikTokers etc. selling advice on how to Make $$$$ Per Month With This Easy Side Hustle (#3 Will Shock You!).

It’s a scam. It’s like the MLM aka pyramid scheme companies (Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Thirty-one, etc.), but without the branding or the person “up-line” pretending that they’re your friend. Which I suppose is an improvement.

If you want to start a business, start a business. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap. And it will probably fail, because most startup businesses do.

Thursday, 2022-09-08

Bulk Crap Uninstaller

Filed under: Software,Windows — bblackmoor @ 14:03

If you are a Windows user looking for a replacement or alternative for Iobit Uninstaller (which has become little more than a vector for trojans), give Bulk Crap Uninstaller a try.

https://www.bcuninstaller.com/

Wednesday, 2022-08-31

Zomchi “safety razor” first impressions

Filed under: Fine Living — bblackmoor @ 21:29

I bought myself a rainbow metallic Zomchi “safety razor”. I have never owned or used a safety razor before, and I was pretty afraid to start. Still, generations used these, so how hard could it be?

It was much easier than I feared. I held it at a thirty degree angle (or as close as I could), pressed lightly but consistently (as much as I could), and shaved. It took a few passes to get my face smooth, and some areas still seem a bit stubbly, but I think I did pretty well on my first try.

The razor is even prettier than the image in the listing. It is made of three pieces, which have excellent “fit and finish”, as the kids say. Assembly and replacing the blade was pretty straightforward. I think I would have to be pretty careless to cut myself while changing the blade, but I was attentive and careful, even so.

I am pleased with this. It wasn’t expensive, and it’s a solid little razor that feels good to use.

Saturday, 2022-08-20

I know the Burger King’s secret

Filed under: Humour,Music,Society — bblackmoor @ 15:26

I know the Burger King’s secret
He’s not really royalty
He’s just a marking mascot
Shilling hamburgers to gluttons like me

(or)

I know Count Chocula’s secret
He isn’t even really a dude
He’s really just a colorful advert
Pushing candy that pretends to be food

(or)

I know H2O’s secret
It’s water

Okay, that last one didn’t quite match the form, but you see where I am going with this.

It’s not a secret. To anyone. It never has been.

Catchy tune, though.

Thursday, 2022-08-11

MING 2024

Filed under: Humour,Movies,Politics,Television — bblackmoor @ 12:05

[I enjoy doing this sort of thing, and I think I have an eye for it. If I were a bit more ambitious, I would try to do it as a “side hustle”.]

“Psychological warfare has a new meme for your approval, Your Majesty.”

“What is this, Klytus: some new form of torture?”

“Most amusing, Your Majesty. These are a form of propaganda used on the Earth.”

(Ming examines the image)

“Would you like to explain why there is a Frigian labour beast next to the exalted name of MING THE MERCILESS, or should I call for the bore worms now?”

“Of course, Your Majesty may do as he pleases in all things, and I embrace the opportunity to display my undying loyalty. But as it happens, that is the current year according to the reckoning of the people of the planet ‘Earth’. The animal is a symbol of strength, ruthlessness, and nobility. It is known locally as a ‘jumbo’.”

“What primitive creatures these Earthlings are. And the purpose of this image?”

“Why, to grant the Earthlings hope, Your Majesty.”

“Hope?”

“Hope that you will show mercy, Your Majesty.”

(Ming pauses, then slowly claps, exactly three times)

(laughing) “Well done, Klytus. I look forward to reports on the psychological damage.”

(chuckling) “Thank you, Your Majesty. HAIL MING!”

P.S.

Being an actor must be such a strange job. You wear what someone else picked out, stand where they say to stand, and say what they wrote for you to say. And yet, it is so much more difficult to do than that makes it sound (I have only had a couple of amateur performances in my past, but it was enough to learn that much).

Then (if it’s film or whatever), you spend days, weeks, months, traveling from city to city just to sit and repeat the same half-dozen sentences about it for “interview” after “interview”. (Do they even get paid for any of that?)

And then, when the product is complete, you bear the brunt of the blame for the end result, even though you just did what you were told to do.

And whether you even get the job in the first place is dependent on factors so far beyond your control that joining Scientology or Keith Raniere’s bonkers sex cult seem like good alternatives.

Show business, man. It ain’t for sissies. (I think Betty White said that, originally, but I may be mistaken.)

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