[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Wednesday, 2021-03-31

Republicans love COVID-19

Filed under: Humour,Politics — bblackmoor @ 08:18
Republicans love COVID-19, because they get to lie and kill people with the same breath.

Wednesday, 2021-03-24

Superfluous punctuation marks

Filed under: Philosophy,Writing — bblackmoor @ 09:40

Personally, I think we have too many punctuation symbols. Do we need commas, colons, and semicolons? Do we need three different kinds of dash? If you used a comma instead of a colon or a semicolon, or vice versa (as millions of people routinely do), would anyone be more or less confused about the meaning of the sentence?

My answer is: no, they would not; most people couldn’t tell you the proper usage of a colon vs. a semicolon — or an n-dash vs. an m-dash — if you paid them.

Saturday, 2021-03-20

I’m All About That Juice

Filed under: Fine Living,Food — bblackmoor @ 11:07

If you are like me (and I know I am), you buy juice mainly to mix it with alcohol. FUN FACT! Mr. & Mrs. T Spicy Bloody Bold & Mary Mix has 19 times as much juice as V8 Splash Berry Blend, and 8 times as much juice as Ocean Spray Cran-Blackberry.

  • 95% – Mr. & Mrs. T Spicy Bloody Bold & Mary Mix
  • 5% — V8 Splash Berry Blend
  • 12% – Ocean Spray Cran-Blackberry

Et tu, Ocean Spray?

On the other hand, Mr & Mrs T Pina Colada Mix is literally just sugar water. “Natural and artificial flavors” comes after “titanium dioxide, potassium sorbate, sodium citrate” in the ingredients. Pineapple juice is not expensive (around $0.06 an ounce). Cream of coconut is not cheap, but it’s not that expensive (around $0.25 an ounce). Mr & Mrs T Pina Colada Mix costs about $0.10 an ounce.

Buying good rum or good vodka and then mixing it with sugar water is OFFENSIVE to me, on a deep and personal level.

The moral of this story is: READ THE LABEL. But if you want me to read them for you, here is what you should buy:

  • Mr. & Mrs. T Spicy Bloody Bold & Mary Mix
  • V8 Original 100% Vegetable Juice
  • V8 Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Kiwi Strawberry
  • Juicy Juice Mango Juice
  • Juicy Juice 100% Strawberry Watermelon Juice
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Apple
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Tropical
  • Juicy Juice 100% Orange Tangerine Juice
  • Juicy Juice 100% Berry Juice
  • Great Value 100% Lemon Juice
  • Realemon 100% Lemon Juice
  • Great Value Lime 100% Juice
  • Realime 100% Lime Juice
  • Libby’s 100% Pineapple Juice
  • Great Value Orange 100% Juice
  • Simply Orange Pulp Free Orange Juice
  • Coco Lopez Real Cream of Coconut

Sunday, 2021-03-14

Daylight Saving Time Kills People

Filed under: Science,Society — bblackmoor @ 09:39

This is your semiannual reminder that the pointless ritual known as “daylight saving time” does not make you lose or gain anything. You don’t gain or lose time. You don’t gain or lose daylight. The amount of daylight stays precisely the same.

That’s not entirely correct: we do lose something. We lose hundreds of millions of dollars, and thousands of lives.

Monday, 2021-03-01

Karelia, version 7

Filed under: Art,Gaming,Software — bblackmoor @ 09:37

Current version of Karelia map, for my maybe-I-will-maybe-I-won’t D&D game. I like the overall look, but I am bumping into limitations in Inkarnate (which is what I used to draw this). namely, there is no way to group objects into, say, “Labels”, or “Rivers”, and change the size, colour, font, etc. in a simple way. Photoshop can do that fairly easily (no great surprise), so I am thinking about doing the landmasses in Inkarnate (which is easy to do with its built-in textures and POI icons) and then doing the rivers and labels in Photoshop.

Alternately, I am playing with the idea of loading this map into Campaign Cartographer (from ProFantasy), and re-drawing it in that program. Campaign Cartographer is a much more powerful mapping program than Inkarnate, and can do everything (or nearly everything) I would like to do in Photoshop. I have owned Campaign Cartographer for literally decades, and have subscribed to their monthly “Cartographer’s Annual” since 2007, but I have never taken the dive into learning it. It has a steep learning curve.

On the other other hand, I am wondering if perhaps I have gone down a rabbit hole on this whole map thing. Maybe I should just declare it “good enough”, and move on to planning the actual game. Maybe.

Monday, 2021-02-15

Happy Epicurus’ Birthday!

Filed under: Fine Living — bblackmoor @ 02:15
Bust of Epicurus

I celebrate Epicurus’ Birthday on the third Monday of February, in honor of the philosopher Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. His school was the first of the ancient Greek philosophical schools to admit women as a rule rather than an exception.

For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia — peace and freedom from fear — and aponia — the absence of pain — and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods do not reward or punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

(From Epicurus, Wikipedia)

Sunday, 2021-01-24

“Freaky” (2020)

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 21:49

If you liked “Scream”, you may like “Freaky” (2020). It’s funny and gory, and Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton both deliver effective performances. I enjoyed it.

Saturday, 2021-01-23

“Keanu” (2016)

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 21:41

If you like the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movies from the 1970s, like “Silver Streak” (1976), you may like “Keanu” (2016). I think it’s probably the closest I have seen anyone come close to the style of movies that Pryor and Wilder made. It’s not 100% the kind of comedy I typically like, and I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending, but I enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 2020-12-22

“Breach” (2020)

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 22:15

We just watched one of the worst movies I have seen in a very long time. I have seen people compare this to “Alien” (1979) and “The Thing” (1982), but that gives this film far too much credit. If Uwe Boll were to make a crappy knockoff of Roger Corman’s “Forbidden World” (1982) (originally titled “Mutant”), it would look like “Breach” (2020).

Calling this “terrible” is an insult to terrible movies.

Friday, 2020-12-18

Star Wars Tie Interceptor Christmas Ornament

Filed under: Fine Living,Movies — bblackmoor @ 11:40

Fun fact! You can make a Christmas ornament out of a $9 Revell Snap Tite Star Wars Tie Interceptor model (link to the model).

Tie Interceptor Christmas Ornament
  1. Assemble the model.
  2. Get a generic metal Christmas ornament hook, and one of those extra-long propane lighters for fireplaces, tiki torches, etc.
  3. Un-bend the small end of the Christmas ornament hook to make it straight.
  4. Heat up the un-bent end of the Christmas ornament hook with the lighter until the metal glows.
  5. Push the hot metal straight down into the round part of the Tie Interceptor, but not so far that it comes out of the bottom. There is actually a tiny little circle on top of the space ship to show you where to put the hook!
  6. Wait a minute or so for the metal and melted plastic to cool.
  7. Hang it on the tree.
Tie Interceptor Christmas Ornament

It doesn’t light up or make noise, but it is approximately the same size as a Hallmark ornament, and WAY cheaper! It fits right in with our Hallmark Tie Fighter and Darth Vader Tie Fighter ornaments.

P.S. The windows of mine are fogged up because I used crazy glue when I assembled my Tie Interceptor, and the vapours from the cyanoacrylate fogged up the inside of the windows (you have probably seen a similar effect on “CSI” or “Death In Paradise”, where they use crazy glue to reveal fingerprints on things).

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