[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


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.


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.”

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.