[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Friday, 2021-05-07

Ungrateful musings

Filed under: Retirement,Travel — bblackmoor @ 10:50

I have been looking at other places in earnest since early 2016, but have fantasized about it since the early 2000s. Places that have come and gone on my list of potential destinations are Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, the US Virgin Islands, and the Czech Republic (which I suppose is called Czechia now). Nowadays my short list is Nova Scotia (Canada), Portugal, and most recently Estonia. We’ve never actually been to Portugal or Estonia — by the time we became aware of those, our near-future travel plans had already been made (we plan trips at least a year ahead), and then travel ceased to be possible due to the pandemic.

Between the pandemic and the fact that we are far too comfortable in our current jobs (neither of which we could keep if we expatriated), I suspect we may have waited too long to leave. Which is … not sad, exactly. We are well off, and the problems of the USA are at arm’s-length for us. So it seems ungrateful to complain. But I wish we could leave. I don’t want to be here.

Alas, Panama

Filed under: Retirement,Travel — bblackmoor @ 09:09

Panama is attractive due to its ease of immigration and favourable tax laws, but it’s too hot, too wet, and just as expensive as the USA. We are excluding it from consideration.

Areas of interest

  • Boquete, Chiriqui

Pros for Panama

Cons for Panama

More information

Thursday, 2021-05-06

Is good news still a thing?

Filed under: About Me,Humour,Philosophy,Society — bblackmoor @ 16:01

Is good news even a thing anymore? Not “making the best of it” news. Not “people staving off doom for one more day” news. Not “here’s some trivia about some stranger’s personal life” news. Not “be thankful things aren’t even worse” news. Actual good news.

That would be nice.

"I'm so looking forward to this being over and life getting back to normal." -- Stacy, former Souplantation assistant manager, February 2026

Good intentions

Filed under: Philosophy — bblackmoor @ 13:31

The United States was founded on good intentions, which are continually foiled by 1) racism so entrenched that some people think it’s synonymous with being American, 2) ordinary people’s worship of the ultra-wealthy as our “royalty”, who are rich by divine right, 3) a cultural obsession with warfare, and 4) neo-Puritan hypocrisy of such an intensity that it would be difficult to exaggerate it — no matter how bad you think it is, it’s actually worse. One-third of the USA literally belongs to an apocalyptic death cult which extols lies, hatred, and death as the core of their “morality”.

Wednesday, 2021-04-21

Alas, Ecuador

Filed under: Retirement,Travel — bblackmoor @ 12:24

After several years of consideration (seriously — I started looking into this a little over five years ago), I have decided to exclude Ecuador as a possible retirement destination. It has its appeals, and for the sake of the people who live there, I hope it always will, but for me, the disadvantages are more than I am willing to bear.

Areas of interest

Pros for Ecuador

Cons for Ecuador

More information

Tuesday, 2021-04-13

Resist authority

Filed under: Philosophy,Society — bblackmoor @ 17:26

It is bad for people to be obeyed too readily. It is corrosive to good manners and a healthy relationship with those around them. When you resist someone with authority, you are looking out for the well being and sanity of that person.

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

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)

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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