Monthly Archives: May 2010

More Carp

One more trivial observation related to Avatar: The nervous system linking between species (USB hairbraid according to some snarker in Indianapolis) is very similar to a plot device in an excellent swashbuckling technofantasy from the mid-80s, Threshold, by David R. … Continue reading

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A Pretty Box, … But It’s Empty

Avatar: I watched it in the theater. Technically, it is a breakthrough in storytelling. 3-D done right (circular polarization instead of linear so the effect works no matter how you tilt your head) combined with the most meticulously executed CGI … Continue reading

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That Sticking Accelerator

Here’s how to have your foot all the way into the brake pedal and have the engine run away at the same time: Instead of putting your foot fully centered on the brake pedal, just rest the ball of your … Continue reading

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One-Trick Coffee

The coffee our old Mr. Coffee (on the counter, next to Mr. Radar) would brew used to vary unpredictably in quality. Same beans, same quantity, same water — one day’s batch was great, the next: Pfft! I caught a clue … Continue reading

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Adventures in Plumbing

It’s no fun trying to cook in a kitchen where the sink won’t drain. How can the dishes get clean? The dishwasher discharges into the pipe that’s supposed to drain the sink, which results in the spent dishwater from the … Continue reading

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Another Sunny Day in Cyberspace

Our Glorious Guest-President is in his Palace, and all is right with the .. I can’t continue .. my keyboard is shocking me but I refuse to glorify that jumped-up Infomercial Presenter. (There may have been another post here a … Continue reading

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