Author Archives: thornharp

About thornharp

I wrote a commercial software fulfillment website as Perl CGI just because I was too much of a noob to know better.

Retired, I suppose

Lessons I’ve learned since I don’t have to commute any more: 1) Amazon Prime saves time and gas. 2) Amazon Prime makes it too easy to rationalize lots of small immediate purchases that would otherwise get consolidated into larger batch … Continue reading

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Hedge Trimmer evaluation

A it turns out, the hedge trimmer attachment is actually a better solution to the jasmine infestation than the brush cutter. It eats through the jungle about 10X faster than the brush cutter. The only drawback is that it is … Continue reading

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The Jungle

It’s my back yard. Left unattended since early last fall, the jasmine has taken over half the yard. She Who Must Be Medicated has decreed that the yard must be cleared and prepared for human (and in-laws) habitation. I investigated … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning?

Time to inventory all the (zombie) blogs I’ve left rotting around the internet to see which ones I should just run through the mulcher.

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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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