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Mean Mower? More Like Masochistic Mower: Honda U.K. Builds 130-mph Ride-On Mower

By Alexander Stoklosa

Mean Mower

The concept of a super-high-output ride-on lawn tractor isn’t new, but a factory-backed effort from a major automaker sure is. The guilty party is an outfit that, unlike pretty much every other large OEM, builds everything from cars to weed-wackers, outboard motors, scooters, and, yes, lawn mowers. We’re talking, of course, about Honda, whose U.K. subsidiary decided mixing its lawn-care expertise with its racing know-how would make for one hell of an example of the company’s penchant for innovative engineering. Honda enlisted its touring car partner, Team Dynamics, to help out, and the result is the nearly stock-looking Honda HF2620 lawn tractor you see here, dubbed the Mean Mower.

Putting aside the cutesy name for a moment—it sounds like a riff off of the Snapper Tom Hanks rode in Forrest Gump—nearly everything about the HF2620 except the bodywork is either custom-fabricated or borrowed from other vehicles. Take, for example, the engine: it’s a 1.0-liter V-twin pulled from Honda’s VTR 1000F Firestorm motorcycle. It pumps out 109 horsepower and 71 lb-ft of torque, and backs up to a custom six-speed, paddle-shifted sequential gearbox powering the rear wheels. The steroidal powertrain is mounted in a custom tube-frame chassis, which also serves as the home for the suspension setup from an ATV. Out back, the grass bag actually is home to a fuel tank, a high-capacity oil cooler, and a secondary radiator.

The steering rack, curiously, is from a Morris Minor, but it probably helps the driver stay in control at the absolutely insane speeds Honda claims the Mean Mower is capable of. Top speed is an estimated 133 mph, and the trip from zero to 60 mph takes less than four seconds. These staggering performance figures have the lawn tractor’s power-to-weight ratio to thank; by Honda’s figures it works out to a Veyron-shaming 2.82 pounds per horsepower. Of course, the creation weighs just 309 pounds minus a driver, so that ratio likely changes quite a bit depending on how much the pilot weighs.

A custom Cobra racing seat helps keep that driver in place while mowing about, although it appears to lack a seatbelt. That’s probably for the best, because if this thing were to go blades-up at high speed, we think we’d rather not be strapped to it. Wearing a helmet is a good idea, and ear protection couldn’t hurt, either, since according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, “prolonged exposure to noise above 85–90 decibels can lead to hearing loss.” Riders may find this tidbit useful, since the combination of the motorcycle engine and a Scorpion exhaust make the tractor a 130-decibel sound bazooka at only three-quarter throttle. For reference, that’s nearly as loud as being within 350 feet of a commercial jet taking off.

If you’re thinking that this is only a really convincing-looking, tube-frame lawn-mower look-alike, well, simmer down. The Mean …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Netflix Queues Up Buzz, But No Real Info On Whether 'Orange' Will Keep It In The Black

By Mark Rogowsky, Contributor

With Netflix, things really are a lot like that box of chocolates Forrest Gump’s* mama told him about: You never know what you’re gonna get. The streaming video giant debuted its latest original series, Orange is the New Black, last Thursday to mostly positive reviews. But is it a hit? Will it help the company become a consistent profit maker? When it comes to answers, the company isn’t exactly a Whitman Sampler. Nevertheless, a credible media is swooning and the stock is soaring. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Syfy Gets Back into Hard Sci-Fi

Syfy has announced they are launching a new anthology horror series from Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx. Foxx will serve as executive producer and one of the writers on the currently untitled series, which launches in October with a five-episode run.

At their Upfront event this week, the network also revealed several new projects in development, including No Place, from Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) about a high-tech community cut off from the rest of reality; High Moon, from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) about Earth establishing colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discovering a new form of life; and Clandestine, from The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd, about a group of spacefaring bandits who pose as Coalition officers while continuing their criminal ways.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/11/syfy-announces-horror-anthology-series-from-jamie-foxx

Classic Films Series Continues at Cinemark

By Business Wirevia The Motley Fool

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Classic Films Series Continues at Cinemark

Previous Academy Award® Winning Best Picture Movies Return to the Big Screen at Select Cinemark Theatres During the Months of March and April 2013

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYS: CNK) , one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, is pleased to announce that the next set of films for their “Classics Series” will feature six Academy Award winning Best Picture movies. All of these digitally restored movies will be scheduled to play Wednesdays during the months of March and April, at two separate show times, 2pm and 7pm.

“It’s the industry’s awards season so there’s no better way to celebrate than by bringing back some of the favorite Best Picture winning movies of the past,” states James Meredith, Head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark. “This next group of films includes an incredible musical, unforgettable performances, and stunning visuals.”

Cinemark has selected six titles that were visionary films at their time of release, and still stand as true “classics” in every sense of the word. Dates include:

Wednesday, March 6:


Forrest Gump

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Print Friendly for Chrome optimizes Web pages for printing

Before Print Friendly & PDF

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, printing Web pages is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.

Well, okay, if you preview the pages first, you’ll have some idea—but there’s a good chance you won’t like what you’re gonna get. That’s because most Web sites are packed with ads, banners, graphics, and other clutter that don’t always translate well to the printed page. If nothing else, you can end up with lots of extraneous pages, which wastes both ink and paper.

Google Chrome extension Print Friendly & PDF lets you print smarter. Specifically, it strips out the ads and other clutter, formats the page for optimal printing, then gives you the option of removing individual elements you might not want. Oh, and true to its name, it lets you bypass paper altogether and print those pages as nicely formatted PDFs instead.

I was going to use PC World as an example, but it turns out we already give you a pretty junk-free printout. So click over to this Gizmodo page instead (Ctrl-click the link to open it in a new tab), then click Chrome’s Print option (Ctrl-P).

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld