Posts Tagged ‘Digging. Twitching’

Audi A6 consolidates grip with improved all-wheel-drive option

Pátek, Srpen 17th, 2012

AHEAD of   2013, Audi A6 has concluded plans to consolidate grip on its segment with an all-wheel-drive option for the base 2.0T engine coupled with start/stop engine functions and a top-view camera system.

The 2013 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels — 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The numbers denote the engine fitted (a 2.0-liter turbocharged four or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6).

Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (adjustable modes for steering, throttle and transmission), automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and triple-zone automatic climate control.

Also, available is eight-way power front seats (includes four-way lumbar adjustments), leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The 2.0T Premium Plus adds 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear

Parking sensors, a rearview camera, auto-dimming outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, Audi’s MMI electronics interface, a color driver information display, upgraded audio (with HD radio, a CD changer and a digital music server), a voice-activated navigation system (with real-time traffic and Google Earth) and Audi Connect (an in-car wireless Internet connection).

The 3.0T Premium Plus is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium Plus. The 3.0T Prestige adds different 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, S line exterior accents, cornering lights, ambient LED cabin lighting, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a Bose audio system.

The 2013 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard; all-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Audi claims a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds for the CVT models. EPA-estimated fuel economy is an impressive 25mpg city/33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for the CVT and 20/30/24 mpg for the eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

Rear side airbags, front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are either optional or included with the upper trims.

The optional Audi Pre-Sense Plus system can warn the driver and automatically activate the brakes and adjust the front seats for maximum protection if a crash is deemed imminent.

The 2013 Audi A6, according to Edmond motoring experts  “offers one of the finest cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish”.

“The A6 also offers the option of in-car Wi-Fi, which uses a 3G connection and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while also providing simplified Google search for POIs.

“It sounds a bit over the top, but it’s actually quite handy if you need to get some unexpected work done on the road. The Google Earth navigator system is more a matter of form over function, though, and can actually make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance.

“All the seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips, while the backseat in particular offers more real-world legroom than most rivals. The A6’s 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side, though the rear seat folds and features a pass-through when more space is needed.

Smart Candles Announces a Product Line of Candle Holders for Rechargeable Votive Candles

Pátek, Červen 1st, 2012

LED flameless candle distributor Smart Candle announces that its product line now includes candle holders for rechargeable votives. Smart Candle’s exclusive line of candle holders fit both diverse lifestyles and commercial interior-design themes. Customers can choose from a wide range of holders in various styles, colors, and sizes.

Smart Candle offers wax, cafe frosted, covered, and Hollowick candle holder designs. Smart Candle’s wax candle holders are made of 100% paraffin wax. Wax candle holders are designed with a drilled-out ledge to fit rechargeable votive candles. Cafe-frosted glass holders, in contrast, feature a minimalistic design and capably accommodate battery votive candles.

Covered holders, meanwhile, are Smart Candle’s most intricate design, creating the illusion of realistic candlelight with rechargeable votive candles. Covered holders include acanthus, ventil, and egg styles. Smart Candle’s Hollowick holders feature a durable design that is suitable for both the food service and hospitality industries. Hollowick holders are available in various styles, including porcelain cylinders with white bubbles or ferns, glass jewel cylinders, and solid onyx cylinders in honeyed hues.

“Our candle holders are excellent solutions for enhancing an interior or exterior space,” says Smart Candle representative Josh Kutzler. “Our Hollowick jeweled horizontal rib block lamps in gold, translucent, and red look beautiful during evening ceremonies and wedding receptions. You can create natural-looking candlelight for any outdoor event by placing battery votive candles in our weather-resistant, ventil-covered holders.”

Efficient LEDs for red and blue light have been available for some time, but LEDs that produce green light with acceptable luminance were not available.  The new Osram Ostar Projection Cube has now filled this important gap. At 110 lumens per watt (lm/W), it is much more efficient than all other previously available green LEDs in the embedded projection sector.

For the first time, the Osram Ostar Projection Cube enables sufficient output to be achieved in embedded projectors. “The new LED almost doubles the brightness in smart phone applications, so embedded projectors with a system brightness of up to 25 lumens are possible,” said Wolfgang Schnabel, Marketing Manager, Projection, at Osram Opto Semiconductors. This means that the image is clearly visible even without dimming and ambient lighting and, thanks to the efficiency of LED technology, the projector can also be used in mobile applications with limited battery capacity.

The new green LED is available in two versions – with a 1 mm or with a 0.75 mm edge-length chip, providing a solution for all standard imager formats in mobile applications.  They produce 260 lumens at 700 mA and 2.3 W or 130 lumens at 350 mA and 1.2 W, respectively.

Such high luminance from a small surface area is made possible with the aid of special encapsulation. This sharply defines the light surface so that the light is emitted without package reflections. With a footprint of 3.8 x 4.1 mm and a height of only 0.6 mm, the new LED enables extremely low-profile projection engines to be designed – ideal for modern smart phones and cameras. The Ostar Projection Cube does not have a glass cover, which means that external optics can be placed very close to it resulting in maximum efficiency.

Cyclist is ‘left for dead’ after he is knocked off bike

Čtvrtek, Listopad 17th, 2011

James Fleckney, of Home Farm Way, Westoning, was cycling home from work at around 5pm last Thursday on the A5120 road between Dunstable Rugby Club and Chalgrave Manor Golf Club when he hit by a car,

He was thrown off his bike and landed in a ditch on the side of the road, while the motorist drove off.

After coming round he then managed to make way back onto the side of the road and flag down a car for help.

He was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital were medics feared he had ruptured his spleen and would need to undergo surgery.

Miraculously, he just came away with torn tissue in his leg, and cuts and bruises, but he is now on crutches and is only just thinking about returning to work.

31-year-old James, who is a PE teacher at Manshead Upper School in Dunstable, said: “I was just cycling home from work and I was just struck, I heard a noise and felt myself going through the air. I ended up in a ditch and realised I had been struck by a car,

“I looked up and I remember seeing this dark car driving up the hill. I didn’t even see any break lights or anything, it just seems that they kept going without even stopping to see if I was okay.”

“I was wearing a high-vis jacket and had lights on my bike, so there is no way they couldn’t have seen me. And the wing mirror fell of the car, so they knew they had hit someone, but they just kept driving.”

Several members of the public stopped to help, with one calling the emergency services and the other staying with James until the paramedics arrived. An off-duty police officer, who was driving by at the time, also stopped to help.

The keen cyclist, whose 800 bike is now written off, added: “I do feel like I have lost my faith in humanity, I can’t believe that somebody could just drive off without even checking if I was okay.

“They just left me for dead. I have three children and they could have been left without a dad. I feel really angry and just want this person caught.

“There must be somebody who saw it and who knows the person. I’m sure they would have gone home and told a close friend or partner.

“I just want some closure now, this person should take responsibility for what they have done.”

James is hopeful he can return to work next week, but will be on desk duties and will have to rely on lifts.

His wife Kelly, 30, said: “Somebody who stopped to help actually called me to tell me what happened. I was so worried, that night I got no sleep because the doctors thought he may need an operation.

“I just can’t believe anybody could be so heartless to just drive and leave him at the side of the road. I’m so grateful to the people that did stop.”

Family values

Pondělí, Srpen 29th, 2011

That’s why Hurst had an IRA account at 20 years old and why, when he was making serious money on “The Tonight Show” — mid-six figures annually — he had no trouble sidestepping Hollywood temptations.

“Bob is a well-studied person,” McBride said. “A lot of musicians don’t have that kind of sophistication, but he balances that with a lot of street cred. He can talk politics, business. But you sit at the bar and he starts to feel comfortable and the needle starts to shift.”

Hurst grew up listening to his parents’ jazz LPs — Miles Davis, Modern Jazz Quartet, etc. — and his father taught him that jazz was a glory of black culture.

He started guitar lessons at 7, then switched to electric bass at 9. The family moved to Grand Rapids briefly, returning when Hurst was 12 and settling in Rochester. He studied acoustic bass with Dan Pliskow, a seasoned Detroit jazz musician and noted teacher.

A turning point came when Belgrave came to Rochester High for a master class and concert. Hurst, a precocious sophomore, asked if he could play a duet with Belgrave, choosing the bebop standard “Confirmation.”

He stunned Belgrave by playing the demanding melody instead of a routine bass line. Belgrave asked Hurst’s parents if he could work with their son. That LED diving flashlight to countless gigs and all-day rehearsals.

“Marcus didn’t treat me like a student,” Hurst said. “He treated me like a fellow musician and a man. In classical music there’s this hierarchy with the teacher up here and the student down there, but we’re all students and we’re all teachers. That’s the most beautiful thing Marcus instilled in me — that you’re a perpetual student.”

Crews, McClelland Offer Crankbait Tips

Středa, Srpen 17th, 2011

Bumping. Grinding. Digging. Twitching. Starting and stopping, with a little momentary hesitation for allure.

Crews isn’t gettin’ down on the deck of his boat. He’s making his SPRO Little John DD crank boogie along the bottom and around cover trying to entice bass to bite.

“In warm or clear water I’ll stop and twitch it a little more … hit cover, pause and twitch it twice,” said the veteran pro from Virginia. “The warmer the water, the faster they want it. It’s not a jerkbait deal where it’s sitting for a longer period, so you’re going to pause maybe a second or two and keep going. They’re just waiting for it to act erratically.”

Crankbaits will be part of the pros’ assault on Neely Henry Lake this week during the season-finale of the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix. The tournament is Thursday through Saturday, going out of Coosa Landing.

Daily weigh-ins are 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Coosa Landing, with the final weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds just off Interstate 20 east of Birmingham. The field will compete for cash and prizes, including a new Nitro Z-8 with a Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas jackplate, and the Humminbird MinnKota Big Bass Award for the tournament’s biggest lunker.

Also at stake is the PAA Angler of the Year points championship. Ranger pro Todd Auten of South Carolina leads the race with 351 points and is riding a hot streak after a Top 10 finish in the Forrest Wood Cup last week on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.

Right behind Auten are Gene Larew pro Tommy Biffle of Oklahoma, the defending PAA Angler of the Year, with 347 points, and Hefty pro Mike McClelland of Arkansas, with 343 points. BoatUS Weigh-to-Win pro Troy Morrow of Georgia (307) is also within striking distance of claiming the honor.