Honda’s Top Gear lawnmover does 130mph – Stig goes domestic

How cool is that:

The vehicle, made by Honda for Top Gear magazine, goes from 0-60mph (95km/h) in roughly four seconds.

The team behind it may attempt to have an official go at the lawnmower speed record, which stands at 96.5mph.

In a test run, Top Gear magazine clocked “just over 100mph” on the back straight of the Circuit de Charade testing course in France.

Honda Top Gear lawnmover driven by The Stig

Honda Top Gear lawnmover driven by The Stig

The lawnmower was also put through its paces by Top Gear’s “the Stig”.

The British Lawn Mower Racing Association said Top Gear’s mower would not be able to compete in July’s World Championships because of strict limits on the number of modifications entrants can make to their bodies, lol.

read more here and here

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Cyber Monday Deals 2012 – Where are thou?

Is it just me, or are all of you others too noticing how difficult it is to find good web sites these days that actually have the content you’re looking for? Cyber Monday is a great example.
Searching the web today on Monday, it’s difficult to find webpages who’s result actually matches your query. I get the feeling I’m missing out on a lot of great deals today because of it.

Kindle Fire Cyber Monday Tablet Deal

OK, so it’s pretty awesome that the Kindle Fire finally have a Cyber Monday sale too.
See list of all other Cyber Monday Tablet Deals 2012 too, but where are the other great lists? Do I have to start using Bing now over Google, lol?
Or maybe I should have a go at that duckduckgo, yikes!

Patent Law needs to be changed?

This article in NY Times was intriguing, so I thought I’d post an exercept of it here:

In Silicon Valley, Apple just won big against Samsung in the patent lawsuit of the year, after trading claims and counterclaims of pilfered product ideas. Across the country, in a federal court in Florida, an inventor named Mark Stadnyk is waging a different kind of patent warfare — an ambitious and perhaps quixotic legal foray.

Mr. Stadnyk, who holds a patent on a motorcycle windshield, is suing the United States government, aiming to head off a patent law that he says will favor big companies and hurt lone inventors like himself.

Represented by a prominent Washington lawyer, Mr. Stadnyk filed a suit last month that challenges the constitutionality of legislation that Congress passed last fall, the America Invents Act. Mr. Stadnyk and his lawyer — along with some academics, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists — assert that the legislation is a triumph of corporate lobbying power over the founders’ wishes, and that it threatens America’s stature as the world’s leading innovator.

The present system, one of the nation’s oldest patent principles and called “first to invent,” relies on lab notebooks, e-mails and early prototypes to establish the date of invention. The impending law would overturn that by awarding patents to the inventors who are “first to file” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Stadnyk, 48, a garage inventor who stumbled into the world of patents after he bought a powerful new motorcycle and wanted to avoid being battered by the wind when riding at 60 miles an hour, even with a windshield. He devised a system of brackets and gears to adjust the height and angle of the windshield and the gap between it and the motorcycle. With his system, he says, the rider feels a flutter of breeze instead of jolting winds and turbulence.

Mr. Stadnyk, who describes his invention style as “rough hacking with chunks of metal,” founded his company, MadStad Engineering, in 2006, and as sales picked up, he stopped working as a computer consultant to devote himself to the business.

Today, MadStad employs eight people, including Mr. Stadnyk and his wife, Patty. His adjustable windshield systems, priced from $100 to $320, are now used on dozens of makes and models of motorcycles, and are sold through dealers in Australia, Britain and Spain, as well as the United States. Yearly sales, he said, are more than $500,000 and growing briskly.

Mr. Stadnyk holds three patents, and he speaks of a patented idea as a uniquely human property right. “It came out of your mind,” he explained. “It’s not property you bought or inherited.”

Mr. Stadnyk became interested in the patent legislation as it proceeded. He says he studied the proposals and the law, read blogs and reached out to Washington lawyers and academics who raised the issue of its constitutionality. A grass-roots activist, he even made a couple of YouTube videos.

read more at NY Times….

Business Cartoons / Jokes

TGIF! Let’s wind down with some humorous business cartoons/jokes and think about doing something else for the weekend.

Business Ideas

Business Ideas

Chief Second Guesser - CSG

Chief Second Guesser – CSG

Forgot Passwords

Forgot Passwords

Motivational Speaker

Motivational Speaker

Résumé Building for Career

Résumé Building for Career

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years

Amazon Kindle Fire – What’s it like? Any reviews?

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet PC

Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet PC

What do we really know about this tablet? All I see is tech savy writers try to outwit each other in insignificant knowledge and speculations about the Kindle Fire tablet.

The debate on computer/video gaming + list of free games online

Two interesting articles about the current state of gaming:

Father develops cystic fibrosis game to help daughter

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The games that made me

Just read this exercept:

For example:

  • I leaned patience from rock-hard games like Impossible Mission, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Thrust (and from waiting for them to load via cassette).
  • I learned how to spell from text adventures like Zork, The Hobbit and Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.
  • I learned social skills from multi-player games like Gauntlet, Pitstop 2 and Ballblazer.
  • I developed a love of all sports from simulations like Leaderboard, International Soccer and Summer Games
  • I learned to appreciate exotic animals from Jeff Minter’s Attack of the Mutant Camels, Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time and Sheep in Space.
  • I learned how to think strategically and quickly adapt to changing fortunes from Archon, Boulderdash and Super Pipeline 2.
  • And I learned the universe was a really, really big place from Elite.

What are the games that have made you?

Interesting gaming questions there, lol.

Meanwhile here is a list of free online games to kill time with:
(THESE GAMES SEEMS TO BE DOWN FOR THE MOMENT)

Online Games list

Adventure games:
Arcane Online Mystery Serial – The Stone Circle (Episode 7)
Huntsville
Pharaohs Tomb – Adventure Game
Uncover the secrets of the Ravenhearst Manor!
Snowy Treasure Hunter 2
Tradewinds 2

Platform games:
Diner Dash! (Hometown Hero) Free Online Version
Kids Next Door – Operation M.O.S.Q.U.I.T.T.O.H
Snowy Puzzle Islands
Funny old birds!

Board games:
Jewel Quest
The wisdom of China in a game
Flower Power

Puzzle games:
Bring back the colours!
Titanic – Hidden Expedition

Racing and Motor games:
Ho-pin Tung Racer Game
Rocky Monster Car Game

Simulator games:
Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children
Once upon a time in the far Far West

Quiz games:
Trivial Pursuit Online

Fairy games:
Plantasia

Sports games:
Gutterball – Free Online Bowling Game

Classics and others:
Moneybags!

 

 

Breast augmentation on strangers in streets with Boob Job app for iPhone

BoobJob app for iPhone smartphone with breast augmentation

Boob Job app for iPhone smartphone with breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is expensive and time-consuming — and can’t just be done to strangers on the street. So what are you supposed to do if you really want to see how someone would look with a slightly larger chest? Reach for your iPhone, of course!

 

With an iPhone app appropriately named Boob Job you can give anyone a little lift and boost.

All you need to do is install the app — you can get it from the Apple App Store for a dollar — and find or take a photo of your lucky patient. Then you’ll just swipe, drag, and pinch your fingers against your iPhone’s screen a few times and — tada! — breast augmentation surgery complete.

I decided to try out the app on fellow blogger Whitson Gordon who — while clever and delightfully witty — isn’t exactly in possession of breasts that would make Pamela Anderson envious. I snatched a photo off his Facebook page, opened it in the Boob Job app, dragged some circles onto his chest, and resized them appropriately. Then I tapped some vaguely marked buttons on the next screen to increase the selected parts and add a little highlight along the newly created curves.

You can see Whitson’s pre-virtual-surgery and post-virtual-surgery photos above. The final result won’t tempt any Victoria’s Secret modeling scouts, but it makes for a great laugh.

World Toe Wrestling Championship (Odd news)

You’d be forgiven for thinking Wimbledon was the only sporting event taking place at the moment — but that would be doing a massive disservice to the world toe wrestling championship. (Telegraph)

The guys at NASA have some pretty amazing tech to play with — like this Robotic lander prototype which recently completed an autonomous test flight. (Daily Mail)  (YouTube)

An artist has won acclaim after stripping off and having her photo taken in a range of situations which she says is a way of conquering her fears. (Daily Mail)

Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute say they expect us to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades. (Asylum)

Hitting a speedily hurled baseball has always looked hard enough to us, but this player managed to hit a ball twice — in what we are assured is a rather rare occurrence. (Blippitt) (YouTube)