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August 19, 2013

Eugene art project makes light

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Pedestrians and drivers in downtown Eugene might notice something different about the traffic signal boxes that occupy space at street corners with traffic lights.The difference will be if they notice the boxes at all.Last month, the gray cubes, which house electrical equipment to operate traffic lights, were made over with loud, whimsical, colorful murals, turning infrastructure into art.

You might have mistaken Bayne Gardner for a graffiti artist if you saw him drawing a masked face on the steel box at the corner of 10th Avenue and Oak Street. In fact, Eugene’s city government was paying Gardner to paint the drab, unassuming box with eye-catching art.Most modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit.

Using money from Eugene’s percent-for-art ordinance, which dedicates 1 percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects to public art, the city’s Cultural Services Department took an unusual approach to its latest project.

“People were tired of bronze sculptures,” says Isaac Marquez, the city’s public art manager.
Since last month, murals from four local artists have cropped up on 15 downtown street corners. A final one will be completed at the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Onyx Street within the next week or so.

The murals, which are unusual in appearance and in placement, interact with citizens more strongly than an oil painting tucked away in the library, and reflect the current art scene more aptly than a metal sculpture in the park. Marquez says city officials took the new approach in response to a 2010 survey, in which citizens expressed a desire for interactive, two-dimensional art in everyday settings.

The city recruited artists through social media and newspaper advertisements. Applicants were asked to submit an image of their proposed box, and a committee selected three winners — Alex Southworth, Wendy Huhn and Bryan Putnam — from a pool of 12 applicants.

The artists painted five boxes each, at a rate of $300 for small boxes and $500 for large boxes. Gardner won a people’s choice contest on Facebook and a $500 contract to paint the box on 10th and Oak. “I tried to make each side a little different,” he says. “I wanted, since it’s a four-sided object, to capture someone to look at all the sides.” Eugene isn’t the first to use its utility boxes as canvases. Santa Cruz, Calif., Seattle, Little Rock, Ark., and several other cities in the U.S. and abroad have sponsored initiatives similar to “Art the Box.”

In Eugene, artists’ work was strategically placed to fit the aesthetic of downtown streets.
Southworth’s murals, with their edgy, severe vibe, lined street corners on West 11th Avenue, near a heavy metal bar, a roller derby supply store and a tattoo parlor. Huhn’s bright and poppy murals line 13th Avenue,We installed flexible LED Strip lighting in our kitchen for under cabinet and within cabinet lighting. where a hair salon, a coffee shop and a computer repair store lead to the University of Oregon campus. “The response I wanted was exactly what I got from people,” Huhn says. “They said, ‘Oh, these just make me happy.'”Putnam’s work, inspired by Northwest mythology, is in the park blocks, where huge sequoia trees tower overhead.

As the artists worked, passers-by stopped to take pictures, offer lemonade, donuts and money, and inquire about whether the work was legal. “A couple of people called the cops on me,” Southworth says. The images are designed to last two years. They serve a dual purpose of enlivening a bland surface and deterring graffiti taggers. Each is covered with a layer of graffiti prevention coating. If a box is tagged, the graffiti can be wiped off without damaging the artwork.

Citizens toured the boxes during August’s First Friday ArtWalk, and listened as the artists talked about their work. Marquez says no more public events are planned, but those interested in touring the boxes can easily do so. Use the map with this story to conduct a personal walking tour of the artful infrastructure.There are all kinds of car daytime running lights with good quality.


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August 13, 2013

“Blood Money” kicks

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The apocalyptic hour of “Blood Money,” the final season premiere of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” moves faster than entire seasons of this brilliant and diabolical series. The closing scene of the episode is the one fans have been waiting for for years, and one that would otherwise take this show another eight or 12 episodes to accomplish. (Neilsen reports that the final-season premiere averaged 5.9 million viewers on Sunday, almost double last year’s premiere slot. More details here.)
But remember, after “Blood Money,” only seven episodes remain, and “Breaking Bad” has a lot of business to tend to in those precious final hours. Season 5 part 2 is poised to be a breakneck finish for “Breaking Bad,” and a refusal to put its foot on the brake. But this speed doesn’t mean that series head Vince Gilligan and his writing team are merely dancing as fast as they can. “Blood Money” showcases “Breaking Bad” at its most carefully plotted and assembled — not to mention, inventively styled — as it digs deeply into the show’s mythology. (Don’t read further if you are not caught up on the series, as spoilers are ahead.)

off with the show’s most soul-searing cold open yet. In a flash forward, a bearded Walter White (Bryan Cranston) returns to his suburban home to retrieve the ricin he hid in a light fixture last season. His home is now empty and ravaged, grey and sickly, with the name HEISENBERG spray painted on the living room wall. The opener echoes that of season five, part 1, in which Walt, traveling under a pseudonym, reveals some seriously heavy weaponry in the trunk of his car. Putting these two timeline jumps together, we’re building toward an awful act of violence that likely won’t come until the series’ very end. Some haunting questions linger: Where are Skyler, Walt Jr. and — dear god — baby Holly? Who is the loose wire that Walt is going after, with the ricin and the gun?

Here’s what we did learn from the season premiere: Hank (Dean Norris) will be working to take down Walt, whose cancer is back, and Jesse (Aaron Paul) knows that Walt killed Gus’ (RIP) former henchman Mike but has no proof. This two-pronged setup will most certainly be the fulcrum of the final season, as both Hank and Jesse pursue any possible redemption for themselves.Most modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit. And in the case of Jesse, it means getting out from under Walt’s thumb.

Though the bulk of this episode is all ominous portent — including “former business associate” Lydia’s unexpected appearance at the A1A car wash — and slow zooms (Hank’s stunned-senseless emergence from the bathroom), the fulcrum here is the final scene face-off between Walt and Hank. When Hank socks Walt behind the closed door of his garage, grabs him by the collar and spews, “It was you all along,” we can’t help but feel a potent spark of satisfaction as the whole bedrock of the show — a once-ordinary guy engineers a massive drug operation right under the nose of his DEA-agent brother-in-law — erupts. But then Walt says, “If you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly,” and that moral blood-thirst curdles to dread.

A SERVING Newcastle police officer was accused yesterday of taking bribes and supplying a gun to former boxer Fortunato “Lucky” Gattellari.

NSW police confirmed that Senior Constable Mark Donohue is “subject to an ongoing departmental investigation”.

A spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Giving evidence at the committal hearing of his former benefactor, Ron Medich, Gattellari said that, in 2010, he paid $2500 in cash to the police officer for a pistol.

What kind of officer would do that?” Winston Terracini, SC, for Mr Medich, asked.

“The kind who took bribes from Mr Medich,” said Gattellari, who added that the bribes were over deals involving Aboriginal land.

The court heard that the gun Constable Donohue provided was for Haissam Safetli, who was recently sentenced to six years’ jail for his role in the execution-style shooting of Michael McGurk.

The Scottish-born businessman was murdered in his car in front of his nine-year-old son in September 2009. Mr Medich,Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights.Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. a property tycoon, is alleged to have been the mastermind.

Gattellari, 63, said the gun he bought from Constable Donohue was not the murder weapon and was supplied after the killing of McGurk. He said he hid it in the back shelf of his office filing cabinet until Safetli came to get it.

When asked if he was concerned about what Safetli planned to do with it, Gattellari said: “Why should I be?”

The court heard “changing tyres” was the code Gattellari used for the murder. The former boxer was sentenced to seven years’ jail for his role in organising McGurk’s murder. He is now the Crown’s key witness.

Under cross-examination by Mr Terracini, Gattellari told Central Local Court that he didn’t keep records of his dealings on Mr Medich’s behalf because 90 per cent of them were illegal.

Gattellari was also questioned about his financial dealings with Queenslander Louie Gibson. Gattellari said he thought his friend was a “racing identity” rather than a drug dealer.

In 2008, Gibson was sentenced to 11 years’ jail for producing and trafficking the drug methylamphetamine.

The court also heard that hundreds of thousands of dollars, allegedly from Mr Medich’s investments in Gattellari’s electrical businesses, were handed over to Gattellari’s family without Mr Medich’s knowledge.

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July 10, 2013

Toyota Verso

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THE Toyota Verso comes in for a bit of a mid-life facelift, although those in the know will realise that not a lot needed doing to this very good seven-seat mini-MPV. A sharper look and better emissions for the diesel models are the headliners here.

There remains a choice of two petrol engines and two diesels. Those looking for a petrol model choose between a 1.6 or a 1.8-litre Valvematic. Both are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.8 optionally available with a revised Multidrive CVT that has been tuned to give more of a stepped gear-shift feel, with engine revs building in a way that’s more closely linked to vehicle acceleration.


Toyota has stiffened the chassis and tuned the front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension for a more comfortable ride. The electric power steering has been adjusted for better feel and feedback and the cabin has been made quieter by adding extra damping material and by developing smaller, more aerodynamic door mirrors.

This generation Verso first appeared in the UK in 2009; it looked fresh then. Since then, ever bolder MPV styles have hit the market and Toyota clearly felt that a sharper look was required.

The facelift chiefly addresses the usual targets of grille, lights and bumpers but it’s a neatly resolved job. The overall aim has been to make the Verso look low, long and wide and there’s an eye-catching trapezoidal grille and a horizontal bar across the front that extends into the narrower headlight units. These lights now incorporate LED daytime running lights and, on upper spec versions, there are High-Intensity Discharge lights available.

The Verso remains refreshingly free of the cheap attention-grabbing gimmicks so many other manufacturers employ to claw in sales. There is nothing that will turn heads or provoke comment. The styling updates are well-judged but the Verso’s shape is inherently low-key. So not a whole lot has really changed. If you’ve driven a Verso, you’ll know that this is very good news. If you’re a potential buyer who knows what’s important in a mini-MPV, it’s largely as you were.

The Verso formula remains the same; reliability, safety, versatility and honesty. There aren’t many rivals that get close.

The design features a heavily revised multi-link axle, as well as an electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC). This function improves the traction of the wheels and reduces the tendency to understeer in fast cornering. Electro-mechanical progressive steering provides accuracy and fast responses.

Available in either hatch or estate guise, the Octavia vRS features a front grille with honeycomb air intakes, a unique front bumper and led  fog lights as well as bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights.

Other highlights include the red-lacquered brake calipers and a choice of 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels. You’ll get the best ride quality on the standard 17-inch Dorado alloys. I probably wouldn’t recommend the 19-inch wheels for this country’s roads although the Xtrem alloys do look great finished in black.

The Skoda Octavia vRS does nothing particularly radical – but then it doesn’t need to. It has established a profitable niche for itself in offering a model that’s presentable, rapid, discreet and which won’t break the bank.

Buying a quick car is no longer the no-brainer decision it once was, especially when the budgetary constraints of a growing family look likely to stymie your plans. The vRS offers all the solid common sense of the Skoda brand with more than enough about it to reassure anyone that they’re not on the fast track to pipe and slippersville.

July 5, 2013

Lexus unveils hot new IS 350

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Lexus SA says it has “thrown down the gauntlet” with the totally redesigned third-generation IS sedan.

At 4665mm overall, the new IS 350 is 80mm longer and 10mm wider than its predecessor. The front overhang has increased by just 10mm, and significantly, the wheelbase has been extended by 70mm to 2800mm.

The front of the new IS represents a further evolution of the spindle grille from the GS and LS models. The design has been made more three-dimensional, and its shape accentuated by a chrome plated frame and the muscular projection of horizontal bars (E and EX models) which follow the curvature of the vehicle front.

The headlights are underscored by Lexus trademark L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights located independently below the cluster, giving the new IS a highly distinctive visual signature.

The deep front bumper design anchors chunky front wings and flared wheel arches. Integral foglamps are housed within secondary sculpted side air intakes which control the flow of air out through the wheel arches to enhance aerodynamic performance.

We must admit, we quite like the rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear wheel arch and merging into the rear lamp. Seriously sporty.

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The Lexus compact sedan is available in a range of nine exterior colours, of which three, Nova White, Electric Blue and Sonic Titanium, are exclusive to the F Sport model.

The F Sport package benefits from exclusive, more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features as well as dynamic enhancements.

It bears a modified grille and different front bumper, and the “waistline” of the grille is higher than on standard models, increasing the area of the lower grille to make it capable of drawing in a larger volume of cooling air. The grille itself has a unique, L-shaped mesh or honeycomb finish and the lower section is trimmed with a more prominent chrome-plated frame than that of the standard IS.

The bottom corners of the front bumper feature F Sport-exclusive aerodynamic detailing to provide both downforce and enhanced brake cooling. A set of 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design and a dark premium metallic coated finish.

The driver’s seat is redesigned, and Lexus says it offers greater comfort and better lateral support. The seat hip point has been lowered by 9mm and rearward seat adjustment has been increased by 19mm. The LFA-inspired steering wheel features a new paddle shift switch shape, which apparently makes for easier, more accurate operation.

With 50mm of its 70mm longer wheelbase dedicated to increased rear seat space and 20mm dedicated to increased luggage capacity, the new IS offers rear seat occupants increased levels of comfort. The combination of extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates an 85mm increase in knee room for the new 60:40 split/folding seats.

The new IS dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: a display zone and an operation zone. An upper display zone houses the 7-inch multi-display screen, while a lower operational zone allows access to system controls such as the second generation of Lexus’ Remote Touch Interface.

The new IS follows the GS and LS in adopting a Drive Mode Select system, with meter (instrument) illumination and multi-information display design changing from blue to red in sports driving modes.

The centre console incorporates a Lexus first: electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning temperature with the touch of a finger. The IS 350 with the standard package is equipped with a new Lexus Display Audio (LDA) system whilst EX and F SPORT grade models are equipped with Remote Touch-controlled Electro Multi Vision Navigation or EMVN multimedia systems (incorporating standard SatNav).

The new interior design is available in a choice of three smooth leather colour schemes; Black, Ivory, and, Dark Rose, an F Sport exclusive.

The engine features a lightweight, die-cast aluminium cylinder block. The unit develops 228kW at 6400rpm and 375Nm of torque at 4800rpm, accelerating the IS 350 from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 225km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at 9.7  litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

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