Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 12, 1998 · Page 31
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 31

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ON THE MARKET FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1998—9 Breakthrough year for tractors and mowers I f you put off buying a new lawn tractor or mower last year, get ready for some good news. This year, new technology and design features - previously available only on the most expensive mowers and tractors - debut in the midlevel and value price ranges to fit your budget. New lines from Scotts and Murray represent a new generation of outdoor power equipment. Mid-level models Scotts, an established name in lawn and garden products but new to the outdoor power equipment industry, has rolled out a full line of walk-behind mowers and lawn tractors. Many of these models are powered by overhead valve I/C Briggs & Strattion INTEK engines, featuring the latest in overhead valve technology and cast-iron cylinder sleeves for smooth operation. The Scotts 46" Lawn Tractor with Digital Diagnostic Dash places you squarely in the middle of a state-of-the-art machine that combines the durability of heavy farm equipment with the driving ease of a fine automobile. Enhanced handling is credited to the dual heavy-duty adjustable steering. Attention to detail - from the foot-operated automatic transmission with cruise control to lumbar support seat and increased legroom makes the Scott 46" the primary choice for discriminating individuals who want the ease and comfort of high end premium machinery at a fraction of the price. There's even a beverage holder to help quench your thirst as you beautify your lawn. Convertible walk-behind mowers help make mowing the lawn as easy as a stroll in the park. Premiere technology lets you convert from bagging and discharging to mulching (and back again) in a matter of seconds - without tools. Scotts 21" 3nl features high-wheel, power-propelled drive with the option of rear or front-wheel drive for extra maneuverability. Now you can achieve the look you want without the back-breaking work. Value Models Individuals looking for compact design may want to check out the Murray 42" WideBody Lawn Tractor. The tractor's low profile hood increases visibility, allowing for easy maneuverability while maintaining the comfortable, stable ride of larger, higher price products. This model features a comfortable seat, step-thru design for easy access, tool-free deck leveling, dual independent steering and it takes up less space than most lawn tractors. The Murray 22" 2nl Combo Side Discharge Mower features an aerodynamically-designed rolled steel cutting edge, creating improved airflow and lift for superior mulching performance. Designed by Murray "from the driver down," the mower features the ability to convert from mulch to discharge without tools. The Murray 22" is powered by a 5.75 horsepower Briggs & Stratton Engine. The Murray 3nl Rear- Bagging mower is a 20" convertible featuring an all condition cutting system that easily converts from mulching to bagging to discharging without tools. Self-propelled front wheel drive allows for positive traction. The 20" is pow- See MOWERS, Page 10 THE FUTURE The house of the millenium See Us for the Financing We Want to Say "Yes" • Purchase • Construction • Refinancing • Home Equity Loans • First-time Home Buyers Program Sauings Bank OF MENDOCJNO COUNTY By SUSAN PRICE Los Angeles Times Syndicate A re you old enough to remember those fabulous "homes of the future" that were being touted in the 1950s? The Westinghouse version was brought to millions of viewers huddled around their black-and-white TVs by a young actor named Ronald Reagan. Architects built strange-looking spaceship houses perched on spindly legs in the Hollywood Hills. And home and car computers were a distant hypothesis. With the millennium upon us, what's the latest version of "the house of the future"? "The future is plastics!" Nanoplastics, to be precise. And when they come to your house, they will turn it into a living, thinking, sensitive thing that responds to light, sound, your body temperature and even your shape, and then adjusts. What exactly are nanoplas- tics? Nanoplastics is the theoretical fusion of traditional plastics and the developing field of nan- otechnology, in which microscopic machines and other objects are constructed atom by atom. Think of them as computers that drank the same potion as Alice in Wonderland and became smaller and smaller. Computers the size of a blood cell could be contained within nanoplastic materials, giving objects a responsive "intelligence." Think "Fantastic Voyage," where a submarine was miniaturized to explore the body of a human. Microsoft chief Bill Gates is already experimenting with some of this potential technology in his massive new house. One plan was to have individuals outfitted with badges so that as they walk from room to room, the room adjusts it's own lights, temperature and even musical background to the individual's preference. How this is working out has yet to be determined. But you can bet this house has bugs that are beyond the ability of the Orkin Man. Hypothetically, nanoplastic technology would deploy sensors and emitters constructed to absorb and transmit pressure, sound and nearly the entire electromagnetic spectrum. These would provide nanoplastic materials with the ability to sense their surroundings and respond with physical change or the transmission of sound, light, heat or other emissions. Imagine that the basic building blocks of the home and the products in it are "architiles," thin computerized "skins" that can be applied to and peeled off various surfaces - floors, walls and countertops, for example. Now envision the possibilities: •Peace would break out in the age-old war zone between man and mate about the toilet seat being left up at night. The new, improved and even warm toilet seat could conform in shape and position to everyone in the household, from baby to Grannie, with its ability to shape- shift. •Sinks could produce a whole array of temperatures, sprays, streams and pressures simply with the touch of a finger to different parts of the console surface. Showers could do the same, plus be instantly responsive to each individual's preferences. •The ongoing guerrilla tactics to secure the most comfortable chair in the house for the evening before anyone else gets it would be resolved with chairs for all. Expanding the capabilities and comfort of seating is an ideal application for this technology because it can vary flexibility and elasticity. As soon as you plunk down in it, the chair will remember you and accommodate itself to your preferences. The sitter would choose his own textures, reshape the structure, assist the process of rising or sitting, and even have the chair made warmer or cooler. •Video screens can become paper thin and change size and shape. The anti-social members of the household would literally be able to wrap the TV screen over under, above and around themselves and "fall into" a three-dimensional visual TV field. Hey, it's progress! •In the kitchen, the search for the right-sized food bowl will be history, as the nanoplastic bowl forms itself around the food you See FUTURE, Page 10 • High Credit Card Debt? Mortgage Late Payments? Call Cheryl For Help Today! 461-4418 MISSION HILLS i \\ORIGAU BANKERS: A Full Service Community Bank Member FD1C (707) 462-6613 LENDER The Time Is NOW For A LOAN! The time Is right! Norwest Mortgage has affordable home loans. Don't wait until rates creep back up. 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