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Perhaps some of you remember a previous diary in which I described in excruciating detail a head injury I received after buying a cheap LED lightbulb.

Well, today I am happy to announce that I just got 4 more LED bulbs....at only $5 each

I am so used to seeing LED bulbs in the $15 or so range I thought I'd spread the word

I got my bulbs ( 9.5 watts...800 lumens ) at Home Depot...the brand is "Cree"....not really familiar with this company except for a single bulb I bought last year. Their website is http://www.cree.com/

I'm very happy to see more LED bulbs sneaking into my house.

Anyway, the purpose of this diary is to (1) point out to people  ( like me ) who think of LED bulbs as cool, but too expensive and (2) give more informed people a place to tell us more more more about how we can all get LED bulbs into our lives without getting the uber-expensive bulbs

I understand that one way white LED bulbs generate a broad spectrum of light is by functioning somewhat like a fluorescent -- the LED creates a short wavelength of light that excites phosphors ( or whatever ) that emit longer wavelengths....anybody would understands this is encouraged to please explain the process.

I find it kind of ironic and amusing that I am excited about LED bulbs....yet hoarding my incandescents. I still love incandescents as a heat source for any of a million reasons...but as a source of light, their golden age is over

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WARNING !!!!!!!!!!

LED lightbulbs may cause head injuries

Yes, it's true.

Today I went out to buy some incandescent lightbulbs before the liberal fascist communist gay agenda bans them forever. Incandescent lightbulbs, as you probably know, are generally over 95% efficient if you want to turn electricity into heat. As a bonus they generate a small amount of visible light to conveniently let you know that they are turned on.

Sometimes I like to use incandescent lightbulbs as a source of heat....so today I went to a building supply store that sells recycled stuff -- including lightbulbs. Unfortunately they were closed so I went to Home Depot.

Walking around Home Depot I saw all kinds of nifty new forms of lighting...and the few remaining types of incandescent bulbs still available --- 40 & 60 watt regular bulbs & various specialty bulbs.

So I grab an 8-pack of 60 watt bulbs & start to leave when I notice the LED bulbs.....and there was a nice shiny 6W LED bulb that puts out the same light as a 40 watt incandescent. Only about five bucks. Gotta try it!

How cool! I now have an old technology that efficiently generates heat & a new technology that efficiently creates light. Woohoooo

Well, as I'm walking through the parking garage back to my car, thinking about my new toys & the irony of holding onto an old technology while happily trying out a new one, it hit me. Not a brilliant epiphany or anything, but a steel beam. Walked right into it & smashed my forehead. Even bled a little bit. OUCH.

I was thinking about telling the people at the store to paint that freaking beam a bright color to make it visible -- like white or something ---  but it was already painted white.

Anyway, when I got home and tried out the new LED bulb...ooooohh....nice!....same warm glow as an incandescent, but obviously longer lasting & more efficient.

So my advice to all of you is....go out and buy some new LED bulbs -- just don't think about how cool they are until you're safely back at home.

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I have solved the problem with security along the border between Mexico and Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona.

First thing - we give Texas back to Mexico.

POOF problem solved. No Texas, no Texas border problem.

NEXT

We sell New Mexico to Mexico

POOF. No more problem with residents of New Mexico being told they aren't US citizens by uneducated yahoos. And no border issues.

We sell Arizona to Mexico.

POOF. No Arizona, no Arizona border problem.

A few lingering problems remain however...since Joe Arpaio isn't a Mexican citizen it may be difficult to decide what to do with him. Deport him back to the US? Make him wear pink underwear and toss him in jail? Give him a visa and see if he can get a job as a Sheriff in Mexico somewhere in the new MEXICAN state of Nueva Arizona

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Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 08:59 AM PST

HAPPY NEW YEATS DAY !!!

by RumsfeldResign

HAPPY NEW YEATS DAY

I hereby declare January 1st "NEW YEATS DAY"

New Yeats Day is, of course, the day on which we create new Yeats poems. You can re-write ( aka mangle, spindle, mutilate ) an existing poem...or write a new one in his style. Lapsing into Hemingway-ese or Shatner-speak might be a fun mixture.

WHY, you might ask, do we have this new holiday? Because my friend invited me to a new year's day party and had a typo in the subject line that's how. I thought "ok, she probably means new years day...but she's somewhat literary...maybe she's being really deep and intellectual".....and thus New Yeats Day was born.

I only listed 3 links for Yeats...but I'm sure you don't need my help to google "Yeats" if you want to see more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/... ( basic overview...this is where the short snippets came from )

http://www.poetry-archive.com/...  ( nice list of poems )

http://www.poets.org/... (bio & list of poems )

For example:

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by!


could become this:

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Gingrich, pass by!

( or would that be Bachmann? )

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Who else would you enjoy imitating???

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I received the following email from a friend....along with a request to spread the message far and wide

well..posting it here seems like the way to go

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Hi all-

Last night, I participated in a town hall meeting with Congressman Cummings and Professor Elizabeth Warren, currently heading up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I was honored to be there and to speak. Over 400 attendees packed the auditorium to hear about the CFPB, which will officially launch on July 21st. This new agency seeks to make financial transaction easy to understand, so that consumers know the costs and the risks of a product up-front. They have already started this mission by created a simple mortgage disclosure statement that they posted for public comment on their website.

The word consumer is in their name for a reason. This is OUR agency, dedicated to helping ALL consumers in the financial marketplace. The CFPB is about fair regulation and not squashing financial innovation and the free market. Professor Warren said that she’s involved because she has faith that people who work hard and follow the rules should have a chance to succeed.

Many people are already trying to dismantle the CFPB before their doors even open. That’s where you come in. Please visit their website (www.consumerfinance.gov) to see their great work and sign up for their updates and/or follow them on facebook/twitter. Washington needs to see that millions of Americans care about their own financial security as well as their neighbors. You don’t have to be a policy advocate to do this. Please get involved and stay involved by lending your thoughts and concerns to the CFPB through their website. It’s only as good as we can make it together.

Feel free to distribute this email as widely as you see fit.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend,

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and here's the CFPB website:  http://www.consumerfinance.gov

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Whether you think Weiner should resign or not, one thing that I think we can all agree on is that this is an excellent time to remind everyone of Vitter's and other GOP clowns scandals.

So why not send Vitter some diapers? One commenter suggests sending diaper coupons too.

Now of course I kinda doubt Vitter's staff will be telling the world every time a box of Huggies shows up at the office...so why not send diapers to Boehner, Pelosi, Leno, Maher, Limbaugh, Letterman, Maddow, etc etc and simply ask them to hand them to Vitter next time they see him?

here's his address:

David Vitter
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: (202) 224-4623
Fax: (202) 228-5061

and why not get chatty with DC's most listened to news station WTOP?

WTOP Talkback Line877-222-1035

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I had a great day yesterday. The weather was gorgeous and the world didn't end.

We had planned a cookout to celebrate with a few friends...but one by one they all cancelled until it was just me and Frank.

But I filled my car with food anyway ( maybe some random people would show up...it happens ).

When I got there Frank had already started a fire. In fact it was the perfect fire for an end-of-the-world-cookout ....just a pile of burning logs on the lawn....no grill...just a pile of logs that would make any caveman proud.

The burgers were organic, lowfat, and delicious. The beers were cold.

The sky was incredibly beautiful.

But the best part was...the world didn't end.

SO...my question is...what did YOU do the celebrate the end/not-end of the world??

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Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 05:07 PM PDT

Pinetop Perkins has passed away

by RumsfeldResign

Pinetop Perkins has passed away

there's really nothing I can say other than to share some of his music.

enjoy

more details in the links:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/...

http://www.pinetopperkins.com/

3-16-05

95th bday

got my mojo workin'

with muddy

Muddy Waters with Hollywood Fats 1973-09-25 by checker758

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After recent wind spills and major solar energy leaks million all over the world have discovered a new energy source.

Their feet.

This new source of energy may lead to a new form of transportation called "walking"

Experts confirm walking uses no oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, or geothermal energy.

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Is John Boehner really a Muslim?

Or a true American?

Perhaps he's really a Chinese communist Muslim or something

I'm an artist...and I do get annoyed when other artists scream "censorship" when their art isn't accepted into a gallery or removed from a gallery for a good reason. For example, I was in a show that got tossed out of a museum because most of us didn't do anything remotely like what the museum had agreed to show. That's not censorship - that's failure to live up to an agreement. But when people like Boehner pressure the Smithsonian I think it's pretty clear it's true censorship.

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The purpose of this diary is simple. A lot of people have been pointing out recently that all the attention on Christine O'Donnell is taking the heat off equally batshit-crazy candidates who actually have a chance of getting elected.

SO I thought I'd list a few of the wingnuts with links to the opposing Democrats sites so people can DONATE MONEY to defeat teh crazies.

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The crazzzzy wingnuttiest loon is....

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With her recent admission that she has dabbled in witchcraft, I can't help wondering what Christine O'Donnell is going to be for Halloween.

A witch? Sarah Palin ( hmmm, wasn't there some kinda witch story there too?)...a newt?

was she a good witch or a bad witch?

let's discover the truth shall we?

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What will Christine O'Donnell be for Halloween?

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