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September 15th, 2009

...and the other one bites the dust.


One of the LED bulbs I bought in early August failed in late August. A few days ago the other LED bulb failed. Since I hadn't sent the one off for warranty replacement, I packed the both of them and the receipts and a letter and sent them off. We'll see how the warranty is and if the replacements are any better.

One failure is a fluke. Two are possibly a coincidence if a darned annoying one. These bulbs are supposed to last 30,000 hours or about 3.4 years of "on" time. They didn't last anywhere near that long. And there's no excuse that I can see for it. They were installed indoors, in a non-enclosed fixture, and were not on a dimmer. They were in a ceiling fan assembly, but LEDs of all lighting systems ought to be truly immune to any vibration from the fan. Yet even incandescents with their fragile filaments lasted longer.

To be fair to LEDs themselves, they are likely still just fine. The circuitry in the base of the bulb is what probably failed. I don't know just what all there is to it. There really should not be much at all to it. If the bulbs had been out of warranty (or were just much less expensive) I'd have taken at least one apart and looked.

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Poll: The President Raps It Up


Poll #1457922 They jennies spared.

"Kanye West is a jackass."

Obama got one right.
6(26.1%)
Obama is about four letters off.
4(17.4%)
Obama ought to apologize to Mr. West.
0(0.0%)
Obama ought to apologies to donkeys.
1(4.3%)
Obama just named Kanye West the party symbol of the Democrats.
2(8.7%)
Obama doesn't care about black people.
0(0.0%)

Equus africanus asinus

Often gets a bum rap.
1(4.3%)
Now has gotten a bum rapper.
3(13.0%)
Has better judgment than Kanye West.
5(21.7%)
Would rather be compared to Taylor Swift.
0(0.0%)
Looks better than Kanye West... from any angle.
4(17.4%)

The most fortunate in all of this is...

Obama - it's a distraction from the reactions to his actions and proposals.
0(0.0%)
Kanye West - free publicity and lots of it.
2(8.3%)
Taylor Swift - free publicity, but not at her continuing expense.
2(8.3%)
Vakkotaur - this poll is proof.
2(8.3%)
Donkeys - they're unaware of this nonsense.
9(37.5%)
Me - I get to point and laugh - and do this poll thingy.
9(37.5%)

The downside of this is...

More airtime and column-inches not being used for genuine news.
6(25.0%)
Having to hear about this Kanye West jerk.
9(37.5%)
Yet another silly journal poll.
1(4.2%)
Kim Jong-il will throw another tantrum to get attention again.
2(8.3%)
Blatant donkey defamation, yet again.
6(25.0%)



Gad, how tired was I when I made this? "...ought to apologies to donkeys" rather than apologize and the poll name... well that at least makes some sense though not as much as intended. And I suppose I did leave out the option for "Huh?" or "Who?"

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