To the ‘CFL’?

June 3, 2007 at 8:24 pm (Totally Dave)

CFLTonight I pose the question, should I go to the ‘CFL’?  No, I’m not pulling a Doug Flutie and going to the Canadian Football League.  I am talking Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs.  They seem nice enough saving energy and all.  However, after some important research into the subject I found out something interesting.  While they contain a small amount of mercury; “Just the size of a ballpoint pen.” you have to go around looking for the EPA to give the all clear.

I type into my Google search tool “oh no I broke a fluorescent light bulb” and the first link to come up was from the Ohio EPA website.  Here is a small passage I found rather interesting:

What should I do if I break a bulb?The risks to you and your family from breaking a CFL are small. The amount of mercury in a CFL is very small, about five milligrams, or the size of the tip of a ball point pen. In comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFLs to equal the amount of mercury in a single thermometer.

The mercury in a CFL is needed to help turn the electric current into white light you get from the bulb. Once turned on, a very small amount of the mercury in the CFL becomes a vapor. If a CFL bulb breaks, a small amount of the mercury vapor will be released in the air. Unlike the elemental mercury found in fever thermometers, which are the shiny beads of liquid mercury, you will probably not see any mercury with the naked eye if you break a CFL bulb. The white powder you see is from the phosphorus coating on the inside of the CFL.

So if you break a bulb, you’re at little risk for significant mercury exposure. It is important, though, to carefully clean up and dispose of a broken CFL to avoid spreading around the phosphorus powder, glass and any remaining mercury. 

Here are U.S. EPA’s guidelines for cleaning up a broken CFL:

  1. Open a window and leave the room (restrict access) for at least 15 minutes. If you have fans, place the fans in the windows and blow the air out of the room. Note: If the room has no windows, open all doors to the room and windows outside the room and use fans to move the air out of the room and to the open windows.
  2. Remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner.
    • Wear disposable rubber gloves, if available (do not use your bare hands).
    • Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard.
    • Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe.
    • Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
  3. Place all cleanup materials in a plastic bag and seal it.
    • If no other disposal or recycling options are available, private residents may dispose of the CFL in residential garbage. Be sure to seal the CFL in two plastic bags and put into the outside trash.
    • Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.
  4. The first time you vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag once done cleaning the area (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag and/or vacuum debris, as well as the cleaning materials, in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.

While breaking a light bulb is a rare occasion, but when it does happen I don’t want to have my live and the lives of my family endangered by a stupid f’n light bulb.  Anyway if you would like to read more about the CFL’s just click the link.

At the current time I am reading through “Muzzled: From T-ball to Terrorism-True stories that should be fiction” Michael Smerconish a Philly talk show host is the author.  Nothing better then a good book on the PC society we have become.  By the way if you were to want to correct this blog for grammar please use purple, red just makes me feel bad.

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Progressive or Socialist?

June 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm (Totally Dave)

Scary HillaryTake a look at this article where Hillary Clinton laid out her Economic plans for the country if she were to be elected. There are a few quotes that are in this that just scare the hell out of me. I believe that the best way to get people to succeed is to make them take ownership of their lives.

The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an “ownership society” really is an “on your own” society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

“I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”

I don’t see a problem with “being on your own”. I like thinking for myself. I like have to take responsibility for who I am. I don’t want to be told how to dress or act, I don’t want someone telling me I “deserve” this because the government is willing to provide it. Hard work and personal responsibility are two things that I feel are extremely important in moving this country forward.

That means pairing growth with fairness, she said, to ensure that the middle-class succeeds in the global economy, not just corporate CEOs.

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

Part of this statement is true, we need to grow the middle class. They are the biggest group in this country. They are what helps this country tick. They are the “normal folk”.  At the same time the corporate CEO’s have enormous amounts of pressure and work that they do. They don’t just answer to themselves like some may think. There are board members and share holders who would love nothing more then to send one out on their ass if they aren’t producing.

Another part of the statement that is true is the fact that the free markets are the greatest force for economic growth. Allow the entrepreneurs to grow their business they way they see fit. Let them determine what benefits and pay structure they want to put in place. If the public feels their business practices are unsavory they won’t shop their, and eventually they will either go away or they will change how they do business. As far as fairness goes…life isn’t fair. You don’t get handed good things.

I hope that Fred Thompson decided to run, he has my vote right now.  He seems like a tough no nonsense kind of guy.  Why do I say this?  Just hit play on the short video below.

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Feeling Down

May 25, 2007 at 8:22 pm (Totally Dave)

Sad Have you ever had that feeling that you were totally alone in a room full of people? Have you ever felt totally unwanted at a party…that they are holding on your behalf? Have you ever sensed you were the bottom of the barrel when you were the one being paid to oversee the pushing of said barrel?

Lately I’ve felt all of this. I just can’t shake the feeling, and it often comes in stages. I’ll be fine, and then slowly I’ll feel the downward spiral. Before I can even stop it I am pissed off and feeling completely alone. I’m going insane I think, but I’ve heard insane people don’t realize that they are insane. So if I am realizing that I have an onset insanity, then I shouldn’t be insane.

Now I am that point where I feel what I perceive to be “normal”. Is it “normal” this feeling or is it just blah? Anyway I don’t want to get people too down with this type of bullshit.

 

My one last closing though is that I found a really cool blog that you should check out: http://fromsteve.blogspot.com, I suggest you check it out!

 

If any of you have any cool blogs add them to the comments, and lets us know!

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Screech Vs Harvey, the video!

May 22, 2007 at 11:30 pm (Totally Dave)

Here is an update on the last post. I have found a video on YouTube that shows the UNCENSORED version of what took place on VH1 this past Sunday. It is only 1:39 minutes long, but it is easily one of the craziest videos. Yes there is some swearing…well a lot of swearing so you may want to put the women and children to bed.

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Zoiks What’s Happened to Screech!?!

May 22, 2007 at 1:04 am (Totally Dave)

ScreechWell I’ve never watched a reality show just to view the controversy that they’ve promised. Usually it never lives up, and it is usually just to get cheap ratings. However, I have found myself doing just that with the newest season of Celebrity Fit Club.

If you aren’t familiar with the show it pits 2 teams of 4 “has been” celebrities against each other. Whichever team loses the most weight wins, or in this most recent edition whichever teams loses the most percentage of weight lost wins.

Each Celebrity is challenged to lose a certain amount of weight by the end of the season, and each week they are challenged to lose a specified amount of weight. There are 3 panelists that help them along the way in getting to their ultimate weight loss goal.

This season the 8 celebrities are Da Brat, Kimberly Locke, Cledus T. Judd, Ross Matthews, Maureen McCormick, Warren G, Tiffany, and Dustin Diamond. There are some recognizable names here, but no huge superstars. This is what the case is with all the casts they have had.

You will all probably remember Dustin Diamond from the hit teen show Saved by the Bell. He was the skinny nerd who was just so dorky it was lovable. Well after seeing some of his actions on Celebrity Fit Club I am starting to change my opinion.

In each episode he has attacked his cast members verbally, and even challenged Harvey, a US Marine, to a fight! He became angry almost quitting the show when no one would listen to him go on about his sex tape that was out, and how he it was affecting his life.

He’s commented many times during episodes that he can eat whatever he feels like, and still lose weight. On this weeks show he is weighed in, and has gained 5 pounds. They also show a video of him while at a porn convention trying to sell the same sex tape he was whining about at the beginning of the season. He even says he’ll make a dildo of his junk to give to Kimberly Locke. At this point Kimberly leaves the set crying, and the other cast members leave the set. Ross Matthews was the only person that stayed on stage with Dustin, and every week it seems as if Ross wants to desperately help him understand why the others are so pissed off at him.

Some of the things I have noticed taking place is that Dustin HATES when people call him Screech. He is also, seemingly, deathly afraid of losing so much weight that he is back at the skinny point of his life. He has stated numerous times he doesn’t want to be at the weight he was during the filming of Saved by the Bell because he had played that character for so long.

I don’t know what has gotten into Mr. Diamond, but I can say that he is a very angry person.

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Spiderman shows his true side!

May 19, 2007 at 5:12 am (Totally Dave)

Above is the latest, and creepiest, commercial produced by Comcast hyping their Triple Play package. They use the obvious attention getter of Spiderman. During their short conversation the possible renter says “He loves Spiderman” to which ‘Spidey’ responds “Who doesn’t?”

After watching this commercial on T.V. and YouTube I don’t know what is creepier? The guy dressing his dog up like Spiderman, or him squirting his web on the possible roommate while uttering in a rather infeminate voice and with a gleam in his eye say “You got the apartment”.

Personally I have no idea what the hell Spiderman has to do with Comcast other then Spiderman is one of the most popular movies and comic books ever. It is an obvious eye catcher for anyone that is a fan of Spiderman.

If you can watch that commercial without either A) Laughing so hard you hurt, or B) Emailing and showing everyone you know the video; you may just be completely without a sense of humor.

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Bullshit

November 15, 2006 at 3:47 am (Totally Dave)

So you think you’re better then me don’t you?  I can see through your bullshit.  You are no better then the filth in the sewers!  You are just as hopeless as the man hanging from his belt in his bathroom.  You think you are real.  You’re just has plastic has the  mannequin in the department store.  Your bullshhit has worn thin with me…prepare to dream.

Well that is something that  I just sort of made up.  I think this is something that applies to most people.  It probably sucks so just let me know.

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Kfed and Spears no more…muahaha…

November 8, 2006 at 2:03 am (Totally Dave)

In a surprising move Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are NO MORE!!  Yes that is right my friends Britney Spears has filed for divorce from Kevin “I made my name off of you” Federline.  It’s rather hilarious that this didn’t work.  K-Fed now has a lot more free time to party at the WWE television events.

Also for all of us here in the United States are currently engrossed or maybe not in election coverage.  Of course I am so sick of seeing the damn negative campaign ads that I can’t wait for this to end.  No one seems to want to tell us what they stand for.

I’m rather tired right now so I don’t have much to give you …sorry!

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The McRib Returns…

November 6, 2006 at 12:07 am (Totally Dave)

mcrib-775738gif.jpgWell folks it is that time of year once again; the McRib has returned to a McDonald’s near you! Yes that great tradition is back again. I am personally a huge fan of the McRib. I don’t know why, but the flavor of what they call pork with BBQ sauce is just plain amazing! It is all very amazing until it decides that it is time to come out the other end. I was getting some left over pizza from the night before when it hit me like I was Muhammad Ali’s punching bag. I knew that not only was I in for a hurting so was the toilet!

I quickly put my pizza on a plate so that I could still eat it of course. I wasn’t about to give up a slice of pizza because of a mudslide in my backyard. It was one of those things wher

The moral of the story is that if you going to eat a McRib please stay near a restroom. Before you know it you’ll be holding onto the sides of the wall and asking why the levee broke.

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TIME TO START POSTING AGAIN DAMN IT!

November 5, 2006 at 2:36 am (Totally Dave)

I know I haven’t updated hear in a while.  I’ve been fairly busy with that work thing.  Which for me currently is running 6 days a week.  So has I write this my mouth is constantly agape yawning.  I’d go to sleep now (9 pm Eastern), but I want to see the Penguins play.  They happen to be out West facing San Jose tonight.  Though the way this is going by the time I finish writing this post I’ll be asleep. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find some interesting things to  post about.  I’ve got some actually things in mind, and I hope you keep checking back! GO ME!

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