Category: Ramblings

This upsets me, and I really hope it doesn’t happen to somebody else. This blog entry is to warn others about the dangers of these cheaply made light bulbs and hopefully prevent your house from burning down.

As you can see from the pictures below the light bulb pretty much shorted out and quickly started smoking in my light fixture above my kitchen table. Had we not been home I am quite confident that possibly even the smallest spark falling on the wooden table below it would have caught our house on fire. You can see that the bulb burnt from the inside out and not where it’s plugged into the socket. I am sure this is because of the cheaply soddered joints (“made in China”) inside the bulb causing it to short out and start smoking. If anybody more technical out there has more information as to what might have gone wrong with this bulb please comment below and get a hold of me. While I have since removed all Globe brand bulbs in my house I am not sure yet if this is a primary design flaw with this type of bulb in general or if it was just this manufacturer. Ideally I really don’t want to replace all the mini compact fluorescent bulbs back to traditional bulbs since I just made the investment recently to these new ones in the entire house thinking I was saving energy and doing a good thing for the environment.

The model number of this particular bulb is Globe Ultra-Mini 13W BH0106. If you have any of these in your house I HIGHLY recommend you throw them away and replace them IMMEDIATELY!!


iPhone vs. BlackBerry

My Sault Ignite 3 talk recorded for your viewing pleasure

Swenson Family Store

Update 4/13/2010: All proceeds from our Family Store will be used in support of ALS.  The first 50% will be donated to ALS Society of Canada and the other 50% will be used to support our family members with ALS.  Rest assured that each and every purchase you make will go to a good cause.  Please join our Facebook Fan page in support of our efforts and help us find a cure for ALS today!

Our family launched our Family Store tonight for all our fellow Canadian friends/family out there.  We have a list of our of personal recommendations for Books, DVD/Blu-Rays and Music/CD’s and also Amazon recommended products for PS3/XBox 360 Games and Electronics. Check it out and let us know what you think!  If we are missing anything that you would like to see added let us know!

Update 4/12/2010: We have launched our FaceBook Store Page and the USA Store link for all our American family and friends now as well!

The Swenson Family


I guess this is the first post for now to get things up and running.  I created this site to provide an avenue for me to contribute my thoughts and experiences to the Interweb as time goes on.  I am not sure if anybody will actually read them but if somebody stumbles across this site for whatever reason hopefully you’ll find it useful and/or entertaining.