POLL: Who’s Your 2012 Presidential Hopeful?

I’m traveling a lot this month.  Something that gets even worse as I travel is my addiction to the complete waste of time we Americans call “politics.”

I watch and listen to a lot of CNN while I’m traveling – it seems like every airport television is tuned to either CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News.  Right now there is a lot of talk on the news about how no one in the US Senate and House of Representatives can agree on anything (even though their own people assigned a select committee on solving our fiscal crisis and failed straight up);  how the American people are getting the short end of the stick on every path imaginable while the seven or eight people who have all of the money get to do anything they want anywhere;  last and perhaps most vomitous is the travesty that the Government is about to throw down to the American people that will then be spoon-fed with a silver spoon to the Telecomm giants – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Ah, memories.

So, all of that being said, have you been watching the Presidential Candidates’ Debates lately?  Who are you rooting for at this point to lead our country down the mountain peak road we’re on with no guard rails and no brakes on the bus we’re all riding?  Please participate in the poll, I am very interested in the political leanings of the huge group of people across this great planet that is the Readership!

Who's Your Presidential Hopeful for 2012?

  • Current President Barack Obama (D, IL) (56%, 14 Votes)
  • US Representative Ron Paul (R, TX) (36%, 9 Votes)
  • Former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R, GA) (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Some write-in like Paul Hogan (4%, 1 Votes)
  • US Representative Michele Bachmann (R, MN) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R, PA) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Thanks Wikipedia, Central LA Politics, and Redwood Coast!

POLL – How Do YOU Feel about the Incandescent Lamp Ban?

I’m really curious as to the general feeling of the incandescent lamp ban among the Community.  Simple polling among the 18-25 year olds where I am in the country seems to prove that most people either A) don’t have any idea what it is at all or B) they don’t really care either way, which is even more disappointing than them not knowing at all.

How do YOU feel about the systematic forced obsolescence of the incandescent lamp in our world?

(Hey, if you’re an RSS reader, could you come over and take the poll?  I’d greatly appreciate it!)

How do YOU feel about the Incandescent Lamp Ban?

  • I am PRO-CHOICE on Light Bulbs. (80%, 113 Votes)
  • I am ANTI-INCANDESCENT! (11%, 16 Votes)
  • What incandescent lamp ban?! (8%, 11 Votes)
  • I don't really care, I hate light anywayz. (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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POLL: What’s Your Lighting Control Surface of Choice?

A conversation I had about programming “ambidexterity” and console choice the other day has been sticking in my mind like white on rice, a glass of milk, and a paper plate in a snowstorm.  I’m curious as to what the Community as a whole considers its favorite console or consoles.

Please participate in this quick little poll below – if you’re a RSS feed reader, come on over to the website and participate in the poll!  Choose one of the answers from the list below.

If you happen to program on something or really like programming on something NOT on this list, would you leave a comment and let us know what that console might be?

What's your control surface of choice?

  • I'm an ETC programmer. (29%, 59 Votes)
  • I'm a GrandMA programmer. (20%, 42 Votes)
  • I'm a Hog programmer. (16%, 32 Votes)
  • I program something not on this list. (7%, 14 Votes)
  • I'm a Maxxys programmer (Martin). (6%, 13 Votes)
  • I'm a Jands programmer (Vista, etc). (6%, 12 Votes)
  • I'm an Avolites programmer. (5%, 11 Votes)
  • I'm a ChamSys programmer. (4%, 9 Votes)
  • I'm not a programmer elitist, I love them all. (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Programming? F*** that, I'll hire someone like Cat West or Benny Kirkham. (2%, 4 Votes)
  • I'm an architectural lighting control surface programmer. (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 206

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Sarah Fox’s OLED Lighting Survey – Help Her Out, Everybody!

Good morning everyone!

So, it’s about that time of the morning where you’re probably on your Nth cup of coffee and are in need of another.  Well, that’s how it is for me, anyway!  Instead of doing that stupid Facebook survey to find out how many crazy Siberian monkeys are playing Cribbage on that northbound train into Manhattan, do a reader a favor and take her OLED Lighting in Architecture and Interior Design Survey!

Sarah Fox is almost finished with her MSc in Light and Lighting at University College in London, and she is conducting the survey for her thesis research .  Help her out, won’tcha?

While you’re at it, check out Sarah’s portfolio.  Good stuff, Sarah!

POLL: How Do You Pronounce the Acronym for “Light Emitting Diode?”

I love to meet people from across the globe who do what we do – fellow lighting professionals and lighting industry people.  Something that I also enjoy is languages and how people pronounce common words.  One of these words is the acronym for light emitting diode, or LED.  People say this a lot of different ways, and I am intrigued and curious as to how the community of readers pronounces that term.

Some people say “led,” and some people spell it out.  How do you say it?  Please take the poll!  If you’re an RSS feed reader and the poll doesn’t show up, please pop on over to and participate!

How do you pronounce the acronym for "light emitting diode?"

  • L-E-D, as if I were spelling it out (79%, 140 Votes)
  • "led," as if I was being "led" (20%, 35 Votes)
  • I just say "light emitting diode" (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Is that the thing that lights up when the DVD player comes on? (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 177

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(thanks for the image, Wikipedia!)

POLL: Do You Belong to Any Lighting Organizations?

You know, I am sitting here going through my organizational memberships for 2010, and I wondered just now – to what professional lighting organizations do readers belong?  Please let me know below – if you’re an RSS feed reader, could you visit the site and contribute in this poll?  It will literally only take you a few seconds!

I have not added all of them to the list in the poll – however, if there is one you belong to that’s not on the list, leave a comment to support your org!

Select as many that apply below:

Do you belong to any professional lighting organizations?

  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) (69%, 9 Votes)
  • United Scenic Artists Local 829 (USA 829) (23%, 3 Votes)
  • Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) (15%, 2 Votes)
  • International Dark Sky Association (IDA) (15%, 2 Votes)
  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (non-North America) (IES) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) (8%, 1 Votes)
  • International Commission on Illumination (CIE) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • National Lighting Bureau (NLB) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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POLL: What Time of Day Do You Read


I am interested in fine-tuning the posting schedule according to how people read – I’ve always posted most things starting around 6am central, and I spread things out as the day goes on.  What time of day do you read

If you’re an RSS feed reader, could you vote in the poll below?  Pretty please?  Feeders are readers and are just as important to me as everyone!

What times of day do you read (pick as many as they apply)

  • evening, late night, or during night owl hours (55%, 40 Votes)
  • top of the day at the office (8-9am) (29%, 21 Votes)
  • mid-afternoon, 2-3pm (25%, 18 Votes)
  • mid-morning at the office or at home (10am-ish) (21%, 15 Votes)
  • noon - over lunch or at lunch (21%, 15 Votes)
  • after lunch, while in a lunch coma (19%, 14 Votes)
  • before I go home, or end of the day (4-5pm) (18%, 13 Votes)
  • before 7am with the morning coffee (15%, 11 Votes)
  • elevensies (14%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

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