Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Remember the Zack Morris Phone from 1990?

I happen to wake up this morning, and my TV was still on. It was 6:35am, and I was waking up to a rerun of Saved By the Bell. I don't remember much about the episode, but I remember Zack pulled out this cell phone that looked like the one in this picture. My, how far we have come as a society. I remember when cell phones like this were only for the social elite. I remember seeing one when I was about 10-years-old, and this lady was carrying it with this big bag. I learned later that the big bag was the cell phone's battery. Of course, her phone had a cord running from the bag to the phone. It must have pre-dated the model in the picture above. As for me, I just bought and iPhone. It's one of the coolest things I have ever owned. I was a math nerd, so my TI-85 calculator was my previous coolest gadget. Not any more. The iPhone has dethroned that calculator. I'm pretty sure the iPhone could have changed the outcome of WWII if it was around back then and happened to get into the wrong hands. It's got that much power and mystique. But I digress... Anyways, nice cell phone, Zack Morris!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

A year later...

It's been a while since Banshee posted here. Perhaps I'll reflect on thoughts here while she's away.

A lot of worries have crept up into my life these past few weeks. Doubt and worry are sneaky little monsters. I worry about my current job and I also have a lot of worries about my parents' job. So much seems outside of my control.

What if I'm not doing what I'm meant to be doing.
What if I just can't get where I need to get going, wherever that may be.
Worse yet, what if I don't figure out where that is until, for some reason, it's too late.
What if.....

Last Sunday, the sermon was about "Ebenezer", which means "Stone of Help".
In 1st Samuel, the Israelites at one point were having a tough time against the Philistines. Finally, as Samuel called on God for help, the Israelites beat the Philistines, and in commemoration, he marked the place with an "Ebenezer", a stone of help, saying, "Thus far has the Lord helped us."

Sometimes, when the future seems real unclear because I see it only through the dark lens of doubt and worry, I should look to the past. I can see how God has helped me and those around me. The truth is that Faith is hard work, but worry is only a scarecrow.

"Thus far, God has helped us."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Quote of the Day 8/30/05

"Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster." Quentin Crisp

Monday, August 29, 2005

Quote of the Day 8/29/05

"Most of all, I gotta thank God for waking me up this morning to accept this award. .... This ain't gonna be the last one. We just getting started disturbing the peace." Ludicrous' acceptance speech after winning "Best Rap Video" at 2005 VMAs.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Quote of the Day 8/28/05

"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time." Edith Wharton


I gotta start this update with a big thank you to TIVO. In my past life, I would have had to choose between hanging out with friends and watching the night race from Bristol. In my new life, I can start watching the race whenever I get home. What a wonderful era in which to live!

Last night's race was the Sharpie 500 from the Bristol Motor Speedway. This race is the toughest ticket on the entire circuit despite the fact that the grandstands now hold over 160,000. Why is this such a good race? Well, partly it's because it's under the lights. But, whenever you jam 43 cars onto a half-mile, high banked oval, you're bound to have a lot of paint-swapping action. This year's installment from Thunder Valley was no exception.

Bristol always plays a major role in the championship picture, but this year it is even more important than it was in the past because there are only two more races after this before the Chase for the Championship begins. That means that the scramble is on to climb into the top ten. Matt Kenseth stepped up on the big stage and made an aggressive move up the standings. Kenseth won the race and moved from 15th to 11th in the standings. Kenseth is now only 11 points out of the tenth position. The man Kenseth trails is Jeff Gordon. Gordon's sixth place finish allowed him to vault into the final qualifying position. Dale Jarrett was the big loser on the night. Jarrett was right on the cusp of the Chase when the night began, but he allowed his emotions to get the best of him in Thunder Valley. Jarrett attempted to get some payback on Ryan Newman for an earlier incident. However, Jarrett wrecked himself in the process and dropped himself to fourteenth in the standings. And, that faint pulse you hear is coming from inside the Budweiser Chevrolet. Junior was the "lucky dog" three times in the early laps, but he was able to claw his way to a ninth place finish. But, that only allowed him to move up to fifteenth in the standings, and he his still over 100 points out of tenth place.

Next week, there is an evening race from Fontana, CA. It's not a Saturday race, though. The race will air on NBC at 8 p.m. on Sunday night.

Banshee Polling

It has come to my attention that there have been some technical difficulties with the polls on this site. I tried to get this problem fixed on Thursday night, but it took me until now to get things reorganized. I'm still using the same polling tool, but I got a new membership. Hopefully things will be working better from now on.

Polling results: Last week's poll asked if Banshee Blog readers supported a flag burning amendment to the constitution. 22% of voters said that they were not sure. Only 11% of voters said that they were in favor of an amemendment banning flag burning. A strong 66% said that they were opposed to a flag burning amendment.

New Poll: A realize that it's still August, but football college season starts next week. So, as far as this blog is concerned, that signals the start of fall. September and October are perhaps the best sports months of the whole year. This week, Banshee Blog wants to know: Which fall sport has you most excited?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Quote of the Day 8/24/05

"[T]he feminist movement has gone so far in promoting professional women over homemakers that, in our society, you practically have to be Mei Xiang, the National Zoo’s mama panda, to get any respect for being a good mother." Charlotte Hays, IWF

Ask Banshee -- Break

I did receive an Ask Banshee question in time for this week. It's a good question that I look forward to answering, but I decided to take a little break this week. Please check back next Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Quote of the Day 8/23/05

"Jealousy is the art of injuring ourselves more than others." Alexandre Dumas