Monday, May 28, 2012
Happy Memorial Day, and The Star-Spangled Banner examined
Happy Memorial Day, a day in honor of those veterans who died in the service of the United States of America (and no, not just for Union soldiers).
While searching for a quote that I half-remembered about "war's desolation" and those that stood between us and it, I found myself reading about The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the U.S.A. I was shamed by how much I didn't know about it (not just all the lyrics), and fascinated by its history.
While technically about a earlier and slightly different flag than our current one, this song is from a poem by Francis Scott Key, and is about his inpiration at seeing the American Flag raised as Fort McHenry was massively bombarded by British Royal Navy Ships (one of which he was, it is my understanding, currently held captive upon).
Imagine a dark and rainy night, with only the explosions of "bombs bursting in air" to light up the scene. Like camera flashes in the dark, showing this epic battle as if in a stop-motion movie. The terrific sounds, the smoke and smell of fire and gunpowder, the yelling and screaming. Truly horrific, from Key's viewpoint from one of the ships that was attacking it.
The flag flying was a statement. We were defiant, and would not give in. As long as that flag was flying, it meant Fort McHenry was still ours, and we were still fighting.
Enough jibber-jabber from me. I'm going to post the lyrics, and say no more. It's also worth going to the wikipedia page for this if you want to read the extra stanza written by Oliver Wendell Holmes in indignation to the start of the American Civil War. The whole article is interesting reading, and won't take up hardly 10 minutes of your glorious Memorial Day.:
"The Star-Spangled Banner" - poem by Francis Scott Key
O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Let us remember this weekend, while we are enjoying ourselves, that there were those who died in military service to protect our freedoms and preserve our American way of life. Remember them, and honor their sacrifice.
A special thank you to active members of the military for what they do every day for us.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Buddy the dog visits us with Mike and Pat
We had a visitor who goes by the name of Buddy come in with Mike and Pat.
He's a cutie, and doesn't know a stranger. You would never guess that this lil' guy is 10 years old!
We'd love for our customers to bring their pets by for a picture, and while you are here, why not check in at Service Care's Facebook page on your Facebook app and like us? We'd appreciate the heck out of it. :)
Thank you Pat and Mike for bringing your pet to visit us!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Our belated condolences to the family of M. Ellaistine Johnson, deceased February 20, 2012
Recently, one of our new customers informed us that Southeastern Appliance Service was closed for business. This was quite a shock, as they had been a fixture in Birmingham for a long, long time.
Finding this hard to believe, we looked into it and discovered that the long-time owner of Southeastern Appliance, Ellaistine Johnson, had passed away back in February 2012. We spoke with a neighboring business who described the closing, and spoke fondly of Mrs. Johnson as a neighbor.
While we did not have the pleasure to know her personally, we continue to hear and read kind words about her from her very loyal customers who are looking for someone to take care of their appliance repair. Mrs. Johnson was not only the engine that kept Southeastern Appliance Service thriving for many years, her customers speak kindly of her as a friend. I wish I had known her.
If you would like to express your condolences, although as belatedly as ours, you can go to the following link and sign their guest book:
Friday, May 18, 2012
Blog comments added, hope they work!
I've added comments to the blog to allow our visitors to speak their minds and add their stories to what we're putting out there on the web.
I hope this works, and I will continue to improve the look of it as best as my skills can accomplish.
Please offer any suggestions or comments about the commenting system that you may have, so that I can make it better. (I already see things that need improvements).
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Toshiba to halt domestic television production, as has Hitachi
In light of falling prices (and falling profits), electronics giant Toshiba has halted domestic production of televisions and will focus on more profitable ventures with an eye to double their operating profit by 2014-2015.
Together, Toshiba and Samsung dominate the world market for NAND Flash chips, many of which are used in Apple iPhones.
Read the entire article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/us-toshiba-idUSBRE84G09Z20120517
Sony and Panasonic might team up to make OLEDs, and prices may fall quicker
This is just in the discussion phase, but these two long-time rivals might be considering this desperate measure to combat Korea's dominance in the television market, and to prevent them from being left behind in the burgeoning OLED market.
Hopefully this won't lead to more losses due to underpriced products, but the consumer will win either way (at least in the short term).
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hilarious article title includes "Asian giants wrestle"
I would post this article because of the content about televisions and the new OLED, and also because of the references to several brands that we service like LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp.
But it's the title of the article that I keep enjoying:
"Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control"
For someone with my imagination, I am picturing giant asians wrestling over a huge remote control, and hopefully now you are, too.
P.S. It's a very informative article on the subject.
Samsung OLED HDTVs on the way this year
Per Samsung Electronics, they will begin to sell OLED HDTVs in the latter half of the year... first in South Korea then expanding to the world.
They will cost twice what an LCD costs, be a lot thinner and lighter, and have a sharper picture.
If you need thin and high end, then this is the way to go right now.
Read the article: http://www.dealerscope.com/article/samsung-oled-tvs-on-way/1
LG accounces plan to sell new OLED TVs for $9000
These are going to be much thinner than current LCDs as they do not require a backlight, and they have sharper images than LCD televisions.
It's a higher price than expected, but every TV manufacturer is finally coming to the stark realization that competition and low pricing has lead to record losses for the industry. (That and the fact that production costs for these TVs are much higher).
Frankly, I would rather buy a television that will last, can be repaired, and will have reasonably priced parts from the manufacturer, but that's just me.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Google teams up with LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio for try #2 at Google TV
In this Yahoo! article, we learn that Google TV is back for a second try, and it's supposed to be faster, better, stronger than before.
Check it out on our Facebook page, and while you are there, please LIKE us. :)
Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/Service.Care/posts/232299930212333
Friday, May 04, 2012
Apple Television delayed, or is this just hype?
We linked to an article on the Service Care Facebook account that looks like half advertisement, and half analysis. It's hard to tell, but it looks like Apple Television is either going to be delayed until 2014, or they're just stirring up excitement.
We'll see what happens...
Go to our Facebook page to follow the link: http://www.facebook.com/Service.Care/posts/169714353154718