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  1. I am going to share this here, because I am really enjoying it.
    If you like Star Trek: The Original Series (from the 60’s) then I have 3 shows collected here that you might enjoy.

    http://derekthornton71.blogspot.com/2014/06/3-episodes-of-star-trek-continues.html

    Watching this is almost like watching new episodes of the original except for different actors.
    The sets are the same, the lighting and the way the story lines are presented.
    The guy who plays Kirk has spent a while to make sure he has Kirk’s character down.
    The guy who plays Scotty is actually James Doohan’s son and you can tell it. He looks and sounds like his dad.

    The latest episode was very enjoyable. It is a sequel to “Mirror, Mirror” the alternate universe episode from the original series.

  2. erunner says:

    Derek, I read this morning that Netflix is looking to redo the original Star Trek series.

  3. I hope it is a new series in the vein of Next Generation.
    It is okay, but I am not a giant fan of the new Trek movies.

  4. Steve Wright says:

    So I was watching the business news this week and see that Amazon now has a phone. There seems to be consensus that this will lose money but that it will somehow open doors for Amazon sales elsewhere. A broader discussion was whether having your own smart phone was a necessary sunk cost to entry into the top tier of internet commerce today

    Just curious, how can this phone possibly make it easier for Amazon shoppers. Is it that hard to go onto Amazon otherwise and browse and purchase.

    Seems like a bizarre thing but hard to 2nd guess Amazon on just about anything….

    Thoughts?

  5. Michael says:

    The phone will flop.
    It has a dedicated button that allows you to scan anything and immediately purchase it on Amazon.
    Most other phones have an app for that.
    Smart phones are all about apps…and Amazon doesn’t have the app store that people want.
    This will go the way of the Facebook phone…

  6. I thought it was another android phone and could thus use android apps?

  7. Steve Wright says:

    It has a dedicated button that allows you to scan anything and immediately purchase it on Amazon.Most other phones have an app for that.
    ————————————–
    Bingo. That’s the issue. I remember the report now. Supposedly this would increase sales

    It is just so bizarre to hear the theory that a dedicated smart phone is needed to continue to be one of the big-boys in internet in the years to come….

  8. Michael says:

    Derek,

    It’s a heavily modified version of Android…it won’t run all Android apps, nor will it access the Google Play store.

  9. Michael says:

    Steve,

    I would say that a very distinct and identifiable presence on mobile devices will be a non negotiable soon if it isn’t already.
    Three years ago about 5% of our traffic was mobile…now it just crept past 50%.

  10. Steve Wright says:

    Here is a pro-phone article. It explains why Amazon could crush its retail competition through this phone. The phone itself is somewhat meaningless as a phone. But as a sales tool…. http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2014/06/19/amazons-kindle-fire-smartphone-is-a-game-changer-for-retailers/

    I am still not sure that if I make the effort to go to the retail store that I would rather scan a product on the shelf and wait for it to be delivered when I can scoop it up and walk to the register – and likely for not a whole lot more money for most items.

    One thing is for sure, we are going to see a lot of business turnover and failure due to tech and the inability of businesses to adapt

  11. Michael says:

    Right now, the easiest smartphone on the market to use is the line of Windows 8 phones from Nokia.
    They are truly wonderful devices…and I’m an Apple guy to the core, so to speak.
    They can’t make a dent in the Apple/Samsung duopoly because of the lack of specific apps.
    Apps are what is driving the market…

  12. Will it run apps made for the Kindle Fire?

  13. Michael says:

    Steve,

    I hate to break it to Forbes, but that game changed a couple of years ago with an app called Red Laser.
    When I worked a seasonal gig with Best Buy half of the traffic was there just to scan and match with other retailers and Amazon.

  14. Michael says:

    Derek,

    I doubt it…screen resolution is very different.

  15. Steve Wright says:

    and I’m an Apple guy to the core
    —————————–
    (chuckle) nice one. 🙂

  16. Oh well, just what the world needed a new smart phone. :S

    It has been a country music kind of day for me.
    Listened to two Johnny Cash albums, “The Baron” and “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”
    Now I am listening to “Waylon and Willie”

    Think I will switch gears after this and listen to Sinatra’s “Live at the Sands”

  17. That reminds me, I was in a thrift store a few weeks back and saw some Jerry Lee Lewis on vinyl and thought of Michael.

  18. MLD,
    I saw this quote from Luther in a book I was reading and thought of you this week.
    It is about the power of the Word.

    I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.

  19. Glen says:

    Michael, about your number 10, is an iPad considered mobile? When I use it at home on wifi? Just curious.

  20. Michael says:

    Glen,

    Yes, iPads are considered mobile…though most use the standard view of the site.
    Phones actually see a mobile version of the PhxP.

  21. Tony says:

    Hi Pastor Michael and friends i was just wondering have you guys heard of Johanna Michaelsen and her strange story? what do you think of it?

  22. Brian Darby says:

    Johanna Michaelsen is related to Hal Lindsey’s third wife I think it was, I think she is his sister in law, she wrote some tripe called “The Beautiful Side of Evil” and made bank during the satanic scare of the 80-early 90’s. Some said she was the real deal, I doubt that, but I dont think she is a nutter, she worked that part of the business real well. People eat that stuff up, I guess the other side of the buffy fans.

    Derek I hope this Pope has some real strong back up, John Paul 1 tried this and he did not last to long. Im not a conspiracy but popes have been knocked off for much less. I love this Francis he is making some real noise and shining some light on some of the real dark corners and that tends to tick off the cockroaches

  23. Michael says:

    Tony,

    I’ve heard of her for a long time.
    Too long.
    There are far better things to occupy ones time and thought than her stuff.
    I’m trying to be polite…

  24. Brian Darby says:

    I meant “conspiracy theorist “

  25. Fred S says:

    I’m seeing a lot of churches using banners and flags as part of worship service. And not just displaying them– but having people dance around and twirl them. These churches are almost all “charismatic” in their emphasis. Found myself wondering: When and how and why did this become a fad. I don’t think the “historic” church tradition (EO, RC, Reformation Protestant) ever made as big a deal out of banner-twirling…. Any insights?

  26. Michael says:

    davidsurfer51,

    It has some Android apps.
    They have to be specifically coded for this phone and there is no access to the Google Play store.

  27. FredS
    Whatever is not prohibited is acceptable. It’s purely a cultural thing.
    Freedom of expression!

    …just avoid snakes 😉

  28. Church potlucks have been expanded to include barristas, hymnals innovated by using PowerPoint and organs expanded by synths.

    Some of our Charismatic churches encourage artists to sketch & paint as an expression of worship.

    It’s so very beautiful, especially when anyone skilled in cooking brings the gift of bacon

  29. Michael says:

    FredS,

    I think it came out of the late 70’s, early 80’s “davidic worship” fad.
    My guess is that most have forgotten the origin and just like to dance.

  30. PP Vet says:

    When people you know get divorced and remarried to people you know, it feels like adultery.

    I think the Lord’s position is, Yeah, it’s adultery, but pragmatically we have to deal with it.

    Like the temple tax.

  31. Xenia says:

    Fred, we (the EO) do make use of banners but they are strictly used for liturgical processions on special days, not every Sunday. They have icons of the Lord and the Theotokos. No twirling or dancing. This type of banner usage is very ancient.

    Here’s an example I found on the Internet. The occasion is Pascha (Easter) which means it’s around midnight.

    http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/Pascha2012/Pascha-in-Austin-Texas-2012-02.jpg

  32. Xenia says:

    Here’s a bigger procession at a monastery in Kiev. It’s got everything…. bells, banners and a bishop too, if I’m not mistaken.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VdRRO4f9Tw&w=854&h=510%5D

  33. Xenia says:

    I wonder why I can’t embed videos like I used to do…. Well anyway, the link still works.

  34. Fred S says:

    Michael: thanks for the pointer on “Davidic Worship.” Did some research, and it looks like this is another one of those Latter Rain / NAR / IHOP things. Which these same churches are into– not all of them full-bore, but enough to mark them as sufficiently different from old-style generic evangelical churches. I dunno. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t shake the sense that there’s something faintly cult-ish here.
    Xenia: Thank you for the continuing education on the EO tradition. Going by the pictures you’ve provided, I can tell you that the use of banners in your services is not at all like the (dare I say this?) circus-y flag twirling I’ve been seeing.

  35. sisterchristian says:

    Derek~

    Thanks for posting that link on the pope…
    In a peculiar way it was very timely and helpful

  36. Tony Jiang says:

    ok thanks for your response Michael- its just that i read some where that she was at one of those “discernment” conferences you told me you hated, that was rather close to Phoenix and that she was trying to get that book about where she meets a psychic surgeon republished, and i got a bit curious, again thanks for your comment

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