hot damn, ethel. looks like it werks. and yes, mike golay lives here.
What is Banshee Werks?
Oh. Well. Ya got me there.
It started out as a place where I'd mess about, pushing pixels all over the place. It grew into a sort of narcissistic playground. At present, it's a... slightly less messy narcissistic playground?
Anyhoo. It is what it is. And you are what you is.
What about the name?
A Little Explanation... posted for historical relevance.
Webster Definition for "banshee":
Ah, but it's really not as bad as all of that, now is it? Though morbid as all getout when you get right down to it, I'm personally none of the sort. Morbid, I mean. At least I don't think so. It depends on the way you sling your saddle bags, I suppose.
I actually thought of the name "Banshee Werks" because of a book very near and dear to my heart, Golf in the Kingdom, by Michael Murphy, that guy who started the Esalen Institute back in the early sixties. (Murphy's long-awaited follow-up to the novel, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, came out in September 1997.)
"Golf in the Kingdom" is about a man's mystical experience playing golf on a mystical course in mystical Scotland with mystical guru Shivas Irons. When at one point in the beginning of the story, the unsuspecting student, while on a on a midnight ramble through the moors with Shivas, hears a terrifying scream, Shivas says calmly but ominously, "'Twas a banshee."
Cool thing to say, eh?
So anyway, I started absent-mindedly writing the phrase in this place or that. When I got my first job as an editor at a New York City newspaper, I made a little sign - it said "'Twas a Banshee." - which I enlarged on a copier and put up over my desk.
No one ever seemed to bother me at that job.
At some point, I don't remember when, I got a new piece of software and when I was filling in the "organization" part of the registration after I'd installed it on my computer, I put in "Banshee Werks." I think I'd just seen a Fritz Lang film or something on AMC. That might explain the spelling in the latter word. Or not.
At any rate, I don't wish any ill on anyone. I certainly don't want any freakish, wailing Eirie ghostie coming to your house and saying "how-do-you-do."
I just thought it was a cool name. It's like those kids, you know, the ones who like that Satanic rock stuff with the evil messages that are recorded backwards so the little tykes get all nutso and set stuff on fire. But hey - those kids are nice enough. They just "like the beat."
No harm done.
ban.shee \'ban-(.)she-\ n [ScGael bean-si-th, fr. or akin to OIr ben si-de woman of fairyland : a female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose wailing warns a family of the approaching death of a member.
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