The Live Aid video finally downloaded. Lovelovelove.
I'd forgotten just how good Pink Floyd's Pulse CD is. I'm listening to it now, and wow, what brilliance. Tracks 6-11 on Disc One and 10-12 on Disc Two in particular. Eclipse always makes me think of Walk On, and I'm sure Bono stole the end of it from Eclipse. It's known that in the early days, some of Edge's guitarwork was influenced by Pink Floyd (just give Street Mission a listen).
The more I listen to The Feelers, the more I come to absolutely adore this CD. My case says that Larger Than Life was a single, which disappoints me because I think it's the weakest song on there. Weapons Of War, on the other hand, is absolutely awesome.
Did a bit of writing last night, not as much as I would've liked. I'm not enjoying writing at the moment because I'm at a lull in the story I simply can't avoid. It'll be over soon, but for now, it's just not thrilling enough to write, and I also need to decide whether to include a certain character soon or not. I like the character very much and want to include them, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea or if they'll take the plot in directions I don't want it to go. I think I will include them, just for Amak Axver's sake. Amak is, after all, my favourite character.
I've also written the two following articles that shall appear on my new and improved website that shall show itself eventually, preferably by Easter. If I want to get more things done, I'm going to have to tone down my participation on messageboards.
Actually, the two articles aren't coming right now. There might only be one. Just stay tuned, they'll arrive sometime today.
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Paul Hindemith should be notable by the fact that his primary instrument was the viola, but it is notable that he made an effort to write a concerto or sonata for every instrument in the orchestra. And, of course, there are the six viola sonatas...Anyhow, in addition to being a composer, Hindemith was fascinated by trains. He had extensive model train setups, and he felt he composed so well while aboard that he once scheduled a train ride from Connecticut to Texas in order to solve composer's block--but he solved the problem early and got off in New York City. Hindemith's manuscripts are interesting in that there are often doodles in the margins, which should do something to counter the image that his later work is always strictly academic.
A few key works: Symphonische Metamorphoses nach Themen von Carl Maria von Weber, Ludus Tonalis, Der Schwanendreher, Trauermusik.
I'm not sure of the accuracy of the following but hey, the quiz was fun enough to do;
You are one of the few out there whose wings are
truly ANGELIC. Selfless, powerful, and
divine, you are one blessed with a certain
cosmic grace. You are unequalled in
peacefulness, love, and beauty. As a Being of
Light your wings are massive and a soft white
or silver. Countless feathers grace them and
radiate the light within you for all the world
to see. You are a defender, protector, and
caretaker. Comforter of the weak and forgiver
of the wrong, chances are you are taken
advantage of once in awhile, maybe quite often.
But your innocence and wisdom sees the good in
everyone and so this mistreatment does not make
you colder. Merciful to the extreme, you will
try to help misguided souls find themselves and
peace. However not all Angelics allow
themselves to be gotten the better of - the
Seraphim for example will be driven to fighting
for the sake of Justice and protection of those
less powerful. Congratulations - and don't ever
change - the world needs more people like you.
*~*~*Claim Your Wings - Pics and Long Answers*~*~*
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Alright, keep tuned, article(s) coming sometime this afternoon.
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By André Axver
The term 'sin' is familiar to most, however it is not often given the time and attention it deserves. The Oxford Paperback Dictionary, Third Edition, defines it simply as;
sin, noun, 1. the breaking of a religious or moral law; an act which does this. 2. a serious fault or offense.
This, however, is only a basic definition that doesn't consider who commits sin or the consequences of it. It is clear that nobody is perfect, and that we all commit sins in our lifetime. The Bible clearly states that "there is no-one righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10), "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). It can't be denied: God is holy and perfect, whereas we are imperfect, so severely so that even our righteous acts are filthy rags. We are spiritually blind, deaf, and dumb, and are in bondage to sin. It is our master, and we are in such servitude that we do not seek for the good and righteous things of God.
How did we become so deprave? Why is it God allowed such wretched creatures to come into existence? It all goes back to Adam and Eve. God created the first man and woman to live for Him, but the only thing was, He didn't make them robots to believe in and love Him because they had to. Believing in and loving something because you have to is not genuine belief and love, is it? So Adam and Eve had the free will to choose what to do, and when tempted by Satan, they, through their free will, actively chose to sin. They committed transgression against God, an effective slap in the face, and thereby the human race fell to its current state of imperfection, separated from God by a chasm that human efforts cannot cross.
God gave to Moses a set of laws to govern the Jews. If one could uphold the Law completely and totally, they would be righteous and blameless before God. However, the Law was impossible for a sinful, deprave, fallen human to uphold - "through the Law we become conscious of sin" (Romans 3:20). God, however, was not going to write off the entire human race and condemn us to eternal separation from Him and His love (that is, Hell). Instead, He sent His Son to earth, and in His words "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). What does it mean to fulfill something? To complete, to satisfy the demands of, to bring to fruition, or accomplish. In Christ's death on the Cross, where He died as a pure sacrifice for all of humanity's sins, he completely fulfilled the Law. All sacrifice for sin, all repayment for unrighteousness, is found in His death and no more sacrifice is required. The Law was completed by Christ.
Hence, salvation is found in Christ. If He has fulfilled the Law and given the complete sacrifice for all sin, then in Him is also salvation. All sins are washed clean by the blood He shed for the entire human race. He didn't just die for a few people, or for a particular race or for people who can do a certain thing, but for everyone. However, it must be noted that while His sacrifice was sufficient for all, it was not efficacous for all - in other words, it does not produce the desired effect of cleansing sin from all for the simple reason that an unrepentant sinner cannot have their sins forgiven, but they could (if they came to faith before death).
That's just a first draft, I know there could be a lot more, and there's not enough Biblical references. I invite comments.
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That will be all there is for articles, actually. The other idea doesn't really work, and I could work it into a revision of that one.
HOWEVER, I have finally found a better performance of 11 O'clock Tick Tock. YES! IT'S TRUE! There is a better performance out there than 5 June 1983, Denver. What is it? 4 November 1981, Berlin. It doesn't have the usual two riffs, it has THREE. Yes, THREE. Edge plays the last one twice. I downloaded a video of U2's entire concert in Berlin. I can't believe I found it! I was all eeeeeeeeeeee!!!ish when I did. It's not a case of I never thought I'd see it online; I never thought it existed! And it's a PROSHOT, too! AWESOMENESS! Great video of an absolutely great concert. During 11 O'clock Tick Tock, Bono goes down into the crowd and the only way I can describe it is that he sits in it, some people race on stage, and one of them goes up and sings with Bono. Not to mention the three riffs. Oh, it's brilliance, I heart it. And Adam's the essence of cool at the end of The Ocean.
Best 11 O'clock Tick Tock ever! Eeeeeeee! I've been watching this all afternoon.