July 6th, 2003

Amak Axver

Stuff that makes me laugh

Those stupid pop-up "You have won a prize!" advertisements. That's such crap. They piss me right off, especially when the reputed prize is something I actually want, like a digital camera or a DVD player. I don't see how something can be a free gift when you have to BUY something first, or when you have to go through a pile of crap to try to get it and then end up not getting it. So now whenever I get those stupid pop-ups I just laugh.

Next, people who hate U2. Every single person I've met who hates U2 has never provided me with a decent reason why, and they make me laugh because of that.
Me: Do you like U2?
Person: I HATE those stupid Irishmen.
Me: Why?
Person: Because they're CRAP!
Me: And how are they crap?
*Person changes the subject*
Always happens that way, and I find it quite funny. If you're going to hate something, at least have some sort of a reason.

That leads me to something else that makes me laugh: people who think they're right because they say so. They go into debates, say "I think this is right and those who disagree are heretics" and actually expect people to agree with them! It's hilarious. Then they get offended when ask to defend their position and call those people asking for evidence "heretics", and that's even funnier. I'll always remember the amillennialism debate I had on the End Times forum of the LBMB when a whole bunch of people such as Y'Israel posted that amillennialism was a heresy and to be avoided, but when I demanded evidence, NOT ONE OF THEM replied! Ah, funny stuff.

Something else that amuses me is the debate over what the Latin in the chorus of 'Gloria' by U2 means. It goes 'Gloria/In te domine/Gloria/Exultate', and I simply subscribe to the very basic translation that quite a few people accept, of 'Glory/In the highest/Glory/Rejoice', but there seems to be heaps of debate amongst U2 fans. I find it quite humorous really, that these people are getting heated up over a simple translation. Incidentally, the Under A Blood Red Sky CD and video version of 'Gloria' is my favourite song. Although 'Bad' or 'The Electric Co. (UABRS CD version)' may soon replace it.

Finally, that crazy kid next door makes me laugh. He's just insane. I never knew one kid could jump about in their room for so long and not get tired, but he does! Insanity, I say.

Well, there's some random stuff from the world of Andre for you ...
  • Current Music
    'Beautiful Day' by U2
Amak Axver

My rebuttal

OK, earlier on this week I posted about two pathetic U2 reviews I read. Well, me being me, I simply couldn't resist writing my own rebuttal, and so I did - the rebuttal of the review of Pop ended up being 3 1/2 pages long, and ATYCLB just over 2. I'd love some feedback on it: what's good? What's bad? Am I totally off the mark? Do you think I've gotten some song meanings wrong? Have I made any unfair accusations? Et cetera, et cetera.

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  • Current Music
    'Love Is Blindness' by U2 (GREAT song)
Amak Axver

I can't think of a decent subject line, so imagine something witty here

Firstly, my friend Aaron isn't coming round tomorrow. Instead he's coming round on Tuesday. I'm not happy about that. He'll probably have to go home later on Tuesday. Bugger ... I wish I had a good reason for him to still go home at 2:30 that allowed me to stay home. Meh ... maybe I'll figure out one later.

I've been listening to some U2 stuff tonight that I don't usually listen to, and I've just realised how great some of it is. I'm even coming to like So Cruel, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, and Wild Honey. At the moment, I'm listening to the Achtung Baby CD, which I haven't listened to in ages, and I'd forgotten how good some of that stuff is. One, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, and Love Is Blindness in particular are great. Today I've been checking out what some people think the meanings of various U2 songs are, and it's truly fascinating. For example, the meaning of Even Better Than The Real Thing is speculated to be anything from how companies try to sell us stuff we don't need by portraying it to be so great, through being about God, to simply being about sex. Knowing Bono and his songwriting, it could be any or all of them. I love U2's lyrics because they can be adapted to so many varying situations. Although I hate it when people get an interpretation that is blatantly false, like those stupid Focus on the Family morons. Good Zooropa, I was reading some of their stuff and it's just crazy. "I'd advise against this because it focuses on the problem, not the solution." (That was a comment about a Linkin Park CD, if I remember correctly) Well, how can you find a solution if you haven't adequately investigated the problem? Without a decent understanding of the problem, you might as well forget getting a decent solution. Some of what they say is daft ... and when I checked out what they say about Metallica, it was downright insulting. I thought, no matter how bad you considered something, you were at least supposed to be respectful ...

I'm so glad I've got permission to blow my download limit big time. I don't know how I put up with that blasted limit, because it's so restrictive at times. And I'm just dying to download some U2 stuff, like various live performances. I also really want to track down A Celebration and the original of 11 O'clock Tick Tock. I'm going to see if the local music stores can get it or if I can order it online. Odds are, because they were only minor singles and they were made in 1980 (11 O'clock) and 1982 (A Celebration), I'll have to get them on cassette. Oh well. I'd also love to hear their B-Sides: Touch (originally Trevor) and Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl. I'd love to know if the latter is anything like the live version on the Under A Blood Red Sky CD.

And so it seems I'm still beating the weatherman. Lowest temperature I've recorded is 16C. It's been heaps colder in NZ, though. Over half the country is covered by snow - it's the heaviest snow in over 10 years - and the hottest temperature today was ELEVEN CELSIUS in the ENTIRE NATION! I can't believe how insanely cold it is over there. Dad was telling me how the snow has come down really low on the hills behind my hometown, and that some towns are snowed in. Lucky the NPC (National Provincial [rugby union] Competition) hasn't begun yet, because otherwise there'd be chaos. Kiwis love their rugby, and when they can't get to it, well ... there'd be quite a few unhappy campers, put it that way.

I'm also quite pleased with myself right now: I've figured out some HTML! I hate HTML, but at least I can do some of it now. I can't resist showing off.

Anyhow ... I may work on some of my NT Greek tonight. I was going to practice it over the holidays, and I haven't done any yet. Bad, slack Andre. Ah well, I've still got a week to go. Oh, and I also have some stupid Drama assignment to do. Grr. This quote by The Edge is very appropriate to me: "As procrastinators, we're very talented." Another classic Edge quote is: "I am very nervos about the 'Christian' label. I have no trouble with Christ, but I have trouble with a lot of Christians." It is so very ACCURATE! I wrote an article based around it, but it's quite awful, so I may go back and write another one. It's such a profound quote and ... everyone in the world needs to be told it.
  • Current Music
    'Acrobat' by U2