July 23rd, 2003

Amak Axver

Hypocrites, getting well, and A Celebration

Alright, this is something I've wanted to vent about for a while, but whenever I'm online I forget. OK, basically, there's this one guy who goes to my school named Ben. In grade eight, me and him were best friends, then we had a falling out, couldn't stand each other, and now we're simply civil to each other ... usually.

Anyhow, one day last week at school, me and him ended up in a debate as to whether it's OK to swear or not. He said that the Bible condemns it as a sin and that there is no appropriate context for it. I begged to differ. So we were debating it, and he brought up Ephesians 4:29;

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

He made this big spiel about only saying stuff that builds others up, nothing that tears them down, bla bla bla, and so I said "I might as well just not speak then!" And so what did he say? "Good!" WHAT A HYPOCRITE! He makes a big spiel about never tearing others down with words, and then goes and tears me down in the very next breath! Is he somehow above Ephesians 4:29?

And all this stemmed from another hypocritical situation earlier on, involving Aaron and I (and a couple of other guys nearby, but it was mainly Aaron and I). Somehow we'd gotten on to the topic of sauce, I asked Aaron if he liked BBQ sauce (I happen to LOVE BBQ sauce, by the way), he said he hated it, then I asked him "OK then, do you like tomato sauce?" He said that he didn't, so I questioned him further, and it turned out he'd never even tried tomato sauce! He reckons he doesn't like the look of it, and so he says he hates it even though he hasn't tried the stuff! How can you know if you like or dislike it if you haven't actually bloody tasted it? I thought it rather hypocritical and told him so, with a swear word thrown in. Thus the debate with Ben started.

In other news, I'm feeling a bit better. I'm probably going to school tomorrow. Heh, I'm going to force myself to go no matter how I feel, I think, because I've missed too much as it is. I've done over half of my Drama assignment, so hopefully it'll be done for Friday; I should be able to finish most of it this arvo. I hope I can, anyhow. But I am annoyed: today was the last day I could get it checked by my teacher, and he probably won't give me an extension or anything (if he gave me an extension, he'd check it on Friday and I'd fix it up over the weekend). Oh well, I don't care too much about this assignment.

And I finally got to hear A Celebration by U2! w00t! I'm very happy. This is a rare single they released in 1982 that never appears on any CD (although the live version of its B-Side, Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl, appears on UABRS simply titled Party Girl, and the original B-Side itself appears on the Best Of 1980-1990 B-Sides CD). So I downloaded this song today on WinMX after searching for it elsewhere for AGES, and it's not U2's best song, but I quite like it. If anyone wants it, I'm quite prepared to upload it to you via AIM.
  • Current Music
    'Your Blue Room' by U2
Amak Axver

An offline entry

OK, so I'm bored, I can access this page in my history folder, and so I'm making an entry. Firstly, I would like to reiterate my plea of last night: please, people, e-mail me. I'd rather e-mail everyone on a regular basis than only occasionally talk on the weekends. I'm going to try to have as few sick days as possible this semester, because things are just too important. Some of my end-of-semester exams count towards my final result at the end of high school. So I'm going to put a fair amount of effort in and (try) to stop procrastinating as badly as I have done. This year is rather important, and I need to stop procrastinating in time for next year, which most certainly is too important to waste any of. I want to know my subjects inside out, backwards, and be able to recite them to you in my sleep in Aramaic. I may not yet know what I'm going to do at university or what I'm going to do for a living, but the better my mark, the more options that are open to me. Some of the courses at the best universities here, you need an OP 1 or 2 to get accepted (OP (Overall Position) is the final mark at the end of grade 12 in Queensland (it's different in other Aussie states), with one the best and twenty-five the worst), and I'd like to have as many options open to me as possible. I would like an OP 1 (who wouldn't?), but I'm working to get at least a 3 and I'll settle for a 5. 1 is my target, but 3 is ... my 'realistic' target. I think that makes sense ... eh, I get it, anyhow.

When I go back to school tomorrow, my best friend Sam will be returning after an absence, as well. He went to school on Monday, but on Tuesday and today, he's been at work experience, up at Amberley Air Base (yes, with the Air Force). He's going into the military when he leaves school, to be an officer, specifically working in fields such as rocketry and aeronautics (he's brilliant with stuff like this and really shone in Physics when they did a rocketry unit). Sometimes I'm not sure if going into the military is such a good move - what if he has to go to war and gets killed? - but he assures me that, considering the job he's doing, he'd never be in danger. Hmmm ... sounds familiar to stuff I've heard before, about people who've ended up wounded or killed. I don't exactly like the idea of losing my best friend. We've been close ever since the start of grade eight - I was at a new school, completely lost (my high school has a primary school part as well but I came from elsewhere, Sam came up from the primary school, so the transition to high school wasn't as bad for him), and he was the first person I met and struck up a conversation with. During grade eight, him and Ben were my closest (and only real) friends, but after Ben and I had our falling out, Sam was the only friend I had left; everyone turned on me because they all love Ben, the "perfect Christian" (or, more precisely, most people don't like him but he guilt-trips them into siding with him, and, after all, he's also the "perfect Christian"). Geez, when I think about some of the royally STUPID stuff Sam and I have done, both funny and not funny ... wow ... Heh, now I've completely lost track of what I was talking about amidst a wave of reminiscience, so, moving on to other topics ...

I've started listening to some new music - or, more precisely, old stuff I'd left behind - and I'd forgotten how good some of this stuff is (Although I need to stop comparing everything to U2!). I've heard good things about Coldplay, so, depending on how my download limit goes over the next couple of days, I'll download a song or two of theirs on the weekend (I already know I like one song of theirs ... Yellow, I think it might've been called, I just remember it being on the radio a lot some time ago, and I enjoyed it). I've rediscovered R.E.M. and Queen, and if anyone is interested in some good guitar music (it's all instrumental), try The Shadows. They were my favourite band when I was younger, and I put a cassette of theirs on earlier, and really enjoyed it. Wish I could play guitar that good. As with before, I still like Jimmy Eat World and Linkin Park (Yep, they're still my second- and third-favourite bands respectively). I put one of my Matchbox 20 CDs on (I used to be a big fan of them), and I can't say I like them as much as I used to, but they're good enough. The Living End is another band I like, particularly All Torn Down (GREAT song), and I love Kryptonite by Three Doors Down. Can anyone tell me if any of their other stuff is worthwhile?

Alright, so bands (and a musician) other than U2 that I like: Buddy Holly, Jimmy Eat World, Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Midnight Oil, Queen, R.E.M., The Living End, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (well, mainly Impression That I Get, but I don't find some of their other stuff like Rascal King), and The Shadows. I was also once a fan of Alien Ant Farm, but I'm not sure if I like them any more.

Bands I want to hear more of (please make recommendations as to what songs I should download) or know if their other stuff is decent: Coldplay, Evanescence, Good Charlotte, Presidents of the USA (I quite like Peaches by them), and Three Doors Down.

And some other stuff I happen to like is the theme to the movie The Great Escape, by Elmer Bernstein, and House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals.

By the way, random observation: some of the moods to choose from are rather humorous (blah? bouncy? geeky? What the Popmart?).
  • Current Music
    'Banditos' by the Refreshments (Wow, it's NOT U2!)
Amak Axver

Saddam's sons, phone calls, rebels in the Solomon Islands, and NZ poaching sports stars

Firstly, the big headline news is that Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, have been gunned down by Allied forces in Iraq. SO THERE, anti-war people, we've got someone now. And one very clever letter in Time magazine this week reads something along the lines of "So what that we haven't found Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) yet? We haven't found Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden yet, but that doesn't mean their existence is based only on manipulated intelligence." And another that made me laugh: "We haven't found any WMDs yet, but no need to worry; they'll be found in time for Bush's 2004 election campaign."

My Dad phoned tonight. It was good to talk to him, and it sounds like things have been very hectic over there lately. Jane's father (Jane is the woman he lives with; I dislike her) had a stroke yesterday, and I like him, so I hope and pray he is healed. Meanwhile, Dad's been flying around NZ: he lives down in Wellington and had to fly up to Auckland today and then back down to Wellington. So I'm glad he made time to call me, seeing he's rather tired, and we had a good chat.

On another Pacific Island group, the Solomons, a group of peacekeepers, led by Australia, has been deployed to stop rebel fighting there. What I found interesting - and humorous - was a portion of the news report. " has a devout following, and he can call on hundreds of armed men, some of whom think he is God. Meanwhile, another rebel leader, an albino who calls himself Satan, has said he will not fight the peacekeepers." Interesting ... I can see it now: "And welcome to the latest battle of good versus evil: GOD versus SATAN in the Solomon Islands!"

To issues of a lighter nature than rebel wars and God vs Satan, I am quite amused by the way New Zealand poaches sporting stars from other nations. Our latest rugby union sensation, Joe Rokocoko (pronounced 'Rokothoko'), who is an amazing left winger and scored eight tries in four matches (in the words of one commentator, Rokocoko is probably thinking "Wow, how easy is this internation rugby game!"), is actually from FIJI, not New Zealand (think it's Fiji, might be Tonga or Samoa)! In fact, he only came to New Zealand to go to college, and probably the only reason he's playing for the All Blacks is because Fiji already has a permanent left wing and he didn't have much of a chance of making it onto the team, or at least getting a regular position on the run-on team. And then we go to the netball. New Zealand defeated Australia 49-47 on the weekend to win the Netball World Cup (Strange ... the Aussie media barely said a peep!), and 42 of those 49 points were scored by van Dyk, a netballing sensation who once played for SOUTH AFRICA (one of our arch-rivals in anything sporting)! Her husband and her moved from South Africa to NZ to raise their children in a safer climate, she goes and defects to the NZ netball team, and she's won us the World Cup! And our star goalkeeper, who gave the Aussies heaps of trouble, is from Fiji! We're poaching sporting stars left, right, and centre! Haha, I love it. Stuff producing our own stars, why waste the time when another country can bring them up to star status and then we can steal them!

No, on a serious note, it's great these brilliant sportspeople have chosen to play for NZ, but we can't rest on our laurels: we need to continue to produce our own sporting stars. And we certainly can do that - we've produced, in the rugby, Jeff Wilson (winger), Christian Cullen (fullback), Zinzan 'Zinny' Brooke (number 8), Sean 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick (possibly the world's greatest rugby captain), Grant Fox and Andrew Mehrtens (goalkicking legends), and Carlos Spencer (first five-eighth (or is he second five-eighth? No, I think it's first five)). Although two of our highest profile stars at the moment are from the Pacific Islands: Tana Umaga (Brilliant player, can play multiple positions, like centre and wing), and Jonah Lomu (wing). Well, unfortunately, Jonah is gone for good (his best form's behind him, anyhow), because he needs to have a kidney transplant. I hate to see him go like this, because anyone who's seen him in action at Rugby World Cup 1995 when he just ran right over the top of anyone in front of him would know this guy is an absolute legend.

OK, that'll do.
  • Current Music
    'All Torn Down' by The Living End *gasp* Not U2 AGAIN!
Amak Axver

The U2 charts for anyone who cares

OK, I've made multiple U2 charts, and I'm going to stick with this one (I think I will, anyhow). Currently, it is the U2 Top 140, and saw two additions today: A Celebration debuted on the charts at 45 and With Or Without You (Rattle And Hum video live performance) burst onto the charts at 3.

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EDIT: What I find very amusing is that 101 is Wire, 102 is Fire, and 103 is Desire. Wire, fire, desire! Heh. That wasn't deliberate ... well, I noticed it when I made the charts and hoped it would last, so maybe I might've tried to keep it a bit, but it wasn't really deliberate. I'm still not sure about Wire being below Angel Of Harlem and so I might bump it up next time I update the charts (when I get Wide Awake In America in a few days).
  • Current Music
    'The Impression That I Get' by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Amak Axver

It's a miracle!

It took me only ONE ATTEMPT (!!!) to get online tonight! I am STUNNED, PLEASANTLY SURPRISED, and AMAZED! (Yes, that did require capitalisation) And yes, those three previous entries I all did offline (I was bored), and I just modified the time when I posted them a couple of minutes ago. Heh, I find it amusing that it says I made three entries at times when I was offline. Warped sense of humour, I know.

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  • Current Music
    'Sweetness' by Jimmy Eat World