July 26th, 2003

Amak Axver

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Axver

is a Collosal Blob that Fears Nothing, is Wreathed with Flames, controls Human Thought, drinks Human Blood, and has a single Horn on its Forehead.

Strength: 11 Agility: 2 Intelligence: 2



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  • Current Music
    Grr, why is there nothing playing right now?
Amak Axver

So I tried out my real name and my other two alteregos on this thing as well ...

Andre

is a Giant Mecha-Squid that is Covered in Spines, in League with Dark Forces and Extremely Hydrophobic, Freezes Solid when Cold, and eats Metal.

Strength: 6 Agility: 2 Intelligence: 11



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  • Current Music
    Still nothing. This situation must not be allowed to last!
Amak Axver

Bootlegs

My Mum's boyfriend Alan brought me a CD of U2 today, and not just any U2 CD, but an unauthorised live recording. Hehe, he knows how to get on my good side. The quality isn't spectacular, but it's still good, and it's interesting to see what U2 used to perform. This bootleg is obviously from 1981 or 1982 because of the tracklist - it's got stuff from Boy (1980) and October (1981), plus the 1980 single 11 O'clock Tick Tock, but nothing from War (1983), and it doesn't have the 1982 single A Celebration, so I'm inclined to think it's not from 1982. And it seems to either be from America or Australia. I'm not sure. I'm going to go to websites I know and check out the tour lists and setlists.

Anyhow, I'm very excited about all this.
  • Current Music
    'Into The Heart (Bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

Music

Well, I downloaded Paranoid Android by Radiohead earlier today. I don't dislike it, but it's just ... I'm not sure, not really me. It may grow on me a bit, and some of it is quite good, but I'm not exactly overly excited about it. When I get more download limit next month, though, I will download a couple more Radiohead songs, because I don't like the idea of judging a band on just one song. Tomorrow, I think I'll get something by Coldplay. I know I've already heard Clocks, but I want it, so I think I'll download it. Or maybe Yellow, for the sheer reason that I haven't heard it in ages and want to hear it again. Also, if it's not too big in terms of megabyte size, I'll get an Evanescence song. One song I have discovered, which I downloaded quite a while ago, is Heart in a Blender by Eve Six. I really like that song. And I listened to some Linkin Park, too. I expected to find them maybe a bit too heavy for my tastes now, but, no, I still like them. I do want to get into some softer stuff, though.

Usually I don't notice change in myself, or at least not nearly as much as others do, but right now I can see it, just in how my musical taste is changing. I used to like heavier stuff - for example, when I was 12, I quite liked Metallica (now I find most of their stuff too heavy) - but now I'm really moving towards softer stuff. I still like what I call heavier stuff - although it's not heavy by proper definition - but softer stuff just seems to go over better with me. I like to lose myself in songs such as Bad and With Or Without You by U2. Speaking of U2, I think every single person in the world should be given a copy of the live versions of the aforementioned songs that appear on the Rattle And Hum video. I love those songs. There is just something about them, something that really moves me and affects me inside. I can't quite describe it, but every time I listen to them - ESPECIALLY Bad - it's like a new experience in musical brilliance. U2 was at their best in the 1980s. Forget Pop. Forget Zooropa. Dare I say it, forget Achtung Baby. 1980s U2 was the best, ESPECIALLY The Unforgettable Fire - Joshua Tree U2. Achtung Baby was GOOD, yes, in particular Love Is Blindness (which really belonged on TJT if you ask me) and Mysterious Ways, but I feel it has nothing on U2 1983-88. That is the era of such stuff as Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Years Day, Surrender, Seconds, 40, A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Bad, The Three Sunrises, Where The Streets Have No Name, With Or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and Heartland. That is just ... MUSIC. That's all I can call it. That song list above is my definition of music. If you were to ask me to define music, that is what I would tell you, because, to me, IT IS.

Disclaimer: I recognise there are people out there who would love to tell me how stupid I am for defining music as that, or who think there is much better stuff than that. I can understand that, because everyone has different tastes. I'll respect your tastes and you respect mine. I am not claiming to be an authority on music. Far from it. I know my knowledge of music beyond U2 is poor, tremendously so. I'd like to know more about music, but I'm happy to just enjoy it. More knowledge would be nice, but as long as I'm enjoying it and it makes me happy, then that's good enough for me.

Oh, and for the record, I just listened to Paranoid Android again, and with every listen it sounds a bit better.
  • Current Music
    'Amazing' by Alex Lloyd (Another song I quite like)
Amak Axver

God of nations, at thy feet ...

God Defend New Zealand

God of nations at thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet.
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race
Gather here before thy face,
Asking thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nation's van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out thy glorious plan.
God defend New Zealand.

- Thomas Bracken
  • Current Music
    'I Will Follow (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

Somebody got THUMPED

In the Bledisloe Cup rugby union, at Stadium Australia, Sydney, the Australian Wallabies were DESTROYED, DEMOLISHED, and HUMILIATED by the New Zealand All Blacks, 50-21. It was a walkover and Joe Rokocoko and Douggy Howlett are two of the greatest rugby players in the world today. It was conclusive, a marvellous victory, a RECORD VICTORY by NZ over Australia. NZ is definitely the best team in the Southern Hemisphere, possibly the world (basically it's between them and England). WHAT A GAME! WHAT A GAME! KIWI, KIWI, KIWI! I am still stunned, amazed, and in awe of what I just saw. Australia was ripped apart.

However, I would not yet call the All Blacks great. This is not NZ a la Sean Fitzpatrick, Zinzan Brooke, et cetera, of 1995 (when they were RORTED in the World Cup final). They need to fix up their lineouts - just when I thought they got it right last week, they stuffed them up tonight - and a few other elements of their play also need working on, like their scrums. A bit of practice, though, and this could be a great All Blacks, like the Invincibles of 1995 (That's what they were nicknamed, I think ...).

So yes, to recap, Australia was utterly destroyed. NZ scored 7 tries, 3 by Rokocoko, to take his tally to 10 tries from 5 games, which is simply outstanding (I thought he had 8 going into this match but it must've only been 7). I am VERY HAPPY and this was just the victory I wanted to see.
  • Current Music
    'Twilight (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

I just realised something ...

I have an address anyone can send letters to me at (as long as they get here BEFORE November). So if you want to write to me for some reason, just ask me for this address and I'll tell you. Note that the address I will give you is NOT my real, physical address, nor is it a postal address of mine of any kind, but anything sent to it will be safely passed on to me. So yes, if you want to mail me, just ask and if I know you well enough, I'll tell you (if you're just some random person who's stumbled upon this, forget it. The address may not be mine but I still want to be careful).
  • Current Music
    'The Electric Co. (Bootleg)' by U2