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September 2nd, 2003

Today [2 September 2003|04:54 pm]
[Current Mood |Good]
[Current Music |'Indian Summer Sky' by U2]

This morning, I arrived late to Maths C. At least I arrived in time for the important stuff. We're doing Transformation Matrices, and most of it's just revision from last year. This is the last Maths C thing we're learning this term - the next few lessons are revision, and then we have our exams Thursday and Friday next week.

Study was fun. Geography was boring. Deutsch war nicht eine Zeitverschwemdung ... aber Aaron ist! Nein, nein, ich mache ein Witz. That translates (or is SUPPOSED to translate) as "German was not a waste of time ... but Aaron is! No, no, I'm joking" - hopefully I'm right, but although I do brilliantly on exams, sometimes my ability to apply German elsewhere isn't so spectacular. English was amusing, as per usual, and I have more of my lines memorised. SOR was interesting, and the New Age seems to have some very self-centred beliefs that I don't like at all. Then there was Maths B, the dreaded Maths B. My teacher used to be great - he was the guy who taught me the basics of algebra in grade eight, and did a good job considering how well I do algebra now - but now he's not so grand, and I don't like him much any more. Plus, Maths B simply is not fun. Then I find out that we're actually in the library today, and my teacher is away. Fantastic news. So I rock up to the library, only to find out we have an assignment. What joy. We were SUPPOSED to work on it while in the library ... but instead, me and my group read it, sat down at a table, and talked. The assignment won't take long to do, though, so it doesn't matter that we wasted that lesson. Although I didn't entirely waste it, seeing I did some work on my SOR assignment, and Sam didn't fully waste it either, as he read some more of my copy of Hitch-Hikers.

Also, last night I received in the mail a package from Mum's friends in New Zealand, Margaret and Ron, who I get on very well with. Ron wanted to get me something to do with the All Blacks in recognition of how well I've done at school the last few years - think it was a shirt with autographs on it, if my memory serves me correctly - but he was unable to, so instead he sent me this utterly fantastic book, A Century In Black: 100 Years Of All Black Test Rugby, a book commemorating 100 years since the first international played by New Zealand, a game we won against Australia in Sydney. And wow, the statistics about New Zealand are incredible, and prove we're the greatest rugby nation on earth. To quote, "The record of the All Blacks in tests in anyone's language is astonishing and must represent an achievement barely able to be matched, if at all, in any sport. Since the first quiet beginning on a Saturday afternoon in Sydney on August 15, 1903, the All Blacks have [at the start of this season] played 367 tests and have won almost 72 per cent of them. Think of the superlative sporting teams of 100 years, think of Manchester United or Brazil in soccer, of the Yankees in American baseball or of the Australians in cricket, and wonder if their records over the same period stand comparison." Indeed, now, our record is even better. From seven tests this year, we lost only one. What a team.

And that shall be all for now.
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(no subject) [2 September 2003|06:51 pm]
[Current Mood |GREAT!]
[Current Music |'Boy/Girl (live)' by U2]

WARNING: U2 Fanladishness follows.

Whee! Marvellous U2 site! www.womanfish.com (that's not the proper URL but it redirects to the right place) is a magnificient U2 MB where people, amongst other things, offer U2 concerts for download. Whee! This place is AMAZING. I've got all kinds of stuff from there, from a rare live performance of A Celebration (only performed live 19 times, then Edge forgot how to play it), to Wake Up Dead Man from Slane Castle 2001, and I also got one song I've never heard before. Boy/Girl was a B-Side to U2's first single Out Of Control, and I still haven't heard the studio version, but wow, this live version from 15/03/81 is great. Wow, I'm in love with this site. Love, love.
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(no subject) [2 September 2003|09:40 pm]
[Current Mood |Satisfied]
[Current Music |'I Will Follow (bootleg)' by U2]

First draft of SOR Assignment answering the question 'Why did it take so long to recognise Aboriginal religion?'. Please give feedback, corrections, constructive criticism, et cetera. Much of this is unsourced, so I need to find sources to back my claims up, seeing saying 'My own knowledge' just isn't good enough. I do use one quote from a book in this, which I have not yet credited. Again, please give me your comments.Collapse )

Glad I have that finished, or at least the draft. Now just to make it sound good and to compile at least a half-decent bibliography. Also, I need to reduce the length closer to 1000 - I can't believe that, even when I have no idea, I can still waffle on and go past the word limit. Well, it's not a word limit, just it's to be around 1000 words.
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(no subject) [2 September 2003|11:18 pm]
[Current Mood |Tired]
[Current Music |'New Year's Day (UABRS)' by U2]

Letter to U2.Collapse )

Shit, look at the time. It's Mum's birthday tomorrow morning and I'm getting up especially early to make her coffee. My present I got her is TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE. It's liquid soap (which she asked for) and running socks (she always needs those). Hopefully the coffee will make up for it. I suck at buying presents, especially for someone who has no idea what they want.

Now, I better get to bed if I want to have any semblance of wakefulness in the morning.
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