September 20th, 2003

Amak Axver

Life is great

Firstly, the quote of the day: "It isn't going to bother me a damn bit if you go off and blow your little anal retentive self centered head to the fucking moon."

Secondly, I feel like doing something along the lines of yelling "SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" because .... I THINK MY MODEM IS FIXED! Rejoice, rejoice! When I got online this morning - after forty-odd attempts - I got an e-mail from my ISP which I saved to my computer. Mere seconds after that, my computer froze, and when I restarted it, GUESS WHAT, MY INTERNET CONNECTED STRAIGHT AWAY! I hope this is a sign of things to come. I hope it's fixed and I don't have to worry about pouring money down the drain every time I connect to the Internet. Oh this is a relief. SQUEE!
  • Current Music
Amak Axver

Throwing eggs

So that explains what the loud noises I heard earlier this morning were ...

Some random kids decided to egg my house. At about a quarter to eight this morning, Mum got home, and I heard some thunks. I paid no attention to it, assuming something had just been dropped or slammed or whatever and returned to what I was doing. About 1.5-2 hours later, Mum yells up to me "Hey Andre, we've been egged!" So I come downstairs, go outside, have a look, and it would appear some kids used some pathway to get into the backyard of one of the houses behind me and egged both my house and the one next door.

Bah, stupid kids.
  • Current Music
    Need to put something on ...
Amak Axver

(no subject)

Today = good.

1. Found LJ communities for Kiwis. I was bored, decided to play LJ Voyager and felt very alone, unable to find my way home and lost in a very strange part of LJ that was totally unfamiliar and wasn't very comforting. Then, suddenly, through a random set of coincidences involving one very disturbing community and an entirely random click on a friend of this community and other randomosity, I ended up in the journal of someone who had links to NZ communities, including one just for Wellingtonians (for those of you who don't know, the town I'm from in NZ is just north of Wellington and regarded as part of Greater Wellington). This part of LJ was very friendly and I instantly felt right at home.

2. Patrick (and Chantel, if you've decided to visit my LJ), I can confirm that, IF Brisbane wins tonight, I will be down in Melbourne from the 24th to the 28th. This is entirely dependent on Brisbane winning.

(For everyone else, the Brisbane Lions are playing the Sydney Swans in Sydney in the Aussie Rules tonight. The team that wins goes through the grand final, which is always held in Melbourne, and because Mum and her boyfriend support Brisbane, they will go down to see the grand final and they will take me. But we're only going down if Brisbane makes it, so they better defeat the Swannies ...)

3. As I mentioned earlier, it would appear my modem is fixed. I sure hope it is.

4. I discovered the meaning of Wake Up Dead Man by U2 last night. And before you write this off as random U2 obsessed crap, read on. Bono is a very Biblically knowledgeable man - there are Scripture references in U2 songs, 40 is based on Psalm 40, he quoted Psalm 116 at the start of Where The Streets Have No Name during the Elevation tour, and he has even written an introduction to one book of the Bible in one edition (Psalms, I think it was, but I'm not sure. Can you remember, Sarah?). Anyway, the point of all this is that Wake Up Dead Man, an obviously religious song right from the start ("Jesus/Jesus help me/I'm alone in the world/And a fucked up world it is too"), obviously has some kind of deep meaning, and not only has there been lots of speculation over this, but, considering Bono's Biblical knowledge, it would come as no surprise that it would be based on a passage of Scripture. So I was reading the Bible last night when I suddenly came across this and stopped right in my tracks;

'Thus it says, "Wake up sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine upon you."' - Ephesians 5:14

The second I read it, I thought "Wake up ... wake up dead man." WUDM is hardly the "blasphemous address to an impotent Christ" that Focus on the Family accuses it of being, but instead it is a call, seemingly based on that above passage. It's just ... I don't know quite how to put into words. In the song, Bono is both telling himself to wake up - the second verse makes it obvious he is singing in part about himself - and also not necessarily telling others to become believers or anything, but it's just ... a kind of call, I guess. If anything, it's about how the world and Christianity have both become cluttered with nonsense and has completely missed the point, and that ... sorry, I don't know how to put this into adequate words. I had it all last night, but I've lost it. WUDM is sometimes described as despondent, but it's not, it's a call to wake up - maybe not a positive call, though. And it works perfectly with Beautiful Day (the first track of All That You Can't Leave Behind - WUDM is the last track of the previous CD, Pop). They fit perfectly together - WUDM is the call to wake up, and Beautiful Day is what happens after the wake up - it is quite simply a beautiful day. I get it now. It's just so brilliant. Bono, you are a genius.

Or maybe I'm totally wrong.
  • Current Music
    'I Threw A Brick Through A Window' by U2
Amak Axver


Tonight's AFL results;

Sydney: 56.
Brisbane: 100!
Brisbane is to play Collingwood in the Aussie Rules grand final.

I'M OFF TO MELBOURNE! I feel like making some wild, insane comment but I can't quite express how excited I am. WOOHOO! *makes more insane 'woohoo' exclamations similar to those of Bono at the start of Elevation* I've always wanted to go to Melbourne. Hopefully, hopefully, I'll get to meet Pat and Chant - I seriously hope I can, I really do - and TRAMS! Melbourne looks great, and TRAMS! I've always liked everything that runs on rails, ever since I was a little (no, this is NOT your cue to laugh), and I've always wanted to go on a real live tram network, not just the preservation line near my hometown in NZ. Whee! Squee! w00t! Woohoo! I'm so excited.

So, as long as we can get tickets - and the way Mum's been talking, that's a certainty - we'll be going to Melbourne on the 24th and returning on the 28th. This is too thrilling! WOOHOO!
  • Current Music
    Some AFL thingy on TV