September 21st, 2003

Amak Axver

Useless computers and all things joyous like that

I have a useless computer.

1. Got online. Had been on for about 10-20 minutes when 2. happened.
2. Computer froze. Grr. It froze last night, too.
3. Restarted computer, computer froze during restart for some really odd, warped reason.
4. Restarted computer, and it did some funny thing during the startup that causes itself to randomly shut off halfway through the process.
5. Restarted my computer and it finally worked.
Three random, completely inexplicable freezes. Stupid computer. Oh well, I'll be getting a new one soon. Mum says that we'll go looking for a new one during the holidays.
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Amak Axver

Question-y thing I stole from an LJ I randomly ended up on

. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? U2, because they've made such incredible music that has had a profound impact on my life.

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why? Kylie Minogue, because she has no talent whatsoever.

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person? Yep.

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show? Unfortunately not, although some U2 videos I've got, it kind of feels like I'm there ...

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?

No. The RIAA should zark off. I think it's perfectly fine to download songs online, especially if you want to find out what a band is like and don't have the money to go buy any of their CDs. However, if you like a band, then you probably should get out there and support them by buying their CD. And the way the RIAA is going about stopping people from downloading songs ... it's all wrong. They're alienating the general public, and giving the impression that they're just pissed off they're not getting as much money as they used to. It's like, *gasp* people are getting something for free! This isn't right, we need to continue to line our pockets with cash!

Bloody morons.
  • Current Music
    'Rejoice' by U2
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How nice for it to be right.

In other news, I am definitely going to Melbourne, and definitely not by plane. We are leaving at 4am - yes, four o'clock in the flaming morning! - and travelling all day with the aim of reaching Melbourne by the end of the day. Good Zooropa, that's going to be a lot of travelling. We also got the seven last tickets to the Aussie Rules grand final. Yes, the very last seven. After Mum's boyfriend's sister got the seven, they shut the ticket booth. Gee, I would've been pissed if I were the person behind her. Queueing up for hours only to be told you JUST missed out. I'd probably break something ... or go to the Rugby World Cup instead. Wow, the AFL Grand Final and New Zealand versus Tonga at the World Cup in one year. I like this. A lot.

I've got so much I want to do in Melbourne, and we'll only be there for three days. One of those days I'll be at the AFL, or at least for the afternoon - don't know how early we'll get there - and then I want to meet Patrick and Chantel, ride the trams, and go round to heaps of places. I'll have to go back sometime, definitely. U2 better go there when they tour - see Melbourne and a concert in one hit! That would be good.

Er ... there was more I was going to add, but I forget. If I remember, I shall edit.
  • Current Music
    'Fire' by U2
Amak Axver

Stuff, and a good deal of it

I have this sudden urge to utilise Shakespearean English. But I won't, because I will most likely end up mucking everything up and looking like a complete fool. See, this is why you shouldn't read Shakespeare, folks: it makes you want to speak in a different lingo. Oh well, Henry V was grand.

Anyhow, some stuff.

1. Right, it's true. Not only am I obsessed with U2, but I am becoming obsessed with individual songs. This is truly sad and pathetic, is it not? Oh well, I can't say I overly care. So, "what songs am I becoming obsessed with?" you may ask (or may not, because you value your mental safety). Well, there are four: 11 O'clock Tick Tock, Bad, Acrobat, and Walk On. Let's analyse them, shall we?

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2. Going to Melbourne. Way it looks, I will most likely be getting there sometime Thursday morning. Depends if we drive through the night or not. Patrick (and Chantel if you're reading this), we need to make plans to meet, seeing I'm leaving in 54 hours or so.

3. I am starting to get REALLY sick of reality TV. REALLY sick. Seriously, does it ever stop? This is quite possibly the most overdone genre in the history of television. There's that many bloody series of Survivor I can't keep up - sheesh, I got bored after series two - there's more home improvement shows than anyone can possibly need, and what's that new one coming out here soon? Queer Eye for the Straight Guy or something equally disturbing like that. Good bob. Australian Idol finished tonight; what a relief. I'm glad that tripe is off TV. I never watched it (the ads were bad enough and I'm sick of stuff like that after three series of Popstars), but I hear the judges were trying to be funny but were just downright rude and insulting, and NOT in the good, humorous way we all love. We need some quality programming. My suggestions: Monty Python, M*A*S*H, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Hogan's Heroes, and Get Smart. Wow, you'd never guess I'm a fan of old and/or British comedies!

4. In my attempts to return to having the wide music tastes I once had before my days of U2 obsession, I shall take a non-U2 CD with me to Melbourne ... along with a stack of U2 CDs. Now I've got to decide WHAT. Hmm. Here's the CDs I have: Jimmy Eat World (self-titled), 'Hybrid Theory' by Linkin Park (I'm not taking 'Reanimation'), 'Yourself Or Someone Like You' and 'Mad Season' by Matchbox Twenty, and Greatest Hits I and II by Queen. Vote on what I should take, please!

5. Speaking of Hybrid Theory, I need a new copy of that. Tracks 5 and 6 are both scratched, which drives me up the wall because I LIKE those tracks. Why couldn't Cure For The Itch be scratched? I do NOT like that. Why is it always stuff I like gets scratched? This and my Pop CD ... what's next? Things tend to come in threes, so ...

6. Still on the topic of Linkin Park, if anyone wants to donate to the "Meteora For Andre" cause, feel free.

7. I'm getting a new mobile phone soon. Squee. The one I have ... it's bloody useless. It will say it has full power, receive a couple of calls (not even long ones), and it's down to low power. Stupid thing. Needs a new battery, methinks, but it's out of date anyway. So I'm getting a new phone, or more precisely, a new second-hand phone. Mum and Alan are both getting new phones with digital cameras and fun stuff like that, so I'll be getting one of their old phones, both of which are reasonably modern and good.

8. Henry V has me hooked on Shakespeare. I now want to read more Shakespeare, particularly Henry IV Parts I and II. And speaking of reading, I'm going to take Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy with me to read in Melbourne. I'm currently a bit through book three, and I'm looking forward to this chance to read it. The holidays are such a wonderful chance to get heaps of reading done. I'm still not going to finish reading everything I have over these holidays, though. Or at least it's doubtful. I like having so much to read, though.

9. Oh, and my school is stupid. Supremely stupid. On Thursday morning, I was informed that a note is being sent home to my Mum about an unexplained absence on August 28. You bloody morons, you know where I was! If you didn't, I wouldn't be on the Student Leadership Council! I was at flaming Bond University at that leadership day thing, which you HAD to attend to be taken into consideration for a place on leadership, so how they've got this idea I wasn't at school/at a school activity is beyond me. Fools. Eh, Mum'll call them and sort it out, but it's still unnecessary crap and shouldn't have happened in the first place.

10. My modem appears to be working fine now and connecting first attempt, which is absolutely fantastic - no worries about a massive bill, squee - but what annoys me is that it's connecting slower than usual. At first I didn't notice it, but now I'm starting to, particularly when I'm trying to load two pages at once (which I'm prone to doing). Oh well, my modem's connecting first pop so I can't really complain. I'd much rather this slow speed than go back to the massive phone bill.

Right, that'll do. I think I had more to say but this entry is long enough.
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    'The Cry/The Electric Co., 05/06/83' by U2