April 2nd, 2004

Amak Axver

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Mike, seeing you're the resident expert on The Passion, I have a question for you that anyone else is free to answer as well. Someone said in an article they found a Mel Gibson quote where he states he believes only Catholics go to Heaven. I'm sure I've read elsewhere he doesn't believe that. What's the real facts of the matter?

Now this is something I've been meaning to post about for a little while: why am I no longer doing the forty hour walk?

Essentially, because I do not believe a price can be put on charity like those organising it have done. It wasn't the easiest choice for me to pull out - ever since the first one (grade eight?), I've wanted to do it and was rather looking forward to it this year - but anyone who knows me well knows that I stick to my morals and beliefs and don't compromise them. To participate in the walk, one MUST raise fifty dollars. If you sign up to participate, you HAVE to raise that much, no ifs or buts about it, and I morally object to that (I also morally object to the amount of typos I had to correct while typing that). No price can be put on charity, and one should not be expected or have to raise a particular sum to participate in a charitable event. It doesn't matter whether one contributes fifty dollars, fifty cents, or fifty bars of gold. It's the fact they're willing to participate and do something for someone else, and give what they can (not what they're told). Money shouldn't even come into the equation when determining one's participation, and I find its inclusion to be repulsive and objectionable. I sincerely doubt I could raise fifty dollars, and I don't see why my participation should be determined by that. Hence I refuse to join in. I think it's a real shame they're going to miss out on the $20 I could have raised, but they only have themselves to blame. I'm not participating in something where money is made to be a determinant.

I found this terribly amusing. I registered just to see what happens if the server collapses or if thousands of people get wiped out by some catastrophic war. Ahh ... I love being amillennialist, though it's kind of sad - I haven't seen any good jokes or satire about us yet. Speaking of jokes, I got caught by a couple of good April Fools' pranks, though I must tell you Americans that next year, you should try not to be a day late. Punctuality is an important quality, y'see.

On a random note: I've had the Internet for about two years now. How interesting. It's been that long? It's been that short? It's funny how both those questions came to mind.

I also recorded myself singing Discotheque today. If you want the file, forget it unless you have a really good bribe in store for me.

OH. For the record, I downloaded a Maroon 5 song today. Those of you who love them are going to be disappointed, and so are those of you who hate them. Not the worst band in the world, but hardly anything special. They're just another one of those bands that pass through ... here today, gone tomorrow ... crack the bone to get to the marrow
To be the bee and the flower
Before the sweetness turns to sour

What we have we're gonna keep (Always)
What we've lost we don't need (Always)
What is it that won't let you sleep? (Always)

Be the arrow and the target
Put your head over the parapet
Be uncool, yes be awkward
Don't look in the obvious place
The soul needs beauty for a soulmate

Get down off your holy cloud (Always)
God will not deal with the proud (Always)
And if you dream then dream out loud (Always)

AHEM. I didn't mean to break out into Always there. That IS Always, not Summer Rain as I errantly credited the first verse earlier. I'd also like to point out that Love Comes Tumbling has obviously lived on in Bono's mind - 'dream out loud' isn't the only line to appear in various forms in multiple songs (Acrobat, Zooropa, Always). There's a line that appears in similar forms in both Always and Love Comes Tumbling, and I'm surprised I haven't seen this pointed out before. The line itself is 'Don't find yourself in me (LCT)/someone else (Always)'. So yes. That's today's U2 revelation.

Why oh why did they never play The Three Sunrises live?

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I simply can't tire of Mofo live. If you don't have a copy of 28 August 1997, Leeds or 23 September 1997, Sarajevo, you just ... you're not living or something. And damn, that flow into I Will Follow is just SO AWESOME. When it comes to an awesome, get-the-crowd-pumped opening, absolutely nothing beats Popmart ... with the possible exception of ZooTV. That image of Bono rising up in front of the television screens, kicking to the Zoo Station intro ... that's incredible. And the Collapse )

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  • Current Music
    'The Three Sunrises' by U2