Taken from Act Four of Ivanov by Anton Chekhov.
SHABYELSKY: No, I mean it seriously; I'm going to have to do something so mean and base that everyone will be disgusted, including myself. But, whatever the cost, I'll do it. My word of honour! ... Everyone's rotten, so I'll be rotten, too.
LYEBEDEV: I'm tired of you! Listen, Matvyei, if you go on talking like that, it'll end by your being taken to the loony-bin, excuse the expression.
SHABYELSKY: And how's the loony-bin worse than anywhere else? Do me a favour and take me there now. Yes, please do! Everyone's so low and small-minded and dull-witted, and I'm vile even to myself. I don't believe a single world I say ...
And another very good quote, courtesy of The Edge, about when he once decided to take some drugs.
"Well, there's one story about me doing mushrooms, which was in the Bill Flanagan book, which was about how I discovered all the secrets of the universe in Adam's house one time. I was on my own and very, very much in the middle of a psychedelic experience. And I found my Walkman -- a little like this thing (picks up Hot Press's Sony) -- and spent about four hours recording all the insights I was getting, all these amazing pearls of wisdom. So the following evening I remembered that I had done this, so I ran up to the room, put the tape in and hit the play button. And all I could hear was, "MUMPPHH, MUMPPHHH" (makes muffled sound). I'd spent three hours talking to the battery compartment! All of that wisdom gone forever (laughs). It was a shame. As far as I can could remember, I'd figured out most of the important issues."
See folks, THAT is why you shouldn't do drugs. You may discover heaps of wisdom, but you're that out of it that you'll record it all into the battery compartment and it'll be lost forever! So don't waste your time. (And there's also all those medical concerns, too ...)
Now, back to what I was going to talk about, Windows Media Player being the best thing since sliced bread. I used to have a crappy old version of WMP, but I recently got a more recent version - not the most recent, but a recent one nonetheless, and, oh my bob, I love it, because I can use it to copy songs from my U2 CDs onto my hard drive. I'm now enjoying listening to my U2 collection from Boy to The Unforgettable Fire (ie 1980-1984, with my bootleg included) and my Beautiful Day single. I'm going to copy the rest on tomorrow and have the ultimate U2 playlist. Wow, I love not needing the CD.
Now, it's illegal for me to put my U2 studio CD recordings up online, but it's NOT illegal for me to put up my bootleg. So, as soon as I find out how, I'll put it up, because it's wonderful, and contains the best live version of I Will Follow EVER. And for those of you doubters, U2 themselves don't mind people trading U2 live shows (and that extends to online), and there are plenty of U2 fansites out there where you can get live shows. Now I must figure out how to put mine up ... this version of I Will Follow must get out to everyone, because it's brilliance.
Now, I know I said I wouldn't get back online ... but too bad, I have, and that's the way life is. I'm not going to be on for long. I have Maths C early tomorrow morning ... grr. So I better be off to bed in about 20-30 minutes at the latest. Sooner if I want to make a start on The Seagull by Chekhov.