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.