Monday, 30 June 2008

The age of the Internet

 There are many people who have criticised the Internet, and its worth, very harshly. They say that it will draw you will way from other people, and put it within reach of perverts  and social malcontents. I am sure that is true. Yes, there is pornography, and a lot of undesirable material -- but it can be avoided!

However, there are people, for whom that kind of thing is not an issue. The Internet is responsible, in no small measure, for saving my sanity during his illness. I have been able to keep in touch with people, express myself creatively, and have fun. It has been an outlet in, and the means for discovering things, which I never thought possible. YouTube is a good example of that. Now, blogging has become possible, too. It is very achievable, to explain one's horizons, without ever leaving the house.  Amazing people are just a click away.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

What's going on with the Olympics?

 So, it seems that people are talking about the 2008 Olympics for all the wrong reasons.

It is definitely the most politicised Olympics, that I can remember.  When there is discussion about the Olympics, that is unrelated to the sports themselves; it's usually about some kind of drugs scandal, or which nations will be competing. In other words, it's pretty boring. 

 Usually, I find the games themselves boring, as well. Unless I want Australia to win really badly, of course!

But now that China is running the show this time around, it is from most politicised Olympic Games that I can remember. This seems to be a lot of talk about who is boycotting these games, and who isn't. It is possible that the lead-up to the games will be more interesting than the games, themselves.

I am thankful that these Olympic Games have brought the Chinese occupation of Tibet for a discussion, again. I would not have known about the situation in Tibet, at all; if not for the publicity surrounding the Olympic Games. It is a horrible business, I am glad that people are speaking out about it.

But it is a situation that has happened in history, on many previous occasions. Australia was thought to be unoccupied, when it was taken over by the British. Of course, it wasn't. Indigenous Australians had been occupying the land for hundreds of thousands of years. I can see some parallels.

Nobody can arbitrarily declare that they have the right to take over a particular piece of land. It happened with the pilgrims, who colonised America. It's a double standard, really. If that had not happened in Australia, I would not be here. Still, it's not right.

I don't believe it's right, or peaceful, to impose democracy on another country. I think that's what happened in the  recent conflict with Iraq. I don't know what the real reasons for the conflict in Iraq are.

I still fully support the job that the troops over there have been assigned to do. I am proud of the bravery of the armed forces.

That's all, for now.  (It took me ages to finish.)

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Bible and blues

I have to say, I love the MacBook Pro experience, so far! I have never owned any kind of Mac, before.  It has wonderful learning experience.

I get pretty depressed, sometimes (and I don't mean in it in the colloquial sense). Although I have my family around me, I am not always up to seeing people, that can be difficult. It is contradictory, really; I am lonely, but I don't all ways want company. Sometimes, the company can be hard work. It can be rewarding, too.

The constant cycle of new drugs, seems to leave me in somewhat of a  daze.    So, what am I getting at? There are some fairly major and complicated things going on in my life. I no longer have control of my bowels, and my digestive system has stopped working. But, it's necessary to find something in any situation, that makes one's life worth living.

In other words, something that makes you happy. I have found many things that bring about joy in my life. Usually, people say they have found religion -- I would say that religion found me. I bought an unabridged version of the King James Bible on audio CD. I had just decided that it was something I would like to read. It turned out to be a life-changing experience. Not long after I became ill, I began my journey towards becoming a Christian. I did not know that was where it would end up, but that's the point. It has taken many more than two years for me to fully accept, to know, God's word. I quickly came to love the four Gospels; along with many other books of the Bible.

I also learnt to play the harmonica (started to learn, at least). That has been great fun. I love the blues!

There have been many other things, which I will talk about later.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

The Beatles can make all the difference

 Well, my life rolls on. I have managed to survive the latest medications (I am kind of joking).

In the course of the last few years, my half-developed belief in God, has blossomed into a commitment. I would consider myself a Christian now. I have always loved the reading and writing of poetry; and I consider the various holy scriptures of the world to be poetry of the highest form. It was naturally the message of Christ, and not just the style of language, that sealed the deal.

Now that I'm set up properly, I'll continue to pen my autobiography. It has been an arduous, but rewarding, process. I should point out that I'm not finished yet. Writing, in almost any form, as many joys. I have been writing poetry and short stories for as long as I can remember. Lyricists and song writers were my first source of inspiration. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, and many others. I was also saturated with the radio of the 90s; Pearl Jam, Nirvana, even Matchbox Twenty.

Later on (around puberty), I was exposed to the rock music of the 1960s and 70s. I devoured what I heard: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix.

Even later, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker... and others. I need to finish this, early. I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Certainly a thrill

I was unsure what to write; this being my first blog entry, and all.  I am excited to have another creative outlet.  I am in need of as many new experiences, as possible. Mostly because I'm bed-bound and I have been for over two years. The disorder I have called is dysautonomia .  

Most people don't know what it is, let alone how to fix it! This makes it quite difficult!  Basically, my autonomic nervous system's shot.  I was also born with cerebral palsy.

Anyway, I love poetry, music and creative writing. I post on YouTube, as Ledvolta.  I love Hendrix, Zeppelin, The Beat Poets, and so much more.  I hope to write better blogs when I have voice dictation.