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Narrow Minded

Posted 19 April 2002, 11.18 am by Sickan

Walking the hallways of my high school, looking at all the people.
They all seem so empty and shallow, like there is nothing inside them. I have for months had this feeling – this nagging feeling that they actually were shallow and empty – that all they had inside was water - purified water. Some of them have been sitting in their usual “clans” – the same people same clothes probably same subject of conversation. But today I realised or maybe I have know this all the time but still – I let something come close to me. I was sitting on a bench in a break, smoking a cigarette; I looked at this boy I’ve never really noticed before. He looked like most boys my age, dark hair, brown eyes, wearing normal, yet modern clothes, actually he was a good-looking fellow. He was talking to his friend, looking with interesting eyes listing to whatever his friend told him – but he had this look in his eyes and attitude. I recognised this from my own inner self – he looked like a caged animal, looked like a person bored to death, yet just to some degree satisfied with his life.
This boy looked very briefly up and spotted me, he smiled vaguely and lifted his hand just a little, as if he signalled me. I looked back at him with knitted brows – wondered what he meant with this vague gesture.
Well, this odd scene made me reconsider my rather prejudiced attitude towards people. It made me think; there is quite a lot of people on this school – and they all have lives and loved ones. But its like I’ve never noticed them. It’s like they just belonged to the school inventory – like the tables and blackboards. Surely there are a few people I know here but I never looked at the other people here and thought they had lives outside school.
I realised that I had been narrow-minded. Just like I wanted them to be. I have been wrong – they have lives, and they aren’t just stuffing here. But as I write this I crawl back to the position towards these people, that boy touched my heart in some way – well he made me thing never the less, reconsider my attitude but I’m pretty sure that he have no idea of this. I think he never intended to “gesture” me and he looked at me – scanned the area, nothing more. I over-interpreted that moment, but that does not really matter. The point is that he only for a brief moment make me rethink my place and thought about my fellow students/people.

Microwave Fun!!

Posted 17 April 2002, 8.08 pm by Craig

Take a look at all the fun things you can do with your microwave oven!!

Click here bitch.

Are you as Slacker?

Posted 16 April 2002, 2.00 pm by Craig




Take the What Kind of Slacker are you? Quiz



By the way it's my birthday today... Send me Presents!!!

Wow! A webmaster post!

Posted 15 April 2002, 12.49 am by Alexander

It's been many months since I've done one of these, mainly because they tend to be somewhat dull. I'll keep it brief.

I'm really pleased with the activity on the site of late - loads of great discussion, input and contributions. That's what it's all about after all. But still we need more!

In particular we need more art for the collection. If you've ever drawn or painted or digitally created any art, why not add it to the akpcep database and give it a public airing? It's not there to be judged or rated or even commented on, just as an outlet. I know there are many many creative people who visit and use akpcep, so why not email me some of your work in jpg format, with a brief description?

Remember, the site is what YOU make it.

If you're not a member of the Grinding Shed, or you haven't visited that area of the site for a while, make sure to check out the new and improved intra-site message system and email notification. Also, the karma system seems to be working well. Testament to the mature and responsible nature of your average grinder... *cough*

As always, if you have any questions or comments, or anything you'd like to see implemented on akpcep.com, email me at alexander@akpcep.com.

- Alexander

Educate thyself!

Posted 14 April 2002, 11.45 pm by Alexander

This was emailed to me by user Janetdoggy. It doesn't really need any introduction, but you should all bookmark it. You never know when you might need it...

The Internet Public Library.

Akpcep's Red Headded Step Child

Posted 14 April 2002, 9.20 am by Berly

I stumbled upon this user submitted articles site. I got a kick out of it. Maybe you will too.

Boring Guys

If I didn't know any better, I'd think this guy is related to our divine one, Alexander. In the spew (message board) section, he posts a thread about how he can't see keeping the site up and running because "Mr. Bank Account is tired of having Mr. WebSite do the grabby-grabby to all his fundage."

Star Wars fanatics - and I why I want to run them through with my lightsaber.

Posted 12 April 2002, 10.52 pm by James

Fans of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy have always been fanatics. Whether they're bashing their "dorky" counterparts, the Trekkies, or buying the latest Star Wars "Extended Universe" novel (in which Luke Skywalker is 79, Chewie is dead, and every villain from the original trilogy has been cloned...twice), their devotion remains nothing less than rabid. These days, though, even the most devout fans feel the stinging ice pick of doubt needling their respective cerebral cortexes. After 1999's kick-off of the prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace, they cringed at the thought of Jar Jar Binks' mad-cap encounters with power couplings, or a young Darth Vader's innocent exclamation of "Yippee!"

Almost twenty years of waiting have gone by, and Star Wars devotees are now faced with the possibility of their beloved space-opera being utterly ruined by its own prequels!

...

Wait. Time out. Please, allow me to interrupt myself.

I am a Star Wars fan myself. I was raised by my mother to adore the classic trilogy, and admittedly, can pretty much recite every line of dialogue from any scene in the seven-hour running time of the cassettes. In other words, I'm a complete loser - it's amazing I've managed to touch a breast or two, being a man who collected Star Wars: CCG cards in middle school and can name the starship and weapon of choice of each of the bounty hunters flashed on the screen for three seconds in the middle of The Empire Strikes Back. Even the sad-looking assassin droid, 4-Lom. Despite my love for these films, however, I don't get my vas deferens twisted up over every quirk and stupid detail of the prequels.

Why, you ask? I guess I just remember some things about the Star Wars saga that others have chosen to forget. Or maybe I have issues with suspending disbelief. Either way, I don't see any of the first three episodes as a perfect template for a prequel to adhere to.. They all had a good amount of cheesiness, a boring spot, or clusters of bad dialogue mixed in with the classic goodness.

Take A New Hope, for example - the beginning of this film can be somewhat tedious, with only a brief look at Darth Vader keeping us interested enough to sit through C3PO's inane belly-aching. If it weren't for the captivating presence of Sir Alec Guiness or Peter Cushing, I'd bet you my mint-edition Chewbacca card that the series never would have taken off. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford didn't really reach a stride until the second film, and without the seasoned veterans around to carry them, they would've fallen flat on their faces.

The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi weren't masterpieces either, I'll have you know. The matte lines in the Battle of Hoth (or Luke's fight with the Rancor, for that matter) make you want to gouge your own eyes out. And people complain today about "fake-looking" computer backgrounds, which I find breathtaking! They also love to complain about poor, "fake-looking" computer-animated Yoda, who's trying his best, dammit! I can't believe they forgot about the stiff, awkward, puppet-y Yoda that very nearly made the Dagobah death scene from Return of the Jedi more of a laugh riot than a tearjerker.

How about repetition? If you watch the series from start to finish, you should count about forty-or-so instances of the hyperdrive breaking down on the Millenium Falcon, or repairs being made by Han Solo and an always-irate Chewie. On the same token, why not listen closely to the dialogue during the climactic duel of Return of the Jedi - a father and son come to blows in the most emotionally charged battle the galaxy has ever known, and all we hear is:

"Search your feelings, father. I feel the conflict within you."
"Your feelings have betrayed you!"
"You shall meet your destiny."
"This is your destiny."
"It is your destiny."
"Feel the hatred swelling in you."
"Use your hatred."
"You will call me Master."
"Soon he will be your Master."
"I will not be turned."
"I shall not turn."
etc. etc.

Selective memories are sad, people. The original Star Wars films weren't perfect, and the prequels won't be either. Face up to it and move on, or the whole damn thing will be ruined for you. It's only a bit of fun, after all.

The Selling of the American Dream

Posted 11 April 2002, 10.24 pm by Jake

Advertising. It's everywhere. From the pop-up windows that annoy the hell out of you to the brand names on people's clothing....it's practically a plague. Nearly everything is copyrighted or trademarked. A majority of television channels and radio stations play more commercials than actual programming. Advertising has become the business game of the century.
In the fledgling years of advertising, people bought products with the most appealing ads. Nowadays it's almost the same, but ads have taken a turn. Ever since ad agencies started putting emotional "jolts" into their campaigns, "jolt advertising" has become the staple of sales. Think about it. People enjoy commercials that make them laugh. Usually what causes the impulse to laugh at advertisements is a sudden, unexpected event that leaves one of the ad characters as the brunt of hilarity. Other ads rely on beautiful, thin women or powerful, masculine fellows to appeal to the consumer. The average consumerist female(or, in some cases, male) will buy Cover Girl mascara if Cindy Crawford looks good wearing it, and the average consumerist male will only buy Budweiser beer because of the slapstick commercials featuring edgy comedians.
Quite often, we have a corporate answer for every quandary we face in our modern lives. If we get hungry, we go down the street to the desired fast-food restaurant. If we get thirsty, we have Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Gatorade right by us to quench our thirst. And the sad part is, the advertisers are selling us their ideas of "cool". Many people are so engrained into their consumerist lifestyle, they don't know any better. Example: The woman next door owns a Ford Expedition, and she's a trendy soccer mom. She has "it". So, the brooding neighbor goes out and buys a monstrously huge gas-guzzling SUV and becomes the talk of the junior high, carting her kids and their various friends to aforementioned fast-food joints and even the mall to buy overpriced brand-name clothing.
A majority of kids aren't satisfied until they are wearing Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie and Fitch, or Nike. God forbid they were caught wearing anything less. If some kid's wearing Wal-Mart clothing, they're poor trash. Even the "alternative" kiddos are decked out in their Adidas, Puma, and (insert trendy band-name here)t-shirts, accompanied with accessories from the "alternative" stores. Kids' fashion templates are homogenized with what they see on MTV or VH1. When everyone comes home at night, they log countless hours in front of the television or computer. We (as a culture) have become so detached from our standards that we would be lost without television, radio or computers. Reading books? That's for nerds. Just go buy a magazine. Actually going somewhere and having fun as a family? No way. Mom and Dad are too tired to go do anything and besides, the kids would get all nasty if they went outside.
We are breeding cultures that are raised in a completely electronic environment. The amount of information zipping around is so overwhelming that a majority of it is useless. If it can't be reduced to simple little factoids and memorized, why learn it? Amazingly, our culture has survived despite mass consumption and destruction of natural resources. What the real kicker is, is that nobody is willing to stop. Very few people are actually willing to ditch their electronic vices and go do something. My challenge to the masses is: Do something different. Instead of turning on the television, read a book. Exercise.
Instead of drinking soft drinks, try water. The next time you're dying for a salad, go find a mom-and-pop produce stand that grows all of their own products. All it takes is a bunch of small changes to make yourself stand back and look at your life. And then you can prioritize and wonder what you are actually getting out of all of this.

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Props to Green Mamba for bringing the weirdness

Hmph

80s candy bars were pretty good

only because i traded it for a candy bar in the 80's.

lol we all know you don't have a soul ghoti

my soul for some carbs...

But of course!

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