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I'm bored. And been wondering due to reading fic. So, question.

What's harder to write in character: secondary/one-off characters or main characters?
(As in, we don't know a lot about secondary characters so the writers don't have a lot to work on, as opposed to knowing a lot about the main characters but having the writer's view of the character skewed because of their preferences etc).

7 of 100: Oasis, Live Forever

... And then there was Britpop. And I can't talk about Britpop without starting with Oasis, because, well, Oasis.

Yes, yes, on the whole Oasis vs. Blur thing (yikes. 90s.) I was firmly in the Oasis camp. Well, on a personal level I thought they were all ridiculous, but musically... see, here's the thing. Noel Gallagher knows about three chords and uses them in predictable ways, but still he does it very well. Blur were... pretentious. And I know it's completely ironic considering just how much progrock this meme is about to suffer from me, but something in Damon Albarn's pretentiousness just always rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention that the first Blur song I've ever heard was Boys & Girls which to this day is one of my least favourite Blur songs.

But this isn't about Blur, it's about Oasis, and like the rest of the universe, the first I heard of them was Live Forever, which is actually from 1994, not 1995, but I think they stayed in the background until Wonderwall came out. Maybe this should be a Wonderwall entry then, not Live Forever, but as much as I like Wonderwall, Live Forever simply summarises Oasis. Maybe it's the same as what I had to say about Nirvana - it has honesty (which is all the more ironic because I think they wrote it directly due to being annoyed with Nirvana-esque depression?)

Anyway, Live Forever is the quintessential Oasis song. Simple chords, simple lyrics, Liam still knew how to sing back in the day, but it works. I shouldn't still be fond of this song, but I am. They actually had quite a lot of really good songs from Definitely, Maybe: Columbia, Supersonic, Slide Away (I love Slide Away. Completely adore it. Maybe I should have linked to it...), but in the end, it's not a surprise that Live Forever was their big break, and still one of their most famous songs ever.

Also, it already showcases their ridiculous tendency to keep songs going on and on and on in the end (although until they decided to make their point with Be Here Now it was manageable, but then, Be Here Now was a rubbish album anyway).

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I'm just sitting here enjoying all the noise over the Higgs Boson. Yeah, I'm rubbish at physics and will never be a physicist, but still - woo! People are excited over physics! ♥

So, to celebrate, here's a PDF that explains Gödel's second incompleteness theorem only with monosyllabic words. Rejoice!
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6 of 100: Nirvana - About A Girl

So, we're still in 1995, aren't we. Hmmm. Did I mention Israel at those years was a bit behind everyone else? At least, I was. So who cares of Kurt Cobain died in 1994, I was into grunge in 1995! Grunge fashion, too - torn jeans and flannel shorts and everything. I still find that fashion highly aesthetic by the way.

Anyway, for the failing grunge fan I am, my favourite Nirvana album has always been the Unplugged one. Yes, I know, it kinda defeats the point in Nirvana, but there you have it.
Also, I'm one of those people who first heard The Man Who Sold The World in the Nirvana edition... I still haven't quite got used to David Bowie's original, I must admit.

Thing is, for all the noise and screams and that, Nirvana actually were talented. And I think the Unplugged is the best indication of that - you drop the noise and the screams and the distortions and what you get is a band that sings its heart out. And that's the thing about music. When it's people singing their heart out, usually it's good.

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5 of 100: Aviv Geffen, Achshav Meunan (It's Cloudy Now)

Yeah, you couldn't be - well, not even a teenager in Israel, as much as simply living in Israel in the early 90s and not hear Aviv Geffen everywhere. He was pretty much the king of Israeli rock back then, especially for my generation.

Funny thing. He's apparently one of the judges now in the Israeli version of the Voice, and it was on at some point when we were all at my sister's for Passover. And then my mum said something like, "Oh, what happened to him, he used to say all those things no one ever said and now he's just like everyone else." I think even 10 years ago I would have thought she was mocking the way he was back in the early 90s, but now I can understand she actually appreciated him back then. Huh. Parents - more cool than you give them credit when you're a teenager (I know, I know, not a revelation).

Achshav Meunan really was sort of the protest song of - well, people who were a bit older than me back then, but not by much, complete with the "we're a fucked up generation" scream at some point. - as was Aviv Geffen who was generally my generation's protest singer, I guess. So he's got a horrible voice (no, honestly, it actually sounds good here compared to some recordings), but he was, I think, at the right place at the right time.

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"Journalists should have the right to use leaked documents as sources for their stories when these stories serve the public interest. We are highly concerned about the ramifications of this decision on the right of the Israeli public to be informed about the actions of state institutions."

"Every investigative journalist has in their possession files that were leaked from unofficial sources. We do not know another way to reveal instances of government corruption, injustices and offenses to the public, whose perpetrators would prefer to continue uninterrupted".

The leaked documents proved that a man who was later considered as a possible candidate for the Israeli Chief of Staff completely dismissed and ignored a Supreme Court ruling regarding the legality of assassinations of terrorists and the guidelines set by the court. The article based on the documents was published after passing through the military censor's office and was approved by them. Half a year ago, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu referred to HaAretz newspaper as "Israel's main enemy". The Israeli Supreme Court is still being attacked on a regular basis by the government.

4 of 100: The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored

Oh, look! Stone Roses!

Okay, that requires some music post. So I shall post The Stone Roses out of order. Cos it's topical and stuff.

The Stone Roses I got from... Ashe. I think. Pretty sure. In the early 2000s I was sending and receiving loads of tapes from people I met through the KS forum/mailing list, and getting to know a lot of new bands. And one of them was the Stone Roses.

I'm pretty sure I've already heard of the Seahorses at the time (Yup! Wikipedia lists Do It Yourself as out in 1997, and I'm sure I caught Blinded By the Sun and Love Me or Leave Me when they were released) but I never knew of the connection to the Stone Roses until I actually got to listen to the Stone Roses. And then I realised they're the first Britpop band and went wheee.

... And in an extremely amusing turn of event, not long ago I was getting a ride from my sister and she was listening to some CD, and something incredibly Stone Roses-y was playing. I can't remember which band it turned out to be (possible Kaiser Chiefs?) but I was so eternally amused that now retro had gone full circle. As the first Britpop band, The Stone Roses are largely responsible to the late 60s retro sound. And now... they've been retro'd. It's layers, man.

Anyway, there were a lot of amusing quirks in that album of theirs. Elizabeth My Dear, for example, which is in fact on the tune for Scarborough Fair, you can hear where Oasis stole half their music from from just listening to Made of Stone, and I Wanna Be Adored is still one of the best album openers ever.

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