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May 1st, 2005

"When the sun sets in Africa, you duck." @ 02:31 pm

starlightm42:
I posted this in both my LiveJournal and MySpace, and I thought I'd share it here and in Interference, too. There's a little bit of religious/spiritual content in here, so if you think you'll be offended you might want to skip this one. However, I hope you'll see the beauty in it, even if you're not a believer in God....I mean, I'm not. *shrugs* Bono has such a knack for creating visual images, and I get such a rush of color and motion in my head when I hear their songs...especially the Joshua Tree, which was designed to be that way...it's a "cinematic" album.

Anyway...I went and found photos that kind of represent what I see in my head when I hear the middle eight of Beautiful Day...and also a quote from the "Bono in Conversation" book that I am reading right now, in a section where he talks about his first trip to Africa. Maybe you guys could respond to this post and share some pictures of what YOU see in your head when you hear different lyrics (U2 or otherwise). I hope you guys see as much as I do when you hear the middle eight from Beautiful Day...or the first verse of Bullet the Blue Sky...




"...And those big bloody suns! When the sun sets in Africa, you duck." -Bono


See the world in green and blue


See China right in front of you


See the canyons broken by cloud



See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out


See the Bedouin fires at night


See the oil fields at first light


See the bird with a leaf in her mouth


After the flood all the colors came out

God added: 'This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'

Genesis 9:12-13

(P.S. the location of that last photo is Jerusalem...If you look closely you can see the city...)

Edited to add: I've uploaded a .txt file with the code for this post here for those who wish to repost it in their LJ's and MySpaces. Mind you, I don't know how long these sites plan on hosting these photos, but they're used w/out permission anyway. I took the liberty of adding a disclaimer at the end, giving credit where it is due, in case it gets passed around the Internet or something.
 
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From:hbpen
Date:May 1st, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
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From:beaute_cramoisi
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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How do I get the code off of that link, I would like to post that in my lj.

I really like it
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From:starlightm42
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Click the link, and it will open the text file (or download it to your computer, depending on your browser). Copy and paste all of the text into your post, and that's all you have to do. :)
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From:beaute_cramoisi
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I dont know if Im just being stupid but when i click the link it just opens it on a separate page..I don't understand how I get the pictures.
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From:starlightm42
Date:May 2nd, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
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OK I'll try and break it down for you. You're not stupid; you just aren't familiar with how coding works. :) When you click that link, you know all that gobbeldy gook you see? That's HTML -- Hypertext Markup Language. It's the language used to make webpages. There's a code behind every webpage. If you have Windows, just right-click anywhere on any webpage and choose "View Source" and it will show you the HTML that makes up that page.

Now, what that means for you is, you can use some HTML coding in your LiveJournal posts...You can use it to put links in your posts (often called "hyperlinks"), or pictures, or make your font different sizes or different colors. LiveJournal has some of it's own coding, too.

Anyway, that is what you are seeing when you click the link. It opens up a text file in a new window that shows you the HTML for the post, so that you don't have to type it all in yourself. So what you need to do is highlight all of the text on that page either with your mouse or by hitting CTRL and the letter A on your keyboard, both at the same time. Then you copy it by either choosing "File >> Copy" or hitting CTRL and C at the same time. This copies all the code from the text into your computer's memory. Then go to make an entry in your livejournal like you normally would and paste it there by either choosing "File >> Paste" or hitting CTRL and P at the same time. That should put all the coding into your entry box.

Now, that is really all you HAVE to do, but because this is such a looong post, it would be coureous to the other people who read your post to do what's called an "LJ-cut." This is some of the LJ coding that I mentioned -- that is, it only works on LiveJournal, whereas most HTML works on any webpage. You use LJ-cuts to hide all or part of a post "behind a curtain" so to speak, so it doesn't take up too much space on people's friends pages (which can be annoying). It creates a link to the rest of the post, which is viewed in it's expanded form on the comment page. Here is a page on how to make an LJ-cut:

http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=75

Did that help?
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From:starlightm42
Date:May 2nd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
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Oh, sorry...I forgot to finish. After you copy and paste everything into your new LiveJournal entry box, and after you add in the LJ-cut (if you want to use one...you don't HAVE to, though, it's mostly a courtesy), then your post is ready and you can hit "Post Comment."
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From:starlightm42
Date:May 2nd, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)

Correction

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Oops, I mean click "Update Journal," not "Post Comment."
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From:boomcha_honey
Date:May 1st, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Wow that is pretty cool and I love the pictures you have picked to use for it :o) I would LOVE to see an African sunset in person!
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From:jinx
Date:May 1st, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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That is so beautiful. Thank you for making it!
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From:hachiemachie
Date:May 2nd, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
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That...was awesome-tastic.
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From:cursedflower
Date:May 2nd, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Very nice.. wish I had thought of that. :)

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