Mar. 2nd, 2006

sarasusa: (kyoko)
I have fallen in love with mochi--that sticky-rice substance which can variously be toasted, put in soup, shaped into coats around balls of ice cream, and more. This warning label amused me: "Children (especially under three years of age) and elderly people should be cautious. Please chew thoroughly before swallowing."

Apparently, though, the warning is very much in earnest:
Mochi (rice cake)

"Glutinous rice is steamed, pounded into a paste, and shaped into cakes. ...They are one of the essential Japanese foods, and having a celebratory significance, are particularly eaten at New Year, when many people try to eat a lot of them. They are served in zoni, the special New Year soup. They are very soft and sticky and every year a number of people, usually old people, choke to death on them."

Fear the goo. o_O

(But I gotta say--the Mochi*Mochi manga scanslation site redeems the food's image for me! Mochi makes for some very cute credit pages.)
sarasusa: (Quakies)
iTunes Music Library Meme, gleaned (and slightly altered) from the journal of [ profile] akainagi

Open iTunes, Winamp, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to answer the following. Go to your library. Answer, no matter how embarrassing it is.

Number of songs: 544

Sort by song:
First Song: "A Circle Is Cast" - A Circle Is Cast, Libana
Last Song: "Yuu" - Hikaru no Go Original Soundtrack 1, various artists

Sort by time:
Shortest song: "Eyecatch" from Descendants of Darkness Original Soundtrack (9.5 seconds!)
Longest Song: "Drop of Water/Traditional Song" by Dana Lyons from Turn of the Wrench (10 minutes, 23 seconds)

Sort by artist:
First Artist: ABBA ("Waterloo" on ABBA Gold)
Last Artist: individual = Vanessa Carlton ("A Thousand Miles" on Be Not Nobody); collective = Various Artists--though actually, I think it's Topol ("If I Were a Rich Man" on Fiddler on the Roof)

Sort by album:
First Album: 1962-1966, Disc 1 (The Beatles, "From Me to You")
Last Album: Yu-Gi-Oh! Sound Duel 4 ("EYES (TV-Size)")

Search the key word and see how many songs appear:
"Sex": none
"Death": 4
"Love": 24
"You": 25
"Me": 14
"Drugs": none
"Hate": none

Search for your own name, how many?: none

Do The Shuffle!
Shuffle your library and list the first five songs. No padding your playlist, you hipster, you. Be honest!

"Yesterday" - The Beatles (1962-1966, Disc 1)
"Confrontation" - Various (Descendants of Darkness Original Soundtrack)
"Deja Blue" - Various (Into the Sky: Vision of Escaflowne Original Soundtrack)
"Eternal Flame" - The Bangles (Love Songs of the 80s)
"Family" - Dar Williams (Mortal City)

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