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iTunes meme

How many total songs?

4273 songs, 11.4 days.

Sort by song title; first and last?

First: '85 Radio Special by They Might Be Giants -- it's a little B-side from their first compilation album.

Last: It has Japanese character for a title, so I can't reproduce it. It translates to "Simple and Clean" and is from the "Kingdom Hearts" soundtrack. I guess that means I'm admitting my fascination with video game music.

Sort by time; first and last?

First: Fingertips (11) by They Might Be Giants (0:04).

Last: Dies Irae from the Verdi Requiem, by the Robert Shaw Chorale (36:41). My chorus is singing this piece right now and it's awesome (in both senses of the word).

Sort by album; first and last?

(Not counting items with no album name.)

First: So Far Away, by Staind (from "14 Shades of Gray")

Last: Numb, by U2 (from "Zooropa", of course)

Top five played songs?

Naturally, these are songs that I tend to go back and listen to again as soon as they play the first time. They are:

Aluminum, Barenaked Ladies, from "Everything Acoustic"
Next Time, Barenaked Ladies, from "Everything to Everyone"
'97 Bonnie and Clyde, Tori Amos, from "Strange Little Girls"
Side, Travis, from "The Invisible Band"
Aluminum, Barenaked Ladies, from "Everything to Everyone" (tied with two other songs)

You might conclude from this that "Aluminum" is my very favorite song. You would not be too far off.

Find "sex"; how many songs show up?

Three. Wild Sex in the Working Class by Oingo Boingo, So Unsexy by Alanis Morissette, and Sexy Sadie by the Beatles.

Find "death"; how many songs show up?

27 songs, but only because it matches the Dead Milkmen album "Death Rides a Pale Cow". Not counting these song, there are four: Judas' Death from "Jesus Christ Superstar" (original London cast album), Starve to Death by Chris Whitley from the "So I Married an Axe Murderer" soundtrack, "Death's Door" by Depeche Mode, and "Deathwish" by the Police.

Find "love"; how many songs show up?

171 songs. Again, this matches artist names (Laura Love, Lyle Lovett) and several album names as well.

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kouhaataru
Feb. 17th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
It has Japanese character for a title, so I can't reproduce it. It translates to "Simple and Clean" and is from the "Kingdom Hearts" soundtrack

Really I thought that "simple and clean" was always written in english, or was it that 宇多田ヒカル (utada hikaru) was in japanese? Anyway if you want to type in japanese it's easy and should be free, at least it is using windows 2000, I don't know how on other systems or versions of windows (I think xp supports it too) but if you look I'm sure it's out there.

Please ignore me,
the random man who doesn't really know anything useful
owlmoose
Feb. 21st, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
It's a single Japanese character. There are three different tracks with it as part of the title, it's always the character, never translated or transliterated. I assumed it was "Simple and Clean" because I know that's the name of one of the main KH themes and there's no song by that name on the album.

Anyway if you want to type in japanese it's easy and should be free, at least it is using windows 2000, I don't know how on other systems or versions of windows

Ah, but what if one is using a Mac? :) Anyway, I don't need Japanese capability often enough to bother to go looking, although it's good to know it's probably possible. Thanks!
kouhaataru
Feb. 21st, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Hmmm one kanji... well simple and clean in japanese would be something like 9 or 10 characters since it's transliterated english (the system for foreign words is called katakana, it's the easiest one to learn, and honestly the funniest "meri kurisumasu"=merry christmas). I would guess that if it's one character it's Hikari光 which means light. Anyway I am curious now (I was in the first place, that's why I commented out of literally nowhere, you were just lucky enough to post the minute I decided to look through "recent posts" for the first time in months) so let me look into it a bit.

Apparently this is the back of the Kingdom Hearts OST and I see the kanji Hikari on there three times (hikari is the title of the ending song if memory serves, thought it might have just been an image or insert song I can't recall). You might notice that even though that's the japanese release all of the songs are in english on the back. Japanese are just funny like that with some things (rarely these days do I hear a mainstream japanese song without an english title or at least lyric). It looks like there is a fully translated track list there too if you're interested. http://www.gametrax.net/albums/777997/

And to cap it off, here is a nice little picture of the kanji to confirm for sure
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Hmmm one kanji... well simple and clean in japanese would be something like 9 or 10 characters since it's transliterated english (the system for foreign words is called katakana, it's the easiest one to learn, and honestly the funniest "meri kurisumasu"=merry christmas). I would guess that if it's one character it's Hikari光 which means light. Anyway I am curious now (I was in the first place, that's why I commented out of literally nowhere, you were just lucky enough to post the minute I decided to look through "recent posts" for the first time in months) so let me look into it a bit.

Apparently <a href="http://www.gametrax.net/albums/777997/777997aib.jpg">this</a> is the back of the Kingdom Hearts OST and I see the kanji Hikari on there three times (hikari is the title of the ending song if memory serves, thought it might have just been an image or insert song I can't recall). You might notice that even though that's the japanese release all of the songs are in english on the back. Japanese are just funny like that with some things (rarely these days do I hear a mainstream japanese song without an english title or at least lyric). It looks like there is a fully translated track list there too if you're interested. http://www.gametrax.net/albums/777997/

And to cap it off, here is a nice little picture of the kanji to confirm for sure <img src="http://www.tekido.com/images/metal/kanji/040-2005-light.gif"</img>

Anyway I had a feeling you had a mac... a quick glance over at wwwjdic (which has some weird university address instead of ~.com)turned up <a href="http://redcocoon.org/cab/mysoft.html">this</a>. I didn't check it but it did say last updated january 2nd 2005 so it should be able to help you out. Worst case, if I remember correctly you can install internet explorer and definitely firefox (I was skeptical for a long time but it works pretty well for me) both of which have methods for japanese compatibility to view things online. Anyway, installing language reading/recognition support is pretty easy. The tricky part is typing in other languages or installing programs from other parts of the world. But that's another story and I'll leave those joys/wasted time and sleepless nights to you to discover for yourself.

*sigh... I want to go to bed but by the time I fall asleep it'll be the time to take my pill. Which is why I went to such lengths to explain what I thought about the kanji. Actually I would have done it anyway (I guess I like seeing myself type), that's just the reason I'm doing it now.

BTW I noticed you're in San Francisco. I have an acquaintance who is going to the private catholic university there (is that the university of san francisco? I don't recall now). So let me ask you, how do you find the city and california in general? Are you a native or just living there now?

Later
kouhaataru
Feb. 21st, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
oops sorry about that... being awake for 32 hours doesn't help one's broken html skills (I was messing around with PHP and Mysql for the first time earlier today and I could swear I had an easier time for some reason)... or were they broken? (*&*$% (brain is scrambled right now I can't tell). Maybe you don't allow code on your journal or from non-friends or something I wasn't paying attention I guess. Anyway the addresses were all there anyway.

*sigh... well sorry to bother you.
owlmoose
Feb. 28th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
That's okay - but that is the character! Thanks. So it's Hikari, that makes sense too.

I love San Francisco. I've lived in the area since I was a teenager and can't seriously imagine living outside the Bay Area. Yeah, USF is the big private Catholic university here.
luvmoose
Feb. 17th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
But what's your take on Aluminum with the lost verse?
owlmoose
Feb. 18th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
I haven't heard it often enough to really judge (just a couple of times in concert -- he wasn't singing it during the Peep Show tour, was he?), but I don't think it really makes a difference for me. It's not a song I like for the meaning (not that I dislike the lyrics or anything) -- it's the tune and the instrumentals and Ed's voice and the duet with Steve and the general tranciness of it. So the extra verse just makes the song longer. No complaints with that, certainly.
luvmoose
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
No, I think they started putting it back in during E4E. And I think that's the only way they play it now. I have so many live versions from buying just about every AN show that it's kind of weird without it for me now. And I also have the demo version on a CD in my car, so I hear that a lot.
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