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My favorite shape of pasta is long fusilli:



One supermarket I go to has it (the one with the Lenten ideas, actually), but the near supermarket doesn't. I bought lots of packages last time I was at the one supermarket, and last night we had some. I love-love-love the feel in my mouth.

Do you have a favorite shape of pasta?

Knife throwee or lion's mouth?

A cafe in a nearby town has old board games for patrons to play. We didn't play any, but one that I noticed was called something like "Which would you rather?" where I guess you must have to choose between various alternatives. The one featured on the box was, "Which would you rather be, the person in the circus that the knife thrower throws knives at, or the one who puts their head in the lion's mouth?" wakanomori and I chose opposite, but we both had good reasons. How about you?

Owl in Love

I'm reading this fun YA book that was first published in 1993. It's told by 14-year-old Owl, who is a girl by day and an owl by night. Her narrative voice is fabulous, like when she describes her human parents, who are hedge witches.

My parents are very, very honest. The would never sell a charm, no, not even the merest good-luck piece, if they did not believe it gave good value for money. On the other hand, they are both blessed with an optimistic and uncritical nature, so they are able to offer quite a large line of goods with a clear conscience.


Letter L
My keyboard isn't responding well to my attempt to press the L key. I keep on having to go back and type it harder.

Balance
Did you know it's harder to balance on one foot if you have your eyes closed? It is.

... I think that'll do for now.... I'll be back; I have to go pick up a pizza.


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pameladean
Feb. 29th, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
I did not know long fusilli existed. I must go on a quest. I don't have a favorite pasta, but long spaghetti noodles are for comfort food. I am always making them to go with a sauce that really needs somewhere to lodge and falls helplessly away from the long spaghetti noodles.

P.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)
no icons of pasta, but here is a bowl of strawberries
Long pasta **does** want to slide out of the sauce! The shorter, stouter shapes are better at holding on to it. But do try fusilli if you can find it.
yamamanama
Feb. 29th, 2016 02:04 am (UTC)
Long fusilli is a cool shape. My favorite shape to eat is elbows, cavatappi, rotini, mostly because it's convenient. Aesthetically, gigli are cool.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:34 am (UTC)
We eat a lot of rotini and medium-sized shells. I like farfalle, the butterfly-shaped ones, for small pasta. I had to image-search gigli--they *are* cool. They look sort of like hydra (the simple organism, not the mythical beast.
amaebi
Feb. 29th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
I don't have one favourite sort of pasta, but I tend to prefer nubbly dumplingish sorts, and potato gnocchi. A type of pasta I haven't seen for too long is radiatore. I miss them.

I think I would prefer to have knives thrown at me. I would prefer not to be wounded on the head, and the knifethrower wouldn't likely be liquidated for a mistake, and the lion likely would be.

It's amazing how important vision is for proprioception.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:38 am (UTC)
i am sure I've seen radiatore around here--if I notice them next time I'm in the supermarket, I'll send you a bag.

Ah, I hadn't thought of the question in terms of consequences! I like your heart, your caring for the lion and the knife thrower! Wakanomori chose the knife throwee, too, because he had more trust in human skill than in animal training. I chose the lion because what if the knife thrower had it in for you? Whereas--and this shows you how very far from concern for the other party my thinking was--the lion might be sedated so as to be less likely to bite.

I want to try to get so I can balance well with my eyes closed, but I don't know if it will be possible.
amaebi
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
No! No! Don't do it! Postage! i just checked on amazon and ordered a small case of radiatore.

Don't forget the part where I just don't want my head chomped. I am not all magnanimity.

Awake your spider senses. :D
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:53 am (UTC)
Hahaha, okay okay! I will not send you radiatore! And point taken about not wanting your head chomped, but you *certainly* weren't considering drugging the poor lion.

I shall do my best to awake my spider senses!
amaebi
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
Drugging the lion
*horror*
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Drugging the lion
^_^

I will never mistake you for a supervillain--and that's a good thing.
amaebi
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Drugging th
Heh heh.

Yes.
mrissa
Feb. 29th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
There are three systems important for balance. Inner ear, vision, and proprioception/muscle relationships. Quite a few people have at least a small weakness in at least one and do not know it, because they are compensating with the other two.

However, if you have no inner ear function at all, you will quickly find that all the vision and proprioception/muscle relationships in the world will not compensate fully. Ask me how I know.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Yiiiiikes--is that an all-the-time thing or a some-of-the-time thing. And this will reveal severe ignorance on my part but: if you have no inner ear function, does that mean that you're deaf?
mrissa
Feb. 29th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
No. I'm using "inner ear" as a shorthand for the vestibular functions of the inner ear; the hearing functions can work separately, and mine did.

I have had some inner ear function restored with intensive physical therapy, so I'm at something like 5-25% of a normal person depending on whether it's a good day or a bad day, but that's all they expect I'll ever get back.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that the hearing can work separately! I've learned something new.

How do you do physical therapy for an internal thing? I associate physical therapy with things like frozen shoulders, etc. (Answer at your leisure and as time and energy permit--I'm curious, but I don't mean to drag you into a whole long discussion unless you're up for it.)
mrissa
Mar. 2nd, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
There was an extensive series of exercises that were about restoring function. It started with standing in the corner with my eyes shut for thirty seconds at a time. That was exhausting. Then standing in the corner on a pillow. And so on. There were head-shaking exercises, head-turning exercises, all sorts of things that were meant to retrain the ear to say, here, this is how it works to have an up and a down, to move and right yourself again.

It only sort of worked. But it did work some. With most people it works much more, but most people don't have multiple causes of vestibular system nonfunction combining simultaneously, so...lucky most people.
asakiyume
Mar. 2nd, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, just reading about the head-shaking exercises makes me feel a little nauseated, like I'd get from spinning around.

It's terrible to be in the unlucky percentage for which a usual course of treatment isn't much help :\
sovay
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm reading this fun YA book that was first published in 1993.

I have a copy of Owl in Love! I've met maybe one other person who's read it. Enjoy!
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying it very much, and Owl reminds me in some ways of my imagination of you at 14 years of age.
sartorias
Feb. 29th, 2016 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh, Owl in love--a wonderful book.

Spaghettini, as thin as possible. Yum.

Sometimes in yoga they ask us to do tree with eyes closed. As if! I can get dizzy lying down with my eyes closed. I have terrible balance.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was in yoga that I was first made aware of how hard impossible it is to balance with eyes closed.

Glad you liked Owl in Love too. The dynamic between Owl and her parents reminds me of the Hilary McKay books.
bummble
Feb. 29th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
I can't even do it with my eyes open...
athenais
Feb. 29th, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
I cannot decide which would be more terrifying and dangerous, the knives or the lion! I really cannot choose!

I do not have a favorite pasta shape. I feel this may reveal something about me. Perhaps I should dream on it.
asakiyume
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you will dream up a new and very elegant pasta shape. I could go for rose-shaped pasta, for example.
awayslow
Feb. 29th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
owl in love! i think i was about 11 when i found it at a school library. i forgot its title eventually but was always a little haunted by the memory of it. it was thrilling when the internet became a thing and i was able to find it again (and immediately buy a copy).
asakiyume
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, yes, I think it would be a wonderful and mysterious book to discover at age 11. And *yes*--isn't it the best to find a story you've lost track of? Blessings upon the Internet.
oiktirmos
Mar. 1st, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
I thought of Vi Hart the moment I saw the photo of fusilli.
We need to express the need to Vi Hart for an analysis of the topology of fusilli and a fusilli song.
Somewhere there must be a 3D printer for making complex pasta shapes for dinner.
asakiyume
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
I agree! It would be great to get Vi Hart to talk about, or compose music on the principles of, fusilli! And now I absolutely want to load a 3D printer up with pasta dough....
lnhammer
Mar. 1st, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
I love Owl in Love. Which is her name as well as her nature.
asakiyume
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying it very, very much.
khiemtran
Mar. 2nd, 2016 08:28 am (UTC)
Did you know it's harder to balance on one foot if you have your eyes closed? It is.

This is something that suddenly became very important once humans began to fly. Our sense of balance is optimized for moving around on solid surfaces and it's quite poor at coping with constant random acceleration as you might experience if you were flying a plane. Many early pilots were astonished to find that they might enter a cloud upright, but then exit upside down (or more likely in an inverted spiral), once they had lost their visual cues. This led to the development of instrument flying and training pilots to trust their instruments over what their bodies were telling them.
asakiyume
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
This is something that suddenly became very important once humans began to fly.

I literally thought you were spinning off into Story here--it was only at the next sentence that I realized you were talking about Real Life. That's fascinating! I had no idea.
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