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22 April 2006 @ 11:37 pm
I'm spoiled, I tells ya.  
I got a few very nifty gifts for my b'day this year. Proof of how well the people giving me gifts actually know me follows:

I got a copy each of the Kenshin Intros & Exits, Kenshin in-show, and Kenshin OVA soundtracks. That's pretty spiff. The OVA music especially should be good -- once I start listening to it. I seem to recall rather liking it while I was watching the OVA (last time I watched it was a couple weeks ago, I think).

I got a DVD-R with the 60 Minutes Johnny Cash interview and Johnny Cash at San Quentin on it.

I got Steve Oualline's Wicked Cool Perl Scripts, from No Starch Press. Even the title is good.

Last (so far?) but not least, I got a bottle of Mu Sake. Mu Sake is, it turns out, junmai daiginjyo-shu. In general: you can get junmai or honjozo sake, where honjozo has "brewer's alcohol" added to it (usually along with some water), rendering a "fortified" sake, whereas junmai is made with nothing but rice, water, and koji (the magic mold used to ferment the rice). Ginjyo sake is reasonably good quality, but daiginjyo is the really premium stuff. Generally speaking, for the purist, the best sake is junmai daiginjyo-shu, or highest-grade sake (with at least 50% of the rice grains polished away before brewing) that is made only using water, rice, and koji. I've had one glass of the stuff so far. I washed my one and only wineglass, then opened the bottle — and the scent made my mouth water. I poured a glass, and sipped. This is, bar none, the best sake I've ever had. I wasn't sure whether I was going to drink any tonight, but a friend talked me into yielding to temptation via IMs, and here I am, impressed.

Yep, my friends certainly know how to spoil me.
mata_hari_mata_hari_ on April 23rd, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
Oh, Happy Birthday Ren!
*giant birthday hug*

Autolatristapotheon on April 23rd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!
mata_hari_mata_hari_ on May 10th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Had any visitors?
I'm planning on taking a mini-vacation soon and I was seriously thinking I'd come there for a few days... I just needed to talk to you first...
It would be in late-ish July...
I'd probably opt for taking the train (I like them) - quite possibly with a travel buddy...

What do you think?
Autolatristapotheon on May 10th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Had any visitors?
That would be absofuckinlutely awesome. Send an email to apotheon at gmail dot com and I'll give you a "real" email address and other contact info for me from there.
mata_hari_mata_hari_ on May 10th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Had any visitors?
Custos Amissarum Viarumilcylic on April 23rd, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm really fond of Otokoyama.

Autolatristapotheon on April 23rd, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried it. Do tell.
Custos Amissarum Viarumilcylic on April 23rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Mildly sweet at first, though not like nigori unfiltered sake; nicely dry, about midrange between a merlot and a cabernet, though obviously completely different flavors; with a sharp nose, almost like drinking whiskey, though again, of course, sake flavored.

Definitely wineglass (or masu cup, better yet) grade sake. Though, like all sake, best within a few days of opening. It doesn't keep as well as grape wine. Still, I'd say I drank this bottle over the course of maybe as long as two weeks, and it wasn't noticeably oxidized at the end. The dryness probably helps.

Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Mu does something similar with the mild sweetness at first, and after that turns into a flavor I can only describe as the essense of clarity and crispness. It's almost diametrically opposed to the gamy flavors of namazake, in a sense. It doesn't really have any bite to speak of, just subtle flavoring.

To be obnoxiously poetic, it's a bit like drinking distilled (pun intended) alertness.
Autolatristapotheon on April 24th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm full of typos lately.

ToffutiCutie: Right onladyoflourdes on April 24th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Happiest birthday, albeit belated :)
Autolatristapotheon on May 10th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)

I remember seeing this and thinking "I'll have to respond to that later when I'm less busy." Apparently, I was busy long enough that I completely forgot to get back to it. Sorry 'bout that!

Thank you for the b'day wishes.
randommagi on May 16th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
huh huh, you said "bidet".
Autolatristapotheon on May 16th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
I do that sometimes.