Sunday, September 16


Ejätsu Tsabbari Tikkari Lallan Tittari Tillan Titsdandulla

(Bumped and updated because Internet Explorer is poopy.)

Stop it with the leek already Orihime!

Ejätsu tsabbari tikkari lallan tittari tillan titsdandulla
dibidabidallaa ruppatirupiran Kurikan kukka ja Kivikan kuu
är tsä tsää ja ribidabidillaa ba ridsan dillan dirlanduu
aba ribbaddaa da ribbaribaa ribiribirisden dirlanduu

For those who somehow (like me) avoided this menace when it hit the net last year...  Here it is.

Click to see the evil.

Song is Ievan Polkka recorded by the Finnish group Loituma.  The animation is known as Loituma Girl or, for obvious reasons, Leekspin. The girl pictured is Orihime Inoue from the anime series Bleach.

This little thingy sparked something of a comeback for Loituma.  Here's a 1995 recording of Ievan Polkka:

And a 2007 appearance:

And an official music video:

There are innumerable variants of the original animation, but most of them aren't worth looking at.  Particularly that hideous thing with the donkey...

When I first saw this clip I immediately realised that the lyrics were gibberish - scat, basically.  So I was rather surprised on looking up the song to find that it was actually a dialect of Finnish known as Savo.

But my ear didn't fail me after all.  Except for a few words - Kurikan kukka ja Kivikan kuu means Kurikka's (a town) flower and Kivikka's (a name) moon - the section of the song used in the animated clip is indeed gibberish.  The rest of the song is in Savo; this part is made up by the singer and varies between performances.  It is interesting that I could tell this without knowing a word of Finnish.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 10:51 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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I just tried to do a search here and got an error 500:

500 Internal Server Error
The server encountered an unexpected condition which prevented it from fulfilling the request.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/cherrypy/", line 342, in respond
    cherrypy.response.body = self.handler()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/cherrypy/", line 15, in __call__
    return self.callable(*self.args, **self.kwargs)
  File "", line 144, in index
    return go(cherrypy)
  File "", line 121, in go
  File "", line 95, in go
    return Page.go(cp)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 395, in go
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 2779, in go
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 131, in form_search
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 2579, in go_index
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 180, in do_template
    return do_template_text(page,t)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 373, in do_template_text
    if not v1: text+=do_template_text(page,tsub); lastz=True
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 267, in do_template_text
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 180, in do_template
    return do_template_text(page,t)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 271, in do_template_text
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 192, in do_applet
    return do_template_text(page,t)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 254, in do_template_text
    if ttype=='block': (s,i2)=show_block(page,t,i,opt,handler)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 48, in show_block
    if ok: text=do_block(page,tsub,opt,handler)
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 58, in do_block
    return handler(page,opt,template=k0+'.template')
  File "/var/minx/live1.1/", line 1302, in show_topics
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'offset' referenced before assignment

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, September 16 2007 08:49 AM (+rSRq)

2 Thank you for the warning Pixy but it's too late for me..... sad

"Some folks call them green onions....but they're really scallions".

Posted by: Ken Talton at Sunday, September 16 2007 09:45 AM (V5zw/)

3 Regards SDB's reported search error.....I got the same error.
I'm on a PC using Firefox as a browser.

Note that I get no error and a successful search on my blog. Likewise, I get results on Chizumatic as well, though I suspect that the word "fan service" has been used more than 4 times on that blog.

Posted by: Ken Talton at Sunday, September 16 2007 09:59 AM (V5zw/)

4 Thanks guys.  Looks like I broke something in the recent update.  I'll get that fixed right away.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 16 2007 01:50 PM (PiXy!)

5 PIXY...The loutima doesn't all. I  assumed it had consumed my brain but WONDERDUCK notes the same phenomenon. We're viewing your site in IE and AOL. When looking at the post itself the song plays wether or not the spinny leekophillic Orihime is visible.....possibly a bug...possibly world spanning maddness. It works fine in Firefox.

Posted by: Ken Talton at Sunday, September 16 2007 03:14 PM (kCyDY)


Get a real browser. razz

Seriously, I'll test this in other browsers. I checked in Firefox that it worked to silence the yaa tsi tsup, but didn't think to try IE or anything else.

Meanwhile, the search bug is fixed. Search worked if you used the [posts] tag, but if you used the [topics] tag, it wasn't setting the offset value (which should be zero anyway).

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 16 2007 10:42 PM (PiXy!)

7 Okay.

Wrapping a Flash animation in a [hide] tag works perfectly in Mozilla and Opera, but it breaks horribly in Internet Explorer and Safari.  In Safari it still works to silence the Flash but destroys the page layout; in IE it doesn't work at all - but still destroys the page layout.

So anyone who views the page in IE didn't see anything beyond the original animation, if that.  Now fixed.

The solution is simple: Use Firefox!!!!!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 16 2007 10:57 PM (PiXy!)

8 How is the search engine supposed to work? I was just trying to find mentions of Magipoka on Avatar's site. Searching for "sankyuu" using your search engine turned up nothing. Google found 3 hits.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, September 17 2007 02:30 AM (+rSRq)

9 The current search engine does a direct text scan, so if the word is hyphenated in the text, you have to hyphenate it in the search form.  Google of course builds an index, and it removes all punctuation when it does so.

The reason I'm doing it this way is that it's faster than using MySQL's full-text index.  If you use a full-text index in a MySQL query, that's the only index used, so it searches the entire database first, and then checks the results to see if they come from the right blog.  The performance is fine...  Until the database grows larger than main memory.  Then it sucks.

Longer-term I'm probably going to set up a separate search database, but for now, that's what we've got.

(I'm also going to enable tags very soon, which might help.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, September 17 2007 12:26 PM (PiXy!)

10 The problem is that the word I was looking for wasn't hyphenated -- and your search still failed to find it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, September 17 2007 02:27 PM (+rSRq)

11 Sorry,  I hyphenated sankyuu in my posts, so I got confused there.  I'll take another look.  It looks like there's a bug, but that's pretty weird.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, September 17 2007 02:47 PM (PiXy!)

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