January 29, 2009

Songsmith’d

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:30 pm by Ian

So, Microsoft made this tool called Songsmith, a slightly higher-tech version of those synthesized rhythm buttons I used to play with on keyboards, that takes in a vocal track and then auto-generates an accompaniment.

It turns out that it’s not so useful for its intended purpose, but if you take just the lead singer track from classic songs, run it through Songsmith, and recombine it with the music video: Comedy Gold

If you’ve ever thought that Roxanne should be an uptempo Calypso number, that White Wedding should be a banjo duel, or that Enter Sandman should be… well, a lot like that cheesy old synthesizer music, you’re in luck.

Also, Eye of the Tiger, maudlin country style.

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January 12, 2009

(Picture of California) (Circle With Line Through it Around Heart) (Picture of Cellphone)

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:31 am by Ian

California, which recently banned texting while driving, presumably because trying to read and write while driving is distracting and leads to accidents, has advertised this change with large signs on the side of the road.

The DMV’s summary of the law (emphasis mine)

Writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California.

Now it Can Be Anything it Wants

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:16 am by Ian

I passed by a building labeled Ultimate Potential Center this morning, and noticed that it had a large “For Lease” sign in the window.