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In the Loop: February 3, 2009 Archive

Van Halen gets the Microsoft treatment

Posted at 2:40 PM on February 3, 2009 by Sanden Totten (1 Comments)

Remember that Songsmith program that takes your raw vocal tracks and automatically turns them into a song? No? Well here is a quick overview from Jeff. All caught up now? Great. Now what happens if you take that program and run some famous song, like say . . . one by Van Halen through it? Oh yes. It has been done.

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Running with the Songsmith.

Play this at maximum volume to either a) clear out a party b) scare your in-laws from coming back to visit your house, or c) peel paint off the walls. It's not the first time this solo track of David Lee Roth singing has been hi-jacked. And if you want, you can even make your own mash up of Diamond Dave's legendary grunts and wails.

It's so much fun you've got to wonder if other singer's solo tracks will start appearing on the web. Personally, I'd love to send some Kurt Cobain through Songsmith, or maybe System of a Down? What would you like to try?

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Don't think of an F-22 Raptor

Posted at 6:30 PM on February 3, 2009 by Steve Mullis (3 Comments)
Filed under: News, Technology

In linguist George Lakoff's 'Don't Think of an Elephant' he talks about and describes how one can change the direction of a debate or argument, not by adjusting the topic or points one is trying to make, but by reframing the debate itself to change the way people look at it. This affectively remolds their opinion and viewpoint without any changes having to be made to the policy, rules or topic of debate.

This is what seems to be going on here with PreserveRaptorJobs.com, a site and online petition dedicated to preserving manufacture of the $340 million stealth jet as a form of economic stimulus and an effort to keep people employed.

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Military spending is a large topic of debate these days and those on both sides have their case for how much and where those dollars should go. However, I find this very interesting because it flips that debate on its end. No mention is made of whether the U.S. needs to or will need more of these jets in the future. Instead, it's framed as a way to keep people employed, period.

Now I'm all for jobs and the recovery of the economy but, would it benefit us in the long run to manufacture something that we no longer need? I'm not saying we don't need these jets now, but the hope for the future would be that the U.S. needs less weapons because the world becomes a better place (idealistic I know but bear with me here).

Does this create a slippery slope toward funding obsolete programs merely because it keeps people employed? Will I ever get to a point here?

Not sure, but it's something to think about.

Hat tip: Wired: Danger Room

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