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You too can sound like Slash

Have an iPhone or an iPad? Want to your guitar to sound like Slash’s? Look no further.  I love the Amplitube effect apps.  Makes your iOS device the perfect road/practice/headphone amp.  The Slash effects sound great.

The app includes five effects (Chorus, Delay, Booster, OctoBlue and Distortion/Wah, the latter being available for free when you register the app) as well as a noise gate, two amplifier heads (Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the AFD 100), a single track recorder, expandable to eight tracks with mastering effects. You can export your recordings via email, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing. There are 30 tone presets included, and you can create your own too. There’s a tuner, a metronome, and you can import/purchase and play along with your favourite Slash tracks or any music in your library. The SpeedTrainer section lets you slow down or speed up licks while maintaining pitch for practicing. if you currently own AmpliTube for iPad or iPhone, upgrade to version 2.5 for free and all AmpliTube Slash gear models are available as in-app purchase, either as a complete set or a-la-carte.

However, please note: with all the cool effects in the world, you are still not as good as Slash, so you won’t sound this awesome. :)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJNec1MEDzg]

REVIEW: IK Multimedia AmpliTube Slash for iPad | I Heart Guitar.

The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Instant

GREAT list:

We love the convenience of streaming movies on Netflix Instant, but we don’t always love the navigating through the countless films in the service’s ever-expanding catalog to find something to watch. So we’ve compiled our list of recommended titles for you—whether you love classics, comedies, documentaries or just good ol’ fashioned kung-fu.

The genres vary greatly here—and range in age from brand new to 87-years-old—but all 50 of these films come with the Paste stamp of approval. The list is up to date as of May 2012, but we’ll update the list from time to time as Netflix Instant changes its offerings.The 50 Best Movies on Netflix Instant :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste.

The Wisconsin recall vote

A few observations:

1) It should never have happened – Voters don’t like recalls, and I’m one of them.  I was against the Republicans recalling Gray Davis in California, and the Walker recall was a bad idea too. Recalls are an extreme step that should be reserved for serious wrongdoing, lawbreaking or other major misconduct.  In this case, Scott Walker is just a god-awful, divisive, ideologically-driven governor who ought to be thrown out of office — in 2014, when his term is up.  Or when he is indicted or impeached, which are distinct possibilities.

2) The Supreme Court’s democracy-destroying Citizens United decision is having exactly the predicted effect of, um, destroying democracy – The right-wing billionaire Koch brothers and others of their ilk poured money into Wisconsin. Walker and his allies spent $30.9 million. Barrett and his allies spent $4.4 million.  That, my friends, is a massive mismatch giving a very few wealthy individuals a level of influence that the founders simply did not intend.

Which brings me to:

3) Democratic donors needs to get serious and start opening their wallets in a much bigger way – Wisconsin is a preview of what Republicans intend to do nationwide and in the Presidential election this fall.  Massive amounts of unregulated cash yielding thousands of negative TV ads.  Effective organizing can blunt the impact of a spending disadvantage, but if the imbalance is as dramatic as it was in Wisconsin, we’ve got major problems.  Wealthy progressives who have been on the sidelines for whatever reason, it’s time realize that the other side’s rich people aren’t as persnickety as you are. I assure you, right wing billionaires don’t love Mitt Romney, but they are doing everything they can to elect him.  Take a lesson.  That said…

4) Wisconsin is not a harbinger for the Presidential election – Obama beat Romney handily in exit polls last night. Romney is still a deeply flawed candidate with significant problems in key battleground states. 

5) I still love cheese. 

Morning Joe: 2 bald faced lies, 2 massive canards and 1 silly straw man, oh my!

I barely watch “Morning Joe” anymore.  It’s odious.  But given how little of the show I do see, it’s stunning how many patently false things I encounter even when just breezing by it for a few minutes.  Take this morning.  Joe had the very nice, very smart E.J. Dionne on talking about a book.  They got into concept of balance. Scarborough actually equated Ron Paul and Elizabeth Warren as representing balancing ideologies, blah, blah whatever.

But then, as usual, Joe took things to a fairly ridiculous extreme – maintaining that the Obama years represented a massive imbalance because of the explosion of government in the three years of Obama.  Mika batted her eyes and demurred like usual, and though I really like E.J., he basically let Joe get away with it.  So let’s take these falsehoods one by one.

Lie #1: Growth in the size of government has been “explosive:”  No.  It hasn’t.

No administration has reduced aggregate government spending as a percentage of GDP as much as Obama’s in forty years.

NewImageLie #2: Spending has massive increased.  No. It hasn’t:

Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.


And now for the canards:

Canard 1:  It’s Obama’s fault debt has increased the last three years – well, isn’t that convenient.  Ignores compounding effect of debt run up over the last decades, two wars, a decline in government revenue because of a massive recession brought on by conservative policies Scarborough still espouses and further exacerbated by Republican refusal to raise taxes on millionaires.

Canard 2: Obama’s exit strategy for Afghanistan is somehow equivalent to the monumentally tragic decision to invade Iraq.  He’s not “extending the war,” Joe (and liberals who say the same thing).  He’s trying to get us the hell out of there in some semblance of order, preferably without a helicopter evacuating Americans from the roof of the embassy in Kabul.

And finally, the silly Straw Man: Joe said, in effect, liberals think all government spending is good and and helps the economy and some crap about killing all the weeds in the back yard.  Liberals think no such thing.  I happen to think stupid wars, corporate welfare and a pretty big chunk of the defense budget is really freaking bad government spending.