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Ray Drainville

So Microsoft has been churning out lots of really crap stuff recently—as well as really good stuff like the ongoing work on IE9. But this post is about the crap stuff. A prime example is “Songsmith”, software that helps you create the most banal music based on how you’re singing.

We’re going to place Songsmith within the context of a big joke. First:

The Wind-Up


The Pitch

Running with the Songsmith”, based upon the old Van Halen song. Seriously? That’s what it came up with to accompany the singing? I laughed until I cried.


Ray Drainville

I have to hold myself back from buying everything in the Tumbao catalogue. Net Sublette, an excellent source, recommends them.

Such fiscal reticence didn’t stop me from immediately snapping up this, though. Recommended in today’s Guardian Guide, Kanaval: Vodou, Politics & Revolution on the Streets of Haiti has some truly amazing photos of unadulterated Carnival costumery. All the photos were taken in the city of Jacmel, destroyed in the recent earthquake.