Posted on July 21, 2012 by Kiese
– Reviewed by Abby Raskin

Before I reached double-digits, I was a budding pessimist. Figuring their matrimonial
bond-breaking a sort of cosmic irony brought on by the suburban gods in an effort to
rustle up some privileged-kid feathers, my parents’ divorce jaded me.

It also brought me double vacations.

Q: What are examples of movies which depict some of the most skillfully concocted banter?

My Answer:
Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead:
Establishes a different, and unique dialogue learned in jail and ingrained in these guys’ personalities. Some examples include:

1. Greeting- Instead of a handshake or “pound” the characters press hands together as they would in a correctional facility facing each other separated by thick, wire-reinforced, sound-proofed glass. When they do it out in the world, there is no glass so when they press hands it’s a gentle gesture, it almost looks like a slow-motion high 5, but without the smack, leaving a much more personalized connection (emphasized in the film by the accompanying deep eye-contact, that clearly has a lot of non-verbal communicating behind the gesture).

“U2 From the Sky Down: The Story of the Making of U2’s Achtung Baby” is a film that debuted this Summer at the Toronto Film Festival with much hype.  Having returned back to resume their most ambitious tour, perhaps the film got lost in the resuming of the massive tour that was U2360.  That is till Showtime appeared to have all of the sudden not only have purchased the rights but were airing it this past Saturday 10/29/11.  It appeared to be a well-kept secret.  I saw one ad in Rolling Stone and while setting up my DVR to record it only days before it was scheduled to air, my DVR had no information regarding the day and time planned. didn’t provide an additional help as I bailed for where there were a couple of clips and shorts but also lacked the specifics regarding its airing schedule.  So, the information was found and the DVR was set manually.

It should be codenamed Pussy(Cat), but let’s not bullshit each other, it’s really a central hub for iOS5, which was and is the number one priority for this product.

I haven’t really weighed in on Apple’s New version of OSX, Lion, even though I was an early and blind adaptor installing it on my primary machine the minute I could on release day.  It’s got its little bugs that I look forward to being worked out in future updates, but for now, I’m not that impressed.

Using the VCI-300-Mark II by Vestax to control my 10,000+ track itunes library with Serato Itch is pretty fuckin’ cool. I see some djs online complaining about the lack of effects and to get them you need to buy the VXF-1 for another $250-$300.

Not wanting to buy yet another piece of hardware, I tried an experiment that cost much less and is more fun than a few dials for effects. I took one of the line-outs from the mixer/ controller and ran it through my iPad using the iRig.

Now you can use one of many apps to add effects to your mix. There’s Amplitude made by IK who makes the iRig, but most of the effect pedals (after all it is an app for guitarists) are in-app purchases. Same goes for both “free” editions the standard and the Fender.

Improvox allows you to manipulate mostly vocal corrective effects (think Autotune) however it’s more fun dragging your finger around the isomf a slider.