100 Greatest Guitar Solos

Does anyone even do guitar solos anymore?

Every guitarist has opinions on what some of the greatest recorded guitar solos are. While there are many that are commonly regarded as “great”, there are lots of others that don’t get as much attention. Not too long ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine put together a reader’s poll, to find out what their readers considered to be the best guitar solos of all time. The results surely reflect the magazine’s demographic (no jazz guitar solos, for example), but no one can argue the following 100 selections boast some great guitar work.

A Pale Blue Dot

I read Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” but I don’t remember ever actually seeing the picture.

The photo above was taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 as it sailed away from Earth, more than 4 billion miles in the distance. Having completed it primary mission, Voyager at that time was on its way out of the Solar System, on a trajectory of approximately 32 degrees above the plane of the Solar System. Ground Control issued a command for the distant space craft to turn around and, looking back, take photos of each of the planets it had visited. From Voyager’s vast distance, the Earth was captured as a infinitesimal point of light (between the two white tick marks), actually smaller than a single pixel of the photo.

WWII Nose Art Babes

From Retrocrush (Painted naked women so NSFW)

Back in World War 2, many creative and talented pilots faced danger with a sexy babe painted on the nose of their aircrafts. Some were wholesome girls next door, while others were naked nymphos ready for action! Reportedly, many of these surviving planes’ artwork has been altered in order to be less offensive when displayed at airshows and the like! BAH! Here’s the real deal for y’all to enjoy!

(via Digg)

A Year Without Shopping

From The Telegraph:

It started as a pledge over dinner between friends worried about the impact of mass consumerism and today’s disposable society.

“Let’s see if we can give up shopping for a year,” they said.

Now, at the close of the “12-month flight from the consumer grid” — in which the 10 friends were egged on by thousands of supporters inspired by their idea — some have declared the experiment so revelatory and life-changing that they plan to continue the boycott indefinitely.

The 10 middle-class professionals living in San Francisco dubbed themselves the “Compact” after the Mayflower Compact, drafted by Puritan pilgrims who reached the New World in 1620.

There would be no new clothes, gadgets, computers, car parts, mobile phones, books or music for them for a whole 12 months, they pledged. Only food and essentials such as toothpaste, soap, basic (“not sexy”) underwear and medicine would be allowed. Everything else would be borrowed, traded, home made or bought second hand.

US Army Urges Soldiers Killed in Action to Re-enlist

Bush’s surge strategy?

The US Army is to apologise to the families of officers killed or wounded in action who were sent letters urging them to return to active duty.

The letters were sent to more than 5,100 Army officers listed as recently having left the military.

But this figure included about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.

More than 3,000 members of the US military have died in Iraq since the war began.

Casualties have also been suffered in Afghanistan since the US invasion.

“Army personnel officials are contacting those officers’ families now to personally apologise for erroneously sending the letters,” the army said in a statement.