Friday, January 9, 2009

Great Quote

"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity."
-John F. Kennedy

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Check out this video about a new concept car BMW is doing:
BMW GINA Light Visionary Model: Premiere This is very cool! They are re-thinking what makes up a car. There is a cool thread about it's design concepts here:
www.37signals.com
More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_GINA

Friday, October 31, 2008

Avid News - Changing things up to improve profitability

Lot of news coming out of Avid / Didi / M-Audio, and it looks like the management team is serious about re-organizing the company.  They got rid of a distraction by selling:

Avid to sell Pinnacle PCTV line to Hauppauge

Multimedia technology company Avid Technology Inc. said Monday it agreed to sell its Pinnacle PCTV product line and related assets to Hauppauge Digital Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.
Avid said it is focusing on software that complements its broader portfolio of video and audio products. The company makes digital editing systems used in film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and other industries.
"PCTV is a compelling standalone hardware product and a better fit for Hauppauge, a recognized leader in the TV-viewing hardware market," said Gary Greenfield, Avid chairman and chief executive, in a statement.
Hauppauge makes television receivers for personal computers, among other products.
Shares of Avid rose 34 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $13.90 in morning trading, while shares of Hauppauge rose a penny to $1.01.

The are cutting head count to improve profitability and from what I hear to bring the Avid / Digi / M-Audio together around the management team at Avid (where it should be noted Dave Lebolt is now the CTO for the company . 

Avid Technology Inc. Plans to Cut 410 Jobs
10/24/2008
Avid Technology Inc. is laying off 410 full-time employees - 15% of its workforce - dismissing another 90 contract workers, and selling off its Softimage 3-D game animation software business in a major restructuring.

Avid Technology Inc. Reports Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008 ; Announces Impairment of Goodwill and Intangible Assets for the Third Quarter of 2008
10/23/2008

Avid Technology Inc. reported earnings results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2008. The company reported revenue of $217.1 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2008, compared to $226.8 million for the same period in 2007. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $66.4 million, or $1.80 per share, compared to GAAP net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.14 per share, in the third quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP loss per share was $0.12 for the third quarter of 2008 compared to non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.37 in the third quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP net loss of $4.4 million against net income of $15.2 million for the same period in the last year. Revenue for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008 was $638.2 million, compared to revenue of $671.1 million for the same period in 2007. GAAP net loss for the first nine months of 2008 was $97.9 million, or $2.59 per share, compared to GAAP net loss of $11.8 million, or $0.29 per share, for the same period in 2007. Non-GAAP loss per share was $0.42 per share for the first nine months of 2008 compared to non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.82 for the first nine months of 2007. Non-GAAP net loss of $16.0 million against net income of $34.0 million for the same period in the last year. The company announced impairment of goodwill and intangible assets of $51,257,000 for the third quarter of 2008.

The sell off of Softimage seems to be a part of the re-focus on their core markets.

Avid Technology Mulls Divesting Softimage 3D Product Line
10/23/2008

Avid Technology Inc., which reported revenues of $217.1 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2008, compared to $226.8 million for the same period in 2007, also announced the company’s intention to sell Softimage 3D animation product line. As part of the company's business transformation efforts, Avid announced plans to divest the Softimage 3D animation product line. In addition, the company announced a reduction in workforce to better align its cost structure around the core businesses.

All info is from BusinessWeek http://investing.businessweek.com

Please post responses about how you thing this will affect the domination that Digi has in the DAW market or any other thoughts you may have.






Friday, October 24, 2008

Larry Crane at Wordstock! Portland OR NOv 8


LARRY CRANE AT WORDSTOCK, PORTLAND, OR, NOV. 8

That’s right, somehow a lowly engineer and magazine editor that can’t even type has been asked to read some excerpts from Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording Vol. II and moderate a panel at world-renowned literary event, Wordstock. Wordstock is Portland's Book & Literary Festival, and there’s a music theme this year - maybe that’s how I snuck in the door? The event runs Nov. 6-9, 2008, but I’ll only be in town for two appearances on Nov. 8th.

Book Reading - 3pm-3:50 p.m.
Panel Moderator - Words Are Music (songwriting panel) - 5-5:50 p.m.
with Willy Vlautin, Charles R. Cross, Jonathan Coulton

As you may know Willy is from the band Richmond Fontaine (and a fine author as well). Not only have I recorded many past works with his band, I’ll be working on their new CD this winter with JD Foster producing. Charles is known as a Seattle music journalist and has written six books. Jonathan is a clever, geeky songwriter guy. Should be fun!

http://www.wordstockfestival.com
At The Portland Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

PS: I think I signed up to be available for The Night of Literary Feasts. You could have dinner with Larry Crane, or just look for me in a dive bar downtown later that night.

You can still purchase Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording Vol. II

About Wordstock:
Wordstock is an annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling in Portland, Oregon. Wordstock features ten author stages, a book fair with over 150 exhibitors, a special children’s area and children’s literature stage, a series of workshops for writers and for K-12 teachers, a special broadcast of LiveWire!, the popular public radio variety show, featuring writers from the festival, and more. Although it only began in 2005, Wordstock is already the largest celebration of literature and literacy in the Pacific Northwest, and is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Picholine Resyurant NYC Rare FInd

It is rare that I go to a new restaurant and it immediately become a new favorite of mine. Of course in NYC there are so many great restaurants.

The food was a amazing and inventive without going over the edge. The soft shell crab was unquestionably the best I ever tasted.

The service was always there when you wanted but never in the way.

terrance brennan
Picholine
35 West 64th St.
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 724-8585
http://www.picholinenyc.com

It is expensive but worth it.

Farallon Resturant -San Francisco

One of my favorites in San Fran, an AES treat.
Never disapoints - one of the best Sea food places in the bay area, expensive but lovely.

Farallon
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 956-6969
http://www.farallonrestaurant.com

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Max The Movie


My son Max who is in Morocco this simester was requited originally to be an extra for the Movie  The Green Zone which is about the Iraq war.  He ended up getting a speaking part as a US military commander giving a peep talk to "his" troop before they go into balltle to invade Iraq. 
Green Zone
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: 
Brian Helgeland (written by)
Rajiv Chandraskaran  (book)
Release Date: 2009 (USA)
Genre: Drama / War
Plot Outline: A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission. Inspired by Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
An adaptation of Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Iraq war chronicle.
The Green Zone stars: 
Matt Damon ... Roy Miller
Brendan Gleeson
Jason Isaacs ... Maj. Briggs
Greg Kinnear