January 7, 2005

Sad News

Just tonight I learned of actor Jerry Orbach's death late last month of prostate cancer. Orbach was the tough-nosed cop Lenny Briscoe on Law & Order, basically putting the show on the map in his long stint. He was scheduled to appear on the newest spin-off of L&O and will appear in a few episodes. I'm saddened, Orbach was an incredible actor who also did musicals on Broadway. We'll miss his talent.

Also mourning DirecTv's big fat middle-finger to TiVo, basically cutting all ties with the Alviso, California company (right next to Mountain View). TiVo has been going through hard times lately, trying to find the right niche, unable to grow their subscriptions for stand-alone units. I have no idea why. I've owned a TiVo since 1999 and have never looked back. It changed the way I, and a nation, watch TV.

If you can imagine how low morale was at Netscape while Microsoft was busy pummeling us into dust and then having AOL lay waste to any and all talent and turning our established brand into a bad joke, think of what the TiVo employees must be going through right now. I'm surprised they're not all collecting in the company cafeteria for ritualistic suicide.

In slightly happier news, I've been playing with Logic7 Express and my new Boss GT-6 and I'm as giddy as a bear on a hot tin roof. I may never leave the house again. Logic7 is so much more responsive than GarageBand, even though the CPU levels of complex compositions are similar. My GT-6 also sounds great put direct into Logic, rather than micing the amp, so that opens up a world of possibilities, allowing me to get a great Marshall, Fender, or MesaBoogie base tone and then add effects in software. I think my next purchase will be a control surface, so I don't have to mix and adjust levels with the mouse. Looking at the Mackie Control Universal, but it's a tad on the pricey side.

Posted by pinkerton at January 7, 2005 8:45 PM