A Day off from the Studio

June 17th, 2009
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Day off…

posted by Ray on Jun 17, 2009 8:41am

After 5 (6?) great days at the studio, we got a day off today. Bob flew through the drum tracks, and we move on to guitars, bass and vocals Thursday. We have a few more songs to finish up, but Bob has tracked the songs where the arrangements are more set in stone first, so we can get moving on them and then return to the songs that are in a more unfinished state later this month.

I can’t say enough how happy I am with the band. The roughs sound UNBELIEVABLE, its crazy to me how much better and tighter as a band we’ve gotten. It makes me feel really good in the age of “digital performers” that we could go in and track live and still have it sound amazing…

What else is going on…Been having a great time with my Palm Pre. I know I was supposed to write a review, but honestly don’t have the time for it. I guess my quick review is that its an amazing device, with a few shortcomings. Small shortcomings mind you, I’ve been having a lot of fun on it and can’t wait to see what else the team at Palm have in store…

Oh and Ghostbusters came out! I played a little last night before bed, I kept getting slimed! Its a lot of fun busting ghosts, but damn’t Venkman why do you have to keep blasting me?! Kudos to everyone involved with this game, as it really plays out like a sequel to the films. Its still crazy to me that nearly the entire cast got together for a VIDEO GAME. Awesome stuff…

Ray at the Palm Pre launch!

June 4th, 2009
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Palms Were Greased To Get A Palm Pre…

from LA.com

Ray Toro at the Palm Pre launch
…We witnessed such an exchange between musician Ray Toro (from My Chemical Romance) and his pals, who passed a couple of coupons on to him saying “the guy with the cigarette is selling these. Here you go. Shhhh.” How scandalous!…

Ray & Bob want the Palm Pre

May 7th, 2009
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If 10 year olds have them…

posted by Ray on May 06, 2009 10:45am

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Shouldn’t, me and Bob, your gadget loving My Chem guys have them?!?! If only you could see their smug faces in the pictures, those little bastards…

Our unending search for the latest cool tech has ended with the Palm Pre. This thing looks sick. After countless Sidekicks, Dashes, HTC Touch models, 9234’s, 7890’s 8966’s, G1’s and Curves, we finally found what we’re looking for. It looks to be a perfect meld of Blackberry functionality with iPhone flash. Where the Storm tried and failed, (can anybody successfully type on this thing?) the Palm Pre looks poised to succeed.

My unending love/hate relationship with the iPhone has been well documented, and damn’t I’m ready to commit wholesale to a phone. I’ve jailbroken the thing to get some more functionality out of it (PDANet is the shit!!!!) I’ve also suffered the harsh realities of running background apps on this thing. No battery life, and iPhone slowed to a crawl.

I’ve treaded dangerous, shark-filled waters paying the tech-world equivalent of a back-alley abortion clinic 15 bones to access a broken iPhone 3.0 beta software that almost turned my phone into a $599 paperweight, all in the hopes of getting this phone to do what I need it to.

Copy/paste is great to have, but a little unwieldy to use. And wait till you move your phone a millimeter and the “Nothing To Undo” dialog box pops up. The landscape everything i think might be the worst feature, because after almost 2 years using the thing, does anyone even want this anymore? Now the screen goes into extreme fits of non-stop spinning, like a drugged up raver, completely going against what you’ve taught yourself. Individual program toggle please????

There is also the issue of speed. The iPhone has gotten progressively slower with each new update. What once were cool transitions between programs is now revealed to be what they truly were from the start…LOADING SCREENS. Its not a stretch to say that sometimes its hard to get things done on this phone. The new iPhone hardware needs to speed up dramatically, and I hope somehow the transitions can be disabled.

I know I’m being a little harsh here, especially with a beta software, but from what I’ve seen so far it doesn’t compete with the OS Palm has been working on. Maybe with kick-ass fast hardware, Apple will step up. I guess we’ll have to wait till June when they announce what they’ve been conjuring up.

Until then, Palm Pre, come home to Daddy.