Dimebag Darrell Abbott, guitarist for metal pioneers Pantera and his more recent project, Damageplan, was shot dead last night in Columbus, Ohio at a Damageplan concert when a gunman wearing a hockey jersey and hooded sweatshirt rushed the stage at the Alrosa Villa nightclub just after 10 p.m. and opened fire on the band and the crowd of approximately 250 spectators. Apparently many people initially thought the gunman was part of the act. Three other people were gunned down, though some reports put that number as high as five, before the gunman was tackled by a security guard and killed by Police Officer James D. Niggemeyer. Two other victims have been identified as Nathan Bray and Erin Halk, both audience members. It has also been reported on NBC TV that a second member of Damageplan was killed, but his name has not yet been released. A witness told NBC that a man climbed onto the stage, started yelling, and then shot Dimebag Darrell five or six times at close range. Officer.com is reporting that the gunman has been identified by Ohio Police as Nathan Gale, 25, of Marysville, Ohio. Police have scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. this morning. ”
Abbott was born in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966. Together with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, he formed Pantera in 1982. In 1990 they released their groundbreaking, genre defining major label debut, Cowboys From Hell, their second with then new lead singer and current Superjoint Ritual vocalist Philip Anselmo. When Pantera disbanded in 2003 after years of inactivity, which most blame on the many consuming side projects of Anselmo, Abbott and his brother formed Damageplan with vocalist Patrick Lachman and bassist Bobzilla. They were currently touring behind their debut release, ‘New Found Power’.
The guitarist, known for his long, often dyed goatee and trademark cowboy hat, brought a style and swagger all his own to the world of metal. He was able to infuse his own brand of southern-fried, whiskey-soaked groove into aggressive music in a seemingly effortless manner that could be imitated but never duplicated. His sound and style inspired many of today’s top metal guitarists. Few metal ax-slingers will drop a list of influences without mentioning Dimebag and Pantera. His signature tone and cry-baby wah pedal laden solos were among the best to grace the eardrums of a generation of metalheads.
R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell Abbott 1966-2004.
Pueden bajar el MSN 7 Beta público acá. Está bueno.
Executives Cash In
By ANN GRIMES and KEVIN J. DELANEY
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
November 22, 2004; Page C4
Shares of Web-search titan Google Inc. have nearly doubled since its August initial public offering of stock. And now Google’s biggest backers are seriously cashing in.
Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which invested less than $15 million in Google in 1999, this past Tuesday handed out 5.4 million Google shares — valued at $932 million at Tuesday’s close — to investors in one of its funds, according to people familiar with the matter.
Then, on Friday, Google’s co-founders and chief executive disclosed plans to sell a total of 16.6 million shares, valued at $2.8 billion, over the next 18 months. On Thursday, two vice presidents reported selling a combined 55,000 shares, for roughly $9.5 million.
Ironically, both the venture firm and the Google executives now are benefiting from the wave of negative publicity that forced Google to scale back its IPO in August. In the days leading up to the offering, Kleiner abandoned plans to sell shares in the IPO. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as CEO Eric Schmidt, all reduced the number of shares they planned to sell.
Now, those shares are valued at nearly twice the $85 for which Google sold shares during the IPO. In 4 p.m. Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading Friday, Google shares rose $1.86, or 1.1%, to $169.40.
Kleiner distributed shares to roughly 200 investors on Tuesday, the day that IPO-related restrictions expired on some of its Google holdings. Kleiner passed the shares along to approximately 20 institutions and scores of wealthy individuals who invested in its Fund IX-A, the people familiar with the matter said; those investors were then free to sell their Google shares.
Kleiner disclosed changes to its Google holdings in a Friday filing with U.S. federal regulators, which showed that the Menlo Park, Calif., venture firm had distributed at least 5.8 million of the 21 million Google shares it owned from the IPO, some of it to investors in its other funds. Spokesmen for Kleiner and Google, Mountain View, Calif., declined to comment.
In all, post-IPO sales restrictions, or “lock-ups,” were lifted Tuesday on 39 million Google shares held by insiders and pre-IPO investors. That more than doubled the shares available for trading in the stock market. Over the next three months, lock-ups on an additional 227 million Google shares will expire, freeing those for sale. The additional supply, and selling by Google insiders, could pressure the share price.
Under the stock-trading plans disclosed Friday, Messrs. Brin and Page each plans to sell 7.2 million shares, or roughly 19% of their holdings. Mr. Schmidt plans to sell about 2.2 million shares, about 15% of his holdings.
Un programador conocido canceló una entrevista en Google y parece que se acabó el mundo. Miren los comments en el post, hay de supuestos empleados de Google, opinadores, etc, etc. Interesante.
Audio de El Parkímetro, Fernando Peña en la Metro.
Google está probando un servicio para hacer búsquedas por SMS.
Está en alpha, no se como funcionará, pero parece interesante, al menos en teoría. Claramente hay que adaptar ciertas cosas, y es un problema logístico armarlo en todos los distintos países, pero muy interesante de todas maneras.
In tune and on time with DJ Shadow.
Si no lo tienen, chequenlo.
Muchos discos, mucha calidad. Private Press, Endtroducing, un album con U.N.K.L.E., y más.
Tiene un estilo muy break, bien digerible en su mayoría, aunque por partes se va un poco… como todos (salvo Britney, aunque sus casamientos… bueno).
Ahora estoy con un set que hizo en Londres, se llama In Tune and on Time.
El fundador de Blogger deja Google.
La verdad es que el otro día pensaba: que bueno trabajar para Google. Por que alguien dejaría Google es un misterio.
De todas maneras ofrezco mi explicación: Tiene que ver con el hecho que la habilidades para ciertas cosas no siempre son las mismas que te llevan hasta ahí.
Por ejemplo, las habilidades necesarias para llegar a ser CEO de una multinacional enorme no necesariamente son las mismas que te harán exitoso en ese puesto.
De la misma forma las habilidades que te hacen brillante y genial fundando compañías no necesariamente son las mismas que te harán efectivo trabajando para otra persona en una compañía multinacional enorme.
No se si me expliqué, pero tanto soy tan bueno explicando cosas. Especialmente si son voladas. Como todos…
- PeopleSoft echó a Craig Conway, su CEO. Seguramente esará en relación al manejo, o falta de manejo, de la oferta hostil de Oracle para comprar la compañía. Ellos dicen que dudan de su habilidad para liderar en esta crisis.
- Citigroup apuntó a Sallie Krawchek nueva CFO del gigante financiero. Tom la reemplazó como jefa de Smith Barney, su división de investigación de mercado.
- Feo día para ser Raymond Gilmartin, CEO de Merck: salió a luz que su droga para arthiritis, Vioxx, aumenta el riesgo tener un paro cardíaco.Detalles: Vioxx’s demise raises questions about Merck’s future as a top-tier drug company and whether it might be forced into a merger, which Mr. Gilmartin has long resisted. Merck’s shares plunged, erasing $26.8 billion from its market capitalization. Shares fell $12.07, or 27%, to $33 in 4 p.m. composite trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock is among the most widely held and is included in the 30-company Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was the largest drop in percentage terms for a Dow stock since United Technologies Corp. lost 28% in September 2001. Pfizer shares were up 1.4%.
Es lo único que tiene sentido, al menos eso me parece.
El concepto es simple: conectás tu tele a una aparatito, ese apartito a tu banda ancha, y listo, tenés disponibles todas las películas cuando las quieras, según las quieras, etc.
Pero hay más problemas de lo que parece, desde barreras tecnológicas hasta legales y de negocios. Todos se quieren meter, nadie quiere ceder el derecho a los bienes raíces de tu TV, ni de sus películas, etc, etc.
En fin, un bardo.