I am Gerhard




Mark Weiss and unidentified companion or charge, Palo Alto, August, 2022

 

s mit kind, 1995 by gerhard Richter

 

A woman in line behind me at the café noticed my book with a phone I have cover that said Gerhard Richter hundred pictures and she asked if I was Gerhard.

I said no I am Mark although the register at the café had me down as “MARC “.

and yesterday‘s post I said I was the douche bag who made $200 million by bundling music and licensing it to Ford among others .

previously I said I was Oscar Grant I may have said somewhere that I am George Floyd .

there’s a married lady running for city council  and says she’s “queer” and I said I too was a Black lesbian until the political engagement bleached me.

And the word “literally” could mean both “figuratively” and “literally”.

my brother the engineer has almost no ear for trope .

And my eggs are getting cold.

Melanie in the times

bw or “ZOW”

Larry Ochs and his fellow musketeers of Reeds also known as ROVA saxophone Quartet are doing a show at the art center from 4 to 5 which is closing time for the center which has not had evening hours in more than two years because of budgetary pressure caused by the pandemic. Part of the purpose of the show is to honor Joseph Zirker who died recently in Menlo Park at the ripe old age of 98. When Larry and some other confederates did a concert in 2019 I posed him and I next to one of the two Zirker monotypes his family donated to the city years ago. Terry and I bought a lesser work or a smaller from Cafe Zoe in May a month or so before Joe expired. He was a friend of mine and he died.
Actually if I can add on another riff here Joe told me more than once the story of being a flute prodigy  and getting to perform on radio national radio yet one of his classmates sabotaged his instrument out of spite or jealousy. Maybe I will tell thatbstory as part of the introduction to Melanie Charles who is playing on Monday at The Mitch. Melanie Charles Haitian-American-led jazz quartet Monday at The Mitch Larry Ochs and ROVA Friday at the art center early. Yet ROVA who has a guest piano player named Sol Lewitt in McDonas are also doing a show from 630 to sundown over at Lytton  Plaza very near where I’m sitting. Or where Duffy and I are sitting. Digesting our eggs.

Somewhere in my correspondence with Melanie Charles I noted that she has an accent over the E or a stress on the first syllable: Mèlanie. 


and1:

In this ethereal painting of the city, the German artist Gerhard Richter recreates a snapshot photograph he took of Jerusalem from his hotel room in 1995, looking towards the Christian Quarter. Discernible features of the cityscape have been all but erased in the painting, partially anonymising the city, or supplying it with a sense of timelessness.

In this ethereal painting of the city, the German artist Gerhard Richter recreates a snapshot photograph he took of Jerusalem from his hotel room in 1995, looking towards the Christian Quarter. Discernible features of the cityscape have been all but erased in the painting, partially anonymising the city, or supplying it with a sense of timelessness. Only with very close inspection is it possible to make out a lamppost or car amongst the architectural structures. By these means Richter’s rendering of Jerusalem appears simultaneously as a vision of the city from centuries ago and a bird’s eye view on the contemporary metropolis.

While the image is not a work of imagination, the ambivalent and luminescent light imbuing the painting effects a dreamlike quality in the image, perhaps alluding to the mystical and mythical status of the Holy City. Unlike some modern artists who chose to focus on the desolate quality of contemporary Jerusalem, or explore the religious and national divisions in the city, Richter’s work seems to meditate on the impossibility of visually conveying the full complicated history of the place. Instead his painting functions like a medieval visual aid for spiritual pilgrimage, evoking in its viewers a personal, individual response to the site by encouraging the exploration of their own memories and imaginings of the city, brought to the fore by his own ambivalent representation.

Only with very close inspection is it possible to make out a lamppost or car amongst the architectural structures. By these means Richter’s rendering of Jerusalem appears simultaneously as a vision of the city from centuries ago and a bird’s eye view on the contemporary metropolis.

While the image is not a work of imagination, the ambivalent and luminescent light imbuing the painting effects a dreamlike quality in the image, perhaps alluding to the mystical and mythical status of the Holy City. Unlike some modern artists who chose to focus on the desolate quality of contemporary Jerusalem, or explore the religious and national divisions in the city, Richter’s work seems to meditate on the impossibility of visually conveying the full complicated history of the place. Instead his painting functions like a medieval visual aid for spiritual pilgrimage, evoking in its viewers a personal, individual response to the site by encouraging the exploration of their own memories and imaginings of the city, brought to the fore by his own ambivalent representation.

 

Something here this morning also reminds me of my fellow Gunn graduate Nina Khatchadorian and her portraits of herself as a Flemish woman from for centuries before.

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‘I’M THE DOUCHEBAG WHO STOLE $200M FROM BANDS AND MUSICIANS: COME MEET ME SEPTEMBER 9 IN MENLO PARK’

Pandora stole music files from thousands of bands and musicians, packaged it, sold it to Ford for millions. The founder Tim Westergren was keyboardist in Yellowwood Junction and other projects. He appears September 9 at The Guild. In a related matter, the Winkelvoss Brothers — co-founders of Facebook — played in a nightclub in Berkeley last month: vanity projects.




I’m a critic of Silicon Valley as a whole, so something that hits as close to home as streaming services I find especially offensive. 

Pandora launched its personalized radio service in the second half of 2005 paying a per performance rate of $0.000762 each time a song was played. (Hayes, 2021)

Despite its growth and the excitement it was generating, Pandora spent its first several years struggling to keep the lights on. It had publicly warned of pulling the plug. It was paying artists according to the law — which wasn’t a given in the early days of digital music — but it didn’t think it could afford to have the rates double or triple.

My point is that like Napster Pandora started by file-sharing music on a large scale. Then over time as they became subject to the consent decree, they reimburse labels, artists and composers the legal rate — which made Tim a millionaire of quasi-billionaire but still leaves most musicians struggling.

“We should have done what Spotify did and ate a pound of flesh to get the industry on our side, then expanded the scope of the product and then really gone global and become an all-you-can-eat service,” said Westergren.

In the end, musical artists continue to be the ones dealt the bad hand. Spotify pays major labels huge financial sums and upfront guarantees while it’s estimated that most artists will see payments of between $0.003 and $0.006 per song play.

Pandora still remains an active player in the music streaming space and counted 58.5 million monthly active listeners at the end of 2020. Depending on which music listener you ask, Pandora is a fond memory of digital music coming into its own, or its radio service may still be a vital part of their passive listening experience. Attention wise, however, Pandora is being left behind as Spotify and Apple Music push faster and further into on-demand streaming, sucking all the oxygen out of the room. 

I mean “stole” in the sense of getting a great bargain or getting the much better benefit of the bargain that the thousands of musicians do or did. 

A billionaire can sue a non-billionaire for saying the sky is not blue enough. So I am sticking my neck out here. Its possible that Tim is a donor to The Guild theatre, which was built with $30m in donations from people a lot like him. 

I actually think the algorithm or genomes work as well as randomly picking the next song in the cycle. 

and:
In July 2013, David Lowery, the frontman of the rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, wrote an article criticizing Pandora’s royalty rate for Cracker’s song “Low“, which was streamed over one million times. According to his BMI royalty statement, Lowery earned only $16.89 for his 40 percent stake in the song.[80]
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Welcome back, sort of


The new library is open five of seven days and a total of 45 hours per week. But why shouldn’t it be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week or 77 possible hours?

By my reckoning it’s open 45 of 77 hours which is more like four not five days a week . The system as a whole is open something like 3 of 7 days per week by my math.

Yet there are billions and trillions worth of corporate capital that we are afraid to tax . Amazon and Tesla and Ford, on down to whatever the names of the unicorns are. (there are 16, start ups with enough investment to be valued and traded at $1 billion each or more). 
And let’s tax VC transactions one dollar per thousand which would still amount to couple million dollars per year.

Remind me what it costs in of thousands of dollars per hour to keep open a library. I presume it is more than the $20 an hour our staff makes.
There is something in a local paper that said we are being asked to cap the tax at one million even for the largest corporations, the wealthiest. I suggest, rather, that we only tax the hundred biggest corporations or most wealthy and tax them an average of $1 million each. To get up to something like $100 million per year. Current leadership is targeting $10-$15 million which is somewhat pathetic and certainly disappointing.

And I think flawed from the start for not starting by investigating and announcing why we don’t have a business tax and everyone else does.

To my mind taxing these 100 corporations only $10 million and not $100 million is giving them a gift of $80 million per year or continuing our tax holiday for billionaires centibillionaires and trillionaires. 

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Memphisted

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The Slickers ‘Johnny Too Bad'(1972) VS The Seshen ‘Kitty Kat'(2022)

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VMware will spend more on toilet paper than taxes in the flaccid proposal by Burt, Shikada and Dubois

Squeeze the Charmin-tm don’t squeeze budgets for community services

The local rag reports that leadership is considering capping the business tax to less that $1m per account and said that in the example of VMWare, the tax proposal, linked to their commercial lease or their real estate asset and footprint, would be therefore lowered by the formula from a proposed $1,700,000 to $1,000,000 or a rebate of 70 percent. 

Why would we do that?

Did VMware itself request this?

I just looked it up:

VMVare has a market cap of $43 billion with a B. It has 37,000 employees world wide. It was founded in 1998 — I moved here in 1974, for comparison. It’s CEO  Rangarajan Raghuram made $13,985,782 in total compensation as Director and Chief Executive Officer at VMware Inc in 2021. $1,439,855 was received as Total Cash, $12,545,927 was received as Equity — i.e. tied to their financials. 

It’s earnings are in excess of $3 Billon for the first quarter of 2022 — VMware likely flushes more than a million dollar in toilet paper into our sewers each year. They could likely afford closer to $50m here in taxes. 

The article reports that the overall tax is targeted to bring in $16m per year.

Beyond unicorns, there are close to 100 companies here valued at between a billion dollars and close to a trillion dollars (remember: a trillion dollars is 1000x a billion dollars): Amazon, trading at $1.2T as of yesterday, and Tesla, trading at $900B. Taxing them based on their financials might yield combined more than $100m to the coffers. 

I believe that a tax pegged to a nexus of the business community’s wealth and abundance would bring in closer to $100m. I believe that what we are doing, instead, is gifting the business community another $80m in writing such a flaccid new ordinance. 

Why are we doing that?

The report lists five companies who would pay the maximum $1m. 

It ignores Ribbit Capital who raised $1.1 Billion: I think we should enact a $1 per Thousand tax, and raise $1m for the coffers on every billion in venture capital transacted here yearly. 

Palo Alto is likely the greatest concentration of wealth in the known universe —so why are our libraries only open the equivalent of three days per week and the community centers only open during the 9 to 5? To me that is a more fundamental measure of something being wrong than our perceived role in fixing the housing crisis. (as Eric Filseth pointed out somewhere in writing: that problem is a trillion dollar problem that only business per se can solve) 

Let’s look at the 100 wealthiest companies here and figure out, based on market cap, payroll and earnings how to fairly assess $100m or AN AVERAGE OF $1M APIECE, our share. 

A million dollars should be the average assessment not the highest assessment. 

Mark Weiss

in Palo Alto but not a billionaire

ps 

Here is a list of 16 unicorns in Palo Alto and their funding totals: as of March, 2022)

TripActions: $7.2B/$1040M (i.e. they are worth seven billion and they have raised a billion)

Gong: $7.2B/$583M

SambaNova: $5B/$1132M

Rubrik: $4B/$553M

Houzz: $4B/$1102M Next Insurance: $4B/$881M

PsiQuantum: $3.1B/$728M

Plume: $2.6B/$713M

UniPhore: $2.5B/$445M

Medable: $2.1B/$534M

Salt Security: $1.4/$271M

Flipboard: $1.3/$210M

Turing: $1.1B/$136M

Minio: $1.0/$126M

Noname Security: $1.0B/$141M

Snorkel AI: $1.0B/$196M

Unicorns alone account for roughly 50 billion in corporate assessment and about 10 billion in recent vc transactions that our current proposal excludes from calculation. They’d more likely brag of rebutting $10m to expand librariry hours than, as mayor Burt claims, use this as an excuse to decamp to Milpitas or Lubbock. 

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58 A.D.

Happy birthday Adam Duritz
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Tribute to Mark Leland by Kid Andersen and Mark Weiss

I bought a guitar from Kid Andersen of Greaseland Studio in San Jose and as part of the demo had him dedicate some Van Halen licks to the late Mark Leland.

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Street cred

Bill Russell, 88
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Earthwise ’Soft Clarinet’ (August, 2022 series —after Oldenburg/van Bruggen)

2005

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 ERIK LAWRENCE, AKIRA TANA PETER BARSHAY LYTTON PLAZA

SUNDAY AUGUST 14 NATIVE ELEMENTS MATT JAFFE MITCHELL PARK BOWL

MONDAY AUGUST 15 MELANIE CHARLES MITCHELL PARK COMMUNITY CENTER $20

FRIDAY AUGUST 19 ROVA w THOLLEM McDONAS PALO ALTO ART CENTER

FRIDAY AUGUST 19 ROVA w THOLLEM McDONAS LYTTON PLAZA

SUNDAY AUGUST 21 STICKLERPHONICS (AMENDOLA GARABEDIAN LUBEN-LADIN) MITCHELL PARK BOWL

ON-SALES AT EVENTBRITE

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