About “Plastic Alto”. It’s a jazz reference, to Ornette Coleman’s acrylic saxophone, but also slyly but not disparagingly references my home town, Palo Alto.
My contact is firstname.lastname@example.org or just call me 305-0701. A bunch of people lately told me that they could not find this info!? (And its true that other than wordpress blog, I do not participate in “social media”. I did not own a computer until January, 2014, not counting the fact that Mr. Waller my then neighbor, owner of ERA Electronics in Los Altos and SF, father of my classmate Rob, lent me an early Mac when I was applying for ad jobs direct out of Dartmouth, circa 1988. I never bought a computer; still have not; Terry and Paul bought me this one for my 50th.
Mark Weiss can also be reached at email@example.com
This blog is more of a notebook wherein I keep track of ideas, and expand them slightly, than something I would imagine others to read. (As of 2015 I call this the blog with 500,000 words but no readers when in actuality it gets 50 to 100 hits per day, but that seems pretty minimal, especially spread out via “the long tail” among 1,000 posts).
At first, I tended to comment on my own posts as a type of footnoting. More recently, I post things quickly, revise quickly and often label such as “edit to add” or “edita” and generally time-stamp those updates.
I have also started contributing to Palo Alto Patch (part of AOL); seven whole-cloth new columns (on some of the same themes explored here plus so far about 35 other comments and quips. (whereas, as of July 27, 2011, I have posted about 130 times here).
(Edit to add, now there are 450 posts here and I don’t write much for Patch AOL, although I still comment there and on Palo Alto online)
There have been about 20,000 hits so far which makes me imagine a potential reader but this is still more like letting someone read my diary than actively trying to reach out for an audience or sway public opinion. Every bit helps, in terms of my wanting people I write about to find an audience.
This is a work in progress, plastic, in flux, flowing.
I am just a wave, and not the water.
edit to add, July 27, 2011: recently Ben Ratliff reviewed Tom Ze and called him “Plastic Man.” I mean to click on through to coverage of Tom Ze and Tortoise.
This is me in a cutting contest with Palo Alto Weekly’s editors Bill Johnson and Jocelyn Dong: