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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32

Earthwise history of ska in Palo Alto

Inspired by Aaron Carnes’ reading and signing at Streetlight Records Saturday, I wrote this short memoir of my experience doing ska shows here, mostly in the late 1990s, mostly at Cubberley Community Center. Aaron’s book is “In Defense of Ska” … Continue reading

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Looking back vs ‘Don’t Look Back’

At minute nine of “don’t look back” a British journalist asked Joan Baez how to spell her name: BAEZ (“zed”). “Oh”he exclaims “I did not recognize you”. Reminds me that in September 1995 or fall of 1995 Dar Williams headlined … Continue reading

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No sour grapes for Napa billionaire

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Dead musician high on blockchain

The chronicle claims that Jerry Garcia despite being dead 26 years is an investor and advocate of Blockchain, cryptocurrency and non-fungible art investment NFT. We may be going to hell in a bucket but at least his beneficiaries are enjoying … Continue reading

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Flaming lips, flying caps

I just got an announcement about a flaming lips show May 7 at the Warfield May 7, 2022 Someone texted me offering me the Giants tickets versus Texas Rangers Monday night. I said I prefer Tuesday afternoon. I wonder who … Continue reading

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Twitter as a bulwark of Democracy

Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Walter Isaacson on Amanapouor show, regarding his book on the technology of bombers in World War II and the burning of Tokyo and other cities he says 10 years ago we thought Twitter would help … Continue reading

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After beeple ‘Everydays’

Trigger warning I sent this image to a NYT freelancer then realized it documents the fact that about a week after I got the Johnson vaccination I took 2 pictures of my thighs because I was worried that I had … Continue reading

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Maybell aka ‘Orchard Park’ now epicenter for Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and civilization as we know it, according to the Chron

  Lauren Hepler of The Chron has a Page 1 story about Palo Alto and housing equity, pegged to the new homes hitting the market at the controversial Maybell site in South Palo Alto. Check back as I update about … Continue reading

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NFL draws three Cards

David Mills, a QB with 18 career touchdowns, Walker Little an ironically named lineman and cornerback Paulson Adebo were taken by Houston Jacksonville and New Orleans all clustered geographically in the south. I think I posted earlier about meeting David … Continue reading

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Tennis champion returns

I ran into Hilary Whiting, my Gunn schoolmate, who teamed with Stacy Savides Sullivan to win the 1977 CCS doubles championship. I saw her checking the site of the former family home, corner of Churchill and Cowper, near the Lawn … Continue reading

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