May 1st 2016 PDT
For some strange reason, every time I tried to post THIS VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmc2-x9fscE It would link to Joshua Markers Facebook page. Werid. The video is a short introduction to the Book of the Is. It's quite good. There are less than 100 of them left now... A few people have asked me how the Book of the Is did, sales-wise. So since we are now in full blown (and 50% funded!) Kickstarter mode for the Book of the Un, here is a quic ...Continue Reading
April 30th 2016 PDT
Amsterdam. What a wonderful place. If I had to design a city, I’d do canals with little boats. I love little boats. Of course, if I did it I would use “boats”. It’s so civilized. Walking over the little bridges spun on Adderall, such a great feeling to be lost in the world… And such an American… I snapped a few photos, sure. I like old things. Like this, for example: The big bell in there totally wouldn’t fit through the doorway. So they put the bell on the ground and built the tower around i ...Continue Reading
April 29th 2016 PDT
Things have been moving so fast it’s hard to find time to sit down and catch up. So sorry about that. Was able to use Eileen’s frequent flier miles to book a flight to Amsterdam to go see the Bosch exhibit. But F my A 22 hours of travel and 3 plane switches is too much for my 48 year old ass. Brutal. Rushing to finish touches on the café Eileen just opened on Haight and Central, late nights, long lists… hustle hustle… I leave for the airport 4:00 am on Tuesday, Café opens at 6:00. M ...Continue Reading
April 4th 2016 PDT
Do you know anybody in Iceland? I need somebody to hook me up. It's fascinating, really. It's been almost 5 years since the Book of the Is came out, and now as I write the Book of the Un, I find myself in need of speaking (in person, on May 2nd and 3rd) to someone from the Icelandic Parliament. And I'm finding it tricky. I mean, I got Dave Eggers to write my forward for the first book you think I could interview someone with a parliament seat in friggin' Iceland for chrissakes... I'm wr ...Continue Reading
February 26th 2016 PDT
In this time of talking about who will be the president of our nation, let us reflect on past leaders and their advice to us. If you are thinking about voting, you may want to consider that in voting for this candidate or that one, you are voting for or against war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pWAGgLSCSQ&list=PLFC724F5C54F41566 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oACur8v1188&list=PLFC724F5C54F41566&index=2 Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 I M ...Continue Reading
April 13th 2015 PDT
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson So he wasn't perfect. He would have been 283 today. He was a complex person who's actions didn't always calibrate with his words, but the times were different back then. And who knows what's true anyway. I hope that he said at least some of the amazing shit thatis accredited to him. He didn't like Jesus so much... Here is another good one: &q ...Continue Reading
February 2nd 2015 PDT
http://www.sfiop.org/posts/events/fallen-cosmos-encore-performance/ Here’s what we just did: we changed the way people consume arts/entertainment experiences. In one fell swoop we took the commerce part out and what we ended up with was nothing short of sublime. 700 people in a room and not one of them paid a dime to be there. OK< so there were a few people who bought each other tickets and 2 people who successfully cheated. We let them - to experiment with the system and ridicule them later. Imagine you a ...Continue Reading
January 9th 2015 PDT
27 years ago in New York City I ran a van company. Punk rock idiots driving around NYC in the worst vans you've ever seen. Moving people, delivering things, bringing bands to their shows, paintings from galleries to studios, getting comics from the airport to the stores... we were all in bands, playing music and working days keeping NY moving. I had a truck and a few vans. Like 4 or 5 employees. It was hard. But the phone would ring. A lot. I had more jobs than I could do. I used to give jobs to other, smaller guy ...Continue Reading
December 24th 2014 PDT
There are always new people on my mailing list. People who don't know that every year on Christmas, I take time to remember a fellow named Donny the Punk. He was a cool guy. He did a lot of stuff. Stuff I never knew when I knew him. He was one in a billion, but he came in a really weird vessel. Of course, we never appreciated him when he was alive. He was just a weirdo. He died 18 years ago. If you have 10 minutes and want to meet an inspiring person, you can do worse then clicking on this link: http://en.wikipedia.or ...Continue Reading
December 16th 2014 PDT
The following is the contribution to the book that was released last week called Margaret. In the book is the scrapbook I found, this essay by me, an essay by Jason Webley, a CD with 12 songs, all the words to all the songs the musicians used and some other stuff. This project has been a dream come true. Telling this story is like a dream. Crazy serendipity to make it all work and the mysteries all getting solved are just crazy. In Jason's essay and at the show this Saturday night at the Castro, the mysteries will be ...Continue Reading
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