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The Semiotic Richness of City Life


One of the things I treasure about City life, especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area, is its semiotic richness – like wandering through an incredibly dense forest of signs and signifiers, and occasionally signs and wonders.

Part of what makes that density so appealing is the way it throws up all sorts of startling juxtapositions.

This morning on the BART train I stood next to two people, seated side by side but clearly not in any way connected to each other, both reading from their Amazon Kindle eBook devices.

The fellow on the outside was reading a book on the global financial crisis – discussing the stupidity and short-sightedness of the Wall Street firms and the whole subprime mortgage mess.  The woman next to him was reading a book on how to get rich in the real estate market…

Serendipity, ironic juxtapositions, semiotic surprise – public transit has so much more to offer than just reducing our climate footprint.

Filed under: San Francisco

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

The 400 Blows


is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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