zerode – a sensibility


film, music, text, city, spectacle, pleasure

We love… word processing – old school style

As Ken MacLeod notes, “One of the major problems for writers is that the machine we use to write is connected to the biggest engine of distraction ever invented.”

But he suggests a mechanical alternative to our computers that might allow us to produce writing without any of the distractions of our computers (tweet feeds, updates from the Beijing streetscene, DC shenanigans, online poker, porn).

Something like this, if I read him correctly:

Remington No.5 Streamline Portable in Matte (1940s): This Remington portable from the 1940s continued the Streamline design with a few improvements. The streamline design exemplifies the values identified with modernity: mobility, speed, efficiency, luxury and hygiene. The sharp corners and transitions here are rounded off with everything given a sort of aerodynamic feel. (via

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zerode by nick chapman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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.

tweeting my mind



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