zerode – a sensibility


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Nerdware: Social Media Venn Diagram

Social Media Venn Diagram.

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This is not a book.


It’s a shelf. And boxes.

I love books – the physical objects – as well as texts – the intellectual content. I love the feel of them, of a brand new hardback – stiff pages with still sharp ragged edges. The smell of them – even the slightly musty smell from an old paperback I’ve picked up at an op shop or garage sale. I love the look of them. I’ve been known to rearrange the books on my shelves, not by subject or in alphabetical order, but simply to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing balance of spines, of heights and colours.

And I have a special fondness for Penguins and Pelicans – nostalgic, almost erotic or fetishistic, springing not just from my love of books, but also from a particular relationship to intellectualism, the life of the mind, and the sense (part marketing fantasy, part high culture snobbery, part real) of those imprints as particularly worthy… All of which is to say, I want that shelf unit.

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Join the Evil League of Evil


“Although not nearly evil enough by half, the designers and engineers at Quantum Mechanix are madder than a box of ferrets, which more than makes up for their evil deficit (they even spell their name with an “x”; it’s almost like they’re daring people to find their website).

That’s why we at the Evil League of Evil are happy to announce the appointment of QMx as the official makers of ELE collectables. Rest assured, all devices of mayhem and propaganda have been villain-tested and mother-approved.”

you’ve ridden the horse (Bad Horse that is), now get the t-shirt at

(hi5 2 io9)

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Upcoming Bay Area Films of Interest

  • Fifth Element/Run Lola Run at Roxie May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Roxie
  • My Dinner with Andre at BAMPFA May 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers at BAMPFA May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Zatoichi meets Yojimbo at Roxie May 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm Roxie
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun at The Castro Theatre May 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm – 10:25 pm The Castro Theatre
  • Stalker (Tarkovsky) at BAMPFA June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • The Secret Garden at BAMPFA June 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters at BAMPFA June 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Four Chapters at BAMPFA
  • Intruder in the Dust at BAMPFA June 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm the Dust at BAMPFA
  • Memories of Underdevelopment at BAMPFA June 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm BAMPFA
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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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