Semiotics and Screenface


Got this new day job. I dress up real nice most days, sit in a cubicle like I swore I never would. and. stare …

I hear things will change once I go through training, but for now, it’s just screenface all day. There are people who say you can get a lot done at a job that requires you (for the moment) to do little more than sit there, but I am not so sure. Of course I am able to accomplish things. Send emails, read stuff. I even wrote a few stories while I sat at my desk sucking clock. But I don’t think it’s sustainable without a clear routine, some sort of call and response between the desk and my dreams floating outside. It’s easy to get lost on Reddit or Facebook while at a cubicle. If there is no work to be done directly related to the job, then shifting to the “other” job demands brainwork above and beyond what would be demanded of you at home. How can you compose while standing in a half-dug ditch, workpants on, waiting for the shovel that never arrives?

Easy. Harness your mind and suspend reality. Imagine yourself elsewhere.

Eyes open and suddenly I’m in a backstreet in China, hot and winding, where the rich city folk have their hideouts. On the far side of the low wall, through the circular opening, a riot runs wild with batons and sabers. An old friend bleeds, his arm hanging in chunks, but the heat of the sun has me glancing to the side at an Arab selling juice and cakes and hot dogs made to order.

Farmland guarded by hard witches.

Antique tea bus with a shattered nose and rustsheened bumperpads.

Hashish dens with sobbing men, tearsoaked beards and olive ponchos outstretched like garuda wings.

There are three big fat essays out there with my name on them waiting to see the light of day. Caught up in editor’s inboxes and suffering the fate of the lazy man’s schedule. The schedule of the man who is lazy about big things unrelated to today’s meals. The lazy man’s fate is to let a schedule drift away until time is taken from him in a rush, like firehoses from children delirious with a a full day’s use of the hydrant unattended. They wanted to be punished, long ago, but when no one came they slipped into the limbo between joy and hate and they couldn’t let go of the hose until the tears ran red and the screams turned beastly.

Such is the lazy man’s fate, drift drift drift until BAM and the brick wall brings all of the schedules of yesterday slamming into the backend like a giant caterpillar or a motorcycle into the back of a halted semi.

Do the work asshole. Your excuses were old when the world’s first nedali brought the world’s first nedali grandma to the cave beneath the mountain. How the tunnels must have stank.

Just edit the fucking thing and post it for God’s sake.

2 thoughts on “Semiotics and Screenface

  1. try to reach you via contact but msg couldnt send out. you might want to check it.
    Most would think asking questions that are entirely out of the blue, especially via email to total strangers on the inter webs have little chance of getting answers, well, it’s the opposite. Keeping it short and sweet is key.

    About me: we are a self-funded two person team currently reinventing the weed grinder. Clearly not an audacious mission, but turning it into a positive cash flow business is priority. (we haven’t made a video yet, which is next on the list. That said, once we are in beta if we could finance making enough units, would love to send one over to you to show appreciation)

    Why you: came across your work on matador network, intrigued by your world view of grass, naturally delve into your blog on various subjects but shanghai mostly having spent 6 years there, chuckled at a few off hand comments like the panic attack flying back from Vancouver and Chinese Asians not as chill, the ctrip video was corny you have to admit.

    – How do I reach 30,000 people in Amsterdam with no budget (we’re targeting the first piece of the domino)? How should the tone of the message be?
    – How do I identify the largest weed paraphernalia importer in Europe or in the Netherlands?

    You may have guessed it already and yes we’re planning a product launch city by city tour all over Europe – the first one is the hardest. If you don’t have answers to above questions, can you introduce me to someone who might?

    I know it’s clear that I’m shamelessly asking for help and if you are in an extra good mood today to help a little guy out, that would mean the world to me.


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