Thanks to the harvest festival I have a whole week off. A real week off too. No getting up early to chatter with the great oil demon even. Sure, I just had two months off the day job for summer break – but I was still getting up early four days a week to do an hour work and traverse the underground subway zombies each side of it.
Interdesting article on boredom and the lack of it <a href=”http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/09/27/0255235/why-its-bad-that-smartphones-have-banished-boredom”>here</a> at slashy. I haven’t read the source articles yet but it’s something I think about often. For better or worse, Korea is an ultra-early adopter of all things electronic and portable. Even that by itself is topic enough for me to ponder on for several half-hours.
And if I wasn’t so polite and just took fotos of people without asking, then for every day I sit in a subway car facing a row of 7 or 8 people, I could show you a foto of 7 or 8 people with mobile electronic devices in their hands. Plinking away and staring into the RedGreenBlue.
But I’m not completely unoccupied either. I get irritated if someone’s talking on the phone because it’s almost always talking loudly on the phone. So I listen to podcasts. History and military history and a little fictive horror.
The internet has changed things. Living here in this hyper-frantic city has changed things. I can remember in earlier years lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling and for half an hour or more thinking about what it’d be like walking on the ceiling — stepping over the door-frames and such. I don’t know if life will ever get that slow again but I hope it does.