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 here 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.

— yak sox @ 10:42 am, September 28, 2012

1 Comment »

  1. yes, ‘Slow’ will be the backlash. I hope it comes BEFORE I read an advert for a 5-star restaurant that boasts ‘we have
    wiFi access’
    One time on a strange tram I needed to ask directions but EVERYBODY had earpods or was on a handheld device. it was a scary moment.
    It is vile having to listen to MORONS screaming inanity into their phones on trains etc.
    wishing you a wild weekend

    Comment by Ann ODyne — September 28, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

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