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Freelance marketer by day, inveterate doodler in all the spaces in between. Current project: A Dog Named Karma. To say hello: mynamenospaces at gee mail Thanks!

Seeking an internet interpreter to explain memes via PowerPoint to our esteemed executives. Start date? Yesterday.

A Financial Meme Trends Analyst gives a presentation explaining the Myanmar Coup Aerobics Meme about GameStop shorts
A Financial Meme Trends Analyst gives a presentation explaining the Myanmar Coup Aerobics Meme about GameStop shorts
Illustration by the author

We have an immediate opening at Goldman Sachs for a qualified financial-meme translator.

In light of recent market movements caused by the highly unethical collusion of malicious dilettante traders, Goldman Sachs is now hiring a Meme Analyst to analyze financial meme trends, track Reddit market sentiments, and explain what memes mean when our busy executives are unable to successfully Google them.

The right candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in digital-visual vernacular.

Content creation and fluency a must — applicants must possess the ability to quickly summarize trending concepts into PowerPoints for seasoned executives who might…


You lose a lot of credibility when your Instagram post confuses the words of Mr. Rogers and Malcolm X

Imagine giving a PowerPoint presentation to a room full of professionals in your industry.

You’re using this event to announce your consultation business and to establish yourself as an expert in the field.

You’re nervous, so you plan the first slide to break the ice —a picture of a femur with a healed fracture flashes across the screen.

“Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, once said that the earliest sign of civilization found at archeology sites is a healed femur,” you say.

“The femur is an indication that other members had fed and cared for one of their own until an…


The blue light casts an eerie glow upon the face of Death. “Do you know what time it is?” the specter asks. “3:28 AM?” you offer, some hope left. Death sighs, “Go grab your charger, we have a long journey ahead.”


Musk’s caption read, “Now, this is the true spirit of entrepreneurship”

The image Musk posted to his Twitter account (Image by Author)

Joe and José had been looking forward to Thursday for weeks. Their parents had helped them build a wooden lemonade stand and they had finally perfected their recipe. They couldn’t have predicted the horrifying results of their efforts.

That day, after visiting his plant in Fremont, California, Elon Musk drove through Newark, a suburban neighborhood between San Francisco and San Jose. He saw the lemonade stand by the side of the road and stopped to buy a glass.

“The boys didn’t know who he was,” Mrs. Rodreigez told reporters. “But we did. I mean me, my husband, and Joe’s Moms…


A Dog Named Karma Comic #7

I’m attempting to perfect the preview image, here’s a new technique.

Click for the first comic, or for the comic before this one.

Words spoken out loud appear within white bubbles. I’m including the full text of the dialog for the visually impaired.

Author notes at the end of the work.

When Frieda enters the office she shares with three other grad student T.A.s, her friend Janet cries out:


Start with Comic #1, titled “Beware The Magic 2020 Ball”

Text with bubbles are said aloud, text on purple is an unspoken thought. Additional author notes at the end.

December 15, 2019 — Talako and Frieda visit the city to meet her Psychic:

Frieda, a redheaded girl, is dragging a reluctant hipster, Talako, to her psychic, hoping Talako will believe. He is grumpy.
Frieda, a redheaded girl, is dragging a reluctant hipster, Talako, to her psychic, hoping Talako will believe. He is grumpy.


Comic #6 of A Dog Named Karma

Click for the first comic, or for the comic before this one.

Words spoken out loud appear within white bubbles. The fainter white bubble in the second panel is meant to denote whispering, but is low contrast, so I’m including the full text of the dialog for the visually impaired.

Author notes at the end of the work.

It’s still December, 2019 —

Our awkward duo is rapidly approaching Frieda’s dormitory, and therefore, the end of their outing:

Talako tries to wrap his head around meeting a psychic at a Farmer’s Market, and Frieda made a pun about how much they saw
Talako tries to wrap his head around meeting a psychic at a Farmer’s Market, and Frieda made a pun about how much they saw

Talako: “A farmer’s market? How did — Did they just walk up and predict your future?”

Frieda: “Um, well, I was pretty stunned by how much they could see. Heh.”


Earn karma, fond memories, and the warm fuzzies of doing a good deed — while staying 6 feet apart

A man shouts to an old lady from outside that he tried her famous recipe but it’s not right, he left it on her porch to try
A man shouts to an old lady from outside that he tried her famous recipe but it’s not right, he left it on her porch to try
When your neighbor is too proud for favors, you might have to get creative. (Image by author)

Good intentions are useless until they’re expressed in appropriate action.

— Napoleon Hill, 1937

I think about this quote a lot while I scroll through Instagram.

So many of my friends are talking about gratitude these days. They have pictures of them in Thailand, grateful for past travel, they post selfies on the beach, #blessed.

Meanwhile, my friends in the Peace Corps, my friends who are nurses and doctors and up to their elbows in stress — they don’t post anymore.

And me? I’m somewhere in between, not exactly stocking up on Hepatitis vaccinations or antimalarials to spend years on…

Kiki Schirr

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