Oktoberfest Near you


If you cant make the Oktoberfest this year, then Wired has an interactive map that might help you to fine a more local alternative.

Or like me you might like the sound of one Umpa band, a keg of Hefferweisen and a few ladies in gossamer Lederhosen but are unable to think of anything worse than fields of unconcious antipideon teenagers lying in their own vomit, their 100 Club lanyards sinking slowly into the muddy fields.



The Informers


Brett Easten Ellis’ book The Informers is now an all-star cast movie.  Directed by Aussie director Gregor Jordan who did Two Hands and Ned Kelly, its apparantly a bore-fest of eighties culture-nostalga.  Intent on stripping all vestiges of relevance they have cut the whole undercurrent theme of vampires (Legion) from the movie.  Clearly a hideous mistake.  Apparantly the only reason you might go so it is for Amber Heard’s complete inability to keep her clothes on.

One review I came across summarised it as: ” flat as the Hollywood sign, with beautiful young people, all blonde, mostly naked, trying desperately to get up the energy to order something else from room service.”

While on the toilet it just occured to me that it must the first time Kim Bassinger and Mickey Rourke have been in the same movie together since 9.5 weeks.  23 years ago.  I feel old.

Official Trailor NSFW

Ghost Ships

This fleet of empty ships sits idle off the coast of Singapore waiting for the end of the recession to kick in. With Christmas orders long in and a long way down on previous years, something like 500 ships do nothing but try to fend off pirtates with scant on-board staff

“Ah Wat says: ‘We don’t understand why they are here. There are so many ships but no one seems to be on board. When we sail past them in our fishing boats we never see anyone. They are like real ghost ships and some people are scared of them. They believe they may bring a curse with them and that there may be bad spirits on the ships.’ ”

And the funny thing is while these boats sit there rusting away orders made years ago for new container boats are being delivered righht now, such is the lag time in manufacture.

It reminds me of Neil Stephensons Snow Crash where hundreds off boats are all lashed together to form an interanational community off-shore. Perfect for some 20-20 matches?


[care of boingboing]

Xkcd book now out

The XKCD book is now out at his website store

He says:
“Hey! I’ve finally finished the first xkcd book, and it’s now available in the store! xkcd: volume 0 is published by BreadPig, a company started by reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and all publisher profits go toward building a school in Laos. The book features selections from the first 600 comics, including various author and fan favorites. It was lovingly assembled from high-resolution original scans of the comics (the mouseover text is discreetly included), and features a lot of doodles, notes, and puzzles in the margins. I hope you like it!”

District 9

So, Ok, I maybe coming to this one a little late but this looks awesome. Out in cinema’s now.

Looks very cool.

Dexter design furniture

In celebration of the new Dexter series making in onto Channel 10, we have the perfect dining chairs for that evening in with friends.


“Amy created an entire macabre dining room for the recent Met Home Showtime House event, which transformed a Gramercy Park townhouse into six Showtime shows, through the innovation of modern designers. But now the Dexter chairs, as well as bloody dinner plates and dismembered flatware from the collection, are available to the public. While television-inspired design is a new one for us to ponder, it’s one set that is guaranteed to lead to some interesting mealtime conversation.”