I’d like to spend the whole summer living like a castaway

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015

With holiday season all too rapidly approaching, now would be a good time to think about where to spend the upcoming break, if you haven’t already. If you’re looking for something that’s quite a bit different though, you couldn’t do any worse than consider a holiday spent as a castaway, in, say, Gilligan’s Island fashion.

Luckily, there’s a company, Docastaway, operated by Alvaro Cerezo, that will seek out secluded, and deserted, desert islands, for those longing to partake of the castaway experience:

Cerezo was eager to get down to business. He owns a niche tourism company that brings people to uninhabited islands, especially those that look like desert-island cartoons: a ring of white sand, a few coconut trees, Technicolor turquoise surf. The putative goal – which turns out, the minute you think about it, to be impossible in several ways – is to “feel like a castaway.” Put more simply, the goal is to be as far as possible from other people.

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Fake it, until you make it… onto a real holiday?

Tuesday, 7 April, 2015

Maybe holidays to distant locations are too costly. Or it could be people, for whatever reason, don’t like travelling all that far from home. Possibly it’s down to the dread of flying commercially, this as opposed to simply flying, it should be noted.

Perhaps some of these suggestions account for the apparent popularity of “fake vacations”, or venues in one location designed to look like another, usually quite distant, place.

You want Pacific Islands in Germany? Or Mayan ruins in Florida? Yes, we can do that. Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler meantime has been assembling a collection of photos of some these… destinations, together with the holiday-makers who flock to them.

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52 places to travel to in 52 weeks

Monday, 19 January, 2015

Might this be a bucket list item? Visit fifty-two places across the globe, over the course of a year, while spending as close to week as is possible in each? Here are the fifty-two places. Now to find a round-the-world air ticket that makes it possible to visit all these places on the one trip…

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And that was 2014…

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

I’m getting ready to close off for the year, in fact I did last week, but don’t think I’m taking it easy, there’s still plenty on the to-do lists to get through before the festivities proper can commence. Nonetheless disassociated has been, during these last few days, in the ultra capable, and ever dependable, hands of the WP timestamp.

Maybe timestamp should run the site permanently?

Anyway that means there’s another couple of days of posts coming at you until the end of the week, including, just maybe, for old time’s sake, a film review.

Anyway, I shall return on Monday, 12 January 2015, and take this opportunity to thank you for reading along. May your year end break be safe and happy. Here’s some music, Reflektor, by Arcade Fire to go out on… I hope you enjoy it, the video is certainly intriguing. And in the words of Arcade Fire, see you on other side…

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Happy holidays 2013… may you be up all night to get lucky

Friday, 20 December, 2013

I’m about to sign off twenty-thirteen so I’ll post some music to depart to, Daft Punk’s scandalously upbeat single, Get Lucky. It’s one track I’ll be choosing for triple j’s annual Hottest 100 music poll, which, by the way, opened for voting today.

It’s been a busy twelve months, and next year is shaping up to be more of the same. The Australian Infront, a local design community I helped set up in 1999, notches up its fifteenth anniversary, while disassociated, will, all things remaining equal, be reaching a certain milestone around March or April.

More on that when it happens though. So, thanks for reading along this year, and I’ll see you all on Monday, 6 January, 2014, when, so long as I’ve set my alarm, I expect to be back.

So safe travels, holidays, and in the words of Daft Punk, may you be up all night to get lucky this year end break.

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If you’re on Twitter you must be able to fix my computer, right?

Monday, 2 December, 2013

US readers may have experienced this over the weekend… a barrage of questions relating to matters of technology and social media. After all, a page on Facebook makes one an expert in all such matters, does it not?

With year end holidays fast approaching, many more of us will doubtless be faced with IT related queries as friends and families get together for the break. How do I take better smartphone photos? Why is my computer slow? How do I fix my printer? How do I reset my password?

Bookmark this page then, as these questions, and more, have been covered for you.

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Here’s a unique holiday idea, become a castaway for two weeks

Friday, 13 September, 2013

If you’re looking for a Robinson Crusoe type experience, perhaps you could consider visiting Restoration Island, situated just off the east coast of Far North Queensland.

While an Australian national park, about a third of the island is leased to David Glasheen, who now and again takes in those looking for serious solitude, for a couple of weeks at a time.

The customer was thinking about how a guy can’t get himself shipwrecked anymore. Can’t one day discover that his storm-tossed ass has been beached upon a refuge, where he’s free to wile away life, alone with the Alone. It’s impossible now. All the deserted but potentially habitable islands are privately owned, or secret naval bases, or satellite tracking stations. Among other reasons.

Restoration Island seems to be garnering a little media attention lately though, so I don’t know how much longer you’ll be able to partake of the island-castaway way of life there.

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See you in 2013

Friday, 21 December, 2012

I’m about to take my leave of you for another year – one last film review to come – and would like to thank you all for tuning in over the last twelve months to check out what’s happening here. I’ve opted for a full two-week break this year, so it’ll be pretty quiet around here until I return on Monday, 7 January 2013.

In wishing you all a happy and safe year-end holiday break, I’ll leave you with Spectrum (Say My Name), by the (mostly) two-piece British indie rock group Florence + the Machine, that was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, as remixed by London DJ Maya Jane Coles.

Safe holidays. See you on the flip side.

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Time to be hitting the road

Friday, 16 March, 2012

I’ll be out on the road for the next week, so things will be slowing down here a little, even if things are slower than usual as is, but all will be back to normal, the new normal, on Monday, 26 March.

A few things coming up… I’ve been at the movies these last few days and will be posting reviews of Margin Call, The Rum Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, A Dangerous Method, and Goodbye First Love over the next week or two.

And also, in the development suite is a new version of disassociated I’ve been working on. It’s more realignment than redesign but having said that will look sport a new look at the same time. That will be along in due course.

See you the week after next.

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Twenty-eleven winding down

Thursday, 22 December, 2011

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, you may have already noticed that the captain has enabled email autoresponders and activated the timestamp as we commence our descent into the year end break.

As per usual for this time of year things are about to start slowing down here, and will remain so until the second week of January. In the meantime I have a bunch of posts lined up for the next little while, including reviews of The Skin I Live In, The Iron Lady, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, plus a couple of DVD reviews I didn’t get around to posting earlier on.

Thank you for tuning in over the last year, and checking out the mixed bag of links I serve up here, which going by the steadily rising visitor numbers, doesn’t seem to bother too many people. Thanks also to those sending in link ideas, or writing in to say hello, I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Have a great break, festive season, and new year. For those still working, and trust me, I know just how s-l-o-w this last week before the break can sometimes be, hopefully The Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love” will pick you up a little. Play it loud. See you in twenty-twelve.

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