Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

On the box

Thursday December 01, 2011

If you've ever been watching an old film and shouted, "look at that incredible TV set!" it was probably a Brionvega. Especially if the film was Italian.

Poler Stuff

Thursday December 01, 2011

This one pretty much speaks for itself: it's a sleeping bag that you can wear - and if that isn't all kinds of genius, then frankly, we don't know what is. 

The Toaster Project

Wednesday November 30, 2011

Thomas Thwaites is our latest D.I.Y. hero. The guy built a toaster from scratch by digging up iron ore and smelting it in his microwave.

Gorillaz grow up

Wednesday November 30, 2011

It's strange to think that ten years have passed since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett unleashed 'Clint Eastwood' as a virtual band called Gorillaz. Stranger still is the fact that a 2D band has lasted long enough to toast ten years. 

Alain on tour

Tuesday November 29, 2011

Philosopher, author, traveller and Smith Journal contributor Alain de Botton is touching down in Australia early next year.

Meat pillows

Monday November 28, 2011

Finally, a pillowcase fit for Ron Swanson!

Light 'em up

Monday November 28, 2011

Like JFK said, it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Back in the early 20th century, researchers and scientists from America's Smithsonian Institute did just that, creating lantern slides of their adventures to share with colleagues back home. 

When form meets function

Sunday November 27, 2011

Much of the work of designer Gabriele Diamanti is directed toward objects that benefit everyone - from city benches made out of recycled plastic to traffic bollards topped with flowerpots.

Smokestack Lightning BBQ

Saturday November 26, 2011

The Americans have got it all wrong. Instead of spending $680 billion on their military muscles each year, roaming the globe bombing foreign soil, they should take all that cash and drop barbequed goods on everyone instead.

Grow your own... now

Friday November 25, 2011

In his second 'How To' for Smith online, Rohan gets into the garden to tell us what to plant now so that we can stick it in salads throughout summer.