The WITCH Computer

Wednesday December 19, 2012

If the thought of restoring a four-year old iPhone invokes cold sweats, imagine getting the world's oldest digital computer back into action.

The Routines of Great Writers

Wednesday December 12, 2012

EB White wrote from the kitchen, Kerouac blasted through words between midnight and dawn, and Vonnegut worked better on scotch. These writer's routines are as varied as the writing itself.

Cracking the Code

Thursday December 06, 2012

Only a few ancient codes have eluded modern efforts to crack them. And those that have been deciphered tend to be historical footnotes or the useless errata of Masonic sects. Indiana Jones or no, one could be forgiven for becoming jaded with the whole concept, until now.

Volume Five Preview: Fixed Address

Thursday November 29, 2012

Donald, 77, has lived in the Singapore area of Tiong Bahru since he was six years old. In this brief outtake from a larger feature in Smith volume five he tells us how his patch has changed.

Volume Five Preview: Fixed Address

Friday November 23, 2012

Frenchie, 72, runs Frenchie's Gym on Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He has lived in the area for 51 years and, in this brief outtake from a larger feature in Smith volume five, he tells us how his suburb has changed.

Silent Movie Posters

Tuesday November 13, 2012

Given how homogenised a lot of Hollywood's output is at the moment, it's little surprise that so much of the flair has gone out of the posters that come with it.

Silly Writers

Friday November 09, 2012

Even the most detached and consumed humans need to wind down at some point.

Story of a Super Volcano

Wednesday November 07, 2012

Amidst all our paranoiac visions of meteor strikes and a nuclear apocalypse, the volcano doesn't really get much of a run in the 'end of human existence' stakes. 

Lost Languages

Thursday November 01, 2012

There's something about mysterious lost languages that brings out the Indiana Jones in all of us. 

Strange Inventions

Friday October 26, 2012

Some inventions are world-altering. Some are curiosities. Some will be relevant to only a few of the Earth's humans. And some are just so absurd that they raise serious questions about the mental competence of their inventors.