The Clockmaker

"I need a spring!" The clockmaker's spidery fingers searched his workspace and opened up, one by one, all sixteen small drawers in his custom-made mahogany shelves. He opened up the four drawers in his custom-made mahogany desk. The clockmaker had many springs—don’t think that he was ill-equipped—but the type of spring he needed was not... Continue Reading →

The Day the Worlds Collided

Those who saw it had nightmares; nightmares about drowning in jelly or other thick, viscous liquid. Reaching, gasping for the surface only to have their lungs filled with sweet, port wine-flavoured death. Those who saw it prayed to unsee it; they prayed to all religious beings, even some that no one had thought about for... Continue Reading →

Mr Robot

‘Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world.’ -Tyrell Wellick. Hello, friend. If you could wipe all of your debt, would you do it? Not just your debt but your family’s, your friend’s, their families, would you do it? If you... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Pine Tree Forest

I don’t recall how the obsession with building cubby houses came about. It must have been connected to the innate compulsion to prevent the flow of the stream near the bike track by constructing dams of pebble and stone. King Cnut had nothing on us.

Changing Mood: Trajan’s Column

This essay will examine Trajan’s Column through the writings of American philosopher John Dewey (1859 – 1952) to discuss the aesthetics of the column and its aim to immortalise the Emperor Trajan, his army, and the Roman Empire. I will also analyse how the viewer’s perception of the column has been altered over the past... Continue Reading →

Saving Science

Three web cameras captured the bushfire that almost destroyed the Mopra Radio Telescope in January 2013. The telescope is situated just outside the mountainous Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran in New South Wales. Between 13 January and 29 January, 40,000 hectares, which accounts for 80% of the National Park, was lost in the massive... Continue Reading →

Buttons

While reaching out his wrinkled index finger, Frank Goldstein, sixty-two, briefly pondered Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. At this specific moment in time, he was both for and against it. Human beings must have evolved from some sort of simian species; what else could account for the amount of hair growing from his knuckles? On... Continue Reading →

Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

The essay analyses how the generic conventions of horror have been modified to depict ‘Australianness’ in the film Bait (Kimble Rendall, 2012). I will also discuss the history and rebirth of Australian horror over the past decade, and the problems surrounding the Americanisation of Australian horror films with regard to character types and settings. Furthermore,... Continue Reading →

Up

“Close your mouth.” It may sound like an odd thing to be said by a NASA Flight Director on such a momentous occasion but the intention of the message was well meant. Inside the Russian-built Soyuz TMA-07M capsule, three men were falling to Earth, and in order to make the landing more comfortable, they had... Continue Reading →

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