Apple’s Mission Impossible

Wednesday, August 14, 1996 Computers in movies have come a long way since the nerdy Matthew Broderick in War Games. In the current hit Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum saves the world by dialing up the alien invaders from his laptop, and in Mission:  Impossible Tom Cruise uses his computer to defeat the nasty double-crossing spies. […]

Future imperfect – sci-fi TV shows

Saturday, June 22, 1996 ?Those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it,?  runs the famous line. That?s all very well, but now there?s a televisual corollary: ?Those who are ignorant of the future are condemned to repeat the present.? In some ways the future?s never looked brighter. Big-budget science fiction shows […]

Born Curious – Interview with Jostein Gaarder

Thursday, June 20, 1996 ‘To study philosophy increases your identity, giving you more strength as an individual. If we learn a little about thinking, it gives us a stronger self, because philosophy doesn’t ask questions like ‘what have you got?’, but ‘what are you’’. Jostein Gaarder talks like an evangelist. The author of Sophie’s World, […]

The agony and the empathy – TV teen drama

Saturday, March 16, 1996 Episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 are like 50-minute commercials for a life you’ll never have ‘Yoof’ programming has had a bad press. We’re led to believe that it’s all inane magazine shows with manic audiences, and bronzed bodies on California beaches – visual bubblegum for sullen teenagers too old for safe […]

A blast from the past – retro gaming

Monday, November 27, 1995 Nostalgia has arrived in the hi-tech world of computers. Normally so concerned with bigger, faster and newer, it now appears that the next big thing could be smaller, slower and older. Remember those Atari videogames from the eary 80s? Well, they’re back. As part of the current taste for retro-chic, people […]