Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in New York City, didn't intend to run a chess shop — the last one in New York. He intended to get a Ph.D. in American literature and teach or write, but what we set out to do and what actually happens are rarely the same. A Lebanese refugee, Imad recalls coming to America, what it means to him, and what his store means to the community he calls home.
Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion masterpiece. One scene, in particular, stood out from the rest. The "Sushi Scene" showcases the director's signature from above angle and features a sushi master crafting a tainted roll. In this behind-the-scenes time-lapse, you'll see animators Andy Biddle and Tony Faurquar Smith painstakingly adjust each puppet for every frame to create the memorable moment.
There's one in nearly everyone's hand. You can't leave the house without it, you can't get to where you're going without it, and almost all communication with the "outside" world happens on it — but you hardly ever see them on the big screen. The classic idea of popular movies states that what we see on the screen is what we want to see, and what we want to see isn't smartphones. So how do we really feel about the supercomputers in out pockets?
Tiny and complex, watches have an almost mythical quality to them and the people that make them. As technology has improved, mechanical watch movements have become even more complex, far beyond what was possible even a few short decades ago. WIRED magazine sat down with professional watchmaker Ryan Jewell in his New York City shop to watch him disassemble two watches from Carpenter — one with a Japanese movement and one with a Swiss movement.
Game of Thrones Red Wedding will go down in history as one of the best scenes ever put on film — whether on the big or small screens. Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark, has said he cried when rewatching the scene with his mother. In this interview with British GQ, the November cover star looks back on shooting the scene and how he feels about it now.
It's become one of the greatest debates of the modern age: Is vinyl better than digital? Vinyl records have experienced a resurgence in the last few years, with claims of better sound fidelity versus the digital format. Real Engineering tries to settle the debate once and for all by analyzing the science behind the two competing formats.