Recent Work

Bits and pieces of interesting pretties I've picked up along the way.

Modern simulations of NASA’s classic spaceflights

Simon Plumpton uses the moniker “lunarmodule5”...

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #5

In 1968  Popular Science magazine ran an article...

Charging stations

< This is most people’s charging...

Recent Blog Posts

April 18, 2014 |

Modern simulations of NASA’s classic spaceflights

Simon Plumpton uses the moniker “lunarmodule5” on YouTube. Not many people would get that, but those who do are...

March 23, 2014 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #5

In 1968  Popular Science magazine ran an article on a new film by the always enigmatic but brilliant director,...

February 3, 2014 |

Charging stations

< This is most people’s charging station. This is my charging station. And from behind. Any...

January 19, 2014 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place #4: Soyuz Control Panel

Growing up during the prime of the space-race oriented my nerdling interests for the rest of my life. As all...

January 3, 2014 |

This is what it means to be Amazon’s Free App of the Day

When we released Distant Suns on the Kindle over a year ago, one of my hopes was that it would be selected as...

December 21, 2013 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place #2

And now the second installment in the new craze that’s sweeping the nation: Weird Crap in Mike’s Place! I...

November 22, 2013 |

50 years ago today

Most adults will have as part of their makeup some memory of dramatic, tumultuous events that they can narrate to...

November 20, 2013 |

CometWatch-n-stuff

Thanks to all of you who have picked up CometWatch (and to Space.com for reporting it). A couple of things I...

November 1, 2013 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #2

Weird Crap in Mike’s house #2 From time to time over the past couple of weeks a number of people who know that I...

October 23, 2013 |

Latest Distant Suns build and iOS 6

Some iOS 6 users have been having problems with the latest build of Distant Suns. I have the fix ready to go, but...

October 22, 2013 |

T+5 years and counting.

5 Years ago today, I got this fun little message in my mailbox: Dear Mike Smithwick   The status for the...

October 11, 2013 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, 1.0

Now for a semi-regular column that I am titling: Weird Crap in Mike’s place. Because, I have a whole lot of weird...

September 16, 2013 |

Of dollars and cents and M&Ms

I had an interesting encounter a little while ago. A 10 year old asked me how much does Distant Suns cost in the...

July 25, 2013 |

Distant Suns (max) Tabby award finalist

Gosh, where does one begin. A couple of days ago I received word that Distant Suns (max) was a finalist for the...

July 23, 2013 |

Twinkies 2.0: The Unboxing

As with so many thousands across this glorious land I stood in line at the local Safeway a couple of days ago...