What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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No, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
That's why it's fun to read: The rules of Cricket, explained by Kevin.
Our Field Notes Brand is the title sponsor of the 10th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books. It all gets started today!
Before each of our live Layer Tennis matches, Bryan put on his referee get-up and Steve grabbed his camera and they created a short and silent film clip for the official coin-toss which determined the order of play. We did dozens and dozens of them.
For the uninitiated, Layer Tennis is a live competition in which two designers swap a file back and forth in real time, progressively adding layers and revising the artwork. Their "volleys" are posted live online while a third person provides smart and/or smart-alecky commentary. We hosted three seasons of the game and maybe we'll host another someday.
Volker Schlöndorf's 1979 film from the novel by Günter Grass, The Tin Drum tells the story of Oskar Matzerath, who in the third grade, decides that he won't grow up. The story unfolds in Danzig before, during and after the Second World War. It's a brilliant adaptation of an engrossing and ground-breaking novel.
Criterion recently released a brand new transfer of the film and it's also available on iTunes. Read Schlöndorff's German Fresco, an essay by Eric Rentschler. Günter Grass talks about the book and film in this 1991 Paris Review interview with Elizabeth Gaffney. Here are some interesting notes on film's re-release (pdf) from Schlöndorff and Grass, plus excerpts from the filmmaker's shooting diary. "...we must compose the images that the reader sees. A memorized Danzig, evoked by signs." Criterion's Three Reasons feature on the film. A fabulous poster for the film by David Punkert and Grass's own illustration for the first American edition of the book. The original cinematic trailer.
Think of it as the next generation of search that will change the way people find things on The Internet, E-Z-Fynd. Secret Himalayan headquarters included, plus Peppermints! From CP Labs, the folks that brought you The RinseCam 9000™, so you know it's good.
Follow along on the blog of Ben Saunders and The Scott Expedition, after 100+ days and 1800 miles, they have completed their trek from the South Pole. We're proud that our Field Notes Brand is a sponsor of The Scott Expedition and we're doubly proud of the guys perseverance and courage, and, of course, that our Expedition Editions went along for the trip.
The Cold Horizon Edition is our latest Field Notes seasonal limited-edition, but, as demonstrated by this short film, it turns out there's more to a year-long Colors Subscription than the paper it's printed on.
"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.
Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your next get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?
Check the many new exhibitions now showing at our Museum of Online Museums. Also, watch our "MoOMumentary," The Curators. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.
The sun is setting on one of our original consumer businesses, Jewelboxing. It was a blast creating and running it and thanks to the tens of thousands of people who made cool stuff with our system. Jewelboxing gave us the time, skills and confidence to do many other things. For old time's sake I just watched DW in the film "Bags of Air," with voiceovers provided by two of my kids when they were very young. —JC
Robert McNees (rmc) is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Loyola University. Before settling down in Chicago his research took him all over the world to exotic locations like Texas, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Ontario. He's the author of twenty-some-odd mostly readable papers about general relativity, cosmology, and string theory, and was recently named a KITP Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. If you so much as make eye contact with him, he will assume you want to hear about black holes right now. He can be found on Twitter, or else holed up in his lakeside office of solitude, somewhere in the snowy wastes of Rogers Park.
A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.
Other recent features are listed on Page Two.
Carl Sagan visits The Meat Planet.
A high-concept art piece that you just haven't deciphered yet or a commercial for cereal made in the 1980s? Let your heart decide. Tori Amos for Kelloggs' Just Right. Mmmm.
"I've photoshopped what some celebrities would look like based on their worst fan art."
"I have yet to build a space ship so I got the next best thing, a couple of Hasselblad cameras and some space suits, and away we went."
An in-depth article about the current dominance of Finnish goaltending in ice hockey. From The Atlantic, of all places.
Just a quick look at the next million years or so, here's what's coming up, in the far future.
"Watching The Empire Strikes Back as a child does not prepare you for the first time you field-dress an animal in the snow." Rosecrans learns to Hunt Deer in 7 Days or Less for GQ.
Applications now being accepted for the #AmtrakResidency program.
Head On by Cai Guo Qiang, in which "99 life-sized wolves attempt to leap over a glass wall, then pick themselves up to try again." From the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
The REAL Adele Dazeem performs at the Oscars.
"Clad in feathers and a supreme sense of pride, New Orleans women from thirteen to eighty provide a colorful and regal punch at the annual Mardi Gras parades."
Local Note: "Good Vibrations" at Spudnik Press opens Saturday night, 3 great Chicago artists created artwork you can screen print yourself at the show!
How the humble cocktail mixer became America's favorite personal beer delivery system. The Ubiquitous Pint Glass, by Jim Lundstrom. Cheers to Andrew B.
Ever wonder how Chicago's neighborhoods got their names? Mental Floss has the answers.
"Macao / Macau is the Chinese Las Vegas and lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong. It is the world's biggest gambling centre since 2006."
Love the packaging for Worker B Candles.
Niice, a search engine with taste.
A View From the Zone.
Heartbreaking read on how dementia has taken away legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith's Precious Memories.
Mars One Way.
Smart rearview mirror, from Nissan.
A tediously accurate scale model of the solar system.
Game Frame is a grid of 256 ultra-bright LED pixels, perfect for showcasing pixel art and old school video game graphics.
Carnival and Mardi Gras 2014.
So cute, AT-AT Rocker.
They sure picked a good week to back into print. Leah McGrath Goodman finds the man behind Bitcoin for Newsweek.
All your True Detective questions answered in one remarkable video.
The Opening Round is up and surprising, in The Morning News Tournament of Books - Presented by Field Notes.
Sort of a no-brainer to say we are waiting on Futura.
"Upon the recent conclusion of Norway's July 22 memorial site competition, Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg was unanimously selected by the competition jury to be the designer." His idea is brilliantly simple and heartbreaking.
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