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Tuesday Edition

Jay Ryan and the rest of the crew at The Bird Machine
appear in our mini-doc: 6 Colors, 1,800 Pulls, 2 Dogs

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New on The Deck

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

Boxes and Lines

Our limited-edition Field Notes release for summer are The Arts & Sciences Editions and their larger format is big enough for both sides of your brain. Plus, the interiors pages are all new. It's available in 2-Packs and by a year-long subscription now.

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

What's Next?

Model Citizen

Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Danny Choo's Smart Doll and how it was made. A fascinating story, an intriguing product and a highly personal post from the creator. I'm not sure what to make of this whole thing except to say it's probably going to be a huge hit, at $560 each.

New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at our Museum of Online Museums. 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.

Spring Summer Fall Winter

To Every Season

Roughly every three months since January of 2009, we have introduced a seasonal release of Field Notes. With a couple exceptions these have all been limited-editions and have all sold out quickly. Thanks for that. You can see and read about them here and also in our Obsessive's Guide videos where we chat about the "making of" each release.

Each edition was made available to our Field Notes email list first and was offered in 3-Packs and by a year-long subscription, for those wanting to collect them all and to make sure they don't miss out on one. Subscribers frequently get extra and exclusive items with their shipments. While they last, you can start a subscription right now with our current release, The Arts & Sciences Edition. The Fall edition is on press now and is a radical departure from previous releases and if we can pull off what we have planned for winter, you are surely going to want to be a part of that too.

JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

How'd That Get There?

Regarding That
Recent Order

Customer service at the Field Notes Brand Midwest HQ is handled one order at a time.

From Field Notes Brand

Cherry, Baby

We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd Field Notes seasonal release is made of wood. The Shelterwood Edition features covers made from American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability.

Reading Assignment

I Had Him for Shakespeare

The Old Man and the River. Pete Dexter's exquisite profile of Norman Maclean from Esquire in 1981. Maybe the best thing ever written about CP hero Maclean, it makes you want to go back and read A River Runs Through It for the 20th time and, especially Young Men and Fire. They aren't making magazine pieces like this any more.

July Guest Carly Oishi

I, Carly

Carly Oishi (cao) is the Chicago-based co-producer of Miss Spoken, a blog and monthly live lit show. She has performed at The Paper Machete, Write Club and Guts & Glory, and she has contributed to Thought Catalog, Rebellious Magazine, and as the "Wise Woman of the Week" on WBEZ's sister station, Vocalo. Carly is also a singer/songwriter for the duo Jon & Carly, who have been making and performing music for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter at @carlyo and for the month of July, right here as our official Guest Editor.

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.

Fresh Signals

Music video for Röyksopp and Robyn's Do It Again. dw-yesterday

Insanely intricate cut paper by Bovey Lee. dw-yesterday

A visual recap of the Dark Knight's 75 year history. dw-yesterday

The Ghillies by Polixeni Papapetrou. dw-yesterday

Ninja Japanese schoolgirls make you thirsty for some lemon soda. (Thx, HP) bb-yesterday

Paul Renner, Futura Specimen Booklet, 1930s. Bauer Type Foundry, Inc. Fantastic. jc-07.19

Alicante Beach Moonrise. ms-07.19

Lettering, Meet Lego, a project by Alice Lee and how it was done. "I should note that it is pretty key to order as many extra smaller units as possible. For instance, I ran out of 1x6 yellows toward the end." Via Waxy. jc-07.18

Books on Book Covers, a great, copiously illustrated post from Dan Wagstaff. jc-07.18

Pour yourself one, maybe make it a double. jc-07.18

So you know, what gives beer its bitterness and flavour. ms-07.18

The folks from Dogfish Head beer have opened up an inn. ms-07.18

A look at Japan's amazing new luxury train. Wowza. ms-07.18

"Each year, Nixon organizes one of the wildest and remote surf contests on the planet. Ten of the best European surfers are invited to an unknown surf destination, to battle against their own fears & human limits without the pressures of the public or the press. An unexpected quest, one where the only enemy is yourself and your best ally is nature, in its rawest, purest form. In June 2014, the wild terrain of Kamchatka, Russia, was chosen to host this uncommon event. ms-07.18

Space and Spacecraft A to Z. Via WATC. dw-07.18

Trailer for Life After Beth. ms-07.18

Masakazu Shirane's giant shipping container kaleidoscope. dw-07.18

"...the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences." —Daniel Kukla. Thanks Marshall. jc-07.18

One of the last hosts of Ebert Presents: At The Movies talks about being part of its demise and the reason behind the success of the original dueling critics show. cao-07.18

Type and The Grand Budapest Hotel, an interview with lead graphic designer Annie Atkins. jc-07.17

The Computer Virus Catalog. dw-07.17

Font of the Future, from Google? We'll see about that. jc-07.17

Carly Ayres is pinning stuff that makes her uncomfortable. Me too, eesh. Via Tina. jc-07.17

Meet the new Thor and Captain America. dw-07.17

Check the beautiful prints by Stellavie Design Manufaktur in Hamburg, including this: Exceptionally Great Espresso — Art & Science. jc-07.17

"So I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to pop culture: I'm sorry for creating this unstoppable monster." Nathan Rabin wishes he never coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl". jc-07.17

Priority Designs engineered a sweet futuristic bike design by Cannondale. Todd Mendoza fabricated the prototype. jc-07.17

A novel way to celebrate books and life, leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you've lived. Via FastCo. ms-07.17

The Green Turtle, considered by some the first Asian American superhero, is making a come back on comic bookshelves. cao-07.17

Go under the sea with Fabian Cousteau. dw-07.16

Weird Al is releasing a new music video every day this week. dw-07.16

Some NSFW art, Presidents with Boob Faces. dw-07.16

Related to an earlier post, black and white paintings by Johnny Abrahams. Via People of Print. dw-07.16

Local note. Glossop's Hotel, Amusement and Business Map. The Loop in the 1880s. Via Dmitry Samarov. jc-07.16

"It's unclear if the spider survived." ms-07.16

Just thought you should all know MS is wearing a Telnyashka today. bb-07.16

"45 years ago today--on July 16, 1969--astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched to the Moon on top of the mightiest spaceship ever built. These amazing photos from NASA's vaults show how they built and launched that spaceship." ms-07.16

CR's record sleeves of the month. Dig the 442s package. jc-07.16

How the recent DashCon 2014 conference quickly went to hell in a handbasket. ms-07.16

Emoji Among Us. Brilliant, from Dissolve. jc-07.15


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