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Who Owns The Fish?

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 holiday 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?

Privacy and The Deck

We’re Fine
with Knowing Nothing

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

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. The image above is via Kubrick is God.

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

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.

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books has concluded. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Brand Books

Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

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

Fascinating featurette on the use of 70mm for Quentin Tarantino's next film The Hateful Eight. Cannot wait to see this in the theaters in the glorious Ultra Panavision. ms-yesterday

The Reader's "Give Local" Guide has us listed under Think Inside the Box. Thanks for that. Lots of other cool stuff on that list too. jc-yesterday

Black Friday. jc-11.27

Turkey troubles today? No need to panic, stay calm and call for help. ms-11.26

The Last Waltz. was 39 years ago today. Here's Joni singing "Coyote", and Van Morrison's "Caravan". jc-11.25


Trailer for Very Semi-Serious, the NYer Cartoon documentary. Via Susannah Breslin. jc-11.25

Related to the last: Suck.com is available all at once, too but where's the fun in that? And illustrator Terry Colon still rules. bb-11.25

If you're an internet early-adopter who still laments the demise of Suck.com, get 20-year old stories emailed to you from Suck, Again. bb-11.25

Charlie Daniels singing about Nascar and UPS with Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D)? You're welcome. bb-11.25

You love Jon Benjamin from Archer and Home Movies but did you know he's also a Jazz Daredevil? His album drops on Friday on Sub Pop. bb-11.25

Brian Levy's Billy Zoom poster. It's a beaut, and 50% of proceeds go to to Billy's cancer fund. (Via the French Sample Room.) bb-11.25

Nope. ms-11.24

Well, this is no surprise to any of us who live here. ms-11.24

Contact sheets from photographers Elliot Erwitt, Martin Parrand Eve Arnold. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-11.24

Dude covers Yes, CSNY and Zeppelin, note for note, all by himself. Yowza. jc-11.24

Part software promo, part interview, with Mark Henry Phillips, the mixer, sound designer, and composer for the Serial podcast. sd-11.24

"It's an overt declaration that your phone, or your computer, or your tablet is not really yours to tamper with, a public statement that you are not qualified to fix your own things." The Pentalobe and iFixit. jc-11.24

Adele Dials the Wrong Number ms-11.24

Never-seen before member of President Obama's cabinet shows up in iconic photo. ms-11.24

Aurora over Clouds ms-11.24

"Regrettably perhaps, this emphasis on specialism has become commonplace and the esoteric is now the everyday. Everyone states an interest in craft and skill and 'creativity,'but what really seems to make a thing stand out on the contemporary internet is a striking blend of the eccentric and the skilful, the intangible qualities of the 'viral object,' as opposed to the quiet joy of individual discovery." Right on. No Longer Collecting for Ourselves, by Things Magazine. jc-11.24

"Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. ms-11.23

Early Friday Drink Link: "This is the lamest Booze Day ever! I hate you!" bb-11.23

Property From The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. You know, in case you need Ringo's Magic Christian sweatshirt or Barbara's luggage from The Spy who Loved Me. bb-11.23

I was lucky to have been able to watch this insidious game play-tested. So, of course, I'm backing it. Secret Hitler. jc-11.23

Wired recommends our Field Notes 56-Week Planner in their "20 Awesome Gifts for Around $20" Thanks for that. bb-11.23

The 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships. bb-11.23

So you know, why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe? jc-11.23

1969 Buick. jc-11.23

Finally, an acceptable alternative to the selfie-stick. jc-11.23

"Our goal was to create something special that every coffee lover would want to own, and which maintained the famous Field Notes aesthetic. I believe we succeeded." Thanks for that Omar. jc-11.20

Important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible for the Thanksgiving dinner table next week, what's the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. ms-11.20

Gorgeous Modernist posters that taught 1930's kids how to take good care of books. ms-11.20

So you know, a brief history of British Pub Signs. ms-11.20

Inside the stormtrooper dressing room on the set of TFA. jc-11.20

Head over to Rea's Design is fine. History is mine and we'll see you in an hour or two. jc-11.20

Field Notes First-Ever Second Annual Holiday Open House. jc-11.20

Visual artist Paul Laffoley passed away this week in Boston. Our friend Heather Parker was his neighbor: "He made crazy art about the future. He was a squatter back in the day and knew Warhol. I will miss the conversations I had with him. I used to bring him his heavy packages, just so I could sit with him and hear his crazy stories. Such a neat guy." bb-11.19

Carrie Fisher on the set of Blade Runner. Wait, what? bb-11.19

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