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Local Note

From 1978, this promotional tourism film by Cine-Mark productions, is chock-full of fun boosterism accompanied by a terrific score.

The Latest From Field Notes

That One Thing

Our Summer release from Field Notes is The Byline Edition. It's a Reporters Notebook, reimagined with the help of John Dickerson of Face the Nation, the Whistlestop podcast, and a just-published book on the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history. Bylines are available in 2-Packs and as part of 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 out the Strangelove script by SK, Terry Southern and Peter George and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

From The DDC

Chock Full

Pretty Much Everything, the new book by our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin, is available now. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Component Design

Turn the Dial,
Push the Button

Enjoy Ranier's Flickr stream from Luebeck, Germany. These heroic shots of classic hi-fi components demonstrate an attention to design detail and tactile controls that, unfortunately, have been left behind in pursuit of simplicity and spareness in modern objects. A shame that.

For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

Privacy and The Deck

We Know Nothing
and We’re Just Fine with That

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

Let's Pretend You're Not You

Mr. Shortcake’s
Break Down

When it comes to the economic value of a subscription to Field Notes Quarterly Editions, this is the sum off all things. For the spiritual value, as proved through science, there's this.

Advice from Wally Wood


A great resource to solve a design problem by coming at it from another perspective, and not just if you're a comic book artist, although I'm thinking this is practically holy scripture, if you are. Here's a scan of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work.

For lots more on Wood's life and work including his infamous Disneyland Memorial Orgy Poster from 1967 and how that came to be, by publisher Paul Krassner. "He accepted the assignment and presented me with a magnificently degenerate montage."

Take Five

Is it Wrong to Fall in Love with a Woman Photographed Sipping Juice in a Robot Suit 90 Years Ago?

The image above, from the set of Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis, might just be the best motion picture production still ever, "There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." Here's the trailer for the restored masterpiece. Tons more on the 1927 film here. Also check the amazing original 32-page program for the film from 1927.

Bergman Face To Face

Silence in Heaven

Basically an excuse to post this seminal image from The Seventh Seal and a link to The Bergman Archive, a comprehensive collection of materials from the estate of Ingmar Bergman, including lots of videos, photos, posters, scripts and correspondence. All well organized and presented.

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

This is me commuting to work today, but with way better scenery. bb-today

Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico. ms-today

Awesome laser-etched radial LED lightbulbs. dw-today

In case you can't be there yourself, here is the Burning Man live stream you were looking for. ms-today

YES!! Teaser for season two of Stranger Things. ms-today

Classical music station in Chicago this morning was on an Aaron Copeland kick. If you are like me, and of a certain age, this will make you want a steak. Most successful advertising campaign ever?? ms-today

"Renowned English language bookshop Shakespeare and Company, situated on Paris's Left Bank, is marking its 65th anniversary by publishing an illustrated history of the shop." Immediate purchase: Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart.. jc-today

Oli Haukur Myrda went to Iceland and filmed the Northern Lights with a drone. Thanks Andrew. jc-today

RIP father of the 747, Joe Sutter. jc-yesterday

An 8-bit Stranger Things video game. dw-yesterday

"Tom Bombadil and Galadriel are all over the place in the Grateful Dead." Matthew Waither contends that Tolkien influenced rock more than The Velvet Underground. Hmm. Via Kottke. jc-yesterday

You Goat Mail. eg-yesterday

"I just totally fail to find anything enjoyable about this, or to see what this has to do with music as I understand it." Torturing the Saxophone, a letter from Robert Crumb. jc-yesterday

"Okay Jim, since you are my guest, and I am your host, what are your pleasures? What do you like to do?"
"Oh I don't know. Play chess. Screw."
"Well let's play chess."
Gene Wilder as The Waco Kid. mcj-08.29

You've never seen a monster dance this well. Puttin' on the Ritz. mcj-08.29

Related to the last, Smoking Popes have an amazing cover of Pure Imagination. mcj-08.29

Gene Wilder passed away today. RIP. mcj-08.29

This map shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape. dw-08.29

Restaurants shaped like chili bowls and other food-themed roadside attractions. dw-08.29

From photographer Stephanie Goin, Mad(e) in USA ms-08.29

UFO formation over Mount Fuji. dw-08.29

Plasticine heroes and villains of Rio 2016 by Wilfrid Wood. dw-08.29

Take a virtual visit to the Hidden Worlds of the National Parks. ms-08.29

Colorful 3D illustrations by ikiste. dw-08.29

@reallifelines brings everyday objects to life. dw-08.29

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816. dw-08.29

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history. dw-08.29

Blank Windows. Via Kottke. dw-08.29

"Right here, an entire lifestyle was forged. One where adventure, exploration, and a thirst for the unknown moved us forward. Where the cadence of the ocean, not the tick of the clock, set our lives in motion. This is the Waikiki of old, reborn." dw-08.29

Horrible fortune cookies from the creators of Cards Against Humanity. dw-08.29

"Go ahead and choose whichever bed you want - Edwin needs to sleep in this adult-sized baby swing we had constructed for him. Just keep it on the lowest setting playing "Hush little baby, don't say a word..." on repeat throughout the night. The timer runs out every 60 minutes so you'll need to wake up every hour to press the button. ms-08.29

"Are we very old friends?"
"No, I wouldn't say friends, Dolores. I wouldn't say that
at all."
The new trailer for HBO's
West World. mcj-08.29

Northern Lights shot with a drone. ms-08.29

Trailer for the film Manchester By The Sea. ms-08.29

Take 13 minutes out of your day to listen to this really great story of Why the 1992 Loop Flood is the Most Chicago Story Ever. ms-08.27

Mars explorers wanted. dw-08.26

For SD, every Jason Stratham kick. Ever. ms-08.26

8K Colors of NewYork 2016 ms-08.26

"In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of today's webdesign." Brutalist Websites. dw-08.25

How Marina City started the reclamation of the Chicago River and the city's downtown boom. dw-08.25

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