What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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4 stars for The Great Museum documentary. A beautifully shot, engrossing look behind the scenes at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. Here's the trailer.
Our 27th seasonal Field Notes release is a set of six books, boxed in a sturdy 60-pt custom slipcase with a sheet of crack-and-peel decals. Each of the books focuses on one DIY discipline — Wood Working, Automotive, Gardening, Painting, Plumbing, and Electrical — with tips, reference materials and the usual Field Notes wise-cracking. It's called The Workshop Companion, it's a limited-edition and we just talked to your Dad. He wants one.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
“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.
"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.
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.
"I have painted three more big canvases... They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness..." On today's date in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh shot himself. See also his letters, annotated.
Totally cool. Night time F-18 launches and landings from the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
"From 17th century Postmedieval English abodes to 19th century Tudors all the way through the 'McMansions' of the 1990s, this detailed diagram of hand-illustrated domiciles brings together 121 American houses in all, sorted into seven major categories and 40 subdivisions."
Notes on Your Novel.
Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica.
Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips.
Gorgeous conversion of an old garage in Amsterdam.
Tokyo has unveiled the logo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For JC, who is ignoring all of us and watching the Tour de France right now, GoPro give us a look at the Best of Stages 1-7.
Root Beer is for adults again.
Tweet of the day.
Great news, there will be another season of the fabulous series Top of the Lake.
"DeluxePaint is a graphics tool that can help you create works of art with an ease and precision that you may never have though possible."
People ask me, "What's your secret?" Obviously, it's the Bill Clinton Workout.
Cinefix gives us their picks for the the 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time.
Comet PanSTARRS, Moon, and Venus .
"For 26 days, Fitchburg, Massachusetts' Sentinel & Enterprise will put a letter of the alphabet on their front page from a collection of 26 different graphic designers' typefaces."
From photographer Mario Dotti, Vistamar, 2010-2011
The title sequence from Foxy Brown employs "almost every trick in the title design book, from image rotoscoping and solarization to multi-layered optical animation and colorization." Groovy.
"...if you're feeling faint or need to get out of the sun PLEASE remember to do so." So you know, how to make a to-do list for your to-do lists, by Nicholas Ciccone.
"Apparently this shot, taken from the film unReal was filmed with the GSS C520 Gyro stabilizer system attached to a truck which was driving along a road which was constructed specifically for this shot. To make it even more impressive the rider Brandon Semenuk was injured during the filming and he only hit the entire segment once."
Four sweet shortlisted designs for a new pedestrian bridge from Nine Elms to Pimlico in London.
Urban Ant City.
"Someone on the Field Nuts Facebook group once randomly commented that they wished there was a complete listing of the Field Notes Practical Applications from the Colors Editions listed somewhere. Well, here you go! Nice work Andy.
Two Medieval Monks Invent Bestiaries.
New Bond, Spectre trailer, with Christoph Waltz as villain.
25 essential punk movies.
Sound advice from Jason Kottke and Paul Anka, Just Don't Look.
Atlas Obscura's interactive map "is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature."
Lovely vintage Lego ephemera.
A musical about Clara Peller, the "Where's The Beef?" lady.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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