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Fancy Color

Our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin has announced that his book is now available for pre-order. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Keeping It Close to Home

The Memo Book That Works

Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.

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.

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.

Hoping for Snow

Winter’s Tale

"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.

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.

Blue in the Sun


Our Field Notes limited release for winter, The Snow Blind Edition, is coated with photochromic ink that changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. Indoors, they're white, outdoors they're blue! Available in 3-Packs and as part of a year-long Seasonal Subscription now.

Einstein's Puzzle

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?

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.

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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.

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

"When Frank began painting posters for Ghanaian movie theaters he was given a clear mandate: If the movie was gory, the poster should be gorier. If it was sexy, make the poster sexier. And when in doubt, throw in a fish. " kg-02.05

Posted without comment: "How the Founder of Moon Juice Eats Every Day." sd-02.05

Now I know how excited y'all were about that Star Wars thing: Savage Steve Holland is working on a follow-up to One Crazy Summer with Bobcat Goldthwait, Joel Murray, and Curtis Armstrong. bb-02.05

Our MS has mixed feelings about the newly-discovered Aphonopelma johnnycashi. bb-02.05

Marcus is reading one book about each president from November 8, 2015 until November 8, 2016 Election Day. dw-02.05

Chicago's Oldest Bars. jc-02.05

Happy Friday. ms-02.05

Shakespeare's original pronunciation sounds amazing (and unveils ribald puns). bb-02.05

So sweet, my teeth ache. In a good way. Hershey's ad, My Dad. ms-02.05

"It's a tricky game and we don't always get it right (but we obviously did this year --obviously), but it certainly makes gambling easier." Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books. The Rooster approaches. Get reading. jc-02.05

A fun look at all of the moving parts in shooting a spot with a motion control rig. sd-02.05

"This 1930s-era newsreel was recently discovered by sisters Nancy and Barbara Sleeper of Newberry, whose grandfather, Sanborn Sleeper, was the superintendent of the Luce County Road Commission from 1928 until sometime around World War II." Winter Comes to Michigan. dw-02.05

A read that starts off as one thing and goes somewhere else entirely (and then some): "What the Heck is a Catch in the NFL, Anyway?" sd-02.05

Massive Stars in NGC 6357. ms-02.05

Roger Ebert's script for the unmade Russ Meyer/Sex Pistols film, Who Killed Bambi?. bb-02.04

NHL Players that look like Tilda Swinton. mcj-02.04

The last star in the universe will be a red dwarf. dw-02.04

Robert McGinnis at 90, a celebration of the American paperback cover illustrator. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-02.04

@tasteofstreep dw-02.04

"River North is the worst. Like, the actual worst. OK, yeah, it's pretty with all its luxury high-rises, startup offices, and AVEDA salons, but let's be honest: River North is where you go when you want to get into hour-long arguments about the validity of global warming with a 45-year-old drunk finance bro who believes the environmental movement is a Marxist plot." Spot. On. Vice gives us their City Guide to Chicago. ms-02.04

An older Movie Poster of the Week from Adrian, in light of recent news, a look at various takes on Abel Gance's Napoleon. Via John Coulthart. jc-02.04

Crossing America by bike share from Manhattan to Santa Monica. dw-02.03

So you know, the grid system for London that never happened. ms-02.03

100 Jokes that Shaped Modern Comedy. bb-02.03

Scenes From 21st-Century China. ms-02.03

"One is the most innovative writer of the 20th century, the other is James Joyce. Can you distinguish between sentences written by the Irish novelist and the lyrics of surrealist rapper Kool Keith?" bb-02.03

The Inside Story of Uber's Radical Rebranding. ms-02.03

The Strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin, the Comma Queen on, well, you know. jc-02.02

Pretty Much Everything, by Aaron James Draplin. I've peeked at this beauty and you want this, you really want this. jc-02.02

The trailer for the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game is some wholesome family fun. mcj-02.02

Scans from a (often a bit unintentionally funny) guide handed out by the German government to asylum seekers: "Germany and Its People." Every illustration would make for an awesome t-shirt or poster. sd-02.02

Stefan Glerum's Stained Glass Project for an Amsterdam residential development is fantastic. jc-02.02

Paul Ford's What is Code? wins a National Magazine Award. Awesome. jc-02.02

"Thousands of stalls like this exhibit multiple and slight variations on a particular item. Each individual seller occupies a space consumed by the very items that make them their living." Photos of Yiwu Commodity City, by Richard John Seymour. jc-02.02

"Positives: Only missed one day. Negatives: Self-indulgent ramblings of a nonsensical person who occasionally, halfheartedly tries to be helpful." Susannah's January Blogging Self-Analysis. jc-02.01

A look back at Chicago's Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011, WGN is featuring their special that includes us and our Above the Sun film, on the storm's anniversary today. jc-02.01

Cool Instagram collab, featuring "precisely aligned architecture photographs from around the world," Geometry Club. jc-02.01

1970 Pontiac Firebird brochure. Excellent. jc-02.01

"To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we've decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting." —The Central Intelligence Agency. Via Things. jc-02.01

Find the Man in the Moon. ms-02.01

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