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Wednesday Edition

From a reader: "I could probably listen to the same song
for five hours, but 'Dancing Queen?!?'" Steve's 238 Miles.

Coudal Partners

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books concluded yesterday. 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."

Field Notes Spring Release

Wood Type Forever

The "Two Rivers" Edition.

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.

Field Notes Brand Books

Fathers, Sons, and Roberto 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.

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in 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.

Get It Together

We Didn’t Have Much Ambition When We Started Field Notes,
We Fixed That

Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.

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.

We're Going On an Adventure

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.

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.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

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.

January Guest Todd Tue

Does a Blog Good

Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, right here as our 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

A collection of now obsolete technologies illustrated by Daniel Long. dw-today

Meeting these four German scooterists was a highlight of last summer, can't wait to see their book of photography documenting their trip across America. bb-today

For SD, here is where you should go for your next vacation. ms-today

San Francisco, the summer of 1971. Via The Isn't Happiness. jc-today

"I have an archive of my own email going back 18 years, containing 450,000 messages. One day I decided to make it searchable. Not half-searchable but fully, dynamically, programmably searchable." —Paul Ford. jc-today

"In 2014 I travelled widely in Kenya with my drone; flying it in as many places and situations as I could. In the process I captured some unique footage of my travels in some wild and fascinating places. The different perspective that a drone gives you is incredible. It gives you a whole new appreciation for the beautiful place that is Kenya." ms-today

To me, absurdity is the only reality. Photography by Andrew B. Myers. jc-yesterday

Three Staples on Two Rivers. Thanks for that. jc-yesterday

Bridges-Go-Round a trippy visual poem of a film, by Shirley Clarke, 1958. Via John Coulthart. jc-yesterday

Pong + Pac-Man + Space Invaders = Pacapong. dw-yesterday

Benton Modern, lovely single page typeface site. jc-yesterday

One five minute conversation here in the office: this, this, this and this. Stream of consciousness moves fast and weird here. ms-yesterday

This is it. The Final Match of the 2015 Morning News Tournament of Books. By just about any measure, this year's edition had been fantastic. We're happy to have had a hand in presenting the ToB, with Field Notes once again acting as the tournament sponsor. Congrats to the winner and all the participants. jc-yesterday


Original 1932 sketches of the Dubonnet Man by A. M. Cassandre. Posters too. Via Reference Desk. jc-yesterday

Word. ms-yesterday

Gorgeous trailer for the new Netflix series Chef's Table. ms-03.30

Data is nature. jc-03.30

Surreal animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett. dw-03.30

A potion from the 9th century proves highly effective in combatting this century's virulent bacteria. ms-03.30

"Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 ms-03.30

So you know, how music hijacks our perception of time ms-03.30

"One of Riedler's favorite subjects, Berlin's Tropical Islands Resort, boasts 50,000 different plants, a huge lagoon and a wrap-around artificial horizon, all housed within a dome worthy of The Truman Show." Photos from Inside the Fake Vacation Industry. Thanks Marshall. jc-03.30

Symmetry Breakfast. Nuff said. jc-03.30

Powerful proof-of-concept short for proposed sc-fi feature Sundays, directed by Mischa Rozema. jc-03.30

Johnny Morant, oil on canvas. Lovely, via This Isn't Happiness. jc-03.30

Stephin Merritt shakes up The Morning News Tournament of Books with a controversial judgment in the penultimate match. The comment thread ought to be entertaining today, as will tomorrow's final. jc-03.30

Shadow of a Martian Robot ms-03.30

Teaser trailer for the new Bond film, Spectre ms-03.28

A sign of Spring, Bell's Oberon is back on shelves. ms-03.27

Mapping all the cities in Willie Nelson's songs ms-03.27

So you know, where to catch tulip mania ms-03.27

A day on the London Underground. dw-03.27

In my experience, it's not just teenagers, I see it every day on the roads on the way to work. ms-03.27

The Matrix of Gin Mixology. dw-03.27

Super-happy FDL, the Sam Adams beer company is throwing a party for city and state workers in Boston who worked their butts off to keep that city running this horrifyingly snowy winter. Well deserved and well done. ms-03.27

Altered books by Isobelle Ouzman. dw-03.27

A great judgment from Nicole Cliffe moves one book, Station Eleven, to the final in the 2015 Morning News Tournament of Books. jc-03.27

Do you type two spaces after a period? You're doing it wrong. ms-03.27

So great but you need to cue the music ms-03.27

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