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"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.
Aaron Draplin talks about Field Notes' heritage in a short film, From Seed and a small portion of his collection of agricultural themed American memo books from the last 100 years are now online at the Field Notes site. Tangentially related, Bryan and Jim walk through all 17 limited-editions we have made so far, in four very nerdy videos.
Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.
Every year since 2004, we have done our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at holiday family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your next 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?
On a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our answering machine for a project we called Verse By Voice. And they did, creating maybe the first-ever poetry meme. To get the idea, make sure to listen to novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.
Note: we didn't include what is surely not Christopher Walken reading EE Cummings, but that's worth a listen too. Jim talked about this project during an appearance on Public Radio's Hello Beautiful! and the photos are courtesy of Sam Javanrouh's unstoppable Daily Dose of Imagery.
We've got three new additions to The Deck, our advertising network targeting design, web and creative professionals. Short of the Week is well explained by its name. However, if it was called Carefully Selected, Annotated and Presented Short Film That You Won't Find Everywhere Else of the Week, you'd have an even better idea of what it's about. The Noun Project has just launched a great redesign and aims to collect every icon, pictogram and symbol from everywhere, even from you. Calling This Isn't Happiness a "tumblr" does it no justice. Peter Nidzgorski brings a finely tuned, if inexplicable, taste to this always interesting daily collection of links and images.
October on The Deck is sold out and November and December are almost that way. For the right advertiser the network is very powerful, and that's why our advertisers renew month after month. If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of polite and curious readers, give us a shout.
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.
RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.
This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.
Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.
I always get stuck with screaming children and chatty-cathys when I have flight delays, the folks on this flight were lucky ducks.
Looks like some people are going to have a surprise new favorite M Night Shyamalan movie.
Unsettle your day with Jon Crispin's eerie photographs inside the suitcases patients brought with them to the upstate New York mental asylum where most of them would spend the rest of their lives.
So you know, what's inside Google Glass. Star Simpson tears one down.
"S.81, a bill to allow asylum for persecuted democracy activists. Senator Kelly Ayotte invokes Rule 212, which sends the bill back to committee for review, then to every other Senate committee, then to every other political body within 3,000 miles. The bill is currently under review by the student council of Santa Rosa High School in the Dominican Republic."
"'If you're reading this letter, it means I've passed on to the other side, into the valley of perpetual brightness,' your light bulb will tell you," The Internet of Actual Things, by Giles Turnbull.
Former A.V. Club head writer Nathan Rabin tries to explain the unexplainable: How he came to write a book about ICP and Phish, and love both bands in the process.
As James just tweeted, "The original Game Boy box art from '89 sure was awesome."
Local note: Jason Robert Bell is bringing his special brand of reality to Chicago this week, with a White Feathered Octopus book release party at Quimby's tonight and a performance/tarot card reading at UIC's Gallery 400 on Thursday night.
All the extra hands helping with FN stuff today can only mean one thing... we had pizza for lunch.
Trailer for the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.
Maybe the best tweet we have ever had at Field Notes.
Pretty sure we need one of these for the studio.
Stunning life-sized photos capture close encounters with whales.
"They have more money than you and this is what they do." Rich Kids on Instagram.
A fine collection of Great Art in Ugly Rooms.
So you know, how to 'print' type with needle and thread, by Evelin Kasikov.
Girls season 38 proves rompers don't get any better with age, not even on Laraine Newman.
Google says Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak. Thanks Jeff!
Film the kids jumping in leaves in slow motion and then play it backwards and you get something pretty great and otherworldly: Fall in Reverse.
Flowing Auroras Over Norway.
The Big Picture has some amazing photos of the Flooding in Europe.
The app is great but the tagline is golden.
Collect your thoughts.
From the FDL files. Good ol' reliable John. He enjoyed a few pints this week, including a Fade to Black at The Weird Beard in Greater London. That's 10,838 beers since May of 1995, but who's counting?
People who like this sort of thing will find it exactly the sort of thing they like. This long, insightful LRB article by Michael Wood on the four translations of Michael Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita has me jacked to read the book again. Sympathy For the Devil.
"Sure, I'd cleared my name after the police had pegged me for pocketing a peck of pickled peppers, but ever since my previous partner got plugged poking his peepers into one too many private places, the only thing I've been interested in pickling my liver."
Always with me. Thanks for that to ChinCity.
Somewhere out there is a very real pit of gold coins, free for rooting around in, swimming laps, and general Scrooge McDuck-ery.
This is the best fast food training video I have ever seen. "Hot drinks really get you goin'..."
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A Friday Drink Link. Hic.
Film feed. Short attention span video theater.
Having to do with our Field Notes Brand.
What we just talked about at lunch.
We hated the options available for custom packaging DVDs and CDs so we created a brand that gives creative professionals and hobbyists the tools to make great stuff. Here's a bit from the latest Jewelboxing weblog entry:
"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.
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