What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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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.
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?
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.
"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.
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.
Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..
A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.
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.
So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.
"On the one hand, this is a serious time, during which we must measure the weight of our words and wield them only after careful consideration. On the other, judging this round is definitely the hardest thing a person has ever had to do in the history of human endeavour." We're in the Quarterfinals of the Morning News Tournament of Books, sponsored by our Field Notes.
So you know, the most unsatisfying video in the world ever made. Not for OCD types.
Very local note, my high-school daughter Grace organized this event to benefit Planned Parenthood at The Metro on May 12. You should come, and bring your kids. Voices For Choices.
"No cheating, faking, or posing. None of these films was chosen to impress the reader, or in an attempt to reflect a critical consensus, whether past or present. They're here because I love them, period." Great list. Sixty-One Years, Sixty-Eight Films, by Terry Teachout.
For MS and BB, Yuengling's butterbeer ice cream.
Hey Chicago, this Thursday ChiDM is hosting a screening of Between the Folds, a documentary that "chronicles 10 stories of fine artists and theoretical scientists who are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders." Get your ticket here.
"At its start, Chicago was a marshy outpost of hearty settlers who used the convergence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River to their benefit." How It Grew, from Curious City.
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a unique trade catalog collection that includes about 10,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present.
This is wonderful, where Daft Punk get their samples.
From FastCo Design, A Reading Guide for Designers Who Want to Write.
"What makes gambling wrong but insurance right?"
Nina Keinrath explores the mountains of Morocco.
The Opening Round comes to a close today in the Morning News Tournament of Books.
Apropos of nothing, Miles Davis The Sorcerer, May 17, 1967.
Great Migrations, following genes around the world. From Lapham's Quarterly.
RC vehicles that fly at appropriately scaled speeds. Whoa, cool.
For St. Pat's, "I was very flattered when Joyce dropped the 'Mister.' Everybody was 'Mister.' There were no Christian names, no first names. The nearest you would get to friendly name was to drop the 'Mister.' I was never 'Sam.' I was always 'Beckett' at the best. We'd drink in any old pub or cafe." This Recording in which Samuel Beckett didn't intend to be a writer.
So you know, Vicemo shows you who's buying drugs, booze, and sex on Venmo.
Gorgeous wood art by Gordon Pembridge.
Let's be honest here, everyone is going to want to be the T-Rex.
Trailer for Dig Two Graves.
A classic reference that needs to be revisited periodically. Paul Brians' Commonly Made Suggestions about commonly made errors, and more importantly, Non-Errors, "those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English." Which is exactly the sort of attitude up with which I will not put
Why Tea and Coffee Aren't Made the Same.
Local note: Our pals at the Busy Beaver Button Museum are hosting My Button, My Choice, their inaugural fundraiser, on Monday at 5:30 PM at Lagunitas. You drink a few beers and make a custom button for your own personal cause, they get a few bucks, everyone wins!
Related to the last, the long take opening scene from Touch of Evil.
Netflix is helping to bring Orson Welles' last, unfinished film to the screen.
Jacob Oller on Hal Ashby's seldom-seen final script, Vital Parts from the Thomas Berger novel, was written for Marlon Brando.
Thanks Whole Foods for playing the one song guaranteed to make me cry at your salad bar.
Gorgeous photos of Paris from Nathalie Geffroy.
Somewhere out there, a retail copywriter hangs his/her head in shame.
Related to the last.
Who gives a f*ck about the oxford comma? Dairy delivery drivers in Maine.
Related to the last, here is a great Every Frame A Painting on How to do Visual Comedy.
"Your name's Baby? B.A.B.Y. Baby?" Trailer for Edgar Wright's new flick, BABY DRIVER.
"With echoes of Cubism, Lister's 8-bit art - which includes drawings, paintings, and 3D printing - deliberately avoids all use of diagonal or curved lines. Instead it combines the minimal, mathematic aesthetic of pixellated graphics with the soft transparency of watercolour paint to create something quite unique."
Film School Rejects on What We Learned from Terrence Malick's SXSW Appearance.
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A post from our monthly guest editor. The complete listing af all the people we owe favors can be found here.
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A post with this icon may well end up in our Museum of Online Museums.
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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.
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