What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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In conjunction with the release of our new Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books for summer we made a short movie... and a 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.
We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?
At a luncheon last week in London, Ben Saunders officially announced The Scott Expedition. Ben and his teammate Tarka L'Herpiniere are setting out to honour Scott's legacy by becoming the first to retrace and complete Scott's original, perilous Terra Nova expedition. "The Scott Expedition is a 1,800-mile (2,900km), four-month unsupported return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot following Scott's exact route. Equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons, the team will face temperatures as low as -50 °C and will haul sledge loads of up to 200kg each."
The Scott Expedition has the support of Range Rover and Intel, and we're proud to say, our Field Notes Brand. Follow along with us as we track the preparations and the journey itself.
"Play Ball!" Forty-one 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.
Here's a longer excerpt, plus some nice video features from ESPN The Magazine, and to learn how the whole thing came about check this Gapers Block interview with Kevin.
If, like us, your spring and summer vacations are about reading, then here's a place to start. We've collected hundreds of books and had them Field-Tested online, including entries from George Saunders, Jonathan Eig, Jessa Crispin, Steven Heller, Lori Andrews, Michael Bierut, and many more. Or, buy the Field Tested Books Book which is available now for just nine bucks.
The spring limited-release for Field Notes is made up of three picturesque memo books. It's the America is Beautiful Edition, we also made a film to go along with it. As usual it's only slightly related to the product, except in spirit of course. As an added bonus we shot in the film aspect of 2.35:1.
In with every "Beautiful" 3-pack is a classic water transfer decal, perfect for the back window of your muddy old pick-up. Here's some tips on how to install it properly.
2001: A Space Odyssey Howard Johnsons 1968 Children's Menu. A fabulous find by John Sisson. It doesn't explain the film much, but really, how could it?
"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.
We've been talking about it forever and we've finally done it. Because there aren't many dedicated resources, we've created a new archive category about one of our heroes. Stuff About Terrence Malick is full of links and resources and we would appreciate you writing us about anything you think belongs in there. (Use the contact link below.) It's a nice complement to our big Stuff About Stanley Kubrick collection. Logically, Bergman is next, but for now we'll leave that up to the excellent Face To Face.
Are you better suited for starting things than you are for finishing them? Are you easily distracted? Do you find it hard to concentrate on any one thing when there are so many other things to check out? Yeah, us too.
Sarah Collins (sco) lives in Chicago, as close to the mayor's house as she can afford. She currently works for Grid, the Chicago Sun-Times business magazine, as the managing editor digital. Before that she was at The A.V. Club, and before that she wrote about music all over the place. When she's not at work, she spends her time assembling records for Underground Communique and trying not to trip over boxes. Right now she's in the middle of a Buffy re-watch, and finds that the background noise of her dog chewing a bone really gives the show some more depth.
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.
Trailer for the documentary Burn.
Summer is Here.
Trailer for Anchorman 2.
Ooohh, they made a wristwatch.
Bryan Cranston is ready to insult you on Reddit now.
The International Space Station silhouetted against the Moon in broad daylight, photographed by Maximilian Teodorescu from Romania.
The Art of the Trailer.
The Pace of Modern Life. Yep.
"Imagine a time and a place where normal marketing methods didn't dictate process, where the goal of making a poster was to reach an audience who were actually interested in film." The Beautiful Movie Posters of Post-War Germany, an illustrated post by Brandon Schaefer.
A big round-up of fantasy art sketchbooks, from Muddy Colors.
After falling 200 feet out of a hot air balloon, George R. Lawrence rigged a series of up to 17 kites to take these gorgeous aerial photographs of cities in the early 20th century.
Bad British Baseball Commentary.
A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas.
"Zozam managed five chilies. The winner, Namlui Rongmei, finished 14. He's crouched on the floor, glassy-eyed. I see him reach for the hem of the doctor's white coat. A man behind me squats in the shrubbery, checking his smartphone while he waits waits for the vomiting to commence..
Local note. Thursday evening at the Logan Square Auditorium, I'll be on the Judges Panel for Characterized 2013, an awesome live design competitionthat sets up to be a pretty good party too.
Trailer for Computer Chess mockumentary. Look good and weird.
Trailer for the new Scorsese/DiCaprio flick The Wolf of Wall Street.
A look at Graduation Season 2013. Try not to smile.
Think of it as a really big Lego kit. The Camatte57 concept car from Toyota is a "build-it-yourself" model.
Hoist your glass in salute, it is National Bourbon Day.
"I have a small story about superglue that is kind of interesting..."
ILM Modelmakers Share Star Wars Stories, by Wesley Fenlon for Tested.
Keep your wine chilled with the Corkcicle.
Just what is says. Phones replaced with sandwiches.
Trailer for the documentary More Than Honey.
Happy Bourbon Day, by Alex Balk.
"It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of summer." So begins Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.
Black and White photos of vintage NASA facilities.
A California couple discovered a perfectly preserved, fully stocked 1961 fallout shelter 15 feet below their backyard.
The New Yorker put together an interactive map of the rise of craft brewing across the country, and the result is rather beautiful and road-trip inspiring.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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