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Sunday Edition

Laboratory Conditions, a film we made
on the way to making another film that we didn't make.

Coudal Partners

JC at Creative Mornings

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

The Latest from Field Notes

Two Rivers

Field Notes loves printing, history, Americana, and a good Wisconsin brandy old-fashioned, so the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is our kind of place. We worked with them to produce our limited-edition for spring and two bucks from the sale of each 3-Pack goes to support the Museum and its mission. Wood type forever!

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

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

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.

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.

Field Notes Brand Books

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.

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.

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

Trailer for the film Legend. ms-yesterday

Discussed at lunch, Paul F Tompkins covers the theme to Skyfall. mcj-05.01

Trailer for The Stranger. dw-05.01

The unstoppable Motionographer joins our ad network for web, design and creative professionals today. Need to get your product or service in front of a large, savvy and curious audience? Give us a shout at The Deck. jc-05.01

"If you remember a time when playgrounds were practically designed to break bones and picking gravel out of your knees was a weekly occurrence, these stories will surely stir up some fond memories." dw-05.01

Cocktail Construction Chart from the US Forest Service! Via Kottke and tons of other Friday Drink Links. Those are on us. jc-05.01

Gifs of electronic items by Guillaume Kurkdjian. Via iGNANT. dw-05.01

Gorgeous ad from Prudential, The Fisherman. ms-05.01

For DW, get your tickets now for CatCon LA. ms-05.01

So you know, how to act in public spaces in a digital age. ms-05.01

Neat idea from the always inventive Art Lebedev Studios, The I Was Here Scratch-Off World Map. jc-05.01

"Look how many things we've built from this simple toy." The LEGO Brick Documentary. ms-05.01

In case you haven't checked in a while, Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree comic series is still dope. This week, DJ Jazzy Jeff. jc-05.01

Yay Kelli! First Layer Tennis Season 4 Champ and now something really big, an Adobe Creative Residency. "For the next year Adobe will sponsor me so that I am enable to work with complete independence on creative projects of my own choosing." Can't wait to see what will come out of that. jc-04.30

Long read of the day, Game of Fear. Via Waxy. ms-04.30

"Nuts to you, Führer! I am naked in your bath with my Jewish lover, we are taking your picture's picture, we are stealing your life-force." jc-04.30

So you know, you owe your daily routine to the World's Fair. ms-04.30

"My God, what have we done." Copy of the Enola Gay pilot's log sells for $50,000.00 at auction. ms-04.30

The last photos from Messenger before it crashes into the surface of Mercury. jc-04.30

Commissioned portraits by photographer Antony Crook. jc-04.30

For MS, living off the grid in a yurt on abandoned Chicago land. dw-04.29

Original prints in editions of 100. dw-04.29

Trailer for The Visit. dw-04.29

Dangerous Popsicles are a collection of weird shaped popsicles inspired by cacti and life-threatening bacteria / viruses. Via swissmiss. dw-04.29

Cities in the Night by Makers Company. dw-04.28

Trailer for Chase Me, a 3D printed film. dw-04.28

WW2 Bunkers. dw-04.28

Compelling reason to fight global warming. Gah! ms-04.28

BB is talking Field Notes with the fellows on The Erasable Podcast. Check it. jc-04.28

Film trailer for Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club. bb-04.27

Street "artist" "Wanksy" has found a novel way of getting Ramsbottom's potholes filled quickly. bb-04.27

Nice ident for the BBC by Blue Zoo, The Boat Races. jc-04.27

"...I was seized with terror when the 20-foot vehicle developed uneasy, oscillating swivels, with the tail wanting to wobble like a shopping cart's bad wheel." A test drive of the death-trap car designed by Buckminster Fuller, a recreated Dymaxion #1. All car reviews should be this fun. sd-04.27

How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake. ms-04.27

The Vault of Retro Sci-Fi. jc-04.27

"The applicant pool this year was particularly strong, and by that I mean the Admissions Committee once again sent candidates like you multiple enticing pamphlets encouraging you to apply, knowing full well we had no intention of accepting you." An Honest College Rejection Letter, by Mimi Evans. jc-04.27

Space Station Over Lunar Terminator. ms-04.27

"C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help U.S. Army and British paratroopers perform a static line jump at Holland Drop Zone in preparation for Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01 at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 11, 2015." ms-04.25

I was a Pope! ms-04.25

"Just saying'?" Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. All in on this one. jc-04.24


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