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Wednesday Edition

Short Attention Spans = Big Dividends.
Jim's talk at last year's SXSW.

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Layer Tennis is Back

The Old Back and Forth

Yep, its been a while, but with the help of our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud, we're cranking up the Friday afternoon live design competitions known as Layer Tennis again this fall. On Friday, August 8th we kicked things off with a doubleheader of "friendly" matches featuring Mig Reyes versus Jason Koxvold and Kelli Anderson versus Austin Kleon and a good time was had by all. Things get going for real after Labor Day.

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

Field Notes Arts and Sciences Edition

Boxes and Lines

Our limited-edition Field Notes release for summer are The Arts & Sciences Editions and their larger format is big enough for both sides of your brain. Plus, the interiors pages are all new. It's available in 2-Packs and by a year-long subscription now.

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.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

What's Next?

Model Citizen

Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about Danny Choo's Smart Doll and how it was made. A fascinating story, an intriguing product and a highly personal post from the creator. I'm not sure what to make of this whole thing except to say it's probably going to be a huge hit, at $560 each.

New in The MoOM

Ways of Seeing

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at 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.

Spring Summer Fall Winter

To Every Season

Roughly every three months since January of 2009, we have introduced a seasonal release of Field Notes. With a couple exceptions these have all been limited-editions and have all sold out quickly. Thanks for that. You can see and read about them here and also in our Obsessive's Guide videos where we chat about the "making of" each release.

Each edition was made available to our Field Notes email list first and was offered in 3-Packs and by a year-long subscription, for those wanting to collect them all and to make sure they don't miss out on one. Subscribers frequently get extra and exclusive items with their shipments. While they last, you can start a subscription right now with our current release, The Arts & Sciences Edition. The Fall edition is on press now and is a radical departure from previous releases and if we can pull off what we have planned for winter, you are surely going to want to be a part of that too.

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.

How'd That Get There?

Regarding That
Recent Order

Customer service at the Field Notes Brand Midwest HQ is handled one order at a time.

Reading Assignment

I Had Him for Shakespeare

The Old Man and the River. Pete Dexter's exquisite profile of Norman Maclean from Esquire in 1981. Maybe the best thing ever written about CP hero Maclean, it makes you want to go back and read A River Runs Through It for the 20th time and, especially Young Men and Fire. They aren't making magazine pieces like this any more.

July Guest Carly Oishi

I, Carly

Carly Oishi (cao) is the Chicago-based co-producer of Miss Spoken, a blog and monthly live lit show. She has performed at The Paper Machete, Write Club and Guts & Glory, and she has contributed to Thought Catalog, Rebellious Magazine, and as the "Wise Woman of the Week" on WBEZ's sister station, Vocalo. Carly is also a singer/songwriter for the duo Jon & Carly, who have been making and performing music for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter at @carlyo and for the month of July, right here as our official 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

FWIW, Billy Bragg is stopping in Ferguson tonight. bb-yesterday

Idele Muc, the pre-war "Al Capone of Tarnow, Poland." sd-yesterday

Fiero + Harley = Fieri. bb-yesterday

Related to the last post, anyone remember Think Big!? bb-yesterday

A giant pencil lamp. dw-yesterday

"In a dust,, seemingly empty field 60 miles east of L.A., Dr. Alexis Gray, a forensic anthropologist from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, points to a chain-link fence far in the distance, the mountains rising beyond in the hazy heat. 'There are 7,000 people between us and that next fence there,' she says. For almost a decade, her job has been to confirm the identification of every single one of them." ms-yesterday

From photographer Krista Long, I Love Summer. Via NotCot. ms-yesterday

FoTA Daniel Zarick made a really dumb app that also happens to be really really fun (if you're into pointless competition). Check out The Shakedown. mcj-yesterday

Star Trails Over Indonesia. ms-yesterday

"The engine runs on a mixture of gasoline and holy water. The stereo is configured to only play hymns. Hell, the cup holder only fits grails! Oh, I shouldn't say 'hell' near this thing, it may have some anti-Satan security device. Or maybe they just banked on God keeping it safe. ms-yesterday

Everyone today wants open floor plans and granite counters. Back in the day, rooms were as plentiful as allowed by space. Check out these elaborate floor plans from Pre-World War NYC apartments. ms-yesterday

Nice illustrations by Ale Giorgini. dw-08.18

Just because I needed to find them again: Oil Cans! bb-08.18

People keep getting into strangers' cars because they think it's an Uber. dw-08.18

Trailer for The Babadook. dw-08.18

Uh, thanks Marshall. ms-08.18

Flora and fauna sculptures by Natasha Cousens. Via Empty Kingdom. dw-08.18

As ambitious and defining as ever, Pitchfork has The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far. mcj-08.18

Graphic design studio GrandArmy has done a complete rebrand of the USPS. ms-08.18

"That means a child attending her first day of school the day you found out would be old enough to die driving one of your cars the day you f*cking did something about it." How John Oliver Beats Apathy. ms-08.18

Trailer for the documentary Art and Craft. ms-08.18

Cute, mushroom shakers. ms-08.18

Gollum Precious Pils. dw-08.15

"Punk with the rock surgically removed." A terribly perfect recording of Sleaford Mods at the Beacons Festival. bb-08.15

Half Acre's Phineas X. Jones: "I think it's probably safe to say this guy is my biggest fan." bb-08.15

RC Cola + Chicago pizza. Via Gapers Block. dw-08.15

Not sure why this is so great but it is. Sanford & Son dubbed in Italian. Via Ben Greenman. jc-08.15

There's no live Layer Tennis today but we're gearing up for a new season presented by our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud. Check last week's Exhibition Matches and, if you want to play, in front of God and everyone else, you might want to get busy. jc-08.15

Perseid in Moonlight. ms-08.15

Kilobot Swarm, from the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard. jc-08.15

"Screen shots from Google Art Project, where the Google robot reflects itself in the mirrors of the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)." ms-08.15

Moebius created over 1000 storyboards for the Alejandro Jodorowsky adaptation of Dune. Via Matt Fraction. jc-08.15

Scottsdale Desert Courtyard House, by Wendell Burnette Architects. jc-08.15

Nora Luther's "Recipes" series. Assemble all the ingredients and toss. jc-08.15

"This is the initial blog post I have written first in a memo book before typing it up." The Story Behind My Obsession With Field Notes, by Andy Johnson III. Thanks for that. jc-08.15

Watch the first few minutes of the anti-D&D-movie based on Jack Chick's "Dark Dungeons" comic. How did this not get snapped up by SyFy? bb-08.14

Click thru the images of this new Folio Society edition of A Clockwork Orange, illustrated by Ben Jones. Nice. Via 50 Watts. jc-08.14

50 Shades of Drake. dw-08.14

"Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork." CMYK, a film by Marv Newland made from registration marks, crosshairs, etc. Via Present and Correct. jc-08.14

Godzilla posters for MS. dw-08.14


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