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A few years ago we launched "Red Blooded" for Field Notes and BB came up with this film, making all us other husbands look like schmucks. Thanks for that. (Sorry about the "forever" promise.)

Keeping It Close to Home

The Memo Book That Works

Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.

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.

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.

Hoping for Snow

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.

Privacy and The Deck

We’re Fine with Knowing Nothing

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

Blue in the Sun


Our Field Notes limited release for winter, The Snow Blind Edition, is coated with photochromic ink that changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. Indoors, they're white, outdoors they're blue! Available in 3-Packs and as part of a year-long Seasonal Subscription now.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

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?

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

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

Just stumbled on the Hofmeister Kink. Hmm. jc-yesterday

Etchings by Michael Cailloux. dw-yesterday

"You're trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving." Misty Copeland recreates Edgar Degas's iconic ballerinas. eg-yesterday

Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi of Apple join John Gruber on The Talk Show. jc-yesterday

"For example, that day in the post office, I scored: The man in front of me went nuts, leading to 20 minutes of high-quality eavesdropping." Throw Away Your Earbuds, Boredom is Good, by Rosecrans Baldwin. jc-yesterday

America in Revolt: The Art of Protest, at Shapero Modern. Via Walker Art Center. jc-yesterday

"The date has been circled on your calendar for months. The scent of waffles is in the air. You know what that means... Galentine's Day is almost here!" dw-yesterday

Chicagoland drivers rejoice! You can now watch a "queue cam" to see what the wait is at your local emissions testing facility. mcj-yesterday

This videos features just a few of the movie references that have been in the Simpsons over the last 25 years. via kottke mcj-yesterday

The LACMA Reading Room, digitized catalogs from previous exhibitions, and more. jc-yesterday

The MoOM is in full support of the proposed Museum of Broken Relationships in LA. Donate an object today. "If you've wished to unburden the emotional load by erasing everything that reminds you of that painful experience by throwing it all away – don't. Give it to us." jc-yesterday

A series of posters with typographical jokes to humor fellow designers. dw-02.11

"Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire." The Carrington Event of September 1, 1859. sd-02.11

Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kites. dw-02.11

BB and I hit the ground running the morning, getting ourselves into a link wormhole about Hands Across America. Here's a story from one year after the event. And then 25 years. And The Ramones' Something to Believe In. sd-02.11

The Internet Archive's collection of curated Windows 3.x software, meant to show the range of software products available for the 3.x Operating System in the early 1990s. dw-02.11

Tiny Animals Dressed as Safari Animals. Exactly as advertised. ms-02.11

Craig Mod test drives The Leica Q for six months of travel. A comprehensive, and glowing, review, plus don't miss his "intermissions." jc-02.11

Gravity's just a habit. OK Go's new zero gravity video. eg-02.11

Various Esso NHL Pocket Schedules from the '60s. jc-02.11

Hitch on cutting. jc-02.11

Oh, Moscow. jc-02.10

The Coen Brothers have made 3 diptychs from their last 6 films. Or so says The AV Club, and honestly it's a fairly solid case. mcj-02.10

"Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future." ms-02.10

Celebrating what would have been 50 Years of California Golden Seals Hockey. jc-02.10

The transit map hall of shame. dw-02.10

Yes, I can see myself living here. Just don't see the money to do so in my bank account. ms-02.10

Bye, see you in a few hours, 932 WPA posters from the online catalog of the Library of Congress. Tons of treasures. jc-02.10

Illustrator Roman Papsuev draws traditional Russian folk heroes in a modern fantasy style, and they're just fantastic. jc-02.10

So you know, elastic spheres can walk on water. jc-02.10

Hey baby, u awakened my force. ms-02.10

Happy Birthday Ms. Price. Fuzzy video but that voice! ms-02.10

30 year, 16 films. Great little tribute to the Coen Brothers, Coens | 30. ms-02.10

Drop-dead gorgeous video of surfing in Tahiti. Do yourself a favor and watch it at full screen with volume up. ms-02.10

The Art Socks photo series by Kate Brien. dw-02.09

So you know, how the virtual first-down line works. jc-02.09

Fantastic selections from Mind the Map a book about "Charting the Uncharted and Mapping the Familiar," available from Gestalten. jc-02.09

Ernest Hemingway satirized Sherwood Anderson to get a publishing contract cancelled on this day in 1926. jc-02.09

Oh jeez, I think I'm going to hurl. My palms are actually sweating just watching this. ms-02.09

Due to the overwhelming success of Cone Sleeping, a new product for babies has been launched: Bucket Bed. sd-02.09

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