What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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For no good reason, other than to see if we could,
we made a short film: Copy Goes Here.
A Winter Almanac full of helpful advice to coincide with the release of our 21st Field Notes Brand limited seasonal release, The Cold Horizon Edition.
Check the many new exhibitions now showing at our Museum of Online Museums. Also, watch our "MoOMumentary," The Curators. 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.
Follow along on the blog of Ben Saunders and The Scott Expedition as they make their way towards the South Pole. For background, check this excellent CNN feature about the expedition and the trek across Antarctica. We're proud that our Field Notes Brand is a sponsor of Ben and Tarka's journey. A peek of our Expedition Edition that's going along, can be seen at 1:54.
The sun is setting on one of our original consumer businesses, Jewelboxing. It was a blast creating and running it and thanks to the tens of thousands of people who made cool stuff with our system. Jewelboxing gave us the time, skills and confidence to do many other things. For old time's sake I just watched DW in the film "Bags of Air," with voiceovers provided by two of my kids when they were very young. —JC
In conjunction with the release of the 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.
To Sweet Hereafter, Jim's warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
Over a weekend last summer, posters some kids had printed out started popping up in Steve's neighborhood advertising that there was "a band in town" called, simply, the "Lemonade Band." The group consisted of four girls and their name was likely derived from the fact that they intended to sell lemonade at their concerts, in addition to performing. They even built a website. Here's the flyer that started the whole thing.
While the Lemonade Band itself seems to have lasted less than a month, Steve became more than a bit infatuated with the whole idea, so he swiped and scanned one of their flyers, roped in Wakiza Gamez to compose a song using only the words on the original poster, verbatim, and then shot a glossy music video, complete with smoke machine, all in hopes of sharing the Lemonade Band's love both entertaining and selling lemonade (and other yummy treats), and that maybe some of the original band members will see it and enjoy this tribute to their terrific, weird idea.
2001: A Space Odyssey Howard Johnsons 1968 Children's Menu. Find tons more about our all-time favorite filmmaker in our big, messy archive of stuff about Stanley Kubrick>.
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.
“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-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.
About 6 years ago, we ran an experiment where we invited all the previous Guest Editors from all those many previous months and years to come back to the site for a very special holiday edition. Turns out, it was fun and we've repeated the tradition every once in a while. Now that it's been a couple of years since the last go 'round, we thought we'd try it again with our editors from all of 2012 and 2013. For the month of December, the former Editors will be sharing their favorite holiday and/or winter links. Seasonal drinks for Friday Drink Links. Photosets that make those in warm climates pine for snow and those bundled up in ten layers just to walk a city block, just the opposite. Whatever their links are, we'll be labeling all our return Guests (dec) for their contributions and of course, letting you know who said what.
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.
Gorgeous old-school toboggan.
is in fact as removed from my world as we both are from the imams of Islamabad or the glowing anemones of the Marianas Trench." Noted curmudgeon John Roderick reviews a Christmas CD.
If you've ever wanted to experience a botched BASE jump without the pain, now's your chance. Viewer discretion definitely advised.
Wyoming Wildscapes II.
"Each of these photos is strictly Henry's idea. He chooses the location and the pose. I take the photo of him and then he takes the photo of me. Henry is two and a half.
Just a song to wake me up this sleepy Friday afternoon.
Last night in NYC, there was a Pythagorean Party at the Flatiron Building.
Slate's review of a book about drum machines will send you racing to find a lot of great songs.
Imbibe magazine gives us their 2013 Gift Guide.
Creative Spark has a great interview with designer James White.
"As an ultimate prove that there are no limits to what can be made out of a uncut square piece of paper I plan to fold a life-size replica of an elephant.
So great, 2013 Movie Trailer Mashup.
For the golfer in your life, the Golf Club Wine Bottle holder.
On your next trip to London, be sure to grab the Craft Beer Map London.
The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Bar Etiquette.
"I swallowed my first mouthful of our pre-dinner energy drink just now and asked Tarka how old he reckoned the ice that we were consuming was. 'Oh', he said, 'no more than a couple of thousand years.'" Blue Ice Day 42 of The Scott Expedition.
So you know, how to kern type perfectly. Well, that's one way I guess.
What ever else you say about her you have to admit Jennifer Lawrence sure has some fine technique.
A list of lists of the best photos of 2013, from jason Kottke.
"In another raucous drinking bout in a 1609 Cheshire alehouse, one drinker repeatedly blasted a trumpet to call together all the drunkards." Seventeenth-Century Drinking Songs and the Challenges of Hearing the Past, by Mark Hailwood.
Have you created a world-changing contraption? Now is your chance to show your smarts, enter the Popular Science 8th Annual Invention Awards.
World's Largest Gingerbread House.
So you know, how to make your own major publishing house.
One Launcher to Rule Them All.
Dinosaurs! What the F*ck? is a blog devoted to exposing dinosaurs for the murder oriented monstrosities they were, promoting preparations for the likelihood of their return, and outing those people who support the dinosaur agenda."
The neighborhood hasn't been the same since Magritte moved in.
Happy Repeal Day!
Not for the faint-hearted, Moab Towers and Magic Backpacks. Gah, my palms are sweating....
Trailer for White Raindeer.
As everyone is excited by the live Sound of Music tonight, you can watch a streaming version of the last big live TV event: Stephen Frears' 2000 remake of Fail Safe, staring George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, and Harvey Keitel, among a whole host of others. Still holds up.
Numberphile's collection of advertising for watches, which by and large always has the product set for 10:10.
First performed in Paris on this date back in 1830, Symphonie Fantastique.
"The point of my keeping a notebook has never been, nor is it now, to have an accurate factual record of what I have been doing or thinking..." Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook.
2015 Ford Mustang. Bam.
I look forward to this every year, Matthew Baldwin's The 2013 Good Gift Games Guide at The Morning News.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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