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"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it
down to remember it now." Field Notes Brand notebooks.

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The Latest from Field Notes

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

"...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-today

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

The Vault of Retro Sci-Fi. jc-today

"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-today

Space Station Over Lunar Terminator. ms-today

"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

We (mcj and bb) are really digging I Was There Too, where Matt Gourley interviews lesser-known actors who were present for great moments in cinema history. bb-04.24

Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Bounce a Dinner Roll and How to Levitate. mcj-04.24

My dog can see an invisible door. mcj-04.24

"But nobody's doing a public radio show where the host sits in chain restaurants in the middle of America, listening to Hall and Oates, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, wondering what went wrong. Yet." ms-04.24

The A5 series is intended as a growing archive on the history of graphic design. Lovely and ambitious. jc-04.24

Blue Tears and the Milky Way. ms-04.24

An amazing interactive 3D map of the Warhammer 400000 universe. I wish someone would put that sort of time and effort into an interactive 3D map of the actual universe. bb-04.23

Stunning time-lapse video of Chile's Calbuco volcano erupting. ms-04.23

The Alchemist's Letter. ms-04.23

"We're important scientists from Earth. Traveled a long goddamned way to strut around your world holding these clipboards. Even brought a pack of interns just to look busy measuring stuff in the background. Cost $30 billion to transport them across the galaxy. Another $10 million for the interstellar measuring tape." ms-04.23

Batting around. I'm a 10-er. jc-04.23

"Gizmosis: An obsession with any advanced technological device, usually pointless and/or confusing. A condition or abnormal process characterized by an obsession with anything small and electronic." jc-04.23

In honor of the Bard's birthday today, Macbeth. ms-04.23

Excellent, new NASA site. jc-04.23

"I trained a machine learning model to detect in real-time that a goal was just scored by the Habs based on the live audio feed of a game and to trigger a light show using Philips hues in my living room." Watch the video, it's fantastic. Plus, check out how it was done. This is the perfect marriage of nerdery and hockey fandom, well done Mr. Maillet. Well done. jc-04.23

Glamorous Crossing: How Pan Am Airways Dominated International Travel in the 1930s. ms-04.22

So you know, Alex Cornell on how to make a startup promo video, and it isn't just point-and-shoot. jc-04.22

How to choose a typeface. dw-04.22

An animated history of 20th century hairstyles. dw-04.22

Rosecrans Baldwin interviews Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, authors of The Ghost Army that tells the story of a top-secret unit of artists that waged war with fakery. jc-04.22

This week's cover of Der Spiegel. Perfect. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-04.22

When I was in high school, I did a report on the band Rush. The teacher stopped my tedious rant 1/3 of the way through, but still gave me an "A." This Skeptic's Guide To The Mekons is pretty much mining the same territory. bb-04.22

Nathan and Dan of DKNG have been busy lately. Check their Alabama Shakes poster and the a hand-crafted, laser-etched, hand-painted 3D display for Jägermeister. Wow. jc-04.22

"Always complain about your email volume, but never be the first to say a specific number. Instead, find out how much email everyone else gets, and then double it. That's how much email you get." 12 Tricks to appear smart in emails. dw-04.22

The UK's last remaining mobile cinema is up for grabs on eBay. dw-04.22

Men's Journal chooses our Drive Into the Gap book as one their picks for the Best Gifts for Baseball Fans. Thanks for that. ms-04.22

Fab, Oldest Footage of London Ever. Via @warrenellis. ms-04.22

501 kph. jc-04.22

Chicago's Art Institute is the recipient of a $400 million contemporary art collection. Thank you Stefan and Gael. ms-04.22

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