What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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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?
Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.
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. The image above is via Kubrick is God.
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 warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
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.
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.
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."
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.
“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.
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.
Well, this is no surprise to any of us who live here.
Dude covers Yes, CSNY and Zeppelin, note for note, all by himself. Yowza.
Part software promo, part interview, with Mark Henry Phillips, the mixer, sound designer, and composer for the Serial podcast.
"It's an overt declaration that your phone, or your computer, or your tablet is not really yours to tamper with, a public statement that you are not qualified to fix your own things." The Pentalobe and iFixit.
Adele Dials the Wrong Number
Never-seen before member of President Obama's cabinet shows up in iconic photo.
Aurora over Clouds
"Regrettably perhaps, this emphasis on specialism has become commonplace and the esoteric is now the everyday. Everyone states an interest in craft and skill and 'creativity,'but what really seems to make a thing stand out on the contemporary internet is a striking blend of the eccentric and the skilful, the intangible qualities of the 'viral object,' as opposed to the quiet joy of individual discovery." Right on. No Longer Collecting for Ourselves, by Things Magazine.
"Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy.
Early Friday Drink Link: "This is the lamest Booze Day ever! I hate you!"
I was lucky to have been able to watch this insidious game play-tested. So, of course, I'm backing it. Secret Hitler.
Wired recommends our Field Notes 56-Week Planner in their "20 Awesome Gifts for Around $20" Thanks for that.
The 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships.
So you know, why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe?
Finally, an acceptable alternative to the selfie-stick.
"Our goal was to create something special that every coffee lover would want to own, and which maintained the famous Field Notes aesthetic. I believe we succeeded." Thanks for that Omar.
Important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible for the Thanksgiving dinner table next week, what's the difference between sweet potatoes and yams.
Gorgeous Modernist posters that taught 1930's kids how to take good care of books.
So you know, a brief history of British Pub Signs.
Inside the stormtrooper dressing room on the set of TFA.
Head over to Rea's Design is fine. History is mine and we'll see you in an hour or two.
Visual artist Paul Laffoley passed away this week in Boston. Our friend Heather Parker was his neighbor: "He made crazy art about the future. He was a squatter back in the day and knew Warhol. I will miss the conversations I had with him. I used to bring him his heavy packages, just so I could sit with him and hear his crazy stories. Such a neat guy."
Carrie Fisher on the set of Blade Runner. Wait, what?
Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts from Memory, by Jez Burrows.
The new Snowblind Edition is white when you're inside and blue when you're in the sunshine. No kidding.
The Signs Of Austin, lovely annotated illustrations by Reagan Ray.
Gorgeous photos of Norway, mostly shot from his kayak, the work of photographer Tomasz Furmanek.
In honor of his birthday today, a tribute to Martin Scorsese.
Peter Flynn's documentary, Dying of the Light explores "the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists."
Expo 67 Montreal Postcard Gallery.
"The cold war forgot about these relics. These images, taken by photographer Danila Tkachenko in Russia and Kazakhstan, show bold attempts at technological progress that were abandoned."
FastCo takes a look at How Apple is Giving Design a Bad Name.
Just discussed here in the studio, one of my absolute favorite X-Files episodes, The Post-Modern Prometheus.
Page Two contains the previous 40 Fresh Signals, recent features, a key to the icons and the categorical archives.
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