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Sometimes people are better suited for starting things
than finishing them. Hobbies, the fifth film in Steve's "Regrets" series.

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“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.

The Latest from Field Notes

Two Rivers

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!

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.

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.

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

An architectural review of NYC's new Whitney Museum of American Art. ms-today

Too cute, Day of the Dead corkscrew. ms-04.17

Game of Thrones house sigil steins. Via Laughing Squid. dw-04.17

From the FDL archives, Dan Jenkins' Ten Stages of Drunkeness, from his book, Baja Oklahoma.
1. Witty & Charming
2. Rich and Powerful
3. Benevolent
4. Clairvoyant
5. Fuck Dinner
6. Patriotic
7. Crank up the Enola Gay
8. Witty & Charming, Part II
9. Invisible
10. Bulletproof jc-04.17

Unbelievable. ms-04.17

"Scalies." jc-04.17

Music video for David Hasselhoff's True Survivor. dw-04.17

An interactive map showing the age of Chicago buildings. dw-04.17

Gorgeous, Moments: New York City. ms-04.17

Sweet, Adrian Curry of the fabulous Movie Poster of the Week blog is launching another, dedicated to movie theater marquees. jc-04.17

"Tasting neat, warm gin at eight in the morning isn't as fun as it sounds." Brighton Gin's quest to make a hangover-free gin. dw-04.17

So you know, what North America would look like if it were on Jupiter. ms-04.17

The Imagination Machine from S7 Airlines lets people control a virtual airplane by using their brains as game controllers. jc-04.17

Use #C3P0, #Stormtrooper and #BB8 on Twitter for special Star Wars emoji. dw-04.17

Nice set of Pitney Bowes icons by Forma & Co. dw-04.17

The stylish and instantly recognizable illustrations of Ale Giorgini. jc-04.17

Drink up. jc-04.17

The music mogul & the supermodel, Whipped Cream & Other Delights. jc-04.17

Trailer for Results. ms-04.17

One Bright Dot by Clément Morin. dw-04.17

The typical American consumes more than 100,000 words a day, and remembers none of them. Binge Reading Disorder, by Nikkitha Bakshani. jc-04.17

"Death has been one of the main concerns in human society for millennia. It's been at the source of many religious traditions and rituals, myths, and philosophical debates. 'A Stranger in The Garden,' tries to suggest the complete mystery which surrounds the subject, and the many ways in which it can be perceived. dw-04.17

So you know, the Chemistry of Whiskey. ms-04.17

The Birth of Sake. dw-04.17

BADDIE, stealing your man since 1928. dw-04.17


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