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Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out 2001 in 569 GIFs and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

From The DDC

Chock Full

Pretty Much Everything, the new book by our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin, is available now. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Field Notes Subscriber Exclusive

Naming Names

At Field Notes, we could never have reached Quarterly Edition #30 without our year-long subscribers. As a thank you, we've made a new special set and sent them out as a surprise. Everyone who has an active year-long subscription that includes our current Quarterly Edition, "Sweet Tooth" will get a bonus shipment containing a 2-pack featuring Commemorative Reprints of "Butcher Orange" and "Butcher Extra Blue," our very-first, sold-out and exceedingly-rare Quarterly Editions. Each 2-Pack has the subscriber's name printed on the belly band! You can get one personalized too, if you join the thousands of people who subscribe.

Privacy and The Deck

We Know Nothing
and We’re Just Fine with That

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

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.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

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-three 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.

2016 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The Morning News Tournament of Books has wrapped up for another year and we're happy to say our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of this literarypalooza again. 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."

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.

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.

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?

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

"These new highways will have a far-reaching economic impact on the entire nation." How Highways Wrecked American Cities. via Kottke mcj-yesterday

From photographer Kim Leunberger, Traveling Car Adventures. ms-yesterday

Related to the last, here is how they did it. ms-yesterday

Amazeballs, Drone Star Wars. ms-yesterday

English profanity in Hong Kong movies, Vol. 01, Vol. 02. Via Mefi. jc-yesterday

So you know, Why Yoshi is sometimes called Yossy. Via Shaun Inman. jc-yesterday

Casey Kait's CV of Personal Failures. jc-yesterday

Happy birthday to Orpheus. Oakland Coliseum Arena, December 4, 1988. jc-yesterday

A subterranean camera obscura, by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer. Check out their other projects, including some fantastic projection installations. jc-yesterday

Lego Speed build, Benny's Spaceship. jc-yesterday

"Börkur Sigpórsson's opening title sequence to Icelandic crime series Trapped is an intimate minute of surface and tension." -Art of the Title. jc-yesterday

Field Notes, the Obsession to Recover a Piece of History by Asier G. Morato and translated by machine. Thanks for that. jc-yesterday

We cleaned up the place a bit. jc-05.23

Mego! jc-05.23

The Poster Remediated, David Crowley previews the Warsaw International Poster Biennale's 50th. jc-05.23

Selected spreads from the monograph, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress. jc-05.23

The Design Legacy Of Dieter Rams, a nicely illustrated post by Anna Ker. jc-05.23

A magazine issue I'd like to own, Typographica #5 from 1962. jc-05.23

Trailer for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. jc-05.23

Pretty much all the Martini recipes in a single post, except one. Thanks Andrew. jc-05.20

MoOM-worthy for sure, Los Angeles Air Raid Sirens. Thanks to P&C. jc-05.20

Scotch Trooper. ms-05.20

Deja Vu from Lapham's Quarterly. What goes around comes around. jc-05.20

Specimen for Pensum Pro by Typemates. "A typeface for text, text and nothing but text. A pure monster, straight and plain." Lovely jc-05.20

Teleporter Console "provides an unusual virtual travel experience. When you click the Teleport button, the program picks a random point on the Earth and displays a nearby interactive photo sphere 360° panorama from the experimental version of Google's Street View database." jc-05.19

OMG, I feel like this is our office sometimes. ms-05.19

My First Time Camping. ms-05.19

For MCJ, a giant octopus kite. dw-05.19

Berklee pianist Tony Ann plays a medley of familiar ringtones. jc-05.19

When she's finished with them, Rhonda lays them out and shoots them. jc-05.19

Are you sure you want to unsubscribe from this relationship? dw-05.18

So you know, 10 power tools that could kill you. ms-05.18

A simple concrete wall clock. dw-05.18

Trailer for the documentary on the infamous NYC Kitty Genovese murder, The Witness. ms-05.18

"Dear 'Skeptics,'" some worthwhile advice from John Horgan. bb-05.18

Related to the last, Zadie Smith reads Frank O'Hara's "Animals." jc-05.18

Take one minute to listen to Robert Frost read "The Road Not Taken." jc-05.18

I Am A Cyclist, And I Am Here To Fuck You Up mcj-05.18

If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans. ms-05.18

Relink because amazing. Ten historic mainframe computers presented through photography, retouching and post-production techniques by INK and Docubyte. jc-05.18

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