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Thursday Edition

"First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't."
Jim's receipe for the perfect martini.

Coudal Partners

Field Notes Cherry Graph

Because we thought a new standard edition wood be nice.

Live Layer Tennis

Creative Squared

Friday we hosted a remarkable Layer Tennis match, featuring Glenn Jones from Auckland, New Zealand and Flavio Montiel from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mike Monteiro provided the play-by-play commentary from San Francisco. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

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.

An occasional series Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Props

Chauncey H. Griffith's Bodoni Poster Black was developed for Mergenthaler in 1929 and features strong verticals and shallow descenders. It's regularly employed for era-specific "Appearing Nightly at the Copacabana" lobby-card-ish announcements and by and large it's serviceable, if not particularly interesting. But, just in case you find yourself in need of a two skinny chicks whispering near the coke mirror, late 70's, Los Angeles sort of vibe, set it tight in all-caps with almost no line spacing. Suggested pairing: Univers Light Extra Condensed.

This Plus This Equals That

The Lionel, the Richie and the Wardrobe

This is the sort of thing that Twitter is especially good for, but a washroom full of chalkboard walls works too. A while ago we hosted a quick contest called Booking Bands in which we asked people to combine the name of a book with the name of a band. We received thousands of entries, posted a ton of them and then randomly selected three and sent those people the book and a CD from the band that they mashed together. The process of coming up with funny or unexpected associations in this contest became a central part of a presentation that JC gave at SXSW.

Free Vehicle ID System

In Lieu of Depicting Your Family as Ugly Stick-People on Your Rear Windshield

We have word that two readers in New York City, who followed our guidelines for updating their vehicle identification systems, pulled up alongside each other at a traffic light and celebrated their common bond by honking and pointing. Excellent. More recently, John Heslop's vintage Toyota HiAce is looking badass in Wales. Our plot is beginning to take hold. Write for yours free today, but hurry, we only have tens of thousands left. BTW, who has a green Mini Cooper with the Fleet sticker in Chicago?

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

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.

Origins of the Universe

It Came From
Outer Space,
and Other Places

Context vs. Brevity from Michael Heilemann of Kitbashed, who released his film on the origins of Star Wars recently. The two hour film is highly recommended. The painting above is by Ralph McQuarrie.

New in The MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in the Spring Exhibitions at 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.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn


Jeremy J. Quinn (jq) is an architect with a multidisciplinary practice, JJQAD, which is based in Los Angeles and just celebrated its one-year anniversary. His work spans the fields of architecture, graphic design, installation art, set design and experimental music and often takes the form of collaborations with other creative people in many fields. His days are packed, exploring the wilderness surrounding LA, checking out the burgeoning LA art and design scenes and trying to get back some of his high school skateboarding skills. He can be found at @JeremyJQuinn and, more often on Tumblr, posting photos from his trusty Yashica medium format camera. For the month of September, he'll be right here with us, serving 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

Oblivion GFX Montage, by Bradley G Munkowitz. Bam. jc-yesterday

Well that's a first. One of Glenn Jones' volleys from last Friday's epic Layer Tennis match has been adapted into this week's tee shirt, On My Signal. Sweet. jc-yesterday

Tangentially related to an earlier post, Don Dethlefsen's restoration of a 1973 BMW 2002tii. So sweet. Via Cartype. jc-yesterday

The "low-budget science-fiction Benji spinoff no one asked for." So bizarre that had they not found an episode posted to YouTube it would be hard to believe. sd-yesterday

The IKEA Halloween ad is a tribute to The Shining. Can you find all the Easter eggs? ms-yesterday

An Ode to the Original Six. ms-yesterday

The Real Thing, Bodie Stroud's 1969 Mustang Boss 494. More information here. jc-yesterday

The Bus, by Paul Kirchner. Terrific comics. jc-yesterday

"He called me 'Legs' when I was hired as a fashion news aide in 1985, because I'm tall and because he didn't know my name. Eventually I had a byline, a better job and I became 'Sherrill.' In Bradlee's newsroom, you knew you'd made his team when your first name disappeared down the memory hole." Martha Sherrill on Ben Bradlee. jc-yesterday

A new trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey to coincide with a UK cinema rerelease. It's excellent but (of course) I have one small quibble. The small-caps used for the quote attributions really don't work at all. Via John Gruber. jc-yesterday

Reunited. jc-yesterday

"A colossus of the music scene in Northern Ireland, Terri Hooley is a living legend. Without Terri, many punk bands would have remained unheard of during the Troubles. Terri's bravery and dogged determination ensured that this would not be the case. He sparked a punk revolution that put Belfast back on the musical map." ms-yesterday

Trailer for the documentary The Look of Silence. ms-10.21

"33,000ish seconds shorter than Peter Jackson's version." The Hobbit in 72 Seconds. ms-10.21

ISO one brave warrior for this Friday's Layer Tennis qualifier. Wanna play? Email layertennis@coudal.com. bb-10.21

Growing up, I had a bunk bed. A boring, average, bunk bed. I would have loved to have had one like this. ms-10.21

"Death is never kind to artists, but it has been particularly harsh on Algren. But now he is back with a roar as loud as the 'L,' which Algren once described as 'the city's rusty heart.'" Rick Kogan on two new Nelson Algren films. jc-10.21

A Day in the Life of a Moscow Metro station bench. Via TMN. ms-10.21

"I refuse to give you a discount on principle because I know those shoes cost $200 and because anyone carrying a Vera Bradley handbag can afford to pay full price. I own a barn, lady- I wasn't born in one. Besides, you're wrong. I don't take this sh*t back to the farm; I take it to the food bank and sleep the sleep of the just." ms-10.21

"Waitrose sent one of its staff members to the house, whereupon the family discovered the spider had torn off its own leg to escape and had disappeared, leaving behind a sac full of thousands of baby spiders." Ix-nay on the bananas from Waitrose, folks. ms-10.20

She's back. ms-10.20

"From the eastern U.S. the eclipse will reach maximum around the time of sunset, making for dramatic picture-taking opportunities. Further west, the entire eclipse will occur with the sun up in the afternoon sky. Either way, you can't go wrong." jc-10.20

Cute cacti cupcakes. dw-10.20

Contact sheets from Hollywood Frame by Frame, by Karina Longworth. jc-10.20

"Confusion is the most common reaction." Iiu Susiraja's selfies. dw-10.20

The Famous Chunkies by Alex Solis. dw-10.20

Behind the scenes tech from the production of Disney's Big Hero 6. jc-10.20

Homer's Last Theorem. Chapter 3, excerpted from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh. Brilliant. jc-10.20

"In the Potluck Dilemma, a per-agent algorithm of motivation ("M") and previous performance ("P2") predicts compliance. Mary, for example, brought a blueberry French toast casserole to the last potluck. It was straight baller. She will most likely phone it in next time and bring cheese or something." Game Theory: The Potluck Dilemma, by Jason Hayes. jc-10.20

Jones vs. Montiel was just remarkable on Friday. Layer Tennis, Presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-10.17

DP Alex Buono on shooting the new Saturday Night Live opening. So many fun setups. sd-10.17

Trailer for the documentary The Hard Places. sd-10.17

The Minecraft megacity that took 2 years and 4.5 million blocks to construct. dw-10.17

"Hold on a second. I need to take a break from this portrait and shoot some birds that are 6 miles away." The 50 - 1000mm lens should also help you with all of your snap zooms, no problem. sd-10.17

Animated music video for Love by Sébastien Tellier. dw-10.17

From Wroclaw, Poland, a collection of images of where signs used to hang. sd-10.17

Patricia Marx takes a fun look at emotional-support animal fraud: "How to Take Your Pet Everywhere." sd-10.17

Virgin Wood Type Mfg. Co. dw-10.17

"Our songs will all be silenced." Orson Welles' bitter and delightful monologue from F for Fake. jc-10.17

Ridiculously clever. The new way to store beer in your fridge, the bottleLoft. Via Cool Material. ms-10.17

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