What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.
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 nod to William Friedkin's under appreciated film Sorcerer. Check this tribute video including the terrific Tangerine Dream score, a blog devoted to the film, and the theatrical trailer Finally, Friedkin answered an hour's worth of questions after the film was shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lots of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.
It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our new Field Notes Quarterly Edition for Fall, Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy.
"In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit and NASA didn't want to give him one." Now, that is a lede. An excellent, illustrated article by Darren Garret, The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art.
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.
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.
"Interviewer: Great! I'm going to pretend that I don't know what you're doing and go along with your guise of being confident. You pretend really well! Me: Thank you so much! I've been honing my pretending skills for a while. I've had several of these interviews and some of them have even resulted in actual jobs." A Brutally Honest Social Media Job Interview, by Sarah Fader.
So you know, all 10,000 places in the Atlas Obscura, on one map.
Spreadsheetin' for Field Notes.
Rhonda S. Fair's very nice collection of Field Notes, especially awesome because many bear the marks of being used.
The guys who made the heartbreakingly beautiful spec ad for Johnny Walker last year that I STILL cannot watch without sobbing out loud, Dear Brother , have come out with an infinitely more light-hearted spec ad for Volvo, ABC of Death.
Halloween costume tips, courtesy of an 18th-century demonology book.
1816 was the year without a summer. Chris Townsend on the Climate Event That Helped Create Frankenstein and the Bicycle.
Long read of the day, Into the Storm: The True Story of a Harrowing Ocean Rescue. For more on the second ship involved, the El Faro, read this.
Stunning photos of Scotland.
Japanese Matchbook Covers.
"On Wednesday, the Museum of Modern Art announced that it had acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection."
See also, Stanley Kubrick's letter to projectionists showing Barry Lyndon.
So you know, how to tell if your theater is projecting movies properly.
Ode to a vanishing style of writing, The Lost Virtue of Cursive.
Gorgeous, See Paris through its storefronts.
Nice illustrations by Rune Fisker.
Related to the last, Köln Domfenster.
Love these three pics of Gerhard Richter's Stained Glass for the Cologne Cathedral. On my bucket list.
A polyhedra calendar system, designed with mathematical precision and finished in high quality European sycamore, Dodecal. Unfortunately, the first edition is sold out.
I am pretty much in agreement with Kurt Vonnegut's own report card, for which he graded his novels, except I'd say he's a bit hard on Breakfast of Champions.
Like The Seventh Seal if it involved aliens, mopeds, and you moved it from Sweden to the Salton Sea: STRFKR's music vid for Open Your Eyes.
in the NYT, Dan Barry tells the amazing story of Maury "Pro" Lerner, minor league baseball star turned mob hit man.
Polish Space Stamps.
Handwritten box score from Game 1 of 1908 World Series, Chicago vs. Detroit.
Best engagement pics ever.
From photographer Charles Freger, Mardi Gras Indians.
Camp Sundown is a sleep away camp for kids allergic to sunlight.
Dinara Kasko makes some pretty sweet geometric cakes.
Austin Light removes one letter from famous movie titles and illustrates the results.
So you know, Grant Snider's helpful Proofreader's Marks, including one for "Horribly Wrong Font."
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