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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 the Strangelove script by SK, Terry Southern and Peter George and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

New From Field Notes

That One Thing

Our Summer release from Field Notes is The Byline Edition. It's a Reporters Notebook, reimagined with the help of John Dickerson of Face the Nation, the Whistlestop podcast, and a just-published book on the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history. Bylines are available in 2-Packs and as part of a year-long subscription now.

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.

Component Design

Turn the Dial,
Push the Button

Enjoy Ranier's Flickr stream from Luebeck, Germany. These heroic shots of classic hi-fi components demonstrate an attention to design detail and tactile controls that, unfortunately, have been left behind in pursuit of simplicity and spareness in modern objects. A shame that.

For No Reason

Concept Album
Album Concept

We started demolition on our new space recently. One of the first things that had to go was a huge infinity wall (a white background used for photography) that was left by a previous tenant. So right before we said "Tear Down This Wall," Bryan and Jim spent a few minutes shooting in front of it. And Bryan, being Bryan, couldn't leave it at that, and turned one of the shots into this album cover from our Prog Rock period.

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.

Let's Pretend You're Not You

Mr. Shortcake’s
Break Down

When it comes to the economic value of a subscription to Field Notes Quarterly Editions, this is the sum off all things. For the spiritual value, as proved through science, there's this.

Advice from Wally Wood


A great resource to solve a design problem by coming at it from another perspective, and not just if you're a comic book artist, although I'm thinking this is practically holy scripture, if you are. Here's a scan of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work.

For lots more on Wood's life and work including his infamous Disneyland Memorial Orgy Poster from 1967 and how that came to be, by publisher Paul Krassner. "He accepted the assignment and presented me with a magnificently degenerate montage."

Take Five

Is it Wrong to Fall in Love with a Woman Photographed Sipping Juice in a Robot Suit 90 Years Ago?

The image above, from the set of Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis, might just be the best motion picture production still ever, "There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator." Here's the trailer for the restored masterpiece. Tons more on the 1927 film here. Also check the amazing original 32-page program for the film from 1927.

Bergman Face To Face

Silence in Heaven

Basically an excuse to post this seminal image from The Seventh Seal and a link to The Bergman Archive, a comprehensive collection of materials from the estate of Ingmar Bergman, including lots of videos, photos, posters, scripts and correspondence. All well organized and presented.

Stuff About Terrence Malick

There Wasn’t No
Harm in Him,
You’d Give Him a Flower, He’d Keep
it Forever

Because there aren't many dedicated resources, we've created a new archive category about one of our heroes. Stuff About Terrence Malick is full of links, including Bilge Ebiri's essay on Malick, Kubrick and Narration, Voiceover, and the Shape of the World. The Malick link archive is a nice complement to our big Stuff About Stanley Kubrick collection. Logically, Bergman is next, but for now we'll leave that up to the excellent Face To Face.

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

Take 13 minutes out of your day to listen to this really great story of Why the 1992 Loop Flood is the Most Chicago Story Ever. ms-08.27

Mars explorers wanted. dw-08.26

For SD, every Jason Stratham kick. Ever. ms-08.26

8K Colors of NewYork 2016 ms-08.26

"In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of today's webdesign." Brutalist Websites. dw-08.25

How Marina City started the reclamation of the Chicago River and the city's downtown boom. dw-08.25

Forget Pokemon Go, I need to get me some of these Pokemon burgers. ms-08.25

For DW, Star Trek stamps! ms-08.25

From Grace Jones' erotic castle to Kraftwerk's singing automatons to Kate Bush's otherworldly hall of mirrors, these pre-MTV clips helped define what music videos could be. dw-08.25

"The 15th-century document is written in an unknown, apparently encrypted language that has defied every code breaker's efforts. It's illustrated with unknown or imaginary plants and never-seen constellations. The only copy is locked away at Yale University to protect the book; scans online are the closest most mortals can get to viewing its pages." Think you're smart enough to break the code? Place your pre-order today. ms-08.25

Today, the National Parks celebrate turning 100. Before the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the calvary. Without them, we might not have national parks today. One more thing to say thank you for to the U.S. Army. ms-08.25

From photographer Thom Pierce, The Horsemen of Semonkong . ms-08.24

We need definitely this for our new space. ms-08.24

Meet Proxima b, our nearest Earth-like neighbor. dw-08.24

The Last Punchcutter. dw-08.24

Unexplained is a bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. dw-08.24

"Frank is supposed to be a psychic friend giving you positive messages and keeping you company along your journey. He's a lovable everyman in the way he relates to all people, and also a mystical being in his ability to transcend culture, age and language." The story of Frank Ape. dw-08.24

Tangentially related to the last, a visual memory game for architecture nerds. dw-08.24

Whenever you want to focus on your work, plant a tree. In the next 30 mins, it will grow when you are working. The tree will be killed if you leave this app. Forest. dw-08.24

Concert Mats. dw-08.24

Drawings and collages by Jenny Brown. dw-08.24

Wire furniture by Muller van Severen. dw-08.24

"The rediscovery of the woodcut and associated techniques was an experiment with far-reaching effects during Modernism, not least for successive generations of artists. What is so fascinating about the color woodcut in Vienna is the stylistic and thematic variety as well as the mood of change, which can still be sensed today." dw-08.24

"I don't take many photos so I'll post the pictures I'm most proud of taking #Apollo11." dw-08.24

Paris sketches by Nicolas Weis. dw-08.24

Related to the last, PS1 House built into a rock wall. dw-08.24

The disappearing romance of Russia's window art. dw-08.24


So you know, the nearest stars to Earth. dw-08.23

For MS, Blair Witch 360. dw-08.23

"There's a table surface that rests upon the knees of the couple, physically connecting them as they eat or drink. The nature of the design leads the duo to focus on each other and to be aware during the experience." Sati Tala. dw-08.23

Olguín House in Mexico. dw-08.23

Line drawings by Jimmy P. dw-08.23

Twisted buildings around the world. dw-08.23

These "Paul Lynde "Zingers" are just alright, but the intro might be the best Hollywood Squares lineup ever. bb-08.22

"You have never before eaten ice cream in your life." ms-08.22

From Tbub Photo, Weeping Stones. Via My Modern Met. ms-08.22

"What did you guys do this weekend?" "Went out to dinner, to the grocery store, and played Yahtzee. What did you guys do?" "Went for a climb." ms-08.22

"These tables sport curvaceous wooden legs in lieu of the regular spindly ones, and boasts a new table color called 'Les yeux bleus.'" Rio's Olympic ping pong tables. dw-08.22

Gorgeous landscape photos by Luca Tombolini. Via WATC. dw-08.22

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