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Hold Life in Your Hands

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..

Layer Tennis Season 4

The Final Layer

Friday 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. Watch for our season recap video soon and thanks for joining us on Fridays this fall. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Get It Together With Field Notes

A Ledger, a Weekly Planner, and a Memo Book

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 cool, really old features too.

How Smart Is Your Family?

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?

Attention Portland

DDC Pop-Up Shop

Our pal and co-conspirator in Field Notes, Aaron James Draplin has orange-ified a space and filled it full with goods. Visit the DDC Pop Up Shop in downtown Portland, and load up on stuff for the holidays.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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.

A Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

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.

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?

December Guest Kate Harding

Kate the Strong

Kate Harding is co-author of The Book of Jezebel and Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere, and author of the forthcoming Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture - and What We Can Do About It. Find her on Twitter at @kateharding. and regularly at Dame Magazine. And for the final month of 2014, she'll be 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

Local Field Notes notes. In Chicago, stop by and see us here. In Portland, here's where you'll find Aaron. jc-12.19

"The Rooster begins to waken, sniffing blood." The Morning News has posted the The Long, Long List for the 2015 Tournament of Books. We're happy to say that once again our Field Notes Brand will be sponsoring the tournament this year. jc-12.19

A holiday classic. In Which I Fix My Girlfriend's Grandparents' WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero, by Mike Lacher. jc-12.19

The Negroni After, an ode to the ruby-red Italian cocktail. dw-12.19

"Now Cards Against Humanity is getting into the game with the windfall profits from our Holiday Bullsh*t campaign, where 250,000 people paid us $15 each to send them ten mystery gifts during the month of December. What kind of valuable bribes could we buy with one dollar from each of our Holiday Bullsh*t subscribers? Let's find out." ms-12.19

Long read of the day, The Disappeared: The story of September 26, 2014, the day 43 Mexican students went missing - and how it might be a turning point for the country. Via TMN ms-12.19

More details soon, but we built a Museum-y thing for Field Notes. Come see it at our Open House this evening. jc-12.19

In case you missed it, here is a look at everything that happened on the Colbert Report finale last night. ms-12.19

C'mon over. We have cookies and beer. jc-12.18

Nice collection of Guy Billout illustrations. Always surprising. Lots more at the artist's site. jc-12.18

Trailer for the film '71. ms-12.18

"This post originally quoted photographer Tom Sanders as saying it takes him five years to get on the dance floor. It takes him five beers." The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. An annual fave. jc-12.18

Map of Mars. jc-12.18

Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today... or ever, ever, ever, again. ms-12.18

Local note. Come pick up some gifts and say hello at our Field Notes Midwest HQ Open House, today and tomorrow from 5-7. Also, cookies and beer! jc-12.18

Astronauts is a kids' book from 1961 with "exciting, accurate punch-outs, ready to assemble." Swell. jc-12.17

"I have a rule. When you write six pages, you turn it over and don't read it until you've written the whole thing." FFC on screenwriting. jc-12.17

"Making Wham's 'Last Christmas' eight times as long yields a minor ambient masterpiece." Agreed. ms-12.17

Inventive Johnnie Walker spot "The Next Step" shown alongside a behind-the-scenes shot showing how it was made. Fun. jc-12.17

"A blog about architecture, studying it, things related to it, things related to studying it, and other things." Less Adjectives More Verbs. jc-12.17

Grand Canyon Total Cloud Inversion: December 11, 2014. ms-12.17

"More than 20 million stems are auctioned daily near Amsterdam at the world's largest flower market. But the Internet and globalization have decentralized the market, casting its future into doubt." ms-12.17

Geminid Fireball over Mount Balang. ms-12.17

I normally stay away from linking these things up but this is so spot on, it hurts. Buzzfeed's Definitive Ranking of Annoying Things People Say on "House Hunters". ms-12.16

David Gianatasio for Adweek, on our Field Notes Brand holiday film by Matthew James Thompson. Thanks for that. jc-12.16

Bavarian BonBon Bag Collection. jc-12.16

"You didn't know what your father did until you were in your father's shoes." The Old Soles of Brooklyn. ms-12.16

Astronaut- A Journey to Space. ms-12.16

"In case you're wondering: I have no idea what's up with the G." TFJ on found type. jc-12.16

Trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups which is slated to debut at the Berlin Film Festival. jc-12.16

Hey buddy, do you have the color? jc-12.16

Lovely and heartbreaking, Home Sweet Home. ms-12.16

Thanks the folks at National Geographic for including our Field Notes in their Outdoor Gear Holiday Gift Guide. ms-12.16

The Best Show is back! bb-12.16

Heads up Seattle. jc-12.15

"You think this is easy? Waking up everyday, knowing the public will have your head on a fucking pike if their living room doesn't smell exactly like the morning dew after a Northern California thunderstorm?" Lance Kilmartin, the Yankee Candle Company's Lead Scent Architect, is Going Through a Rough Patch at Work. by M. Miller Davis. jc-12.15

Tumblr's Year in Review. jc-12.15

Wait......What? ms-12.15

Solid gold, The Office: Middle Earth. Via MeFi. ms-12.15

Thanks for a great week at The Riviera Theater. jc-12.15

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