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JC at Creative Mornings

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

The Latest from Field Notes

Home Improvement

Our 27th seasonal Field Notes release is a set of six books, boxed in a sturdy 60-pt custom slipcase with a sheet of crack-and-peel decals. Each of the books focuses on one DIY discipline — Wood Working, Automotive, Gardening, Painting, Plumbing, and Electrical — with tips, reference materials and the usual Field Notes wise-cracking. It's called The Workshop Companion, it's a limited-edition and we just talked to your Dad. He wants one.

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.

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, the Museum of Pocket Calculating Devices, featured above. 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.

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books has concluded. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand sponsored this literarypalooza. Congratulations to the winner and all the participants. 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."

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December 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. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

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-two 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.

We're Going On an Adventure

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.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

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..

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.

Smooth Out That Bill

Change Below

Thanks to our pal (and former CP intern) Darren Marshall of Doejo. Darren was planning the opening of a sweet new co-working facility in Chicago called Space and he had an idea. An idea and a vending machine. Bam.

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

Panic's Cabel Sasser hasn't released his 2015 fireworks roundup yet, but here's last year's, with links to the rest. Also, from the MoOM archives: Mike McHenry's firecracker collection. Boom! bb-today

Know your terminology and types of aerial shells before heading out to the display this weekend. And do me a huge personal favor and don't ask "IS THIS THE GRAND FINALE?" every thirty seconds, just shut up and enjoy it. bb-today

It's finally starting to feel like (wet, hot, american) summer, you guys. bb-today

Venus, Jupiter, and Noctilucent Clouds . ms-today

In honor of our first President, George Washington by Brad Neely. NSFW and NCHA (not completely historically accurate). mcj-today

The 2015 Audubon Photography Awards. ms-yesterday

Check out this great modern treehouse. ms-yesterday

The real question is why some of these guys are showing up in ski outfits. That's some confidence. A spot from the 1960s for Milton Bradley's Mystery Date. sd-06.30

Summer in the City. Waving at ya from the red brick building in the top right corner at 2:24. ms-06.30

So you know, a sushi chef reviews cheap sushi. ms-06.30

A new table for the conference room? dw-06.30

"In this film, Steven worked with Team O'Neill surfer and professional athlete Malia Manuel to capture a unique perspective on a single day's surf session in Western Australia. Utilising drones for the majority of the videography, Steven plays with perspective, taking the viewer into, above, and beyond the waves." Full screen is best. ms-06.30

Local note for Arizonans: here's the auction site with pieces from the recently-closed Bill Johnson's Big Apple restaurant. If I win the lottery today, I'm buying everything, life-sized fiberglass bulls and all. sd-06.30

I remember how horrible this was, the city was unbearable. Chicago Magazine takes a look at the 1995 Chicago heat wave. ms-06.30

Trailer for the film Ten Thousand Saints. ms-06.29

Nice mirror and wood installations by Lee Borthwick. Via This Isn't Happiness. dw-06.29

Trailer for the documentary Batkid Begins. dw-06.29

Lots more kinds of 2 Kinds of People have been added. Fab. jc-06.29

You know who has a really great movie poster collection? Marty Scorsese. Sullivan's Travels! jc-06.29

Planet Aurora. ms-06.27

"Past Perfect: I have cocktailed." F. Scott Fitzgerald Conjugates "to Cocktail". Thanks Andrew. jc-06.26

365 Days of Pixel Art. jc-06.26

"This night exposure blend panorama took many months to complete and has the highest level of detail I've produced yet. It is nearly 50,000 pixels long and stretches from East Solidarity Drive to Navy Pier. " —Joe Lekas jc-06.26

Time to check in with good ol' reliable John. He enjoyed a few beers last night at the Howling Hops Tank Bar in London. That's 13,194 pints since May of 1995, but who's counting? jc-06.26

Want to start a blog about beer? Have $5,000,000.00? ms-06.26

Related to an earlier post, electron microscope slow-motion video of vinyl LP. dw-06.26

"Creating documents nobody sees. Updating bins and assembling scenes!" If you decide to listen to one acoustic medley about what it's like to be an Assistant Editor in the film industry, let it be Mark Adams' The Assistant Editor Song. sd-06.26

"We must hurry Sandoval! Where did we park? How late we are!" Lynda Barry's Syllabus, an illustrated field guide to keeping a visual diary. jc-06.26

Blue Moon 20th anniversary labels. dw-06.26

A few of the many interviews Justin Bozung has conducted while assembling an oral history of 2001: A Space Odyssey. jc-06.26

We've been reading Anthony Powell's blog, Frozen South, for years now (and even sent him some of the first prints of Field Notes' Just Below Zero), and finally just this week got to watch his documentary, Antarctica: A Year On Ice, which is now available on Netflix and is nothing short of spectacular. sd-06.26

Der dritte Mann, De Derde Man, Le TroisiEme Homme, El Tercer Hombre, Il Terzo Uomo, Den Tredie Mand... The Movie Posters of the Week. jc-06.26

"The venturesome consumer, in other words, is one willing to believe that a newly devised object might make life a little better, even if it's not immediately clear how." Adventures with Objects, a brilliant essay by Rob Walker. jc-06.26

Drop dead gorgeous and built here in our hometown of Chicago, the Floating Record Vertical Turntable. Want. ms-06.26

In the NYer David Sax says Startups Love Moleskines, Unfortunately the magazine's fabled fact-checking department failed to have him add that the smart ones love Field Notes. jc-06.25

Trailer for Diary of a Teenage Girl. ms-06.25

In a world where everything seems fragile, a Victorian gentlemen and a sixties cowgirl explore the kitschy depths of love and betrayal. Never betray a girl with a gun. ms-06.25

"Just imagine it. The future sprayed before us in black-lit neon graffiti, like our own nicotine-free fairy tale. Us investing a grand total of $1,500 to get the store off the ground. It becoming wildly popular inside of a week. Raising a family, growing old, handing the business down to our children once they're old enough to be douchebags." ms-06.25

"...a complex arrangement of gears and cogs that can be used to perform a wide array of calculations by a combination of rotating and arranging an array of dials and sliders." Thanks to Things Magazine I've fallen into a rabbit-hole on The Curta Calculator. jc-06.25

Trailer for the film Grandma. ms-06.25


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