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Thursday Edition

Writers George Saunders, Jonathan Eig, and Andrei Codrescu
review experiences at Field-Tested Books.

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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.

The image above is from Kubrick's 1949 Chicago photo series for Look Magazine.

Field Notes Brand Books

Fathers, Sons, and Roberto 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.

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in 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.

Get It Together

We Didn’t Have Much Ambition When We Started Field Notes,
We Fixed That

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 really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January Guest Todd Tue

Does a Blog Good

Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, 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

Trailer for Mr. Holmes. ms-yesterday

Delta's new ad about business travel is delightful. ms-yesterday

Happy Birthday to our beloved city. ms-yesterday

Gorgeous fantasy style maps of states in the Midwest. Via Laughing Squid. dw-yesterday

Tree trunk turntables. dw-yesterday

Sweet, easy idea from Khoi and company, Kidpost for family photo sharing. Just add a hashtag to pretty much anything and they'll take care of the rest. jc-yesterday

As the Token Female Member of This Action-Adventure Team, My Job is to Kick, by Juliana Gray. jc-yesterday

Great poster for our partner Aaron Draplin's invasion of Ottawa tomorrow. By Michael Zavacky. jc-yesterday

A couple blasts from the past. Our Field Tested Books Book and our old poetry meme (really), Verse By Voice. jc-yesterday

Steve Jobs versus HAL 9000. jc-yesterday

"You might giggle at the part about the lap, but the rest of it sounds sweet. Except that 'die' is actually an Elizabethan euphemism for orgasm. No, seriously. (You might want to reread Romeo and Juliet after finding this out.)" Reading Shakespeare Without the Sex Jokes is the Real Tragedy, by Dara Lind. jc-yesterday

Pillars and Jets in the Pelican Nebula. ms-yesterday

"If the news of me wanting to go to the Stadium at all was met with hesitancy by my parents, then the desire to be in the standing room was met with outright terror. If the Stadium was an outpost of insanity, then the standing room was its holding cell." A beautiful tribute by Sam Fels to his brother Adam and Blackhawks hockey. Effing perfect. jc-03.03

Science, answering your important questions. ms-03.03

Tis the season but the Fug ladies take March Madness to a new level with Fug Madness. Four brackets, Cher, Bjork, Madonna, and Charro. Get ready to tip that ball, y'all. ms-03.03

So you know, how to build a clock using CSS. Via The Loop. jc-03.03

The man who makes me swoon make his first endorsement. ms-03.03

Tragedy, one of the world's finest all-metal Bee Gees tribute bands, has decided to branch out a bit with this cover of You're the One That I Want from Grease. Nice to see that Corn Mo's still got it. sd-03.03

The identity system for Redscout by design studio Franklyn is a sweet series of customizable icon/portraits. jc-03.03

"Bought this for some underage teens in the parking lot and they seemed to like it." Obvious Plant added some wine recommendations to the liquor store by his house. jc-03.03

Animal Logos and how they were contstructed by Tom Anders. Fab. jc-03.03

The harder you skate, the better it looks. jc-03.03

"We're using the subway cars to create an artificial reef for marine life. Thank you for your patience." Sorry I'm Late, But This Morning's Commute Was a Killer, by Andrew Cushing. jc-03.03

Photographs by Kim Laughton. jc-03.03

Local Note: The Director of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Jim Moran, will be in Chicago at the end of the month for Creative Mornings. mcj-03.02

If you love Chicago baseball rivalries and pork, our pal Meng has a t-shirt for you!. bb-03.02

The Queen's fifth coinage portrait. dw-03.02

Air & Space magazine's fantastic cockpit panoramas from inside some of the most iconic planes. sd-03.02

"It's taken too long for Tracey Emin and Henry Miller to find each other. The artist has provided cover artwork for the new Penguin Modern Classics editions of Miller's novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn." —Jessa Crispin. jc-03.02

Toot-A-Loop. jc-03.02

"When she pinned a xenomorph to a wall with her combat boot and blew its brains out, one exclaimed his delight with profanity, then apologized to me for it. Another boy said Vasquez reminded him of 'this lady who works at Costco.' He didn't say which Costco. There was a wave of applause for Lt. Gorman and Vasquez holding hands as they blew themselves up. ('She died like a boss,' one said.)" ms-03.02

Moon-Venus-Mars Skyline. ms-03.02

A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback, by Jennifer Schuessler. jc-03.01

So you know, why there are 28 days in February, from Joe Hanson. jc-02.28

"Warren, think it over and you'll agree with me because you're smart and I'm right." Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders is always a great read, full of common sense. This year's edition, on his firms 50th anniversary is no exception. The good stuff starts on page 24. jc-02.28

SNL alumnus Gary Kroeger takes his son to the SNL40 reunion. I've read it a few times now, and it gets better every time. bb-02.27

This makes me sad, the 20 Most Popular Beers in America. ms-02.27

"So this morning I went and took the adult ADD test online. The ADHD test was boring so I gave up after three questions. I decided to write this post instead." jc-02.27


How Jeanne Gang works. dw-02.27

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