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Sunday Edition

WBEZ's Alison Cuddy recently met up with Jim at the library
to talk about Field-Tested Books

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Live Layer Tennis

And Then There Were Four

Today we continued our post-season Layer Tennis tournament with two live Semi-Final Matches. Check them out and tweet using the #lyt4 hashtag to let us know who you think won. The winners will advance to the Championship Match on Friday, December 5th. LYT happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

Field Notes Ambition Edition

Get It Together

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.

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.

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 next 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?

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?

New on The Deck

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Those people who have assumed that we built The Deck by simply throwing together an ad network from our personal list of favorite bookmarks will find further confirmation of their suspicions in today's announcement. We're happy to say that McSweeney's Internet Tendency has joined us.

If you have a product or service that could benefit by being in front of millions of smart, curious, mostly good-looking people, give us a shout. We're booking Q3 and Q4 schedules now.

September Guest Jeremy J. Quinn

Multidisciplined

Jeremy J. Quinn (jq) is an architect with a multidisciplinary practice, JJQAD, which is based in Los Angeles and just celebrated its one-year anniversary. His work spans the fields of architecture, graphic design, installation art, set design and experimental music and often takes the form of collaborations with other creative people in many fields. His days are packed, exploring the wilderness surrounding LA, checking out the burgeoning LA art and design scenes and trying to get back some of his high school skateboarding skills. He can be found at @JeremyJQuinn and, more often on Tumblr, posting photos from his trusty Yashica medium format camera. For the month of September, he'll be right here with us, serving 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

The only known list of Stanley Kubrick's favorite films, made in 1963. kg-yesterday

4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. Not even once. Forgotify wants to change that. jc-yesterday

The tl;dr version of the Bible. Amen. jc-11.21

1980 interview with Scatman Crothers, in which he discusses his experience filming The Shining. jc-11.21

Matthew Baldwin's doing Layer Tennis commentary today, which is as good a time as any to re-link an old favorite Friday Drink Link: The NyCap. Mrs. BB has got a lot of mileage out of that one. bb-11.21

Happy Friday. ms-11.21

Sometimes, you just need to stop and smell the roses...or eat the treats...or play with the toys.... or eat more treats. ms-11.21

"On the last two nights of my final flight, I slept on the flight deck, my sleeping bag strapped beneath the overhead windows. The position of the shuttle put Earth in those windows, so when I woke up the whole world was out there in front of me--in that moment, just for me alone." ms-11.21

The Gigantic, Secretive Market Where France's Top Chefs Buy Their Food. ms-11.21

A scientific Friday Drink Link, Why Your Beer Gets Skunked. ms-11.21

Armin on the new logo and identity for DIN (The German Institute for Standardization) by Kleiner und Bold. jc-11.21

During October, iZettle (a payments platform) "invited six small businesses to open up their own flagship store in one of the most popular shopping districts in London - for 12 hours only." Very smart. jc-11.21

Apropos of nothing, vintage Heisse Räder print ads. jc-11.21

The Secret Life of Passwords, by Ian Urbina. Great, thoughtful piece. jc-11.21

When the promo posters are this good, you gotta figure the game, Firewatch from Campo Santo, is going to be amazing. jc-11.20

There's nothing like a good Steve Albini keynote. Via Chris Glass. bb-11.20

The Psychedelic Customized Big Rigs of India. ms-11.20

"Are we going to have things that pass down through the generations? Or does no one care anymore? Is it irrelevant?" John O'Reilly chats with Brendan Dawes about his Six Monkeys project for MailChimp. jc-11.20

Local note: Way to go, CHIRP! If you're outside that few square miles, you can still listen online, of course. bb-11.20

Layer Tennis Semis live tomorrow, presented by Adobe Creative Cloud. jc-11.20

The Good Web Bundle, the best of the web, half of the price. Great sites, great idea. jc-11.20

Tsubomi Home by Flathouse. dw-11.20

"The Art of Space organizes the sprawling history of artistic depictions of space into eras and schools of style and technique, letting the reader see how space art has developed and changed over the past two hundred years." dw-11.20

Link o' the month. Cymatics: Science vs. Music, a video by Nigel Stanford. All the experiments are real. Check the "making of" too. Impossibly fantastic. Via Joe Hanson. jc-11.20

Better wed over the mixen than over the moor. jc-11.20

Time-lapse of Machiko Ono painting an oversize portrait. jc-11.20

"In Japan, napping at work is often viewed as a sign that a person is committed to one's job." No more Saturdays in the office for me, I'm breaking out my pillow. ms-11.20

Drone Footage of Storm West Seneca NY. ms-11.20

Smooth, Gillette. Smooth. bb-11.19

This is absolutely priceless and goes directly into The MoOM. The Gallery of posed studio "action" shots of 19th Century Baseball Players. jc-11.19

Discussed at lunch today, "We forgot about the flowers". ms-11.19

So you know, Why the Chicago flag kicks such ass, by Whet Moser. jc-11.19

We knew this already but it's great to see it all cut together, Red: A Kubrick Supercut, edited by Rshi Kaneria. jc-11.19

Andrew Kim's extended and illustrated review of the Leica T. jc-11.19

jc-11.19

"Internet bullies are eager to belittle me for both the message of the shirt and the misspelling of 'you're.' Hopefully you now see that by knowingly wearing the shirt, typo and all, I was displaying a carefree attitude and trying to better myself, each of which are admirable qualities." Please Stop Spreading Around That Meme of Me Choking On a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, by Chelsea Clarke. jc-11.19

Virgin's lipstick logo and how it got that way. jc-11.19

Witty, happy, sketches from Shanghai Tango. Can't. Stop. Scrolling. jc-11.19

Wildcard is a really interesting, and perhaps slightly ahead of its time, app, designed by our pal Khoi Vinh. jc-11.19

Was Vincent Van Gogh Murdered? ms-11.19


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