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“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.

What'll It Be?

Lamp Lit

"I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar--that's wonderful." —Raymond Chandler from The Long Goodbye. Found among our big collection of Friday Drink Links

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

"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-yesterday

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

Paper sculptures by Adam Tran. dw-02.27

Wes Anderson inspired luggage. dw-02.27

The Designer Who Humanized Corporate America, Heller on Rand. jc-02.27

A Drinker's Guide to Hunter S. Thompson, by Nathan Borchelt. jc-02.27

Slushy waves off the shore of Nantucket. bb-02.27

While we're thinking warm thoughts, let's tag along while John Greenfield checks out Chicago's Tiki Bar scene. jc-02.27

So you know, how to understand Bayes' Theorem through Lego. jc-02.27

Going Dutch. jc-02.27

Related to today's main image. We used Century Schoolbook for A Drive into the Gap and here's what BB had to say in the end notes. "Century Schoolbook is one of 221 typefaces designed by American typography titan Morris Fuller Benton (1872-1948). Century Schoolbook is based on Benton's father Linn Boyd Benton's Century typeface, created for Century magazine in 1894. The younger Benton's version was created at the request of textbook publisher Ginn & Co., with the intent of improved legibility. Century and its variants were originally published by American Type Founders. Formed by a merger of 23 foundries in 1892, ATF quickly became the dominant force in American typography until the mid-20th-century, largely thanks to the Benton's typographical and technological innovations. Century is often cited as the first true typeface "family," a concept quickly embraced by type designers, foundries, and users. jc-02.27

These Russian host city posters for the 2018 World Cup are mostly ok, except for Volgograd, which is awesome. jc-02.27

Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Arcade, by Nicola Twilley. jc-02.27

Daniel Benneworth-Gray knows a lot of characters. jc-02.27

Little known fact: The 'Dawn of Man' opening sequence in 2001 cuts away seconds before the Flintstones theme becomes recognizable." Xkcd charts Stories of the Past and Future. Fab. jc-02.27

Thinking hardball yet? A Drive into the Gap is a true story about fathers and sons, baseball and memory, and the improbable journey of a bat from one of the most iconic moments in the history of the game to the bedroom of a 12-year-old boy. jc-02.27

Adam Savage painstakingly builds a model of the Overlook Hotel maze from The Shining. Via John Gruber. jc-02.26

~Emphasis~ jc-02.26

"Imitations have nothing to do with design. they have to do with money and success." Karrie Jacobs visited the new Paul Rand exhibition at the City Museum of New York. jc-02.26

Sex at noon taxes. The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers, by Mark Saltveit. "Few are aware that in their spare time, these same codebreakers held a competition that created several of the finest English-language palindromes..." jc-02.26

Every year, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures. ms-02.26

Love and War By Moonlight. ms-02.26

"We would have died of hunger without Durand-Ruel, all we impressionists." said Monet. "We owe him everything. He persisted, stubborn, risking bankruptcy 20 times in order to back us." The Man Who Made Monet: How Impressionism Was Saved From Obscurity . ms-02.26

Trailer for the documentary Dior and I . ms-02.26

A Bright Spot on Ceres. "This is truly unexpected and still a mystery to us." jc-02.25

"I live relatively close to the theater and wouldn't be late." Tig Notaro makes a case for why she should host the Oscars. mcj-02.25

"Senators pair their togas with top hats, generals wear muttonchops under their helmets, and priests styled as snake charmers draw gullible crowds with the help of coal-powered rotating billboards." The Comic History of Rome. dw-02.25

A very nice feature at Hoefler & Co. showcasing examples of numerical typography, Take a Number. jc-02.25

NSFW tapestries by Erin M. Riley. dw-02.25

Sea level rise maps by Jeffrey Linn. Via Gizmodo. dw-02.25

Hyper Real CG. Like it says on the label. jc-02.25

The Watcher and other beautiful, surreal work by Shanghai-based artist Jie Ma. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-02.25

Zeppelin!. ms-02.25

As soon as we figure out how to hydro-dip pocket notebooks, you'll be the first to know. bb-02.24

Movie first. Scene Second. Moment Third. Vashi on the craft of Sam O'Steen, who edited Chinatown, The Graduate and many other iconic films. jc-02.24

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