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Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out 2001 in 569 GIFs and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

From The DDC

Chock Full

Pretty Much Everything, the new book by our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin, is available now. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Field Notes Subscriber Exclusive

Naming Names

At Field Notes, we could never have reached Quarterly Edition #30 without our year-long subscribers. As a thank you, we've made a new special set and sent them out as a surprise. Everyone who has an active year-long subscription that includes our current Quarterly Edition, "Sweet Tooth" will get a bonus shipment containing a 2-pack featuring Commemorative Reprints of "Butcher Orange" and "Butcher Extra Blue," our very-first, sold-out and exceedingly-rare Quarterly Editions. Each 2-Pack has the subscriber's name printed on the belly band! You can get one personalized too, if you join the thousands of people who subscribe.

Privacy and The Deck

We Know Nothing
and We’re Just Fine with That

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

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.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

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

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-three 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.

2016 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The Morning News Tournament of Books has wrapped up for another year and we're happy to say our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of this literarypalooza again. 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."

Hoping for Snow

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.

Keeping It Close to Home

The Memo Book
That Works

Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.

Einstein's Puzzle

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?

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

Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars ms-yesterday

Trailer for Weiner Dog ms-05.27

Pour your own FDLs today. jc-05.27

Eastern Bloc. dw-05.26

19 things you didn't know you could wash in the dishwasher. Make that 20. ms-05.26

Jam Packed. jc-05.26

Thngs is a simple tool for the preservation and structuring of data about physical things. jc-05.26

Trailer for Len & Company ms-05.25

"Stop Dave. I'm afraid... my mind is going." Via Ged. jc-05.25

"We're working green, rooty banks deep in the wind-sheltered backcountry of the Ten Thousand Islands, where open water and mangroves blanket the miles like a vernal doily. I stop the cast abruptly and the fly plops almost delicately just to the right of a copper-colored smear in the water. The fish turns and slashes and then it's off and gone, streaking across an open pond. ms-05.25

"I put him in an empty room and let him stay there for eight pages, only thinking." A Farewell to Kurt Wallander (Probably), at Prospero. jc-05.25

"Quiet! I don't want excuses, James. Don't even TRY the old, 'But Moommm, my tonalist aesthetic allows me to subtly yet poignantly express the fundamental melancholy and mystery of the natural world.' That will not work on me." Whistler's Mother Has Just About Had It, by Isabella Giovannini. jc-05.25

Oddly mesmerizing, watch a time-lapse of a pumpkin grow from seed to 1223 pounds. Via The Awesomer. ms-05.25

In good company. The Wirecutter just chose our Field Notes as the best notebooks, in their comprehensive Best Gear for Travel feature. Thanks for that. jc-05.25

Click on a place in the map to find similar places. Yowza. Terrapattern Alpha. jc-05.25

Complex has a great interview with Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel-Miranda ms-05.25

"...commit before this decade is out, to landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." 55 years ago today. jc-05.25

Star Wars Episode IV in one image, 123 meters long. jc-05.25

Kicking this one, World of Stadiums, a set of postcards by Lehel Kovacs. jc-05.25

A dozen television homages to The Shining, including of course, this classic. jc-05.25

Terrence Malick's Weightless slated for late June release in UK. jc-05.25

"You know, I thought I knew until last night. Last night Neelie took me over to look at some Rembrandt and in one of the paintings I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings." jc-05.25

"These new highways will have a far-reaching economic impact on the entire nation." How Highways Wrecked American Cities. via Kottke mcj-05.24

From photographer Kim Leunberger, Traveling Car Adventures. ms-05.24

Related to the last, here is how they did it. ms-05.24

Amazeballs, Drone Star Wars. ms-05.24

English profanity in Hong Kong movies, Vol. 01, Vol. 02. Via Mefi. jc-05.24

So you know, Why Yoshi is sometimes called Yossy. Via Shaun Inman. jc-05.24

Casey Kait's CV of Personal Failures. jc-05.24

Happy birthday to Orpheus. Oakland Coliseum Arena, December 4, 1988. jc-05.24

A subterranean camera obscura, by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer. Check out their other projects, including some fantastic projection installations. jc-05.24

Lego Speed build, Benny's Spaceship. jc-05.24

"Börkur Sigpórsson's opening title sequence to Icelandic crime series Trapped is an intimate minute of surface and tension." -Art of the Title. jc-05.24

Field Notes, the Obsession to Recover a Piece of History by Asier G. Morato and translated by machine. Thanks for that. jc-05.24

We cleaned up the place a bit. jc-05.23

Mego! jc-05.23

The Poster Remediated, David Crowley previews the Warsaw International Poster Biennale's 50th. jc-05.23

Selected spreads from the monograph, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress. jc-05.23

The Design Legacy Of Dieter Rams, a nicely illustrated post by Anna Ker. jc-05.23

A magazine issue I'd like to own, Typographica #5 from 1962. jc-05.23


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