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Fancy Color

Our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin has announced that his book is now available for pre-order. You need this. Everybody needs this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Privacy and The Deck

We’re Fine with Knowing Nothing

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

Blue in the Sun


Our Field Notes limited release for winter, The Snow Blind Edition, is coated with photochromic ink that changes color when exposed to direct sunlight. Indoors, they're white, outdoors they're blue! Available in 3-Packs and as part of a year-long Seasonal Subscription now.

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?

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.

A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

A warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

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The MoOM

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. 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.

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

The Art Socks photo series by Kate Brien. dw-yesterday

So you know, how the virtual first-down line works. jc-yesterday

Fantastic selections from Mind the Map a book about "Charting the Uncharted and Mapping the Familiar," available from Gestalten. jc-yesterday

Ernest Hemingway satirized Sherwood Anderson to get a publishing contract cancelled on this day in 1926. jc-yesterday

Oh jeez, I think I'm going to hurl. My palms are actually sweating just watching this. ms-yesterday

Due to the overwhelming success of Cone Sleeping, a new product for babies has been launched: Bucket Bed. sd-yesterday

Our pal Kelli wrote a book that is a camera. Cha-ching. jc-yesterday

A map showing how many calories you'd burn walking between subway stops in New York. dw-yesterday

"Her name is Elsbeth but I call her elsbitch" "This is going well already." Ben Rosen's little sister taught him how to Snapchat. jc-yesterday

"In the morning of Shrove Tuesday the whole kingdom is quiet, but by the time the clock strikes eleven, there is a Bell rung, call'd The Pancake Bell, the sound whereof makes thousands of people distracted, and forgetful either of manners or humanities." Via Mefi. jc-yesterday

Travel posters for NASA, by Invisible Creature. jc-yesterday

"...make it work as an app icon, and worry about everything else after." DesignStudio rebrands Premier League. jc-yesterday

Trailer for the film The Lobster. ms-02.08

The man who makes me swoon takes a look at Arion Press. ms-02.08

Related to the last, best use of an Iron Butterfly song ever. ms-02.08

Buzzfeed takes a look at 44 of the most breathtaking shots in Michael Mann movies. Included are a bunch from one of my all-time favorite movies, Manhunter. ms-02.08

Light Pillars over Alaska. ms-02.08

As big fans of Pistol Shrimps Radio, its wonderful to put images to words: here's video footage of the L.A. Municipal Dance Squad, and the entire game where the Shrimps were cruelly decimated by NBA benchwarmers. bb-02.08

Beyonce drops the video for her newest song, Formation. NSFW lyrics. ms-02.08

"When Frank began painting posters for Ghanaian movie theaters he was given a clear mandate: If the movie was gory, the poster should be gorier. If it was sexy, make the poster sexier. And when in doubt, throw in a fish. " kg-02.05

Posted without comment: "How the Founder of Moon Juice Eats Every Day." sd-02.05

Now I know how excited y'all were about that Star Wars thing: Savage Steve Holland is working on a follow-up to One Crazy Summer with Bobcat Goldthwait, Joel Murray, and Curtis Armstrong. bb-02.05

Our MS has mixed feelings about the newly-discovered Aphonopelma johnnycashi. bb-02.05

Marcus is reading one book about each president from November 8, 2015 until November 8, 2016 Election Day. dw-02.05

Chicago's Oldest Bars. jc-02.05

Happy Friday. ms-02.05

Shakespeare's original pronunciation sounds amazing (and unveils ribald puns). bb-02.05

So sweet, my teeth ache. In a good way. Hershey's ad, My Dad. ms-02.05

"It's a tricky game and we don't always get it right (but we obviously did this year --obviously), but it certainly makes gambling easier." Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books. The Rooster approaches. Get reading. jc-02.05

A fun look at all of the moving parts in shooting a spot with a motion control rig. sd-02.05

"This 1930s-era newsreel was recently discovered by sisters Nancy and Barbara Sleeper of Newberry, whose grandfather, Sanborn Sleeper, was the superintendent of the Luce County Road Commission from 1928 until sometime around World War II." Winter Comes to Michigan. dw-02.05

A read that starts off as one thing and goes somewhere else entirely (and then some): "What the Heck is a Catch in the NFL, Anyway?" sd-02.05

Massive Stars in NGC 6357. ms-02.05

Roger Ebert's script for the unmade Russ Meyer/Sex Pistols film, Who Killed Bambi?. bb-02.04

NHL Players that look like Tilda Swinton. mcj-02.04

The last star in the universe will be a red dwarf. dw-02.04

Robert McGinnis at 90, a celebration of the American paperback cover illustrator. Via This Isn't Happiness. jc-02.04

@tasteofstreep dw-02.04

"River North is the worst. Like, the actual worst. OK, yeah, it's pretty with all its luxury high-rises, startup offices, and AVEDA salons, but let's be honest: River North is where you go when you want to get into hour-long arguments about the validity of global warming with a 45-year-old drunk finance bro who believes the environmental movement is a Marxist plot." Spot. On. Vice gives us their City Guide to Chicago. ms-02.04

An older Movie Poster of the Week from Adrian, in light of recent news, a look at various takes on Abel Gance's Napoleon. Via John Coulthart. jc-02.04

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