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The #1 requested Jewelboxing blog entry ever:
"What's He Doing?!"

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The Stars and Their Courses

In conjunction with last summer's 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.

From The CP Labs

Shift Option Rinse

Can you really clean your computer keyboard in the dishwasher? With the help of the RinseCam 9000, Michele created a short film to find out, Shift Option Rinse.

a short film that seems longer

Long Day’s Journey Out of Iowa

Our Steve Delahoyde is a man with an iron will. An iron will, a subcompact, a girlfriend and an idea on how to make a regular drive more, er, interesting. Note: All the driving worked. Claire and Steve are now Mr. and Mrs..

Making of Field Notes Ravens Wing

Press Check

A quick trip back to Freeport, Illinois and one of our most popular films. Think of it as "How It's Made" with much cooler music, awesome people and hot, nasty, metal-on-paper printing action. The making of Field Notes, Wings. We're working on the brand-spanking new Fall Edition right now. Sign up for a COLORS subscription so you don't miss a single seasonal release.

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?

Happy Valentines

Book of Love

Our Field Notes "Red-Blooded" edition sold out long ago but for Valentines Day let's remember how Bryan's film made all us other husbands look like schmucks.

A CP Film In Five Parts

Laboratory Conditions

RIP Ed Grothus who we met while we were in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We were looking for locations for one film project and on the way we discovered a lot more about the town and its people than we bargained for. So we made a different film and called it Laboratory Conditions. We're showing it in five episodes.

From Field Notes Brand

Northerlies

This film documents our latest project from the workshop. More on our newest limited release, "The Northerly Edition" at Field Notes. 3packs of this bright white and silver release are now sold out but there are still a few available as part of a COLORS subscription.

Props Face Time

Classic Display Faces That Deserve Love

Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna's 1974 release for ITC, Serif Gothic doesn't get the kind of attention that sparked a recent (and overdone) Avant Garde revival but it speaks for itself when set tight, in all-caps for a short declarative headline, especially one that needs a sort of non whiz-bangy science-fiction feel. Suggested pairing: Univers 65 Bold.

Oh This Old Thing?

Button Button

So you know. We've seen a little pick-up in Pinsetter orders lately so we thought we'd let you know that Pinsetter is still, um, setting pins.

In Fast Company, Good Company

Modern Americana

A lovely photo by Chris Mueller with prop styling by Elise McMahon for the "Modern Americana" section of Fast Company's just-released United States of Design issue, which is also available as an innovative iPad app. We're more than a little excited to have our Field Notes Brand products included in this curated collection of Made in the USA products. Thanks for that.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

So you know, cell phone etiquette around the world. ms-07.25

I'm generally not a tattoo person, but I've finally found the tattoo I would consider getting: Bob Ross, Firing Machine Guns, Atop a Giraffe. Via Cracked. sd-07.25

It's the end of an era with the death of Bill Thompson, from the beloved Wallace and Ladmo. It's sure to have been a week of mourning in Arizona. sd-07.25

Fastco takes a look at the premier menswear fashion trade show Capsule . Our Field Notes notebooks were one of the 45 brands at that first show and we've been at every show since then. Nice job Capsule peeps! ms-07.25

Take the quiz and find out if you can identify these movie space ships. ms-07.25

Related, Canada wants you to stay safe at work. ms-07.24

We got to talking about safety videos and this came up. Dumb Ways to Die. mcj-07.24

Intricate pen drawings by Olivia Knapp. dw-07.24

It's inconceivable that we never posted this before, but just in case: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames. (Thx HP) bb-07.24

Plants in space. dw-07.24

Trailer for Space Station 76. dw-07.24

The security line at LaGuardia yesterday seems laughable compared to this. ms-07.24

Cave with Aurora Skylight. ms-07.24

Lost Scenes from Generic Hipster Indie Romance Films Found in 2076 During a Museum Restoration of an Old Macbook Air and Subsequently Adapted for the Stage During Heritage Week at a Camp for 7th and 8th Graders Later That Summer. ms-07.24

"It's difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?" Commissions for Utopia. dw-07.23

Jonah Ray's assessment of Sublime. His point couldn't be better made, even if it's shooting fish in a barrel. bb-07.23

Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm. dw-07.23

Trailer for Hector and the Search for Happiness. dw-07.23

Great geometric tattoos by Dots to Lines (probably NSFW). dw-07.23

"Perfect Omelettes" from Wolfgang Puck, Jamie Oliver, Adam Savage, Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Jacques Pepin, and Julia Child. bb-07.22

The Dissolve's Tasha Robinson on "Terminator 2 and the World's Biggest Spoiler." It's one of the greatest/worst marketing flubs you'd never realized. sd-07.22

Michael Kombat! is the combination of two slightly different things: Michael Keaton and Mortal Kombat. sd-07.22

Everything is Terrible shares these tips for getting ahead in today's business climate: Climb the Ladder!!! sd-07.22

A surreal spot for Normal, directed by Jun Diaz. sd-07.22

Here is a MicroCT scan of a hot dog, allowing you to see a cutaway of every section of it. sd-07.22

"I love screenshots. I screenshot everything. all the time. Never export, never save, always screenshot. As a result my desktop is a giant mess." As someone who uses solid, empty wallpapers and as few icons as possible, this makes ever fiber of my being hurt. sd-07.22

Iconic Houses. dw-07.22

Abbey Garden off the southwest coast of England boasts a massive collection of 20,000 plants from all around the world. dw-07.22

Information on The Witching Waves, a ride at Coney Island from the early-to-mid 1900s. More info here. And here it is in motion in the silent film, Fatty in Coney Island. sd-07.22

Our current Guest Editor for this month is writer/performer Carly Oishi. A list of all of the great people we've had lend us a hand over the years can be found, here. sd-07.22

The Electronic Sriracha Festival is a real thing. cao-07.22

Music video for Röyksopp and Robyn's Do It Again. dw-07.21

Insanely intricate cut paper by Bovey Lee. dw-07.21

A visual recap of the Dark Knight's 75 year history. dw-07.21

The Ghillies by Polixeni Papapetrou. dw-07.21

Ninja Japanese schoolgirls make you thirsty for some lemon soda. (Thx, HP) bb-07.21

Paul Renner, Futura Specimen Booklet, 1930s. Bauer Type Foundry, Inc. Fantastic. jc-07.19

Alicante Beach Moonrise. ms-07.19

Lettering, Meet Lego, a project by Alice Lee and how it was done. "I should note that it is pretty key to order as many extra smaller units as possible. For instance, I ran out of 1x6 yellows toward the end." Via Waxy. jc-07.18

Books on Book Covers, a great, copiously illustrated post from Dan Wagstaff. jc-07.18

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"Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn't be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well." Read the entire post.

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