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Monday Edition

From a reader: "I could probably listen to the same song
for five hours, but 'Dancing Queen?!?'" Steve's 238 Miles.

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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

To Sweet Hereafter, a warning to trick-or-treaters in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

One From Way Way Back

How Do You Spell Courage?

"How do you spell courage?" For the proper effect, check the trailer first and then please take a few minutes (eleven actually) to watch our short feature film about words, pictures and bravery, Copy Goes Here.

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.

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.

Not Quite so
Fresh Signals

The wonderfully weird music video for Baby Love by Petite Meller. dw-01.20

"It's like a party on every page." The new Canadian passport under a black light. dw-01.20

Nice illustrations by Marie-laure Cruschi. dw-01.20

If the world were to end, what gets kept on record and what goes? Great animated short from Bernardo Britto via Short of the Week. tt-01.20

Put on your tin hat. 10,000 cases from the Project Blue Book files have been declassified. "the official investigation by the United States military to determine what the Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) phenomena was. It lasted from 1947 - 1969." Fun. jc-01.20

An illustrated interview with movie poster designer Nicolette Vilar. jc-01.20

Nice video of the creation of a huge mural wrapped around a new Apple store in Hangzou, China. Via 9to5Mac. jc-01.20

Parachuting Beavers. Like it says. jc-01.20

Too good to hold until Friday. Tom Chiarella's terrific feature on the Billy Goat's terrific bartender, Jeff Magill. jc-01.20

Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space. The art of Jeremy Geddes. tt-01.20

David Bowie hairstyles. dw-01.19

Animal alphabet illustrations by Build. Via People of Print. dw-01.19

Classic cars on the big screen. jc-01.17

After five years, Carole is back with Netdiver's Best of the Year, an inspiring browse. jc-01.17

Ben's got an amazing collection of vintage flip books. (scroll to the bottom to see the gallery) ms-01.17

Artist-designed suites at the 25th rendition of ICEHOTEL in Sweden. dw-01.16

31 rolls of film from a WWII soldier. Great story, amazing photos. More at the Rescued Film Project. jc-01.16

Cézanne stands alone among his Impressionist and Post-Impressionist peers for his deep respect for the art of the past." Brilliant, captivating piece by Nancy Locke for Humanities Magazine. jc-01.16

Clickhole can do no wrong: Watch This Man's Face When He Sees What He Would Look Like... So wonderfully dumb. sd-01.16

Local note. Fare Thee Well. The Dead celebrate 50 years with shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5. Need a miracle. "Q: Are these really the final concerts this band will ever perform together? A: Yes." jc-01.16

Our pal Phineas X. Jones illustrated the new 3 Floyds Alpha King packaging. Type and design by Jim Zimmer. Huge improvement to an already-legendary beer. bb-01.16

No edits, no digital previews. WhiteAlbum lets you take 24 photos and have them sent to your door without seeing them first. dw-01.16

Vinepair's map of the United States of Alcohol. dw-01.16

The paintings of Joel Rea. Fantastic and surreal. Keep scrolling. jc-01.16

Hemingway and the Cocktail. Recipes including "Death in the Gulf Steam" and "The Montgomery." jc-01.16

An instant (and definitely nsfw) MoOM classic, the Erotic Bookplate Gallery. jc-01.16

Know your lines. jc-01.16

"Chicago Architecture Data is a new citywide survey that is documenting the city's built environment. Our mission is to document the history and characteristics of all interesting buildings in the city." ms-01.16

The artist duo Mothmeister creates dark surreal photos using costumes and taxidermy. The results are beautiful and terrifying. Photos via UFunk. Follow Mothmeister on IG. tt-01.15

SD and I didn't find anything like this at Great Basin National Park, but it was still well worth the trip. bb-01.15

Moscow has some gorgeous Metro stations. ms-01.15

Film's not dead. bb-01.15

Will you keep your resolutions longer if they're hand-lettered and posted online? Linzie Hunter might find out. Via Rob Walker. jc-01.15

Photos of Detroit in the 1940s. dw-01.15

The Calvert Journal's Outside In, 25 foreign photographers shooting the post-Soviet world. jc-01.15

You visit museums to see works of art. Have you ever wondered what they see instead? So fun, via Khoi. jc-01.15

Mars selfie from today. jc-01.15

"May the best person for the part be the person that is in the part." A lame but interesting spot for Macau featuring Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio. jc-01.15

So you know, a month-by-month guide to the best places to travel in 2015. ms-01.15

Venus and Mercury at Sunset. ms-01.15

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