Field Notes

Entries from June 2008

Field Notes In Action:

Battle dress

June 30th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Field Notes Air Force

Dan Ward just got his Airman Battle Uniform:

The new Air Force combat uniform pants have a little pocket on the outside of the calf area. I wasn’t quite sure what to put there, and then realized it’s the perfect size for a Field Notes memo book. I carry one around all the time. This isn’t an official federal endorsement, of course, but I think I’m allowed to say… it fits the pocket perfectly. Thanks!

We originally thought the bitmapped camouflage thing would get old fast, but we’re still loving it, and it complements our Dur-O-Tone cover nicely.

Dan, we thank you for the photo and kind words, we thank you for serving the U.S. of A., and we thank you for hopefully steering some big government contracts our way in the future. Bravo Zulu.

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Retail Additions:

Instant gratification, sweeping the nation.

June 30th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

If you’re a FIELD NOTES anorak, you may have noticed our new list of FIELD NOTES retailers. It’s up there in the navigation bar, for future reference. Buy in person for instant gratification and save on shipping, too!. We’re hoping to keep Draplin busy adding white dots to that map, and it’s hard to picture a shop where a stack of well-crafted, Made-in-the-U.S.A. memo books wouldn’t fit in. If you’d like to add FIELD NOTES to your inventory let Michele know. If you’d like to see FIELD NOTES in your favorite shop, let Michele know. If you have a Dusk Rose ’67 Mustang hardtop for sale at a reasonable price, let Michele know.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Long Gone Blues: Bullet Pencils

June 25th, 2008 by Aaron

\"Good, compact pencils for your front pocket.\"

A SMALL ANNOUNCEMENT: Bullet pencils are things of the past, and that’s that.

Man, if that just doesn’t make us sad as hell.

After an extensive search, high and low, we’re ashamed to report the proud days of “getting custom-printed bullet pencils” are long, long gone. Even the crappy little ones from the mid-’80s it seems. We’ve been planning one up for Field Notes for some time now, and have more or less thrown the towel in on this one. The sad truth.

Now, there was a faint glimmer of hope in the “online circle of Umpire suppliers.” A couple phone calls to the proper suppliers put the ol’ kibosh on that one too. Sinking hearts. Turns out those heavily padded umpires out there making the calls prefer bullet pencils for the compact quality in a pocket of a pair of odd, polyester black slacks. Who would’ve thought? Makes sense, right?

So here’s the deal: Stock up where you can through vintage sources, flea markets and what not, and do what you can to keep the bullet pencil alive. Keep one in your pocket at all times. We do. Trust us on this one.

But don’t fret, we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeve. Stay tuned for some big news.

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The good people of A Continuous Lean feel the same way. Get over there and check out some of their scores

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REQUIRED READING, PEOPLE: A hearthwarming article titled, Memorabilia stir memories of old Midwestern yards.”

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Field Notes In Action:

Stir The Cinnamon Slowly

June 20th, 2008 by Aaron

Dave Appel had this to say about a recent transaction involving some Field Notes: “A couple months ago I met up with an old friend of mine and he gave me a Rotring mechanical pencil and in turn I gave him a Field Notes booklet. This is what he sent me, so I thought I would pass it along to you guys.”

And thanks for doing so, Dave. Good will and graph paper among men. Just fine with for us.

And hey, we’re down with Oatmeal, and we’re down with moms, so, you know, dig it: Here’s the full recipe.

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Field News:

If you can’t read Uzbek, just assume it’s love.

June 17th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Thanks for the link from Lexi at Wait Come Back, and some international love from Uzbekistan and Serbia. We need to start collecting shot glasses from our travels. Better yet, new rule: anyone in Serbia that links to Field Notes needs to send a bottle of Zuta Osa, My Kumovi are hoarding the last crate in America, and they won’t share.

Our retail network is growing fast, check back in the next day or two for a list of actual brick-and-mortar establishments where you can buy Field Notes in a hyper-realistic 3-D environment, by handing currency to another human being.

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Field Notes In Action:

Field Notes in Lego Magazine!

June 13th, 2008 by Aaron

We’ve been into Legos as long as the next guy. Good math and good design just don’t go out of style.

Our “Western Massachusetts Regional Distributor” Roger Cameron works for Lego and uses Field Notes exclusively for his day-to-day packaging design process. You’ve seen the new Indiana Jones sets, right? Well, Rhaj is one of the craftsmen behind those beauties. The next time you are at the toy store, be sure to pick up a couple sets, and get in real good and close on the boxes. You’ll see Rhaj’s masterwork up close.

So the new issue of Lego Magazine came out, and when you turn to page 14 you’ll see some Field Notes tucked away in the corner, doing the good work for brick fans the globe over. Lego Magazine designer Scott Decoteau had a hand in this little shoot, and we can’t thank him enough for believing in us.

Can’t even begin to tell you how much this excites us. Wow.

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And hey, if you shredders reading these words ever need any snowboard wax, look no further than Magical Go-Go. Rhaj is a busy man. Not only is he designing Lego packages, he also runs this little snowboard wax company, and, is raising a beautiful little family. One of the greatest guys ever. Really.

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JUST IN FROM RHAJ AT LEGO’S HEADQUARTERS IN ENFIELD, CT: “For your information, 7 x 2 grid on a Field Notes page is approximately equal to a LEGO 1 x 4 brick.” Good to know, good to know.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

NuTone Greatness

June 5th, 2008 by Aaron

NuTone Daily Memo Book, October, 1954.

NuTone Door Chimes, National Headquarters, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Field Notes In Action:

Good Analysis

June 3rd, 2008 by Aaron

Three From Norm

FULL DISCLOSURE: So you know what you are getting, our friends at BuyOlympia.com have offered up a thorough gallery showing Field Notes in all their glory. The only thing missing is page after page of writing, drawing, sketching, and elaborate escape routes filling the things up. Great work, guys. Field Notes Northwest will be stopping in soon to check in on the progress.

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Here’s what Northwest Norm says about Field Notes: “I love ‘em, I can’t do without ‘em… I use the shit out of these things…”

Well put, Norm. We need you. Thanks for the good work.

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Field News:

Finding the “perfect” notebook

June 3rd, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Rands’ in-depth, objective comparison of several notebooks is a good read. His conclusion:

There’s no obvious winner here because there are far too many uses for a good notebook.

We couldn’t agree more, and we hope you’ll try Field Notes as you search for your perfect notebook.

Thanks for the links, Ethan Draws, Everyday UX, Deanbot, and I’ll Eat Anything Once.

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