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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

New Flat Rate Shipping to Everywhere

March 19th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

Order a little, order a lot. Starting now, it all ships for the same low price. So load up that cart. In the USA we’ll ship whatever you order for $4 without tracking via the USPS, or just $7 with tracking via Standard FedEx Ground. Everywhere else, $7 covers shipping that takes 2-3 weeks to arrive. Shipping for the 4 shipments of a COLORS Subscription is now just $12, to anywhere.

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Field Notes Presents
The 2014 Tournament of Books

March 19th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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We’re happy to be the title sponsor of the 10th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books that’s going on right now.

From TMN: “In case you’re new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event here at The Morning News, where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. In March, these novels will be 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.”

Field Notes In Action:

Unidentified Field Noted Objects

March 19th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Several FIELD NOTES users have reported an unusal FIELD NOTES sighting on Discovery Channel’s “Close Encounters” television program. Episode 7 features a dramatization of the 1980 “Rendlesham Forest Incident” near an Air Force base in Suffolk, England. According to Wikipedia: “Sgt. Jim Penniston later claimed to have encountered a ‘craft of unknown origin’ and to have made detailed notes of its features, touched its “warm” surface, and copied the numerous symbols on its body.”

So… yet another reason to keep FIELD NOTES (and your Fisher Space Pen) on hand at all times!

Field Notes In Action:

“A Testament to the Work I’ve Done”

March 17th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Longtime Field Notes user Brett Peters had a pretty bad day last week:

Yesterday, my company closed without warning. There was no more money left, and with no money, none of us had jobs. I work from home, so I didn’t have the physical sense of cleaning out my office. I didn’t leave a space to never come back to it – instead, there’s the corner where my computer sits, where I’ve happily worked for years.

So this morning I sat down to clean out my office. I build… built virtual carriers, carriers which use the wireless networks of companies like Sprint and Clearwire. Virtual things don’t leave evidence behind. There wasn’t a lot to clean out, but there were my Field Notes notebooks. 22 of them. I’d managed millions of dollars of expenses with those little books, millions of dollars of project revenue with them.

Those I can keep. That stack of little books is a testament to the work I’ve done.

Hearing that means a lot to us, that our little notebooks can provide at least a bit of comfort and familiarity in the midst of a terrible situation. For people (most of us, these days) who spend most of their time in the magical realm of the internet, spending years of their life working hard to provide an etherial but necessary service, a tangible, well-worn notebook can help keep it all in perspective.

Our best wishes go out to Brett, you can read much more detail about his job and his Field Notes on his blog. If your company is looking for an IT guy, we hope you’ll give him a shout.

Field Notes In Action:

Mission Accomplished!

February 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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Check out “A Great Adventure,” the Scott Expeditions five-minute summary video on the completed journey. Yay team.

We’re totally psyched to be a sponsor of Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere, and their now successful Scott Expedition, an 1,800-mile unsupported trek completing Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey from 100 years ago. The crew took our Expedition Edition along for note-taking on this historic journey to the South Pole and back again on foot. Find more information at the Expedition blog.

Field Notes In Action:

Expedition: Expectation and Experience

February 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

FNtestCBack in the Winter of 2012, we put our waterproof, tearproof Expedition notebooks through 12 tests. Some were rigorous, some were kind of silly, one (above) was sort of more toxic than we expected, but none of our testing compared to the real-world challenge for which they were designed: Ben Saunders’ journey on foot to the South Pole and back. As it turned out, Ben’s trip was delayed until this winter, but today, after years of planning and training, Ben and Tarka finished their amazing trek. They have more important things than Field Notes PR to worry about right now (eating, sleeping, healing, getting back to their families and friends) but we’ve caught glimpses of well-used Expeditions through their adventure, and we look forward to learning how their Expedition books were used and how they held up. So celebrate their success today, and keep watching this space.

Field News:

Where’s the Memo Book Love?

January 23rd, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

Thanks to several Field Notes users, we’ve been notified of two paper-notebook media appearances this week that deserve our attention:

First, The Onion, once our office newspaper of record, posted the story “New Leather-Bound Notebook To Really Unleash Area Woman’s Creativity.” Clearly their decision to abandon their terrific newspaper to work towards becoming another cat video website was based not on economics, but a sheer hatred of paper.

Second, Bill Gates appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s variety program and proclaimed that “paper tablets will be the next thing to go,” as handwriting-recognition software for tablets and desktop computers improves.

We’re not sure what provoked this flurry of attacks on the modest pocket notebook (and you, its user!) but rest assured we’ll keep making notebooks long after short-sighted people like Bill Gates stop using them. Good luck prying our notebooks, vinyl records, and film cameras from our cold, obsolete hands.

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Winter COLORS: Bundle Up with Cold Horizon

January 20th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

ch_snowThis winter’s FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition release has been revealed! “Cold Horizon” is a glossy blue 3-pack that’s perfect for gift-giving, and it’s available now. Get ‘em while they last, and check out our new film, Winter Almanac, for sound advice for the season. Get all the details here.

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How Do Subscriptions Stack Up?

January 12th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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With five years (and 21 editions) of Field Notes COLORS notebooks behind us, It’s time to look at what a COLORS subscription really means.

Our Made-in-USA limited-edition notebooks make a great gift! Subscriptions are available now, starting with our Winter Cold Horizon edition.

Field Notes In Action:

A Cameo

January 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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We were surprised and delighted to see one of our original craft memo books make a surprise appearance in the season finale of the New Orleans-based HBO drama Treme. Thanks for that and thanks to CommaQ_Arch in Montana for grabbing this image.