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Carl PDFs: Oct. 24 and two old ones by carlmagazine
October 26, 2008, 3:34 pm
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The latest, greatest edition of the Carl:

10-24-08 CARL

And two old issues from the archives:

1-12-07 CARL

10-20-06 CARL

Pictures of Another Wednesday Night by Alex Sciuto
October 22, 2008, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized
People working hard
People working hard

Matt and Dan working hard... OR HARDLY WORKING?
Matt and Dan working hard… OR HARDLY WORKING?

Flashcards I just made!
Flashcards I just made!

-Alex Sciuto

Weird Thing I Found on Wikipedia by Alex Sciuto
October 22, 2008, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Internet | Tags: , ,

While searching wikipedia for the exact dimenions of half of a legal sheet of paper, I ran across this set of traditional names for various paper sizes, I think it’s perfectly charming, and I might perhaps name all my future children using only this list.

  • Emperor
  • Antiquarian
  • Grand eagle
  • Double elephant
  • Atlas*
  • Colombier
  • Double demy
  • Imperial*
  • Double large post
  • Elephant*
  • Princess
  • Cartridge
  • Royal*
  • Sheet, half post
  • Double post
  • Super royal
  • Medium*
  • Demy*
  • Large post
  • Copy draught
  • Large post
  • Post*
  • Crown*
  • Pinched post
  • Foolscap*
  • Small foolscap
  • Brief
  • Pott

-Alex Sciuto

Jazzmaster Tribute by Alex Sciuto
October 20, 2008, 1:26 pm
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The Times Style Magazine has a really nice tribute to the Jazzmaster on its fiftieth anniversary. I don’t know much about guitars, but the article gives you a nice education on the guitar used by just about every band. For example, the jazzmaster was designed for… can you guess it… masters of jazz. But they didn’t like it one bit. Fortunately, jazz players rejection of the guitar opened it up for the likes of everyone from the Smiths to Elvis Costello to Yo La Tengo.


-Alex Sciuto

From the Print Issue: by carlmagazine
October 16, 2008, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , ,

Katy Perry: Intriguing to Morons

by Dan Sugarman

Totally Hottie or Bag of Hot Air?

Katy Perry: Totally Hottie or Bag of Hot Air?

Katy Perry is a boring shill for a record industry that is out of new ideas. Amy Winehouse and Lily  llen, the two other charttopping female singer-songwriters of the day, also seem boring to me. (You have to accomplish something musically before we care about your drug use.) But Perry seems  rofoundly boring. Or at the very least, profoundly conventional: the kind of pop star who distracts from the fact that she is exactly like everything that came before by taking on the controversial topics of the day like girls kissing girls and metrosexuality. She is edgy enough to provoke a Fox News commentator, perhaps, but in the end she has nothing especially interesting to say in her songs and has a public persona that will be forgotten months after her career ends.

With the video for “Hot ‘n’ Cold,” her latest single, Perry looks back to her debut single “Ur So Gay,” a screed against pretty boys that called for an American boy more like one of S.E. Hinton’s greasers in The Outsiders than a Fall Out Boy fan. Her husband-to-be gets cold feet at the alter, the latest sign of  ow he tends to “PMS/Like a bitch/[She] would know.” The rest of the video shows Perry as a strong, confrontational female, willing to hunt her indecisive man down, but also portrays her in the same sexualized light as any other pop star, prancing around in a wedding dress bordering on lingerie and a team of dancers with baseball bats. The end result is too confusing to be interesting, and seems like further proof that, American Idol franchise aside, Perry is one of the more boring up-and-coming pop stars.

Read more musical commentary and reviews in the latest Carl.

Why Didn’t I Think To Make That A Blog #2 by carlmagazine
October 14, 2008, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Internet | Tags: , , , ,
Aren’t you amazed when one of your really smart friends, or really smart people on tv or in magazines throws out some idea or tidbit so obviously cool and interesting that you think “Why can’t I think of this. It’s so obvious.” I’ve noticed that lots of cool blogs usually have that same Ah Ha! moment. To showcase one of these conceptual jewels, here’s the second installment of Why Didn’t I Think To Make That  Blog. Of course, if you find one of these great blogs, you’ll shoot them our way won’t you?


About (from the site): I like the ampersand. I think it is often the most attractive character of them all. This blog is an attempt to give this humble ligature the respect it deserves.

Why It’s Great: The complexity of the shape of the ampersand combined with its growing obsolescence placed high above the number 7 on the keyboard makes the ampersand an unusually captivating typographical character. And while the average joesixpack (what if Sarah Palin was really talking about unhealthy Americans, calling them JoeSicksPack? Just blew your mind?) might not be using the character too often in e-mails and such, this blog shows the “Where’s Waldo” quality of the character. It’s both plastered on walls, looped in neon lights, and used to shorten the length of all number of signs, but we never really notice do we.

Well, thankfully, now you’ve got a website to document all the sightings.

-Alex Sciuto

Appetite For Chicken N Beer by Greg Hunter
October 14, 2008, 3:46 pm
Filed under: Internet, Music | Tags: , , , ,

As much as I’ve enjoyed following Chinese Democracy‘s path to completion, I’m not sure I’ll ever actually listen to the album when it comes out.  But for the next couple hours in the CMC, I will be listening to Cassettes Won’t Listen’s Ludacris/leaked Chinese Democracy tracks mash-up album. Listen here:

-Greg Hunter

Life lessons and how to make Mac&Cheese pancakes by Alex Sciuto
October 14, 2008, 11:35 am
Filed under: Food | Tags: , ,

“It’s a great business. It’s not like being an oncologist of some shit like that. You know. Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with it at all. You’re never gonna get rich, but why would you need to. I don’t need to do a bunch of coke to be happy.” That’s a quote from a New York Diner Cook and owner who was videoed by the New York Times. It’s very funny, profane, and you learn how to make macaroni and cheese pancakes!

-Carolyn Frischer

Candidate for Mayor of Northfield by Alex Sciuto
October 13, 2008, 11:37 pm
Filed under: Northfield, Politics | Tags: , , ,

From the Political Action Committee Citizens for a Better Northfield If Brendon Is Elected Otherwise It’ll Be Four Or However Many Years of the Same: I don’t know how serious Brendan is for mayor, but his website has an aesthetic all its own. I’d post a picture from it, but it might give one of our readers a seizure. And I don’t want that hanging over my head.

-Alex Sciuto

The Eyeballing Game by daaaaaniel
October 13, 2008, 11:33 pm
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How well can you eyeball, dog?

Things Carleton Needs That Would Make It Even Creepier by daaaaaniel
October 13, 2008, 10:11 pm
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1. Stalkernet photos with view counters.

More to come…

Dan Sugarman

“Vote Obama” by Greg Hunter
October 13, 2008, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

I try to monitor my emotions pretty closely when I follow politics.  Feelings of righteous anger, the thrill of hearing your beliefs amplified on a larger stage or echoed by a large body of people–these are fundamentally dangerous things.  So it’s with a slight sense of caution and embarrassment that I mention how gleeful professional contrarian Christopher Hitchens’ recent takedown of McCain/Palin made me feel:

Whether you agree with him or not–frequently, I don’t–Hitchens is undoubtedly one of the best political writers around in the areas of style and wit, and when he describes McCain’s “increasingly obvious and embarrassing deficit, both cognitive and physical,” well…maybe a slight grin of affirmation is okay.

Also, here is a picture of Hitchens being waterboarded:

– Greg Hunter

Gossip is so in right now by Allie
October 13, 2008, 4:53 am
Filed under: Campus, Internet

There are two notable Carleton gossip blogs floating around cyberspace, and I’d like to share my thoughts on them. First is Knights Nights. It takes its format from gossip girl, referring to people as “B”, “S”, and “D”, but who the heck are these people? Do these letters correspond to the names of people here or did the blogger keep the GG initials? The people don’t seem interesting enough for me to recognize who they are; therefore they probably aren’t interesting enough to be gossiped about. I’m not interested in some stranger’s friendgroup. I want real gossip about interesting semi-strangers.

Second is Bald Spotted. It obviously has the cleverer name, but more notable is the writing. It’s everything you want in a juicy Sunday brunch sesh, with tidbits that are usually enough to clue you in to the identities of the people but can be deciphered with a little bit of Stalkernet. Some of the information is lacking a desired specificity and most puns and monikers have yet to really develop, but it has come a long way content-wise in just a week. The good thing is that the gossip is about a range of identifiable personalities canoodling, breaking up, and doing the walk of shame all over the greater Northfield area.

One thing the two blogs have in common is that the templates are heinous. If I want to see gossip online, I don’t want to look at a puke green background, light blue headlines, and grey visited links. It’s disgusting. And I recognize that blogger template – someone chose those hard-on-the-eyes colors and thought to his or herself “Stellar job, this looks great.” I don’t even want to go into the hawk silhouetted against a sunset header banner thing, but really, guys, those are the templates you chose? From now on, I want anyone creating a template for a gossip blog to imagine Tim Gunn looking at it. He would scowl, castigate you with his $3 words, and move the heck on. You would feel foolish, and well you should.

The main thing, though, is that Carleton absolutely does not need more gossip. As much as no one wants to admit it, Carleton is already a more expensive version of high school. Since these blogs popped up, I’ve found myself gossiping more and I’ve heard more on a daily basis. Gossip is punishing enough with word of mouth alone, and if an incident is embarrassing enough you’re going to hear it in due time anyways. Just like hearing something through the grape vine, some stories are bound to be false. It’s only a matter of time before someone really gets hurt. As bad as it is, gossip happens, but I am certain we do not need the internet to speed up the process.

Allie Schwartz

New Carl PDF by carlmagazine
October 12, 2008, 10:01 pm
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Well, it might not be hot off the e-press, but the weekend is not yet over, and the newest edition is here for all. Download it and then you can see The Carl in its crisp, high resolution glory.

Critics Kind of Dig the W. by daaaaaniel
October 12, 2008, 8:33 pm
Filed under: movies, Politics | Tags: , , ,

The latest Josh Brolin vehicle, W., is surprisingly getting uniformly decent reviews from critics. I definitely expected them to bring the hatchet down on it, but this is good news. Although I haven’t seen any of Oliver Stone’s past presidential flicks, I’m really stoked to see W. Stone calls it a story about how “[t]his guy who is basically a bum becomes president of the United States,” and from the trailer and reviews it seems to be a story about Bush the person much more than Bush the president, if that makes any sense. Today’s New York Times review has some nice quotes from Stone about his thinking going into it, and makes the case that his other political movies were so over-the-top biased that Stone mostly just stuck to the facts with this one.

Dan Sugarman