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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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