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It’s Something Unpredictable
November 6, 2008, 3:07 am
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Remember when John McCain came so close to winning but really didn’t? Here’s a commemoration of two years and change of memories. I don’t tear up often, but if you’re dry-eyed at the end of this video, you have a cold heart.

-Alex Sciuto

The Eyeballing Game
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
October 13, 2008, 10:11 pm
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1. Stalkernet photos with view counters.

More to come…

Dan Sugarman

Critics Kind of Dig the W.
October 12, 2008, 8:33 pm
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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

What Goes On
October 8, 2008, 9:21 pm
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I know you’re all wondering what exactly goes on in The Carl office during layout. Well, here’s what goes on.

Alex Sciuto during Layout

Executive Editor Alex Sciuto

Executive Copyeditor Beatrice White

Executive Copyeditor Beatrice White

Understated Caption of the Day
October 7, 2008, 12:05 am
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-Dan Sugarman

Party Phenomenon: Accidental Eye Contact
October 6, 2008, 12:29 am
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Part of what will hopefully be a running series in which I record a pithy–potentially trite–observation from the previous weekend of partying.

This week: accidental eye contact.

We all ignore people at parties who we actually know. It would take Herculean levels of affability to glide through a room and make your presence known to every classmate, hallmate and partner-in-crime out there. So who you find yourself talking to at parties is usually the product of a booze-fueled wandering that ends when you see someone you know reasonably well.

But the more memorable conversations–begin triteness here–are the ones that you would never predict having before the party, and these often begin with accidental eye contact. Not the eye contact you make with someone whose attractiveness makes you idly drawn to them from across the room, but the eye contact you might make with someone when you’re walking towards the punch bowl, and, “Oh, hey, what’s up?” — “How’s your term going” — “What classes are you taking?” If you have anything to say, it should move from these introductory signifiers by its own conversational logic. One ten-minute version of these and it was a good party. Do it twice, and it was a great party. Three times, though–I don’t know. You should probably haved stopped talking to people you barely know and hung out with your friends.

-Dan Sugarman