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Blog Roundup: Pink Tentacle by carlmagazine
October 14, 2010, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Internet, Misc.

At some point in time (1970s?) the global culture collectively decided that it would turn to Japan for its bizarre/limit-pushing/hilarious pop culture. It’s a role that creative and design industries in Japan have taken up with zeal, and the writers at Pink Tentacle are building a fascinating chronicle of Japan obscurities.

Covering everything from found futurism to unique design concepts, it’s my preferred libe break. Enjoy.

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Odds and New Beginnings by carlmagazine
September 20, 2010, 10:09 am
Filed under: Campus, Internet, Misc.

Just as Superman was retconned back from the dead, so too is The Carl Online being restored to working order after an academic year of uneventful hibernation. No longer will Carls desperate for original writing about campus life, arts, and literature be slavishly bound to paper and ink.

Stay tuned for more updates.



What I’ve Been Doing Wrong by Greg Hunter
February 20, 2009, 1:46 am
Filed under: Internet, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

Found footage blogs are a wealth of VHS-era kitsch, but clips from sex and dating advice videos are my favorite by far. Maybe it’s their supposed quick fixes to the complicated, enduring issues between men and women. Maybe it’s just the guy at the 1:47 mark in video #1.

From videohomesystem.com:

From everthingisterrible.blogspot.com:

From the Found Footage Festival:

– Greg Hunter



Why Didn’t I think to Make That a Blog 5: Fat Men by carlmagazine
January 24, 2009, 2:01 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 fifth 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?

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http://men-in-full.livejournal.com

Their generous form in art and experience

About (from the site): My name is Stefanie, and this LJ, Men-In-Full, celebrates large men. I do love them; I’m married to one! Here I want to offer a whole re-orientation of how we perceive large men with the eye and in the mind.

Why It’s Great: Pictures of fat guys. Jolly men. Old men. Young men. That fat guy from Lost. SUMO WRESTERS! They’re all here. From paintings to random pictures! I realize this site is specifically aimed at ladies who like more weighty guys, but come on, doesn’t seeing the picture of the fat guy smoking a pipe make you giggle! What is he thinking? I don’t know! But he sure looks content.

-Alex Sciuto



The Office T-shirt Contest by Alex Sciuto
January 18, 2009, 11:44 pm
Filed under: Internet, TV | Tags: , , , , ,

Lindsey Shaugnessy e-mailed me that The Office tv show is having a t-shirt design contest. Well, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try my hand at designing a t-shirt that could possibly be sold by NBC.com! Of course, giving the winner royalties or something like that would be just too much, but the social critic in me is immediately silenced by that humorous Jim (Like that? That’s called subtle sarcasm…).

I would include a link to the web page where you can vote for my t-shirt, but I don’t think there’s any voting mechanism. The contest seems as well-thought and serious as the many contests the Carl claims to have.

But here’s my entry:

alexsciutodunder1

-Alex Sciuto



by Alex Sciuto
December 27, 2008, 11:43 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 fourth 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?

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http://stairporn.org/
(stairs, and nothing but)

About (from the site): stair porn is a weblog featuring cool stairs from around the world. Posting will be relatively sporadic, so we recommend subscribing to the feed for updates. >> If you came here looking for sex, you’re plumb outta luck, bub.

Why It’s Great: This site first caught my eye when a really cool staircase was posted on MAKE Magazine’s blog. The image to the left really sums up the gestalt of the blog. The images are exclusively stairs, and having flipped through the blog’s archives, all the stairs are stunningly beautiful. But the images tell a story so much more expansive than just a device for altering personal elevation. They sum up entire buildings succinctly and beautifully. I don’t know who the photographers, but they all can really spot great architectural shots. It seems sometimes a coincidence and afterthought that a stair takes center-stage in the photo.

-Alex Sciuto



The Penis Hits The Net by Greg Hunter
November 22, 2008, 11:14 pm
Filed under: Campus, Internet | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Anyone who’s been reading our print edition this fall is probably familiar with The Carl’s thwarted campaign to preserve Carleton College’s giant cement penis, spearheaded by humor editor Matt Pieh.  (Those who need a refresher, please see the October 10 and 24 PDFs.)  The dong is long gone, as Carleton students know, but it appears online commentators are only beginning to acknowledge the bravery of Pieh and activists like him.  Last week on local blog Locally Grown, Griff Wigley described his the destruction of the penis and linked to our magazine (http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/post/6595/). On November 21, First Time Caller, Longtime Listener–a blog based out of my own mother’s hometown of Buffalo, NY–linked to the Locally Grown piece (http://firsttimelongtime.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/friday-links-20/).  The members of Save The Penis didn’t ask for internet stardom, but they deserve all the accolades they’ve received.  And maybe, just maybe, the next penis will be saved because of their example.

– Greg Hunter