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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.



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: , , , , , , ,

penis_in_heaven2

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



It’s Something Unpredictable by daaaaaniel
November 6, 2008, 3:07 am
Filed under: Internet | Tags: , ,

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



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



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?

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http://ampersand.gosedesign.net/

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:

http://www.ludacrisdemocracy.com/

-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



Why Didn’t I Think To Make That A Blog #1 by carlmagazine
October 1, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Internet

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 these conceptual jewels, here’s the first 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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shakeyoface.blogspot.com
shakeyoface.blogspot.com

Shakeyoface.blogspot.com

This blog comes straight from the mind of one of Carleton’s own, Hannah Waters. The premise is simple, whip your head back and forth while photographing it. Post it on the blog.

It’s that simple, but the results can range from the hilarious to the downright creepy. I never knew that the human face was that jelly-like and mold-able. While I realize that she’s in college, I do wish she could get more old people’s faces. Theirs seem to move around more easily and the folds and creases are like graph paper marking and measuring the distorting power of shaking yo face.

-Alex Sciuto

Shakeyoface.blogspot.com