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  • Sam Feigenbaum

    Feigenbaum: Policy on the Ground

    When I was in Malawi during my gap year, the late President Bingu wa Mutharika artificially inflated the currency.  You could see the effects of the poorly thought-out policy all around. As we head into the general election here in the States, I think it’s important to remember that public policy deeply affects us, in ways both intended and unintended.

  • Zoe Suche

    Suche: On Forming Habits

    I read recently that forming a habit takes an average of 66 days. On reflection, this really doesn’t seem right. Certainly, it sometimes takes a while to get yourself to do something you don’t really want to; two months is probably about how long it took me, freshman year, to train myself to write papers ahead of time rather than the night before they were due.

  • Stuart John Urback

    Urback: What Makes a Liberal Art?

    What would it take to get game design to become a legitimate part of a liberal arts curriculum? Game design, as the creation of a type of correspondence, is worthy of the chance to prove itself as a field of study. It provides a methodology that equips students with a perspective that will fundamentally alter and enhance the way they view the world.

  • Griffin Johnson

    God is Dead, or, Against Productivity

    There are two demons that haunt me at Carleton; their names are Procrastination and Bullshit. Procrastination is what torments me when I go to bed at 4 in the morning realizing that if I hadn’t spent all that time texting and looking at gifs on tumblr, I’d have gotten my reading done on time – after all, what’s the use of doing the reading if you’re too tired to say anything about it in class?

  • Sam Feigenbaum

    Feigenbaum: The Likeability Factor

    This week in Washington DC, we met with Senator Al Franken.  As you might expect, it was a really short visit.  He’s a busy guy.  Our visit went like this.  We showed up to his office.  We were brought in to a conference room.  Al hustled in, aides at his heels.  Fifteen minutes later, Al hustled out, off to meet Minnesota’s military kid of the year.

  • Casey Silver

    Springterm (Anything Can Happen)

    Entering my third spring term, I thought I pretty much knew what to expect. Sunshine, pretending not to have any schoolwork, and outdoor adventures awaited me, and I couldn’t wait for the term to begin. Among the things I looked forward to was finalizing my housing plans for next year.

  • Stuart John Urback

    What Would Game Studies Look Like?

    Game design in academia is a thing.  It’s not going away anytime soon, if Carnegie Mellon, Rochester Institute, NYU, USC, or MIT are to be believed.  However, I often have the problem of spending such a long time defending exactly why game design belongs at this college (or really any college that I never actually explain what a game design major, or what game design courses would look like. So that’s what I’m going to do.

  • Zoe Suche

    The life and times of a magic bullet

    The Magic Bullet comes with cups that attach directly to the blade, along with a number of other little gadgets like rims, lids, varying types of blades, shaker tops, and so on. They’re not exaggerating when they call it magic.

  • Stuart John Urback

    Methadology: rethinking connections

    One of the ideas that has become increasingly important in the second half of the 20th century and especially now in the 21st century, is the idea that systems have a rhetoric.  Just like books, TV shows, and movies, systems are making arguments as they are used.

  • Michael Goodgame

    True inspiration & the religious experience

    We all seem to be too busy with the fulfillment of basic pleasures to consider life and livelihood as a concept. This is absolutely tragic. Religious experiences formulate how we see the world and shape our beliefs about ourselves and our surroundings. The less people have them, the less people have a basis for comprehending their situation. It is that simple.

  • quesadilla

    Conflicting worldviews and quesadillas

    Just as my American worldview is shaped by a certain a set of ideas, the Director’s worldview is shaped by a conflicting set of ideas.  Because I believe one thing and he believes another, we are adversaries on the world stage.

  • Griffin Johnson

    Vulnerable egos and elastic verbiage

    There are a lot of words like "deconstruction" in the humanities at Carleton: authenticity, patriarchy, pastiche. All these words are in the air – they float from room to room in Laird and Leighton like dandelion wisps. Almost all of them have complex, theoretical definitions, and almost all of them are consistently misused in the service of a kind of obsessed one-upmanship.