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Discourse Concerning Special Matters (DCSM)

October 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Including: SDC, DMC, and DSMSC

Hello again, readers,

How's it going?  Sorry about the lateness of this post.  I've been pretty busy with midterms week and parents weekend.  I've also been getting more jobs from my work-study with the website team, like building a custom skin for a flash player.  I haven't had that much experience with flash, so it's been a challenge, but I think I pretty much got it sorted out. 

So a lot has transpired, inspired, and perspired since the last time I posted.  One thing I did do on this blog was I added a bunch of links to the sidebar thing under my picture (did you notice?).  I found it fascinating that Chicago has both an official visitors' site as well as an official tourist site.  So next time you come to Chicago, you'd better know whether you're a visitor or a tourist so that you can pick the right website to use for reference (I'd suggest being a visitor--that site is nicer).  I also linked to a youtube video with the clip from Willy Wonka that explains my greeting.

I should probably get around to explaining the title of this post (DCSM).  When I started to think about what I wanted to talk about, three things stood out: Social Dance Club (SDC), Dacie Moses cupcakes (DMC), and Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause (DSMSC).  Guess what?  All those acronyms are made from the four letters D, C, S, and M!  Wow!  Okay. That wasn't as cool as I thought it was going to be.

Hey, have you ever thought something was really cool, but then when you got everyone's attention and said it, it was really kind of lame?  That just happened to me.  Anyways, moving on...

Adventure 14: Social Dance Club

This isn't really just one adventure, because Social Dance club is a continuing bi-weekly event (Wednesday and Saturday evenings).   And it just so happens to be awesome.  Let me tell you a story: just last night, I was doing my Calc II Homework at the Math Skills Center.  It was terribly terrible, and I didn't want to do it at all.  I was very unhappy because I had spent about two hours and only really had completed one problem (the easiest of the problem set).  So then I went to social dance club and I stopped being unhappy.  In fact, I became happy.  The moral of the story: social dance is awesome (but I still have to do calc...).

But really, I'm very impatient to learn more dances and more moves.  So far, I've learned the basics of waltz, cha cha, west coast swing, rumba, and east coast swing.  Social dance has an addictive quality not unlike... something not unaddictive.  It has been likened to a video game--the way you learn new moves as you gain experience and it makes you want to keep "playing." 


Adventure 15: Dacie Moses Cupcakes

So two weekends ago, I finally entered the famous Dacie Moses House.  I was invited to make cupcakes with my sister and some friends, so (after social dance club) I headed over to Dacie Moses'.  We made tea cupcakes and surprise cupcakes.  The tea cupcakes I think we made with jasmine tea.  They ended up very subtly but pleasantly aromatic and tea-flavored.  The surprise cupcakes were supposed to be chocolate cupcakes filled with melted white chocolate and a dried cherry apiece.  The cupcake didn't rise over the filling as we had expected, though, so the filling just sat on top (no less deliciously).  Interestingly, the chocolate surprise cupcakes were sort of bready and healthy-tasting compared to the softer tea cupcakes.  Surprise!  Overall it was quite an enjoyable visit.

Dacie Moses Cupcakes 


Adventure 16: Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause

That same weekend, I discovered the wonders of Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause, a single by the Killers.  My friend, Adam (the "Ada" of "Adandi") showed me this song, which is deliciously random.  Check out this live video of the song.  I don't really like the official music video because it portrays Santa as the straight up villain, when I think it's a little more complex than that.  But the quality would for sure be better in the music video.  So maybe you could listen to the music video but switch to a different tab so you aren't influenced by it.


Adventure 17: Potter Puzzle Puns

Another example of why the Math Skills center is cool: A while ago while doing math homework, I stopped doing math homework to draw on the board with a fellow student, Janie.  Dustin, a math tutor who lives on my floor, said we could draw anything within reason.

Potter Puzzle Puns

So we drew Harry Potter within REASON!  Incidentally, the content management system that the Carleton website uses is called Reason.  So now Harry Potter is within reason within Reason.

Reason screen

Pretty soon our chalk drawings became Harry Potter-themed puns, and the tutors joined in.  It was a great time.  See if you can figure out the Potter Puzzle Puns on the right!  Comment!


Adventure 18: Parents Weekend

It was great to see my parents and little 6-year-old brother last weekend.    They came up for parents weekend and saw our home cross country meet.  I also brought them to the social dance club "Fall Formal".  I think the playlist was particularly challenging that night, but, after a moderately successful lesson from me, my parents ventured out a few times on the floor (most parents watched from the sidelines).  We later went to Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant with food served family-style.  It was really really good, and a ways off from Northfield, so it wasn't too crowded.


A Call to Prospies:

So I was thinking recently, "this blog is meant to be for prospective students, right?"  It is, after all, on the admissions website.  But so far, I don't know if any real prospies have been reading it.  Some of my friends who are first-years said that they read the Carleton student blogs last year when they were looking at colleges, and so I think some people may be reading this, but I don't really know.  So if you are a prospie, please comment!  Tell me what you want me to talk about (as if I didn't ramble enough).  If you don't know what to say, just use this handy dandy Comment Form!

Greeting Introduction Identification Compliment Misc. Requests
A1-Hello, B1[]-My name is [name]. C1-I'm a Prospie. D1-I love your blog! E1-I read it all the time! F1[]-Can you talk about []
A2-Greetings, B2[]-I'm [name]. C2[]-I'm from Carleton [class]. D2-You are so cool! E2-It makes me want to go to Carleton! F2[]-Tell me why []
A3-Salutations, B3-I don't wish to be identified. C3[]-I'm someone else. D3-I like your tie. E3-I mean that sincerely! F3[]-Tell me how []


All you have to do: A2, B2[Jon], C2[2013], D3, E2, D2, F3[to be so cool!]

For me to read: Greetings, I'm Jon.  I'm from Carleton 2013.  I like your tie.  It makes me want to come to Carleton!  You are so cool!  Tell me how to be so cool!

Note: Only one A, B, and C are necessary.  D's on the other hand, may be used as many times as desired.


Until next time, see you next time!




  • October 22 2009 at 12:40 pm

    A3, B3, C2[2012], D4[stop making the old bloggers look bad], E3, F1[the puns. explain them. i only got the obvious ones.]

  • October 22 2009 at 1:59 pm

    A1, B1[Marcia], C2[1993], D3, E4[I've never read your blog before, but I concur with "Claire '12" above.], F3[my brain has turned so thoroughly to mush since graduation; I have also failed to identify most of the puns.  Is it my stay-at-home mom gig?].

  • October 22 2009 at 3:34 pm

    A2 B2 C1 D3 E1-E2 (in that order!). F1[something (anything!) that "prospies" would never expect out of Carleton.]


  • October 22 2009 at 5:22 pm

    A3 B1["Debo"] C2[2013] D3 E2 E3 F1[Brooklyn Pork Store].

  • October 22 2009 at 8:24 pm
    Ben and mom

    Please talk about pie in your blog.p.s

    I didn't eat at Buca di Beppo .                                             It is moms turn now here

    hello dear son!  Ben is waiting to play a little Backyard Baseball while I finish the dishes, so i'll just send our love with prayers for you & your college mates.  We love you!  Mom

  • October 22 2009 at 10:14 pm

    A3 B3. C1, D1, D2, D3. E1 E2 E3. F1 [what you have found to be the coolest thing at carleton so far? and are the people REALLY as nice as everyone says there are?]

  • October 22 2009 at 11:13 pm

    A2, B2[Tom], C2[way back in the last century 1967], D1, E2[love the Comment Form], E2[your blog makes me want to re-matriculate]

  • October 23 2009 at 11:10 am
    Jon Kittaka

    @Claire/unidentified person:
    You're so cool, though.  We're like Hansel and Zoolander!  As for the puns, I guess this is far down enough on the page to give them away.

    Potter Puzzle Puns Proclaimed
    1) Ha-grid -- Hagrid
    2) Tree-lawn-E -- Trelawney
    3,4,6) Self-explanatory
    5) This one is a logic circuit (a visualization of how computer circuits work).  The gate that connects the 2 inputs is an OR gate and the 2 inputs are an olive and a piece of wood, so the output is olive-OR-wood.
    7) Dumbbell-door --Dumbledore

    It's always cool to hear from a former student!  Do your kids read Harry Potter?  Maybe they could figure them out (it would also halp for them to have taken a logic and hardware computer sci class...).  But I wouldn't be too worried--I haven't seen anyone get them all right.  Actually, when I showed my stay-at-home mom and my sister the Hagrid pun, my mom asked, "Is there a character named 'Hah grid?'" which was really funny because she's never read Harry Potter, but she got it before my sister.

    (more comment answers to come)

  • October 23 2009 at 3:16 pm
    Collin Hazlett

    A2 and A3 (as Charlotte would say)! B1[Collin], but I'm pretty sure we've already met. C2[2012]! D1, D2, and D3- are those musical notes? If so, what does your tie sound like when it is played? E2- and it looks like I'm here, so I guess my wish has been granted! Alt+F4!

  • October 25 2009 at 8:22 pm
    Jon Kittaka

    I'm glad people are reading my tie!  It is quite hard to read though, from that picture.  Hmm... that's a hard question to answer.  I myself, when I was a prospie didn't really have many expectations.  I kind of just decided to go here and thought I'd just see what it was like when i got here.  I guess one thing I could say is that there is quite a big range of possibilities you could get in terms of how much homework you'll have.  I'd say more variation than in high school, probably because there were more classes and they balanced out to more of an average work load.  But here, some of my freshmen friends have many hours of work every night and some have very little--less than in high school.  So this is my opinion: if you come here and you're completely swamped in work, don't worry too much--it's probably not your fault.  And if you come here and it's easy, don't expect it to stay that way.  Basically, you might be surprised by how much or how little work you have, but don't let that shake you up too much.  If you're here, you're a pretty smart person, so things will work out and you'll learn about yourself through the workload of the classes you take.  But this is just my first semester, so I don't really know what's going on!  I hope that was helpful or had some sort of meaning to it, I'm not really sure.

  • October 25 2009 at 8:32 pm
    Jon Kittaka

    The Brooklyn Pork Store (also called Landi's Pork Store) was started by John J Landi, an Italian American who had been working with pork since the age of 18, when he was hired by Jersey's Pork store.  Quickly rising through the racks, Landi started a satellite of Jersey's which he eventually bought, naming it Landi's Pork Store.  He saw the store through the Great Depression and the second World War, moving locations several times but always keeping the same high-quality pork products.  The business has been passed down through the Landi family for three generations and Landi's Pork Store is still on the cutting edge of pork technology.  They have even branched out to other meat products. 

  • October 25 2009 at 9:09 pm

    A1 B2[Becca] C2[2012] D1 E2 [oh wait, I already do] F1 [the kinds of games you play and if you play 500]

  • October 27 2009 at 11:10 am
    Jon Kittaka

    @Ben and mom:
    Love you too.  I had some pumpkin pie at Tharkfest, the Cross Country version of Thanksgiving.  We ate a 23lb turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and veggies.  It was a good pie made by Famous.  Maybe I'll get pics

  • October 27 2009 at 11:44 am
    Jon Kittaka

    Hey!  Thanks for commenting.  Wow, tough question.  The coolest thing?  There's not really one specific thing, I don't think.  I think the coolest thing is the comprehensive experience of being away from home in such a cool environment.  There are so many resources and opportunities and it's nice to be able to make decisions for yourself about what you'll take advantage of.  I know that's kind of a cop-out answer, and I know I ended that sentence with a preposition, but if you want specific things that I think are cool, a lot of them are in my blog posts!

    Hey Tom!  Cool to hear from an alumni.  I'm glad you're still following Carleton.  That's a good sign.  We're a little frazzled by Rob Oden's impending retirement, but I guess a few presidents have come and gone since you were here and the college is still doing well!

    Nice to see you back in the blogosphere!  You are quite correct: those are musical notes.  I'm not sure of  the best way to tell you what it sounds like though.  Here is a picture of the tie, so you can see for yourself!  I got it for Christmas from my brother and sister.

    Eh?  The kind of games I play?  Well, I've played 500 before, but not yet at Carleton. So I suppose I'd be up for a game sometime.  Other than that, I like card games: hearts, dirt, speed, presidents, pit, Dominion.  I like video games, but I don't really play them much, especially since coming to Carleton.  Shadow of the Colossus is one of my recent favorites, I also like multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros. (I like the original n64 version the most).  Yeah, I like lots of games though.

  • November 10 2009 at 6:36 pm

    ahhh I can't believe I forgot to reply to this...hmmm I had a good question but I forgot it. Anywho, A2, B2[Merita!], C1, D123, E123, F3[Carleton compares to the transition/why you chose Carleton]

  • January 18 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hey, I am new . This Websites great, I have learned a lot from it today!

  • January 30 2010 at 8:18 pm

    A2, B1 [Emily], C1, D1, E2. D2. F1 [what you have been talking about!]

    In my quest to read each of these blogs from old to new, I'm now reading yours. It's my fourth blog, and I'm really enjoying it. Thank you!

  • February 1 2010 at 12:40 am
    Jon Kittaka

    Hahaha thanks, Emily!  I'll be sure to keep talking about what I've been talking about.  Thanks for commenting!  I'd nearly forgotten about the old comment form.  I'm glad you like the blog. 

  • February 3 2010 at 1:36 am

    you blog is really nice i learned lot from it........what is that table is saying i didnt get it..

  • February 3 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Jon Kittaka

    Hey Unnamed, I'm glad you like the blog!  The table is just a handy way for you to write comments.  If you write A1, I'll read the thing in the table which is labeled A1 ("Hello").  You can look at some of the other comments to see how people used it.

  • March 27 2010 at 5:59 pm

    A2 B1 [Zach]. C1 D2 D2 E3 F1 [Well, I'm a junior in high school, I have several questions and I thought this would be an appropriate place to ask. 1. What other colleges were you considering, and why did you choose Carleton over them? 2. What are the advantages/disadvantages of living on sub-free housing? 3. Just exactly how heavy is the workload of Carleton? Thanks for answering! :)]

  • March 28 2010 at 12:39 am
    Jon Kittaka

    Hey Zach, thanks for the kind code words!  I'll do my best to answer your questions.

    1) I'm probably not a great help in this department.  The other schools I was going to apply to were Oberlin and Macalester, but I pretty much knew I wanted to go to Carleton.  My sister was going there and I felt that Carleton was were God wanted me, so I was pretty sure.  I knew that Carleton has a great academic program, and I liked its feel the most.  You should definitely take into account the personality of the college and not just the academics.  Look for college books that talk about the atmosphere--views on partying, social life, studying, etc--not just statistics; those helped me make the choice.

    2) The value of sub-free depends a lot on who you are.  As far as I can tell, people on sub-free floors tend to be a little shy and nerdy, but usually in a way that I really like. We have some fun/weird activities like singing Disney songs together in a blocked off section of the hall.  So there's some good bonding for the people who don't want to be out partying all weekend.  Also, if you like quiet or alone time, sub-free floors tend to not be too rowdy.  Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but mostly it's what you'd expect.  Don't live on a sub-free floor if you really love partying and substances.

    3) The workload can vary quite a bit depending on which classes you take.  Also, as I found out last term, the work can seem like a whole lot more if you're devoting most of your time to extra curriculars.  Of course, I think having some extra curriculars helps productivity, so don't rule them out.  But there is a Carleton tendency to overload on activities.  I really haven't figured out if there's a way to predict how much work I'll have or how busy I'll be.  So far my homework has been maybe about 25-35 hours per week.  There's a lot more homework than I had in high school but in many ways, it's more satisfying and there are more ways to get help than in high school.

    Hope that was helpful!  

  • March 28 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for those responses! I've already visited Carleton and it's one of my top choices as of right now, there were just some finer aspects that I wanted clarified. :)

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  • February 10 2012 at 6:00 pm
    Jon Kittaka

    Hello, lumpiply,

    Thanks for your comment!  I found your analysis of the recent SOPA and PIPA bills to be quite fascinating.  I also hope that the internet remains a place where content and ideas can be freely shared without fear of intense legal repercussions.  Otherwise this and 99% of all other blogs will be in jeopardy for sure.

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