Ever since the famed student activism in the mid-1960s, politics and Berkeley have been inextricably intertwined. When peopleThe Kind of Politics We Love think Berkeley, they think “liberals” – whether they say it with disgust or with pride depends on the tone in which you read this sentence. But like with any part of student life, there are extremes – from those who think that “Mitt Romney” is short for “Mitten” versus those who consider presidential debate parties to be actual “parties.” No matter which end of the political spectrum you’re on, all of us can take a step back and enjoy the unintentional comedy of the two men trying to be our president. If you’re still on the fence about who to vote for, maybe these out-of-context tidbits can clear things up for you.

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Walking past the condom-and-rotten-food dumpsters by Greek row, it’s hard to imagine that anyone in the world would ever want more garbage. But would you believe that one country is spending money importing trash?! It’s true. According to this National Public Radio article, Sweden is investing in garbage imports to provide its people with renewable energy. Even in this dreary global economy. Why? Because it’s Sweden, that’s why.

A Swede looks at this picture and feels aroused

A Swede looks at this picture and feels aroused

Swedes have got it good. Their government has a can-do attitude that just gets shit done. Yeah, they’re pacifists, and they stayed neutral during World War II, but don’t hold that against them. At least they didn’t, pay attention here France, surrender. Sweden has one of the strongest economies right now, thanks to their fiscal discipline and their successful welfare programs. Sweden is living proof that a capitalist society can have lots of rich people without having everyone else be poor. They have a lower unemployment rate than the United States, and spend more money on education than Uncle Sam. They’re so progressive they’re retro. According to this Guardian article, when they figured out a form of snuff, yes the pippip cheerio guv’nor snuff, snuff, called ‘Snu’ had fewer health effects than tobacco, they became the only country in the European Union to legalize the substance. Now, they’re enjoying the world’s lowest rates of lung cancer in males.

Sweden is a beautiful country

Sweden is a beautiful country

Sweden’s policy-making process is less a matter of politics and more related to figuring out what works.  They throw tradition out the window and really stop to think and analyze. The more we look at Sweden, the more we realize what we have to learn from them. There’s nothing to keep us Americans from being as successful, but on an even larger scale. We’re a lot bigger and a lot richer. Let’s stop doing things the old fashioned way, and figure out how best to meet the future.

Image source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, loops under Creative Commons

We thank and commend in advance all you diligent students that (try to) hand out flyers on Sproul, but today we don’t have all nice things to say about your little squares of paper. If you’re only doing it because your respective club is forcing you to, even though you hate approaching apathetic fellow students, you just might be interested in this.

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A new phone application is now available called Campus Quad, which updates you on events in and around Berkeley. It lets you browse through a live feed of current events, telling you all the ‘what,’ ‘who,’ ‘when’ and ‘wheres’ you need to attend. Groups can go on themselves and add their own events too. It basically tells you everything you need to know to keep up to date with the latest happenings — without the crinkle and hassle of paper.

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Physical flyers often just get tossed out, scattered on the ground, or used as scratch paper to write down hasty to-do lists that will never get done. Not only would this digital route to publicity be saving trees (don’t worry, we’re not advocating the saving of cardinals), it would eliminate some of read more »


11-01 Should The Teddy Bear StayUnless you’ve been stuck in the basement of Etcheverry for a matter of months, you know that the brand-spanking-new Memorial Stadium is playing host to our football team from here on out. The presumed hope was that the shiny new arena would somehow increase the level of play from the somewhat disappointing record of last season. With Saturday’s 22-point beatdown in Salt Lake City, many are calling for the dismissal of the man at the helm – Jeff Tedford.

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Risky AIR

Walking by Sather Gate Monday afternoon, we happened to spot a rather eye-catching group of risqué-dressed singers. On closer examination we discovered they were none other than our coed a capella group Artists in Resonance, otherwise known as AIR. In the spirit of Halloween, they decided to make their themed Sproul performance one of Risky Business. After all, who doesn’t love Tom Cruise singing in his underwear? Take a whole set of singers in broad daylight and it becomes even better.

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Luckily for these copy-cats it was a sunny day; otherwise the white dress shirts and shorts wouldn’t have been all that fun to dance around in. Sunglasses looked better with their ensembles that way too. A few of the girls had jeans on instead of shorts, but the majority of AIR went all out in their imitation.

Would you have the guts to sing in front of everyone on Sproul in your underwear? We’re not sure we would, so props to this group for pulling it off.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian


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Somebody please hold us, it has finally happened. Our dreams have come true! Someone has made a history class that fuses the academic study of history with the playing of video games. That’s right; a professor by the name of Joseph November of the University of South Carolina has crafted a history class that features video games as the main way students engage with course material.

According to a handout of the course description posted on reddit, the major focus of the class is to examine each game’s portrayal of its respective time period as well as consider how video games as a medium can help provide new perspectives on history. The playing list for the class features a variety of video games based in historical settings such as Assassins’ Creed II, Railroad Tycoon, Age of Empires III, Fallout 3 and many more.

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For all you Android users lusting for the ability to send texts from your computer, the Mighty Text Android app and web app are a fantastic solution. You no longer have to lust for an iMessage like situation. Sure you could set up Google Voice, but it’s a hassle. You either have to get a new number or port your number to Google. Mighty Text only takes seconds to set up and it changes your life.

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With tuition, housing, food, and overpriced movie tickets to pay for, we all consider ourselves poor college students. Every timeHow To - Be A Cheap Student we open our wallets, we’re faced with a gaping black hole – and we know better than to put any money in there since it’ll just get sucked back up. And unfortunately, we don’t have a source of unearned income like we did back home with the family. So how do you get around all of this?

Take advantage of those meal points! Since you studious people are in class for most of the day, chances are that you skip a few meals during the week. Under one of the regular meal plans, you can usually have two meals in the dining hall every day, so if you eat less than that, then you should have a few to spare every now and then. You may think that the Bear Market or the RSF’s refueling station are overpriced, but it’s a great way to stock up on snacks and other small items that you can bring to class and eat-on-the-go.

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Marching bands are pretty cool. Also, we have to admit that video games are pretty cool as well. But what if the two were combined into one impressively well-choreographed marching band routine? Well that is just what the marching band at Ohio State University did during one of their half time shows in what is quite possibly the most entertaining performance we’ve seen in a while. However, despite the attention the video has been getting, there seems to be a mini-controversy regarding the theme of OSU’s routine. They aren’t the first ones to do it.”

Coincidentally, Cal actually did a routine very similar to OSU’s back in 2007 in a couple football games that year against Stanford and Washington State. Naturally, the controversy is coming from YouTube commenters who are arguing away about whose better and who should get all the credit. To tell the truth, we didn’t realize that our marching band had done something like this in the past (It was before our time for some of us at the Clog so you can’t blame us!) but after doing a search on YouTube of “video game marching bands,” we pulled up the video by chance.

Honestly, the question of which school did what, when and where during what moment that the planets were aligned shouldn’t be a concern to everybody. After all, we both pulled off some pretty neat and entertaining performances. Regardless, the anonymous inhabitants of the internet should just take it easy and relax. While they do that, let us enjoy these lovely homages to our childhood video games of old!


basketpong1Tired of beer pong? Want to try something different? Check this shit out.

Basket pong. We decided to accept the burden of drinking and having a good time with this new game. And it was all for you, the reader. We’d do anything for you.

So you set up this backboard and put cups in that 3-2-3 formation you can see in the picture. There’s another slot farther down the pole (which is not pictured) to hold the water cup. It also collapses into a portable suitcase. Then you throw balls into the cups according to the rules you just made up, at least until it starts devolving into a free-for-all-let’s-get-drunk-fest. read more »


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