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It seems like nostalgia is a straight-up market trend these days. Sure, it’s everywhere, but with the kinds of nostalgia that have been showing up recently (i.e. the return of the Powerpuff Girls), it’s most certainly hard to resist. But seeing as we college kids love it so much, we have decided here at the Clog to start a new series called “Flashback Friday,” where we’ll be showcasing lovely bits of nostalgia that date back to the days of yesteryear — sometimes in the form of a revival or just a straight-up trip down memory lane. Anyway, what are we doing wasting your time, let’s get this under way!

This week’s massive nostalgia bomb comes in the form of the classic toy line Tamagotchi! A company known as Beatz Entertainment recently announced that it will be bringing back the old toy brand in the form of a mobile phone app called Tamagotchi: L.I.F.E (Love is Fun Everywhere).

Oh Tamagotchi, now who doesn’t remember the bleeps and bloops of raising a pet that wasn’t actually real? Not a moment goes by in which we don’t fondly remember having to clean up its virtual poop and raising it to become a healthy and mature adult. Back in the day, Tamagotchi taught us valuable skills as developing children. For one, it built early motherly/fatherly skills! Well, sort of. Regardless, it was a nice way to access the responsibility of being a parent, even if the way it was done was through a tiny portable key-chain-sized toy read more »


As students of Cal, one of the great things we have come to notice about walking around campus or the fine city of Berkeley is that there is always a chance you might run into something really interesting. As previously seen on the Clog’s “We Spy” series, there are a variety of things that we encounter. Most of them tend to stir up emotions of laughter, anger, fascination or even ironic sadness. However, never in our history of “We Spy” have we ever been so … well, creeped out.

It all started one day when we were walking around campus through the wood bridge walkway between the Old Art Gallery and Moses Hall on our way to Wheeler. It was on this walk that we noticed something rather peculiar. Observe the picture below.

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From a distance, it looked like an odd circle-shaped segment of graffiti. At the time, we thought it could very well be just that. After all, as much as we are ashamed to admit it, remnants of graffiti always have a tendency to show up around this area of campus. But after taking a few steps forward, read more »


2012 was without a doubt a great year in music from breakout debuts to soaring sophomore releases and everything beyond. Before we dive headfirst into the 2013 music world, let’s reminisce on some of the best releases of the past year (in no particular order) …

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  1. Tame Impala, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” Lonerism
  2. Best Coast, “The Only Place,” The Only Place
  3. Saint Motel, “Puzzle Pieces,” Voyeur
  4. Patrick Wolf, “Overture,” Sundark and Riverlight
  5. Delta Spirit, “California,” Delta Spirit
  6. First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar,” The Lion’s Roar
  7. Divine Fits, My Love is Real,” A Thing Called Divine Fits
  8. Alt-J, “Tesselate,” An Awesome Wave
  9. The Vaccines, “Teenage Icon,” Come of Age
  10. The xx, “Angels,” Coexist
  11. Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas Unicorn,” Silver and Gold
  12. John Mulaney, “Terrible Driver,” New In Town (not music, but a hilarious comedy album from the SNL writer who brought us Stefon!)

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Check out the whole playlist on Spotify, and be sure to share with us your favorites of 2012 below!

Image source: S John Davey, under Creative Commons


2368346202_05edffd868_zClasses start today, so we thought you might like some tracks to explore your feelings regarding this newest development. Yeah, we’re bummed that winter break is over. But we’re also glad to be going to the best school in the world.

Here are the 13 songs to kick off 2013:

1. Wizard Flurry Home, Mariee Sioux — If you saw snowfall this break, you’ll understand what she’s talking about here. But even if you didn’t, you’ll like the way she makes you feel. All Native American and shit.

2. When the Roses Bloom Again, Billy Bragg and Wilco — A chance to give a sorrowful farewell to the days of skiing and family feasts, this song’s almost upbeat tune clashes gloriously with its moody lyrics. Wilco’s distinctive voice dominates the vocals and is complemented by Bragg’s folk influences.

3. Submarines, The Lumineers — Filled with angst and youthful loneliness, this simple yet meaningful ballad is filled with folk energy.

4. Newlands, Justice — The key point of this song is not to think too hard. Just move to the prog beat, and don’t worry about the muffled disappointment that was Audio, Video, Disco.

5. Said So What, French Kicks — Reminiscent of The Beach Boys, it’s easy to groove to the warmth of repetition and jangling.

6. Half Gate, Grizzly Bear — This song resonates with beauty. It’s a mastery of composition and eloquently rich with meaning. It’s about barriers between people and the past. Such a good listen when you’re feeling sentimental.

7. One Pure Thought, Hot Chip — A dance track like no other, these guys just want you to smile. Don’t stress the ugliness that pops up — it’s on purpose, and the feels are ultimately satisfying.

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Now that the dust has settling down, and the initial shock — just kidding — is wearing off, we can make some light of Tedford’s departure from Cal Football. To be paid as much as he was, for an embarrassing three wins, Tedford was no million dollar man, even though it costs over six million to let him go. We thought it would be interesting to take a look in retrospect of the legendary Tedford, and recall how it used to be.

Tedford was one of those classic gentleman coaches, who was pure of heart and demonstrated good sportsmanship in a way that has been missing for too long.  Back in 2006, with Tedford at the helm, there was nothing to worry about, we had a hell of a season and Tedford made it look easy. When Cal was getting far ahead, the team would loosen up, taking a knee at the two yard line instead of building a disgusting lead. It was Tedford’s coaching that allowed Cal football fans to come together. Tedford was a hard worker, and his notable successes and multiple PAC-10 Coach of the Year Awards were well deserved. In those days, Cal’s players were the stars of track and field, with a speed and strength that reflected good coaching.  Tedford was the comeback kid, starting as an underdog and becoming a force of constant win.

But like all good things, time puts everything in ruins, and Tedford could only keep it up for only so long. It seemed to all Cal fans out there that Tedford was asleep at the wheel . The problem was that so much winning had led Tedford to rest on his laurels, and he needed more than just a shot in the arm. Near the end, Tedford’s elephant ego had led him to become a one man wrecking machine. When we lost against Nevada, it was clear there was no hope. We watched Maynard get blindsided yet again and again, and it took something out of all of us.

What we need now is a revival, and a coach with the drive to get us there.

Image source: avinashkunnath under Creative Commons


The Underhill Parking & Field Garage located between Channing and Haste is one of the best places for student commuters to park their cars. Its abundance of parking spots and close proximity to campus definitely makes it an extremely convenient garage to go to. In some ways, the place is a godsend and we can even say it’s perfect. Well, was perfect . . . until its darn elevators broke.

Now don’t get us wrong, us commuters at the Clog know that the stairs are just as applicable of a way to getting up to the ground level of Berkeley (We aren’t that lazy!) But it’s just the garage’s elevators have been out of order since the very beginning of October. So we have to admit, we’re kind of annoyed at how long it has been taking to fix them. However, it seems like we aren’t the only ones who share this sentiment.

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Above is a photograph of a response to the temporary inconvenience written on one of the many “Out of Service” signs scattered all around the garage. It definitely reinforces the two major points that griped us about this dilemma with the latter of “Gosh golly, those stairs are quite smelly indeed!” being the most prominent to us in particular.

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We have all watched Japanese animation at some point in our lives. Be it in the form of Hayao Miyazaki films, Dragon Ball Z or the animated series of Pokémon, we have all been exposed to it. But we’re sure you’re not surprised that those selections don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the world of Japanese anime. So how can you expose yourself to more you ask? Well that’s easy, check out Cal’s very own anime club: Cal Animage Alpha! read more »


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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He goes by Bernie, just Bernie. He is a 50-something year old man who grows Gravestein apples in Anderson, California. To the Berkeley Farmer’s Market each week he trucks crates of the wondrous fruit and bottles home-brewed ruddy, autumnal juices and vinegar derived from them. Some of his apple trees are a century old. His philosophy is simple, “To get good apples you need to take care of the trees.”
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Everyone has a dream of owning their own red convertible. However the red convertible we saw parked on Euclid and Ridge looked like it just drove out of one. read more »


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