Just Carl

A 27 year old Irish guy living in America with too much to say and not enough people to listen.



Adorable Audrey Tautou right after finishing her screen test for Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001.

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You know how demeaning, and sexist, and bigoted, and outright wrong it is to say “all women should be like X”? Well I don’t care. She is X. If you’re not her you’ve failed. 

So I’m entering some NFL fantasy leagues.

Those of you who have been following me since my move here probably know about my complete and utter lack of interest in NFL. You may also know I’m a glutton for punishment, and do still try to watch games and force myself to get into the sport. 

This year I’m going all in by playing some fantasy football. 

So here’s the deal. Do any of you (preferably also clueless but all welcome) want to be in a private league with me? Doesn’t matter if there’s only 2 of us, I’m going ahead with a league for “me and my tumblies”. As long as there’s an even number of us, that’s all I need. 

It’s just a bit of fun, so don’t worry about having to spend a lot of time on it. You can essentially draft a team then never look at it again if you don’t want to. 

I’m going to make a Yahoo league now, and will message all interested with a link to it. 

Come on, be one of the cool kids. Who’s in?

The difference between Swiss and American media. 

The difference between Swiss and American media. 

I don’t know what this “layering” effect is called, but I’ve always loved it. Here’s a great example of whatever it is. 

In roughly the space of a year (whenever it was when Scarlett Johansson and a few others had leaked photos), the tumblr hivemind has devolved from defending these celebrities, arguing against the objectification of women, and saying breasts shouldn’t be viewed as taboo or something to be shocked by, to just hating on everyone and equating these leaks with rape. 

I don’t in any way defend hacking personal property and sharing it with the world, just before someone jumps in with that nonsense. If you think these leaks are OK, I’m not on your side, don’t send me messages of shitty solidarity because I’m ridiculing the people who hate you. 

What I’m highlighting here is the massive downturn this website has taken. It’s almost never about solidarity and progressiveness any more. Not just in this instance, it’s something I’ve been whining about a lot lately. 

Not that long ago, this place would have been full of conversations about neutralising the objectification of these celebrities, repeatedly highlighting that these women have nothing to be ashamed of, welcoming discussion and insight on the perception of women’s bodies. 

But now? Nah, let’s all be angry children and make sure we create an evil “them” to yell about. A conceptual “them”, who we can blame all our other problems on. Because that’s what’s important now. Not helping. Blaming.

Tumblr now contains a ridiculous proportion of people who will do anything to perpetuate whatever victim complex they have, and the vast majority of you will never fully function in the real world until you realise that not everything is about you.

Beautiful celebrities have had photos of their beautiful bodies leaked. Oh no! This is a minor occurrence in their wonderful lives, that most, if not all, will dismiss as fakes or laugh about. It is a non-event in your life. It is not about you. Get a grip. 

While people cream themselves over exposed celebrity skin, we seem to be ignoring the manner in which all these photos were stolen. 

The iCloud was hacked, meaning much more delicate and important info could also be stolen. Take care of your shit, folks. 

Do not put important things on the iCloud. When you’re done taking down your nudes and private fan-fiction, go get yourself a proper phone or tablet. Apple won’t recover from this one!

No, I’m not posting any of the Jennifer Lawrence leaks. Us beautiful famous people need to look out for each other. 


The Dublin minor GAA team went on the piss to celebrate winning. Someone you might recognise joined in on the celebrations. 

(Seriously, what the fuck happened here? And how?!?)

I forgot all about this until just now when someone reblogged it. This was great.

The United States Postal Service is the most ridiculously paranoid and unhelpful organisation I’ve ever come across.

Just enquiring about various shipping restrictions and costs to Canada and Europe leads to them assuming I’m looking to send antrax filled bombs made of bald eagle skulls.

Fucking hell. Now I’m so angry I actually want to commit violent acts of terror towards them. Well done, USPS, I guess you were right afterall. Cunts.


justcarl asked what beer I would recommend this week and I will have to say Tanilla by Knee Deep Brewing co.

The beer is a Tahitian Vanilla flavored porter. Not quite as high of alcohol content as I like to see (I think it was 6.6%) but it was really tasty.

My task for September is to either get to Long Beach or San Diego, since their website tells me that’s where their only two distributors in SoCal are. Thanks!

Everyone else try this too if you can!