The new Tar Heel Tavern is up on Ogre's place.
I'll disagree with him on the current state of carnivals - the general-purpose carnivals (like Carnival Of the Vanities) or liberal-bashing hate-fests may be in decline, but specialized carnivals (science, medicine, environment, education, etc.) are growing and thriving.
The next edition of Tar Heel Tavern will be on Poetic Acceptance next week. As usual, we need to line up new hosts for the future, so volunteer at: Coturnix1 AT aol DOT com.