Friday Quick Hits and Varia
April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s a partly cloudy day here in tropic Grand Forks where we supposed to get well above 45 F today. Since we watched opening day of baseball last night during snow showers, we’re both looking forward to something that can pass as spring in these here parts.
While we wait, here are some quick hits and varia for your Friday:
- Finding a Linear B table is a pretty exciting thing, and finding it in a “provincial town” is (apparently) even more exciting. So, it made it into National Geographic. We heard about this the day it happened through our friends in the World Wide Linear B Notification Network. The call went out the Linear B was found and the director sent all the graduate students home saying that it was his birthday and went to investigate only with his most trusted colleagues … (ok, I made that up)
- Some fun stuff on teaching this week. First, Dan Cohen released his Million Syllabi into the world. He released it as a .sql file (for obvious and good reasons), but it would be more useful to me as an Access database. I need to figure out the conversion. Then, an interesting article on the limits of setting learning goals for classes. And an interesting article on some advantages to not having firm limits on the disclosure of personal information via social media (which I then blogged on here). Finally, a thought provoking Teaching Thursday post which actually got more page views than this blog!
- This is pretty cool giga-panesque photo of the interior of the Strahov Library. They should do this for the Gennadieon in Athens or the Mighty Chester Fritz here at UND!
- If you haven’t followed the conversation that Colleen Morgan has curated over at Middle Savagery on Blogging Archaeology, then you really should. Here’s Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5.
- There are all sorts of very good reasons that you might want a block of text re-aligned to form the shape of a centaur. And now there is a web-based application for that.
- The Day in the Life of Digital Humanities 2011 is now up. Check out what our Digital Humanists do all day.
- The fantastic blog Paleofuture has produced a magazine just like that.
- Japanese Hip-hop for free from NYCTrust.
- From the guy who brought you the Exotica Project, we now have more 45 rpm tunes from the Lonely Beat: 100 Themes from the Naked City.
- What I’m reading: C. Schabel, Bullarium Cyprium (Nicosia 2010) (for more on that see here).
- What I’m listening to: Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo (via Kostis Kourelis); Thurston Moore, Psychic Heart.