Friday Varia and Quick Hits
November 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It’s an early Friday morning at New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Global Headquarters. We are awaiting a sleet, ice, and snow storm tomorrow, but sitting by the fire and watching cricket from Brisbane to keep warm.
The election results and superstorm (which I guess is a word now) have put a damper on the usually fascinating flow of quick hits and varia.
- The Kayire (Chora) Museum application of the iPhone is pretty cool. It’s not as cool as it could be, but it is still pretty cool.
- A little video about the selection of the new Coptic Pope (via Chuck Jones).
- A thought provoking little essay on Patrick Leigh Fermor.
- The list of books received from Dumbarton Oaks is almost like having your very own research librarian.
- I sort of like David Byrne’s playlists.
- A nice summary of Dimitri Nakassis’ Cyprus Research Fund Lecture by Amalia Dillin.
- I hate to be one of “those guys”, but I have recent downgraded my iPhone from a 4S to a 4 and the difference is remarkable. Apps that I depend upon every day like Evernote and Spotify simply don’t work well on the iPhone 4. The lag is confusing and persistent and applications that were always stable and reliable have developed strange quirks. I can’t get my iPhone 5 soon enough.
- South Africa versus Australia.
- A less serious (and hopefully temporary) casualty of Sandy.
- One of my favorite blog posts over at the now-largely-shuttered Teaching Thursday blog considered the world of online teaching as a manifestation of Foucault’s Panopticon. The idea of cultivating increased transparency in the learning process has informed my design of a writing intensive history 101 course in the Scale-up classroom. So I naturally became intrigued when I saw the possibility of using ebooks to monitor student reading habits.
- Be sure the check out the photos from the Working Group in Digital and New Media’s open house.
- What I’m reading: R. Jones, Manure Matters. Ashgate 2012.
- What I’m listening to: Two great Velvet Underground recordings: The Velvet Underground and Nico 45th Anniversary and The Quine Tapes, and The Walkmen, Heaven.
This is where I live. Seriously.