Friday Varia and Quick Hits
November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Global Headquarters as part of our crack personal management team is departing for the land-down-under in a mere 6 hours. Despite the frantic laundry folding and list making, the show must go on (especially because there are undoubtedly deeply engaged participants in the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research who are looking for something to read while waiting “between sessions”).
So, on a brisk and frantic Friday morning here in North Dakotaland, here are some varia and quick hits:
- A little interview by Andrew Reinhard with Betsy Pemberton and Ian McPhee on the publication of the Late Classical Pottery from Ancient Corinth: Drain 1971-1 in the Forum Southwest as Corinth VII.6. Some interesting insights in Corinth culture here.
- Intensive pedestrian survey by the Australian team at the Zagora Archaeological Project.
- Some abandonment porn with a James Bond twist: the Japanese island of Hashima.
- Everything tastes better (even a bad review) with a bit of Marilyn Hagerty.
- This is an interesting perspective on walking in cities (via Richard Rothaus). Of course, suburbs and even some small towns are even less pedestrian friendly. My parents live in a subdivision without sidewalks in Florida!
- More good quality long reads on the web.
- One thing that’s awesome about my alma mater, the University of Richmond, (and, no, not its $35,000+ tuition) is its president Ed Ayers who is a historian. Check out his views on Lincoln. I think ole R.Kelley (who admittedly brings the sweet nickname) here at the University of North Dakota needs to step it up.
- Another North Dakota Kickstarter that is definitely worth supporting.
- Advertising fail.
- This is so clever that I know it won’t last.
- Two new books: Patrons and Viewers in Late Antiquity and Miracle Tales from Byzantium.
- Abandonment porn of the digital variety: I’d love to see this paper. I also like the recent vogue in throwback webpages – like this one – that seek to capture the design signature of the early web.
- Some more punk archaeology at Aaron Barth’s The Edge of the Village.
- I love examples of objects from the very recent past that would be rather obscure to “the kids these days” (cf. Kostis Kourelis post on the 45 rpm record adapter.)
- An infinite jukebox.
- An alternative to Google and a nice set of tips in how to use Google better. I find search engine literacy is among the greatest weaknesses among my students these-a-days. (Another is how to write an effective and appropriate email.)
- Venice underwater.
- Kurt Cobains’s Top 50 Albums list.
- A pretty stiff reading load for an introductory class.
- What I’m reading (the long, slow morning of peer reviewing manuscripts is finally giving way to the glorious day light of reading published books): M. Shanks, The Archaeological Imagination. Left Coast Press 2012.
- What I’m listening to: PJ Harvey, Dry; Clinic, Free Reign.
My new iPhone 5 camera is pretty decent.