December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a week off to work in the Bakken, I’m back with a pre-holiday quick hits and varia for your enjoyment.
I’ll be too honest and say that my daily productivity has begun to decline as the holidays approach. We have a tree, are heavy into menu planning, and are looking forward to a day or two when work gives way to family good cheer and, of course, as many hours of test cricket as possible.
That being said, I will prepare my usual year end blog review and my year end “what I’m listening to” for the next week. So, stay tuned!
- Congratulations to Chuck Jones for being recognized by the Archaeological Institute of America for his outstanding work in digital archaeology.
- Some scientifical notes on Roman concrete.
- Breathtaking 3D video, computer animation of the Amphipolis tomb. (This is only breathtaking for people who have not played video games since Yar’s Revenge.)
- This Greek Ministry of Culture Directive opens a brave new world.
- Meanwhile, stolen manuscripts and art from Cyprus continue to wend their way through the court system.
- An E.T. Game from Alamogordo has made it to the Smithsonian.
- Managing Emotions in Byzantium.
- Plumb bobs. (Or plumb-bob square-pants.)
- Conventional wisdom on oil production.
- Conventional wisdom on college students and technology.
- Two lists of the year’s best book covers: here and here.
- People next to their televisions.
- Sub-$500 stereos.
- Claridryl (for Susie).
- This is an argument for banning all art in North and South Dakota, and here you can punch a Monet.
- Voluntary ghettos and urban space.
- What I’m reading: Peter M. Ward, Colonias and Public Policy in Texas and Mexico: Urbanization by Steath. Austin 1999.
- What I’m listening to: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music; Steven Gunn, Way Out Weather; Matthew Ryan, Boxers.
December 5, 2014 § 2 Comments
It’s been a busy, cold, and curious week at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters, and I’d by lying if I said that I wasn’t happy to see it come to a close.
In the meantime, I’ll focus on the weekend by providing you with a carefully curated gaggle of varia and quick hits.
- Excavation for the Larnaka sewage lines is revealing all sorts of ancient stuff.
- The Archaeology of the Earliest Christians by Douglas Boin (Part 1). Someone needs to do an Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology…
- The Institute on Digital Archaeology: Method and Practice.
- Greek and Latin in an age of open data conference.
- A very large ancient cut block.
- Ramsay MacMullen, Why Do We Do What We Do? (Always an important question to ask at the end of a long week.)
- Britain in Athens in 1944.
- Slow film. You know, someone needs to do an edited volume on the Slow Movement.
- Fonts from Alien.
- Restoring an important 18th century home with glass (h/t to Cindy Prescott). I want to say something about glass houses here…
- Worley on approaching the academic job market.
- Two Point Ommen on liberty and the liberal arts. This is good.
- One of the great examples of squatting, abandonment, and adaptive reuse will soon be no more. They are relocating the urban squatters from Caracas’s Tower of David.
- How speakers work.
- “I don’t think our pro offense will work at the college level.”
- 50 years of the Kinks.
- You can watch the original version of Solaris for free (h/t to Richard Rathaus).
- Women and violence in the oil patch.
- Some thoughts on Google+ (yeah, it still exists).
- What I’m reading: A. Carusi, A. S. Hoel, T. Webmoor, and S. Woolgar eds. Visualization in the Age of Computerization. Routledge 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful; Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen.
It’s been a long week
November 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a wonderful turkey dinner on Thanksgiving (also known as “Black Thursday”), we watched the Eagles win (or more importantly, the Cowboys lose), enjoyed a second helping, ate some pie, and rested the day away as a light snow tidied up the neighborhood.
But now, it’s back to business as usual at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters, and my dedicated readers, especially those who do not celebrate Thanksgiving (like The Atheists and Canadians) await their regular dose of links.
- RIP Phil Hughes.
- The Aesthetics of Dark Heritage.
- (Wow, this is a depressing way to start the list!)
- NASA’s abandoned launch sites.
- Munsell your turkey.
- These are the radio stations available as the International Space Station orbits the earth.
- Bethany Nowviskie on the events at the University of Virginia.
- Kostis Kourelis on his newest exhibition “Building Memory: Architecture and the Great War.”
- As you probably know, I’m really into Ello, and here’s a very uninteresting article on how to get the most out of it.
- Slow Schools (in a good way).
- How to make a podcast.
- Here is the two part story on North Dakota from the New York Times: Part 1 and Part 2, and this is a cool info graphic.
- This is important scholarship.
- John Muir and Yosemite. This is why I avoid National Parks.
- What I’m reading: Tom Davis, Charles Stewart, and Anne Maire Weyl Carr, eds. Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to Coeur de Lion. 2014.
- What I’m listening too: Velvet Underground, Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Edition.
November 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m still hanging out at the American School of Oriental Research annual meeting in sunny and warm San Diego. Unlike some years, I’ve been able to enjoy a full slate of panels. Yesterday the panel on Maritime Archaeology and Object Biography were particularly thought provoking, and today it looks like I could spend about 6 or 7 hours in panels devoted to the archaeology of Cyprus.
So with the travel and conferencing by quick hits and varia will look a bit thin, but I figure I do owe my readers something!
- Cypro-Minoan tablets from Pyla-Kokkinokremos.
- Assyrian reliefs and 3D imaging.
- Fancy Roman mosaic in Zeugma, Turkey.
- Deserted Greek villages from Kostis Kourelis.
- The quirky and progressive mayor of Thessaloniki.
- Richard Rothaus says go see the Overnighters, a documentary film on Williston, ND and the oil boom.
- You can now read a complete draft of my Tourist Guide online.
- Andrew Reinhard says go and check out Atari: Game Over, a documentary film on digging up Atari games in the Alamogordo desert.
- Forever professors and ageism in academia.
- Think about this next time you use Facebook. For my part, I’ve switched to Ello.
- Creator of Choose Your Own Adventure dies.
- Thurston Moore’s poetry class at Naropa.
- A long review of Neil Young’s Pono.
- What I’m reading: Zack Furness, Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower. (2012).
- What I’m listening to: Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street.
November 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m still in snowy Boulder enjoying warm hospitality despite the low temperatures. I am always impressed by mountains, even if people tell me that they’re just really nice hills.
My hectic week has impinged a bit on quantity of varia at my disposal, but I still mustered a nice little list, I think, to keep my loyal readers entertained over the weekend:
- Student-sourced project on Roman amphitheaters.
- Anthony Kaldelis on Laonikos Chalkokondyles.
- Time and objects after conflict on Cyprus.
- Another nice collection of Athenian street art.
- This is a lot of money for a 30 year old Atari game found in a landfill in New Mexico.
- You play an archaeologist…
- A thoughtful response to my post on the academic economies.
- Against productivity.
- The end of the line for Ned Kelly.
- Books that changed you mind.
- Fugazi’s first demo.
- How are articles like this still being written? Really lecture is dead.
- Sorgatz writes the history of inventing new media.
- 264 is a lot of runs.
- What I’m reading: J. Urry and J. Larson, The Tourist Gaze 3.0. Los Angeles 2011.
- What I’m listening to: The Who, The Who Sells Out.
Blanket and Elephant
November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Fall is struggling to let go of North Dakatoland this year, but apparently when I was away winter finally offered a few flurries and more appear to be on the way this weekend. The onset of winter weather is always good for the blog, the book, and that stack of articles begging to be read.
A few pre-varia updates: The Tourist Guide to the Bakken will continue to appear over the next few weeks over at Medium. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. You might also want to check out the interesting coverage of the ongoing Atari auction both on the blog and at Ebay.
So, on to the quick hits:
- The supercool Lechaion harbor project is in Archaeology Magazine.
- After the dismay abated, another statement by the AIA on the St. Louis Society’s sketchy dealings.
- Congratulations to James Osbourne on the appearance of Approaching Monumentality in Archaeology. IEMA Proceedings 3. SUNY Press 2014.
- A Roman period silver treasure revealed.
- Magic clothes buried in an attic in Nova Scotia.
- Cyber-Archaeology: A Post Virtual Perspective.
- A photographer channels the Thirties Generation.
- Section drawings of the Kowloon Walled City.
- World religion.
- Older articles are becoming more important. This is good for me since I stopped reading new scholarship in graduate school.
- Kinesthetic Learning.
- Read the first page of William Gibson’s new novel The Peripheral. The first scene is in a 1977 Airstream camper covered in insulation foam. The Bakken is the future.
- The Dawn of Def Jam.
- Lots of interesting conversations about the $100 stereo system.
- Maybe I’m blogging wrong.
- What I’m reading: R. Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style. Version 3.1. Vancouver 2005.
- What I’m listening to: Arca, Xen; Mekons, Curse of the Mekons.
It’s a dog’s life.
(Susie took over Milo photography duty this week!)
October 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
Our mild and sunny fall has given way to grey and cold to remind us that winter is on the way here in North Dakotaland.
To compensate for the failing sun, I woke up early this morning to get some sunshine and vitamin D by watching Pakistan v. Australia in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately, Australia can’t get anyone out so my sunny morning involves watching Younus Kahn’s double century and Misbah-ul-Haq score a century. Oh well, the great thing about test match cricket is when a match is well and truly over, you still have three days more to savor the agony.
One more thing, if you haven’t checked out the first installment of my Tourist Guide to the Bakken Oil Patch, please click over to Medium to give it a read.
On to the varia and quick hits:
- Bronze Age street view at the site of Kalavasos-Ay. Dhimitrios on Cyprus.
- Democracy might be hard to understand.
- Gladiators drank ancient sports drinks.
- I am dismayed that scholars are rejecting the decipherment of Phaistos disk presented at TED on Crete. If we can’t believe a local TED talk, I am completely without a compass.
- This is super annoying, but fortunately, the AIA is dismayed. It’s funny, I discovered that in May, a letter I wrote to the local paper caused dismay. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt dismay. I’ve been disappointed, startled, and even bummed out, but never dismayed. Maybe this is a weakness on my part.
- A massive collection of scientific texts from the Islamic world at the Qatar Digital Library.
- James O’Donnell, Late Antiquitist, is the new director of libraries at Arizona State.
- Atari ET games from Alamogordo are on display in Italy.
- Brett Ommen’s struggle with and without academia (a brutally honest read, but important).
- It must have been a boring assignment, but apparently MI5 spied on Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill.
- Man camps in Texas.
- A nice example of adaptive reuse of old Mac Pros.
- The new presidential palace in Turkey is looks pretty fancy.
- Milliner on Koons.
- Cincinnati’s Union Terminal is endangered.
- What’s blooming at Dumbarton Oaks.
- What I’m reading: Dean MacCannell, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. (2013 edition). I really am reading it, but I’ll also admit (against the advice of several colleagues), that I’m going to read William Gibson’s The Peripheral.
- What I’m listening to: The Twilight Sad, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave; Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins. I’m listening to both on TIDAL, which is CD quality streaming. If you love music, it’s worth the 7 day trial.
Milo sez: The rug really tied the room together