Friday Varia and Quick Hits

September 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

We may have one more day of summer today with temperatures set to reach a balmy 86 degrees here in North Dakotaland. Do society a favor and don’t call it an “Indian Summer” or “Altweibersommer.” I’m just going to call it a warm day in late September. And, don’t worry, Grand Forks will be back to its sleepy, bucolic fall decline by the end of next week.

In the meantime, when you’re not enjoying the warm days and the gentle patter of a late summer rain, please do enjoy these quick hits and varia.  

IMG 1917I can groove to Duke.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

September 12, 2014 § 1 Comment

It is SHOCKING that today is Friday. When not a sabbatiquol Fridays seemed like mythical days, infinitely far in the future, and never really arriving (until it was too late and it was Sunday evening and you realized that you somehow missed both Friday and Saturday). Now Fridays arrive with alarming regularity.

And it’s winter here officially. I did miss the 72 hours of fall last week sometime, but it’s 36 this morning and the temperatures are falling. 

So I’ll do what I’ve done on winter Fridays: I’ll urge you all to curl up by the fire with a lovely warm beverage and read some Friday Varia and Quick hits. 

IMG 1991PAY ATTENTION

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s in the 40s this morning in North Dakotaland, and it seems pretty clear that the “Frog Days” of summer are behind us and fall has sprung. School has started and everyone seems a bit more busy this time of year with class prep, grant applications, college football, the NFL, and baseball all overlapping in a maelstrom of deadlines.

Hopefully, some varia and quick hits will provide a chance to slow down for a few and relax.

IMG 1949Milo at Repose

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

I had a hectic week, you know, by sabbatiquoll standards. I got some writing done, did some reading, and have an exciting trip to Bismarck for a State Historic Preservation Board meeting tomorrow. Fortunately, the fall weather this week has made me feel more in the academic mood.

Anyway, college football starts this weekend, the NFL next week, we’re getting into the heart of the NASCAR and Formula 1 season, and there’s a bit of intriguing cricket right now in Zimbabwe in the South Africa, Australia, Zimbabwe tri-series. So I have lots to do to distract me in coming weeks (plus a relentless series of academic deadlines to keep me in line).

To start the long weekend right, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

August 22, 2014 § 1 Comment

It seems like it was only a week ago when I posted the last varia and quick hits… It doesn’t matter; I’ll still post some more lovely links on a cloudy and grey morning here in North Dakotaland.

IMG 1877Let’s get this party started!

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

August 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

With the onset of sabbatiquol looming, I’m slipping faster into panic as I try to wrap my head around 40+ weeks of uninterrupted research and writing time. I hope someone calls a meeting soon so I have something to structure my schedule.

On the other hand, that means at least 40 weeks worth of diligent web surfing to provide you with a wondrous gaggle of quick hits and varia!

IMG 0455Sometimes everything is just too much effort.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

August 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

A week into the frog days of summer brings a sense of serenity. It stays light until around 9 pm and the leaves on the trees give morning a smooth calm light. I only wish I was being more productive. I guess that’ll come with time.

I was happy to see that our long awaited piece on the Atari Excavation appeared yesterday on The Atlantic’s website. It’s pretty fun and unlike some of the other media coverage of the dig, its in our own words! Check it out here.

Once you’re done with that, feel free to enjoy this nice little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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A Wet Dog

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