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.
- Some old photographs from the Athenian Agora.
- A stolen icon from Cyprus appears in Switzerland.
- The digital Loeb is go.
- Go and read Scott Gallimore’s and Shawn Graham’s great posts on craft in archaeology.
- Digital Roman Forum.
- Bargain basement prices on Hesperia!
- The original Pride of Amphipolis and I can’t help but be tickled by this.
- Eric Foner’s Civil War MOOC is free from Columbia.
- A requiem for the iPod Classic.
- The death of adulthood (just before I felt like I was there too!).
- Scot Hull has redesigned Parttime Audiophile. I’m not sure that I love it.
- What I’m reading: M. Dixon, Late Classical and Hellenistic Corinth: 338-196 BC. Blackwell 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport 1956.
I can groove to Duke.
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.
- Byzantine archaeology underwater.
- Private funds for archaeology and preservation.
- This is quite a book review.
- This book looks exciting, you know, if you’re into Late Roman and Byzantine Cyprus!
- Manolis Glezos now has a seat in the European Parliament.
- Put your laptops away.
- Walking helps us think.
- I guess people are blogging again.
- This is a nice summary of every article about being a professor that read this fall.
- What? The Humanities have thrived despite the recession?
- Talking to your students about their future employment.
- For some, taking care of a dog is part of work/life balance.
- This is what happens if you use one of Kyle Cassidy’s photos without his permission.
- Apocalypse Pooh.
- Watford City in the Atlantic. (It’s not all true).
- What I’m reading: Erik Anderson, The Poetics of Trespass. 2010. (Another selection from the Kostis Kourelis book club.)
- What I’m listening to: U2, Songs of Innocence; Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, High Life.
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.
- Archaeologists as essayists and evidence that people wrote even when they didn’t have to write back in the day.
- I’ve been thinking about the ancient liturgy as magic for years, and this new papyrus only helps my (unpublished) arguments.
- You can follow along with the excavations at Amorium.
- Some more photos of the fancy, newly-discovered, tomb in Macedonian.
- I was just thinking that Eric Cline’s new book hadn’t received much publicity.
- Water in Ephesus.
- Media archaeology by some very clever archaeologists.
- The Parthenon in the Weekly Standard.
- Some very archaeological photography from Ryan Stander.
- Fewer history jobs this year than last.
- Working to save Syria’s antiquities.
- The importance of book margins.
- Artists’ desks.
- Louis Sullivan’s 158th Birthday.
- Kids LOVE Vegemite.
- What I’m reading: M. Johnson, Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. 2014.
- (And what I’m also reading: P. Bang, Roman Bazaar: A Comparative Study of Trade and Markets in a Tributary Empire. Cambridge 2008.
- What I’m listening to: Portugal. The Man, Evil Friends.
Milo at Repose
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:
- The American Schools of Oriental Research is still looking for nominations for editors of their two book series.
- The next installment in the Drunk Archaeology series. Pretty cool guests!
- Mary Beard takes on trolls. (I remember someone said never argue with fools, ‘cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.)
- Apparently that tomb in Macedonia is really big.
- Jon Frey introduces his Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System (ARCS) over on David Pettegrew’s Corinthian Matters.
- Armenians in Myanmar (or Burma if you kick it olde skool).
- Three track preview of Alexis Zoumbas on Soundcloud. Olde skool Epiriote music.
- Sociology as craft.
- Beloits annual mindset list for the Class of 2018.
- Don’t use your laptops!
- Two good $300 headphone reviews here and here. For my drachma, I prefer the Sennheiser Momentum and the B&O H6 which I think are much better balanced when driven by a good amp. The Sennies sound decent direct from a laptop or an iPod.
- The roofs of Hong Kong.
- An interview with the designer of the title sequence of King of Thrones.
- Some people make it in the Bakken and others do not. Sometimes towns make it and sometimes they do not. As my wife would say “shockah!”
- Two cricket videos: OUCH and SMASH.
- What I’m reading: L. Dossey, Peasants and Empire in Christian North Africa. Berkeley 2010.
- What I’m listening to: Half Japanese, Overjoyed; Ty Segall, Manipulator.
Can we play now?
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.
- There are a couple new positions posted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. For those who like their antiquities with a dose of politics and stress, the director of publications position is open. And for recent Ph.D.s looking to spend some time in lovely Athens, uncover the inner workings of the American School, and pursue some research, the Assistant Director position is open.
- I forgot to link to this. ZIG ZAG!
- Another Linked Open Data Vocabulary from the Getty: The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Place Names.
- Latin is making a “surprise” comeback in the U.K.
- The NPR reviews Eric Cline’s book on the end of the Bronze Age.
- A Virtual Vision of Chaldean Ur.
- A nice little gaggle of maps and figures that “explain” the Roman Empire.
- Specialty food start-ups in Greece.
- Amusing captions for a few great mistakes in Medieval architecture.
- A case for conversational writing.
- The world’s oldest eel dies.
- Epping braces from the Oil Boom.
- Interstitial places.
- The Church of the Atonement, a Furness and co. jewel in Philadelphia has received a stay of execution (for now).
- Nick Feltron’s 2013 Annual Report.
- Because you probably need Grado stickers.
- What I’m reading: Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor. MIT 2014.
- (What I’m really reading: I’m still working my way through the latest volume of Late Antique Archaeology!)
- What I’m listening to: Phosphorescent, Here’s to taking it easy.
Let’s get this party started!
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!
- An exciting blog post summarizing the Western Argolid Regional Project 2014 field season!
- Drones in archaeology (who could’ve thought of such a thing!).
- A really really big (and undoubtedly important) tomb in Macedonia.
- The Alan Simmons Project uncovered an Early Neolithic burial on Cyprus. Some love for Western Cyprus!
- The Loebs have gone digital. What is this world coming to?
- The legacy of Ludlow in photographs. The archaeological work at Ludlow inspired our work on the North Dakota Man Camp Project.
- Punk rock drummer preserving Syrian chants.
- Iranian architecture.
- The dark undertone to cricket journalism and the long shadow of cricket’s imperial past.
- Crowd sourcing to help a local business.
- Some cool maps of second and third languages in the U.S.
- And where people in your state were born.
- Microsoft website from back in the day.
- What I am reading: Luke Lavan ed., Local Economies? Production and Exchange of Inland Regions in Late Antiquity. Late Antique Archaeology 10. Leiden 2013.
- (What I’m really reading, thanks to Kostis Kourelis: Amy Leach, Things That Are. Minneapolis 2012)
- What I’m listening to: Beck, Morning Phase.
Sometimes everything is just too much effort.
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:
- They are conserving the Eutuchia mosaic at Corinth.
- If you really like mosaic conservation, check out these papers.
- Check out Kyle Cassidy’s view of the search for the lost mummy!
- Kostis Kourelis on craft.
- A digital atlas of the Roman world powered by Google Maps.
- An abandoned Greek village in Turkey.
- Siefried Sasson’s war diaries.
- Fly through 17th century London.
- 888, 246 ceramic poppies cascading from the tower of London.
- Delaware Art museum is selling more art.
- Facebooking in the classroom: here and here.
- In 1911, UND and Richmond College ranked as “Class II” universities by the U.S. Bureau of Education. Ohio State was a “Class I” university.
- Watch this 18 minute video for your weekly dose of energy.
- Thunderstruck played by a Finnish bluegrass band.
- What I’m reading: José Antonio Bowen, Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of your classroom will improve student learning. (2012).
- What I’m listening to: Owl John, Owl John.
A Wet Dog