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
October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
The lovely fall weather seems to be inclined to linger here in North Dakotaland, and we’ll take every day more that we can get. Right now, however, the weather doesn’t matter because my eyes are glued to our so-called “internet television” watching Australia’s first test match of summer: Australia v. Pakistan in Dubai. At the time of this writing, Pakistan seems to have Australia on the ropes.
I think I’ll watch the extra length second session (extended because of time off for Friday prayers), and contemplate my quick hits and varia. Don’t worry, though, they’ll be ready for your weekend reading.
- The Greeks found a wooden statue in Piraeus this week and, according to the article, they seem to want to date it based on ceramics.
- The archaeology of archaeology (sort of).
- A big pottery workshop.
- What if we cut all of the Parthenon marbles in half so that part can be in England and part in Greece?
- Saving manuscripts in Iraq.
- On the BBC, Peter Carey hosts David Armitage for a conversation on The History Manifesto. You should probably read this and it’s free.
- The slide rule.
- Vandals paint over graffiti in the Krog tunnel in Atlanta.
- A little list of teaching resources on the web.
- I love that people in comments did not necessarily figure out that this was photoshopped.
- If you only click on one link today, check out this video.
- The Queen sends her first tweet.
- It’s World Polio Day today.
- A nice review of the new Taylor Swift track.
- Jack White is speaking at Yale. Why isn’t Amanda Petrusich on this panel?
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 60 seconds.
- What I’m reading: David Balzar, Curationism. (2014) (A Kostis Kourelis book club entry!)
- What I’m listening to: Melody Gardot, The Absence; Thurston Moore, The Best Day.
Watching the Cup Race.
October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
This week really felt like fall. Not the typical North Dakota fall, where its in the 60s for three days, the 50s for 3 days, and then is just plain cold, but the kind of fall where making piles of leaves is fun and you can talk for hours whether to put in the storm windows. This had to be one of the nicest weeks since I’ve moved to North Dakotaland.
I wish it inspired a more productive week, but I was at least able to bring together a little list of quick hits are varia.
- Here’s the preliminary program of the Archaeological Institute of America Meeting in New Orleans next January.
- 36 Hours in Athens by a former resident of Williston, ND.
- Cyprus in Switzerland.
- This looks cool.
- First review of Punk Archaeology.
- Ottoman maps of the United States.
- More reasons to keep a messy room.
- Cities that sleep more or less.
- Thoughts on the Future of History and check out the open access Manifesto(pdf)!
- R2D2 vs. C3PO by a former resident of Grand Forks, ND.
- The D.C. Punk Library.
- Some oil patch notes
- Biking the oil patch.
- Working at Whispers.
- Some thoughts on ND Measure 5 from a former resident of Stanley, ND.
- First drafts of history: the earliest extant versions of Wikipedia articles.
- “Internet courage is like a Cover 2 corner. When you got safety over the top, you feel better about yourself.” Torrey Smith
- What I’m reading: R. Gold, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Ex Hex, Rips; Jawbreaker, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy.
It’s a dog’s life.
October 10, 2014 § 2 Comments
Before we move on to the quick hits and varia, a reminder to come down to the corner of Walnut St. and S 5th in Grand Forks tomorrow morning around 11:30 to see the hanging of the mural designed by Joel Jonientz.
One more advertisement, as of yesterday, Punk Archaeology is available at printing cost from Amazon. That’s Punk Archaeology, on paper, for $17.17. At least click through to give the Amazon page a view.
- I think this is called a day late and a dollar short.
- Thessaloniki’s White Tower in 3D.
- R.I.P. Loukanikos.
- Crowdfunding archaeology. I blogged on this a while back.
- This is a better review of Ifantidis, Archæographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispiliothan mine.
- The village of Nestani is important for fracking in North Dakota.
- This is a nice tweet.
- What would punk public archaeology look like?
- Graffiti and street art.
- A review of the rough cut of Atari: Game Over.
- Space archaeology.
- Worley on the value of literature in the academy.
- Preventing the digital landfill.
- How to make tea properly. NOTICE MILK FIRST.
- The Intersection Journal. Some nice photos.
- Once everything was much better in the future.
- There’s a dark side to the oil boom?
- This is interesting.
- I like the idea of Vinnie Rossi’s LIO. This is high end stereo stuff made relatively affordable. A while back when I was looking for a new integrated amp for my system, I emailed Red Wine Audio which is Vinnie Rossi’s company. Rossi himself responded to my email personally and answered my questions. That’s cool.
- What I’m reading: A. Prud’homme, Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Underworld, Dubnobasswithmyheadman; The Vaselines, V for Vaselines.
Milo, reflecting on his life of privilege,
after hearing about Loukanikos death.