July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
I know its been a while, but after a little summer hiatus, I think I’ll start up my Friday Quick Hits and Varia again. There has been a good bit of interesting stuff this summer on the interwebs and I’ll do what I can to sort through my backlog and pass on the greatest hits.
- It’s worth a few minutes to surf through this year’s posts on Rangar Cline’s Under the Mediterranean Sun.
- Congratulations to Jon Frey for receiving an NEH Digital Implementation Grant for their work to produce an online workspace for the study of archaeological notebooks.
- Adam Rabinowitz writes about reading Herodotus spatially on Hestia: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- Sebastian Heath is using structure-from-motion 3D images of Roman Emperors in his Roman archaeology course.
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses as a web-serial graphic novel.
- Along similar lines: Isocrates, Against the Sophists adapted to 21st century academia.
- Drunk Archaeology and my response.
- Digital Humanities, innovation, and sustainability.
- I guess Ivy League schools are overrated.
- Shipping containers as apartments. This is depressing.
- Ten books on teaching.
- What I’m reading: S. Foote and E. Mazzolini, Histories on the Dustheap. 2012.
- What I’m listening to: Amen Dunes, Love.
May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
It has been an exciting, but exhausting two weeks since my last Friday Quick Hits and Varia.
Next week, I wrap up the semester, recover from my Atari dig, and start to prepare for WARP.
- A strange article on repatriated antiquities and museums.
- Who knows?
- An ancient house in Sudan.
- Coeliac disease in antiquity.
- Mystery text deciphered.
- Why writing longhand may be better than typing (the scholarly article is here).
- A cool tiny house from GM.
- Adjuncts revolt.
- Some links on the Atari dig:
- Relics of technology.
- Restored movie theaters.
- Abandonment and squatting in Caracas, Venezuela.
- What I’m reading: D.B. Weiss, Lucky Wander Boy. New York 2003; I. Bogost and N. Montfort, Racing the Beam: the Atari Video Computer System. Cambridge, MA 2009.
- What I’m listening to: The Moles, Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of the Moles.
April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
I am under brutal, continuous assault by allergies this month so I had a slow, headachy, mucus-filled morning at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters.
But, the blog must go on and my readers deserve their quick hits and varia on this springlike Easter weekend.
- Social practice and archaeology in the Naples catacombs.
- Some cool archaeology at Late Roman Ostia.
- The ancient theater at Florence.
- Drones and archaeology in Jordan.
- This is mildly disturbing (that someone could express this in public).
- Curious consequences of British Open Access rules.
- Chris Ware on numismatics.
- Mass in Famagusta.
- Reopening of the Iraq Museum.
- An American listening map.
- A film on Gertrude Bell.
- A 13-year old girl in Mongolia hunts with a golden eagle.
- RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- The commercial value of the 1980s (and some notes on the Atari dig). FiveThirtyEight chimes on the relative crappyness of E.T.
- Clearly there is a lot of misinformation about the power of beards in the scientific community.
- Little boy with a big trashcan.
- Some will be more upset about the risk to quinoa than others.
- This will be my tour vehicle.
- What I’m reading: W. Rathje and C. Murphy, Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage. (1992).
- What I’m listening to: EMA, The Future’s Void.
April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Spring has finally arrived here on the North Plains and the snow piles are rapidly shrinking. Traditionally this is the end of the snow and the beginning of the “mud” season.
I have my tickets to Greece and, by the end of the today, my tickets to Alamogordo. I have three manuscripts in some degree of “written-ness” and my classes are set to wrap up more or less on schedule despite missing a week with snow days.
Things are good and hectic, but I still have plenty of time for some quick hits and varia.
- For those who missed it, I contributed to this year’s Day of Digital Humanities here.
- The new Hesperia is out with almost 80 pages dedicated to the Panayia field.
- The scientists weigh in on the Jesus wife papyrus. Bloggers moved very quickly to discredit text on philological grounds; here’s a nice index of what the bloggers said about this newest scientific revelation.
- Some Byzantine news from the Getty. Their new exhibit opened and they are going to return a 12th century New Testament stolen from Greece.
- Abandoned temporary base in Afganistan.
- Some old photos of North Dakota and elsewhere.
- Some cool articles on design: Braun SK55 and the Sony Walkman TPS-L2.
- More slow TV: The Piip Show in Norway.
- How professors use their time. (Where did I read something very similar to this…)
- This will contribute to the revival of Classics!
- This is a great response to comments on a blog post about flipping the classroom.
- Givers and Takers and who gets ahead.
- UPS trucks don’t turn left.
- How to go viral.
- McIntosh really is a lifestyle brand.
- With the re-release of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, we need to all remember this story.
- What I’m reading: Jeff Ferrell, Empire of scrounge : inside the urban underground of dumpster diving, trash picking, and street scavenging. 2006.
- What I’m listening to: Mac DeMarco, Salad Days; The Budos Band, III.
April 4, 2014 § 1 Comment
I had a late night. Delicious food, adult beverages, and good company. I think is the persistent snow or the impending North Dakota Humanities Council meeting or the positive vibes from the University of North Dakota Writers’ Conference. Or something.
So this will be a bit quicker than most of my quick hits and maybe have a bit less varia.
- Asbestos and wall-paintings in Byzantine Cyprus.
- Graffiti in ancient Rome and RTI.
- Efforts to restore Augustus’ mausoleum in Rome.
- The emperor and the Byzantine world at Cardiff.
- Bacon in Late Antiquity.
- Some new Byzantine mosaics from Israel.
- Classical Greek online at Colorado!
- A Roman meal for 2,000 people at Buffalo!
- NO MORE MYCENAEANS!
- Bronze Age weather.
- Books bound in human flesh at Harvard.
- Funny Greek sayings that involve food.
- Egyptian potters.
- Mug shots and small town life.
- How “geniuses” spent their day.
- An excerpt from Lucy Lippard’s book Undermining.
- What I’m reading: R. Guins, Game After : a Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife. 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Bamboos, 4; The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient.
March 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Spring has almost sprung here in North Dakotaland. I walked home last night without alerting the National Guard that I was outside alone and in casual winter garb. More than that, there was standing water on sidewalks this afternoon and slippery ice last night (yes, I did fall). So we’re almost out of woods.
As we celebrate the annual rite of thaw and prepare for next week’s writers’ conference, peruse some quick hits and varia:
- Despite being an archaeologist, I am still fascinated by really old artifacts.
- A strange review of a strange movie.
- Qatar gives Sudan a bunch of money to preserve its archaeological heritage.
- Lessons from the Little Ice Age.
- This has to be the worst road plan (from an archaeological perspective) of all time.
- More security at Pompeii.
- Lawrence of Arabia’s camp in Jordan.
- Icons and Modern Art.
- Small museums.
- Abandoned border checkpoints.
- This story of archaeology and late capitalism never seems to end.
- This is odd and lovely.
- The rise of citation analysis (a pdf).
- I’m not sure whether this is a joke or Wu-Tang being Wu-Tang.
- Well, this is depressing for ole Wilmington, Delaware, but it would be safe from zombies.
- What I’m reading: P. Halstead, Two Oxen Ahead: Pre-Mechanized Farming in the Mediterranean. (2014).
- What I’m listening to: Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Herald Recordings.
March 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Spring in North Dakota comes in like a lion and goes out like delicious grilled lamb. I have no idea what that means, but we’re under some kind of winter storm warning right now. There’s snow, wind, and some kind of airborne slush as well. Happy Spring!
- Stolen fresco from Pompeii, a serious bummer.
- Thanks to the American School of Classical Studies and their efforts to make their journal Hesperia accessible to as many people as possible, there is now more Caraher on the internet.
- The University of California has followed a similar route and finding this book online was very helpful yesterday.
- It’s time for ASOR’s March Fellowship Madness!
- A $1.6 million grant to help Ph.D.s in History prepare better for careers outside of academia.
- Along similar lines, the number of B.A.s in History continue to decline, I think, or something. Where is Nate Silver when we need him (see below).
- Early Christian views of Noah’s Ark.
- Some interesting advice to graduate faculty and graduate students on cultivating collegiality.
- The perils of pretend towns! And here’s another, perhaps more cool, fake town!
- A little bit of punk archaeology.
- People love Nate Silver so much and people love his newly refocused FiveThreeEight site, it’s refreshing to read some critique.
- I just really like Rebecca Solnit’ stuff. And I also like danah boyd.
- What I’m reading: C. Stewart, Domes of Heaven: The Domed Basilicas of Cyprus. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Indiana. 2008.
- What I’m listening to: War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream; Unwound, Rat Conspiracy; Lanterns on the Lake, Until the Colors Run.
- Read this about the War on Drug’s album.
March 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
With yesterday’s springlike weather, I’ve started to count down the days to the end of the semester (and my sabbatical beyond). My students aren’t helping by noting that “after spring break, the semester is basically over.” There are six weeks left!
More to the point, I have three substantial projects that are due by the end of the semester, so I can’t afford to relax yet.
I can, however, allow myself a little distraction with some quick hits and varia.
- A Call for Paper for the 2015 Archaeological Institute of America meeting: Byzantine Maritime Technology and Trade.
- On a related note, gender disparities in the archaeology based on the 2014 Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting.
- Micoarchaeology in Israel.
- From museums to mosques in Turkey.
- One more Call for Papers: The Senses and Aesthetics in Archaeological Science.
- More on the destruction of Syria’s archaeological heritage.
- And along similar lines, the cats of Istanbul.
- Another Call for Papers: Excavating Pilgrimage.
- Monk legs in a cliff and horse bones ready to be moved.
- A really strange article about a strange archaeological site.
- This will be a strange site in the future.
- Back in the day, Egypt cursed the U.S.
- I sort of like StackEdit as a markup editor.
- Happy birthday interwebs from the Library of Congress.
- Some thoughts about expertise in audiophile circles.
- A map of Tom Waits.
- How to teach a kid about Nirvana.
- T-Pain is sad.
- Tiny houses.
- What I’m reading: Bill McKibben, Enough. (2003).
- What I’m listening to: The Twilight Sad, No One Can Ever Know; New Order, Low Life.
March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s overcast Friday morning here in North Dakotaland, but the temperature has inched its way over the 0 mark and promises to get around 20 ABOVE by later this afternoon. I’ll spend the morning looking for sunscreen!
As we enjoy in this balmy late winter day, it is my pleasure to provide you with some reading material.
- Papyrus and looting from Douglas Boin and Dimitri Nakassis.
- More collapse in Pompeii.
- In related news, this is what happens when you sample one of my favorite Pompeiiologist voice.
- Kim Bowes was named the new professor-in-charge at the American Academy in Rome.
- Sebastian Heath is doing Sebastian Heath things here.
- Kostis Kourelis will be talking about “Corinth’s Forgotten Architects” here and his talk will be streamed. You can get a quick primer on his talk by perusing his blog here.
- Socially responsible archaeology.
- The sequel to the 300 looks… strange.
- But more importantly, I’m always disappointed when scholars go and ruin something as cool as Medieval rocket cats.
- And we’re supposed to convince people that our discipline is not boring! (I kid, because this is a well considered post.)
- Bone buildings.
- Anthropology and how we poo.
- Apparently, all evidence for the oil industry in North Dakota will be gone in 100 years.
- If the moon was one pixel.
- Atari and archaeology: this is so cool and potentially important for how we understand the archaeology of 21st century capitalism.
- Writers on the train. This is a cool and clever idea.
- Some cool stuff on Philadelphia this week. First, some photographs of Philadelphia slum from the early 20th century. Next, the decline of the Philadelphia accent. Finally, a little primer on how some folks talked where I grew up.
- Landscape photos of prisons with death row.
- Good luck to Kiara Kraus-Parr/Jendrysik in her run for state attorney general!
- What I’m reading: M. Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. Second Edition. 2013.
- What I’m listening to: The New Puritans, Fields of Reeds. Beck, Sea Change.
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s the cold before the colder here on the Northern Plains as we move toward springtime. It’s -4 now, but supposed to be -30 by first thing tomorrow morning. I am not sure if March is arriving like a lion or not, but it sure will be cold.
Fortunately, I have a few writing assignments, some reading for class, and a bunch of other odds and ends to keep my occupied indoors this weekend.
And, I have a little gaggles of quick hits and varia to keep you guys distracted no matter what the weather is where you’re from.
- My graduate student, Stephanie Steinke, is presenting at this conference this week (.pdf).
- A Roman school for gladiators in Austria.
- Byzantine Money: The Politics and Aesthetics of a World Currency.
- A bit more on the Apollo of Gaza.
- The curious case of some Early Christian papyrus in Iowa.
- Along similar lines, there is lots of good stuff going on over at Charles Miller’s blog.
- Olives and Akrokorinth.
- Along similar lines, some Corinthiaka from David Pettegrew.
- Unity between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in Kontea, Cyprus.
- How do Muslims pray in space?
- A Google Map of London in 1746.
- North Dakota’s loneliest places.
- A huge mango was stolen in Australia.
- And here is a dot matrix printer playing “Eye of the Tiger”.
- The photography of jazz musicians by Aram Avakian.
- I like these photographs too.
- Congratulations to my good buddy Paul Worley on the publication of his book.
- I’ve probably posted this before, but Raymond Chandler’s “Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel” are useful tips for any writing.
- I watched Ghost Busters this week (see below) and was struck by the scene in the movie which showed the Ghost Busters on the cover of Omni Magazine. Well, here’s something about Omni Magazine.
- And here is an oral history of Ghost Busters.
- Along similar lines, here’s a visual history of the Warner Brothers’ logo.
- What I’m reading: C. Honoré, In Praise of Slowness. HarperSanFrancisco 2004.
- What I’m listening to: Beck, Morning Phase; St. Vincent, St. Vincent.
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