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 rejected 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.
October 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s getting less warm here in North Dakotaland under clear fall skies. So far most of our trees have their leaves so we have a couple of more weeks before the brief window opens for fall colors. I’ll provide a report from out west next Friday.
This week has been fun at the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters. I formally made the leap from blogger to publisher with the release of Punk Archaeology. (It actually involved me leaping less than other people throwing me forward through the process of preparing a manuscript!).
It is FREE.
So far, we’ve had 585 downloads from my blog alone and another 380 from Scribd. There have also been a bunch of downloads from people posting links to the file from Twitter and Facebook. The massive national humanities councils network also Tweeted links and the North Dakota Humanities Council sent out the link to the download page in their monthly presser. I’m giving them credit for another 400 downloads, based on nothing other than my overwhelming desire to say we’ve been downloaded 1000 times. Our Punk Archaeology Facebook page has had about 65 more likes over this same time thanks to Aaron Barth.
The book is now available in paper from Amazon. Be the first to buy a paper copy. If you want a copy of the book in epub format, drop me a line in comments. I’m Kindlizing the manuscript even as we speak. If you like the book, go and write a nice review on the comments section. If you think this project is worst kind of self-aggrandizing poppycock, you should say that too. Finally, if you want a paper copy but don’t want to pay $28.50, I can fax it to you.
Enough of that, here are some quick hits and varia:
- This is an amazing video produced by one of the students on the Western Argolid Regional Project this summer.
- Byzantine reservoir under the streets of Heraklion, Crete. The second Byzantine Period in Crete is really quite remarkable.
- I just can’t get enough of the Amphipolis tomb!
- For all you Collingwood fans (or as we call him R.G.C.), Roman Inscriptions of Britain.
- This is an exotic job for an archaeologist!
- This Frankenplace app is amazing. I don’t know what I can do with it yet, but I will soon.
- People should do to Fargo to hear Witold Rybczynski.
- More national media attention on the oil boom. For the national press, the Bakken Boom must be the gift that keeps on giving.
- There is almost no reason not to read a report on the Nesson Anticline (pdf).
- I just don’t post enough links about the demise of Kenyan cricket. You definitely need to watch Aasif Karim’s spell against Australia in 2003.
- Sloppy Hi-Fi. Sounds like my office!
- Well, this sounds fun.
- Is my iPhone shift key on or not?
- What I’m reading: Lisa Peters, Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil. MSHS 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Thee Mike B, Notorious B.I.G. Remix; Willie Nelson, Stardust.
Heroic in Black and White
September 26, 2014 § 2 Comments
It is supposed to be 85 degrees here in Grand Forks today, so the early fall warm spell continues to linger over the region. In fact, it’ll be so warm today that I’ll likely abandon my house-top office and decent to the lower floors in search of cool air.
This morning, though, my office has captured just enough of the overnight chill to be comfortable. So, before the sun comes up and chases me below, I’ll get to a little list of quick hits and varia.
- Some Google Glass videos of the South Stoa Mosaic Restoration in Corinth.
- Stolen and recovered Italian antiquities on show in Delaware.
- Digital challenges facing the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.
- Andrew Reinhard’s Ph.D. proposal for the University of York focusing on the intersection of video games and archaeology.
- More about Alexis Zoumbas from The Paris Review (by Chris King) and from the New York Times Magazine by Amanda Petrusich. Who drew the short straw?
- Some photos of Iraq then and now.
- Medieval is the new black.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white and without sound.
- Marilyn Hagerty reviews Applebee’s.
- Robin Lane Fox, noted ancient historian, on plant hunters.
- The Big Ben of skateboarding.
- Maybe we shouldn’t ban laptops from the classroom.
- What I’m reading: Federal Writers’ Project, North Dakota: A Guide to Northern Prairie State. 1938.
- What I’m listening to: Aphex Twin, Syro; The Velvet Underground and Nico; Nick Drake, Pink Moon.
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.