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
August 1, 2014 § 2 Comments
One month into my sabbatical, I find it is slowly slipping away without much of anything happening. For some reason I assumed that having a year free from teaching would instantly produce an unprecedented outburst of productivity. So far, it’s mostly produced anxiety about my lack of productivity. Only ten more months left, so pressure’s on.
Before I go on with my typical list of gewgaws and links, I do want to direct some attention to a benefit event being held to help out my youngest brother. He’s the creative one in the family and he’s fallen on some tough times. Over the past decade, Fritz has worked to coordinate charity events and benefits in the Ft. Myers area. Now, some of his friends are putting together a benefit concert to help with his mounting medical bills. That’s right, we have Fritz Aid. Let’s do this.
While I fret about all the things that need to happen today, you should take this opportunity to relax and enjoy some quick hits and varia.
- There’s a paid internship position at the Corinth Museum that looks pretty fly.
- The draw and significance of unruly places.
- The ship under the World Trade Center.
- The story of the Greek farmers who shot at their Bangladeshi guest workers is truly disturbing, although I recognize that any censure from Americans will ring particularly hollow.
- New ways to scan massive quantities of historical documents.
- I’m fascinated by exotica and nothing was more exotic than the Kahiki Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s something on the exotic dining in the U.S.Here is something on the sad last days of the Kahiki. These stories are best read while listening to a selection music from the Exotica Project.
- I love these unstructured learning environments. I wish I understood better how to get students to take such ownership of their education.
- How to survive travel. I wish I had this before my summer trips.
- Some things just sound cooler when spoken by a legendary South African cricket player: “I am currently on the bush with Bouchy, looking after rhinos.”
- For your next endless meeting…
- What I’m reading: E. Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology of beyond the Human. (2013).
- What I’m listening to: Black Keys, Turn Blue; A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Sea When Absent.
The Mighty Milo in Repose
Blurred for Effect.
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.