September 20, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It is muggy in North Dakotaland today. The kind of cool mugginess that makes you feel like you need to shower all day. The air is really thick. This must be the last gasp of summer and as good a time as any for some quick hits and varia.
- Thinking critically about archaeological field schools.
- Learn a dead language!
- The icons from Antifontis are (finally) returned not to the monastery, but to Cyprus.
- Richard Hodges does Mistras.
- Ron Stroud talks about Corinth XVIII.6. The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Inscriptions published this week.
- Loeb Library as design.
- More troubling news from Greece and another view.
- Martha Stewart visits Dumbarton Oaks and the tragic and curious history of the Dumbarton Oaks swimming pool.
- Some computer archaeology: saving a hard drive.
- An abandoned stretch of the Pennsylvania turnpike.
- So you need a typeface.
- And the Pennsylvania suburbs.
- Making a mural.
- The UND Writers Conference falling on tough times. Goodbye, Writers Conference, Goodbye.
- Octopuses are so cool.
- An interview with Ralph Baer, the inventor of video games.
- Resistance and modern art.
- 7 Not So Fabulous Things about living in an oilfield trailer.
- Why did it take me so long to discover TSF Jazz?
- It’s always interesting to see how and why other people blog.
- What I’m listening to: Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse; Stan Getz and João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto.
- What I’m reading: ehhhh… long week of writing.
September 13, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s a brisk 45 degrees this morning and I can now – maybe – say with some confidence that fall has officially arrived on the Northern Plains. As I look out on the lawn that needs to be mowed one or two last times and the trees still filled with green leaves, I’ve begun to think of short, productive days filled with the pale sun of winter.
Until then, I’ll do my best to keep my readers entertained with some quick hits and varia:
- Great, more Linear B, exactly what we need (I joke, I joke … this is pretty cool).
- Check out page two of the McGill Classical Studies Newsletter to learn why upstate New York has so many places with Classical names (pdf).
- Digging Data at the Oriental Institute’s library.
- Three volumes of the work at Zeugma in Turkey available online for free.
- The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU has a sweet Tumblr of images from its archive.
- More on the newest generation of stylite monks.
- Orthodoxy in North Dakota.
- A 7th century AD stash of gold jewelry from Israel.
- One of our Punk Archaeologist, Josh Samuels, talks about his work in Sicily and his Engaged Anthropology Grant.
- Andrew Reinhard’s steam punk novel set in Archaic times: the Psychonautica (pdf). He’s looking for a publisher. Spread the word.
- My brother’s school is among those that received grants to fill their classrooms with tablet computers.
- The fate of gardens in Istanbul (think of the stories about how Late Byzantine Constantinople was filled with grazing sheep and orchards as the population dwindled or stories of urban gardening in Detroit.)
- Arcade Fire is getting almost all they can out of their collaboration with Googles.
- 3D archaeology and curation at VCU.
- If Armstrong and Aldren hadn’t made it back from the moon, this is what Nixon would have said.
- 19th century map of slavery in the U.S. by county.
- Using GIS to teach U.S. History (.pdf).
- Some interesting conversation about Digital Humanities and how it will challenge, engage, and transform the world of academic publishing. Do check out DHThis. It’s cool.
- Speaking of digital humanities, here are some videos of trucks crashing into a bridge.
- And, here is Rebecca Solnit in the London Review of Books.
- Living Rough: the largest homeless camp in the U.S.
- What I’m reading: S. Bond and S. Houston, Re-Presenting the Past: Archaeology Through Text and Image. Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Crocodiles, Crimes of Passion; Ella Fitzgerald, The Cole Porter Songbook.
August 30, 2013 § 1 Comment
After a week or so of some pretty intense heat, it looks like we’re in store for some cooler days. While I’ve enjoyed the heat, I think the early dismissals from school have put some pressure on my colleagues with kids. Plus, we’ve shut the house up and are running the air-conditioning for the first time ever hear in Grand Forks. I miss the sounds of the street and the neighborhood.
As we endure one day of very un-North Dakota heat, I’ll send along a little list of quick hits and varia to help you keep cool.
- Looting in Egypt.
- The fight to protect the antiquities of Gaza.
- Here’s a Google Ngram of the use of the word “Byzantine” that I prepared for my Byzantine Civilization class. Notice the three spikes. The 19th century spikes are Finlay’s 1853 publication of Volume 1 his History of the Byzantine Empire and Volume 2 in 1877. The post-1945 spike is the activity of displaced scholars in the U.S. and England and the Cold War.
- Along similar lines, commemorating Manzikert.
- The U.N. puts Pompeii on notice.
- The interior of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in 1983.
- Constantine Manos’ photographs of Greece in the 1960s.
- Architectural history textbooks.
- Want to be an Executive Director? Now might be your chance!
- During tough economic times, sometimes you just need to build a 4 m tall statue of Aphrodite.
- Read while reflecting on our work in the man camps of the Bakken.
- To be fair, a 4 m tall statue of Aphrodite is better than fighter jets.
- Whatever the problems with the government, the Greeks are clever.
- I love stuff like this: a time capsule.
- Sacred ground. Read down to “Fellow spinner Monty Panesar was recently fined by police after being caught…”
- Why teach English.
- How to treat freshmen in the 15th c.
- Return on Sustainability: Workforce Housing for People, Planet and Profit (.pdf). The nice and grey margins of the North Dakota Man Camp Project.
- Along similar lines, the edges of the oil boom in Crosby, North Dakota.
- Some amazing images of ecological issues from space.
- Farewell to a campus legend.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit.
- I will always love you.
- This is funny and so is this.
- What I’m reading: D. D. Maringolo, Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History. University of Massachusetts Press 2012.
- What I’m listening to: The Clean, Vehicle; Crocodiles, Crimes of Passion.
My new toy: A functioning Marantz 2235B. Don at Don’s Television and Stereo is a Marantz guy and he replaced the speaker relay and balanced the output. Now I have to decide whether and when to get it recapped. It sounds good-ish.
August 23, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Happy Friday, everyone! I just got back from a three day research trip to the Bakken and got a bit behind with the blog and my web reading.
In the best of all possible worlds, a quick hits and varia Friday would just get me back on track, but when I’m in the field it get hard to harvest the abundance of the web for my dear readers. So, I’ll have to supplement a modest number of quicks hit and varia with some photos from my trip. A full report on the trip will appear next week, I promise!
- Nothing beats Byzantine trash.
- A modern stylite, but “to new heights”?
- Another interesting blog post at archaeogaming.
- The Roman military in Jordan.
- I love one dot per object maps. This map shows race in the U.S.
- Anthony Bourdain’s introduction to Marlyn Hagerty’s new collection of columns from the Grand Forks Herald.
- The Depression and Home Front in World War II in color. Note some man camps and here.
Some man camp images:
August 16, 2013 § 1 Comment
It’s dry here and cool and dusty. Last night the cars going by sounded like they on a wet road, but, in fact, it was just the streets covered in sap that hadn’t been washed off by a summer shower. We need rain, but it’s hard to see much in the forecast.
Since I haven’t had to mow the lawn much and have spent altogether too many hours in front of the computer this summer, I have gathered some varia and quick hits for my loyal readers to enjoy.
- It’s all Dimitri Nakassis, all the time: a cool little article from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens on his work imaging Linear B tables and a interesting blog post critiquing article on the relationship between climate and political collapse in the Late Bronze Age. Good stuff!
- Two Perseid meteors over Meteora in Greece.
- Along similar lines, NASA is exploring tweeting in Latin!
- Jim Stewart, Cyprus, and the development of professional archaeology in Australia.
- The American School of Oriental Research’s Andy Vaughn remembers the late Martin Bernal. Anyone who went to graduate school in the 1990s recalls the impact of his works.
- “Hundreds of valuable amphora” from the 2nd century found at a Roman shipwreck near Genoa.
- The Getty making thousands of images available freely available.
- The Great War through the eyes of a German Officer on Kickstarter.
- Every second on the internet.
- Andy Warhol’s grave site can be viewed on webcam 24 hours a day. It reminds me of some of the interesting posts on Kostis Kourelis’s blog.
- You can go and check out 40 maps that explain the world or you can simply check out this one brilliant chart.
- Building your own course management system with Jim Groom and Howard Rheingold.
- Hip-hop enters middle age.
- One of the first “old buildings” that I became aware of as a child was the Coach House on Philadelphia Pike. It was a stone building apparently built in 1899 (although to my childhood mind, it could have been centuries older). It had a substantial fire this week.
- Gone Fishing with John Little.
- I’ll show you my desktop if you show me yours.
- Some cool Prairie Talks this fall.
- More reasons to hate bees. They’re too colorful.
- What I’m reading: W. Caraher, D. Pettegrew, and R.S. Moore, Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town. in preparation.
- What I’m listening to: The Clean, Vehicle; The Mekons, Fear and Whiskey.
From our rose garden
August 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Another amazing early fall morning here in North Dakotaland with the mercury not yet showing above 50 degrees. I’m hoping that we begin to see a little bit of color in the trees along the rivers and lakes as my wife and I head north this weekend.
In the meantime here are some quick hits and varia for you to enjoy as you watch the somewhat meaningless fourth test of the Ashes.
- How to trowel.
- I don’t need to include as many archaeology links on Fridays when the good folks at ASOR are doing such a nice job.
- Tough days to be a tax inspector on Crete.
- Excavating backyard trash. This gives me ideas.
- Aaron Barth (PKAP and North Dakota Man Camp Project Alumnus) is spreading knowledge.
- Acoustic archaeology.
- This is pretty offensive and bizarre.
- Historians talk about what they do.
- What to expect from our students in the near future.
- The professionalization of graduate programs in anthropology.
- Bucharest is not Budapest. Who knew? This entire thing seems like splitting hairs.
- Do nothing for 2 minutes.
- What’s left of Damascus.
- Messy desk is a sign of a creative mind.
- Mapping MOOCs.
- How copyright is hurting the availability of books.
- What I’m reading: D. H. Meadows, D. L. Meadows, J. Randers, Beyond the Limits: confronting global collapse, envisioning a sustainable future. Post Mills, VT 1992.
- What I’m listening to: The Mekons, Fear and Whiskey; Mumford and Sons, Babel; Sea Lanes, Sea Lanes.
August 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Cool autumn mornings are meant for pulling on a wooly blanket and watching The Ashes on television. Australia looks better than they did in the previous two tests, but if this is a batting wicket, I reckon they need to score about 700 to keep England at bay. (The crowd at Old Trafford gave David Warner a bit “Philadelphia-style” welcome… before he got out after 10 balls.)
So here are some quick hits and varia to keep you over what should be a lovely weekend here in North Dakotaland:
- Cats, St. Nicholas, and Cyprus.
- Laser cleaning of Diocletian’s Palace at Split in Croatia.
- The revival of Latin on Twitter.
- Did Zeus exist?
- U.Va, Columbia, and Notre Dame have posted Byzantine jobs. It’s tricky to link to Virginia’s job listing and difficult to find Notre Dame’s online. I’m U.Va.’s and Notre Dame’s have appeared, but not in the usual places.
- The scent of travel.
- Some interesting maps of poverty in Grand Forks.
- It’s nice to see the social sciences worrying about their field too (after all the hand-wringing lately by folks in the humanities).
- Another interesting online exhibit related to World War II: Soviet war posters.
- Maps showing the oil boom in western North Dakota… I’ve seen this somewhere before…
- Along similar lines another gallery of photographs from the Bakken.
- We can really start discussing whether the Bakken Boom or Detroit Decay has attracted more attention from photographers. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Bakken Boom and the decline of Detroit attracts scholarly attention. This is a clever sounding paper: Early Medieval Detroit: The Motor City as a Mirror for Illuminating Urban Shrinkage in the Late Antique West.
- Some cool treatments of both the historical DIY spirit in Yugoslavia and contemporary DIY practices in Latvia.
- This is a cool little study that explores whether Digital Humanities is genuinely more collaborative than other fields.
- This is an insane Bob Burnquist skating video.
- What I’m reading: A. Mailis, The Annexes at the Early Christian Basilicas of Greece (4th-6th c.): Architecture and Policy. Archaeopress 2011.
- What I’m listening to: De La Soul, Three Feet High and Rising; Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory; Guru, Jazzmatazz Volume 1.
July 26, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s a gorgeous early fall day here in North Dakotaland with the temperature in the mid-50s this morning and an unmistakable crispness in the air. To celebrate, I’m heading onto campus for the first time since the spring to get a book at the library, do some administrative deeds, and walk around feeling collegiate.
As you contemplate the leaves changing colors, football, and curling up by a crackling fire with an adult beverage and a good book, I’ll serve up some quick hits and varia.
- One of the side-effects of austerity is more temptation to loot antiquities in Greece.
- A buried walrus amidst 19th century graves in England.
- Before Byzantium. Dumbarton Oak’s online exhibit on the early activities of Thomas Wittemore (the founder of the Byzantine Institute).
- A starting position in Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School.
- I guess a James Bond film was fine, but Red Bull extreme sports are not on Meteora.
- Early Spanish Forts in North Carolina.
- I really like the Hayling Island pop-up museum.
- A mobile text analysis app! I wasn’t really looking for this, but I’m glad it exists.
- The NEH awards six digital humanities implementation awards. These all look like worthy projects embracing spatial approaches, crowdsourcing, networks, mobile applications, transmedia engagement and games. This is pretty much a summary of where the field is going. Conspicuously absent: text work.
- It’s funny how many of my colleagues have responded to this report. I am not sure that faculty understand how MOOCs will work yet.
- Require Reading: Typography in Ten Minutes.
- Some great aerial views of my wife’s home town. These are breathtaking. More here: scroll down to heck out the photos of her alma mater – University of Queensland – here.
- Require viewing: Experiments in Speed. It’s only 9 minutes long, but it’s lovely and “it is potentially, fairly dangerous”.
- If you want to see a well-curated blog, check out Kostis Kourelis’s work at the Society of Architectural Historians blog. This week: Race, Space, and Trayvon Martin by Dianne Harris at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- RIP: Amar G. Bose. I wonder how much he is to credit for the rise of the “New Audio Geeks”.
- North Dakota: A male dominated dystopia. And, if that’s not bleak enough, here’s a long read on being a stripper in Williston. Here’s my buddy Mark Jendrysik of the University of North Dakota’s Department of Political Science and Public Policy explaining the situation to the good residents of Norwegia.
- On a much lighter note here are some animated beer labels.
- People should support the Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Oral History Project on Kickstarter. If that’s not your cup of tea, here’s another worth project.
- The Worst Room.
- Anyone want to invest in helping me get my tour vehicle?
- What I’m listening to: Mikhael Paskalev, Jive Baby; Sleep Study, Nothing Can Destroy (for more good Minnesota bands check this out.)
- What I’m reading: A. Bevan and J. Conolly, Mediterranean Islands: Fragile Communities and Persistent Landscapes: Antikythera in Long-Term Perspective. Cambridge 2013.
July 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
It is innings break in the second Ashes test this morning so a perfect time to prepare some quick hits and varia. England’s final wicket partnership was a bit of bother, but I think Australia has a very reasonable chase. Hopefully we’ll have a couple of exciting mornings of cricket this weekend.
We also hope for some good weather so we can enjoy some long summer days on our front porch. While we’re hoping for the cricket and the weather, you can enjoy a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
- Peter Brown essays on new books on Late Antiquity by Glenn Bowersock and Patricia Crone in The New York Review of Books.
- Restored wall painting from Ephesus. Brilliant.
- Looted Cypriot art goes home.
- Airplaining to Byzantium or something like that. Some really cool vintage travel documents from Dumbarton Oaks.
- Resume Writing for Archaeologists. This should be required reading for every aspiring shovel bum.
- From the archivist at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. This should be good.
- WAIT: This is awesome.
- Visualizing the Blitz in London. This is a really amazing map.
- A pretty cool map of common American surnames.
- Mapping and visualizing the battlefields of the Dakota War. Congratulations to Richard Rothaus and Tom Isern (at NDSU).
- Some endangered sounds. How do we document endangered sonic landscapes?
- The Potosi language used by miners in Bolivia. A man camp language!
- Some interesting views on oilfield culture and relationships and some essential objects for camper life.
- You didn’t read and retweet my first effort an blogging about audio gear? Why not? Just to hurt me? At least click through!
- It’s always fun when software I use recognizes how I use it. And check out the soon to appear issue of the Journal of Field Archaeology for some technical details on using Agisoft Photoscan in the field.
- The Pixar Theory.
- The plan of a modern office. And a few interesting responses to how coffee shop owners and coffee shop patrons have different views of how coffee shops function in their daily lives. Patrons often use them as make-shift offices (I know that I did when I didn’t have a formal office), but owners often imagine that people gather there for coffee.
- This is the real punk rock music.
- Reading may keep you young and writing my heal wounds.
- What I’m reading: You expect me to edit, write, and READ this summer?
- What I’m listening to: Sleep Study, Nothing Can Destory; Various Artists, Anti Records Summer Sampler (2013) – for Tom Waits and Keith Richard’s version of Oh Shenandoah alone.
July 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s Ashes Week and yesterday involved me rebuilding part of my front porch (we used three kinds of saws and, at times, two drills, making it a very manly operation), but today is back to endless editing (while watching cricket in the morning hours; I was going to say that this might be a slow 3rd-day morning in the test, but James Pattinson just stumped Kevin Pieterson and yesterday’s hero, Ashton Agar took his first test wicket).
All this does very little for you, dear reader. So to make it up for you, I’ll provide a lovely gaggle of quick hits and varia for your Friday enjoyment.
- Crowd source volunteers to map of Iron Age forts in Britain.
- Catch up with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project and the good work of Stephanie Steinke, an M.A. student in History at the University of North Dakota.
- Another church re-mosqued in Turkey. I’m not sure that the re-mosquing is as much of a concern as preservation of these monuments more generally.
- A British documentary on Cyprus in the 1940s.
- A depressing tale of adaptive reuse at the old Minot air station in North Dakota.
- Street art in the Occupy Gezi movement in Turkey.
- The University of North Dakota explores MOOCs in a program called “UND for Free”.
- Louis Armstrong was a class guy and practiced a least a couple of hours a day to keep his chops. This is why I try to write a little bit every day.
- How clothes should fit.
- It looks like the old Grand Forks Opera House might be changing hands. It’s a great building.
- My Alma Mater’s president, Edward Ayers at the University of Richmond, won a 2012 National Humanities Medal.
- Another blog from the Bakken Oil Patch.
- This is a crazy-extensive review of 50 flagship headphones.
- The famous 80% Principle sounds pretty good to me after a week like this. I like this little post on it, but it only barely works. If doing 80% rather than 100% gives me 20 more years of life, then I’m only barely making up for the 20% of my life that I decided to relax away. I’m skeptical.
- Remember Alta Vista?
- Roxy Munich. Mostly for the title but it is worth reading.
- How the ERT Orchestra spends its time.
- How to say beer across Europe.
- What I’m reading: N. Vincent and C. Wickham eds., Debating Open Access. London 2013.
- What I’m listening to: 80-R, One Night.