Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

IMG 2165It’s a dog’s life.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

October 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

It’s 25 degrees (F) this morning, but I’m under a blanket watching the cricket being played in balmy Dubai. After a hectic week in the Bakken, it’s good to be home.

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.

IMG 2137Milo, reflecting on his life of privilege, 
after hearing about Loukanikos death.

IMG 2105MILO WAS HERE

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

IMG 2107Heroic in Black and White 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

IMG 2056Contemplation

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.  

IMG 1917I can groove to Duke.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

September 12, 2014 § 1 Comment

It is SHOCKING that today is Friday. When not a sabbatiquol Fridays seemed like mythical days, infinitely far in the future, and never really arriving (until it was too late and it was Sunday evening and you realized that you somehow missed both Friday and Saturday). Now Fridays arrive with alarming regularity.

And it’s winter here officially. I did miss the 72 hours of fall last week sometime, but it’s 36 this morning and the temperatures are falling. 

So I’ll do what I’ve done on winter Fridays: I’ll urge you all to curl up by the fire with a lovely warm beverage and read some Friday Varia and Quick hits. 

IMG 1991PAY ATTENTION

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s in the 40s this morning in North Dakotaland, and it seems pretty clear that the “Frog Days” of summer are behind us and fall has sprung. School has started and everyone seems a bit more busy this time of year with class prep, grant applications, college football, the NFL, and baseball all overlapping in a maelstrom of deadlines.

Hopefully, some varia and quick hits will provide a chance to slow down for a few and relax.

IMG 1949Milo at Repose

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