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.
A North Dakota Bike Ride
February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a few days of springlike weather (and an almost thaw), we returning to single-digit normalcy here. That’s ok, though, because my to-do list is pretty substantial, the days are getting longer, and the coffee is warm and strong at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters.
In other words, it’s a good time to present my weekly list of quick hits and varia:
- Former president of the Archaeological Institute of America talking about protecting cultural property in zones of armed conflict.
- Along similar lines: The Culture of War: Saving History.
- This floated across my Facebook feed (h/t to Jordan Pickett): Translation and Commentary on Books One and Two of Georgios Pachymeres.
- More from Clooney about the Parthenon Marbles.
- Along similar lines Beard on Connelly’s The Parthenon Enigma.
- Lively archaeology.
- Early Medieval burials under the Uffizi in Florence.
- Handy short list of 3D modeling tools for archaeologists.
- A Greek village with African Roots: Greek, Black, and Proud.
- Imitation halloumi under investigation in Cyprus.
- Why not to buy an ticket to Europe more than 2 months in advance.
- More on manure in an America context.
- How to build a perfect refugee camp.
- Check out the Guantánamo Public Memory Project.
- Rents in Williston.
- Despite the above, check out who is number 1 on a recent list of the top states for well-being.
- A little punk archaeology (John Stewart style) from New Jersey.
- I’m going to think more about the “slow” movement over the next six months. This is a good place to start (and here, here, and here are other points of departure).
- Along similar lines, check out this clever comic from xkcd.
- Some thoughts on the death of a snake handling pastor.
- What I’m reading: M. L. Galaty; O. Lafe; W. E. Lee; Z. Tafilica, Light and shadow : isolation and interaction in the Shala Valley of northern Albania. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Angel Olson, Burn Your Fire For No Witness; Nina Simone, Sings the Blues; Nina Simone, High Priestess of Soul. (For her birthday!)
Compliments of Susie
February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s been a long two weeks since my last posting of some quick hits and varia, so they’re a bit backed up in my Evernote cue. Fortunately, it’s been so cold here that my links are still as fresh as the day they appeared in my browser. (And this link reminds us that it could be worse, but this sexy map reminds us that it could also be much better.)
(And if you need some archaeology inspired Valentine’s Day excitement, check out Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan’s post on Carl Blegen’s love.)
So without much fanfare, check out this week’s varia and quick hits:
- First, a pair of hits from David Pettegrew’s blog. First, a brief overview of his long-gestating book project on the Isthmus of Corinth. I’ve been fortunate enough to read a draft of the manuscript, and it is good. And a link and short summary of the 2013 excavations at Corinth from the annual report of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
- In keeping with the double links: here are two conferences on Byzantine topics. One is called Envisioning the Eucharist and the other is on the reception of Byzantium.
- More on the basilica discovered in Lake Iznik.
- The British School at Athens is looking for an Assistant Director.
- Industrial religion in Ancient Athens.
- Clooney on the Parthenon Marbles.
- The wrap up of the most recent collection of posts in the ongoing archaeological blogging carnival. Some good thoughts.
- The dark side of the subjunctive in Latin.
- Iraqi Heritage and modern monument men.
- Along similar lines, the Ur digitization project is still going strong.
- My colleague Chuck Miller weighs in on the recent discussion about camels in Genesis.
- Stupid ancient aliens.
- Life in an Athenian housing complex.
- For the other half, honey, olives, octopus.
- Kyle Cassidy photographed librarians and some of the really disappointing and frankly bizarre responses to it.
- What to do with an abandoned subway station in Paris.
- Some photos of abandoned Philadelphia.
- Do cities create their own (un)happiness?
- Aircraft wreck sites as scheduled ancient monuments.
- It sucks to discover bodies on campus.
- The Winter Olympics by the excellent guys at Professor Footnote.
- The graphic language of punk.
- A day in the life at Grado Labs. An iconic brand that doesn’t advertise.
- The death of expertise.
- Some nice GIFs and a cultural blooming in the Bakken.
- More MOOCtastic observations.
- Do any archaeologists out there use Medium?
- What I’m reading: M. L. Galaty; O. Lafe; W. E. Lee; Z. Tafilica, Light and shadow : isolation and interaction in the Shala Valley of northern Albania. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Miles Davis, My Funny Valentine (Recorded 50 years ago this week); Bob Dylan, Times They Are A-Changin’ (Released 50 years go).
Bret Weber and I presenting the first talk at the new International Studies Speaker Series.
January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s another blizzard-y Friday here in North Dakotaland, but there is still plenty of excitement to keep us distracted (and the thermometer pushing 30 degrees doesn’t hurt either!).
My friend Sarah Lepinski did a great job with yesterday’s Cyprus Research Fund Lecture keeping a crowd of 80 fascinated and engaged. She answered an interesting group of questions before heading out to mingle with graduate students and faculty at a local watering hole. Thank you Sarah and to all the people who joined us online and in person.
Let’s hope the rest of the weekend is as thought provoking as Sarah’s talk. To do my part, I offers a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
- It seems like a bad idea to even contemplate privatizing the management of archaeological sites in Greece.
- Another week, another Early Christian basilica with mosaic floors.
- The foods of Cyprus.
- This is an interesting take on the fall of the Golden Dawn party in Greece.
- Some new dreams about the future of Varosha (Famagusta) Cyprus.
- Carbon footprint maps.
- A chart showing the changing populations of the major urban centers in the U.S. over time. And a bunch of cool charts of historical opinion polls.
- This is a cool example of crowd sourcing and devotional texts.
- An interesting study of the first year open online courses offered by HarvardX and MITx.
- Prison radios.
- A Spider speaks out about the use of rap lyrics in court.
- Where college professors send their kids.
- A ghost ship filled with rats!
- What I’m reading: S.J. Friesen, S.A. James, D.N. Schowalter eds., Corinth in Contrast: Studies in Inequality. Brill 2014.
- What I’m listening to: nothing yet, but something soon!
January 17, 2014 § 5 Comments
A freak blizzard granted us a day off from school the first week of the semester. This is both good (in that I got stuff done) and bad (in that I’m behind in my classes already). Oh well, it’s better to be behind the first week of the semester than the last.
And this coming week will be exciting with the 5th annual (or is it 6th?) Cyprus Research Fund Lecture. For those who missed it, this year’s talk is by Dr. Sarah Lepinski and titled Archaeologies of Décor: Interiors in the Roman East. For those in the Northern Plains, the talk is at 4 pm on Thursday January 23rd in the East Asia Room of the mighty Chester Fritz Library. More information is here or here. We’ll stream the talk and post a URL for that when it’s available.
While you get excited about Sarah’s talk and celebrate not living in Grand Forks, you can peruse this list of quick hits and varia:
- Both Chasing Aphrodite and Looting Matters and following what is being called “Fordham’s Folly.” This is Fordham University accepting a gift of some 6th century mosaics “from the neighborhood of Apamea” in Syria. Considering the large-scale destruction and looting of Syria’s antiquities during the present civil war, this seems in bad taste at best and unethical at worst. (Check out Michael Peppard’s concerns in the comments of my blog. It’s interesting that he refers to the authors of the two blogs as “bloggers” when he knows that Chasing Aphrodite is authored by two investigative journalists of high standing and Looting Matters is authored by David Gill, a scholar of significant reputation. Moreover, I suggested that Fordham’s behavior might just be in poor taste or unethical (by the standards of the field of archaeology) which I’m not sure are properly slanderous. That kind of thing makes Peppard’s comments seem unimpressive.)
- The Joukowsky Institute at Brown is running a contest for Accessible Archaeological Writing. The top prize is $5000 and the best papers will appear in an edited volume.
- While it is not unusual for American Evangelical churches to have espresso or coffee bars, it might be a bit more unusual to discover that coffee maker Lavazza’s headquarters has its own Early Christian Basilica.
- R.I.P. Halet Çambel.
- The photographs of Ara Güler show the hidden and historic corners of Turkey and are on display at the Sackler Gallery in D.C.
- Apparently press agencies plagiarize one another even when it involves giraffe eating at Pompeii. Who would have guessed it?
- Andrew Reinhard beta tests Elder Scrolls online with his archaeological sensibilities intact.
- Sutton Hoo Conference to mark the 75th anniversary of excavations at the site.
- Portable souvlaki grills from the Mycenaean Bronze Age on Greece.
- What to be the next managing editor of the Loeb Classical Library?
- Natalie Zemon Davis shows us how to read a primary source.
- The BBC looks at the abandoned resort of Varosha on Cyprus that is in the U.N. Buffer zone.
- The Victoria and Albert Museum will publish online the catalogue of 16,558 pieces of Nazi Entartete Kunst (degenerate art) decommissioned from German museums in late 1930s.
- Melting glaciers reveal WWI corpses. Grizzly.
- Help mark up WWI British war diaries.
- It’s interesting to contrast Lee Lozano’s final resting place with the place of her art.
- Azimov on 2014.
- More on the North Dakota oil boom in the New York Times.
- What I’m reading: J. Haldon and L. Brubaker, Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era, c. 680-850. Cambridge 2011.
- What I’m listening to: Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat.
January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
We live in a strange part of the world when a day in the 20s (F) feels like a spring thaw, but considering the recent visit of the Arctic to our humble corner of this continent, I’ll take every 20 degree day the earth has to offer.
The one good thing is that the warming trend coincided with the collapse of my post-holiday attention span. And this makes it a good time for some Friday quick hits and varia.
- Byzantium still thrives in a strange corner of popular culture. Not a year goes by with some Byzantine themed book, novel, blog, podcast, movie, or what have you. So maybe this blog will by the next big thing in pop Byzantium.
- The Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives at Dumbarton Oaks has a new online exhibit called “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films.”
- Ever few years someone gets interested in the idea that some Romans settled in China.
- Egyptian Space Iron.
- Here’s the wrap up post for the second month of this years SAA blogging carnival. The theme was the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about archaeological blogging. My post is here.
- People smoke in Bulgaria and Greece.
- Check out 3D models as analytical tools.
- Some modern architecture on Corfu.
- Workspiration a cool site for your techy types.
- Visualize your email with Immersion.
- This has to be the best music review I’ve read this year.
- The last house on Holland Island. This is really a remarkably bizarre story. It’s not that islands disappear, but that someone who do so much to keep nature from running its course. It’s Herodotean.
- RIP Amiri Baraka.
- Along similar lines, this is what the Earth sounds like when you drill a 5 mile hole into it.
- David Beer’s Punk Sociology is out and chapter 1 is available for free. I refuse to pay for anything punk. I liked that the author decided to call himself “David Beer.”
- People make fun of the ‘Peg, but they are doing some cool stuff up there.
- Goodbye cameras.
- Here’s something read all week: Bob Boilen’s 116 Favorite Concerts Last Year.
- The speech accent archive from George Mason. This is what my wife sounds like.
- Sam Wineburg on using history courses to teach the common core.
- What I’m reading: Lyle Owerko, The Boombox Project: the machines, the music, and the urban underground. (2010); John Parker, Structuration. (2000).
- What I’m listening to: Frank Sinatra, A Swingin’ Affair; Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle.
January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
About 20% of my readers today are hunkered down at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Chicago (or hunkered down elsewhere wishing they were in Chicago or celebrating that they are not there). I’m safely ensconced at the global headquarters of the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, near the fire, with hot coffee and a warm laptop.
The wind is howling outside and they say that snow is expected in next few hours. So it sounds like a good time to prepare some syllabi for the spring semester, catch up on some reading and editing, and enjoy a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
- A sneak peak at ISAW Papers 7: Current Practice in Linked Open Data for the Ancient World.
- A podcast discussion numismatics.
- In related news … A cool set of videos on how to make “hobo nickels”.
- Cool infomercial for the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.
- Synergistic possibilities between hunter-gathers and survey archaeologists walking the “zig-zags”.
- University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab has blown up with their newest project: Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States.
- Two articles on types: a brief history of Grunge Typography and the bizarre story of Doves type.
- Who can speak for Muslim women?
- How creativity works.
- How to thin the Ph.D. Herd (by making it more elitist… good thinking…).
- Adaptive reuse in Pizza Hut restaurants.
- Toward a history of the Boom Box.
- This is a cool way to make social networks real.Barth, get on this!
- Speaking of Barth, way to be Johnny-on-the-spot with the Casselton train wreck, explosion, event.
- What I’m reading: P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison, A. Picinni, The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Duke Ellington, (with Charles Mingus and Max Roach), Money Jungle; Bob Marley, Kaya.
December 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been a quiet week for blogging (and for reading my blog!), but I couldn’t resist checking in with my dedicated readers down the stretch run of the calendar year.
(And just so you know, I did start a number of blog posts and read over a file full of drafts this past week and was tempted yesterday to finish a blog titled “Teaching Graduate Historiography”. It’ll appear next week.)
In the meantime, I’ll offer up a little list of quick hits and varia to keep my readers happy and busy over the weekend.
- The relocation of Roma Tomb 313 at Corinth. Video!
- Lawrence of Arabia as archaeologist. (Not to be confused with Lawrence of Euphoria.)
- The sad state of the monastery of Ay. Aberkios.
- The Christmas of 1923 (or lack thereof) in Greece.
- A pretty fly simulation of the relationship between the Obelisk of Montecitori and the Ara Pacis.
- Peter Shultz and Spencer Pope on the Chryselephantine Doors of the Parthenon.
- Greece’s brain drain.
- The Economist looks at museums.
- A Pdf/Powerpointer summarizing some points from the University of Pennsylvania’s recent study of their Coursera MOOCs.
- Peer review is a tool.
- Millinerd’s 10th Christmas. Makes me feel like a spring chicken.
- On the other hand, the blog is dead. Long live the blog.
- What I’m reading: Vivek Chibber, Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. Verso 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Wooden Shjips, Back to Land; Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt.
December 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s a brisk winter morning here in North Dakotaland (and a little bit brisker than everywhere else in Grand Forksland). I’ve found that brisk winter mornings are great for coffee, a warm laptop, and a stack of 5-page student papers.
But before I get down to grading the last batch of student work from 2013, I probably should offer you the penultimate varia and quick hits of 2013.
- Peter Brown offers some perspectives on the study of Late Antiquity, Byzantine studies, and Dumbarton Oaks over the last 40 years.
- Word from Hesperia’s Princeton Office is that Hesperia 82.4 went to the printers this week. We’re looking forward to H. Forbes’s article on manuring and off-site artifact scatters in the new year and Davis’s and Stocker’s article on a medieval deposit from Pylos.
- I’m not sure what this is, but it seems cool: GapVis for the Hellespont.
- An old graduate school friend Febe Armanios contributes to this 60 minutes segment on Coptic Christians in Egypt.
- Nice fountain!
- The good folks at the Duke’s Integrating Digital Papyrology project share the lessons they learned from this ambitious and successful digital Classics project.
- The British Library discusses the next steps after putting over a million images in Flickr this past week. Here is their Flickr feed.
- Snow in the Middle East (from the scenic to the tragic).
- The Ble Polykatoikia in Exarchia Athens celebrates its 80th birthday.
- Elsevier continues to battle against the circulation of knowledge.
- Here’s how to make yourself look like a Byzantine princess.
- I’m enjoying this blog on Mt. Athos.
- This is so cool: global wind patterns.
- Using LiDAR to map ruins.
- Congratulations to the Aussies for retaining the Ashes.
- Music at the Kelly Natatorium in Philadelphia.
- The struggles of Greek fish farms with reporting from Sophiko in the Corinthia.
- The Way of the Shovel: Arts as Archaeology.
- Fighting the good fight on grade inflation.
- These two videos offer genius advice.
- This is something right from a William Gibson novel (I mean, not literally).
- Let’s say your really into the Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks…
- What I’m reading: 70 papers and exams and a friend’s book manuscript.
- What I’m listening to: Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt; The Knife, Shaking the Habitual.
December 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s cold and there might be some flurries, but at least it’s only -7 this morning not -20. So I’m going to score this as a win for the kind residents of North Dakotaland.
For my academic readers, the balmy weather makes a nice end of the semester treat as classes give way to final exams, end of the year deadlines, and the hectic grading period at the end of the semester.
So as we count down the days to the end of the year, I offer some quick hits and varia to speed time along
- An update on the conversion of museums to mosques in Turkey.
- Mapping the Jewish communities of the Byzantine Empire.
- Medieval diseases and deformities in 3D!
- How the Lion Gate at Mycenae was made.
- Volunteers with good Latin needed!!
- An interactive map of Chronique des fouilles from the BCH.
- Eric Kansa on Neoliberalism, Open Data, and Academia. This is important.
- The case for boycotting top journals in science.
- A very good travel and research blog.
- Some Ryan Stander.
- The climate of Middle Earth (pdf).
- Workforce housing from the air.
- Don Bradman in North America.
- What is the Medium for?
- Antifragile Libraries.
- I’ve always argued that the future is in BLIMPS.
- Audiophile or placebophile?
- UND’s next head football coach?
- What I’m reading: Brent Shaw, Sacred Violence: African Christians and Sectarian Hatred in the Age of Augustine. Cambridge 2011.
- What I’m listening to: Francis and the Lights, It’ll be better; Bad Religion, Christmas Songs.