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.
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.
- Byzantine archaeology underwater.
- Private funds for archaeology and preservation.
- This is quite a book review.
- This book looks exciting, you know, if you’re into Late Roman and Byzantine Cyprus!
- Manolis Glezos now has a seat in the European Parliament.
- Put your laptops away.
- Walking helps us think.
- I guess people are blogging again.
- This is a nice summary of every article about being a professor that read this fall.
- What? The Humanities have thrived despite the recession?
- Talking to your students about their future employment.
- For some, taking care of a dog is part of work/life balance.
- This is what happens if you use one of Kyle Cassidy’s photos without his permission.
- Apocalypse Pooh.
- Watford City in the Atlantic. (It’s not all true).
- What I’m reading: Erik Anderson, The Poetics of Trespass. 2010. (Another selection from the Kostis Kourelis book club.)
- What I’m listening to: U2, Songs of Innocence; Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, High Life.
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.
- Archaeologists as essayists and evidence that people wrote even when they didn’t have to write back in the day.
- I’ve been thinking about the ancient liturgy as magic for years, and this new papyrus only helps my (unpublished) arguments.
- You can follow along with the excavations at Amorium.
- Some more photos of the fancy, newly-discovered, tomb in Macedonian.
- I was just thinking that Eric Cline’s new book hadn’t received much publicity.
- Water in Ephesus.
- Media archaeology by some very clever archaeologists.
- The Parthenon in the Weekly Standard.
- Some very archaeological photography from Ryan Stander.
- Fewer history jobs this year than last.
- Working to save Syria’s antiquities.
- The importance of book margins.
- Artists’ desks.
- Louis Sullivan’s 158th Birthday.
- Kids LOVE Vegemite.
- What I’m reading: M. Johnson, Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. 2014.
- (And what I’m also reading: P. Bang, Roman Bazaar: A Comparative Study of Trade and Markets in a Tributary Empire. Cambridge 2008.
- What I’m listening to: Portugal. The Man, Evil Friends.
Milo at Repose
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!