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.
December 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
It’s cold this morning. On the other hand, the snow has stopped and we had a northern lights show last night. So the world is trying to make it up to us.
There is only one more week of classes, so the end is near. This weekend, I have some grading, some grant writing, and some cricket watching. If your weekend is similar, maybe you can make some time for some quick hits and varia?
- Two new saints in the Orthodox Church. St. Meletios of Lardos was a dream archaeologist.
- An island settlement in Late Antiquity.
- Roman ingots being destroyed in the search for “dark matter”.
- Roman gold mines in Romania put the brakes (for now) on development.
- The Society for American Archaeology continues to try to get National Geographic Society’s attention about their show Diggers (pdf).
- Anna Comnena’s birthday.
- What screens wants.
- Some Delaware history. On December 8, 1963, Pan Am flight 214 crashed on the Delaware-Maryland border near Elkton killing all 81 on board. Here’s what the site looks like now. Here’s what the emergency call sounded like.
- A distance education video timeline.
- On his 44th birthday, Jay-Z ranks his solo albums.
- It’s like they have visited my house: Grado Labs + Bushmills headphones.
- Do you think a Kickstarter to buy me this would work?
- How can anyone not support this?
- I usually don’t have much of a sense of humor, but I have to spot these two things: First, check out how Twitter stuff can escalate. And, then, this funny little collection of texts written in the style of undergraduate papers.
- Some tech trends in higher ed.
- What I’m reading: A ton of student papers (and a few random articles).
- What I’m listening to: Lucky Dube, Prisoner; Lucky Dube, Slave.
November 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s a cold Black Friday here on North Dakotaland, but fortunately, I have a two week supply of quick hits and varia.
Enjoy these over the holiday weekend!
- Ancient Athens in 3D.
- This is a very cool basilica excavation on Cyprus (more here).
- Deciphering Linear B.
- Some recent discoveries in Ancient Corinth.
- North Africa between the mosaics.
- Recent restored frescoes from the Catacombs of Priscilla.
- A lovely short movie featuring five Byzantine churches.
- Manolis Korres wins Feltrinlli Prize for his restoration work on Greek architecture.
- Songs from the Ottoman diaspora, Balkan folk music, and urban Greek music of the 1930s, all transferred from glorious 78 rpm records.
- The importance of regional publishing.
- Urban exploring under San Francisco.
- Architecture and design podcasts at the Society of Architectural Historians blog.
- Kanye on architecting.
- The “battle” against unlicensed R.V. parks in Williams County.
- Why I don’t hate religion.
- Tough times at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
- Search by color.
- Wanted: a Development Officer of the North Dakota Humanities Council.
- The American Oil and Gas Historical Society.
- Spinning ice disk.
- Giant arrows can lead you across the U.S. (Really).
- Steve Conn on the DIY university.
- An interactive infographic showing the career path of majors at UVa.
- In case you missed it, Professor Footnote has landed.
- 1600 Matchbox Covers.
- What I’m reading: V. della Dora, Imagining Mount Athos: Visions of a Holy Place from Homer to World War II. Virginia 2011.
- What I’m listening to: Ex Cops, Hallucinations; The Soft Pack, Strapped.
November 15, 2013 § 2 Comments
It’s double digits this morning and it rained yesterday. Maybe winter is holding off for a few more days. (It is still getting dark before 5:30 pm though, so for people who the short, cold, melancholy days of Fall, the short part is still working fine).
Don’t worry. It is still Fall enough to enjoy a cup of hot coffee by the fire in Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters and to savor the sweet taste of quick hits and varia.
- The Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History has a database of Byzantine Glass Mosaic Tesserae.
- The Houses of Leukaditi in Greece.
- Never on Sunday.
- Backup Minds and Dimitri Nakassis urge us to read James Scott’s review of the recent Jared Diamond book.
- Archaeological research on the Gallipoli battlefields.
- If you haven’t checked out Adam Rabinowitz’s epic post on 3D Thursday, you really should. You should also check out the Smithsonian’s recent 3D work. Here’s an NPR story on it and here’s the Smithsonian’s page.
- This looks good, but not 125£ good.
- I love maps and I love sound, so this is a good site for me. We need to record the sounds of the Bakken oil patch.
- I know this is a week late, but it’s worth commemorating: 100 Year Anniversary of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. The list of shipwrecks is sobering.
- Sachin Tendulkar out for 74.
- Everyday life.
- I’m pretty sure that this is what the internet is for.
- Organizing America’s Bourbon.
- My university has been obsessed with branding and identity for years; now I know where this comes from.
- What I’m reading: M. Thompson, Rubbish Theory. (1979)
- What I’m listening to: …
November 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
The slow slide from Fall into Winter seems to have accelerated this week in North Dakotaland. The mornings are below freezing and yesterday we enjoyed a short snow shower.
Soon, we will get to that place where we have to deliberately go outside and it becomes easier to relax, read, and write by the fire than the brave the elements. In the spirit of that transition, I offer a short list of quick hits and varia.
- R.I.P. Henry Boren. I never met the man, but his Roman Society (1977) was my first Roman history textbook in college. It opened up the world of antiquity to me in new ways.
- New Cyprian Broodbank: The Making of the Middle Sea (2013).
- A nice primer on how to use Stanford’s ORBIS tool in the classroom.
- A cool article on Pontic Greek.
- The Acropolis Museum in Googles (h/t Dimitri Nakassis).
- Have you checked out this week’s 3D Thursday? If you haven’t, you should.
- This is an interesting (and vaguely disturbing way) to think about the impact of scholars.
- And, have you checked out the survey data from the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project on Open Context?
- Punk Sociology? Excuse me?
- This is not news.
- The end of a Waffle House.
- Notes on Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
- Town as a panopticon.
- Provisional discard.
- And if you’re into that stuff, you should definitely support 99% Invisible’s Kickstarter campaign for season 4.
- What I’m reading: T. Tartaron, Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World. (2013)
- What I’m listening to: Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism; Los Campesinos! Now Blues.
November 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
It is really Friday already? Sometimes it is a relief to get to Friday a little sooner than you expect. Other times it is a shock because you need extra days to get stuff done. The abrupt arrival of this Friday is somewhere between these two positions. I’m glad that I survived another week, but also wish I had one more day to be productive.
You will be all relieved to know that I did find time to compile a little list of quick hits and varia for your enjoyment. So all was not lost!
Before the normal list and so it doesn’t get lost, we should all do what we can to support the National Endowment of the Humanities.
- It’s always good to read what Dimitri Nakassis is writing especially when it involves Iron Age objects, agency, and Homer.
- A map of women members of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
- Byzantium from Greece at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
- And here’s what’s going on at this week’s Byzantine Studies Conference in New Haven (pdf).
- Using archaeology to write history.
- Love is all you need.
- Be sure to check out yesterday’s 3D Thursday!! (And the entire series of posts by a stellar group of scholars!)
- Joanna Kakissis (of NPR and formerly of Williston) on the struggles of the Roma in Greece.
- Flying through 17th century London.
- The plight of Aleppo.
- David Pettegrew on the Barrington Atlas coming to iPads.
- The oldest house in Athens.
- More Zahi Hawass scandal this time involving National Geographic.
- A realtime simulation map of births and deaths around the world.
- More on inequality in American academia.
- And reason to panic about the humanities?
- The Velvet Underground’s debut at Delmonico’s horrifies psychiatrists.
- And problems with peer review.
- If you miss your classic Mac and need yourself some MacPaint.
- Quitting baseball to write.
- Some great musings on life as a Fullbrighter in the UK.
- A couple Bakken notes: the joys of winterizing one’s R.V. and a class-action lawsuit against 10 companies who flared natural gas.
- William Burroughs and his hatchet-made jack-o’-lantern.
- What I’m reading: P. Memmott, Gunyah, Goondie + Wurley: The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia. (St. Lucia, Queensland 2007).
- What I’m listening to: Arcade Fire, Reflektor; Lou Reed, Transformer.
A sunrise in South Dakota by Susie
October 25, 2013 § 2 Comments
It’s wintertime here on the North Plains: a few days of flurries this week and temperatures in the 20s in the morning. I hope the low, grey clouds that have dampened my spirits lift today and give us back some of the amazing North Dakota sky.
In the meantime, I’ll remember this is how most people live in the U.S. and Europe (deprived of the most amazing sky in the world), and I’ll provide some quick hits and varia to make us all feel just a little bit better.
- Fall trips for the regular members of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
- If you haven’t checked out Eric Poehler’s blog or his contribution to our 3D Thursday series, you really should. Pompey never looked cooler.
- Oxford’s International Graduate Student Conference is called The City and the cities: from Constantinople to the frontier. Here’s the call for papers.
- The Greek financial crisis from the perspective of an ancient site. Stephen Miller is proposing an odd plan.
- Slaves in the Morea.
- Drought in the Bronze Age (but read this too).
- James Newhard of the College of Charleston appears on Gizmodo touting 3D and Drones in archaeology (and showing our 3D Thursday some love!).
- Maps showing the most popular boy names and the most popular girl names over the past 60 years by state. It is a bit concerning that William is becoming so popular in the south. You can also check out the range of moods typical across the U.S., but state.
- The long awaited Emily Dickinson Archive is now live.
- Save the Astrodome!
- Apparently it is problematic to bury your wife in your front yard in Alabama. How very unByzantine of them!
- Maybe the flipped classroom isn’t better.
- It’s nice to know that there is a chance that nature has a failsafe for a zombie apocalypse.
- What I’m reading: …
- What I’m listening to: The Walkmen, Heaven.
October 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
A fitful hotel room sleep and some delightful “brown flavored” waterish coffee almost made me forget the beautiful drive from Grand Forks to Bismarck, North Dakota yesterday. Almost.
The drive and hectic week did impoverish my quick hits and varia, but hopefully there is something here to carry you through the weekend.
- Some dream archaeology from India with an interesting political, religious, and economic aspect (h/t Lizzie Baughan).
- The long life of a Roman bathhouse (h/t Vincent O’Reilly).
- The 2014 Endangered Monuments Watch list, but fascinating and depressing.
- Remember to check out the 6th installment in our 3D Thursday series: 3D laser scanning within Skoteino Cave, Crete, Greece
- The North Dakota oil boom is a boom for archaeology too.
- The sounds of New York in the roaring ’20s.
- Feudalism in California.
- I am declining to comment.
- Some more thoughts on whether Spotify is a good or bad.
- Messy desks are important.
- Congratulations to Pakistan for an impressive win over South Africa.
- 100,000 Stars.
- Two more links to abandonment porn: abandoned farmhouses and a public library in Detroit.
- Speaking of abandonment. The oil spill in North Dakota is a mess. And, yes, I just linked to Fox News.
- My wife has a new car (ahem, I wish). I’m a Honda guy, but I have to admit that it’s pretty sexy. (Not as sexy as this, though).
- This is a remarkable story.
- What I’m reading: …. (reading?)
- What I’m listening to: Miles Davis, Dig.
October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
After a lovely late summer week, we will slide into genuinely fall-like weather this weekend. We might even turn the heat on or play my stereo very loud so that the amplifier gives us warmth.
Before I offer up my modest serving of quick-hits and varia, I want to thank my readers and contributors to this blog. This has been a great week. The blog has enjoyed close to 250 views per day and this follows on very solid page views for the last two months. I am more than pleased that I can fill a spot in interests of the internet community.
And, now, some links:
- A Byzantine monastery in Istanbul.
- The abandoned villages in Syria reborn (h/t to Nassos Papalexandrou).
- St. Catherine on the Sinai and the unrest in Egypt.
- Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Libya.
- Archaeologists with friggin’ laser beams.
- New cities in Late Antiquity.
- Hopefully people had a chance to read Sebastian Heath’s nice piece on the democratization of 3D imaging technology in Mediterranean Archaeology yesterday.
- Architectural history and MOOCs.
- The origins of the term boondocks.
- Luther’s insults.
- Some Bakken photos from the sky.
- Crowd sourcing the best public history in the Public Historian.
- Apparently, emus are bulletproof.
- There are two great web applications: the magic 8-Ball and Cloud Paint (for anyone nostalgic for MacPaint around 1988).
- An iPhone in Scotland.
- Sachin Tendulkar will retire after the home series against the West Indies. Hopefully that new will distract everyone from the Australian visit.
- What I’m listening to: The Radiators, Ghostown. (R.I.P. Phil Chevron).
- What I’m reading: Thomas Pynchon, The Bleeding Edge.
I’m feeling nostalgic:
October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
It may actually be Fall here in North Dakotaland. Not only did we enjoy our first pot of Fall chili, but we few trees here on the prairie are beginning to show a new set of colors. The high this weekend will only just peak about 50 and the academic semester is well and truly underway. There are whispers of snow in the forecast for tonight.
It seems like a good weekend to stay indoors, to relax, and to catch up on that pile of reading, grading, or footballing. To get that started, I’ll humbly offer some quick hits and varia. (These should be called Quick Hits and Varia: Dimitri Nakassis Edition!)
- I usually lead with news from the world of archaeology, but the arrest of the head of Golden Dawn in Athens seems more noteworthy.
- Punk Archaeology (via Andrew Reinhard) has made it onto the Munsell Soil Color Book website. This is the equivalent of appearing of Jimmy Fallon or Arsenio Hall.
- Robotic snakes and archaeology.
- Western Argolid Archaeological Project.
- I don’t know how this works, but it is amazing.
- You haven’t been reading 3D Thursday, you really should be.
- More on the American School of Classical Studies at Athens entrance exam and some shady dealings from a mysterious “Professor Blank”.
- Some folks are criticizing the NSF for funding Bronze Age Cyprus and other folks are responding.
- A Hellenistic bust of a boy inscribed with a cross at Bonhams.
- The American School of Classical Studies is having a sale on their Corinth, Athens, Isthmia, and Hesperia Supplement volumes. Act now while supplies last! Limited time only!
- The death of the home stereo system. And I finally got Scot Hull to publish another of my essays!
- A playful facade.
- Computer grading will destroy our schools.
- Abandonment Porn Island Edition.
- Lou Reed on Kayne West’s Yeezus.
- What I’m reading: F. Infantidis, Archaeographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispilio. Archaeopress 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Chvrches, Bones of What You Believe.
Beets on the Road