Friday Quick Hits and Varia

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:

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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. 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.


Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.


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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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?

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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! 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

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