Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

PhotoCompliments of Susie

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

IMG 1186Bret Weber and I presenting the first talk at the new International Studies Speaker Series. 

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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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