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.
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: …