Friday Quick Hits and Varia

On our way onto campus this morning the sky looked like this:


Never a good sign, but like all things, this should pass and give way to sunshine by the afternoon. So, in anticipation of a sunny day, I offer some quick hits and varia.

  • It’s pretty interesting news that the Loeb Classical Library is going digital. The green and red texts are unrivaled in their convenience and (general) reliability. Several generations of Classicists and ancient historians have teethed on them. Online, however, they are going to have competition from all kinds of sources including the sophisticated, powerful, and free Perseus. It will be interesting to see whether the reputation of the Loeb series will let them carve out a profitable (in ever sense) niche in the world of online texts.
  • I’ve taken to using Notational Velocity based in part on a recommendation from LifeHacker and a follow-up recommendation by ProfHacker. It has been impressively forked into nvALT which has enhanced further the super light duty note taking program and text editor. The particular strength of this little application for my note taking style is that it makes it easy to link notes together to create webs of distributed content. For example, when I refer to a book or an article in a note, I can easily link my original note to a new note on that particular article or book.  After a day or two of note taking I have developed a complex net of ideas, notes, and text that follow the course of my ideas. And the software is free and super easy to use.
  • David Pettegrew has chimed in on the Palinkas and Herbst, “Roman Road Southeast of the Forum at Corinth” article in Hesperia. I blogged on it here and David’s post is here.
  • Monks and Cows in North Dakota (h/t to Mike Fronda).  The century old Catholic monastery of Assumption Abbey is going to stop raising cows because they can’t find enough monk-cowboys.
  • You Are What You Eat (h/t to Colleen Morgan). This is a photo exhibit of what people have in their refrigerators. It is profoundly archaeological in its ability to capture the mundane. It is also hugely depressing and revealing.
  • If you haven’t checked out the Day of Archaeology, you should. It’s pretty remarkable the number, diversity, and quality of posts from working archaeologists of all stripes. My post is here. Shawn Graham’s first efforts to find patterns in the Day of Archaeology Tweets is here.
  • Photographs from North Korea (h/t to The first photograph on this page is simply amazing.
  • I haven’t checked Facebook for over a week. I think I’m done with it.  I’m not entirely jazzed about Google+, but I think that’s where I’ll end up especially once I learn to link my Twitter account to publish to Google+.
  • What I’m listening too: New Order, Low-Life; New Order, Power, Corruption, and Lies. (As an aside, I think that “Love Vigilantes” (from Low-Life) is among the most depressing songs ever written. All I can think of when I hear it is Ian Curtis.
  • What I am reading: A. Kaldelis, Hellenism and Byzantium. Cambridge 2007; J. Fabian, Time and the Other. Columbia 1983.

And as I am done with this post, resolution has come to our stormy morning and the sun has pushed away the clouds…


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