It’s been a miserable two days here in North Dakotaland. A mini-blizzard, blustery winds, chilly temperatures, and footnote editing conspired to make it a long end of the week.
But, the week is almost done now, so we move on, and perhaps the best way to move on is to have a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
- The images and stories of destruction and death in Aleppo is heartbreaking.
- I love Curt Kirkwood’s attitude toward recording and wish more scholars would adopt a similar attitude toward scholarly publishing.
- Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire by Gilles Bransbourg. A pre-print from an digital journal. My mind is blown.
- If you haven’t yet, check out Black Gold Boom from Todd Melby and Prairie Public among many others. Also check out these scenic photos of the Bakken Oil Patch from WPXEnergy.
- It’s interesting that publishers are now linking to reviews published on my blog. I’ve recently thought that book reviews are the kind of thing that could easily be jettisoned from most academic journals (at a significant savings of money) and left to the new media.
- This letter from Elizabeth Bartman does not make the Archaeological Institute of America look very clever which is too bad. I wish they would take this letter down and deny that it happened.
- Who knew that Nottingham had such awesome caves?! The laser scans of these caves are just amazing.
- R.I.P. Eric Hobsbawm.
- How to pronounce the names of Scotch.
- A list of banned books.
- Three fun sporting events this weekend. First,
Australia vs. West Indies(forget it), then Suzuka (as a Honda guy, it’s a very special track), and then Talladega. (And the college football tomorrow night… whoa, Nellie).
- The moveable man camp. (As if this has never happened before! A similar moveable camp followed the progress of the Los Angeles aqueduct construction.)
- Along similar lines, I’ll be giving this paper (titled: Labo(u)r, Settlement, and Resource Extraction: The Man Camps of the Bakken Oil Patch in Historical and Global Perspective”) at the Midwest Association of Canadian Studies conference this weekend.
- Some cool old video footage of Zagora on Andros with some cool old school jazz.
- Anvil Academic publishing here and here. I keep hoping something awesome might be happening in academic publishing and scholarly communication and I hope I get to be part of it.
- Along similar lines, some advice on live blogging.
- What it means to be a Westerner.
- What I’m reading: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep. (1939)
- What I’m listening to: Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dreams; The Walkmen, Heaven.
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