Today is “Reading and Review Day” here at the University of North Dakota. So to celebrate the end of the week and the end of the semester, I’ll offer up a little gaggle of varia and quick hits for your reading and review.
This week I started to post links to my daily blog posts to Facebook. I sort of hated doing this because I was arrogant enough to think that people loved my blog enough to seek it out every day. I also figured that most readers would recognize the pattern. I posted M-F on my stuff. That being said, my daily page views had been slipping a bit lately and I had some absolutely dreadful days where they slipped below 50. The result of making my posts more visible was pretty dramatic with my page views jumping up close to 30%. More than that, people not only went and looked at my blog, but also took the time to comment on it (via email). So the little blow to my ego has paid dividends and made my bizarre blogging labors feel worth it again. Look for links to my blog posts on your Facebooks.
- A different object every day from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
- People are getting excited again about the 7th century. I might be overreaching here, but it feels like the 7th century is the next 6th century.
- How can you not read a book called 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 especially when it’s available for free.
- Maybe Apple should buy Twitter.
- A pretty cool article on the archaeology of decline (via Richard Rothaus).
- Curious about a particular oil or gas well in the Bakken? Check this out.
- People are getting some good ideas going on cyberinfrastructure and Near Eastern Archaeology.
- Just to show people that I did, in fact, exist around 1997 (and I won’t comment any more on this image).
- Obscure music download blogs had a strange rise and an obscure fall, but for those of us who really like music, they were part of our routines. For all the various efforts to meld music to social media, it’s funny to realize that this had already existed.
- This is a pretty cool paper assignment.
- NPR has a pretty cool list of their favorite albums of 2012.
- Can you see the Bakken on these new NASA images of the night sky? Why, yes you can.
- Apparently, it is possible to get a mustache implant. Who knew? (via Dallas Deforest)
- Reflections on seven years around the art scene in Chelsea. And congratulations to the same Matthew Milliner for nine years of blogging at Millinerd (and check out the old skool format of the original!)
- First Dave Brubeck and then Oscar Niemeyer. It’s a tough week to be modern.
- What I’m reading: K. Eshun, Dan Graham: Rock My Religion. (MIT 2012)
- What I’m listening to: Andrew Bird, Break it Yourself/Hands of Glory, Now, Now, Threads.