Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the first Friday of the small semester and the edge has finally come off the frog days of summer. Low clouds, easy rain, and cooler temperatures mark the arrival of fall. There’s also a change in the daily and weekly rhythm as the casual days of summer give way to the more formal and structured days and weeks of the fall semester. 

To be honest, I needed the change as I had lost whatever momentum I had gained over the COVID-inflected summer and was struggling to get things done in a consistent way. It’s also nice to be back in the classroom, even if it means contending with masks, hurricanes, protests, and stresses of a very unusual fall semester. 

Before I offer a very modest list of quick hits and varia, I’d like to very quietly announce the regular readers of this blog that The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota will release its 20th book next Tuesday. Kyle Conway’s Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota 1958-2018 combines the 1958 Williston Report with new chapters exploring the impact of oil in North Dakota. Kyle was a founding collaborator with The Digital Press, so it’s only fitting that this book marks the 20th volume from the press. You can download the book from here before the book’s official release on Tuesday.

If that’s not your cup of tea, here’s a small list of quick hits and varia:

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