It’s the first Friday of Fall and the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the cool evenings hint at things to come.
Of course, there’s football these days and the long tail of a baseball season in which the Phillies refuse to give up. The Formula 1 guys are in Sochi for the annual Russian snoozefest (which might be enlivened by rain showers?). The NASCAR guys are in Vegas. The Eagles are playing on Monday Night. But all of this pales to tomorrow’s heavy weight championship fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. As always, the world stops when a heavy weight championship is on the line. Anthony Joshua is a -225 favorite in the fight, which feels about right to me. I think I like Usyk’s -200 just a bit better, though. This is a classic example of styles making fights. If Usyk is about to avoid Joshua’s power in the early rounds and batter the champion and keep him off balance, we might see Joshua wilt down the stretch. It is genuinely intriguing.
No matter how the fight goes, I have a nice gaggle of reading and some writing to take care of this weekend. And, as always, some quick hits and varia:
- Hopefully you already subscribe to a far better version of these quick hits: Past Imperfect.
- Preserving Cyprus and Peru: Call to Action September 2021.
- Some talks:
- Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence.
- Cypriot Rural Sanctuaries as Vibrant Assemblages.
- Convivium: An international conference in honour of Prof. Emeritus Demetrios Michaelides.
- A new Hesperia.
- ‘Abandonment’: Archaeology in the service of society.
- A new Studies in Digital Heritage.
- Mass Crusader Grave.
- ‘COVID waste’ and social media as method.
- Asimov’s Foundation.
- Allnic Audio T-2000 30th Anniversary Integrated Amplifier.
- Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph.
- What I’m reading: Susan Debra Blum and Alfie Kohn, Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and what to do instead). West Virginia 2020.
- What I’m listening to: Moor Mother, Black Encyclopedia of the Air.