It is well and truly winter out here now. As I write this it’s -32° with the “Feels Like” temperature of -51°. I don’t know what a degree is or what it means, but we have a lot of negative degrees.
That said, we have been enjoying the boys of summer as battle down under for The Ashes. It hasn’t been a great series unfortunately, but test cricket is test cricket. The Philadelphia football Eagles have somehow staggered their way into the playoffs and the Philadelphia basketball Sixers seem to recovering from their COVID inflected lull. So the sports pages are full as usual of interesting things.
I am very much looking forward to the new semester. Since I’m mostly working on revisions to my book on the archaeology of the contemporary world, I’m taking a bit of a “research sabbatical” and shifting my attention from the reading and writing treadmill to teaching and various forms of service (especially to North Dakota Quarterly, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, the Annual of ASOR, and some other long simmering projects). Along those lines, I’m pretty (ok, moderately) happy with the new CAARI website which I contributed to producing.
This will invariably have an impact on this blog which tends on the measure to be an extension of my research interest, but I’ll do the best I can to continue to offer a weekly gaggle of quick hits and varia:
- As always, do check out and subscribe to Pasts Imperfect.
- The top archaeological discoveries of 2021.
- Disability and Infanticide in Ancient Greece.
- Mountains as Connected Landscapes of Alterity.
- Oil Spaces: Exploring the Global Petroleumscape
- “A Sharp White Background”: Enslavement and Privilege at Eighteenth-Century Harvard College.
- When Biblically Inspired Pseudoscience and Clickbait Cause Looting.
- Slaves and Philhellenes.
- Some magi for your epiphany (albeit a day late).
- Making AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt.
- Speedmaster 321 Canopus Gold.
- What I’m reading: Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008).
- What I’m listening to: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Barn.