It’s the time of year when weekends go from being filled with reading and writing to being filled with course preparation and grading for the upcoming week. Fortunately, I’m moderately excited about the classes I’m teaching this fall, so this won’t be too much of a sacrifice (although I’ll likely sneak in some research when no one is looking).
The weather is getting cooler here on the northern plains with temps dropping into the upper-40s at night. The first frost is likely just around the corner. Fall has arrived and I’m looking forward to chili, football, and the arrival of fall colors!
This weekend also sees the Formula 1 guys at Spa (probably my favorite track in the current F1 calendar), the NASCARlers at Michigan (typically a yawnfest, but maybe moderately intriguing with the new aero package), and Australia will toil away in their one-day series in Sri Lanka. So there’s plenty of time for distraction.
Speaking of distraction, please do enjoy this list of quick hits and varia:
The frog days of summer linger on, but the boys – the Mighty Milo and Eager Argie – seem to enjoy them. The semester starts next week, and, once again, I realize that the summer has slipped by without a vacation. No rest for the wicked, I guess. Fortunately, the autumn is my favorite season when NASCAR and Formula 1 race to crown champions, college and pro [American] footballing gets underway, and the boys of summer (in the land down under) get ready for their new home season. These are good times in our household.
We should also think back 154 years today to the Battle of New Ulm in the Dakota Wars. If you’re not familiar with the Battle of New Ulm, then you almost certainly should download or buy a copy of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s War with the Sioux. Don’t worry, it’s free! Or, if you have it handy, check out the review of the book in the latest issue of North Dakota History.
If you’re not up for adding another book to your reading list at this point of the year, then maybe a quicker read from my list of varia will appeal:
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
This is not an interesting question in our house.
As the Frog Days of summer are upon us and the semester looms, it feels like the calm before the storm. The days and nights are warm here in North Dakotaland even if the mosquitos are fierce and the days are growing shorter. Campus is just starting to come back to life and the community feels like its bracing for the arrival of students and the new tradition of budget cuts and aggrieved letters in the local papers. There’s some talk about elections, the Olympics, and baseball, but even that seems to lack urgency in the dying days of summer. That might be a good thing.
So join me in relaxing and doing nothing in particular, with a little gaggle of quick hits are varia:
After a muggy week here in North Dakotaland, this weekend looks to be beautiful and dry. The hum of the mosquito spraying truck last night even suggests that we might have a night or two free of those biting pests.
With the F1 guys on their summer break, the intriguing Phillies on the west coast, and the Australian cricket team refusing to play in a normal way, we’ll settle for watching NASCAR at the ‘Glen this weekend. I’ve heard there are other events this weekend too.
Hope your weekend has as much promise as ours!
Sharing is Caring
It’s a lovely Friday morning here in North Dakotaland. The birds are squawking, the dogs are barking, and the mosquitos are as big as man’s hand. There is Formula 1 racing this weekend, the tense end to an interesting test match between Sri Lanka and Australia, and the Phillies are even playing decent, if generally unsuccessful, baseball.
It seems like a great time for a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Amphibious Milo (we always thought he was a lefty).
I got my eye on you, Yellow Dog.
It’s been a while, but I am getting back into the swing of blogging this summer. In other words, I feels like it’s time for a few quick hits and varia.
It’s good sports weekend with the F1 chaps at Hungaroring, the NASCARlers at the Brickyard, and Indy Car in Toronto. If you’re a real sports fan, though, you’re getting up early to watch England v. Pakistan in cricket. Pakistan took the first test in the series at Lords. If this test series isn’t being read as a critique of England’s conflicted history with its colonial past, then people don’t know how to read sports as politics.
Lots of ways to deal with the frog days of summer.
After the slow blogging week, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia on an early Saturday morning here in Polis, Cyprus.
First, I’d be remiss not to link to Scott Moore’s ongoing review series on exotic potato chips here on Cyprus. It’s an institution.
Brett Ommen is much smarter than I am, and his review of my idea for an Outrage Summit is really smart and subtle. Read it. (And for more on my Outrage Summit… go here).
Dimitri Nakassis has written some great little essays on his blog. If you haven’t read his piece on Athens, do it now. And then read his little piece against the universal museum.
Check out this disarming and clever short story by Janet Sarbanes on the North Dakota Quarterly website.
On the chapbook. I want to get into publishing chapbooks.
NPR on becoming a slow professor. I’ve posted on this book here and here.
Grad School has always sucked.
The new Radiohead album is pretty good.
Among the more consistent weather patterns on the Northern Plains is the seven-day rain cycle. In the spring and early summer, precipitation enters the Red River Valley on a regular rhythm. We have dry days on Monday through early Friday, but by Friday afternoon, clouds form. On Saturday and Sunday we have rain, which gives way to sunnier skies on Monday. This cycle repeats itself every seven days like clockwork much like late afternoon thunderstorms in the south or the annual appearance of the sirocco in southern Europe.
Before some quick hits and varia, be sure to make some time to check out the most recent Caraheard podcast. Richard Rothaus and I chat with science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s epic and awesome.
I’ll be down here with THE HAT.
Just in case.
Today, I’m bracing for about 8 hours of meetings and woke up to encounter a dusting of snow. That being said, the UND Writers Conference has been great fun, the UNDlers won their ice hockeying contest last night, and I managed to botch only a little bit of a top secret project.
This is one of most entertaining sports weekends of the year: Formula 1, NASCAR at Martinsville, Final Four basketballing games, World T20 Final, and opening day in baseballing. Unfortunately, many of us will have to work over the weekend, but I hope that I have time to catch some of the festivities.
While very strict rules regarding how we talk about the UND Writers Conference, so I won’t even try here, but you can go and check out the link.
Before the list of quick hits and varia, congratulations to all the folks (like my wife!) who worked hard to bring a pharmacy back to downtown Grand Forks.