Fall has sprung here in North Dakotaland with temperatures in the mid-60s, overcast skies, and trees changing colors. Football season is under way and in Australia, they’re beginning to look ahead to this summer’s Ashes. New fall albums provide a soundtrack and the backlog of books and articles released this summer provides the beat.
If you’re caught up on your backlog, though, or just need a break, here are some quick hits and varia:
It’s the first Friday of fall, if not officially, at least in terms of the sporting and academic calendar. The excitement for the first week or so of classes has dissipated only to be replaces by the first sustained taste of cooler weather, the start of the NFL season, and opening wave of fall book and album releases.
At the same time, I’m warily watching the weather radar as Irma plows toward Florida and my parents. My hope is that they’ll avoid the worst of it, but the storm has already been a nightmare for Caribbean communities and looks poised to do much more damage before its done. Good luck, Florida and please stay safe!
Apparently, our dogs have it good.
My Friday varia and quick hits too a bit of a break this summer with some travel and a few late week meetings stretching the break into the fall. But, it’s back now provided I can still sneak a little time for web surfing between the Formula 1 weekend in Monza, the college football kickoff, NASCAR in Darlington and the various other Labor Day events that largely involve laboring.
Milo and Argie at the club.
It is supposed to hit 80 degrees here in Grand Forks this weekend and will be only a few degrees cooler than Larnaka, Cyprus. I can’t explain how amazing these early summer days are here in the Northern Plains. Clear skies, low humidity, and pleasant breezes after the cold winter.
As I wrap up my semester, I want to remind folks to check out the little book that my graduate students prepared in the aftermath to cuts in our graduate program, Defending History: The Graduates’ Manifesto, and while you’re at it, please do check out the expanded content added to the Haunted by Waters: The Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997 page at The Digital Press.
It might also be fun if you checked out these various quick hits and varia:
Let’s get this party started!
I have over 100 papers to grade, a couple of springstruck dogs, two books that are not quite done, and 1500 words to cut from a 5000 word essay. Seems like it’s going to be a pretty good weekend because summer (or what passes for summer in these parts) is here.
In celebration of the end of the semester, enjoy a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
After a consultation about Milo’s new Big Pawler brand.
I’m on the road to Bismarck and the State Historic Preservation Board meeting today, so only a few varia (and no quick hits!). Hopefully they’re all fun!
First, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published the Corinth Excavations Archaeological Manual yesterday. Check it out here.
Second, I get quoted in an article by Kritika Agarwal in Perspectives on History, a regular publication from the American Historical Association, and managed to name drop North Dakota Quarterly. I talk a bit about slow, slow archaeology, and suggest: “If any discipline is likely to produce the Slow alternative to the corporate university, it’s likely to come out of history, the humanities, or the fine arts.” It’s fun, sometimes, to remember that I’m a historian!
Finally, today is Argie the Bargepole’s Birthday. I have a plan this summer to tell his entire story, but, for those who don’t know…
He’s the small dog that was left on our graduate students’ doorstep last summer on the Western Argolid Regional Project. After a summer of fun with our students and staff, it was looking a bit grim for him because all of the many offers to adopt him had fallen through. Since the project already had a reputation for saving malingering street mutts, we knew that we had to do something. So I agreed to take him back to the U.S.
Needless to say, he’s fit into our clan perfectly. We great him each the morning with a hearty “HELLO THE BARGEPOLE” and he goes about his very busy days with a mostly unintelligible sense of purpose.
Needless to say, he makes our lives better. Happy Bargeday, to Argie the Bargepole.
It’s a sunny Friday here in North Dakotaland as the semester winds to a close. I’ve begun to slowly transition my thoughts from the academic year to my summer research carefully compartmentalizing the avalanche of grading over the next few weeks and the bevy of projects that demand to pushed across the finish line (not to mention the gaggle of end of semester meetings that will fill up my time as well as fine weather and social temptations!).
Before you check out the quick hits and varia, do go and read my earlier post today on the third anniversary of Joel Jonientz’s passing and the newest book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Haunted by Waters: the Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997.
So as I brace for end of semester chaos, enjoy some quick hits and varia:
We store our dogs this way.
It might well hit 70 this weekend in North Dakotaland ushering in spring as surely as the start of baseballing seasons, the India Premier League, and the return of Formula 1. It also brings distracted students, exhausted faculty, swarms of deadlines, and summer planning. Good times!
We should also remember that yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I. Go read Richard Rothaus’s blog post and then download our book exploring University of North Dakota and the Great War.
As you contend with the first days of the rest of the year, enjoy some quick hits and varia:
While springtime is finally here in North Dakotaland with temps soaring into the 60s today, we’re thinking of friends and family in Australia where they’re struggling with the flooding and the destruction wrought by Cyclone Debbie.
Wish nice weather here, though, this weekend will hopefully feature cookouts, drinks on the front porch, and leisurely walks with our two pooches as well as books, papers, and whatever else trouble I can get into.
For now, though, enjoy some quick hits and varia:
Kicking it Bargepole Style
You love me more, right?
We are well and truly into the springtime thaw season. Our backyard has become a small version of the once-mighty Lake Agassiz and every puddle hold the prospect of slippy little patch of ice.
Despite the sloppy weather, this weekend has lots of fun in store. The Formula 1 season starts in Melbourne. The Aussie cricket boys are preparing for the series decider in India, and there is plenty of exciting NCAA basketball action. There are books to read, papers to write, and muddy dog paws to clean.
And, of course, a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
This is why Milo can’t have nice things.