Friday Varia and Quick Hit

The long tail of winter has decided to wag a bit this week and next here in North Dakotaland. We not only had temperatures that were comfortably below 0° F but are also looking forward to snow over the weekend and into next week. It looks like April will come in like a lion. Hopefully, it’ll go out like a lamb.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to hunker down inside this weekend. It’s baseball’s opening day, the NBA playoff push is underway, the NCAA basketball final four is happening, and there’s F1 (in Australia), IPL in India, and at least two intriguing boxing cards featuring one featuring Anthony Joshua and the other headlined by the always exciting Robeisy Ramirez. 

Just a brief reminder, yesterday was a new book day.

This is in addition to a stack of reading to do (including my annual tour through the work of our creative writing students) and the final fussing around with my book. All this and still a little time for a few quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Once spring break is over, the semester begins to gain momentum on its own. Deadlines come more quickly, student questions come with a bit more urgency, and summer plans seem to have just a bit more energy to them. 

While we’re still buried under a foot of snow, the late afternoon puddles are starting to get bigger and the dry roads remind us that by the end of April, we might be able to see some grass.

This time next week, we’ll be talking about opening day in baseball. This weekend, though, is about basketball with the NCAA tournament getting to the business end of things and the Sixers headed out West. I’m going to pass on the Benevidez-Plant PPV this weekend. There are too many good fights scheduled for the next month without having to pay for this one. I am excited about the NASCAR Cup race in COTA in Texas though where former F1 champ Jenson Button, will make his Cup debut, and Kimi Räikkönen will return for an encore. That should add some buzz to the weekend’s festivities.

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

It’s the final Friday of spring break and it feels like it came just a bit too quickly! I have some reading that I wanted to get done and I had hoped to get out of the house a bit more, but it is what it is (and I do have a couple more days to enjoy break before the final push of the semester begins).

This weekend is dominated by the NCAA mens basketball tournament. Since none of my teams made it and I didn’t follow college basketball much this year, I’m only keeping one eye on the games, but I have enjoyed what I’ve seen this year so far. The F1 guys are in Jeddah this weekend for a race at lunchtime on Sunday in the US. The NASCAR guys are in Atlanta for pack racing complements of the new aero package and the re-contoured Atlanta speedway. Australia is playing some limited overs games in India.

More important than the sporting news is that the 2023 CHAT meeting call for papers has dropped! It’s the 20th anniversary of CHAT’s founding and the meeting will happen in Patras, Greece in early November! Here’s a link to the CFP. Special note to my Greek archaeology friends is that we’re encouraging submission on “historical and contemporary archaeology in the Mediterranean” and hope to have at least one panel on the archaeology of Early Modern and contemporary Greece.

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Now onto a little list of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally the Friday before spring break and I’m pretty excited to take the week off from teaching to catch up on… well, teaching (as well as some writing and maybe even reading!). According to the weather forecast, it sounds like I’ll have ample opportunity to hunker down inside over the next few days and get some work done by the fire.

I’m moderately interested in college basketball, so this will be an entertaining sports weekend even if I don’t have commitments to any particular team. It almost feels like the rest of the sporting world presses pause this weekend to let the college teams have their moment. That said, the Cup guys are in Phoenix, the final India-Australia test looks to be Australia’s best performance so far in the series. And if I had Showtime, I would watch the Tim Tszyu-Tony Harrison match from Sydney (and apparently this Diego Pacheco kid who is fighting in Liverpool on Saturday night is a legitimate prospect). 

Hope my academic readers are enjoying a recuperative spring break and find something interesting in this little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

We’ve been so lucky with the weather that I suppose it is worth mentioning here (even if it risks jinxing it). My colleagues in North Dakota’s banana belt got pounded by a blizzard this week. We received some chilly temperatures and some polite flurries, but otherwise sunny days that made me feel like spring was at least possible if not close by!

Adding to the feeling of spring is the start of spring training baseball, the start of the business end of the NBA season, and the return of the Formula 1 circus. This weekend, the F1 guys start their season in Bahrain. The Sixers have another tough nationally televised game. And Australia can celebrate a solid drubbing of India making it possible to at least draw the test series. 

This weekend, with NDQ off to the publishers and a brief respite from grading, I feel like I can return to my regularly schedule programming. I have some reading to do and some odds and ends to sort out, but otherwise, I’m looking forward to a more relaxed weekend with the mid-semester chaos behind me.

In anticipation, please enjoy some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It is cold here, but we didn’t get snow. I can’t quite decide if this is a good thing or not, but I don’t plan to be outside today long enough to figure it out. And, more mild temperatures are on the way by next week.

This weekend should involve finishing an NDQ issue, finishing a book project, some grading, and some reading. I might make some time to check out the NASCAR guys in California and I’ll likely be hunkered down by the fire to watch my Sixers play on national TV Saturday night. If I was made of money, I’d even be tempted to buy the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight on Sunday, but because I’m not, I won’t.

Otherwise, I’m going to keep my head down and keep slogging through this semester. Here are some quick hits and varia to start your weekend off right:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally Friday and I’m looking forward to this weekend as much as any early semester weekend in recent memory. Not only do I have a stack of papers to grade, but some reading for class, some final touches on a book project, and with just a bit of luck, I’ll still have time to chip away at my “should read” pile of articles and book chapters. 

It won’t be all work and no play, though. I’m excited to watch the Daytona 500 on Sunday where long cautions offer a great break to read a couple student papers or scrawl some words on the ole blog. I’m also looking forward to the Leigh Wood – Mauricio Lara fight on Saturday. It’s taken me a while to warm to Wood’s style, but I’ve come to appreciate his doggedness in the famous squared circle. Finally, I’ll keep a bored eye on the second Australia-India Test. I don’t have much confidence that Australia can keep this one close, but they’re off to a better start than in the first test.

As I said yesterday, my list of things “to read” has reached intimidating proportions and to make your life more complicated, please enjoy this quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally Friday. Weeks this semester seem to be both longer than usual but also to pass more quickly. It’s very strange. It is nice to see the weekend just around the corner, though, even if it means the return of more seasonal temperatures and the anxiety that comes from watching one’s childhood team compete for the Super Bowl. (Fortunately, the first test of the Australian tour of India should come to an end long before Sunday allowing me to focus entirely on the Super Bowl).

To occupy my time this weekend before the big game, I have a couple manuscripts to read, a gaggle of NDQ publication agreements to circulate, and, as I mentioned yesterday, I have some layout and revision to complete on a very cool NDQ project.

I also have a plan to do a better job assembling some quick hits and varia, but until then, please enjoy this short list:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the end of the semester and it couldn’t come a week too soon! I’m looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation, reading a novel, and week or two of sleeping in.

Unfortunately, the first part of the previous statement is not true.

It is very cold here.

I am looking forward to a somewhat more relaxing weekend though. I have a couple manuscripts to read, a manuscript to typeset, and a book to read. More than that, I am looking forward to the Emanuel Navarette – Liam Wilson fight tonight and the  weird NASCAR preseason race in the LA Coliseum. And sleep. I’m excited to sleep in for a day or two.

If the fight game isn’t your jam on Friday, check out: Sun Ra Arkive YouTube Live Stream 14: Calling Planet Earth, Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd discuss their new book Sun Ra Sundays on Friday February 3, 2023 8 pm EST. Grab a copy of the book here.

In the meantime, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally Friday after a long (albeit short) week. That means a chance to catch my breath a bit, take care of some odds and ends, and get some momentum into the next week.

This weekend will be a delightful combination of getting some work done after an exceedingly hectic week and football. The Eagles play division rivals the New York Football Giants tomorrow night and the games on Sunday look to be particularly entertaining (even if I don’t necessarily have a dog in that fight). This will distract me from the remarkable play of the Sixers on their current West coast swing!

In the meantime, here is a little list of quick hits and varia:

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