Friday Varia and Quick Hits

There is a lot of tension in North Dakotaland these days as the state of North Dakota and the Morton County sheriff’s office have intervened to disrupt the peaceful protestors who have set been blocking the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. For those new to the situation, the good folks at North Dakota Quarterly have put together a primer on the situation here. Two local media outlets have been covering the recent escalation in their own way. National and international media have chimed in as well: here, here, here, and here. The parallels between photos of the embattled protest camps and the campaign to retake Mosul are haunting. 

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On a more positive note, you may have noticed that my little press, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, published its fifth book this week. If you haven’t already check out: Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology. Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. I posted some download numbers on Wednesday to celebrate Open Access Week, as of this morning we had almost 900 downloads and just under half of these are downloads of the entire book (rather than a certain article).  We got a nice little story in the UWM Report this morning and a great shout out from Sarah Bond on her Digital Archaeology Digest for Forbes.

 If that isn’t enough to read this week, then I admire your discipline and free time (I’ll be out in the Bakken!), and offer these other tidbits from the week:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a fall Friday with family in town. So, my quick hits and varia are going to be a bit quicker and maybe less varia than usual. 


If you feel like you need more links to follow, then listen to first Caraheard Podcast of season 3.

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

The leaves are falling from the trees, we had an apple pie, the heart of the college footballing season is upon us, and grant applications and letters of recommendation are piling up.

It’s really fall now.

As you enjoy some hot cider while listening to your favorite Bob Dylan album, please enjoy these quick hits and varia:


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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

As the Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Florida, it seem petty to comment on the onset of autumn here in Grand Forks. The leaves have changed and are starting the fall, and I’m writing this post from beside the fireplace, but my thoughts are with the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

If you’re looking for reading this weekend, then please do enjoy this list of quick hits and varia, but also check out our sneak peek of Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology which will appear very soon from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. 

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

This has been a long week, but it’s genuinely starting to feel like fall here in North Dakotaland.

Yesterday’s NDUS Arts and Humanities Summit on Outrage was pretty fun and I live blogged it here. I’m almost done with Mobilizing the Past. And I even got a bit of reading done.

There’s some cricket on this morning, and Formula 1 this weekend in Malaysia well as a decent slate of college footballing contests. 

A busy week

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

It was a busy week here at Archeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters. The North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit is in full planning mode, Mobilizing the Past is in final review, and the Eagles are 2-0. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good as two disturbing, racial incidents on the University of North Dakota’s fine campus have marred the arrival of fall.

Most of what’s going on here in Grand Forks, ND, can serve as a learning opportunity for our community and our university, but the same probably cannot be said of my quick hits and varia:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

 Fall has come to North Dakotaland with football, school, and what passes for foliage in these parts. Formula 1 is in Singapore, the NASCAR crew is in Chicagoland, Ohio State travels to Oklahoma and the Eagles are on Monday Night Football. Should be a good weekend to sit back and contemplate the mysteries of the universe and catch up on some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Fall has sprung here in North Dakotaland with the high today in the mid-60s, leaves changing on trees, and college football in the air. The crispness in the air reminds us all that this is the time of the semester when we all have too much work to do and far too many distractions. 

I hope I can add a few more to your list with these quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a long weekend giving us an extra day to get some work done before we return to everyday life on Tuesday. Work a little extra to celebrate those whose labor gave us the chance to do more.

But also be sure the enjoy the start of college footballing season, Formula 1 at Monza, and the NASCARlers at the legendary “Lady in Black” (provided they can dodge the weather). 

As delightful fall weather creeps its way across the Northern Plains, I offer you some quick hits and varia for your weekend of work:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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