With the field season right around the corner and a stack of ornery, unfinished projects staring at me, the last thing I needed was a string of days in the mid-70s with low humidity and a very eager dog. But, despite my best efforts, I can’t control the weather or the dog, so my productivity this week ground to an awkward halt as I took in some vigorous rounds of late afternoon “ram ball,” “ram elephant,” and “ram gross and wet rawhide” with the yellow dog.
I did, however, manage to set aside a bit of time to make a list of quick hits and varia. I’d like to humbly recommend listening to our most recent podcast as well!
An Aerial View of Milo
The countdown to fieldwork has begun in earnest, I’m trying my best to keep my priorities in order despite a trip to Boston (which will be fun), unseasonably warm weather (which has been great), and a few pressing deadlines (which I’m working through).
These pressures, however, come with the territory and won’t keep me from posting and you from enjoying a little list of quick hits and varia:
- A long article in Archaeology on the excavations at Gournia on Crete (my third favorite Mediterranean island).
- A New York Times article about an illegal excavation in Lecce, Italy has captured the world’s attention.
- Text, tattoos, and pilgrimage in the Early Christian World.
- An interview with Gavin Lucas and Victor Buchli on the origins of archaeology of the contemporary world.
- Some more on the B-movie pageantry of ISIS Iconoclasm.
- Byzantine inscriptions … for free.
- A Byzantine cemetery in Istanbul.
- Greek Easter Rocket War!
- Every ring-tab beer can might now be an antiquity (well, not really). I expect a vigorous and illegal trade in this artifacts to begin.
- The Museum of Modern Art’s digital vault.
- Nicholas Feltron on photography and data visualization.
- Another review of Atari: Game Over and an interview with Jim Heller, the mastermind of the Atari dump.
- If you don’t understand kerning, you can’t be President. Biden presents particular kerning issues, but easy to meme.
- Things out of place.
- DANGER ZONE.
- Modernist gas stations.
- What I’m reading: William L. Rathje, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Witmore, Archaeology in the Making: Conversations through a Discipline. London: Routledge 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Some local music: Mandalynne Panic, I Sense Harm.
Yesterday’s visit by Andrew Reinhard was hectic, but great.
Andrew and I started the day with a Skype presentation for the Digital Heritage Meets Interactive Storytelling Conference at the University of York. Andrew then talked to history majors and graduate students in our department about academic careers outside of academia and his work in archaeological publishing in particular. We then headed over the Gorecki Alumni center for an interview with the local news, WDAZ, and an interactive display of vintage Atari games. We wrapped up the day with a showing of Atari: Game Over and a panel discussion. While the crowd was not quite what we hoped for, the entire day was exciting enough to be declared a success. I’ll post a link to the recording of the event when it become available! In the meantime here’s a link to the coverage in the Grand Forks Herald and here’s a link to a short piece on Prairie Public Radio.
Today will be more proceed at a somewhat less frantic pace and feature some time to work on a publication plan for the results of the Atari dig and to record a podcast focusing on Archaeogaming.
In the meantime, I’ll offer a modest list of quick hits and varia for your weekend reading pleasure:
Come on! Drop something!
It’s been a busy, if unproductive, week here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters, but I am convinced that spring is just around the corner, my field work will start in just over a month, and next week is the annual Cyprus Research Fund lecture featuring Andrew Reinhard and Raiford Guins, plus an interactive display of vintage game consoles. What could be more cool?
Well, one thing could be more (if not more cool) is this little interview that Richard Rothaus and I produced for the American Schools of Oriental Research blog and podcast series:
So, the flurry of activity probably accounts for the dearth of quick hits and varia, but hopefully it will be enough to satisfy my loyal readers until Monday morning.
We’re in that delightful time between winter and spring when its still below freezing in the morning but warms over the course of the day. There are enough clouds in the sky to give us beautiful sunrises and sunsets, but not so many to keep the strengthening sun from providing that little extra warmth on our afternoon walks. It’s a lovely time of year. I only wish that it didn’t extend from early March to the middle of May here in North Dakotaland.
Before I start my usual list of quick hits and varia, I want to remind you to check out my buddy James Bradley Wells new book of poetry, The Kazantzakis Guide to Greece, which is available for pre-order here. It’s $12.40. Preorder it.
Also, check out our Call-for-Papers for the Bakken Goes Bust? Conference in October, and do listen to the most recent Caraheard podcast.
This is a busy time of year for sports fans with the Cricket World Cup and the NCAA Basketball Tournament going on at the same time and the baseball players preparing for their summertime contests. I’m sure there are other sports as well. I think I heard something about ice hockeying.
Despite the distractions, I did manage to pull together a little gaggle of quick hits and varia to watch between overs, quarters, or trimeters (or whatever ice hockeying has). Enjoy!
After owning the dog park…
… we rest.
It’s been unseasonably warm in North Dakotaland this week and so I’ve managed actually to enjoy the first few outdoor runs of the season. Not only do I feel slightly more fit, but my later afternoon shuffles have given me plenty of time to reflect on my sabbatical year.
Such reflection was not particularly productive, so to prevent anyone else from wasting good thinking time this weekend, I offer a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
I look so sad that I obviously deserve a treat, and
you can hardly tell that my cage door is open.
One long paw.
It feels like a month since I offered some Friday Varia and Quick Hits! I’m heading out to the Bakken in a couple hours, but before I hit the road with a few CDs, my notebook, camera, and my truck, I felt the inexorable draw of my laptop and the blog.
If you happen to be in Western North Dakota this weekend, be sure to check out the Man Camp Dialogue event in Killdeer, Dunn County, North Dakota on Sunday from 1-3pm. Richard Rothaus (NDUS and Caraheard podcast), Emily Guerin (Inside Energy), Aaron Barth (NDSU/Ft. Lincoln Foundation), and Tom Isern (NDSU) will open a dialogue with the folks of Dunn County regarding our research into workforce housing. Here’s the link to more information.
For anyone not able to make it to Killdeer, but itching for more Richard and Bill, check out our podcasts which are now live on the iTunes, on the Soundcloud, and include show notes posted here and here.
- WikiLeaks, Text, and Archaeology: The Case of the Schøyen Incantation Bowls.
- The media sometimes exaggerates archaeological discoveries. I’m shocked.
- Some more thoughts on how to prevent the looting of archaeological sites.
- Crowd-sourcing 3D models of amphora from 2D illustrations.
- On our podcast yesterday, we discussed a recent article in Atlantic Monthly called “What ISIS Really Wants.” Here’s a thoughtful response.
- The Egyptian martyrs of Libya added to the Coptic Synaxarium.
- The faltering fur trade of Kastoria.
- Scrawled insults and epiphanies in marginal notes from Oxford’s library.
- Why the peer review process works, even if it doesn’t.
- Reasons not to visit Cyprus.
- Millions of images from the world’s endangered archives.
- This is what happens if you ask for corrections to a story that are designed to obfuscate the real damage done by oil and gas producers in North Dakota.
- Coding is not literacy.
- That cool, but cut, solo by George Harrison from “Here Comes the Sun.”
- Here’s what nothing looks like.
- The Tweet Deleters.
- The Ghost in the MP3.
- What if Wes Anderson directed the X-men.
- What I’m reading: P. C. Pezzullo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice. University of Alabama Press 2007; Timothy J LeCain, Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet. Rutgers University Press 2009.
- What I’m listening to: Phosphorescent, Live at the Music Hall; The Wave Pictures, If You Leave it Alone.
Susie told me that I’m part wolf. Why are you saying otherwise?
This has been a complicated week here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters. I’ve been writing frantically, then watching the cricket world cup, and thinking about Sunday’s Daytona 500, and keeping an Cyclone Marcia, while tending to a crazy yellow dog with an injured tail. When you have a 2 year old yellow dog, it is impossible to “limit his activity.”
That all being said, I can see the faint light at the end of the tunnel and am looking forward to a trip to Boston next week for the Mobilizing the Past for the Digital Future workshop and catching up with some friends. Now I just need to finish that paper…
In the meantime, enjoy some varia and quick hits and hopes for a less eventful (but no less entertaining weekend):
Is it playtime, NOW?
Today’s Varia and Quick Hits is coming from Fargo, North Dakota where I’m enjoying a slight change of venue after a stimulating evening at the Plains Art Museum. I’m going to tarry here in Fargo for a few hours this morning with the hope that a change of venue will stimulate some of my flagging creativity.
Before moving onto our weekend reading, a couple of advertisements for myself. First, Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology is now available at the low, low price of $17.95. There’s almost no reason not to buy it now (unless you already have it for free). Yesterday, Richard Rothaus and I released our second podcast in our ongoing adventures in podcasting.
- The prodding of an ancient coin collector who compared the AIA to ISIS yielded this response. The internets can be a cruel place, but considering the amount of revenue that ISIS is generating from that guy’s hobby, I think his critic was probably meant ironically.
- Even the Neolithics loved hugs. (Sensitive Neolithic thugs, y’all need hugs.)
- The Monument Men of the modern Syrian conflict.
- An Ottoman shipwreck off the coast of eastern Cyprus.
- Late Roman wine seeds.
- Congratulations to the Oriental Institute for 10 years of Open Access publishing.
- I met Karen Kopacz last night at the Plains Art Museum. Her project seemed pretty cool. Here’s a link to her blog.
- It’s nice to know that RVs will survive a climate apocalypse.
- Stunning photographs of a flipped iceberg!
- Expensive vase donated to UND. If I found something like that, I’d auction it off and donate the proceeds to the St. Louis AIA society.
- When I feel down, I look to Werner Herzog for inspirational insights.
- One of my favorite little brands, Schiit Audio, has been documenting the story of company on a head-fi thread. Here’s what they say about dealing with Amazon. (By the way, people who click on this link might be interested to know that they’re selling some “b stock” and “close-outs” on their site (scroll down to the bottom of the product list). This company never has sales, so if you’re looking to get into the reasonably priced world of high end audio, this may be the way to do it.)
- What typewriters did to type.
- Two Medieval monks plan a dinner party.
- What I’m reading: Bjørnar Olsen; Þóra Pétursdóttir, Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. Routledge 2014.
- What I’m listening to: Chick Corea, Trilogy; Viet Cong, Viet Cong.
Do my paws seem too long to you?
Allow me to help you with that blanket.