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.
I missed last Friday because I was on the road, so I feel lots of added pressure to come through with a genius edition of quick hits and varia this week. Maybe too much pressure.
Before we do that, however, I want to follow up on a little side project yesterday’s post. After reading this epic blog post comparing the Archaeological Institute of American to ISIS by a coin collector and lobbyist against import restriction on ancient artifacts called Wayne Sayles, Andrew Reinhard, Punk Archaeologist without Borders, and myself collaborated in a little punkish hardcore ditty that put together our reading of Sayles blog post to music. Reinhard, obviously, provided the music. It is awesome.
Now on to the varia and quick hits:
Where did I leave that?
Some of my regular readers noticed that I missed a blog post yesterday. I apologize for the missed day, but should also point out that I posted last Sunday, so I still got me 5 post in this week. Over the next week or so, I’ll be out of town a bit, but I’ll do all I can to keep up with my regular blog schedule.
As the halcyon days linger here in North Dakota land and I prepare for a mid-morning blast across the North Dakota prairie, I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t present a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
- The Amphipolis tomb and Greek politics. As an important election looms, nothing is irrelevant.
- Papyrus, mummy masks, and cartonnage: a mummy, media, mystery! I think the idea of using cartonnage as a way to launder papyrus purchased on the open market is ingenious and disturbing.
- Some progress on decoding the Herculaneum Scrolls.
- For those of you who aren’t keep track. The St. Louis [soon to be formerly] AIA chapter did this, so the AIA did this. This is a classic, “oh no they didn’t, oh yes they did” situation.
- A nice summary of digital and cyber-archaeology (that is archaeology conducted by and for cyborgs) at the ASOR annual meeting.
- The University of Sydney’s Lego Pompeii does include Steve Ellis with an iPad.
- A fantastic blog post on Punk Archaeology by Paul Mullins, and Andrew Reinhard’s paper from the Punk Archaeology panel at SHAs.
- Because Eric Cline’s book is not getting enough publicity, people are now reviewing the reviews of the book.
- Early Europeans apparently ate dogs and [honey] badgers. Archaeological evidence also suggested that the honey badger don’t care.
- The Pantone color of the year is Marsala, and Andrew Reinhard is right in the thick of it.
- A history of the Roma.
- Some neat stuff from a year with the North Dakota State Historical Society.
- Jane Jacob’s writing in Fortune in 1958 about American urban revival.
- I have a blog post brewing about the reasons for grade inflation.
- Atari: Game Over will be available on DVD on February 2nd, in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day! Watch me say the word “Strohs.”
- Vintage McIntosh gear. So, so sweet.
- What I’m reading: S.A. Harvey and D. G. Hunter eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Oxford 2008.
- What I’m listening to: William Onyeabor, Who Is William Onyeabor?; Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love (because if I didn’t, we’d get our Subaru card taken back.)
The Milo-Badger don’t care either.
It’s the time of year in North Dakotaland when you realize that you haven’t left the house for days and have begun to confuse the meager light of the full moon and the sun. My motivation levels are so low that I’ve begun to finish lingering book reviews just to do something. Long term research projects are just too existentially taxing. When I way poetic (which is rare), I call this the North Dakota Midwinter Acedia. Most of the time, I just wish it wasn’t so frigging cold outside.
Despite the malaise, I have managed, in an endearingly half-hearted way, to assemble a little gaggle of varia and quick hits:
Let’s just agree that it is difficult to know what exactly happened here.
If there was a sense of urgency in the Ohio State win last night, it was because they knew with Harbaugh at Michigan this was their last shot at a national championship for a long, long time. So we can’t blame them for finding a little extra to beat Alabama.
Since we have another few days before cricket recommences and then a few beyond that for more college footballing, I found a little gaggle of quick hits and varia to keep you entertained.
No, really, my paws don’t work. Bring the treat to me here.