After Wednesday was a balmy 33 degrees, today’s 2 degree morning felt downright disrespectful even for North Dakotaland. So I’m looking forward to spending some quality time in an unheated, soon-to-be-demolished building on campus this afternoon, but plan to hunker down for a weekend of books, writing, and NASCAR after today.
I find there’s almost nothing better to fortify me over a long weekend than a little gaggle of varia and quick hits:
The boys are ready for their shot at gold in tandem napping.
(There is a slight deduction in form).
The cold is never ending here in North Dakotaland and according to our forecast the warmest it’ll be into the foreseeable future is 4.
So, it’s a good excuse to stay inside and read and write and do wintertime things. To help that along, do check out the most recent book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, the first volume of the Epoiesen Annual. Check it out here.
If that’s still not enough, here’s little gaggles of quick hits and varia:
Personal Space Issues.
It’s Super Bowl weekend here, so I’m going to immerse myself in my ongoing projects, pointless and self-destructive exercise, and books, so that I can avoid thinking about it until the last moment. Then I’ll turn the television on and watch my Eagles.
If you’re not as beholden to the big game, I’d encourage you to wander over to The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and download (or buy!) our latest book: Chris Price’s The Old Church on Walnut Street: A Story of Immigrants and Evangelicals. Here’s the story of that book.
If old churches aren’t your thing (which would be super weird), you can also go and check out these quick hits and varia:
Argie Guards the Guards.
We’re expecting a mild weekend weather here in North Dakotaland which is perfect for cooking out for Australia Day, watching the 24 Hours of Daytona, and catching up on a bunch reading and writing projects that just need to get done!
In the meantime, enjoy a little gaggle of quick hit and varia:
If you’re a Grand Forkler and plan to drink beer and eat bacon this weekend, be sure to head over to Ojata Records afterward for some the punk rock music, conversation, and free gifts at our Punks in the Trump Era event. Here’s more info on that!
To avoid jinxing them, I’m not going to post anything about my Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, comment on my underdog Spiders stirring victory (in an otherwise forgettable season) over crosstown rival VCU, or Joel Embiid’s dominating performance against the hated Celtics last night, his being named a start to the All-Star Game, or his dissing of Rihanna in national TV.
To keep things on lockdown, here are some quick hits and varia:
It’s cold and snowy and cold here in North Dakotaland, but we all have plenty to do between snow removal, the start of classes, and good ole North Dakotee-Style keepin’ busy.
As I continue to ponder the future of this blog and various bits and pieces of my computer infrastructure, I’m wondering whether any of my dedicated readers can give me tips for web clipper program. For years, I’ve used Evernote, which used to be great, but now is a bloated catastrophe of bugs, useless (and unsupported) features, and memory. I just want something simple that lets me save pages for my quick hits and varia from my phone or my laptop into the cloud.
In the meantime, here are this week’s quick hits and varia:
Milo was here.
It’s been a bit of a hectic year for me at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters with too many projects, too many smart and energetic colleagues, friends and students, too many fun things to do and read, too many stories to follow in sports, too many books to read (and write and publish), too much political anxiety, and too many dogs (er, not enough dogs).
What a better way to end 2017 than with Alastair Cook carrying the bat for a double-century in the Ashes, with the Eagles clinching home-field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs, with The Process, and with Ohio State playing tonight in a bowl game that they might actually win!
Despite wavering a bit in recent weeks and months, I’ve decided to stick with the blog after many kind words from people. I do want to explore some other options though and I can’t help but thinking a kind of newsletter format that is delivered weekly to an inbox is more efficient and contemporary mode of delivery? This could also bring together updates from my various projects from North Dakota Quarterly and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Maybe it’s too self-indulgent to think people will want that, but, on the other hand, I find the recent turn to newsletters endlessly fascinating and entertaining. As a long-time pioneer in the blogosphere recently quipped “you can’t remain neutral on a moving train.“
Fortunately, no matter how much media moves, there’s still something about compelling content, and with that, here are a few end of the year quick hits and varia:
It’s pretty close to the end of the year, it’s cold as a dog’s nose, and the Ashes are more or less over. Fortunately, I have a bunch of writing, layout, and course preparation to keep me warm this holiday season. I might even have time to read something.
If you find yourself with some time, maybe these quick hits and varia will give you some ideas:
It’s been a long finals week with lots of grant-reviewing, grading, and some start-stop writing that probably just made me more work to do later. That being said, there was some exciting Sixers basketball, the start of a tense test match in Perth, and even some fluffy white snowflakes to holiday up North Dakotaland.
It’s a busy time of year for most folks, but if you have the time, perhaps by the fire or on the veranda, here are some quick hits and varia:
There’s a calm before the storm between the end of the semester and the beginning of grading. This weekend it will be filled with reading approximately 400 grant application (actually, like 35 of them) and recovering from a pair of stirring Ashes test matches.
But first, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota will team up with the College of Arts and Sciences Aha! Lecture Series and North Dakota Quarterly to host Micah Bloom (Minot State) and Thora Brylowe (University of Colorado-Boulder) this afternoon along with Sheila Liming (UND) and David Haeselin (UND) at an event celebrating the release of Bloom’s Codex. If you’re not from these-here parts, we got you covered. The event will be recorded and we’ll release it next week.
If you’re just not that into books or whatever, then here are some quick hits and varia: