Fall has sprung this week in North Dakotaland with cool nights and mild days. It’s a lovely time to sell a car, struggle through a late summer cold, hurt one’s back, or even contemplate the enormity of the universe. It was also a good week for writing and preparing a list quick hits and varia.
Oh, it’s been quite a week for my good friend Dimitri Nakassis who finally became a MacArthur Fellow. Dimitri is one of the really good people in archaeology, and I this prestigious award could not have gone to a better person. Congratulations!
It’s Milo’s world, and we are just allowed to play in it.
It’s the first fall Friday of 2015, and the leaves are just beginning to change here in North Dakotaland. That means that we might start to enjoy some cool evenings and the sparkling dust of frost in the morning light. Good times except that it too quickly gives way to mind-wrenching cold temperatures and endless snow piles.
So enjoy the fall weather while it lasts, and enjoy this week’s quick hits and varia:
It’s finally Friday here in North Dakotaland. It feels like two or three weeks since the last weekend, but when I look at everything that I completed this week, it seems to confirm that last Friday was only two days ago. Funny how time is.
Despite the strangely short week, this weekend holds the promise of some excitement, including the first University of North Dakota – North Dakota State football game in 12 years, a new Keith Richards’ album (I know, right?), and the Formula 1 guys in Singapore.
So, hunker down for some footballing, blues, and Formula 1 racing, with a loyal gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Hangin’ with the Eli
For some reason short weeks take the longest, but this has been a good week so I suppose that I shouldn’t complain that it lingers a bit longer than usual.
First, thank you to all the generous comments on social media about my post yesterday on the archaeology of care during the current refugee crisis. The only critical observation came over at Paul Barford’s blog. I wrote him a fairly lengthy comment with some ideas for how antiquities collectors and museums might also contribute to shifting the focus from objects to people even just for a time. Check out Richard Rothaus’s musing here.
Second, I want to thank everyone who downloaded or purchased copies of The Digital Press’s most recent publication, Karl Jakob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux. In the first week the book was available we saw over 150 copies enter circulation as either free downloads or purchases. Needless to say, this is great start since we’ve done no marketing beyond the social media networks of the authors, translators, and friends of the Press.
Finally, thanks to everyone who took the time to listen to the first Caraheard podcast of the season. Richard and I are already scheming up some ways to keep our always witty banter fresh and engaging.
With my self-congratulatory banter dispensed with, on to some quick hits and varia:
If he can’t get over writers’ block,
the great American dog novel will never get finished.
After a sweltering week, I’m looking forward to a cooler and rainier weekend here in North Dakotaland. More than that, this is the start of college footballing season, the NASCAR boys are at Darlington, and the Formula 1 show is at Monza. Kicking the weekend off right was the Australia victory over England in the first ODI of that series.
Before the list of quick hits and varia, be sure to check out the newest book published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, the first English translation of K.J. Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux translated by Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelver with new introductory material from Richard Rothaus and Dakota Goodhouse. It’s a good read and it’s free (or $12 on Amazon).
And now onto the quick hits and varia:
The Frog Days of Summer
At the end of a hectic week in North Dakotaland, I’ve traveled west to the might “Capital of the Northern Prairie,” Bismarck, ND for a meeting. The temperature is set to top 95 degrees reminding us that summer has a little more to offer before succumbing to golden light of fall.
Fortunately, I have a nice swarm of Quick Hits and Varia to help you beat the heat this weekend.
- The New Yorker on Istanbul’s big dig.
- Hellenistic wall painting at Petra.
- Using data from the ADS to study Roman settlement in Britain.
- NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World helps out the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani.
- Archaeological site replaced by a very nice concrete picnic table.
- We should add that table to this list of places where we don’t want to sit.
- Mike Wesch newest project: My Teaching Notebook.
- One-star Yelp! reviews of national parks. We need to do this for Greek archaeological sites, except that I want to write the reviews!
- This is what happens when you give someone something for nothing.
- The Archaeology of the Internets: Space Jam Forever!
- Shipping containers as high rise.
- Probably the most important immigrant from the Planet Lovetron. RIP Daryl Dawkins. This is the best, and maybe only way to celebrate his NBA career. Cheeks to Jones to Dawkins!
- What I’m reading: B. Alberti, A. Meirion Jones, J. Pollard, Archaeology After Interpretation. Walnut Creek, CA 2013. (Cut me some slack, it was the first week back teaching!)
- What I’m listening to: Neil Young, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere; Neil Young, After the Gold Rush; Neil Young, On the Beach.
Milo is recovering from his cough and ear infections, but he wanted to make sure everyone knew that being a sick, 2-year-old, yellow dog is not easy.
It’s the calm before storm as classes start on Tuesday and students show up on campus this weekend. Fortunately, there’s the final test of the Ashes, Formula 1 is at Spa, NASCAR is at Bristol, and NFL preseason has entered its very brief, interesting phase.
While I’m taking the weekend to gather my thoughts and energy before the semester begins, I’ll pass along some quick hits and varia for your enjoyment.
- Archaeology in the ancient city of Amorium.
- Andrew Reinhard’s Archaeogaming and the court of public opinion. Some interesting ideas about what archaeology is.
- Archaeology in the time of crisis in Greece. The problem of looting.
- The tragic death of Khaled al-Asaad in Palmyra.
- This is a bit disappointing.
- Byzantium/Modernism. Here is the table of contents.
- An older post, but a good one: the Ottoman phase of the “Tower of the Winds” in Athens.
- Are modern apartment blocks modeled in Roman insulae?
- If you have a moment, go check out North Dakota Quarterly’s new website, and hit the “Want More?” button to add yourself to our email list. We won’t pummel you with email, but I promise it’ll be worth your while.
- An abandoned shopping mall is remarkably uninteresting.
- Palo Alto’s endangered trailer park and the last flophouse in the Bowery.
- More of Ryan Stander’s photographs of the Bakken.
- The podcast renaissance and Relay FM.
- A guide of open access monograph publishing.
- The end of a punk archaeology landmark in downtown Fargo.
- One square mile of the world.
- The odd but familiar economics of streaming audio.
- What I’m reading: B. Alberti, A. Meirion Jones, J. Pollard, Archaeology After Interpretation. Walnut Creek, CA 2013.
- What I’m listening to: David Cloud, Today is the Day that They Take Me Away; Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free.
The Mighty Milo is under the weather today,
but he promises to be back to his vigilant self as soon as possible.
It is supposed to be close to one thousand degrees here in North Dakotaland today, so I got up early to blog while the weather is still tolerable. I think this will finally melt that little patch of snow by the side of the house and thaw the last of the garden in time for the first frost of fall.
So while we’re baking in our boots, I offer a small gaggle of quick hits and varia for you to enjoy.
But first, a photo of the North Dakota Man Camp Project’s August 2015 field team:
And now, some quick hits and varia:
Can’t let my paws touch the floor!
I’m still getting my feet set on this blogging every day thing, so I apologize for missing yesterday. I was just too shaken after Australia was dismissed for 60 in about 90 minutes yesterday morning (but it could be worse). Whatever the reason, I figure I owe my readers some quick hits and varia for the long weekend.
The frog days of summer.
I’m still getting back into the groove of blogging regularly, so I don’t want to push too hard right out of the gate and injure myself.
But I will offer a few quick hits and varia for the weekend, only because I can’t help myself: