It finally feels like winter here in North Dakotaland, but fortunately there are plenty of reasons to stay inside by the fire. This weekend’s highlights involve numerous conference championship footballing contests as well as the Mighty Spiders of the University of Richmond taking on the Fighting Hawks of the University of North Dakota right here in Grand Forks. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that, folks. Throw the records out.
While the excitement builds for the big game, please do enjoy a little list of varia and quick hits:
It’s a late fall Friday here in North Dakotaland, but feels a bit like October still. College baseball starts, cricket is in full swing, and the end of the NASCAR and F1 seasons signals the change of seasons as much as anything else.
So enjoy the weather these days and this little list of varia and quick hits because, as they say on the television, “winter is coming.”
Letting sleeping dogs lie.
Whatever else is going on in the sporting world, it is now test cricket season in Australia. The first test match of the season started Wednesday night against a transitioning South Africa team ranking 5th in the world, and after two days of play, it looks like it’ll be a tight contest.
If cricket isn’t enough, Ohio State plays Saturday night in a game that’ll make or break their season. The Wentz wagon has plenty of room available for the Eagles’ Sunday tilt against the New York Football Giants, and the mighty Spiders and Fighting Hawks have key games for their playoff aspirations. It’ll be a good weekend for sporting!
Before my Friday list of quick hits and varia, a little advertisement. Some good PR from UND and Creighton, for the most recent book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology.
Milo is trying to be cool, but really Argie is in his place on the couch.
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.
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:
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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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:
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.
We’ll just wait here until you come home.
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
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:
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: