Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Apparently, we’re going to enjoy a few days of “fall” in North Dakotaland this weekend. It’ll give our community a chance to clean up branches broken from the heavy snow last weekend and try to get their gardens into shape for their long winter nap. Hopefully the nice weather will give us a chance to take leisurely strolls along the banks of Lake Agassiz and to enjoy the foliage. If the weather isn’t as autumnal where you are, I hope that the weekend brings calmer weather. 

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Whatever your situation, enjoy some quick hits and varia:

In their comfort zones:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

We have an official snow day here at UND, but even I celebrate over my morning cup of coffee, I know that if this storm doesn’t deliver, this will cost us a snowy commute in the future.

In the end, it doesn’t matter. I’m hunkered down with my laptop and coffee by the fire and looking forward to some decent football (Eagles versus Vikings, and Penn State playing an always pesky Iowa team), a slightly disrupted Formula One weekend, the NASCAR boys at Talladega, and some decent, boxing. Plus I have some books to read, papers to grade, and a few other things to putter around with until the weather clears. I’ll post an update to my “first snow” snapshot from yesterday when there’s a bit more light.

In the meantime, enjoy a short list of quick hits and varia:


A Milo Story: Yesterday, in the sleet and rain Milo and I were playing “stick” in a local park. A swarm of deer caught his eye and in a wink, he was gone after them. I figured he’s circle back around after he gave up on the chase, but 20 minutes later, he was still no where to be found. After an hour of increasingly desperate searching in the rain and some kind of pellet sleet, he reappeared, drenched to the bone (which is quite a feat for a yellow lab), covered in burs, and clearly rattled. We got him home, dried him off, and he’s recovering from his adventure. It was a scary evening for all involved!  

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The mighty Red River of the North keeps rising and the rain keeps coming, but at least it’s giving me an excuse not to mow the lawn!

Instead I’m going to hunker down with a couple of thesis drafts, a book, and a few articles and make the best of a rainy weekend.

I might even find some time to dredge up a few more reads for quick hits and varia, but until then here’s something to get us started:

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I missed a blog post yesterday and I still feel a bit guilty about it. I was on the road and had an early panel at a conference and excuse, excuse, excuse, excuse. I probably missed writing more than posting to my blog, to be honest, but today is a new day and I have things to do and I’ll shake it off.

Plus, this will be a good weekend with the Eagle’s big win last night, Penn State playing on Friday night, Ohio State on Saturday night, the F1 show in Russia, and the NASCAR guys at the Roval in Charlotte. Plus, I have a table of contents to produce and a couple of books to finish reading. It should be a good weekend!

I hope that these quick hits and varia make your weekend good too:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Today is all about the clouds before the rain after a few days of warm fall weather. A rainy Saturday is actually not too bad this weekend, though, as I have a manuscript to review. Plus the college and pro footballers are at it and Formula 1 and the NASCAR are racing at night! Everything is lining up to spend a weekend in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee and something intriguing on my laptop screen.

Hope your weekend is as comfortable and please enjoy these quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It is well and truly fall here on the Northern Plains with temperatures barely getting out of the 50s and the trees starting their autumnal pyrotechnics. It is football weather, of course, especially with the Ashes securely retained (although the Aussies seem intent on actually winning the Ashes as well).

More importantly, tomorrow night sees Tyson Fury defend his lineal heavy weight championship (Fury is the guy who beat the guy). There’s something about the lineal heavy weight championship that appeals to historian of Early Christianity in me. Despite the relatively recent proliferation of championship belts – mostly heretical to my mind – there is only one lineal champion who is the successor of all the other champions going back into the mists of time (or John L. Sullivan). Of course, it’s never quote that simple, but neither are all the belts and competing promotional organization and all the other things that have accumulated around boxing. (The best primer on boxing that I’ve read recently is Joyce Carol Oates little book of essays on the sport (h/t to Diana Wright).

Whatever your plans this glorious fall weekend, do enjoy some quick hits and varia:

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The rain is going to give way for nice fall weather this weekend which means that I’ll have to mow the lawn, but also that the dogs might get extra long walks. (I might even get a nice run in this afternoon, if such a thing is possible!). 

I wish I could say the same about the weather today in Manchester (or Man’ster as we call it in our house) where the 4th Test of the Ashes is supposed to be happening. It will be a shame if Steve Smith’s heroic 211 will be in a draw. Fortunately, with the Phillies season over, I can devote my attention to the start of the NFL season, my Buckeyes, Spiders, and even the Fighting Hawks as they take on I-29 rivals NDSU this weekend. Formula 1 is at the amazing Monza and the Cup guys are at Indy for their annual snoozefest.

I also have a stack of good things to read for North Dakota Quarterly and an article draft to finish. Hopefully this little gaggle of quick hits and varia helps make your weekend as nice as mine is shaping up to be.

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a wonderful fall weekend here (which I’m watching closely the track of the Hurricane set to hit the southeastern United States) with temperatures in the 60s, the trees changing, and, of course, college football. The NASCAR guys are in Darlinton, Coco is playing in the U.S. Open, Formula 1 is at Spa (my favorite track), and Lomachenko fights in Saturday afternoon. I have a stack of things to read, some data to process, and maybe just a little time to think.

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Last weekend, we enjoyed a sunset on the Big Muddy near Bismarck at the Dakota Datebook: North Dakota Stories from Prairie PublicYou can download a copy of the book or buy a copy and support Prairie Public on the Digital Press page! Get yours today!

I hope your weekend is safe and as lovely as mine is to enjoy a little swarm of quick hits and varia:

Friday Quick Hits and Varia

With the autumn in full swing here in North Dakotaland, it seems like time to dust off the olde quick hits and varia feature here at the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. The air is crisp and the trees are just beginning to turn announcing that the school year is almost upon us and that I need to wrap up lingering loose ends from the summer. The third test in the Ashes are in full tilt (and as I write this England is 34/4 45/5 45/6 and not looking solid) offering a pleasant segue between the end of the baseball season (for a Phillies fan) and the start of the NFL season, the return of F1 and the final push in the NASCAR season. 

If you’re in the neighborhood, do join us in Bismarck tomorrow night on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat on the Big Muddy at 8 pm to celebrate the launch of Dakota Datebook: North Dakota Stories from Prairie Public, edited by David Haeselin, and published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. For more information on the launch party and to pre-order the book go here.


If you’re not from around these here parts (and even if you are), do enjoy this little swarm of quick hits and varia:

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Summertime Quick Hits

I generally don’t surf the web as much in the summer as I do during the academic year when my days are more structured and I find myself sitting in front of a computer more often. 

That being said, I do see things that I’m sure other folks have seen, but maybe not all of the other folks, and so it seems worthwhile sharing them. I’m pretty excited to read Archaeological Dialogues 26.1 (2019) dedicated to Environmental Determinism and while finding a link to this issue, I came across this article on the archaeology of home and the Chinese diaspora in American Antiquity

I’m also looking forward to reading Anthony Kaldellis and Ioannis Polemis recently published translation of the Saints of Ninth and Tenth-Century Greece which includes the lives of Peter of Argos and Theodore of Kythera. We work in the shadow of the former’s church and I’ve published a bit on the latter.

My colleagues at North Dakota Quarterly continue to amaze me. Out poetry editor Paul Worley and his co-editor Rita Palacios appear on the SECOLAS (Southeast Council on Latin American Studies) podcast to discuss their new book. Our non-fiction editor, Sheila Liming has a new piece on Inside Higher Ed (and she grew up next door to Octavia Butler). David Haeselin, who might as well be “editor at large” for NDQ and is my co-conspirator at The Digital Press appears on the podcast Meant to be Eaten to talk about driving a beet truck and food in general. One of our newest board members, Suzzanne Kelley is the director of the North Dakota State University Press and one of that press’s most recent books, Pacing Dakota, was just named book of the month by UNL Center from Great Plains Studies

As if you didn’t know, podcasts really are a thing. You can hear a lecture by Sun-Ra here. This is an interesting landscape review of scholarly publishing and academic resources. The entire Dirk Obbink saga is weird

Check out this review of Dynaco’s first solid state amplifier. It’s sort of wild to think that 50 years ago we were still debating whether serious amplifiers could be solid state.

Translating garbage could describe what we do as archaeologists. Go pet a dog.