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.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the end of the semester here in North Dakotaland and I’ve spent less time surfing the web for curious nuggets of wisdom than grading papers and preparing to decamp for the Mediterranean. That being said, I’ve managed to spend a few hours agonizing with the Sixers, collecting some music for my travels, and even getting far enough ahead with my work to set some time aside for the Formula 1 race this weekend (as well as the usual round of post-semester socializing).

All this results in a pretty small gaggle of quick hits and varia:

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally feeling a bit like spring out here in North Dakotaland. The temperatures are inching up, trees are slowly turning green, and our rather widely disliked university president has taken a job elsewhere.  Classes this semester are officially over, the Phillies are rounding into early season shape, and the Sixers are still in contention. The men’s cricket world cup starts in less than a month and the world is tantalized by a series of intriguing early summer boxing matches that start with Saturday’s Alvarez-Jacobs tilt. 

If you are still looking for something to do with all this excitement, I humbly offer some quick hits and varia:

MiloIsTiredMilo is very tired (but aren’t we all?)

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s starting to feel like spring here in North Dakotaland with the waters receding and the trees showing just a tiny bit of green. It should be a mild weekend perfect for a walk with the dogs, some Formula 1 racing, and the NASCAR kids at Talladega. 

It’s also a perfect weekend for some late semester grading and reading with the windows open. I need to think up my summer reading list, get stuff together for a couple summer study seasons, and decide whether the buy a bunch of mulch before heading to points east.

In the meantime, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s springtime here in North Dakotaland, except for the blizzard and the sub-freezing temperatures. Ignore that. 

It’s a Formula 1 weekend, the Cup cars are in Richmond, baseball season and the IPL are underway, Lomachenko is fighting and the NBA playoffs start this weekend. So maybe this isn’t the worst weekend to be snowed inside. 

If that’s still not enough to keep you busy, here are a few quick hits and varia:


Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s feeling a bit more like spring in North Dakotaland. The piles of snow are shrinking daily, the flurries yesterday seemed particular half-hearted, and our eyes turn warily to the mighty Red River of the North whose waters rise to meet the challenge of the flood walls.

Fortunately, this is opening weekend for baseball, the home stretch of the NBA season, NCAA March Madness, the second race of the Formula 1 calendar, and the start of NASCAR midseason. If that’s not enough there are always piles of books to read, make, and covet. (And, if you haven’t downloaded a free copy of volume 85 of North Dakota Quarterly for your springtime reading, you really should. It’s free and includes a special section on the Humanities in the Age of Austerity.)    

To add a bit of leaven to your weekend, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Something approach spring is happening here in North Dakotaland with melting snow giving away to big puddles. It’ll be a while before we can see the ground though and there will still be plenty of reasons to stay in doors with NCAA basketball, some good auto racing, a good book,  some writing, or a free download of the latest issue of a century-old little magazine

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Did someone say NDQ?

If that’s still not enough for you, here are some varia and quick hits:


Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It may be that we’ve enjoyed the final blizzard of the season here in North Dakotaland and it was mild enough in our neighborhood that I could go for my first outdoor run of the year yesterday afternoon. 

This weekend looks mild as well and a good time to catch up on some grading, the first Formula 1 race of the weekend, and the part of the NBA season that starts to matter. There is some college basketball too (just not for my mighty Spiders).

If you’re looking for something to occupy your free moments, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s almost time here for another snow storm. This time it’ll arrive over so-called “Spring Break.” At the same time, I do get a week off from teaching and meetings and the like. The NBA season is getting more interesting, NASCAR is hitting its stride, and Australia somehow managed to score 300+ runs in an ODI innings in India (with Maxwell at 3 no less!). 

The week I also received the paper copy of my first volume of NDQ as editor. I’m beyond excited about this and am very proud of the collaborative spirit and creativity from everyone who made this possible. You can buy a copy here and you can get a sense for its contents here

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Once you’re done enjoying some NDQ, feel free to browse some quick hits and varia:

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