Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia will bathe Grand Forks in strangely their strange amber light this weekend and will only add to the fall-like crispness of the morning air. Fortunately, distant fires, amber light, and morning crispness is “weather appropriate” for the first week of classes. 

This weekend will be the last time to catch my breath after a hectic summer and before what will even be a more hectic fall. Fortunately, the Bristol night race, some intriguing pennant races, and a couple good books will give me plenty to distract me from the simmering apocalypse of winter outside the windows.

As a smokey fall descends across our fair land, please enjoy these quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Summer is having its last gasp this weekend here in North Dakotaland and taunting us with temperatures in the 90s and a kind of murky humidity that we don’t get very often here on the Northern Plains. My plan is to stay inside and to handle odds and ends before classes start on August 21st. Some of this involves finishing projects that I designated for the summer, some of this involves getting a running start into the summer, and some of this involves topping off the batteries before the semester begins. 

Of course, there will be some books and reading. 

(And some scheming on some new projects.)

And some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

My weekend plans involve a book, a backhoe, and lovely fall weather here in North Dakotaland. Mornings are crisp enough to almost hear the gentle trudge of students to classes and evenings are warm enough to provide the perfect backdrop to the revving car engines at the local short track. Early fall is probably the best time in North Dakota with the heavy heat of the Frog Days in the past and the threat of snow and chill of winter at least month away. 

(By the way, are India and England playing some kind of four-day test? What is going on?)

To help you enjoy the first breaths of fall, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Fall has arrived in North Dakotaland with temperatures almost kissing the 40s at night and our sleepy college town starting to come back to life in anticipation of the new school year and the return of students. As much as I’ll miss the frog days of summer, I’m getting excited too with a new class, a slate of conferences, a few new books slated for publication, and the general return to the comfortable routine of students, colleagues, meetings, and events.

To celebrate the start of the fall and the final third of the year, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It looks like a cloudy, cool, and muggy weekend as first feeling of fall creep into North Dakotaland and the start of the semester is right around the corner. It should be a good time to practice hunkering down with a good book, stack of articles, or some writing.

To get your first fall weekend started, here’s a little list of quick hits and varia:

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A Summer Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I don’t usually do varia and quick hits in the summer, mostly because I prefer to be sitting on my porch with the dogs, going for slow jogs, or puttering around on my push-bike to surfing the web, but I have a little gaggle of posts right now that folks might like to see.

First, there’s been some really cool stuff going on on the North Dakota Quarterly blog. If you don’t check it out, you should. The same can be said for the occasional posts over at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, which is gearing up for a busy and exciting fall.

Otherwise, here are a few quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s finally spring here in North Dakotaland and the semester is wrapping up, spring projects are wrapping up, and I’m starting to look forward to summer work in Greece and Cyprus, summer reading lists, (overly) ambitious goals of wrapping up loose ends from this past academic year, and plans for 2018.

The spring is always so exciting with potential!

In the meantime, here is a little list of some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s starting to feel like springtime here on the shores of Lake Agassiz. And as snow and cold season gives way to mud and melt, I’m getting read to trek out to the Bakken to do some sight seeing and to promote my recent book, The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape. (NDSU 2017). If you can’t make it to Williston or Minot this weekend, you can join the 79 other people in watching me and Bret talking about the book here on Prairie Pulse.

At the same time, I’m gearing up for my summer field seasons in Cyprus and Greece and trying to wrap up my work on the Wesley College Documentation Project and my two classes. 

Further adding to the excitement of spring, North Dakota Quarterly, has announced the Dakota Access Poetry Prize competition. If you’re a poet, check out the call for submissions! If you write non fiction, fiction, or cool poetry, send them our way as well!

If none of that is your cup of tea, then maybe something else will strike your fancy in my quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Chris Gayle is racking up runs in the IPL, the Sixers just beat the Heat at home, J.P. Crawford can suddenly see the ball, and Red Bull racing has won a Formula 1 race. Let’s hope these trends continue even as our unseasonable weather has given way to a proper spring here in North Dakotaland.

Now all I have to do is survive the last three weeks of the semester and get my life together to head to Cyprus and Greece for my summer field seasons.

In the meantime, you should all go and download my most recent side project, The Letters of Edward P. Robertson, President Emeritus of Wesley College from 1935. I’ve blogged about it here, or you can download it here.  

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If passionate and compelling letters of obscure college presidents are not your bag, then please enjoy this further list of varia and quick hits:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Spring is forcing us to acknowledge its presence here in North Dakotaland. We might even get comfortably above freezing before I decamp for the Eastern Mediterranean this summer.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to sit by the fire with the two dogs, enjoy the balmy nights of Indian Premier League cricket, watch the boys of winter (the NBA) wind their way through the playoffs, and savor the Formula 1 and NASCAR seasons. Heck, I might even get some other work done. 

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Whatever your weekend plans, enjoy some quick hits and varia:

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