As the Frog Days of summer are upon us and the semester looms, it feels like the calm before the storm. The days and nights are warm here in North Dakotaland even if the mosquitos are fierce and the days are growing shorter. Campus is just starting to come back to life and the community feels like its bracing for the arrival of students and the new tradition of budget cuts and aggrieved letters in the local papers. There’s some talk about elections, the Olympics, and baseball, but even that seems to lack urgency in the dying days of summer. That might be a good thing.
So join me in relaxing and doing nothing in particular, with a little gaggle of quick hits are varia:
After a muggy week here in North Dakotaland, this weekend looks to be beautiful and dry. The hum of the mosquito spraying truck last night even suggests that we might have a night or two free of those biting pests.
With the F1 guys on their summer break, the intriguing Phillies on the west coast, and the Australian cricket team refusing to play in a normal way, we’ll settle for watching NASCAR at the ‘Glen this weekend. I’ve heard there are other events this weekend too.
Hope your weekend has as much promise as ours!
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It’s a lovely Friday morning here in North Dakotaland. The birds are squawking, the dogs are barking, and the mosquitos are as big as man’s hand. There is Formula 1 racing this weekend, the tense end to an interesting test match between Sri Lanka and Australia, and the Phillies are even playing decent, if generally unsuccessful, baseball.
It seems like a great time for a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Amphibious Milo (we always thought he was a lefty).
I got my eye on you, Yellow Dog.
It’s been a while, but I am getting back into the swing of blogging this summer. In other words, I feels like it’s time for a few quick hits and varia.
It’s good sports weekend with the F1 chaps at Hungaroring, the NASCARlers at the Brickyard, and Indy Car in Toronto. If you’re a real sports fan, though, you’re getting up early to watch England v. Pakistan in cricket. Pakistan took the first test in the series at Lords. If this test series isn’t being read as a critique of England’s conflicted history with its colonial past, then people don’t know how to read sports as politics.
Lots of ways to deal with the frog days of summer.
After the slow blogging week, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia on an early Saturday morning here in Polis, Cyprus.
First, I’d be remiss not to link to Scott Moore’s ongoing review series on exotic potato chips here on Cyprus. It’s an institution.
Brett Ommen is much smarter than I am, and his review of my idea for an Outrage Summit is really smart and subtle. Read it. (And for more on my Outrage Summit… go here).
Dimitri Nakassis has written some great little essays on his blog. If you haven’t read his piece on Athens, do it now. And then read his little piece against the universal museum.
Check out this disarming and clever short story by Janet Sarbanes on the North Dakota Quarterly website.
On the chapbook. I want to get into publishing chapbooks.
NPR on becoming a slow professor. I’ve posted on this book here and here.
Grad School has always sucked.
The new Radiohead album is pretty good.
Among the more consistent weather patterns on the Northern Plains is the seven-day rain cycle. In the spring and early summer, precipitation enters the Red River Valley on a regular rhythm. We have dry days on Monday through early Friday, but by Friday afternoon, clouds form. On Saturday and Sunday we have rain, which gives way to sunnier skies on Monday. This cycle repeats itself every seven days like clockwork much like late afternoon thunderstorms in the south or the annual appearance of the sirocco in southern Europe.
Before some quick hits and varia, be sure to make some time to check out the most recent Caraheard podcast. Richard Rothaus and I chat with science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s epic and awesome.
I’ll be down here with THE HAT.
Just in case.
Today, I’m bracing for about 8 hours of meetings and woke up to encounter a dusting of snow. That being said, the UND Writers Conference has been great fun, the UNDlers won their ice hockeying contest last night, and I managed to botch only a little bit of a top secret project.
This is one of most entertaining sports weekends of the year: Formula 1, NASCAR at Martinsville, Final Four basketballing games, World T20 Final, and opening day in baseballing. Unfortunately, many of us will have to work over the weekend, but I hope that I have time to catch some of the festivities.
While very strict rules regarding how we talk about the UND Writers Conference, so I won’t even try here, but you can go and check out the link.
Before the list of quick hits and varia, congratulations to all the folks (like my wife!) who worked hard to bring a pharmacy back to downtown Grand Forks.
We’re up early at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters watching the Australia v. New Zealand match in the Cricket T20 World Cup at breathtakingly gorgeous Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. It’s a nice break from the all the college basketballing this time of year.
The nice thing about college basketballing and cricket is the somewhat gentlemanly pace of play leaves plenty of time for reading across the interwebs and compiling a nice little list of quick hits and varia.
Spring has sprung here on the Northern Plains, and after a couple of grey days, we’re expected to kiss 60 degrees this afternoon. I’m sure that my concentration will begin to waver, and even as the days get longer, I’ll get less done.
To get things started, I did a little interview about the Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota this week on Prairie Public Radio’s Main Street. Check it out here. We also have a cool video.
In the meantime, I’ll do all I can to distract my readers with a gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Milo and Eli taking in the Spring Sun