We’re expecting a mild weekend weather here in North Dakotaland which is perfect for cooking out for Australia Day, watching the 24 Hours of Daytona, and catching up on a bunch reading and writing projects that just need to get done!
In the meantime, enjoy a little gaggle of quick hit and varia:
If you’re a Grand Forkler and plan to drink beer and eat bacon this weekend, be sure to head over to Ojata Records afterward for some the punk rock music, conversation, and free gifts at our Punks in the Trump Era event. Here’s more info on that!
To avoid jinxing them, I’m not going to post anything about my Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, comment on my underdog Spiders stirring victory (in an otherwise forgettable season) over crosstown rival VCU, or Joel Embiid’s dominating performance against the hated Celtics last night, his being named a start to the All-Star Game, or his dissing of Rihanna in national TV.
To keep things on lockdown, here are some quick hits and varia:
It’s cold and snowy and cold here in North Dakotaland, but we all have plenty to do between snow removal, the start of classes, and good ole North Dakotee-Style keepin’ busy.
As I continue to ponder the future of this blog and various bits and pieces of my computer infrastructure, I’m wondering whether any of my dedicated readers can give me tips for web clipper program. For years, I’ve used Evernote, which used to be great, but now is a bloated catastrophe of bugs, useless (and unsupported) features, and memory. I just want something simple that lets me save pages for my quick hits and varia from my phone or my laptop into the cloud.
In the meantime, here are this week’s quick hits and varia:
Milo was here.
It’s been a bit of a hectic year for me at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters with too many projects, too many smart and energetic colleagues, friends and students, too many fun things to do and read, too many stories to follow in sports, too many books to read (and write and publish), too much political anxiety, and too many dogs (er, not enough dogs).
What a better way to end 2017 than with Alastair Cook carrying the bat for a double-century in the Ashes, with the Eagles clinching home-field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs, with The Process, and with Ohio State playing tonight in a bowl game that they might actually win!
Despite wavering a bit in recent weeks and months, I’ve decided to stick with the blog after many kind words from people. I do want to explore some other options though and I can’t help but thinking a kind of newsletter format that is delivered weekly to an inbox is more efficient and contemporary mode of delivery? This could also bring together updates from my various projects from North Dakota Quarterly and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Maybe it’s too self-indulgent to think people will want that, but, on the other hand, I find the recent turn to newsletters endlessly fascinating and entertaining. As a long-time pioneer in the blogosphere recently quipped “you can’t remain neutral on a moving train.“
Fortunately, no matter how much media moves, there’s still something about compelling content, and with that, here are a few end of the year quick hits and varia:
It’s pretty close to the end of the year, it’s cold as a dog’s nose, and the Ashes are more or less over. Fortunately, I have a bunch of writing, layout, and course preparation to keep me warm this holiday season. I might even have time to read something.
If you find yourself with some time, maybe these quick hits and varia will give you some ideas:
It’s been a long finals week with lots of grant-reviewing, grading, and some start-stop writing that probably just made me more work to do later. That being said, there was some exciting Sixers basketball, the start of a tense test match in Perth, and even some fluffy white snowflakes to holiday up North Dakotaland.
It’s a busy time of year for most folks, but if you have the time, perhaps by the fire or on the veranda, here are some quick hits and varia:
There’s a calm before the storm between the end of the semester and the beginning of grading. This weekend it will be filled with reading approximately 400 grant application (actually, like 35 of them) and recovering from a pair of stirring Ashes test matches.
But first, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota will team up with the College of Arts and Sciences Aha! Lecture Series and North Dakota Quarterly to host Micah Bloom (Minot State) and Thora Brylowe (University of Colorado-Boulder) this afternoon along with Sheila Liming (UND) and David Haeselin (UND) at an event celebrating the release of Bloom’s Codex. If you’re not from these-here parts, we got you covered. The event will be recorded and we’ll release it next week.
If you’re just not that into books or whatever, then here are some quick hits and varia:
Winter’s stumbling start here in North Dakotaland has left a good bit of mud between the patches of snow and results in muddy paw prints throughout the house. It’s still chilly enough though to hunker down inside this weekend to watch Ohio State play Wisconsin for the Big10 Championship, to watch the first session of the Day/Night Ashes’ Test in Adelaide, and to catch the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Amid all the football watching, I have a stack of grading, an article to finish, an abstract to write for a book, a book invitation to contemplate, and a stack of grant proposals.
Plus 23,000 volumes of North Dakota Quarterly to put in boxes.
There really is nothing like the end of the semester to make me feel alive!
I hope this little gaggle of quick hits and varia contribute to the liveliness of your weekend!
It’s a long weekend here in North Dakotaland punctuated by food, sport, and the spectacle of American consumerism. So far the food has been better than the sport with Australia slinking to 165/4 in the first test of the Ashes, but it’s only day two and the captain is at the crease. Plus, my second favorite NFL team managed to win on Thanksgiving (whoever is playing the Cowboys) and I’m guardedly optimistic that Ohio State can win The Game on Saturday.
Whatever happens, the weekend is always a nice way to set up for the grading, paper writing, and frantic fire-fighting at the end of fall semester. So I hope you have time to enjoy a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
It’s cold in North Dakotaland. The high yesterday was 12 and the low last night was -2. It is simply too early to be this cold.
Fortunately, there my colleagues over at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota have a number of reasons to stay inside, by the fire, and warm on Veterans’ Day weekend. If you haven’t already, you should download a copy of Micah Bloom’s Codex, or if you’re as taken by it as I am, go and grab the trade paperback for the low, low price of $9.99. Realizing that this is the start of a long winter, you might as well also go and pre-order a copy of The Beast from our friends at Ad Astra Comix.
If that’s still not enough, do check out this long essay from a veteran of World War I originally published in North Dakota Quarterly in 1919.
One last thing, I’d love to get some more feedback on my draft article on our work at the Atari excavation in Alamogordo, New Mexico a few years back.
Or the following gaggle of quick hits and varia: