Friday 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. 

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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!

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I’m on my way to Minot State University even as we speak to celebrate the release of Micah Bloom’s Codex. If you haven’t downloaded it, you really should. It’s spectacular.

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Go get it here.

If you have downloaded it and want more to read, go and check out this little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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(It’s as easy as fallin’ of a log, Milo is really the Chicken DOG!)

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Winter has [finally?] come to the North Dakotaland and it allowed me to make my annual “First Snow” past yesterday afternoon. It looks like we got slightly more than a dusting this morning with a little blanket of snow. It’s crisp this morning with a high in the upper 20s and a brisk breeze.

It makes a good day to stay inside and catch up on some quick hits and varia.

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IMG 1287The boys work on their synchronized napping routines.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It is supposed to hit 75 today here in North Dakotaland and I’m too exhausted from cleaning up leaves yesterday to enjoy it (and the 20 mph winds make it seem less like an “Indian Summer” and more like the end of days). That being said, the clear blue skies and the mottled sunshine through the falling leaves certainly makes me glad to live here on the Northern Plains.

This Sunday, I’ll be down in Ellendale, North Dakota enjoying the hospitality of the folks in that fine community at their annual book fair. If you’re around, come on out and say “hey!” This means that my new book, The Bakken: An Archaeology of An Industrial Landscape (NDSU Press 2017) is out. Get it here or here. Here’s what’s going on:


Many of my friends and colleagues will by at the Institute for the Ancient World at New York (which is, often called, the Ellendale of the Empire State). I think this event is all fulled up, but I’m looking forward to following the backchannel on twitter via Eric Kansa, Sebastian Heath, Eric Poehler, and co. The hashtag is #DPMA17!

For those of you who can’t be in New York City or in Ellendale (and everyone else too), here’s a little gaggle quick hits and varia:

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I’m singling “The Barge” out for a little special attention. Not only does he have a hurt leg, but the vet told him that he was fat. He’s not feeling the love lately… 

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a cool, fall Friday here in North Dakotaland, but the the weekend feels like a good one to stay inside, catch up on some reading and writing, and enjoy some sporting activities with the two dogs. 

As a little advertisement for myself, I’m happy to announce that The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape has arrived at the NDSU Press from the printer so preorders will be sent out soon! Hit the “Shop Now” button on their Facebook page to get a copy.

And congratulations to my friends over at North Dakota Quarterly for the outstanding recognition of their hard work in the 2017 Best American Essays volume

Nice win last night, Eagles! I still think this is a 9-7 team, but it looks like they might have a better record.

While you wait for your copy to arrive, here are some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I have too many books to read and too few ideas to write. So I think I’m going to hunker down and read some over the next few days and then sort out my writing goals on Monday. It’s not that I don’t have work and writing to do — I have more unfinished projects than a guy with a lot of unfinished projects — but I don’t have that precious commodity of excitement and motivation to tuck into one of the projects and see it through to end. 

Maybe reading a good book will get me going again (and it won’t leave me worse for wear!).

In the meantime, here’s a little list of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The rainy weekend has only added vibrancy to the fall colors. The beet trucks are on the roads. The mornings are cool, slightly damp, and dark. It’s fall in the Northern Plains.

This week will be a bit hectic with meetings, some grading, a conference, and a couple of slightly neglected deadlines, but I have time this weekend to get some reading done and watch some college football and maybe even get in a run or two. We’ll see.

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

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Rain and wind seem to always mark the arrival of fall on the Northern Plains. It works out well, though, because it tends to coincide with the ramping up of the semester and cooler days and nights. I feel late-September and October offers a nice segue into the long winter hibernation.

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The best thing about the fall here is that there are diminishing excuses to do anything other than hunker down in a comfortable chair with a writing project or a book.

To get you headed in that direction, here are some quick hits and varia:


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