After a wonderful turkey dinner on Thanksgiving (also known as “Black Thursday”), we watched the Eagles win (or more importantly, the Cowboys lose), enjoyed a second helping, ate some pie, and rested the day away as a light snow tidied up the neighborhood.
But now, it’s back to business as usual at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters, and my dedicated readers, especially those who do not celebrate Thanksgiving (like The Atheists and Canadians) await their regular dose of links.
It’s cold so I’m wearing a coat.
I’m still hanging out at the American School of Oriental Research annual meeting in sunny and warm San Diego. Unlike some years, I’ve been able to enjoy a full slate of panels. Yesterday the panel on Maritime Archaeology and Object Biography were particularly thought provoking, and today it looks like I could spend about 6 or 7 hours in panels devoted to the archaeology of Cyprus.
So with the travel and conferencing by quick hits and varia will look a bit thin, but I figure I do owe my readers something!
I’m still in snowy Boulder enjoying warm hospitality despite the low temperatures. I am always impressed by mountains, even if people tell me that they’re just really nice hills.
My hectic week has impinged a bit on quantity of varia at my disposal, but I still mustered a nice little list, I think, to keep my loyal readers entertained over the weekend:
Blanket and Elephant
Fall is struggling to let go of North Dakatoland this year, but apparently when I was away winter finally offered a few flurries and more appear to be on the way this weekend. The onset of winter weather is always good for the blog, the book, and that stack of articles begging to be read.
A few pre-varia updates: The Tourist Guide to the Bakken will continue to appear over the next few weeks over at Medium. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. You might also want to check out the interesting coverage of the ongoing Atari auction both on the blog and at Ebay.
So, on to the quick hits:
It’s a dog’s life.
(Susie took over Milo photography duty this week!)
Our mild and sunny fall has given way to grey and cold to remind us that winter is on the way here in North Dakotaland.
To compensate for the failing sun, I woke up early this morning to get some sunshine and vitamin D by watching Pakistan v. Australia in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately, Australia can’t get anyone out so my sunny morning involves watching Younus Kahn’s double century and Misbah-ul-Haq score a century. Oh well, the great thing about test match cricket is when a match is well and truly over, you still have three days more to savor the agony.
One more thing, if you haven’t checked out the first installment of my Tourist Guide to the Bakken Oil Patch, please click over to Medium to give it a read.
On to the varia and quick hits:
- Bronze Age street view at the site of Kalavasos-Ay. Dhimitrios on Cyprus.
- Democracy might be hard to understand.
- Gladiators drank ancient sports drinks.
- I am dismayed that scholars are rejecting the decipherment of Phaistos disk presented at TED on Crete. If we can’t believe a local TED talk, I am completely without a compass.
- This is super annoying, but fortunately, the AIA is dismayed. It’s funny, I discovered that in May, a letter I wrote to the local paper caused dismay. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt dismay. I’ve been disappointed, startled, and even bummed out, but never dismayed. Maybe this is a weakness on my part.
- A massive collection of scientific texts from the Islamic world at the Qatar Digital Library.
- James O’Donnell, Late Antiquitist, is the new director of libraries at Arizona State.
- Atari ET games from Alamogordo are on display in Italy.
- Brett Ommen’s struggle with and without academia (a brutally honest read, but important).
- It must have been a boring assignment, but apparently MI5 spied on Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill.
- Man camps in Texas.
- A nice example of adaptive reuse of old Mac Pros.
- The new presidential palace in Turkey is looks pretty fancy.
- Milliner on Koons.
- Cincinnati’s Union Terminal is endangered.
- What’s blooming at Dumbarton Oaks.
- What I’m reading: Dean MacCannell, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. (2013 edition). I really am reading it, but I’ll also admit (against the advice of several colleagues), that I’m going to read William Gibson’s The Peripheral.
- What I’m listening to: The Twilight Sad, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave; Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins. I’m listening to both on TIDAL, which is CD quality streaming. If you love music, it’s worth the 7 day trial.
Milo sez: The rug really tied the room together
The lovely fall weather seems to be inclined to linger here in North Dakotaland, and we’ll take every day more that we can get. Right now, however, the weather doesn’t matter because my eyes are glued to our so-called “internet television” watching Australia’s first test match of summer: Australia v. Pakistan in Dubai. At the time of this writing, Pakistan seems to have Australia on the ropes.
I think I’ll watch the extra length second session (extended because of time off for Friday prayers), and contemplate my quick hits and varia. Don’t worry, though, they’ll be ready for your weekend reading.
Watching the Cup Race.
This week really felt like fall. Not the typical North Dakota fall, where its in the 60s for three days, the 50s for 3 days, and then is just plain cold, but the kind of fall where making piles of leaves is fun and you can talk for hours whether to put in the storm windows. This had to be one of the nicest weeks since I’ve moved to North Dakotaland.
I wish it inspired a more productive week, but I was at least able to bring together a little list of quick hits are varia.
It’s a dog’s life.
It’s 25 degrees (F) this morning, but I’m under a blanket watching the cricket being played in balmy Dubai. After a hectic week in the Bakken, it’s good to be home.
Before we move on to the quick hits and varia, a reminder to come down to the corner of Walnut St. and S 5th in Grand Forks tomorrow morning around 11:30 to see the hanging of the mural designed by Joel Jonientz.
One more advertisement, as of yesterday, Punk Archaeology is available at printing cost from Amazon. That’s Punk Archaeology, on paper, for $17.17. At least click through to give the Amazon page a view.
Milo, reflecting on his life of privilege,
after hearing about Loukanikos death.
MILO WAS HERE
It’s getting less warm here in North Dakotaland under clear fall skies. So far most of our trees have their leaves so we have a couple of more weeks before the brief window opens for fall colors. I’ll provide a report from out west next Friday.
This week has been fun at the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters. I formally made the leap from blogger to publisher with the release of Punk Archaeology. (It actually involved me leaping less than other people throwing me forward through the process of preparing a manuscript!).
It is FREE.
So far, we’ve had 585 downloads from my blog alone and another 380 from Scribd. There have also been a bunch of downloads from people posting links to the file from Twitter and Facebook. The massive national humanities councils network also Tweeted links and the North Dakota Humanities Council sent out the link to the download page in their monthly presser. I’m giving them credit for another 400 downloads, based on nothing other than my overwhelming desire to say we’ve been downloaded 1000 times. Our Punk Archaeology Facebook page has had about 65 more likes over this same time thanks to Aaron Barth.
The book is now available in paper from Amazon. Be the first to buy a paper copy. If you want a copy of the book in epub format, drop me a line in comments. I’m Kindlizing the manuscript even as we speak. If you like the book, go and write a nice review on the comments section. If you think this project is worst kind of self-aggrandizing poppycock, you should say that too. Finally, if you want a paper copy but don’t want to pay $28.50, I can fax it to you.
Enough of that, here are some quick hits and varia:
Heroic in Black and White
It is supposed to be 85 degrees here in Grand Forks today, so the early fall warm spell continues to linger over the region. In fact, it’ll be so warm today that I’ll likely abandon my house-top office and decent to the lower floors in search of cool air.
This morning, though, my office has captured just enough of the overnight chill to be comfortable. So, before the sun comes up and chases me below, I’ll get to a little list of quick hits and varia.