Oh man! It’s cold here!! This is that week in North Dakotaland when the temperatures do not peek above 0 and no one ventures outside for long. But this is ok, because one comes to live in North Dakotaland not to enjoy the great outdoors, but to hunker down by the fire and draw the blinds and read and write and think and listen to music. If you want to be outdoors in the sun, move to Florida or Arizona or someplace like that.
If you’re happy by the fire, then please enjoy these quick hits and varia:
- To Toronto wyth love.
- Congratulations to this year’s AIA award winners.
- Frank Kidner’s photos of the Syrian countryside at Dumbarton Oaks.
- Database of Roman Temples.
- Ruin or Rebuild?
- And more on that same conversation.
- Photographing the remains of the refugee camp at Calais.
- The University of Athens introduces one-year, English language, masters in archaeology.
- The American School of Classical Studies at Athens introduces a new traveling seminar.
- The annual photo essay on Mt. Athos.
- Archaeology from space.
- Kim Stanley Robinson and Marina Abramovic.
- Breitling Sprint Reference in resin from the 1970s.
- What I’m reading: Alan Moore, Jerusalem: A Novel. (New York 2016).
- What I’m listening to… so Tidal (the music streaming service) announced last night at the CES that they have started streaming MQA audio. Basically, this is high resolution streaming. For the uninitiated, Tidal has been streaming CD-quality (44.1 kHz/16 bit) audio for a couple of years now. This makes people who really care about how their music sounds happy because CD-quality audio avoids some of the nastiness that comes from various forms of audio compression (e.g. MP3). For very fussy listeners, however, CD-quality audio has never been quite enough, and they have looked to higher resolution (generally 96 kHz/24 bit and greater) formats to wring the most out of their typically high end audio gear. There has been vigorous debate, of course, about whether these higher bit rate formats produced an appreciable difference in audio quality and this has been further complicated by the tendency for higher resolution audio to be remastered making it difficult to isolate the improvement (or at least change) in the sound quality. Finally, it has been impossible to stream high resolution audio because the files tend to be very large (e.g. 1 GB plus for a full album). A couple years ago, Meridian Audio developed a format called MQA which allowed for higher resolution music files to be streamed in very compact packages no larger than CD-quality audio. The catch, of course, is that special (and proprietary, of course) software will be required to decode MQA files. Tidal has baked it into their desktop music streaming software and a number of other high end audio manufacturers have done the same things in their products. So today, I’m listening to Tidal’s new “Masters” selections.
Wake me when winter’s over.
It’s the calm before the storm here in North Dakotaland. Grand Forks is expecting a significant winter storm on Christmas and Boxing Days. Fortunately that won’t effect the playing of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne or the cosiness of a book by the fire.
In the meantime, here’s a very modest list of some quick hits and varia:
It’s a cold and windy Friday with intermittent internet connectivity at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters, a stack of papers to grade, and what looks to be a successful, if somewhat disappointing start to the summer season of cricket in Australia.
Before our regularly scheduled varia and quick hits, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer a little holiday shopping advice! Need a last minute gift for the book worm in your world? Check out the offerings from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. From the latest in digital archaeology and 3D imaging to thoughtful works on the history of North Dakota, the Digital Press at UND has almost everything you’d need for the Mediterranean archaeologist and historian of North Dakota in your life. Check out The Bakken Goes Boom, The War with the Sioux, Visions of Substance, Punk Archaeology, and Mobilizing the Past.
Now for a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Winter has arrived here in North Dakotaland along with our old friend the “polar vortex.” The high today is zero so Susie and I have planned a good, old-fashioned, outdoor barbecue to get her in the proper place for her trip back to Australia on the weekend.
While she’s gone, I’ll spend some quality time with the olde bloggeroo and watch the dying gasps of the NFL season, figure out if the NBA is really as good as it looks, and with any luck get a ton of writing done when the rest of you are celebrating the holidays!
In the meantime, enjoy some quick hits and varia:
The Mighty Milo and the Mini-Bargepole from this summer
It finally feels like winter here in North Dakotaland, but fortunately there are plenty of reasons to stay inside by the fire. This weekend’s highlights involve numerous conference championship footballing contests as well as the Mighty Spiders of the University of Richmond taking on the Fighting Hawks of the University of North Dakota right here in Grand Forks. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that, folks. Throw the records out.
While the excitement builds for the big game, please do enjoy a little list of varia and quick hits:
It’s a late fall Friday here in North Dakotaland, but feels a bit like October still. College baseball starts, cricket is in full swing, and the end of the NASCAR and F1 seasons signals the change of seasons as much as anything else.
So enjoy the weather these days and this little list of varia and quick hits because, as they say on the television, “winter is coming.”
Letting sleeping dogs lie.
Whatever else is going on in the sporting world, it is now test cricket season in Australia. The first test match of the season started Wednesday night against a transitioning South Africa team ranking 5th in the world, and after two days of play, it looks like it’ll be a tight contest.
If cricket isn’t enough, Ohio State plays Saturday night in a game that’ll make or break their season. The Wentz wagon has plenty of room available for the Eagles’ Sunday tilt against the New York Football Giants, and the mighty Spiders and Fighting Hawks have key games for their playoff aspirations. It’ll be a good weekend for sporting!
Before my Friday list of quick hits and varia, a little advertisement. Some good PR from UND and Creighton, for the most recent book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology.
Milo is trying to be cool, but really Argie is in his place on the couch.
There is a lot of tension in North Dakotaland these days as the state of North Dakota and the Morton County sheriff’s office have intervened to disrupt the peaceful protestors who have set been blocking the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. For those new to the situation, the good folks at North Dakota Quarterly have put together a primer on the situation here. Two local media outlets have been covering the recent escalation in their own way. National and international media have chimed in as well: here, here, here, and here. The parallels between photos of the embattled protest camps and the campaign to retake Mosul are haunting.
On a more positive note, you may have noticed that my little press, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, published its fifth book this week. If you haven’t already check out: Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology. Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. I posted some download numbers on Wednesday to celebrate Open Access Week, as of this morning we had almost 900 downloads and just under half of these are downloads of the entire book (rather than a certain article). We got a nice little story in the UWM Report this morning and a great shout out from Sarah Bond on her Digital Archaeology Digest for Forbes.
If that isn’t enough to read this week, then I admire your discipline and free time (I’ll be out in the Bakken!), and offer these other tidbits from the week:
It’s a fall Friday with family in town. So, my quick hits and varia are going to be a bit quicker and maybe less varia than usual.
If you feel like you need more links to follow, then listen to first Caraheard Podcast of season 3.
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The leaves are falling from the trees, we had an apple pie, the heart of the college footballing season is upon us, and grant applications and letters of recommendation are piling up.
It’s really fall now.
As you enjoy some hot cider while listening to your favorite Bob Dylan album, please enjoy these quick hits and varia: