We are well and truly into the springtime thaw season. Our backyard has become a small version of the once-mighty Lake Agassiz and every puddle hold the prospect of slippy little patch of ice.
Despite the sloppy weather, this weekend has lots of fun in store. The Formula 1 season starts in Melbourne. The Aussie cricket boys are preparing for the series decider in India, and there is plenty of exciting NCAA basketball action. There are books to read, papers to write, and muddy dog paws to clean.
And, of course, a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.
This is why Milo can’t have nice things.
We’re looking forward to another balmy early spring weekend here in North Dakotaland with temperatures kissing 50 degrees by Sunday afternoon. While I’m sure we’ll throw something on the old Weber, our eyes will be tuned to the television as the Mighty Spiders wend their way through the NIT and the rest of the basketballing elite play in the NCAA brackets. The Fighting Hawks of the University of North Dakota lost by 18 to Arizona in their first ever appearance. But if you consider that they could have scored 12% more points if not for recent budget cuts, they would have lost by a more respectable 8. On the other side of the world, I was pretty happy to see Glenn Maxwell score his maiden test century in conditions well-suited to his style of play and Steve Smith’s 178 not out is a reminder of why he is he best test batsman in the world.
So enjoy the weekend wherever you are and also enjoy this little list of quick hits and varia:
Spring Break Writing Companions.
This week saw days of almost 50 degrees, nights that dipped below zero, and forty mile per hour winds that shook buildings on campus and toppled trucks. Just three hours west of here, the Empire Builder was stuck in a snow drift for almost three days! So, spring is here in North Dakotaland.
But so is spring break, so I’ll enjoy ten days of more or less uninterrupted writing, reading, and layout work.
Enjoy the days getting longer as well as some quick hits and varia:
It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY) paid tribute to Notorious B.I.G. on the floor of the House of Representatives on the 20th anniversary of his death. While they’re cutting the National Endowment for the Arts pour a bit out this weekend for Notorious B.I.G. and the poetry (and music) of city streets that will be just fine.
Birthdays were the worst days
Now we sip champagne when we’re thirsty!
There’s still a bit of crispness to the air here in North Dakotaland, but soggy, thawing days are promised for the weekend. The Formula 1 teams are testing, the long NASCAR season is underway, various NBA teams have begun to position themselves for the draft lottery, and summer cricket seasons in Australia has moved on to the subcontinent with the second Australia-India test. Spring break is just around the corner.
This is a good time of year.
Enjoy a little list of quick hits and varia:
After a brief reprieve, winter has returned to North Dakotaland. Fortunately, our community is producing plenty of heat from the white hot anger and blurred blue panic over budget cuts at the University of North Dakota. Our household has the added bonus of watching Australia scorch India for 104 last night on a 15 wicket day at Pune. (And, yeah, it’s really hard to write that without sounding a little racist. It’s a cricket score. Really). If cricket’s not your thing there’s still warming afterglow of the NBA trade deadline, the Daytona 500, or the 455 anniversary of the Gutenberg Bible.
Otherwise, there is a gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Meeting of the Minds
A balmy midwinter is making the middle weeks of the semester seem just a bit easier here in North Dakotaland. It’s almost enough to make me overlook all the troubles in the world.
If you haven’t had a chance to download our book, Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coast Town from the ASOR website, you should! Go here.
Also, be sure to check out next week’s Facebook Live cast with Eric Burin, editor of Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College from The Digital Press at UND. We’re going to broadcast from the book’s Facebook page starting at 1pm on Tuesday.
If that’s still not enough to keep you distracted over the weekend, here’s a little list of quick hits and varia:
Milo, The Barge, and Sharkie
After a chilly week it looks like we’ll have a bit of respite for the weekend with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s. I’m really looking forward to everything melting just a little bit and then refreezing in the morning into glistening ice. But it could be worse, my wife quickly reminded me.
Lazy Sunday (Photo by Susie)
The Halcyon Days have left us here in North Dakotaland, and we seem to have returned to the cold, dark, budget-cutastic wintertime. That’s ok, though, because I think we all have lots of work to do this semester, this year, and forever into the future. Nothing like the idea of infinite work – stretching out endlessly in all directions – to keep you warm in the winter.
Before we get down to doing work, you should head over to The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota’s website and download a copy of Eric Burin’s Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College. Or if you don’t like FREE, you can get it from Amazon for just $8.
On to a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
I’m on the road to Bismarck today (or Bizmarque as it is called in these parts), so just a few lines this morning.
Do check out the North Dakota Humanities Council page for some new content (including a podcast!) and a new opportunity to support the humanities. Remember that whatever happens to national funding for the humanities (and it should be a real concern), the humanities always begins at home. All humanities are local!
For those still feeling agitated, check out the series at Cultural Anthropology on The Rise of Trumpism.
A lot of people checked out my post on academia.edu, which was gratifying and unexpected, I only wish it was a better post. The more I’ve played with Humanities Commons, the more I really like the interface and the options in their CORE repository. I think it could be a viable alternative to academia.edu. Check out my account there.
I’ll probably listen to the Cloud Nothings new album Life Without Sound on the drive out to Bizmarque if Ty Segall’s new album is available, I’ll listen to that too.
Eric Burin’s Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota looks pretty good in paper. It should be available by the middle of next week! It should be $8.
It’s been a while since I’ve offered some quick hits and varia here on the blogeroo, and since we probably all need a distraction this weekend, today seems like a good time to revive the tradition. In a cruel joke, these are the Halcyon days here in North Dakotaland with temperatures soars into the mid-30s and dogs and people alike are aching to to go outside, but the soggy, slushy, meltwater mess makes the reality less appealing than thermometer.
If you’re looking for a good read, go ahead and download your free copy of Eric Burin’s Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota.
For people with a little more time on their hands (or in a more desperate need for distraction) check out the most recent episode of the Caraheard podcast featuring David Pettegrew!
A good day either way to stay inside and read some quick hits and varia.