It’s finally Friday and despite this being a short week, it somehow feels like the longest week in the semester. But the weekend is near and with it the chance to catch up on a little sleep, get some reading done, start on a top sekrit project, and unwind a bit. Tomorrow is scheduled to be downright balmy with high temperatures in the 20s. The dogs will get a chance to enjoy a long walk.
As I contemplate what it must be like to live in a place where the temperatures are closer to 0 Celsius than 0 Fahrenheit, I’ll leave you with this little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
It’s Friday and my list of things that I want to do, things that I should do, and things that I have to do are not at all compatible. I’m counting down the hours to the weekend, to the Daytona 500, and to sitting by the warm fire with a new book.
For next week, if you’re from here in North Dakotaland, pencil into your schedule Mike Wittgraf’s performance of “Hearing Corwin Hall” on Thursday, February 21st at 7 pm in Hughes Fine Arts on the lovely campus of the University of North Dakota. Here’s the event info and here’s more on the piece which grew out of the Wesley College Documentation Project.
But for now, I have to do work on a frigid Friday and my work day starts with offering you some quick hits and varia:
More snow here in North Dakotaland, but the good news is that it feels like -45, so there’s nothing much motivating me to go outside. Instead I’m hunkered down by the fire with coffee, a couple of dogs, a warm blanket, and a vacuum tube amplifier.
That being said, I won’t be tempted to go outside or even leave my chair. Things might get done today.
And things are happening. Check out the cover for volume 85 of North Dakota Quarterly featuring a photo by UND History student Wyatt Atchley. I’m excited to see it in the flesh.
In the meantime, check out some quick hits and varia:
We survived the polar vortex here in North Dakotaland and look forward to a more mild weekend with some poetry, some books, some cricket, The Crickets (of course), some dogs, and, of course, the Super Bowl.
Hope you weekend includes at least a few of these things and maybe a little time for some quick hits and varia:
Buddies (Milo reluctantly shares his bed).
It’s cold here today even by North Dakota standards and some kind of polar vortex is poised to descend on the state next week making it even colder. Almost as cold as being dismissed for 77 by the West Indies (ohhh snap!).
It’ll be a good weekend to stay inside, watch some sports car racing, get some reading done, and keep close to the fire.
It’s also probably a good time for some quick hits and varia:
Wake me if you need me.
The brief respite from winter ended as quickly as it arrived last week and we’re back to regularly scheduled weather with the high today somewhere around -10 F (which only sounds colder in C). That being said, there’s enough intriguing sports – with the Sixers on national TV and the NFC and AFC championship games – and enough other odds and ends to take care of to keep me hunkered down by the fire and relatively warm.
Have you downloaded the second volume of Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology? You should. It’s free.
It’ll also give me an excuse to catch up on reading, try to figure out why I have so many tabs open on my browser, and maybe even have a nap. Winter weekends are good.
To fortify your weekend, here is a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Too Cold for The Bargepole
The days are getting longer even as the temperatures hang in the low double-digits here in North Dakotaland. The football season is ending (or it seems almost certain to end for my Eagles this weekend), the cricket season “down under” is in full swing, and the NBA has entered that the fascinating mid-season malaise when even the best teams struggle to balance survival mode with the desire to win games.
It was also the first week of classes, which is alway exciting. The new year, new project, new plan, a new calendar…. everything is turning over and it seems like as good a time as any for some quick hits and varia:
It’s almost the start of the spring semester here in North Dakotaland and we’ve been greeted with spring time temperatures that have soared into mid-30 and might just kiss the big 4-0. Even as I revel in the warmth of an early summer, I can’t help but feel a little jealous of my colleagues in San Diego who are enjoying the balmy weather and collegial comradery of the annual Archaeological Institute of America meeting.
I suspect my friends and colleagues at the AIAs will be plenty busy with convivial pursuits, but for those of you enjoying the onset of spring elsewhere, here are some quick hits and varia:
It’s almost the end of the year, it’s -1 here in North Dakotaland, and the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World team is more or less comfortable by the fire.
I have a pretty good feeling about 2019 and some ideas rattling around in my head that could be pretty fun, kind of interesting, and, if nothing else, neat.
If nothing else, there’s a pretty great list of works entering the public domain on January 1, 2019 including J.B. Bury’s A History of the Later Roman Empire from the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian. And Freud’s The Ego and the Id.
If these don’t tickle your fancy, maybe there’s something else in this list of quick hits and varia:
Mr. Caraher, tear down this wall!
The gorgeous hoar frost again this morning in North Dakotaland seems to be nature’s way of decorating the landscape for the holidays especially as it glittered behind dancing snow squalls on my way to campus. As the long weekend approaches and the last of the holiday shoppers make this purchases from The Digital Press (or order subscriptions from North Dakota Quarterly), I feel more ready than ever to take a few days away from the ole laptop and maybe even read a novel.
Before I go, however, I feel like I should offer a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.