Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday 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:

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Friday 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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday 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.”

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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. 

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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:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

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:


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