Friday Varia and Quick Hits

My Friday varia and quick hits too a bit of a break this summer with some travel and a few late week meetings stretching the break into the fall. But, it’s back now provided I can still sneak a little time for web surfing between the Formula 1 weekend in Monza, the college football kickoff, NASCAR in Darlington and the various other Labor Day events that largely involve laboring.

Milo KissesMilo and Argie at the club.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It is supposed to hit 80 degrees here in Grand Forks this weekend and will be only a few degrees cooler than Larnaka, Cyprus. I can’t explain how amazing these early summer days are here in the Northern Plains. Clear skies, low humidity, and pleasant breezes after the cold winter.

As I wrap up my semester, I want to remind folks to check out the little book that my graduate students prepared in the aftermath to cuts in our graduate program, Defending History: The Graduates’ Manifesto, and while you’re at it, please do check out the expanded content added to the Haunted by Waters: The Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997 page at The Digital Press.

It might also be fun if you checked out these various quick hits and varia:

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Let’s get this party started!

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I have over 100 papers to grade, a couple of springstruck dogs, two books that are not quite done, and 1500 words to cut from a 5000 word essay. Seems like it’s going to be a pretty good weekend because summer (or what passes for summer in these parts) is here.

In celebration of the end of the semester, enjoy a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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After a consultation about Milo’s new Big Pawler brand.

Friday Varia

I’m on the road to Bismarck and the State Historic Preservation Board meeting today, so only a few varia (and no quick hits!). Hopefully they’re all fun!

First, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published the Corinth Excavations Archaeological Manual yesterday. Check it out here.

Second, I get quoted in an article by Kritika Agarwal in Perspectives on History, a regular publication from the American Historical Association, and managed to name drop North Dakota Quarterly. I talk a bit about slow, slow archaeology, and suggest: “If any discipline is likely to produce the Slow alternative to the corporate university, it’s likely to come out of history, the humanities, or the fine arts.” It’s fun, sometimes, to remember that I’m a historian!

Finally, today is Argie the Bargepole’s Birthday. I have a plan this summer to tell his entire story, but, for those who don’t know…

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He’s the small dog that was left on our graduate students’ doorstep last summer on the Western Argolid Regional Project. After a summer of fun with our students and staff, it was looking a bit grim for him because all of the many offers to adopt him had fallen through. Since the project already had a reputation for saving malingering street mutts, we knew that we had to do something. So I agreed to take him back to the U.S.

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Needless to say, he’s fit into our clan perfectly. We great him each the morning with a hearty “HELLO THE BARGEPOLE” and he goes about his very busy days with a mostly unintelligible sense of purpose.

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Needless to say, he makes our lives better. Happy Bargeday, to Argie the Bargepole.

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a sunny Friday here in North Dakotaland as the semester winds to a close. I’ve begun to slowly transition my thoughts from the academic year to my summer research carefully compartmentalizing the avalanche of grading over the next few weeks and the bevy of projects that demand to pushed across the finish line (not to mention the gaggle of end of semester meetings that will fill up my time as well as fine weather and social temptations!).

Before you check out the quick hits and varia, do go and read my earlier post today on the third anniversary of Joel Jonientz’s passing and the newest book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Haunted by Waters: the Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997.

So as I brace for end of semester chaos, enjoy some quick hits and varia:

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We store our dogs this way.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It might well hit 70 this weekend in North Dakotaland ushering in spring as surely as the start of baseballing seasons, the India Premier League, and the return of Formula 1. It also brings distracted students, exhausted faculty, swarms of deadlines, and summer planning. Good times!

We should also remember that yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I. Go read Richard Rothaus’s blog post and then download our book exploring University of North Dakota and the Great War.

As you contend with the first days of the rest of the year, enjoy some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

While springtime is finally here in North Dakotaland with temps soaring into the 60s today, we’re thinking of friends and family in Australia where they’re struggling with the flooding and the destruction wrought by Cyclone Debbie.  

Wish nice weather here, though, this weekend will hopefully feature cookouts, drinks on the front porch, and leisurely walks with our two pooches as well as books, papers, and whatever else trouble I can get into.

For now, though, enjoy some quick hits and varia:

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Kicking it Bargepole Style

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You love me more, right?

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

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!