After a sweltering week, I’m looking forward to a cooler and rainier weekend here in North Dakotaland. More than that, this is the start of college footballing season, the NASCAR boys are at Darlington, and the Formula 1 show is at Monza. Kicking the weekend off right was the Australia victory over England in the first ODI of that series.
Before the list of quick hits and varia, be sure to check out the newest book published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, the first English translation of K.J. Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux translated by Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelver with new introductory material from Richard Rothaus and Dakota Goodhouse. It’s a good read and it’s free (or $12 on Amazon).
And now onto the quick hits and varia:
The Frog Days of Summer
At the end of a hectic week in North Dakotaland, I’ve traveled west to the might “Capital of the Northern Prairie,” Bismarck, ND for a meeting. The temperature is set to top 95 degrees reminding us that summer has a little more to offer before succumbing to golden light of fall.
Fortunately, I have a nice swarm of Quick Hits and Varia to help you beat the heat this weekend.
- The New Yorker on Istanbul’s big dig.
- Hellenistic wall painting at Petra.
- Using data from the ADS to study Roman settlement in Britain.
- NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World helps out the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani.
- Archaeological site replaced by a very nice concrete picnic table.
- We should add that table to this list of places where we don’t want to sit.
- Mike Wesch newest project: My Teaching Notebook.
- One-star Yelp! reviews of national parks. We need to do this for Greek archaeological sites, except that I want to write the reviews!
- This is what happens when you give someone something for nothing.
- The Archaeology of the Internets: Space Jam Forever!
- Shipping containers as high rise.
- Probably the most important immigrant from the Planet Lovetron. RIP Daryl Dawkins. This is the best, and maybe only way to celebrate his NBA career. Cheeks to Jones to Dawkins!
- What I’m reading: B. Alberti, A. Meirion Jones, J. Pollard, Archaeology After Interpretation. Walnut Creek, CA 2013. (Cut me some slack, it was the first week back teaching!)
- What I’m listening to: Neil Young, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere; Neil Young, After the Gold Rush; Neil Young, On the Beach.
Milo is recovering from his cough and ear infections, but he wanted to make sure everyone knew that being a sick, 2-year-old, yellow dog is not easy.
It’s the calm before storm as classes start on Tuesday and students show up on campus this weekend. Fortunately, there’s the final test of the Ashes, Formula 1 is at Spa, NASCAR is at Bristol, and NFL preseason has entered its very brief, interesting phase.
While I’m taking the weekend to gather my thoughts and energy before the semester begins, I’ll pass along some quick hits and varia for your enjoyment.
- Archaeology in the ancient city of Amorium.
- Andrew Reinhard’s Archaeogaming and the court of public opinion. Some interesting ideas about what archaeology is.
- Archaeology in the time of crisis in Greece. The problem of looting.
- The tragic death of Khaled al-Asaad in Palmyra.
- This is a bit disappointing.
- Byzantium/Modernism. Here is the table of contents.
- An older post, but a good one: the Ottoman phase of the “Tower of the Winds” in Athens.
- Are modern apartment blocks modeled in Roman insulae?
- If you have a moment, go check out North Dakota Quarterly’s new website, and hit the “Want More?” button to add yourself to our email list. We won’t pummel you with email, but I promise it’ll be worth your while.
- An abandoned shopping mall is remarkably uninteresting.
- Palo Alto’s endangered trailer park and the last flophouse in the Bowery.
- More of Ryan Stander’s photographs of the Bakken.
- The podcast renaissance and Relay FM.
- A guide of open access monograph publishing.
- The end of a punk archaeology landmark in downtown Fargo.
- One square mile of the world.
- The odd but familiar economics of streaming audio.
- What I’m reading: B. Alberti, A. Meirion Jones, J. Pollard, Archaeology After Interpretation. Walnut Creek, CA 2013.
- What I’m listening to: David Cloud, Today is the Day that They Take Me Away; Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free.
The Mighty Milo is under the weather today,
but he promises to be back to his vigilant self as soon as possible.
It is supposed to be close to one thousand degrees here in North Dakotaland today, so I got up early to blog while the weather is still tolerable. I think this will finally melt that little patch of snow by the side of the house and thaw the last of the garden in time for the first frost of fall.
So while we’re baking in our boots, I offer a small gaggle of quick hits and varia for you to enjoy.
But first, a photo of the North Dakota Man Camp Project’s August 2015 field team:
And now, some quick hits and varia:
Can’t let my paws touch the floor!
I’m still getting my feet set on this blogging every day thing, so I apologize for missing yesterday. I was just too shaken after Australia was dismissed for 60 in about 90 minutes yesterday morning (but it could be worse). Whatever the reason, I figure I owe my readers some quick hits and varia for the long weekend.
The frog days of summer.
I’m still getting back into the groove of blogging regularly, so I don’t want to push too hard right out of the gate and injure myself.
But I will offer a few quick hits and varia for the weekend, only because I can’t help myself:
With the field season right around the corner and a stack of ornery, unfinished projects staring at me, the last thing I needed was a string of days in the mid-70s with low humidity and a very eager dog. But, despite my best efforts, I can’t control the weather or the dog, so my productivity this week ground to an awkward halt as I took in some vigorous rounds of late afternoon “ram ball,” “ram elephant,” and “ram gross and wet rawhide” with the yellow dog.
I did, however, manage to set aside a bit of time to make a list of quick hits and varia. I’d like to humbly recommend listening to our most recent podcast as well!
An Aerial View of Milo
The countdown to fieldwork has begun in earnest, I’m trying my best to keep my priorities in order despite a trip to Boston (which will be fun), unseasonably warm weather (which has been great), and a few pressing deadlines (which I’m working through).
These pressures, however, come with the territory and won’t keep me from posting and you from enjoying a little list of quick hits and varia:
- A long article in Archaeology on the excavations at Gournia on Crete (my third favorite Mediterranean island).
- A New York Times article about an illegal excavation in Lecce, Italy has captured the world’s attention.
- Text, tattoos, and pilgrimage in the Early Christian World.
- An interview with Gavin Lucas and Victor Buchli on the origins of archaeology of the contemporary world.
- Some more on the B-movie pageantry of ISIS Iconoclasm.
- Byzantine inscriptions … for free.
- A Byzantine cemetery in Istanbul.
- Greek Easter Rocket War!
- Every ring-tab beer can might now be an antiquity (well, not really). I expect a vigorous and illegal trade in this artifacts to begin.
- The Museum of Modern Art’s digital vault.
- Nicholas Feltron on photography and data visualization.
- Another review of Atari: Game Over and an interview with Jim Heller, the mastermind of the Atari dump.
- If you don’t understand kerning, you can’t be President. Biden presents particular kerning issues, but easy to meme.
- Things out of place.
- DANGER ZONE.
- Modernist gas stations.
- What I’m reading: William L. Rathje, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Witmore, Archaeology in the Making: Conversations through a Discipline. London: Routledge 2013.
- What I’m listening to: Some local music: Mandalynne Panic, I Sense Harm.
Yesterday’s visit by Andrew Reinhard was hectic, but great.
Andrew and I started the day with a Skype presentation for the Digital Heritage Meets Interactive Storytelling Conference at the University of York. Andrew then talked to history majors and graduate students in our department about academic careers outside of academia and his work in archaeological publishing in particular. We then headed over the Gorecki Alumni center for an interview with the local news, WDAZ, and an interactive display of vintage Atari games. We wrapped up the day with a showing of Atari: Game Over and a panel discussion. While the crowd was not quite what we hoped for, the entire day was exciting enough to be declared a success. I’ll post a link to the recording of the event when it become available! In the meantime here’s a link to the coverage in the Grand Forks Herald and here’s a link to a short piece on Prairie Public Radio.
Today will be more proceed at a somewhat less frantic pace and feature some time to work on a publication plan for the results of the Atari dig and to record a podcast focusing on Archaeogaming.
In the meantime, I’ll offer a modest list of quick hits and varia for your weekend reading pleasure:
Come on! Drop something!
It’s been a busy, if unproductive, week here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters, but I am convinced that spring is just around the corner, my field work will start in just over a month, and next week is the annual Cyprus Research Fund lecture featuring Andrew Reinhard and Raiford Guins, plus an interactive display of vintage game consoles. What could be more cool?
Well, one thing could be more (if not more cool) is this little interview that Richard Rothaus and I produced for the American Schools of Oriental Research blog and podcast series:
So, the flurry of activity probably accounts for the dearth of quick hits and varia, but hopefully it will be enough to satisfy my loyal readers until Monday morning.