Friday Varia and Quick Hits

This is a busy time of year for sports fans with the Cricket World Cup and the NCAA Basketball Tournament going on at the same time and the baseball players preparing for their summertime contests. I’m sure there are other sports as well. I think I heard something about ice hockeying. 

Despite the distractions, I did manage to pull together a little gaggle of quick hits and varia to watch between overs, quarters, or trimeters (or whatever ice hockeying has). Enjoy!

IMG 3001After owning the dog park…

IMG 2993… we rest.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s been unseasonably warm in North Dakotaland this week and so I’ve managed actually to enjoy the first few outdoor runs of the season. Not only do I feel slightly more fit, but my later afternoon shuffles have given me plenty of time to reflect on my sabbatical year.

Such reflection was not particularly productive, so to prevent anyone else from wasting good thinking time this weekend, I offer a little gaggle of quick hits and varia.

IMG 2990I look so sad that I obviously deserve a treat, and
you can hardly tell that my cage door is open.

IMG 2989One long paw.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It feels like a month since I offered some Friday Varia and Quick Hits! I’m heading out to the Bakken in a couple hours, but before I hit the road with a few CDs, my notebook, camera, and my truck, I felt the inexorable draw of my laptop and the blog.

If you happen to be in Western North Dakota this weekend, be sure to check out the Man Camp Dialogue event in Killdeer, Dunn County, North Dakota on Sunday from 1-3pm. Richard Rothaus (NDUS and Caraheard podcast), Emily Guerin (Inside Energy), Aaron Barth (NDSU/Ft. Lincoln Foundation), and Tom Isern (NDSU) will open a dialogue with the folks of Dunn County regarding our research into workforce housing. Here’s the link to more information.

For anyone not able to make it to Killdeer, but itching for more Richard and Bill, check out our podcasts which are now live on the iTunes, on the Soundcloud, and include show notes posted here and here.

IMG 2947Susie told me that I’m part wolf. Why are you saying otherwise?

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

This has been a complicated week here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters. I’ve been writing frantically, then watching the cricket world cup, and thinking about Sunday’s Daytona 500, and keeping an Cyclone Marcia, while tending to a crazy yellow dog with an injured tail. When you have a 2 year old yellow dog, it is impossible to “limit his activity.”

That all being said, I can see the faint light at the end of the tunnel and am looking forward to a trip to Boston next week for the Mobilizing the Past for the Digital Future workshop and catching up with some friends. Now I just need to finish that paper…

In the meantime, enjoy some varia and quick hits and hopes for a less eventful (but no less entertaining weekend):

IMG 2902Is it playtime, NOW?

IMG 2904What’s up? 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Today’s Varia and Quick Hits is coming from Fargo, North Dakota where I’m enjoying a slight change of venue after a stimulating evening at the Plains Art Museum. I’m going to tarry here in Fargo for a few hours this morning with the hope that a change of venue will stimulate some of my flagging creativity.

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Before moving onto our weekend reading, a couple of advertisements for myself. First, Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology is now available at the low, low price of $17.95. There’s almost no reason not to buy it now (unless you already have it for free). Yesterday, Richard Rothaus and I released our second podcast in our ongoing adventures in podcasting

IMG 2875Do my paws seem too long to you?

IMG 2882Allow me to help you with that blanket.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I missed last Friday because I was on the road, so I feel lots of added pressure to come through with a genius edition of quick hits and varia this week. Maybe too much pressure.

Before we do that, however, I want to follow up on a little side project yesterday’s post. After reading this epic blog post comparing the Archaeological Institute of American to ISIS by a coin collector and lobbyist against import restriction on ancient artifacts called Wayne Sayles, Andrew Reinhard, Punk Archaeologist without Borders, and myself collaborated in a little punkish hardcore ditty that put together our reading of Sayles blog post to music. Reinhard, obviously, provided the music. It is awesome.


Now on to the varia and quick hits:

IMG 2871Where did I leave that?

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Some of my regular readers noticed that I missed a blog post yesterday. I apologize for the missed day, but should also point out that I posted last Sunday, so I still got me 5 post in this week. Over the next week or so, I’ll be out of town a bit, but I’ll do all I can to keep up with my regular blog schedule.

As the halcyon days linger here in North Dakota land and I prepare for a mid-morning blast across the North Dakota prairie, I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t present a little gaggle of quick hits and varia. 

IMG 2793The Milo-Badger don’t care either.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the time of year in North Dakotaland when you realize that you haven’t left the house for days and have begun to confuse the meager light of the full moon and the sun. My motivation levels are so low that I’ve begun to finish lingering book reviews just to do something. Long term research projects are just too existentially taxing. When I way poetic (which is rare), I call this the North Dakota Midwinter Acedia. Most of the time, I just wish it wasn’t so frigging cold outside.

Despite the malaise, I have managed, in an endearingly half-hearted way, to assemble a little gaggle of varia and quick hits:

IMG 2744Let’s just agree that it is difficult to know what exactly happened here. 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

If there was a sense of urgency in the Ohio State win last night, it was because they knew with Harbaugh at Michigan this was their last shot at a national championship for a long, long time. So we can’t blame them for finding a little extra to beat Alabama.

Since we have another few days before cricket recommences and then a few beyond that for more college footballing, I found a little gaggle of quick hits and varia to keep you entertained. 

IMG 2693No, really, my paws don’t work. Bring the treat to me here. 

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I wish I could tell you all that rather than enjoying my Christmastime, I slaved over the quick hits and varia, but that’s just not the case. As a result, they’re a bit on the light side this St. Stephensmas (or Boxing Day).

Despite my clear dereliction of duty, I wish you a happy holidays:

IMG 2627We’ve tried to teach him manners. But when he got his Chewbacca stocking and stuffed lamb, it was GAME ON.