Friday Quick Hits and Varia
It right around freezing this morning, so fall must really have arrived after positively balmy temperatures earlier in the week. So, some quick hits and varia on a crisp Friday morning:
- If you have some time today be sure to check out the Northern Great Plains History Conference taking place here in Grand Forks and hosted the University of North Dakota.
- And next week, if you're in the community here, I urge you to come and hear the incomparable David Pettegrew speak on Setting the Stage for St. Paul's Corinth: How an Isthmus Determined the Character of a Roman City. David will be the 2nd Annual Cyprus Research Fund lecturer.
- Two new blogs: First, a new popular blog on Byzantium subtitled: "making Byzantium alive for people today" continues the remarkable new trend in pop-Byzantine history. It's a great blog that is far more informative and careful than sensational. The same author also has a nice blog on life, work, and friends of Patrick Leigh Fermor whom the author asserts as the "Greatest Living Englishman". For those who don't know, Fermor is an influential 20th century travel writer, observer, and in many ways participant in Greek history.
- The Oxford Centre for Late Antquity will have a colloquium next month on "Carnival and Cult from Caesar to Chrysostom". When I was working on my dissertation, I was dismayed to find how little there was on festivals associated with Early Christian holy days, sacred spots, and architecture. So it's great to a see a colloquium taking up this topic.
- Does anyone use Mailplane? Is it worth the $25?
- On Monday, I offered a response to a post by Edward Blum: "Academic Blogging: Some Reservations and Lessons". I wasn't the only one. Here's a nice response by David McConeghy at his blog, A Lively Experiment. He makes the great observation that with many graduate students today this isn't the case of academics becoming bloggers, it is sometimes the case of bloggers becoming academics.
- More Liberal Arts 2.0 stuff (which is a phrase coined Jason Kottke's iconic blog kottke.org) Wired has put together a short piece called "7 Essential Skills You Didn't Learn in College" and grouped them around a Liberal Arts 2.0 theme. I loved the little book called New Liberal Arts which grew out of a series of Snarkmarket posts a couple years back and this post carries along the same theme.
- There is a great project called: Writing History: How Historians Research, Write, and Publish in the Digital Age. From what I can understand, it is going to be crowd-sourced book on on Digital History which will also be collectively edited and reviewed. I'm excited to see how it will develop, and I wonder whether this might be a cool model for an archaeology and the new media volume and Sam Fee and I have bandied about over the last few weeks: Archaeology 2.0
- What I'm listening to: Harlem, Hippies (2010)
- What I'm (re)reading: Ann Marie Yasin, Saints and Church Spaces in the Late Antique Mediterranean (2009); A. D'Ambrosio, Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer. (2004) – I was drawn to this mostly because of Chuck D's brief comments on Strummer and the Clash.
Categories: Varia and Quick Hits