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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Some quick hits and varia on a gorgeous Friday morning in the Grand Cities.

Lots of talk about blogging on the intertubes lately.  First, CNN tells us how to keep your blog popular.  The Economist suggests that blogs are becoming more specialized, occupying cybersilos, and becoming the place for longer writing.  In a recent interview, UND alumnus and new media star, Rex Sorgatz, credits blog culture for his own rise to cyber stardom, but when collaborating on a new media project said: “Just throw out the blog, I don’t want another blog,’ cause I have this antagonism with media companies who come along and think, ‘I have something innovative, I am going to do another blog.'”

I’m listening to: Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Sone of Chico Dusty; Damian Marley and Naz, Distant Relatives; Mulatu Astatke, Ethiopiques, Vol. 4; The National, High Violet.

I’m reading (and summer reading is the BEST reading): Matthew Johnson, Ideas of Landscape; Therese Huston, Teaching What You Don’t Know; Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

Some UND profs get some good press. Jack Russel Weinstein has an article in the NEH Magazine Humanities about his call-in Radio show WHY?  Check out WHY? on Sunday at 5 pm to hear a follow up report from Paul Sum who has returned from a year long Fulbright to Romania to discuss, “Exporting Democracy Revisited: A Report from Romania”.  Elsewhere, chemist Mark Hoffman demystifies his research.

If you haven’t followed Rangar Cline’s work in Umbria, check out his blog Under the Umbrian Sun.  Also check out the Archaeological Institute of America’s Interactive Dig at Sagalassos.

Enough for this morning. Have a good weekend!

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