It's still pretty dark here in North Dakota so it's a bit hard to predict what the day will be like, but it nevertheless seems like a fine time for a short quick hits and varia.
- There's some activity over at Punk Archaeology.
- And there is some really good activity at Teaching Thursday. And my collaboration with the Office for Instructional Development at the University of North Dakota has extended to include a Twitter account (OIDatUND). Follow us!
- This is a pretty neat blog post on an archaeologist's relationship with their tools.
- Kurt Vonnegut on semi-colons: "Don't use semicolons. They stand for absolutely nothing. They are transvestite hermaphrodites. They are just a way of showing off. To show that you have been to college." (via Kottke.com).
- Google Kills Google Wave. Google announced that they would no longer develop Google Wave, which to me is sort of a tragedy. I quite liked Wave and saw it's potential in the classroom. In fact, I used Wave to coordinate an practicum on public history that I ran with a small group of graduate students, and it worked really well to integrate "real time" communication (particular walking a student through an operation on a piece of software) with "more traditional" types of "bloggy" or discussion board type written communication. Anyway, I wonder if the very deliberate and gradual roll-out strategy made it difficult to gain the kind of critical mass of adopters necessary to make Wave a useful tool.
- An interesting NYTimes article "Wringing out Art of the Rubble in Detroit" that complements my recent little essay on Detroit as a context for punk and spolia, and a great radio interview with Queen's Brian May on NPR. (both via Kostis Kourelis)
- It's curious that Marcus North has such a strong hold on a spot on the Australian Test side.
- What I am reading: Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : a Low Culture Manifesto. Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.
- What I am listening to: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs.
I'm off to Greece so the blog might be a bit quiet for the next couple of weeks or not.