iPod Watch

Time for another lovely edition of What’s In My iPod today:

Amy Winehouse, Back in Black
Kaiser Chiefs, Employment
Paul Hartnoll, The Ideal Condition
The Prodigy, The Fat of the Land
The Prodigy, Experience
The Propellerheads, Decksanddrumsandrockandroll
Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
System of a Down, Hypnotize
Ulrich Schnauss, Goodbye
Weezer, Weezer

Plus there’s a couple of mixed playlists, one an essential Nirvana mix and one an essential Orbital mix, as well as a playlist for the Woman to work out to and another with a bunch of techno crap.

I guess I’m just feeling rather techno right now.

AHA Trip

I was in Washington D.C. last week for the American Historical Association (AHA) annual conference. While I didn’t attend much of anything of the actual conference (I was there only for AHA interviews really, but I did check out the publisher exhibit hall…mmmm, cheap books), I did get to hang out with some good friends, some I see regularly and some I don’t see often enough.

This is me, Sean Stone (navy secrets dude), and Lemont Dobson (medieval archaeologist, or “digger of dirt”) as we pose by the Michigan plinth/column of the World War Two memorial:

Sean, Lemont, and myself posing in front of the Washington Memorial holding the DCL Cup (the trophy in our fantasy football league):

Duncan Woodhead (budding US colonial historian and British teachers union bad arse) and myself in our hotel room. The place was called the Hotel Palomar, and was pretty nice, but I called it the Hotel Porno for some questionable design choices:

Lemont and Duncan washed out with some strange flash I used, making them look orange. Maybe it’s fakebake?

Also, if anyone is interested, I put some holiday pictures of the Boy up on the Evanography, so head over there and check them out.

What I’m Hearing…

Because doing this periodically amuses me, here’s what’s currently playing on my iPod Nano right now, album-wise.

Hybrid “I Choose Noise”
Kaiser Chiefs “Employment”
Nine Inch Nails “Year Zero”
Paul Hartnoll “The Ideal Condition”
System of a Down “Hypnotize”
The Raconteurs “Broken Boy Soldiers”
The White Stripes “Icky Thump”
Tool “Undertow”
Weezer “Weezer”

There’s also a couple of song mixes, but only two are specifically band-themed: an Orbital mix, and one for Nirvana. I guess you could call those my personal Greatest Hits selections.

If you don’t know who any of these bands are, remember that Google is your friend, and look them up. I’m too lazy to link them for you.

Center for Transnational and Comparative History

Not that I’m some professional web designer or anything (because I’m not), but I have been playing around in the web design arena lately. Head on over to the website for Central Michigan University Department of History’s Center for Transnational and Comparative History. That’s all me. Because of the opacity issue in Mozilla, Firefox doesn’t render the transparency, so to get the full effect, use the horrible Internet Explorer.

Yes, I know it isn’t fully compliant (i.e. it still uses some tables for layout), but I don’t care. I’m still learning css.

Very soon, the CMU Department of History will also have a newly designed website by yours truly as well, so watch for that as well.


Hmm, I think someone graduated with his Ph.D. the other day … maybe yesterday. I wonder who it could be.

That would be me with my crippled mother (she broke her foot a few weeks ago, hence my holding her up). The photographer was *supposed* to take the picture without including my holding of my mom’s crutches, but well, it’s so hard to follow directions, isn’t it.

And that stupid gown makes me look huge. I’m not that thick. Honest!

Anyway, mazal tov to me.