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Coding? But You’re a Historian

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When I went away to start my undergrad I was not only a pretty socially awkward person (alert: still am), but I had my own computer for basically the first t...

Priorities

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In January 2013 the New York Times public editor wrote a column discussing how front page obituaries in 2012 “became something less than a rarity.” According...

2016

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Spent a weekend with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey

Go Out and Do the Things

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As a historian of Native American history I have three major conference options to present research and meet people in the field: the Western History Associa...

This is What They Call a Metaphor

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He was born in the summer of his 27th year Coming home to a place he’d never been before He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born aga...

Publishing a Markdown CV to PDF and HTML

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Huge caveat from the get go: I don’t know how useful any of this will be to anyone. For one, there are probably far more elegant ways of doing this whole aff...

Natives Shaped the Land Too

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20th Century Fox released a 45 minute documentary on the making of The Revenant, and while it’s a good look inside the film’s production and draws parallels ...

Views on the Revenant

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When I saw The Revenant I was immediately struck by the cinematography of the arctic scenery throughout the film, and as I said on Facebook it looked like Iñ...

Red Wolf Comic Features Native Artist

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Marvel got a bunch of flack when they released a teaser for their forthcoming semi-reboot that included Red Wolf, a native character, who looked kind of lik...

Nebraska Borders and Vice

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This single by NPR is hilariously ironic. The basic idea is that rural Nebraskans are upset that Colorado’s newly legal pot is slipping across the border and...

The West, The Wild West, and California

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Monday’s freshman American history survey ended with the students having to write about what the defined as the west and what would fall into the “wild west....

Update to BIA Recognition Changes

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Back in March I finally got around to writing about the BIA’s proposed changes to the recognition process. Today the BIA released a revised version that will...

Murray Hall Name Debate

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In the 1930s Oklahoma A&M president Henry G. Bennett wanted some new buildings from the alphabet soup of New Deal public works programs. He managed to se...

BIA Recognition Changes in Connecticut

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I’ve been meaning to write an in-depth single about the Bureau of Indian Affairs attempt to change the process for tribes getting recognized and the backlash...

The Issue of the Seminole Mascot

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The final BCS National Championship saw the Florida State Seminoles beat Auburn for their first national title since the 1999 season. A day later David Zirin...

Six Degrees to Hatred

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By all accounts W. Tate Brady was not a nice man to most people he met. While he played a pivotal role in the founding of Tulsa and early Democratic politics...

Scanning the Mail

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My Grandfather gets loads and loads of junk mail. Most of it is from the likes of AARP and other organizations encouraging him to save medicare, social secur...

Don Quixote Out of Hartford Hockey. Again.

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So much for all those plans for a new XL Center and Don Quixote triumphly returning the NHL to Hartford. The Hartford Courant reports the Rangers have taken ...

Thanksgiving, 1970

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1970 marked the 350th anniversary of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock and like usual the residents of Plymouth, Massachusetts were planning the annual P...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

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Here’s a helpful reminder should you stumble across any of the previous Articles about attendance, either the Connecticut Whale or otherwise: attendance numb...

Baldwin Continues the Quest

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Howard Baldwin, for better or worse, refuses to acknowledge the longshot (an understatement frankly) chances Hartford has of ever landing another NHL franchi...

The Dangers of All-Nighters

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Anyone who attended college more than likely pulled at least one all-nighter to get some work done. Most would call it a right of passage. However, there’s a...

A Check on the Whale's Attendance Numbers

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Who’s curious to see where the Whale rank in the AHL’s overall attendance standings following a few months of re-branded hockey and the outdoor festival? Pro...

Losing the Old and the New

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Two interesting articles in the New York Times this morning, one wondering what happens to writing in the margins given the rise of digital books, and the ot...

The Dream That Never Was is Dead

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The Whale Bowl was played yesterday and wind and cold are being blamed for poor attendance. The failure to turn out a decent crowd for the whole game sent co...

Rolling Stone on Early 70s Airport Security

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While conducting some research on Leon Russell I managed to come across a gem of a Rolling Stone article from February of 1972. In response to the destructio...

The Knock-Off Whalers

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Before November 27th of last year one would walk into the XL Center in Hartford and be greeted by a wall of pictures showcasing the sporting history of the X...

Required Reading for All Whalers Dreamers

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Here’s an excellent piece from “Puck Daddy” that not only summarizes the current discussion of whether or not the Atlanta Thrashers will relocate to Canada b...

Oh the Whale

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The Connecticut Whale kicked off in Hartford this weekend and it looks to have been a successful debut (in more ways than one). I’m stated my position on the...