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Bruce Springsteen

Culture

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...

Digital History

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...

Dissertation

Education

TurnItIn and Plagiarism Permalink

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Interesting article on Turnitin.com, a Web site professors and universities use to (hopefully) catch students passing off plagiarized work. Unfortunately the...

Grad School

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...

History

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....

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...

Hoboes, Tramps, and Bums

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There are three types of the genus vagrant: the hobo, the tramp, and the bum. The hobo works and wanders, the tramp dreams and wanders and the bum drinks ...

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...

Let Them Have Cake

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We tossed the cakes to them and I fed them like chickens with small pieces of cake and like chickens they ate it. Mr. Stevens kept guard with a whip with whi...

Even The Entertainment Was Traumatic

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Even the entertainment could be traumatic in No Man’s Land. People would gather at makeshift rodeo stands near Boise City, OK on Saturday afternoons to wa...

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...

Misc

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...

Movies

Music

Native Americans

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...

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...

Oklahoma’s Tribal Informercials Permalink

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Wonderful essay on Oklahoma’s growing crop of tribal commercials (example for anyone living outside the friendly confines of Oklahoma) and how they may not h...

Nerding

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...

Oklahoma

Tulsa’s Architectural Link to 9/11 Permalink

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Front page New York Times article from yesterday on the fact that Tulsa’s BOK Tower is basically a smaller version of the Twin Towers. It should be noted tha...

Journalist Goes Noodling Permalink

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If you don’t live in Oklahoma (or more generally the Southeastern US) you’ve probably never heard of noodling.1 Even if you do know spend some time reading S...

Personal

2016

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Spent a weekend with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey

Photography

Sports

Tulsa

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...

Unexplained

University of Tulsa

Vampires

Whalers

Nate Silver on Hockey Relocations Permalink

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Traditional Nate Silver single with lots of numbers and charts trying to answer why Canada hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in 20 years. Mostly it boils down to bad ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wikipedia

Wounded Knee 1973

Writing

Catch the Reader

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…If I seem to stress the reader’s interest rather more than the pure urge of the writer, it is because, for me, the reader is the essential other half of ...