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Alcohol

Too Many Beers Permalink

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In the ’90s, it was effortless to select a craft beer: It was the one that tasted different. Today, quality is no longer the sole differentiator. To stand...

American West

Baby Veronica

Books

Bruce Springsteen

Comics

Censorship and Diversity in Comics Permalink

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These days, there’s a broad consensus that the Comics Code — which has been endlessly discussed and condemned by comics historians — was disastrous, and t...

Connecticut

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...

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...

Environmentalism

Grad School

Go Out and Do the Things

4 minute read

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 yearComing home to a place he’d never been beforeHe left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born aga...

Hacks

History

This Isn’t Us and Claiming History

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After all the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday a hashtag sprung up on Twitter proclaiming, “This isn’t us.” As many have pointed out, this is ...

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....

Censorship and Diversity in Comics Permalink

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These days, there’s a broad consensus that the Comics Code — which has been endlessly discussed and condemned by comics historians — was disastrous, and t...

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...

Kinda, NPR, Kinda Permalink

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The linked story is about an attempt to reopen the murder of George Polk, a journalist killed covered the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. However let’s fo...

State Department Yeti Hunting Rules Permalink

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The memo stipulated three rules: Yeti hunters must pay the Nepalese government for a permit; hunters can photograph, but not kill, any Yeti that surfaces...

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...

Idiocracy

James Bond

Journalism

Kialegee Tribal Town

Law

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

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...

Music

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Live Permalink

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There are just seven people who – to varying degrees – don’t give a shit. Soon they will become smooth, professional, and monied. But tonight they don’t g...

Native Americans

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...

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...

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...

Depp as Tonto Permalink

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Depp’s performance as Tonto is more of the same shtick he’s been doing for most of this century. He’s not mimicking the flamboyant Jack Sparrow routine as...

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...

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

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...

What’ll Come to Tulsa Permalink

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Someone finally answers why Tulsa has such a big problem with meth “labs:”1 I dislike the use of the term “lab” as the statistics cover the s...

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

Politics

Speaking at Americans

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…[E]lectoral politics, particularly as interpreted by pundits and jounalists and party operatives, is explained in a language that is spoken at Americans,...

Sports

Trumped

Tulsa

Priorities

2 minute read

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

State Department Yeti Hunting Rules Permalink

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The memo stipulated three rules: Yeti hunters must pay the Nepalese government for a permit; hunters can photograph, but not kill, any Yeti that surfaces...

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 ...