Happy Birthday to James Callis, 41. I'm not a huge fan of Baltar as a character, and I wouldn't put Callis on my list of top performances on BSG...but then again that's an awful high bar. We just finished (re)watching the series this weekend with the eldest daughter, who absolutely loved it...I found that the series held up extremely well the second time around (although watching the first miniseries episodes was sort of a brutal experience, just realizing what we were signing our daughter up for -- so many of the characters are so undamaged, or at least so undamaged compared with what's to come). At any rate, I was pretty much okay with the final episode the first time around, and this time I was even more positive. The one thing that I did feel about the series overall this time was that there were a fair number of times where I thought the actors saved some pretty cheesy writing.
Okay, I should get to the good stuff:
1. I'm not quite on board exactly for all of the history he lays out (but then again I'm very much in the minority on interpreting Madison), but David S. Bernstein has a wonderful, wonderful essay on democracy and politicians. High recommend.
2. Hans Noel on the ideological party.
3. Scott Lemieux on the bully pulpit.
4. And Sarah Kliff on the evolution of the spelling bee.