Saturday Morning Linkage

2 February 2013, 1041 EST

sitting ducksI am sitting in a David’s Bridal while my daughter picks out a flower-girl dress. If I were looking at then the stereotype would be complete.

We are anxiously (and by “anxiously,” I mean “not very anxiously”) awaiting the results of the first-round voting for the OAIS blogging awards. Once our crack guy-with-a-survey-account sends them to me, we will post.

No podcast this week. I am working on transcoding all of them to mp3 format and lining up some interviews. FWIW, I’ve followed up on most of the suggestions I got some months ago, and have some commitments for “eventual” interviews.

What’s on deck for today? Let’s see:

  • Alex Montgomery eviscerates part of my post about book reviews.
  • Dan Drezner thinks that recent events throw a wrench into the “string of pearls” theory of PRC grand strategy.
  • Manila purchases FA-50s from the ROK.
  • Apparently former Asian Prime Ministers have joined the “East Asia is like pre-WWI Europe” mode of analysis, with China playing the part of Wilhelmite Germany. I wrote an undergraduate paper in 1993 about this comparison, and it was derivative of existing literature.
  • Current events roundup from UN Dispatch, because the dress is now being purchased and I have to leave soon.

And also:

  • Mark V. Vlasic lauds the Obama Administration’s actions on stolen asset recovery.
  • Does this mean we’re all going to have to discuss Eric Schmidt and Joshua Cohen’s geotechnopoliticalTM prognostications? Meh.
  • The status of the Elsevier boycott (via Jordan Ellenberg)
  • Daniel Little on “the rationale for philosophy of social science.” Why is PTJ out of the country when you need him?
  • STEM politics. The conservative backlash against the liberal arts — you know, the arena that preserves the cultural dimension of Burke’s contract among generations — made more sense in the 1980s and 1990s when we were in the midst of the canon wars.
  • James P. Baylock discusses steampunk.