You may have noticed a new feature crop up on the right sidebar of EphBlog. The “Eph Planet” widget provides a live aggregated feed of over 70 Eph-related blogs. If you have or know of a blog that you’d like to see added to Eph Planet, just email me. Similarly, if you object to having your blog featured in our sidebar, let me know and I’ll remove it.

We hope you’ll take the time to click around on Eph Planet and see what other Eph bloggers are saying. Here are a few highlights from today’s crop (I may turn this into a semi-regular feature, time permitting – and I encourage other writers to use Eph Planet findings as a launchpad for their own posts):

  • Pictures of impossibly cute babies (Part I and Part II)
  • Chad Orzel comes up with one of the best quips about economics I’ve ever heard: “This isn’t science. This is literary criticism with graphs.”
  • Ethan Zuckerman provides an informative guide to the elections in Ghana
  • Dan Drezner muses on Obama renewing the transatlantic partnership, and also posts a video of dissertations re-created through interpretive dance.
  • Stephen O’Grady tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about telemetry.
  • Derek Catsam on the Mumbai attacks: “American solipsism has led too many to assume that 9/11 somehow made us singularly victimized and thus singularly virtuous. If, as many have asserted, 9/11 ended the American holiday from history, perhaps [11/26] will mark the end of our holiday from the responsibilities of (and not just expectations from) our alliances.”
  • Professor Sam Crane, after grading 67 (!) 5-page papers on Asian nationalism, begins to rethink the origins of the Great Leap Forward: “my students’ papers, some of them, have me thinking, no, the Great Leap was not an exception, it was not a political mutation of what might have been a more subdued nationalism.  It was, rather, an organic development of the national project that emerged in 1949.  It was completely in keeping with Mao’s vision (he had not been compromised by Party bureaucrats, as he himself would argue in the Cultural Revolution).  He had merely continued along a path established upon the founding of the PRC.” 

UPDATE: If you haven’t read the ongoing composition of a violently hilarious story on WSO, you really should (thanks, nuts!).

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