Things I liked from 2012

I’m seeing a lot of blog posts today taking a retrospective look at 2012, so I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite web finds from the year.

Favorite Blog Post: Xavier Marquez “The Great Norm Shift and the Triumph of Universal Suffrage

See also “A Very Short Quantitative History Democracy, Dictatorship and Other Political Regimes

Another favorite blog post: Jay Ulfelder “211 Years of Political Evolution in 60 Seconds

Favorite academic book: Francis Fukuyama, “The Origins of Political Order

Favorite fun book: Neil Gaiman, “American Gods

Favorite New Band / Album: Divine Fits / “A Thing Called Divine Fits”

Favorite music video: Woodkid, “Run Boy Run

Favorite podcast: Freakonomics, “The Upside of Quitting” (recorded in 2011, but I heard it this year)

Favorite Tweet: Jessica Link, commentary on presidential debates 

Favorite Tumblr: When in Academia

Favorite Meme: Grumpy Cat

Favorite funny video: Dragon Baby