* Chess, in its traditional form, must now be numbered among the victims of modernity. Opening theory has ruined the game, at least at the professional level. Fortunately, Chess960 remains a viable sport. Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Mark Weeks philosophizes a bit on the relationship between the two games.
* David Friedman wonders whether cooking was the first experimental science.
* Do you know the difference between “ten miles square” and “ten square miles”? If not, don’t do constitutional law.
* Michael Marlowe isn’t impressed with Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus:
There is an element of truth in Ehrman’s account which must be admitted. I mean in the account he gives of how he, as a newcomer to these studies, was disturbed by the sight of all the variants, and saw them as a threat to any faith in the existence of an inspired and reliable text. . . . But the attitude here described is not at all typical of those who have gained an adequate knowledge of Greek, have familiarized themselves with the manuscripts, and have studied much of the literature of text-critical scholarship. . . . They can see for themselves how trivial nearly all the variants are, and how to evaluate the ones that make a difference. . . . And we have good reason to think that Ehrman himself does not believe that the original text is unknowable, because he is surely one of the most opinionated scholars now living. He rarely expresses any uncertainty about the original reading of any text that he brings under discussion. He evidently believes that he knows what the original text said, with few exceptions, even where other scholars strongly disagree with him.
* Kurt Schuler explains why hard currency should not join the telegram and the Constitution of the United States in extinction.
* Is your information safe with Amazon and Apple? Perhaps not.
* Bryan Caplan explains why libertarians love Frederic Bastiat—and why social democrats dismiss him with a yawn.
* Last, but most timely of all: Daniel Kuehn asks the question the rest of us won’t dare to.