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Least favorite thing: Season 1 of Elementary. I really wanted to like this new CBS show but was defeated by two things: 1) the basic premise of super-detective Sherlock Holmes as a conspicuously tattooed recovering addict and Dr. Watson as his "sober sitter" sidekick and 2) Lucy Liu as a nosy, nagging Watson. Jonny Lee Miller is good as Holmes, but Liu is more annoying in this role than in anything else I've ever seen her in (possibly because there's a new installment every week). The British update of the Holmes stories, Sherlock, is vastly superior (and no, not just because it's British).
Favorite thing: Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Still one of the week's TV highlights, the AMC zombie drama is consistently engaging, suspenseful, and surprising.
Sullum is a senior editor at Reason and a nationally syndicated columnist.
Least Favorite Thing: Gangnam Style. It's not that it's so horrible in and of itself; it's just catchy enough to get inside your head, and your friends' heads, and the heads of people who ought not ever consider dancing like a horse, and completely permeate the world. It's like the Macarena, but now its various iterations can be spread on Facebook.
Favorite Thing: DIY e-book publishing. This started a few years ago, but it took off this year as publishing programs such as Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble's PubIt, Lulu, Smashwords and other outfits allowed indie authors to bring new books to readers at competitive prices (averaging around $2.99) while old-line publishing houses continued to offer books in electronic form priced as if each copy was individually hand-crafted by monks. At indie e-book prices you can afford to take a risk, and readers and writers alike win.
Tuccille is the managing editor of Reason 24/7 News.
Least Favorite Thing: Brooklyn Department of Motor Vehicles. Yes, it's cliche for a libertarian to complain about the DMV. But what if I told you that every employee I met inside Brooklyn's notorious Atlantic Terminal DMV was perfectly nice and outwardly competent, that neither of my two basic procedures met any unexpected delay, and yet still the process took an unbelievable - and utterly predicted - five hours? No wonder Mayor Michael Bloomberg would rather talk about soda-cup sizes and national gun bans: He sucks at basic services.
Favorite Thing: Peter Joseph Osterhaus memorial in Koblenz, Germany. My great-great-great grandfather, Peter Joseph Osterhaus, was a German 1848er who fled revolutionary Mannheim, made his way to the United States with his young family, volunteered for the army of the North (one of 200,000 or so Germans to do so), and eventually became a major general. My mom, a retired nurse, wrote a biography of him that came out in 2010. In large part because of that, the American and German descendants of Osterhaus united this year (along with military representatives from both countries) to erect a proper memorial near his mudslide-damaged grave in Koblenz, Germany. Nothing better than 21st-century technology reuniting a family divided in the 19th, and reminding citizens of both countries about the primacy of democratic principles.
Welch is the editor in chief of Reason magazine and the co-author with Nick Gillespie of The Declaration of Independents, out in paperback.