“The want of the age”

Found here, dated 1869.


9 thoughts on ““The want of the age”

  1. @ sfcton

    I imagine such men were among the ranks of both sides in the Civil War, and I imagine that some such men from both sides survived it. Being subject to a government does not render one incapable of being such a man. The point is that there is nothing new under the sun.

    Is there any thing whereof it may be said, “See, this is new?” it hath been already of old time, which was before us. –Ecc 1:10

  2. @MNM

    The point is that there is nothing new under the sun.


    In case you were ever curious: I think nested comments are horrible because they have a deleterious effect on comment conversation.

  3. @ Cane

    Exactly how do they affect the conversation? My previous blog under my given name did not have the option, and I have them enabled here simply because that was the default.

  4. If I had replied to your reply, then it would have cascaded under it and the left side of the comment box justifies right. However; the right side of the comment box does not justify right, so the comment box ends up becoming narrower and narrower with each reply. I’ve seen many threads where the comment box is so narrow that it becomes one word per line. Your blog isn’t popular enough yet where that has become an issue, but if you keep blogging, then it will.

    Alternatively, you can limit the number of replies to, say, three. (That may be the default; I don’t recall.) That way it never gets too terribly narrow, but in that case what happens is that the replies are all over the place. Sometimes a reply is nested, and sometimes it is a new comment. It makes the conversation disjointed.

    If you have un-nested comments, then everyone is careful to look for the appropriate replies in the comment thread.

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