July 30th, 2010

The little post that grew

It happens all too often. I see an article that catches my interest, and I think, Oh, I’ll write some remarks about that. It’ll just take a few minutes.

And then I begin. And I find I need to look up a couple of things. Just one or two. And those lead to a couple more, and I become curious about another thing, and before I know it I’ve spent a great deal more time than I originally expected to on the blasted post.

In fact, it readily becomes apparent that, to say everything I’d like to say, and back up my reasons for saying it, I’d have to write a lengthy article or even a book. Hey, maybe several books.

And so I stop, slap the post up there, and go on with my life. Case in point: today’s effort. It’s the tiny tip of a very large iceberg.

13 Responses to “The little post that grew”

  1. grackle Says:

    It’s the same with my comments. I’m trying to keep them as brief as possible these days. But one good side effect is that long complicated comments with perhaps a bit of debate from others forces me to take the trouble to learn the facts of the issue. Such debates have made me change my mind on, for instance, some aspects of the immigration issue.

  2. vanderleun Says:

    Nuf sed.

  3. betsybounds Says:

    Vanderleun, You should know that there’s never ‘nuf said! :)

    I had today off from work and kept coming back here this afternoon looking for Neo’s new posts for the day. Now I know why they were a bit delayed, and oh yes I understand. It happens to me too, and thankfully so. It’s a way to keep learning, and school is never, never out.

  4. Metamorf Says:

    Exactly what I’m finding as someone new to the game.

  5. Artfldgr Says:

    i think she just discovered my problem knowing so much and then checking… you want to tell stuff, but you know they don’t know it, then one thing leads to another as it wont make sense with so many holes, and before you know it, they are asking you make it shorter… :)

    metamorf, i know tons of this stuff from my childhood… it doesnt get better… the world and history and information is too wide. what aggravates it is wanting to convey the specific subset that you experienced or wander through to someone else.

    i have not met anyone that reads as much as i do, and remembers it, and no matter how much i do, there is still a huge mountain before me. (that in itself is somewhat comforting)

  6. SteveH Says:

    I don’t know all the intricasies of why certain groups vote certain ways. But looking back at the 2008 election stats, I’d say there was only one group whose vote accurately reflected the lousy percentages Obama deserved. The Southern Man.

  7. Assistant Village Idiot Says:

    Word.

  8. jon baker Says:

    Grackle,
    I apologize for being so snippy with you some months back.

  9. Ilíon Says:

    In fact, it readily becomes apparent that, to say everything I’d like to say, and back up my reasons for saying it, I’d have to write a lengthy article or even a book. Hey, maybe several books.

    I certainly understand that.

  10. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    If brevity be the soul of whit, then reasoned discourse must have its due, just as a fine wine requires the fullness of time to yield its fruit’s essence.

  11. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Oops! I do give a whit so I meant to type wit!

  12. grackle Says:

    Grackle,
    I apologize for being so snippy with you some months back.

    Think nothing of it, Jon. No apology needed. Some of the old hands can tell you that I can get a bit snippy myself. Diplomacy is not my strong suit.

  13. expat Says:

    This is OT, but somewhat related: I justed watched Peter Robinson’s interview with Charles Hill at NRO’s Uncommon Knowledge. They discuss Hill’s book, Grand Strategies, which sounds fantastic. It’s about seeing interconnectedness in foreign policy, but it sounds like what Neo is doing, ie, saying there is more here that I need to chew on.

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