User talk:Cygnis insignis
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Apologies for gazumping...
- @ShakespeareFan00: as collaborator / monitor / patroller / wha'eva … links to authors from ToC: I was told, but have not followed, the advice that linking the author name-space from a works ToC is unquestionably the thing to do. Do I owe you an apology? / sincerely Cygnis insignis (talk) 12:48, 9 October 2021 (UTC)
ball of confusion
- It's a cool image, I have tried to guess before drilling down for answers, thinking it is spookily purposeful in design. Maybe I have seen one as a prop in a b-grade horror film. Cygnis insignis (talk) 15:41, 15 October 2021 (UTC)
- It is a "sunshine recorder" it was in my weather book. The real ones look like crystal balls. They burn a line on graph paper, hence, recording the sunshine. I think "B-rated horror movie" is more like it though....
This is just something else to keep your eye out for. After the USA Civil War, which was (unfortunately, really) more about being a Nation, or being a bunch of individual pieces (like Europe, really), the Federal Gov't as it exists now began to be. Slavery was an issue along with the railroad and how much the gov't at the top could dictate to the individual states, etc. Okay, so to the subject about books, in the early 1890's the Fed mandated public education and started setting standards (grades and laws about attendance and truancy, etc) and most importantly providing start-up money for it, including school libraries and text books. I see this huge publication bubble that peaked out in 1897, '98 which is not necessarily of quality publications, but some are. Reprints of illustrations and cooperative publishing. Probably the firming up of relations between US and London publishers, started around then.
I would like that my country did stuff for ethical reasons, but more often than not, the truth is that they do things for economic reasons. Our transcontinental railroad was a huge argument, for and against, for instance, where it joined being part a big part of the start of our Civil War. Both sides arguing (however indirectly) about money. Social issues are mostly just war noise, I think. But, I am rambling away from the subject of publications....--RaboKarbakian (talk) 16:21, 20 October 2021 (UTC)
- That's very interesting, at least the part about libraries, it is a period I am focused on and hadn't considered the state's role in publication in that socio-political system (I've just been re-reading about the Scopes Trial, and still remain astonished by that and the history of US politics). Cygnis insignis (talk) 16:56, 20 October 2021 (UTC)