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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

I went for a walk around the marina and the office park here in Alameda today for the fourth time in four days. It has been sunny and unseasonably warm here all week but it was a little cooler today than earlier this week. The weather web site says the temperature is 62° F today, which is cooler than the 70° F it was Tuesday. I noticed. The walking has given me time to fire up my phone and chat with some friends, which is something different for me as I usually don't do much phone chatting, usually.

About a week or so ago, I read an article explaining that, in the days of non-proportional fonts used by early typewriters, it became the custom to use two spaces after a period, but now that most typing is accomplished using word processors and displayed or printed with proportional fonts the practice was no longer necessary. Rather than cling to tradition, I decided to adopt the modern convention, instead of the two-space rule I had internalized from who-knows-where. It's a bit harder than it looks to do. Its surprising how ingrained and unnoticed a habit becomes. I keep catching myself dropping in two spaces after a sentence end and going back to delete it from half way into the next sentence. It's ingrained into my typing so deep I don't even consciously notice when I use two spaces.

I'm started back up doing the meditation thing in the morning again. I kind of got out of the habit toward the end of last year. Subduing my internal DJ when she's wanting to be a distraction and spin tunes has become a factor in the process again even though I had the trick down before when I was practicing. I'm thinking it will take less time this time to reacquire the ability to tune out that particular distraction, than it took me the first time to pick up the trick. There is still no levitation or perverse desire to replace my mattress with a board full of nails.

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I still follow the two-space rule. The only place I really notice it is in responded emails, where some rude character is inserted for the extra space, and that's only because I always have the 'show paragraph marks' option enabled.

One thing I find fascinating about you, Footle

I'm one of the few people I know who would find such a topic as the two-space rule interesting enough to write about it. You're one of the others, who obviously found it interesting enough to offer a comment on it. Heh. GMTA.

Re: One thing I find fascinating about you, Footle

I also have an opinion on it. I regularly go through documents other people have written, when making changes (like to procedures or product specs at work) and search for double spaces, replacing them with single spaces. I find the double space can be a bit visually jarring.

Re: One thing I find fascinating about you, Footle

Ah, another one of us who finds interest in such a topic. I do hope that you're using a macro when you go after those superfluous spaces, E., otherwise I should think the job would be maddeningly tedious!

I envy you the warmth. I would be delighted with 52F, let alone 62F.
:-) Oh, well. At least the temperature is in the relatively warm high 30s instead of Monday's 8 degrees!

A friend of mine told me years ago that despite what I learned in school, I should only put one space between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next. It took some getting used to, but it's quite natural now.

In school I had to use 2 spaces. When I got the journalism job, 1 space. Then medical documents, back to 2 spaces. I find when I use LJ or FB I stick to 1 space. I did manage to train myself to flip back and forth but I know what you mean.

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