Punctuation, the em-dash, parenthesis, other pauses I enjoy — and… WHITE SPACE!

Incidentally, it might have once been noted that I often utilize the em-dash were it not for the limitations of ASCII but I have found substitutions.

Occasionally, I will use –. Sometimes I will utilize a semi-colon for the purpose of the em-dash, which will eventually annoy somebody. In the 90s, I went through a | phase, and other variations of punctuation, just to be distinctive and to wreck automatic writing analysis algorithms a tiny bit.

I don’t see anything wrong with falling in love with “Noted”. I fall in love with “writing habits” all of the time. One day, somebody says something that points out what they don’t care for about it, I pause and reflect and consider. Sometimes I continue, sometimes I stop and change it.

… is another thing … <– I like using that. Also, I’ve been trying to bring —> arrows back in to regular conversation online.

I like going through my old writings styles sometimes. All are very similar but the subtle variation are amusing to me, and sometimes I can pick out “when” I wrote something just based upon the style alone.

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I like semi-colons, although I’ve also gone through parenthesis phases (having also done a lot of programming (which encourages such habits), they are logical and neat (as annoying as they are to flow for many)).

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my favorite, which Facebook discourages…
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is
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WHITESPACE!
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Lots and lots of whitepace!
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This is undoubtedly due to having started on BBS’s and Usenet forums…



although…
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excessive use…
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can
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drive
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some
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CRAZY!

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I swap around. In school, some teachers thought I used very ‘creative punctuation”. Others would litter my nice paper with ugly red pen. They would circle every instance that did not comply with whatever standard they considered standard.

I usually prefer white space between paragraphs at the very least. This annoys some smartphone users, who have to then scroll a little more, but white space is very pleasing on the eye on a PC [at least… to my eyes].

And yeah, HTML… ugh. I don’t want to get started on the limitations of THE INPUT BOX….

… *grmbl*…

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Google+’s implementation of basic *bold* _underline_ is nice. Their -strikethrough- can get annoying at times, although I find some people making VERY creative use of it: It is especially useful when you have to… WANT TO… strike out a thought (like “have to”) yet still convey it for humor or whatever.

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Google+’s implementation of basic *bold* _italic_ is nice. Their -strikethrough- can get annoying at times, although I find some people making VERY creative use of it: It is especially useful when you have to… WANT TO… strike out a thought (like “have to”) yet still convey it for humor or whatever.

[I edited there. I forgot the _ is italic… I forgot what the underline is suddenly tongue emoticon ]

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yeah – their new interface broke a number of useful features. They’re still testing it though and rolling out changes as time goes on. I wish they’d hurry though. They made a SIGNIFICANT UI change, which is taking a bit to get used to. It’s prettier in a kind of Flipboard sort of way, but there’s extra clicks for basic tasks like photo sharing on the PC, and the + or @ hyperlinks don’t always work, or they pull up a global list of names rather than your own circles.

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But what *I* would kill for? Overstrike. Successive bolding of a letter. Microshifting. Decent font + kerning control. All of these are, of course, POSSIBLE in HTML and CSS and such, but it amazes me that in all of these decades, few programs / apps have successfully allowed the functionality of a manual typewriter.

The day will come of course. It will come. Somebody will do it. [maybe they have and I missed it]. I know it seems absurd in a sense to even consider it .. but there’s a certain marvel at the flexibility of ye old typewriter.

Then again… we’re lucky to get any real FONT choices anywhere except our local paint programs and word processing softwares, so… &sigh&.

[and yes, I know about PDF and TeX and such but I’m thinking ‘everyday’ stuff… oh well tongue emoticon ]

 

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