I may be overreacting

You know who I hate so much I just want to stab them in the face and then peel off all their face skin and scream into their open nose holes about how much I hate them?  People who only use one space after a sentence instead of two.  I might be overreacting slightly because I’m totally panicked about this writer’s block which has enveloped me but no, I don’t think I am.  Technically you may be right, one-spacers, but it’s a matter of principle.  The double space should be respected even if it can’t really be seen and we’ve all forgotten why we ever started believing we needed it in it in the first place. 

Much like garter-belts. 

I bet you thought I was going to say “Much like God”, huh? 

You people are heathens.

PS. The second day into my week off to write my book and of course I have tremendous writers block.  I think it was D. H. Lawrence who said, “when you have nothing to say, be still”, however I think it was my friends who said, “If you aren’t writing anyway why don’t you come to the local news studio dressed up as post-coital Maude to promote our upcoming Big Lebowski festival?”

I have always preferred my friends to D. H. Lawrence. 

Comment of the day:  hmmmm youre probably not going to appreciate my punctuation free tuesday then are you jenny ~ Heather

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  1. You make a great Maude! You already owned the wig right? 🙂

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  2. It’s of no consequence to you, I’m sure that all those double spaces don’t even render in HTML is it?

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  3. Don’t feel bad. I can’t stand the people who don’t place two spaces between sentences. I thought I was the only person who did this (and who got upset about it). But I’ve always known I was a grammar freak. Thank you for validating my feelings.

    ~Your two space friend.

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  4. Dah-ling…you totally pull off the bedsheet look. And it’d be all like the “Emporer’s New Clothes” and no one would tell ya that you’re dressed in a scene from “Animal House”.

    You’re just stalling…chain yourself back to your lappy and write. Now!

    Ooooh, and the whole two spaces after a period? Unbelievable timing. In my recent email to ya, there’s a sentence w/one space after the period…happened after I corrected something and I thought “WHO WOULD EVER NOTICE THAT???”. And then I read this and I realized I just got caught with my pants down.

    The end.

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  5. What’s the deal with commentluv? I wrote that post forEVAH ago (though…it’s still one of my faves…) (so maybe commentluv read my mind?).

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  6. But, but, Jenny, I thought you loved me? I have to only use one space between sentences because the Associated Press said so and I work for a newspaper that follows AP style. You know what? Fuck AP, your love is more important. See I just left you a double space out of love.

    Oh and Maude has nothing on your. Tell the Dude I said, “Where’s my White Russian?”

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  7. Robin, AP style also says you have to say that someone “pleaded guilty” instead of “plead guilty”. AP style wants to destroy us all.

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  8. Will you be wearing the bed sheet at The People’s Party? You could start a new fashion trend…

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  9. that is teh awesome.

    you.

    and heathens.

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  10. Awe, hell. All this time I’ve been driving you (more) crazy on twitter as it is my habit to elimante the second space anytime my genius thoughts cannot be contained by a mere 140 characters.

    So sorry.

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  11. Twitter single-spacing gets an automatic pardon.

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  12. People can use two spaces all they want and editors will always edit it right out. That’s our job: sucking the space right out of your writing.

    It’s okay; I can’t stand people who put punctuation outside quote marks.

    Oh. Whoops. Dude. Not you. I mean totally not you. Or anyone else. I might just be feeling defensive about you know, style standards and stuff.

    Fab sheet. Enjoy the glam life! 🙂

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  13. i think you need to work on your anger.I mean even no spaces after periods shouldn’t cause such eruptions.The sheets need a belt.It is all about the belts this season.Haven’t you heard!

    bwhahahaa!

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  14. All through school and in all my journalism classes, I learned two spaces, but then I started writing for a magazine and learned that they style at mags is only one space. And now I couldn’t type two spaces after a sentence if I tried. It’s just not in me anymore. Weird, huh?

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  15. I used to be a double space freak, too. Now I just save my thumbs for other things.

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  16. I use only one space and I’m not afraid to admit it! *ducks*

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  17. I used to use two spaces as well until I found out that it’s grammatically passe now. You look ravishing in that sheet BTW…

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  18. Oh, crap. There goes my face. You know two spaces is old fashioned, right? *puts on hockey mask*

    In other news, I will absolutely be going to the Lebowski Bash. They pretty much had me at hello. Caucasians? Washed down with St. Arnold’s? That’s all it takes. I will not look as fabulous as you, though.

    Please tell me you’re getting your news visit on video.

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    Just A. Reader

    I was always a two-spacer until I got into my current line of work. They’ve forced me to be a one-spacer.

    And did you know there’s a bright light emanating from your left jubbly?

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  20. Post Coital Maude will be well received I am sure, even if you have to jet to get the ‘Showdog’

        = double space in HTML

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  21. I too am a stickler to the two spaces after the sentence idea. Once that slides, it’s only a matter of time before you’re writing completely in IM-speak, titling each blog post with something along the lines of OMGWTFBBQ?!?

    I’m also a stickler to the two spaces between the state and zip code on address labels.

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  22. Ha it won’t show the double space HTML as it renders it as spaces oh well

    the code is

    I hope it works, if it doesn’t you can always try Google

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  23. I’ve always found that wearing a post-turtle toga in public smashes writer’s block into a thousand shiny bits of almost memory.

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  24. do the drapes match the carpet

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  25. “Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.” is one of my favorite lines from that flick. And there are a lot!

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  26. You totally bought that wig for sex games, didn’t you. I always knew you were freaky.

    no?

    Forget I said anything.

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  27. AP style fuckers are always changing their mind on stuff, too. A few years ago they had teen-ager hyphenated (stupid), now they’ve made it compound, teenager.

    Fickle = stupid AP.

    My grammar peeve is when people use more the three periods in an ellipsis … and don’t put a space before and after.

    Down with egregious use of the …

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  28. I don’t get the one space thing AT ALL. It wrong.

    Hey, nice ankles! I have ankle envy, as mine are of the sturdy German peasant variety (that means cankles *sigh*).

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  29. I will now continue to single space because it irritates you.

    Also you could write nutrition facts for the side of dog food and it would make me laugh. Don’t think about writing as writing…just do it like you are talking to someone or thinking out loud.

    You make that bedsheet look sexay…

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  30. I’d say you look hot in a bedsheet but that would be kinky.

    You look hot in a bedsheet.

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  31. That peeves me off as well. I had a discussion about this with my employee who is 10 years younger than me, and that is how they were taught to do things in school. Apparently, with the onset of computers and demise of typewriters it was deemed that two spaces was no longer necessary. I don’t care. You can’t take my 2 spaces away from me! I will always put 2 spaces between sentences.

    So basically, it is proof that we are old. Bah.

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  32. I believe you learned the double space after a period rule in “Typing Class” way back in high school. I don’t think they teach that in “Keyboarding” nowadays.

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  33. I totally did learn that in typing. God, do they even having “typing classes” anymore? Fuck, I’m old.

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  34. in response to #33.

    Not to worry, that’s where I learned it too Jenny! =)

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  35. I think screaming into the nose holes is when you crossed the line into overacting. Have you read Bird by Bird-there is a great chapter on overcoming writer’s block.

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  36. Right there with you, girl! But you must take that with a grain of salt, because this comes from the only person in the world who gets upset about 3s and 8s upside down on gas station signs.

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  37. I’m all about the 2 spaces. But then, today I’m also all about the cranky.

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  38. I’m a ONE SPACER. There, I said it! Am I banned forever? Please no. Do not scream in my nose holes, they are sensitive.

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  39. HA! I write with ONE Space! I don’t know why but I always have. When I write a short story or a chapter I go back and add the extra space and it forces me to read slowly and to edit my work. In every day writing and in blogging I am all about ONE SPACE!!! HAHAHAHAHA (CRAZY insane laughing!)

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  40. Nice wig. BTW – PMS meds not kicking in fast enough?

    ~EdT.

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  41. Oh, and also – don’t scream in my nose holes about the space deficiency in these comments, it is the fault of the crappy blogging software you are using. It sucks (the second space out, that is.)

    ~EdT.

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  42. hmmm, you’ve got apoint. now how about a spam recipe?
    * Exported from MasterCook *

    SAVORY SPAM CRESCENTS

    Serving Size : 16 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Sandwiches

    Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
    ——– ———— ——————————–
    10 sl Bacon, cut in small pieces
    1/4 c Finely chopped onion
    1 cn SPAM Luncheon Meat, cubed
    – 12 oz
    1 Egg, beaten
    3 tb Grated Parmesan cheese
    2 tb Chopped fresh parsley
    2 tb Dijon-style mustard
    1/8 t Pepper
    2 pk Refrigerated crescent roll
    -dough (8 oz)

    Heat oven to 375’F. In skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is
    crisp; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients except crescent roll
    dough. Separate each package of crescent dough into 8 triangles.
    Spread top half of each triangle with SPAM mixture; roll up. Place on
    baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

    enjoy! or as my hispanic friends say “enHOY!”

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  43. If I had fresh parsley, cheese and rolls I wouldn’t be eating spam.

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  44. Totally not overreacting. Those people suck. The more spaces between sentences the better as I always say. That way people can really decipher where one thought ends. And another begins. Bitches.

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  45. Finally, someone said it.

    I feel the same way about Oxford commas.

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  46. I know I read about that somewhere on a blog somewhere before… I just still can’t believe it’s real!

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  47. So are you going to be on the news in a bedsheet now?

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  48. I had to work very hard to train myself out of the two space thing. It’s all about computers and computer design and layout. From what I was told when I was forced to drop the two space thing, it’s because typing using a typewriter actually takes up more space than printing on a printer, hence the need for two spaces while typing on a typewriter and NOT for two spaces while writing on a computer.

    So I was told. So I believed. And now I can’t leave two spaces (which I also learned in typing class) to save my life. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to leave my skin on my face. Please. Pretty please.

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  49. Double-space all the way. Of course crap ass Blogger will delete that second space after every single sentence I write, but that doesn’t stop me from putting it there anyway because I know my real friends will be able to intuit my true intentions even though the second space has miraculously disappeared. Along with the correct spelling of dialogue. TAKE THAT Spell Check and Space Police.

    (Also, I’m with Julie on the punctuation outside quotation marks thing. Drives me batty. Not as batty as students of mine who can’t tell there from their and its from it’s … but darn close.)

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  50. But I didn’t mean YOU, of course. You can’t put the commas wherever the hell you want. Obviously. And the question marks too. Mix it up. Keeps ’em guessing…

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  51. And now, to clutter your comments uncontrollably (for which I do apologize), I meant you CAN put them wherever you want. Not “can’t.” Down Freud, DOWN, I say.

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  52. I FINALLY just acquiesced to the one spacers. I figure at one millisecond per space I am saving apporximately 35 minutes of my life not hitting space twice.

    I think I’m going to go take a nap for 35 minutes…

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  53. Your blog was recommended to me by google reader…. I read the first line of this post and decided that I needed to subscribe to you! You’re hilarious!

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  54. I’m all about two spaces. But WordPress isn’t for some reason. Is that how we’re getting all this information on the internet? By eliminating the spaces?

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  55. You are an awesome Maude!

    Eight years ago, my parents remodeled their house and bought a rug that really brings out the various tones in the woodwork, the paint color on the wall, the beautiful furniture . . . eight years ago . . . and I still say “The fucking rug brings the whole fucking room together” every single time I walk into their living room.

    My parents are proud.

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  56. Damnit, people, don’t acquiesce! There are supposed to be TWO spaces between sentences. My typing teacher told me so, and I went to regionals in UIL typing because of it. Well, it was probably because I could type 80wpm with no errors, but still. BTW, learn where commas go in your sentences, so we can actually FUCKING READ THEM! Carry on.

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  57. I used to agree with the two-space thing. I fought for it like a mother bear for her cubs. Even through all of my editing classes I kept at it, until someone finally gave me a reason that made sense. A well-known female editor told me, “Typewriters never had automatic justification of words on a line like computers do now. If you leave two spaces after a period or colon now, the automatic justification may just leave you with a space that looks more like five spaces, in other words, it’s a disaster of design.” I converted that day.

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  58. I think you rock Maude. I really do. respect my spacebar, biyatch!

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  59. ok and your comment box swallowed all of my spaces and killed my joke. Hell.

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  60. I’m a one-spacer. (Stop throwing things!) If I wasn’t a one-spacer, then an editor (or my sister) would yell at me and call me unprofessional.

    And then I would cry.

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  61. I learned the two space rule in typing class and then had to break the habit when I did computer processing for Kinkos when I was in law school. Seems that the fonts are to blame. It has something to do with letter spacing that a computer automatically does but a typewriter couldn’t. Computers can do all kinds of things that typewriters couldn’t. Take internet porn, for instance…

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  62. hmmmm youre probably not going to appreciate my punctuation free tuesday then are you jenny

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  63. I tend to agree with the spacing issue. My husband is a program guy and he HATES the double space habit of mine. He takes them out when he codes my website – the NERVE.

    Our blog drives him nuts because there is so much BAD coding in it with all the & ! :: * in ALL the wrong places – he’ll get over it!

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  64. I find that the loss of the second space between sentences has a direct and distinct correlation to the loss of personal space in society.

    Have you noticed that?

    No?

    Okay, never mind.

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  65. Oh, and does it piss you off that i don’t capitalize the i in my iPost blog??

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  66. I am a card-carrying double spacer and it makes me want to commit atrocities because Blogger deletes that second space. In all fairness, sentence spacing shouldn’t even be on my radar as I can’t write worth a damn to begin with. I must have been too busy mainlining horse tranq into my eyeball during those grammar and punctuation lessons in 5th grade…

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  67. I’m an old school typist, too. Banging it out like I was on a Remington, man – double spacin’ like a mofo!

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  68. When I read your title I thought, “Oh I hope so” and then when I read that this was all about the double space thing…I thought “no you are not! You are totally right”. Weird, I don’t usually think in quotation marks, but whatever.

    Oh, and I choose your friend over that guy any day.

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  69. I feel the same way about double spacers. Guess we can’t get those Best Friends Forever necklaces, after all. I had them engraved and everything.

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  70. I’m a proud single spacer. I have no shame.

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  71. Sorry, I’m a single-spacer here.
    However, I’m pretty sure I could take you, so I am not fearful for my face skin. Or for my nose holes.
    Okay, maybe a little.

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  72. I need to point out that Blogger always resets my double-spaces to single-spaces (which is grammatically incorrect). It PISSES ME OFF.

    I also need to point out that I might start lobbying my hubby to move to Houston. You seem to haves lots of interesting functions involving The Big Lebowski and toddlers selling hard alcohol. What reason is there to stay in New York when these things come into play??

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  73. I feel strangely compelled to point out that this not an issue of grammar but design and style. So please don’t claim grammatical superiority over spaces.

    If it was a point of grammar, it would also apply to hand writing. How do you plead the handwriting case with regard to spaces?

    Now I’ve thrown that into the mix I’m going to get ready for work and contemplate evil …

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    Cedarflame

    You should have rented a nice cabin in the woods, turned off your cellphone, disconnected your internet and sat there until you wrote the great Armenian Novel or cut off your ear.

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  75. You are so freaking wrong and you have never been wronger. You have something seriously mentally disturbed about you if you think that two spaces are necessary after a period. Do you know what I do to people like you? I SEARCH for period space space and REPLACE ALL with period space! That will show you!

    (No really, in printed pages, period space space starts showing up as these ugly “rivers” of white flowing through the words. It’s a typesetting thing, and it makes a big difference.)

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  76. Well, shit. I had this fabulous plan to get you drunk and take advantage of you at BlogHer. Now, it’ll be all get you drunk and get my face removed. Bummer.

    Notice the double spaces in that? Yes, I used them just for you. Reconsider plan A? Pretty please!!!!

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  77. You’re crazy. I love it.
    We are meeting @ BlogHer, right?

    Hmm? Don’t make me hunt your ass down.

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  78. And I suppose if their nose holes aren’t spaced just right that would set you off, too? Remember not to wear white when you peel the skin off their faces. Rather inciminating, I think.

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  79. Its those psychotic software programmers that do it the most. One space, just one stupid space between long, drawn out, run on sentences.

    Idiots

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  80. Who the hell cares about writer’s block when you have SHEETS and TV CAMERAS to amuse yourself with? Damn, girl.

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  81. lol- well i never capitalize. ever. i hate it. think it’s stupid. but i do double space. fuckers. 🙂

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    Just A. Reader

    Reading your blog makes me happy, Jenny. (Not to mention pictures of you wrapped in sheets and looking intensely sexy.)

    I just got home a couple of hours ago to find my apartment had been burglarized. I lost about $3500 worth of stuff, including things that really mattered to me. I’ve been dealing with police and repair people.

    Now I’m reading your comments and feeling better about life. The wine helps too.

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  83. Crap on a crap cracker, dude! The hell?! Hold on, I’ll email you.

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  84. Fuck those one space motherfuckers!

    I feel better now.

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  85. Fonts used on computers are different that typewriter fonts. So when you write on a computer, it automatically makes it large enough. Anything that you have published will automatically pull the double-space out so you might as well not bother while writing your book.
    Sorry to geek out on you. My last boss (who was a teacher before switching to PR)was all about giving me “lessons” about my writing instead of telling me if something was wrong. She had to give me half-hour lectures why it was wrong. It sticks with you.

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  86. Used to be a militant two-spacer, but after my college experience, I am now a one-spacer. I can’t do a two space now if you held a gun to my head. Okay maybe then but it would be hard!

    Proofreading is part of my job…..isn’t that nice?!

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  87. First you stop visiting my blog, then you cheat on me with my husband, now you HATE me? Why do you hurt me when all I want to do is love you?

    (p.s. One space at the end of each sentence. just. for. you.)

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  88. Do the “John Grisham” thing and write a page each day. [double space] Even if it is garbage. [bonus double space] Write!

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  89. That double space after sentences drives me nuts too. Glad I’m not alone.

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  90. THAT BOTHERS ME SO MUCH TOO! You know what I hate hate hate? That WordPress automatically makes all double spaces after a sentence single spaces. I’m like, what up, foo? What if I WANTED double spaces? Huh? Huh?
    I also Twittered about this very thing.

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  91. Uh… not sure why that link doesn’t work… try this one: here.

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  92. I like single spaces.

    There’s less of a chance that someone’s going to wander off after a sentence and start playing with their own belly-button lint. Which I am known to do.

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  93. Yeah. Two spaces if you’re using a typewriter, one space if you’re using a computer.

    Source: Mrs. Pathe, Typing 110, 1986

    I rock hard, admit it.

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  94. You are totally stalking me right?

    As you know, cause you read my blog ALL THE FREAKING TIME, I just started a new job.

    And APPARENTLY I am not allowed to use the double space thing in all the la dee da formal letters that I am writing and I had a total freaking meltdown over it. Cause it is JUST NOT RIGHT. Causing me to do double spaces EVEN MORE and lots of capitals. And these things ~~ cause I just discovered them and they are so cute…

    I am thinking about doing the whole yelling down skinless noseholes thing, any tips on not getting blood and shit on my shoes?

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  95. Bad grammar is a pet peeve of mine, especially mistakes like ‘your’ and ‘you’re.’ How is that mistake possible? Seriously? We should have a “bad grammar day” where we’re allowed to murder everyone who doesn’t know the difference between ‘they’re’ ‘their’ and ‘there.’

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  96. Weird that I had that EXACT outfit on today. And, I wore it on my very first eHarmony date. I’m pretty sure there will be a second date.

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  97. OK, what is up with all the blog posts I have been reading about spacing? Was there a movie reference recently to old-school spacing or something that I missed that sparked a national debate? I just read this a couple of days ago on
    The Aesthetic:
    Despite what high school typing teachers have told generations of young people, it is now common practice to use just one space after a period. Most style guides now agree on this point, including the Chicago Manual of Style, the Associated Press Style Guide and the Gregg Reference Manual of Style. The American Psychological Association Manual of Style – the agreed upon guide for some corners of academia – is silent on the issue, but nonetheless tends to defer to the Chicago Manual of Style on matters of punctuation.

    So now I’m all worried that the cool kids are talking about spaces and I’m a loser because I’ve never once thought about it. Thanks for that.

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  98. There you go, I had to ask my flatmate for clarification around the double spacing rule. I never studied typing and back in the olden days when I graduated from school I HANDWROTE my assignments. Sorry for hurting your eyes for so long. Double spacing looks odd. However, I stand corrected.

    LaLa’s last blog post..It’s a sad day…

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  99. I swear I double-spaced in that comment… don’t hate me.

    LaLa’s last blog post..It’s a sad day…

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  100. You know who I hate so much I just want to stab them in the face and then peel off all their face skin and scream into their open nose holes about how much I hate them? People who only use one space after a sentence instead of two. I might be overreacting slightly…

    Whatever gave you that idea?

    ~EdT.

    Ed T.’s last blog post..Hell’s Kitchen: Party of Three

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  101. i had no idea that two-spacing after sentences was out! i am so behind the times over here in turkey. i must get out of here before it’s too late!

    wait…does not capitalizing when appropriate bother you too?

    man. I’m sorry.

    natalie’s last blog post..Another plug for my favorite restaurant in town!

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  102. I’m totally having a battle with my boss at work over the double v. single space issue. I say single – double spaces are from the dark ages of typewriters. I thought most people agreed with me, but apparently there are those want to scream down the skinless nose holes of double spacers! I’m scared.

    doahleigh’s last blog post..Papalicious

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  103. being a self taught typist, and sucky one at that, i put more than one or two spaces between and had to learn to reign it in a few spaces. depends on where the final product is going. and of course, blogger won’t reatin the second space.

    a pox on blogger.

    always, buddy’s last blog post..television quote of the day

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  104. How is it possible that this is the first time I’ve heard of the change to single space? What other rule of typing class are they going to attack next? Is nothing sacred?

    JessicaC’s last blog post..Violated

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  105. (This comment will be double spaced for your comfort. Please enjoy.)

    Ok…so, I’m just curious.

    What’s up with all the wigs? You seem to have quite the selection.

    I’m quite intrigued.

    And, to be honest with you, a bit jealous.

    I think I might make you ‘my’ Amy Sedaris. hehehee

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  106. I have a thing for wigs. I got my first one in a showgirl/stripper store in Vegas and now I can’t stop. Victor *hates* them.

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  107. Please choose your words carefully. I read “post-coital Maude” and now I’m going to have to have the part of my brain that includes any memory of Bea Arthur surgically cauterized. The pen is mightier than the sword, but you just fired off a high caliber hollow-point mind bullet with that one. Ouch.

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  108. I love double spaces.

    Lotta’s last blog post..Daughter’s Birthday

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  109. What? When did double spacing get passe?

    I’ve always wondered why the hell blogger took out my double spaces. When I go back to edit something, I can’t help but add the spaces back.

    I’m really sad to see the double space go. I mean, what’s next? Not skipping a line when starting a new paragraph?

    Well, that wasn’t a good example, since I think that’s just a blogging thing, but you know what I mean.

    Mamasphere’s last blog post..And The Award Goes To… Me!

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  110. There, I left a bunch of double spaces above as an offering to The Bloggess. But you can’t see them. Do I still get a thank you note?

    Amy in Ohio’s last blog post..FOX “NEWS” is racist? Well, whatdayano?

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  111. You make me laugh every day. And, bloggers evil double-space eliminating function drives me bonkers as well.

    anymommy’s last blog post..Fantasy and Reality – A Wedding Story

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  112. Keyboarding class (typing class for us older people) does not teach double space after a period. I learned this from reviewing my kids’ papers. After telling my son his teacher would deduct points for not double spacing, he proudly brought home the paper to show me I WAS WRONG.

    shuttle mom’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Body Art

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  113. I have a thing for wigs.

    Oh my… it would appear that our Bloggess is wigging out.

    ~EdT.

    EdT.’s last blog post..Hell’s Kitchen: Party of Three

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  114. I limit myself to a single space when tweeting. Other times, I simply embrace the double space.

    Shamelessly Sassy’s last blog post..The Drunk Tampon

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  115. Wahhh. I’m never in town when any of the good stuff happens. My hubby LOVES that movie.

    Anglophile Football Fanatic’s last blog post..Monkey Business

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  116. I used to have an double-space reflex, but I wonder if I’ve lost it. I certainly would not want to know what my face looks like without the skin.

    The dude abides.

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  117. i was just telling my husband how sick i am of all these one-spacers! are we really that lazy we can’t even be bothered to do proper spacing now, america? has it come to this?
    ps – i heart wigs!

    velvet’s last blog post..ostrich riding

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  118. Grab a book. Read it. It’ll inspire you. Then please pass the title on to me…

    http://meandyouandellie.blogspot.com/2008/06/summer-loving-reading.html

    (You probably won’t though, will you, since I’m a ONE-SPACER.)

    Ellie’s last blog post..Summer Loving Reading

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  119. I feel like a complete idiot. I have never even HEARD of double spacing after a sentence. When I took typing classes back in the 70’s, we were taught that the ‘period’ indicated the end of the sentence, and a single space was appropriate.

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  120. Whatever – I think DH Lawrence may have SAID that, but what he MEANT was “If you don’t have anything to say write something borderline pornographic.”

    I encourage you to do the same.

    Tranny Head’s last blog post..Caging a Wild Sumo

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  121. The flash from your camera makes it seem like you have an amazing, blinding beacon of a left breast and you are exposing it to the world. Pretty snazzy.

    Barb @ getupandplay’s last blog post..The Underminer

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  122. I hate the ones who leave out the comma before the and when listing multiple items.

    And I’d bet your friends are way more amusing.

    kittenpie’s last blog post..Random Week

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  123. “technically you may be right, one-spacers, but it’s a matter of principal.”

    Er, that would be PRINCIPLE. Don’t bash the grammar and style of others unless YOURS is impeccable.

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  124. Dammit! You’re right. And technically that’s just one of many problems in that post but that one was a rookie mistake. How embarrassing.

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  125. Double-spacer here!

    I wrote an entry awhile back about the different schools of thought regarding punctuation within quotation marks, too:

    http://markira.blogspot.com/2007/07/rambling-july-20th-edition.html

    Holy geekness.

    What I actually find interesting is that NO ONE (in 123 comments) has mentioned that indenting at the beginning of paragraphs has disappeared on the Net.

    Somebody help me get a more interesting life than one that finds these things fascinating.

    markira’s last blog post..Walls

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  126. Dude. What the hell did happen to the indent and why am I just noticing this? That’s fucking freaky.

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  127. 128
    Just A. Reader

    Back in the Internet Stone Age (circa 1995), I tried to make paragraphs indent on a certain Web site with which you are familiar, mostly with a series of (try to imagine that without spaces) codes. It quickly became obvious that I was the only one who cared, so I gave up and conformed.

    Now I work with people who are so used to seeing paragraphs HTML-style (skip a line and don’t indent) that they do it that way in printed documents. The paragraph indent is going the way of the double-space.

    Damn them all.

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  128. 129
    Just A. Reader

    Well, crap. Even spacing out the code didn’t work. Let’s try this.
    & n b s p ;

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  129. 130
    Just A. Reader

    Last attempt.

    & n b s p ;

    If that didn’t do it, I’m giving up and letting you use your imagination.

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  130. 131
    Just A. Reader

    OK. Use your imagination.

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  131. 132
    Just A. Reader

    Oh, and in comment 129, I should have said, “Well, crap on a crap cracker…”

    Give me a break. I’m fucking traumatized, you know. Who stole all the paragraph indentations???

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  132. I’m not sure who *actually* stole them, but let’s blame it on my ex, shall we?

    I just love finding new reasons to think he is a total ass. Indentation theft is a good one.

    markira’s last blog post..Walls

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  133. “technically you may be right, one-spacers, but it’s a matter of principal.”

    Er, that would be PRINCIPLE.

    :raises hand:

    ‘scuse me, but actually, if it had taken place in my school, the Bloggess would have been correct. The princiPAL was also the typing teacher.

    ~EdT.

    Ed T.’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Elementals

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  134. 135
    Just A. Reader

    if it had taken place in my school, the Bloggess would have been correct.

    The Bloggess is always correct.

    On a crap cracker.

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  135. By the way, I love the wig too. I’ve been talking about shaving my head and buying a bunch of wigs, different colors. My 5th grade teacher Lula had the coolest wigs and big torpedo boobs. Why I remember this I don’t know. Anyway, I posted a whole post with double spaces in honor of you.

    Shoegirl’s last blog post..The Bloggess is like Oprah

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  136. I am a 2 space girl myself.

    And you are funny as ever. No writer’s block evident here.

    the mama bird diaries’s last blog post..Is my kid weird?

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  137. Bloggess, while that self-portrait may be provocative, I think to get the max effect you should show up at the GOP Nat’l Convention wrapped up in the American Flag, like this:

    http://www.imagebam.com/image/c608a67971139/

    In fact, I double-dog dare you

    Think of it as “expressing your patriotic self”.

    🙂

    ~EdT.

    Ed T.’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Elementals

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  138. I recently became aware of the two-spaces or one-space thing. I always make two. I thought everyone did. But it’s my understanding certain kinds of web promotional copy (spam??!?) require just one space. My old pseudo-boss would run a search and replace to change all the double-spaces to single-spaces and it made the baby jesus cry, imo.

    Maria’s last blog post..If I Had One I’d Call it Something AWESOME

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  139. I’m a two-spacer Sister-Woman!

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  140. listen. we need some rules. you simply cannot visit my blog unless you tell me weeks in advance. i need time to prepare. steal someone else’s writing. make sure that day’s post is an ode to your blog. or simply quit.

    jesus, lady.

    {xoxo for your words}

    karey m.’s last blog post..jackass, part one…

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  141. How many costumes do you have?

    Kyla’s last blog post..Fashion Police

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  142. I was just reading your post from May 27 and you mentioned Flatonia, I had to look twice, I live in Shiner.

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  143. Dude. I’m totally with you on the double space thing. It’s, like, the ONLY thing I remember from 8th grade. I can’t tell you what a pronoun is but I CAN tell you that you’re supposed to double space between sentences.

    And THAT knowledge is why I’m unemployed, shoeless and sitting on my couch watching Max & Ruby right now.

    AMomTwoBoys’s last blog post..Things I Never Thought I’d Hear Myself Say

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  144. Two spaces. Check.
    Lots, of, commas. Check.
    Grammar, who fucking cares!

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  145. You’re being featured on Five Star Friday:
    http://www.fivestarfriday.com/2008/06/five-star-friday-edition-11.html

    schmutzie’s last blog post..Follow Me

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  146. I adore your blog, and I’m a one-spacer. Can’t we all just get along?

    Nora Bee’s last blog post..These shoes were made for graduating

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  147. I was a devoted two-spacer until I entered the workforce and almost all my clients demanded I use one space. I could never keep track of who wanted one space and who wanted two, so I started using one for everyone. No client has ever complained about the one space, but OH! The anguish I created with those two spaces! It was as if they wanted to stab me in the face and all the rest.

    So now I one space. There are worse things.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..observing the warm weather habits of the local creatures in their natural habitat

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  148. You have such dainty ankles.

    amanda’s last blog post..Convalescent Daring

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  149. I’ve contributed to a magazine that specifically tells writers in their guidelines to not two-space it. It’s ingrained now. I’m sorry 😦

    Chief Fever Nuts’s last blog post..Michael Ian Black: Help Me Defeat David Sedaris

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  150. better than people who put a space after the last word and before the period.

    hunt them, capture them, set their hair on fire, and make them repeat first grade.

    word .

    kate’s last blog post..fifteen months

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  151. You would have had a helluva time in 300 BC. Back then they wrote without any spaces between any words. And no spaces between sentences. So it looked like this:

    youwouldhavehadahelluvatimein300BCbackthentheywrotewithoutanyspacesbetweenanywordsandnospacesbetweensentencessoitlookedlikethis

    phd in yogurtry’s last blog post..where the hell is matt 2008

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  152. Thanks for caring. The double-space is an important standard, helping signal the transition to the next thought. I’m glad to know that someone else takes it seriously.

    Leslie Carbone’s last blog post..Pregnancy Pact

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  153. The incredibly antiquated word processing program I use at work automatically corrects my double spacing after a sentence down to ONE SPACE. It drives me completed friggin’ nuts.

    2 spaces, all the way.

    mtnhighmama’s last blog post..Meh

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  154. I’m so glad I found you after you found me. And I’m so with you on the two spaces; glad to see there’s a lot of us. It’s just how I learned it in typing class when we learned on actual typewriters. Does that mean that us two-spacers are old?

    I once read a post telling everyone that they should be using one space only and I totally felt like screaming into his nose holes. So thanks for that.

    Just wanted you to know that you’re awesome and I’ll be back.

    PS- if you actually googled ‘Frenchy McFrencherson’ you’re my new best friend. But, I guess you probably came from directly from the Food Contest.

    Wendy’s last blog post..Sour Cherry Cobbler

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  155. What!

    Some people DON’T double-space after the end punctuation thingee! Man . . . .

    And it drives me nuts how Blogger keeps changing my double-space post-sentence efforts back into just one single goddamned space. The bastards! The evil dastards! I protest.

    I think I should follow up on this by posting about it on my Blogger weblog. That’ll show ’em who’s boss.

    Iago’s last blog post..Cradle Rock

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  156. And do you know who I hate so much I just want to stab them in the face and then peel off all their face skin and scream into their open nose holes about how much I hate them? (Actually, I don’t hate them that much, but it was such a good opening sentence.) It’s those who can’t use “however” correctly. Oh look, Jenny can’t! 😉

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  157. I used to be a two-spacer until I found out, while working as a newbie in desktop publishing, that on computers the double space is factored in to the spacing after a period — or some shit like that. Anyway, they beat that habit right out of me and now I single space. Please don’t peel my face off :O

    Izzy’s last blog post..So NOT Fair…

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  159. Totally. Only WordPress has decided that they know punctuation soooo much better than me. I always do two spaces after a sentence (after a colon, too, dipwads) and then WP goes and deletes one of them. Sort of like I do to my two year-old’s dessert when I snake a bite when she’s not looking.

    Dolanmama’s last blog post..Joy-fully Ignorant

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  160. I really liked your blog! LOL! 😀

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  161. I love my blog. I love writing in it, I love people I know reading it and making (probably incorrect and inappropriate) assumptions about my life, I love sharing my Basket Full O Crazy with whoever is insane enough to read.

    What do I NOT LOVE? The fact that when you post any entry on BlogSpot it AUTOMATICALLY CHANGES YOUR DOUBLE SPACES AFTER PERIODS INTO SINGLE SPACES.

    This has seriously bothered me since I realized it was happening. I am so OCD about double spaces that I have gone through entire entries before during editing and respaced them all – all the while knowing they would be automatically changed AGAIN.

    Hate.

    Saskia’s last blog post..Shoe Size/Penis Size Theory. Denied.

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