How Many Spaces After a Period?

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My entire life is a sham! I’ve been putting two spaces after a period my entire life. I don’t know if I can stop… Hell, I even did it in this little blog post :(

Originally posted on Jen's Pen Den:

For this Twitter Treasure Thursday, I cheated–a little. I didn’t find this article on Twitter. I actually went on the hunt for it after I found this picture on Facebook:

DoubleSpacePersonally, I was always taught to use one space after a period, not two. But I know others were taught to use two. In fact, my old college roommate used to go on and on about how much it annoyed her when people used one space, not two…I told her it annoyed me when people used two, not one (follow? ;-) ).

At last, I decided to settle our debate and figure out who’s right: Team One? Or Team Two? Brian A. Klems, online editor for Writer’s Digest had the answer:

The “two spaces after period” rule was established during the days of typesetters, when additional space was needed to show the difference between the spacing between words (which was smaller) and the spacing between…

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The 2015 Hugo Award Kerfluffle makes me glad I’m not a Trufan!

I’ve been watching and reading about the whole Hugo Award controversy surrounding the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppies slates and the Anti-Puppy response.  I am a huge fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I devour it in any form.  From Books, to Comics, Movies, and Video Games…you name it I love it.  But I’ve never had an opportunity to attend a Science Fiction Convention, you know, the old school convention, a gathering of a bunch of nerds who fawn after their favorite authors and get together and revel in their glorious nerdiness.  I wanted to but just never had much opportunity.  I never had the chance to be a member of Fandom or a Trufan, I’ve had other fish to fry, I suppose.  I’ve been following this big mess that the Hugo nominations and voting has become and it occurs to me that I should be glad I’m not involved in that world because then I would be all butt hurt in one shape or form over it.

Admittedly I’m a fan of Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen, Michael Z. Williamson, Sarah Hoyt, John Ringo, well almost the whole Baen Stable really.  My politics are socially liberal and fiscally conservative, limited government with a hawkish bent (that’s my military upbringing speaking).  Classic Liberal if you will, libertarian versus Libertarian.   I’m a military veteran and I like military SF, it speaks to me.  But that’s beside the point really.  The sad reality is that both sides are more interested in tearing each other down then they are convincing anybody of the righteousness of their cause.

Why is more time spent by both sides on painting each other in broad strokes from a blood soaked brush than there is arguing from logic and attempting to persuade others to their way of thinking?  Honest, frank, much-needed discussion about the state of this “fandom” is sorely needed from where I sit.  But instead we’ve all absorbed this insane concept of identity politics to such a level that we cannot even discuss our mutually enjoyed pass-time (whether you create it or consume it) without verbally murdering each other in full view of the public eye.  It’s sad really and I wish you all would just stop, step back from it all, drop the righteous indignation, and attempt to see the other side’s point of view.  There’s just no way that there are as many evil monsters on either side as you are all declaring!  The internet is an awesome thing but in a lot of ways it’s taken the politeness out of society.  It is now too easy to demean and degrade and defame someone from a distance with no worries about a face to face confrontation.

This whole thing makes me happy in the end.  Happy that I’m not a Trufan, because if I were, I’d be very embarrassed right now.

Addendum 5/21/15:  I realized that some may take (or already have taken) my attempt at being witty about fans at cons and “fawning” and so forth as a slight or insult.   For the record, I’m a nerd too, just not one that was ever involved in cons.  If necessary I believe that my heavy involvement in the SCA during the mid to late 90’s could serve as proof of my nerdiness…my membership card if you will :) Fawning after my favorite authors at a con and reveling in my own nerdiness is, literally, what I’d do.  Probably while dressed as an elf or maybe Capt. Michael O’Neal.

Myke and Brad

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Mr. Kingswood expresses much of what I thought upon reading Myke’s open letter as well. I said is much in a comment on Brad’s facebook feed. This isn’t intended to correct a fellow officer so much as a way to grandstand and get free publicity from the current situation by targeting somebody currently in the limelight. Sad really to see one military member call out another so publicly.

Originally posted on Magic, Swords, And Laser Beams:

Every now and then I stick my foot in my mouth.

You’re shocked, I know.

I came across this open letter to Brad Torgersen on Myke Cole’s blog via Larry Correia‘s Facebook feed.  It got me fired up, and I decided to comment on it.  Given I was irked and pressed for time because I had to leave to pick up the kids from school, I was less than eloquent in getting my point across with my comment.  Reading back, I’m munching on a shoe or two over there.  Now, I doubt any of Myke or Brad’s readers will ever see this post, but since I’ve gone and spewed on the Internet, and that can’t be undone, I figure I might as well take the time to really say what I meant to say in that comment.  For peace of mind, if for nothing else.

First, full disclosure.

I don’t…

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In which this ignorant ass redneck attempts to fisk one of them genius professorial types.

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The fisk it burns! Very impressive redneck rebuttal right here.

Originally posted on Mars Is:

Now y’all I unnerstan I aint exactly the most edumacted of men. Hell I dropped clear outta school back in my junior year for to enter the workforce. Hell the only thing I got going fer me in the whole inter-lectual department is the fact that I like to read me a whole heap, mostly science fiction. And on account of the fact that I aint been too impressed with whats been coming out of that whole wirl-con what votes on the Hugo rewards the last few years or so I became a supporter of Mr Brad Torgersen’s Sad puppy 3 cam-pain. I figured if’n even a an ig-nint hill-william like myself could see that there was something wrong with them thar Hugo’s then the problem must be just as plain as day. However there appears to be a whole mess of people who seem to find the idea of…

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Vox plays chicken with Worldcon

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Oohhh and we only thought that MAD was a thing of the past!

Originally posted on Brad R. Torgersen:

Facebook is lighting up with outrage over the fact that the notorious Vox Day is threatening to go all NO AWARD on the Hugo ballot in 2016, if NO AWARD takes the Hugo ballot in 2015. Amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth and blaming the family dog (me) for the fact a wild wolf (Vox) is growling at the door, I have to ask everybody: what did you freaking expect when you made it plain as day the whole reason for going NO AWARD in 2015 is to keep Vox’s imprint Castalia House (and Vox himself) off the trophy table? That’s like putting a bloody leg of beef into the water while a great white shark circles nearby. You are daring The Kurgan to play chicken with you. That is The Kurgan’s most favorite game. The wild wolf lives for danger. The wild wolf wants you to nuke it…

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Weekend Reading Recommendations # 2

Happy Friday Everybody!

The weekend is coming and here’s another recommendation for your reading pleasure.

Dave Duncan’s “The Seventh Sword” Series

The first book of the series is “The Reluctant Swordsman”

the reluctant swordsman cover art

I found the first three books of this series at a garage sale before the turn of the century (I’ve always wanted to say that).   I liked them so much that every couple years or so, I’ll pull them out and re-read them.  They were written back in the 1980’s but I just found out that there was a new addition to the series added in 2012. So it looks like I’ll be dragging my worn and tattered old paperback versions back out and brushing up so I can read the new one!

This series is about a guy named Wally who awakens from his possible death into a new world of swords and sorcery in the body of a master swordsman.  The Goddess runs this world and has chosen him to be her champion and save the world from the invading Sorcerers who worship the Fire God.

These books aren’t high art or anything.  This isn’t epic fantasy. It is adventure, and swashbuckling, and hunky guy get’s the girl, kind of old fashioned good time.  Written before the age of PC if you know what I mean.  I give the first three books a hearty two thumbs up and highly recommend you go hunt around and find a set at a garage sale this weekend.  Or failing that hop onto Amazon and buy them the easy way!

The Seventh Sword Series:

“The Reluctant Swordsman”

“The Coming of Wisdom”

“The Destiny of the Sword”

“The Death of Nanji” (new novel published in 2012)

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