Saturday, November 05, 2005

Hard habit to break & Acrobat baby

Habit
I am presently writing chapter 1 of my Master's action research project. I am not a big fan of APA style writing, having first learned MLA. But this paper has to be in APA, so I am doing my best to learn as I go. One of the crazy rules is that there is only one space after a period. Do you have any idea how hard that is when you have been typing with two spaces after periods for YEARS? I keep having to backspace. It's interrupting my flow. And I have pretty good flow for late on a Friday night if you ask me!

Baby
The placenta buffer on the front wall of my uterus (see post from last Friday) has proved to be no obstacle whatsoever for little Jackson today. I started feeling him moving around when I was lying in bed this morning. Whenever I do feel him, it's when I'm lying in bed, very still and quiet. So I figured that was my daily dose. But no! I continued to feel his little flutters all day. It was delightful.

4 comments:

jeffmacsimus said...

I know your pain about the double-space after a period thing. I've finally trained myself to eliminate it. It was easier once I found out WHY they don't use it anymore...

Apparently, back when "Word Processing" was still just plain "Typing," two spaces were used because typewriter "fonts" were fixed width, and it was easier to read. Now that fonts use letters that change width in a more natural way, they are readable enough without the extra space. Logical, I guess... I remember wondering at that bigass horizontal line at the bottom of the lowercase "i"...

-Lisa- said...

You know, I'm happy to say that I never learned that double space thing after periods. You prolly think I'm crazy... BUT I never took a Typing class in highschool (had them in elem. and maybe one in jr. high that didn't teach the dbl. thing). And, in my Graphic Design program we used MACS (of course) who knew of the problem Jeff noted about the fixed width, and corrected it within the system. Atleast that was my understanding at the time because we had a Keyboarding class in the PC room which told us to still do the dbl. space, and our GD instructor told us not to while in the Mac Lab.

Anyhoo- It's annoying when I get text files for "thank-you's" and "credits" and they're double spaced. It looks bad, and I have to go through and take em' all out. Owell :)

gloria said...

I'm still fighting the extra space after the period thing. Aaaarrrgh!

baby flutters: Your joy delightful!

MrsGiggles said...

On the baby moving - HOW AWESOME! That has to be the most amazing feeling!