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LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
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I was going to say, are we objecting to spam in the 100k thread?

But then I remembered this is the 1M thread, and we moved it to here from madness for a reason. It has become more than the sum of its parts!
 

Yax

Ancient Mariner
Nah, we are literally killing ourselves and our planet. I'd say "no".

But Promised Land is a great, close to perfect Queensryche album, with one of the most delicious drum sounds ever.
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
Nah, we are literally killing ourselves and our planet. I'd say "no".

But Promised Land is a great, close to perfect Queensryche album, with one of the most delicious drum sounds ever.
my question comes from a verse of maiden...
Heaven can wait!

"Take my hand, I'll lead you to the promised land,
Take my hand, I'll give you immortality,
Eternal youth, I'll take you to the other side,
To see the truth, the path for you is decided."
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
my question comes from a verse of maiden...
Heaven can wait!

"Take my hand, I'll lead you to the promised land,
Take my hand, I'll give you immortality,
Eternal youth, I'll take you to the other side,
To see the truth, the path for you is decided."
Here’s as best as I can put it, from what I know:

The “promised land” is a concept originating in Judaism, a place Abraham was told by God that he and his descendants would live in. Moses and Joshua lead the Israelites back to it after serving in Egypt as slaves. Fast forward many hundreds of years and the country of Israel was founded on the same notion of Jews returning to their homeland.

African-Americans took the concept of “the promised land” during slavery, to mean Heaven or an end to slavery. This usage is the one that’s led to the modern interpretation of the line, which is either a literally land promised to you, or just simply Heaven. Steve uses it in the song because it’s about a man who dies and comes back to life. The promised land in the song is paradise — Heaven. And the narrator says that it can wait til another day.
 

Cornfed Hick

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When you write something formal (i.e., not a text, Tweet or other social media post), how many spaces do you use between the period at the end one sentence and the first letter of the next sentence? This website autocorrects to one space, and there are publications that say one space is proper. But I refuse to believe that anything other than two spaces is OK.
 

Perun

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When you write something formal (i.e., not a text, Tweet or other social media post), how many spaces do you use between the period at the end one sentence and the first letter of the next sentence? This website autocorrects to one space, and there are publications that say one space is proper. But I refuse to believe that anything other than two spaces is OK.

One.

Double-spacing after a full stop was a very particular grammatical rule taught in Canada and the UK for a limited period in the 90's and 2000's. This fact helped people figure out that Satoshi Nakamoto is not actually Japanese or at least was not educated in Japan.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
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I've heard of if it in some really old typing convention, might have been the RSA secretarial skills style dating back decades. We did do some RSA typing in secretarial skills at school, until (thank f***) they stopped teaching that and did business studies and IT instead.
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
When you write something formal (i.e., not a text, Tweet or other social media post), how many spaces do you use between the period at the end one sentence and the first letter of the next sentence?

I'm pretty sure it's one as a standard at least in foreign countries when you learn English.
Also from internationalization programming guidelines, string construction is done with concatenation of punctuation and a space character. Therefore it's always one character, regardless of the next sentence or not.
 

Cornfed Hick

Ancient Mariner
One.

Double-spacing after a full stop was a very particular grammatical rule taught in Canada and the UK for a limited period in the 90's and 2000's.
And in the U.S. That was what I learned: two spaces. I remember having to look for this when cite-checking law review articles while in school. When I was a junior associate, that got drilled into me too. Evidently that changed along the way, while I got old. I recently brought this up with my partners and even a couple of judges I know -- most if not all of the folks over 40 still say they prefer two spaces. I do think it makes text easier to read with two spaces between sentences. But I realize I'm on the wrong side of history here.
 
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Zare

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I do think it makes text easier to read with two spaces between sentences. But I realize I'm on the wrong side of history here.

You are not wrong, there is a detail, back in the days of typing and telegraph most fonts used were monospaced. Since the dot character takes same character box width as any letter, the dot itself will be centered.

Code:
Maybe this should help. See how the dot isn't touching the letter 'p'
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
+ just a conjecture but if I were designing machines for formatted text processing like IBM did back when computers were a house, I'd appreciate as much spacing in between letters as possible.
 
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