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08 February 2009 @ 10:38 pm
Very Important  

Here's how I deal with it.

Dude (dude :) ).

I rely on the white space.

However, I sometimes see it as a smiley face with a double chin and/or a sadistically pleased Jabba the Hutt.

When I'm feeling especially conscious of the double chin effect, I do this instead.

Dude (dude :> ).

And that makes me feel better. But the thing is, :> is more precocious than :), so sometimes I'm misrepresenting myself for the sake of my parsing aesthetic.
To Mega Thereminrwx on February 9th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
(: I match all braces :)

(-; This is good overall practice IMHO ;-)
Scotaelius27 on February 10th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
This is the best solution to this problem that I have ever seen.
indie: daisyindiefic on February 9th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
so sometimes I'm misrepresenting myself for the sake of my parsing aesthetic.

I have a grin plastered on my face right now because everything about this, the examples, the phrasing, the logic behind it are all so quintessentially you (according to ME) and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Kburgunder on February 9th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)

I can't think of a more awesome "I love you" from you. Thank you :)
Kburgunder on February 9th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
p.s. I so totally bought E more stuff today. I couldn't help it. There was a Batz Maru mini-gum dispenser and a Kuromi compact mirror at Uwajimaya and then suddenly I was in the checkout line. When is the next cause for celebrating E? Will sending her an Unbirthday Present corrupt her for life? I refuse to acknowledge the silly February holiday, and despite my ability to rationalize everything, I can't quite seem to make these things relevant to Hypatia's Day in March ;>
nplusmnplusm on February 9th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
From my old livejournal

Glad to know it stumps others!
tenshiemi on February 9th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
(I usually end with the unbalanced :) (but sometimes I use ^_^)
sculptruth on February 9th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ditto-- I lean heavily on the Anime emoticons in tight places.:P
Benito Gallianofascistfashion on February 9th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Do you find yourself requiring an EMOTICON within your PARENTHESES?

Good, that means that you have FAILED to use the right WORDS within YOUR PARENTHESES and have probably made each PARENTHESIS wonder if life is WORTH LIVING when a STUPID LITTLE COLON and his little TRAITOR FRIEND can TAKE YOUR JOB AWAY FROM YOU!!!!!!!!!!

- Stodgy Old White Dude

PS: Except in all cases of ( :) ), but that's just an emoticon within the mouth of a sleeping emoticon.

PPS: I do agree that :> is more precocious than :).
floiterfloiter on February 9th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I restructure the sentence to get rid of the parentheses. Could be seen as cheating, but works for me.
Khallis: Kanekhallis on February 10th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
I convolute as necessary to avoid ending parenthetical statements with emoticons.

Sure, it's extra work, but it's no worse than the gyrations that I do to avoid beginning a sentence with a word of significant case that cannot be capitalized without becoming incorrect.
Vulture: pointer funvulture23 on February 10th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
It always nags at me when I see un-terminated parenthetical phrases that (presumably) end with an emoticon. When I see a construction like "(or BSD :)", I can't help but imagine millions of Lisp interpreters crying out in anguish, and then segfaulting -- you've either got a missing parenthesis or a superfluous colon, and it's bad news either way.

But yeah, if it's not reasonable to reorganize things to avoid having the emoticon just before the closing paren, then whitespace is helpful in making sure that it tokenizes properly. (Upgrading to a :D may also be workable, depending on the situation...)