You know that 25 thing meme? Here's Shakespeare's take on it. (Courtesy of intertext
Also I thought that the latest xkcd raised a really interesting dilemma.
I always end up taking the brackets away [though the square bracket solution mentioned in the comments doesn't look too bad :) ].
Unfortunately, that means that some parenthetical statements would be in curved and some in square brackets. Anyone know how you do you cope with brackets and an emoticon?