Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry


Brain melt down. Somebody has gone and hidden not just ONE, but at least TWO DIFFERENT snowmen on my computer.

I give you:

So it's a UTF thing. Which is a whole can of crazy. I was searching for 8, trying to figure out how it was different from 8, (8 - 8 huh?) and discovered a kind of terrifying world of symbols waiting for me. Symbols like Astrological and Meteorological and Logical symbols. Japanese Kanji. Tibetan letters. Weird things. And then I found him. The secret snowman hidden on my computer. I IM'd my findings to Saf, and discovered that it was worse than I even realized...

My IM and my browser display DIFFERENT snowmen. What?

Here's Google chrome, as displayed on http://www.fileformat.info/info/charset/UTF-8/list.htm?start=7168 and how the snowman appears in dialog boxes:

And here it is as it appears on my LJ page, in my IM window, and even in the Title Bar of the browser window when the page title has a snowman in it:

Who PUT that snowman there? Who decides these things? Now a snowman, what's next? A starfleet symbol, or the rebel alliance? I know! UTF should have a shpongle mask!

So! What does the snowman look like on your computer? How many snowmen can you find hiding in your fonts? Will bullwinkle be able to escape from boris and natasha's evil plan? Find out next week uh I mean, post your results in the comments!

Ooh! I wonder which snowman(men) will turn up the RSS feed and the version that is syndicated to my facebook!

Crazy stuff....

EDIT: OMGWTFBBQZOMG!!!!! It is different on my friends page than if you go to the entry page itself. Try it and see if it is like that for you: http://djsunkid.livejournal.com/friends vs. http://djsunkid.livejournal.com/111158.html


Second edit:
OK! I found a font analyser to look for more snowmen! I have 444 fonts installed so it isn't easy to just look through them all, but http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/font/fontlist.htm makes it easy. In 444 fonts I found in 33 fonts, only appears in Arial Unicode MS; and a brand new one with a fancy scarf appears in 5 fonts. Here's all three of them together:

Final edit, really: http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/2603/fontsupport.htm has a bunch more different snowmen.


( 2 comments — Validate my existence )
Dec. 8th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I like the scarf, but I like the jaunty top hat, too. So hard to choose!
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
OMG! adorable! i love that you found these! you are a genius!
( 2 comments — Validate my existence )