How To Choose The Perfect Emoticon

Emoticons are pretty fun to use but they are hard to choose because there are so many!

Here is how to make it easy: go over this list and then use search to find the noun or verb that you are looking for like “triumph” or “savouring” or “unamused”

Even if you don’t have anything to search for, it is still in alphabetical order and it is pretty fun to see all eighty faces out there available right now!

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Best Way To Transliterate Unicode to ASCII? Python Help Needed With Solution.

For creating audio-books I use a text-to-speech engine. One problem is that the application dies on Unicode text. The documents that I encode are too long to correct manually so I want it automated. The correction isn’t as simple as removing all Unicode text though because if possible I don’t want to lose the meaning of the character when it is easily converted to ASCII.

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How to Type the OSX “Pretzel” Key in Unicode

Emacs tells you everything that you need to know about it using describe-char:

             position: 927 of 1056 (88%), column: 33
character: ⌘ (displayed as ⌘) (codepoint 8984, #o21430, #x2318)
preferred charset: unicode (Unicode (ISO10646))
code point in charset: 0x2318
script: symbol
syntax: . which means: punctuation
category: .:Base, j:Japanese
to input: type "C-x 8 RET HEX-CODEPOINT" or "C-x 8 RET NAME"
buffer code: #xE2 #x8C #x98
file code: #xE2 #x8C #x98 (encoded by coding system utf-8-unix)
display: by this font (glyph code)
mac-ct:-*-Lucida Grande-normal-normal-normal-*-17-*-*-*-p-0-iso10646-1 (#x3B4)

Character code properties: customize what to show
old-name: COMMAND KEY
general-category: So (Symbol, Other)
decomposition: (8984) ('⌘')

There are text properties here:
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