December 13, 2007
Brian writes about a Hanzi myth: the Chinese do not use the same symbol for "crisis" and "opportunity". Which reminded me of another: "the Chinese symbol for trouble is two women under one roof."
I'm pretty sure that one's wrong, too, but I decided to do a feeble attempt at testing it. Hanzi is too much for me, but I do have at least a passing familiarity with kanji now and know where some tools are. So I decided to see what I could learn from that.
The kanji for "woman" is å¥³. It's three strokes. I used Breen's radical search to see what I could find, looking for kanji with 7-9 strokes which included that one.
And I did find an odd one. Let's make it really big:
It's three women. It's pronounced kan (and a lot of other ways) and it means "mischief". It also means "noisy". Isn't that marvelous? For instance:
å§¦è¨ˆ kankei means "trick"
å§¦ç– kansaku means "scheme"
å§¦äºº kan nin means "villain"
å§¦æ™º kanchi means "craftiness"
å§¦ã—ã„ kashimashi means "noisy, boisterous"
UPDATE: This is a test. This is only a test:
This has been a test of the emergency Pixy broadcasting system. If it had been an actual emergency, you would have been directed to tune your browser to Ambient Irony.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 13, 2007 08:17 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: BigD at December 13, 2007 10:10 PM (JJ4vV)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 13, 2007 10:16 PM (PiXy!)
<blockquote><span style="font-size: 72pt;">å§¦</span></blockquote>
However, Firefox, IE, and Opera all screw up the rendering. Since they have completely different rendering engines, that only leaves one culprit: the font rendering. It's returning the wrong height value.
Safari does its font rendering slightly differently, and it gets it less wrong. Still wrong, though.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 14, 2007 10:10 AM (PiXy!)
The HTML should be correct; I set the size on that kanji using the tool in the editing box. I didn't try to create the HTML directly.
I wonder if it would also fail for a Roman letter? I'll try adding an update as a test.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 14, 2007 01:07 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 14, 2007 01:10 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at December 14, 2007 01:34 PM (9Nz6c)
There's enough "bad" HTML in the page to force browsers into quirks mode.I was wondering about that, then I realised that Steven is running on the old templates and stylesheets. I did some work to clean things up in the 1.1 release, so I'll try copying that HTML to my blog and see what I get.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 14, 2007 04:53 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 14, 2007 04:57 PM (PiXy!)
If there's a need for me to upgrade my templates, I'll need to be given a place to copy all the new ones from.
I've modified about three of them, but most of them are still "stock".
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 14, 2007 05:07 PM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
At Chizumatic, we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately.
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