Tuesday, December 06, 2005

So, when is that next "change" post coming?

I've received a number of queries from readers as to just when the next "A mind is a difficult thing to change" post is coming up. They've all been very polite and careful not to pressure me.

Ah, but I pressure myself, and ask, "So, you [expletive deleted] old procrastinator, when is that "change" post coming, anyway? The last one was on 9/11, and it's December already, in case you hadn't noticed."

My answer, both to them and to myself, is: soon. "Soon," as in, "within the next couple of weeks."

The trouble is that those things seem to take an unusual marshalling of energy. It's not just the length of the "change" posts, it's the reliving of the experiences--at least in memory--and the effort to process them in a way that would be relevant to more people than just myself.

But I'm not complaining. I, too, am eager to take on the task. After all, it's a self-motivated and self-appointed one.

It's just that it's so easy to say "manana" (although it's apparently not so easy for me to put that little ~ thingee over the "n" in "manana." Anyone got instructions on how to do that? It's probably something very simple and obvious, right?)

So, bear with me, the next "change" post will be coming--soon.


At 2:07 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous ozyripus said...

To get an ñ, first get the ñ with Symbols in MS Word, then copy the ñ to a text file (small, starts faster than a .doc file). Save this text file, which can contain other strange umlats, accents, graves, etc., and then R-click, click "Send" and "send" this text file to the desktop, i.e., get a shortcut to it on your desktop.

Then, when you want the ñ, click on shortcut, highlight and copy the ñ with Cntrl-C from the text file, and then paste it into your blog text with Cntrl-V (actually Cntrl-c and Cntrl-v).

At 2:55 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous Dave said...

An easier way in Windows is to hold the ALT key and type 0241. The result is ñ.

I don't know how it works in other platforms.

At 3:05 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALT+164 for ñ and ALT+165 for Ñ

At 3:41 PM, December 06, 2005, Blogger neo-neocon said...

Thanks--I knew you'd come through.

But does that mean it can only be done in Word? What about when I'm just writing my posts and ordinarily using Blogger? Is there any way to do it then?

At 4:26 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous Brian said...

I don't know if blogger eats HTML, but if you want something that won't come up as a different symbol on different machines, try using "ñ"

It should look like this: ñ

Use Ntilde to get uppercase: Ñ

At 4:28 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous brian said...

damn. it not only uses HTML, but it translates it a second time from preview to post.

Use this (without spaces):
& ntilde ; : ñ
& Ntilde ; : Ñ

At 4:28 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous brian said...

I just realized that looks dumb too.

& ntilde ;

Take the spaces out of that, and it should work.

At 4:30 PM, December 06, 2005, Blogger Alex said...

Another option, which is what I do when I'm stumped, is to find somewhere it's written correctly and then cut and paste. Now here you've got a repository of "ñ" forevermore...

At 5:12 PM, December 06, 2005, Blogger Maddog said...

To see all choices...

In windows, "start" Programs" "accessories" "system tools" "character map"... Or "start" "run" "charmap" will take you to Character Map. You can select the font you are using then look through all characters available. By clicking on any character a larger view will show you what you clicked and in the bottom right of charmap the Keystroke used to enter it into your document. See below.

Or... you can double-click to copy it to the textbox below where you can then copy it to the clipboard, then "paste" it into your document.

NOTE: use NUMLOCK "on" and the keypad.

ñ = Keystroke Alt+164
Ñ = Keystroke Alt+165

At 5:15 PM, December 06, 2005, Blogger Maddog said...

If you just need to have a tilde-n then this works anytime, anywhere.

NOTE: use NUMLOCK "on" and the keypad. And.. hold down the Alt key while typing in the number, then release.

ñ = Keystroke Alt+164
Ñ = Keystroke Alt+165

At 6:00 PM, December 06, 2005, Blogger Nicholas said...

> If you just need to have a tilde-n then this works anytime, anywhere.

...At least, as long as the character set being used has it

Maddog is right, though, Charmap is a very, very useful tool. I keep it pinned to my start menu -- never know when you're going to want an oddball character for some purpose, including wingdings and webdings.

As long as you stay away from really, really oddball charsets you're ok.

At 6:41 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous E.M.H. said...

Manana? Like banana?

(chuckle... snort...)

Wow, all this confessionary over Change post procrastination, and all the commentary is on how to do a tilde-n (I thought of using Character Map myself, 'cause I can never remember the alt codes to type in for anything). But that is what Neo asked for, so I guess there's no surprise there.

At any rate: There's a couple of good web sites for the alt codes, like this site. But again: Character Map. It's a little bulky to use -- although not as bulky as firing up a word processor (no offense ozyripus) -- but it's always there, even if you don't have network connectivity. And it doesn't require memorization (although doing so for much used codes should generally be within the grasp of anyone who can use a computer). That's what I always push.

Anyhoo, back on topic. Change post, Change post, Change post: Just do it whenever, madame. There's no deadline on blogs (as far as I know (*wink*)), and frankly, it's better that it be done well rather than fast. Doing fast over well is the MSM's fatal flaw, and that's the last thing anyone needs. Why replicate that? We'll cheer you on, as long as you don't pull a Proteus (blogger for "Eject! Eject! Eject!"; good read, I like 'im, but only 7 posts total since April), or worse yet a Terrence Malick (20 years between movies "Days of Heaven" in '78 and "The Thin Red Line" in '98). Just throw us mutts a bone more than once per año and we'll be a bunch'o happy hounds.

At 11:15 PM, December 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Neo, This post had me wandering through the character map more than intended when I awoke this A.M. but you did help me resurrect the right stuff for the lift equation which I'll put right here if it will paste:
L = 1/2 ρ V2 S CL (Subscripts and superscripts won't paste on the comment page. Anyway, are liberals more pessimistic that conservatives/libertarians? Mark

At 12:09 AM, December 07, 2005, Blogger Asher Abrams said...

let's see if this works ...


At 12:10 AM, December 07, 2005, Blogger Asher Abrams said...

... okay, yeah.

On a Mac keyboard, type alt-n and then n again.


At 12:11 AM, December 07, 2005, Blogger Asher Abrams said...



At 4:56 PM, December 10, 2005, Blogger an unrepentant kulak said...

This might be too little too late ... but you might consider just saying "Mahna Mahna" instead? :-)


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