Unicode 6.1 came out last year, Andrew West's summary
of the latest additions is a view from the trenches. The
commenters on his blog are asking about the status of their favorite
exotic script, for example.
Matt Mayer has some interesting stories about Love
Hotels and Unicode. I especially like the reasoning behind the
"regional indicator symbols" A-Z,
to avoid having to put flags in Unicode.
On the lighter side, the Fake Unicode Consortium
presents more creative names for Unicode characters. Currently, you can't see the characters because of a Google+
redesign, but maybe soon... ☹
Finally, in 1889, when telegraph messages were paid for by the word,
"Unicode" was the name for a dictionary of commonly-sent phrases mapped
to obscure words so that instead of sending, "Jones dines with us this
evening and remains the night - Smith," you could send, "Jones Coctivus
Smith." It's of course no use to us now, but interesting to see how
communications technology was accommodated. Also a bit shocking to see
how maternity has changed: flip
to page 11 to the section labelled "Births" to see the kinds of
messages people needed to commonly send.