The short-form week of 17–23 Mar 2008

24 Mar 2008; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 77 messages in 70 conversations.

This document was created automatically from my archive of my Twitter stream. Due to limitations in the Twitter API and occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:30am

how long should i be expecting the recession to last? how many months salary do we need to be able to pay me, stephen and cote?—@monkchips
@monkchips, if you can figure that out, please let me know.—@ndw

Monday at 08:34am

Deb's brick-and-mortar survived rapacious airlines, terrorism, and the Internet, but not the weak dollar.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:22am

And quite possibly homeless too. And you're so dumb you'll keep voting for them, cause we need tough love, not the taxers and spenders.—@davewiner
@davewiner and the rest of us broke too, there's the rub—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:25am

we're very religious here at Eduserv - not only are we based in an ex-chapel but we're implementing GOD (our Global Object Database)—@andypowe11
@andypowe11 does GOD play dice?—@danbri
@danbri if He does, presumably it's a bit of a bore since He must know the outcome.—@ndw

Monday at 10:13am

I wonder if I should feel ignorant for having know idea what a Bear Stearns is—@ndw

Monday at 11:24am

@libby wheee another networking service!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:08pm

"reaction is shock that a company that reaffirmed its book value at $84 on Wednesday can be worth $2 per share four days later on Sunday"—@Carnage4Life
@carnage4life who fell 84 to 2 in four days?—@ndw

Monday at 12:35pm

blue sky and sun!—@ndw

Monday at 12:43pm

I will never buy another HP printer. http://tinyurl.com/3yspsq HP: FAIL—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:57pm

Okay, so I was a nerd. Like y'all didn't see that one coming?—@mollydotcom
@mollydotcom someone's sampling "tainted love" in a recent pop song, but I haven't figured out which one yet, just heard it on the radio—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:00am

W3C CVS, you are no longer my friend.—@psd
@psd What'd CVS ever do to you?—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:07am

getting rsync to run on my Asus WLHDD again—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:08am

running 'port upgrade installed' on my Mac and hoping for the best—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:13am

chuckling @ xkcd #397—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:48am

clouds again today, but boy the sun was nice yesterday—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:22pm

Haven't cared about Windows batch files in a decade. Anyone know if you can ask the user (poor sod) a question and read the answer?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:14pm

Me: "the main role of advertising is to use emotion to override informed descisions"—@psd
@psd Nice! +1—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:26pm

The Scala beginner's guide is a PDF? FAIL—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:49am

considering ripping the StAX guts of my XProc impl out and putting s9api in instead—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:03am

anyone else annoyed that FFb3 seems to have borked frames to the extent that javadocs don't work?—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:20am

BBC news reports "Bush hails Iraq War Progress: ...world is a better place and safer..." I don't know whether to laugh or cry.—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:05pm

the windows shell is beyond pathetic—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:06pm

and so is Runtime.exec in Java if that makes you feel any better—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:38pm

set /p variable=prompt ... oh, for the love of ...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:51pm

7pm and sunshine. Good.—@roessler
@roessler it's for an installer that needs to run on a stock install. I hope I enjoyed committing the sins that I'm being punished for...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:02pm

I feel like some coworkers are filling out these online health assessments with real "test" data. I don't need to know that stuff, blech.—@grossberg
@josephgrossberg !important in CSS is like SELECT DISTINCT in SQL. It means, "I couldn't figure out why it didn't work, so I added this."—@diveintomark
@diveintomark chuckle re !important, though it's sometimes more about overriding things you can't control than not understanding—@ndw
@ndw that's true for greasemonkey scripts and xul (for ff extensions), but shouldn't be true for self-authored stylesheets—@diveintomark
@diveintomark Indeed. But I'm not always the author of all the stylesheets applied to documents I post hither and yon—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:36pm

"Northern area - Number Six heading for Outer Zone in our vehicle. Orange alert."—@psd
@psd send rover!—@ndw

Thursday at 06:45am

following @edd's pointer and wondering if my commenters would prefer TinyMCE over the plain textarea control they get now...—@ndw

Thursday at 06:46am

not yet awake enough to grok color wars—@ndw

Thursday at 06:49am

50Mb security update? What is this a Windoze box?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:49am

otoh, Mb is the new Kb, isn't it?—@ndw
@ndw I hear this'll break your SSH/SCP Norm. Use caution!—@bmanley
@bmanley, rumours of ssh's demise seem to have been exaggerated; at least it's still working for me—@ndw

Thursday at 07:35am

suddenly very hungry. Must be all the CURRY—@ndw

Thursday at 09:08am

still hungry; must find breakfast.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:42am

oh bother! I made the disk of my VM guest too small.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:58am

failing to obtain jdbc access to a postgres database. Bah, humbug.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:39pm

Your WTF-I'm Old! semantic reading of the day http://tinyurl.com/2vr7a2—@terrisCA
@terrisCA Sweet! Thanks!—@ndw

Thursday at 01:10pm

Wow! XTech programme looks fantastic, @edd.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:50pm

annoyed that Photo Booth and Screensaver both insist they know where photos should go. They're WRONG. FAIL.—@ndw
@ndw Do what I've done, and eliminate manual folder management. I use Spotlight metadata and tagging now—@arnia
@arnia but it's my data I KNOW where it's supposed to go. In my bones. But I see your point.—@ndw

Thursday at 01:55pm

Part of the problem is I've given the screen saver 2895 images to play with and that makes accessing ~/Pictures ugly bloody slow—@ndw

Thursday at 02:13pm

Nevermind chins, how about artsy-fartsy nonsense?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:07pm

waiting for the cure—@iand
@iand I'm listening to The Cure if that helps :-)—@ndw

Thursday at 03:08pm

because I could. because I had to.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:00am

Friday at 08:50am

port update overwrites your httpd.conf. DO NOT WANT—@ndw

Friday at 08:59am

heh @roessler—@ndw

Friday at 09:00am

sunshine at last. WIN!—@ndw

Friday at 09:09am

Run 'copy' in a Windows shell. Get asked if you want to replace a file. Say "y". Find "y" in the command history. FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 09:19am

can't access /tmp in Mac Finder dialog FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 09:20am

can type "/tmp" FTW!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:33am

Golly. "Revert to Snapshot" is CPU intensive!—@ndw
@ndw VMWare or Time Machine?—@charltonb
@charltonb VMWare Fusion—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:38am

Not that I'm complaining, it's still a bazillion times faster than, you know, actually reinstalling on real hardware!—@ndw
@ndw brill, indeed. i've found VMWare Fusion to perform rather well on Leopard/Intel Core 2 Duo.—@charltonb
@charltonb Oh, yes, the machines perform beautifully. Reverting to a snapshot just brings the poor machine to its knees for a minute or so—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:07pm

Twitter weeding. If you don't Tweet about interesting stuff, you're gone... I don't care about what you're having for lunch.—@terrisCA
@terrisCA Yeah, maybe that's the ticket. Except my backup copies are on a USB disk, so the copy is hardly instantaneous :-/—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:08pm

I don't know the rules on what is supposed to be eaten for Good Friday, so I am going to eat waffles ALL DAY!—@wowie
@wowie OMG. BEST EXCUSE TO EAT WAFFLES ALL DAY EVER. Now I am craving waffles.—@Nickf4rr
@Nickf4rr Yup - Facebook just did it with Friend Lists. It's a practical means of sharing relevant information with relevant subgroups.—@bkdelong
@bkdelong I see the appeal, but part of the aesthetic of twitter is its simplicity.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:24pm

waving to my small wave of new followers.—@ndw
@ndw Hi! My first tweet/twitter/update/whatever in a while, and it's all your fault...—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl I've been blamed for worse—@ndw

Friday at 01:42pm

Wow. Mac gone made. Dock became like colored TV static; performance went to zero. FAIL.—@ndw

Friday at 01:56pm

My installer for great big complex thing finishes successfully. Complex thing doesn't run. ME FAIL.—@ndw

Friday at 02:02pm

Secret pass, @danja? Color me confused, but will listen after this telcon—@ndw

Friday at 02:08pm

Headset beeping "low battery" ETOOMANYTELCONS—@ndw

Friday at 02:09pm

Secret "past". Read much? FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 03:07pm

When did "tab" in Netbeans start totally fucking up my code? FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 03:12pm

laughs. When I totally confused it by leaving out a close paren. ME FAIL AGAIN.—@ndw

Friday at 05:03pm

dragging tons of recycling out of Deb's office—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:16pm

question. a lot of people can't handle fish bones at all. what about you?—@monkchips
@monkchips they don't bother me at all—@ndw

Saturday at 07:01am

trying to figure out what twine is actually for—@ndw

Saturday at 07:07am

editing twine profile, changing tabs loses data. FAIL—@ndw

Saturday at 11:32am

socialthing wants my twitter password, and access to my private flickr photos. FAIL.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 12:11pm

I'm streaming live right now, come chat! http://qik.com/video/39993—@kevinrose
@kevinrose I was streaming live too. I think I need to drink a little more water. Very yellow—@briandewitt
@briandewitt I see. But, with respect, I'm not handing that level of trust over so quickly—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 09:38pm

Give colorpeace a chance!—@RussB
@RussB +1 re: colorwar—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:47am

Eating stilton croissants—@simonw
@simonw said "stilton croissants". I am now ravenous.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:46am

Does Family Circus today make an obscure joke about the clouds in Constable's "The Hay Wain"????—@dweinberger
@dweinberger I don't think so, it's just a play on the tendency for children to misspronounce "rain" as "wain". I think.—@ndw
@ndw my bot can't see your foaf thanks to robots.txt :-(—@danja
@danja How so? /foaf.rdf isn't disallowed—@ndw