The short-form week of 12–18 May 2008

19 May 2008; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 41 messages in 38 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 08:42am

@codinghorror is so right. Just turn the big XML switch in the sky off. Anything that was used to invent SOAP has to go:—@timbray
@timbray chuckle. Got something better in mind, Tim?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:04am

Wondering whether to sigh or rant over Jeff Atwood's anti-XML post:—@JeniT
@jenit Bah. I plan to rant, if I get time before I leave for the UK (tomorrow)—@ndw

Monday at 02:37pm

Four hours without power or network. Productivity, what productivity?—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:28am

Packing for UK. Realize I never firmed up a TAG/Bristol area/sem web/dinner/pub crawl. Drat. I'll send another email.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:54am

...and like all great geeks, she ignores her bodily needs while at the computer. Time for another set of pants...—@JeniT
@JeniT You know, the latter tweet without the former might cause some concern in your friends :-)—@ndw
@ndw: Are you in the UK yet?—@JeniT
@JeniT Not yet, travelling overnight, arrive LHR at 6:20a tomorrow, give or take.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:29am

Final packing checklists; soon to BDL for departure to IAD and connection to LHR—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:31am

I can't remember, do UK trains have power, generally? I suppose I'll find out soon enough.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:13am


Tuesday at 11:19am

Thanks for the train info. My details are at FWIW, but it doesn't really matter. Work or sleep. Either will probably work!—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:42pm

Is there time for lunch before I board? Hmm. "Maybe"—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:31pm


Tuesday at 03:49pm

The linksys wireless router interface is *totally* unusable in a text-only browser. FAIL—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:56pm

I couldn't leave it alone. Defending the "tax"—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:57pm

Posting something controversial then dropping off the net for five days. Recipe for FAIL? Probably.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:11pm

falling off the grid...—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:43am


Wednesday at 01:39am


Wednesday at 02:13am

l:Liverpool Street—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:49am

It runs! My rebuilt XProc impl runs p:identity again!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:55am

I have become a great uncle—@al3xbrown
@al3xbrown I think you want it to work just a little better first, but "yes, can haz"—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:12am

To me, @ndw sounds a bit like Dr Frankenstein shouting "LLLLive!" in this tweet -—@philhawksworth
@philhawksworth that was the image I had in mind—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:26am

Ooh! It ran a simple XSLT step too! FTW!—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:43am

Hmm. No wifi in the local pubs. I guess I am out in the sticks.—@ndw

Friday at 11:31am

XProc impl coming along: opts, vars, params, half a dozen steps—@ndw

Sunday at 09:00am

l:Sheffield, Bristol bound—@ndw

Sunday at 09:00am

Sucking from the mains until 15:15...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 10:48am

Arrived at the Rodney. Are @ndw or @dckc here yet?—@DaveO
@DaveO I'm due in Bristol around 7p :-(—@ndw

Sunday at 11:03am

Sheffield to Bristol: I can haz power! Woot!—@ndw

Sunday at 12:44pm


Sunday at 01:43pm

Mackerel pate. I chose wisely. Nom nom nom—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:03pm

fucking about with svn because this hotel's proxy sucks. Need bits committed!—@ndw
@ndw *that* is why you should switch to Git—@listen_to_pius
@listen_to_pius Fair enough. Subversion was easy to install on dreamhost. I've subsequently installed Mercurial too, but not publicly.—@ndw
@ndw yup, I hear ya. what are you working on these days, btw?—@listen_to_pius
@listen_to_pius At the moment, my XProc impl which is actually in pretty good shape now. Core-functionality-wise—@ndw

Sunday at 04:33pm

Stupid %#@$# hotel proxy is caching a page that I've changed. How the frick do I make it forget?—@ndw

Sunday at 04:34pm

I should be able to fix this with an ssh tunnel, right? make localhost:8001 a tunnel to remotehost:8001. Right? Drat. I used to know how...—@ndw

Sunday at 04:36pm

Sweet! SSH ROCKS!—@ndw

Sunday at 04:46pm

Soaking up the hotel's upstream bandwidth with scp—@ndw

Sunday at 04:59pm

Who knew the demo data for this project was 30Mb? Who thought it'd take more than a couple of seconds to upload 30Mb?—@ndw

Sunday at 05:02pm

Who remembers 10Mb hard drives and thinks I'm bandwidth-spoiled at home?—@ndw

Sunday at 05:14pm

#@$%#! I can't VPN through this proxy either. Here's hoping the access at HP tomorrow is cleaner. He says with his fingers crossed.—@ndw