The short-form week of 27 Apr–3 May 2009

04 May 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 64 messages in 54 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 Sunday at 04:02am

Coolest. Website. Design. Ever. (via @willfrancis)—@abcoates
@abcoates Bah. All in flash. #fail—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:59pm

how many toothbrushes left behind? how many room keys taken home?—@danja
@danja Can't help with the toothbrushes, but I have a small collection of credit-card style hotel room keys in a desk drawer. Whadya need?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:33pm

Another perfect day. First ride of the season: 14ish miles. Parts of me will be sore tomorrow. Reward: steak on the barbi—@ndw
@ndw 14mi == awesome!—@hexmode
@hexmode I can't tell what radius that circle has, but if it's 14 miles, it should be 7. I had to go out *and* back :-)—@ndw

Monday at 06:39am

Improving the statistical graphics on—@ndw

Monday at 07:22am

Mailed camera out for cleaning, expect aliens to land in back yard this afternoon.—@ndw

Monday at 09:26am

@davewiner I assume the point of RT is to spread something interesting to *your* followers, who might not follow the original tweeter.—@ndw

Monday at 09:26am

@davewiner It's not about voting, it's about spreading something interesting across the graph.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:36am

Uploaded new XProc test results for Calumet:—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman Ha! You best me by three. Clearly I'll have to do some programming this evening :-)—@ndw
@ndw ...I had to add a couple of new tests to get that percentage. That always helps :-)—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman Oh, cool. Maybe I already pass those :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:55am

Ok, why does US immigration form G-325A, Biographical Information start with 4 identical pages? Do they just hate trees?—@ndw
@ndw They're preparing for the future, when you'll need to register your clones too. Aren't you already in the US?—@shanecurcuru
@shanecurcuru My mom's English and is planning to return. I'm printing the forms, nevermind.—@ndw
@ndw Have fun. I got stuck when they ask you where you're planning to stay, but tell you not to make any plans till your visa is approved—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay Heh. I suppose my mom can safely claim she'll stay at our place even without the visa in place.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:59am

just heard that 5 members of US Congress arrested outside Sudan Embassy—@christo4ferris
@christo4ferris That post is dated 29 Apr 2006...—@ndw

Monday at 11:20am

Windows open, toads trilling in the distance. Ah, #spring!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:21pm

Glad of @pragdave & @KathySierra's tweets on new MacBook strategies. Clean or copy? I'm scared of copying, but clean start is so much work.—@edd
@edd Reduce the work (next time) by doing a clean install, installing all your apps, configuring things, then make a backup. Next time...—@ndw

Monday at 03:32pm

It must be warm, my laptop is becomming too warm. Time to get the little desk fan out.—@ndw

Monday at 03:45pm

@vojtechtoman @xmlcalabash gets 406/412. Whew! :-)—@ndw

Monday at 03:48pm

@vojtechtoman I spoke too soon. I swear I saw 406, but it's 405. Tied for first!—@ndw

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

UK - Police to eavesdrop on all internet use:—@webmink
@webmink Because decentralizing the database is so much better. Here's hoping y'all can talk some sense into your government.—@ndw

Monday at 06:27pm

Hmm. Finding a way to pass tests/required/rename-003 just keeps getting harder. #xproc #xmlcalabash—@ndw

Monday at 09:00pm

Inspiration arrives. Rip out crap code. Implement fix. Pass 407/412 tests, including rename-003 FTW! #xproc #xmlcalabash—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:04pm

@ndw sounds like it's Miller Time.—@sideshowbarker
@sideshowbarker Bed time, certainly. With a Clipper City Brewery "Loose Cannon (Hop^3 Ale)", as it happens.—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:22am

@edd There's a roller coaster on the top of the Stratosphere—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:58am

Now passing 407/412 tests. Next up: use Jing instead of MSV for RELAX NG validation. #xproc #xmlcalabash—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:40am

Where the frick are my car keys?—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:44am

Can I limit @tweetie search to only the people I'm following?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:49am

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:12am

‚ô∫@xmlcalabash WHOO HOOO! I assert that XML Calabash passes 100% of the XProc test suite!!!—@ndw
@ndw nice one, looks like I should spend some time adding some more ;)—@cutlass
@cutlass Could you start by reviewing optional/err-c0033-002.xml, which I don't think is valid (—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:26pm

Turning on the wifi router impacts network perf. of wired machines. Bandwidth thieves (cracked WPA2?) or something else?—@ndw
@ndw use istumbler to see if u have a lot of wifi traffic around u using the same channel—@cutlass
@cutlass Channel conflicts could effect the performance of the wired network? Not even going through the wifi AP?—@ndw

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

‚ô∫@xproc Halleluiah! The XProc WG is down to (only!) four eminently closable CR issues!—@ndw
@ndw If you want a lot more unclosable xproc issues just let me know ! :)—@DALDEI
@DALDEI Uhm. No. But thanks anyway.—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:14pm

Found my keys in my bike bag. That was not the first place I looked. Not by a long shot.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:15pm

RT @rampent: So if asteroid Apophis, swine flu or the recession don't get you, the Sun when it engulfs the Earth will! (via @twazzup)—@ramblingman
@ramblingman On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:26pm

like looking for needles in haystacks? multi-tasking? believe in Standards? xmlgeek? customer-focused? detail-oriented? possible opp.—@fiberartisan
@fiberartisan Finding a needle in a haystack is easy. Finding a particular needle in a needlestack, much harder.—@ndw
@ndw @filberartisan Finding hay in a haystack is easy. Finding a needle in a haystack is hard, unless your haystack is made of needles.—@abcoates
@abcoates Uh. If it's made of needles, it's not really a *hay* stack is it. Sort of by definition.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:52am

It sounds like Google Voice might give me back the features I miss from Vonage (which was unreliable on my network)—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:37am

Caution be damned. Letting update-manager upgrade gutsy to jaunty. Maybe the acpi_notify bug will go away?—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:38am

Well, to intrepid, I guess. Over VNC this is probably a bad idea either way.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:05pm

Fairly sure that's the last we're going to be seeing of @ndw for a while : "Caution be damned". Newbie :)—@malcolmt
@malcolmt Heh. It's an alt. box, so the fact that kacpi_notify is burning so much CPU that the upgrade will take 4 hours shouldn't interfere—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:20pm

Hey! Update-manager upgrade gutsy to intrepid went without a hitch and the acpi_notify bug seems to be gone. FTW!—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:59pm

‚ô∫@xmlcalabash Whee! XML Calabash has a semi-working NVDL step.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:42pm

RT @cote: Sun + Oracle = "Snorkle" LOL!!!—@dberlind
@dberlind @cote It's actually spelled "SnORCL"—@webmink
@webmink Shouldn't that be JAVORCL?—@ndw
@ndw If you want to combine those to tickers try ORCA—@webmink
@webmink ORCA. That's pretty good.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:26am

Failing to grok XProc parameters—@al3xbrown
@al3xbrown Yeah, parameters are...odd. They're like options, but you don't know their names until runtime. Really there for XSLT, mostly.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:54am

just released BETA of my xprocxq XProc processor written in XQuery—@cutlass
@cutlass Congrats, James. Another #xproc implementation!—@ndw

Thursday at 10:39am

‚ô∫@xproc The XProc WG has addressed and achieved consensus on all CR comments!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:05pm

@ndw New to Mark Logic but more XML technologist than "architect". Which half-day tutorial should I attend?—@evanlenz
@evanlenz Go see Mike. We can chat standards and related XML randomness over a beer. I'll even buy.—@ndw

Thursday at 05:33pm

So, noise cancelling headphones. Should I go for the Bose, or are the more affordable choices just as good?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:47pm

Holy shit! Huge tractor trailer lodged himself under bridge on Memorial Drive. Doesn't he know he doesn't fit?—@zephoria
@zephoria He does now. Several trucks a year hit the NoHo bridge out here in the west. Despite the signs and the dents in the bridge.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:11pm

Thursday at 06:22pm

Random connection of the day and I think I got some 'splainin to do—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:56pm

Is anyone using a customized #DocBook 5.0 DTD? The lack of response to my question at has me wondering.—@bobdc
@bobdc My bad. I'll try to follow-up later today.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:54am

Turns out people still carry laptops with parallel ports on the back! Who knew?—@edd
@edd My last ThinkPad had a parallel port but no serial port. I haven't seen a parallel printer in ages, but I still have a serial GPS cable—@ndw
@ndw What's Levono thinking? Parallel port is a huge waste of weight and space. Provide a USB parallel adapter if needed.—@david_megginson
@david_megginson My last Thinkpad was pre-Lenovo. Don't know what the modern ones have.—@ndw

Friday at 06:10am

DavMail is the bomb! Proxy for iCal and SMTP to Exchange. (And LDAP, but I don't have that working yet)—@ndw

Friday at 01:22pm

@amyvdh One was perhaps deployed to cover the other. No, I'm not that paranoid. Not quite. #swineflu #privacy #paranoia—@ndw

Friday at 03:37pm

Crud. Did not get enough done on presentation for #mluc09 this week. And code doesn't run anymore. Feeling the pressure, baby!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 01:15pm

The Arctic Breeze USB-powered desk fan is very nice.—@ndw
@ndw How geek is that? :) Good stuff.—@fribeiro1
@fribeiro1 It's whisper quiet. It blows enough air to keep my laptop cool. And I don't have to string another power cord.—@ndw

Saturday at 02:04pm

Wasted effort: Create new VM. Install CentOS 5.3. Install MarkLogic Server. Stop VM. Proceed to backup erasing it. #fail.—@ndw

Sunday at 10:47am

One of our "squirrel-proof" bird feeders is not chipmunk proof.—@ndw

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

Had a nightmare: Apple had released an "iPhone Pro", which looked like a clunky typewriter.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez at least it had a real keyboard, right?—@ndw