The short-form week of 15–21 Jun 2009

22 Jun 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 59 messages in 52 conversations. (With 3 favorites.)

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 03:05am

what did I do three weeks ago?—@Rits
@Rits Timesheets from six weeks ago?—@ndw

Monday at 08:00am

Reverse-engineered my way out of—@ndw

Monday at 08:21am

Engineer*ing*. The atom feeds don't contain the actual URIs. #FAIL—@ndw

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

[#wc09] We all thought DocBook was going away, but it's resurfacing in a big way as a result of XQuery - Ann Rockley—@scottabel
@scottabel I'd love a pointer to more detail on the #docbook comment.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:52am

getting setup for my attack run. travellin through powerpointspace ain't like dustin crops boy!—@peteaven
@peteaven Stay on target. Stay on target. We have your back red leader, stay on target.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:29am

@ndw Happy Happy !—@innovimax
@innovimax *chuckle* Thanks, Mohamed.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:25am

Hmm. The MacPorts update dance seems to have given me a version of subversion that IntelliJ doesn't understand. Feck.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:27am

Being branded a member of "The anti Flash Mob" after a bit of a @psd style rant about Flash v Web. Thinking of getting t-shirts made!—@philhawksworth
@philhawksworth You can probably sell me one!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:16am

@ndw The 8.1.x IntelliJ EAP supports Subversion 1.6:—@inigos
@inigos Thanks. I'll give that a try.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:23pm

Ugly bug having to do with p:variables inside p:for-each loops. Workaround: add a p:group.—@xmlcalabash
Would be nice to have a test so I can see how we deal with that. @xmlcalabash Ugly bug having to do with p:variables inside p:for-each loops—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman I added required/for-each-005.xml to the test suite. Let me know what Calumet does :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:38pm

Ah, no it's fine on twitter's Web site -- it's @Twitterrific getting the i18n wrong.—@mnot
@mnot And @tweetie getting it wrong too.—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:18am

You can't put music hosted on a media server into an iTunes playlist? Really? I mean #$@&%!? really? iTunes remains the suck.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:33am

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX lens is *still* out of stock.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:41am

For my birthday, I asked Deb for a couple of things off my Amazon wishlist...instead, she bought my entire wishlist. How sweet is that?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:14pm

Wrecklessly downloading iPhone v3.0—@ndw
@ndw "Wrecklessly"? Really, norm? Spell much?—@ndw
@ndw Was the download wreck-less?—@david_megginson
@david_megginson I'm happy to report that my phone seems to be working fine. It passes the power-on test, anyway.—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:14pm

Recklessly downloading iPhone v3.0—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:15pm

@dnovatchev It's not extra functionality, it's an incompatibility! The expression "&" means different things in #xquery and #xpath 2.0.—@jpcs
@jpcs Yes, they're different. XPath does it the right way for embedding. It's v. hard to embed XQuery in say XProc or XSD.—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay You said it. We ended up with a whole p:data system more-or-less just to support XQuery.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:10pm

Wrote a password for a client system on a little scrap of paper. Where is that %#$@! piece of paper?—@ndw
@ndw That's what Keychain Access secure notes are for. Not that it helps at this point. Just sayin'.—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Yeah. I've got several better places to store notes. If only the damned pencil didn't have such a remarkably efficient UI.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:20pm

Tried to explain computers as big as rooms to the eldest recently. Maybe a trip to Bletchley Park would be a good idea.—@JeniT
@JeniT Can I come? Please? :-)—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:38pm

You know what smells bad? When you cut a desiccated bull penis in half with a hacksaw, that smells bad.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:08pm

You must be FUCKING kidding me! I can't upgrade the Photoshop component of Adobe CS3 Design Premium to Photoshop CS4?—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:14pm

Why does ctrl+clicking on a CD on the desktop (in order to eject it) cause the spinning beachball of death for *several minutes*? #mac—@ndw

Thursday at 10:04am

Anyone know the magic invocation to get the Songbird daap plugin working?—@ndw

Thursday at 10:43am

Show support for democracy in Iran add green overlay to your Twitter avatar with 1-click -—@ndw

Thursday at 11:19am

@vojtechtoman I'm not sure. iTunes is useless with a media server; I'm hoping Songbird is usable. If only it could *see* the media server...—@ndw

Thursday at 11:46am

Worked out how to configure the mt-daapd media server to setup playlists there. So less burned by iTunes suckage now.—@ndw

Thursday at 12:16pm

Final #Balisage papers are due 17 July, not 19 June. Man, am I relieved. Now let's not repeat this investigation on 16 July, ok? Ok!—@ndw

Thursday at 01:14pm

♺@docbook It's official, O'Reilly will publish the second edition of _DocBook: The Definitive Guide_ for DocBook V5.0.—@ndw

Thursday at 01:16pm

Now @richardhamilton and I just have to, you know, get the damn thing written. #docbooktdg—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:26pm

Is it a good idea to try this iPhone tethering hack, or am I just asking for trouble? #iphone #tethering—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Let me know if it works. I've got 18mo left on my wifi modem, so I'm not that anxious to test it :-)—@ndw

Thursday at 01:34pm

I'm still steaming about the CS4 upgrade. My own fault for not checking more carefully, sure, but $#@%!-me I'd still like a workaround.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:40pm

IntelliJ 8.1.3: pro: Subversion 1.6. con: crashes every five minutes—@ndw

Thursday at 07:00pm

Bah. Now IntelliJ IDEA 8.1.2 is crashing regularly. Didn't someone say there was a new NetBeans on offer...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:45pm

So does anyone know *where* notes on iPhone get synced to on the Mac? Can't find them to save my life. Just entirely broken?...—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl I read something about that. In, I think. Seems like #FAIL to me, since I wouldn't touch with a stick, but...—@ndw

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

Now, I found #xproc parameter ports a bit tricky. It turns-out that a mixture of p:error and p:choose takes a bit of figuring-out too!—@philipfennell
@philipfennell I think we improved that a little bit by adding an output port to p:error—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:15am

Make sure you declare your output ports, especially for the subpipelines with p:error in. Go look at < - Example 7.—@philipfennell
@philipfennell Ack. That example is now out-of-date. Damned useless editor, we should fire him.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:52am

Pointing twonky media server at a ripped DVD produces a list of TS* files. That's not very satisfying. What should I do instead?—@ndw
@ndw Get a lovefilm account?—@ceri
@ceri Looks like the UK equivalent of NetFlix. Yes, I have that. I'd still like to be able to serve video to my PS3 off my media server.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:15am

Building a beta release of Saxon-EE 9.2—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay Just seen your announcement. Sounds exiting! Hope you'll keep the same policy regarding oXygen ;-)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges There's a lot of change, but the idea of a beta is that integrators like Stylus Studio and oXygen get a chance to see the impact—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay Did the "I want the base URI to persist through validation" feature I requested make the cut? I guess I'll find out :-)—@ndw
@ndw Base URIs through validation: yes, it's in, I've just run the unit test to make sure.—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay Sweet!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:23am

@billtrippe Sounds like a good idea to me. Shame that the "Sign the Petition" link is totally broken.—@ndw
@ndw Ah. It was transient. Seems to be fixed now.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:10am

Of course, another #oharefail (thunderstorms, delays). I think something like 80% of all my flights to/from ORD have been delayed/canceled.—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Yep. ORD is best avoided in the summer and the winter. And it's not so reliable in the spring or fall either.—@ndw
@ndw if only I didn't need to go to the Midwest. That said, trying MSP next week instead of ORD (for TVC).—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Sadly I often *choose* ORD because getting upgraded from IAD-SFO is damn near impossible. Not that I have any miles left anyway—@ndw

Friday at 04:02pm

I don’t gamble. I don’t drink. My one vice is buying a new iPhone every summer. Well, that and lying about drinking and gambling.—@gruber

Saturday at 09:46am

“The reality is: ‘Given enough eyeballs, all bug reports are shallow.’” —Damian Conway—@apag

Saturday at 09:54am

Restocked beer making supplies. One ale coming up.—@ndw

Saturday at 03:37pm

Length of *my* Scrabble winning streak vs. Deb: 1.—@ndw

Sunday at 09:46am

Grains steeping. All-American Cream Ale in T-minus a couple of hours plus a few weeks.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:28pm

found in yard this morning No, it didn't ask me if I'd like to save money on car insurance. about:—@chucka_nc
@chucka_nc I wouldn't expect it to ask, it's not a gecko. Looks like one of the Anoles.—@ndw

Sunday at 12:52pm

2 gal boiling wort + 3 gal cold water = 70-85 deg mixture? Maybe if you start with three gal of *ice* water.—@ndw

Sunday at 01:57pm

Updated my Ubuntu 9.04 VM and now shared drives have stoppedw orking. But VMWare tools reinstall seems to have worked. Odd. And annoying.—@ndw

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

Collective gut check: is using the word "cunt" in a gender non-specific manner beyond the pale for a *camp session?—@tommorris
@tommorris Yes. On this side of the pond at least, it stretches the imagination to invent a context where it would be acceptable.—@ndw

Sunday at 02:32pm

Chuckling at the Joan Jett cover of Dirty Deeds on @pandora_radio—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:55pm

This large Scientology exposé is going to cause a stir. I wonder if the cult will get an injunction to stop it?—@webmink
Via @webmink journos discovers Scientology is sleazy, abusive, and larcenous. Also, there was a Tuesday in last week.—@timbray

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:11pm

Discussing how much better hospital rooms should be for the per-night cost—@hexmode
@hexmode Don't disagree. But I think it's the amenities you're paying for. You know, the ones that restart your heart if it stops suddenly—@ndw