The short-form week of 13–19 Jul 2009

20 Jul 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 34 messages in 29 conversations. (With 2 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 04:01pm

#MarkLogic why does the xdmp:document-insert not have the possibility to add <options/> as all the other document functions?—@jfix
@jfix at this pt. its a historical artifact of the api. insert has options passed as separate params. newer functions get <options/>—@peteaven
thanks @peteaven for this info, so how can I provide encoding instructions (which usually would be in the XML declaration)?—@jfix
@jfix You dont need an encoding with xdmp:document-insert, as you're inserting an XML node, which will already be in UTF-8.—@StephenBuxton
@StephenBuxton well,Unicode if you want to be pedantic. UTF-8 is an encoding. Data models don't have an encoding, they're just Unicode.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:43am

has anyone found the new search page in iphone os 3 useful? i'm struggling to think of why i would need it—@iand
@iand Very useful. I find it's often the fastest way, for example, to get to a contact or appointment.—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:14am

@edd *chuckle*—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:02am

When force-quit and sudo kill -9 don't kill an OS X process, is there any other recourse besides rebooting?—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:10pm

Whatever VLC (1.0) did to my system, it wouldn't die and the OS wouldn't reboot. Blech.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:49pm

I have to post about the joy that is #xproc + #xmlcatalogs for proc. volumes of XML (loading it into MarkLogic Server in this case).—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:05pm

Sigh. Whatever VLC did, Finder has now done. 'ps' says process 151 is "(Finder)", but it's not really running and it's not killable. Feck.—@ndw
@ndw isn't "Finder" the entire shell? Desktop, dock, etc? I don't think it's killable. It'll restart right away.—@bmanley
@bmanley Yeah, that's the theory. I got something alive enough not to restart but too dead to do anything useful.—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:22pm

Nambu and TwitFactory both seem to be totally confused by the prospect of the same username on two different services.—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:48pm

Third reboot of the day for some weird zombified process. So much for my hope of waiting until Snow Leopard for a clean rebuild.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:25pm

I wonder what the beancounters estimate a network TV station makes per viewer per hour on average. Anyone got a clue?—@ndw

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

Man, 'rm -rf' is a really sharp tool. It cuts easy and deep when used carelessly.—@ndw
@ndw Yes, 'rm -rf' is very impressive, especially if you put '/' after it.—@abcoates
@abcoates And sudo in front for extra bonus joy.—@ndw
@ndw Time Machine is your friend.—@elharo
@elharo well, backups anyway (which I had, btw). Time Machine is such an abusive resource hog I rarely let it run while I'm working.—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:52pm

Machine's wedged again. Sigh. I'm too busy for this, please come back later, kthxbai.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:29pm

Quote: some companies say people are most important asset; that's a nice idea. but cash, you can count. i like the people who generate cash.—@ramblingman
@ramblingman Generating it as fast as I can, sir, as fast as I can :-)—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:32pm

#xmlcalabash phoned home 6,055 times in March, 9,532 times in April, and 276,265 times in May! Back "down" to 29,932 in June.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:00pm

The part of Schröodinger's Ball where the book crashes and has to reboot is quite funny in a geeky sort of way http://bit.ly/oR21s—@ndw

Thursday at 03:01pm

I'm tempted to go looking for a coded message in the several pages of core dump. But not that tempted.—@ndw

Thursday at 04:07pm

Scala looks interesting. Can I have a new, thirteenth month in between July and August so I can spend some time playing with it? kthxbai.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:22pm

Hey! I got my Google Voice invitation. I'm now 413-624-6676 now. Features I want from a phone number. Looking forward to trying it out.—@ndw

Friday at 08:09am

The receptionist at my dentist didn't understand why I found it amusing that my appt is at 2:30. Guess he's not big on puns.—@adamwitwer

Friday at 10:04am

OH: Where's your hearing aid? / I don't know I didn't expect to be hearing anything.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:39pm

Thinking that maybe 'C-u 1 0 0 0 0 0 C-x e' was not the fastest road from here to there after all. #emacs—@ndw
@ndw But that's exactly the reason why I revived my emacs yesterday. Well, perhaps the 100000 part ...—@0xcafebabe
@0xcafebabe Revived? What, there's something *else*? Never!—@ndw

Friday at 01:43pm

Nor perhaps was 'find data -type f -name "*.xml" -exec sh bin/fixit {} \;'. Especially not at the same time.—@ndw

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

Next, on CNN: Is the Earth really round? Some critics say no.—@gruber
@gruber They're going to argue that it's an oblate spheroid instead, presumably.—@ndw

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

RT @lmorchard: Wow. This convinces me that I'll never buy another DRM-infected e-book.... http://bit.ly/82ph9—@iand
WTF!? RT @iand RT @lmorchard: Wow. This convinces me that I'll never buy another DRM-infected e-book.... http://bit.ly/82ph9—@ndw

Friday at 03:42pm

New rule: if your product is DRM-ed, you can't use the word "buy now" on your web site, only "be granted partial access for a while, maybe".—@robc2

Friday at 04:03pm

XProc loading thousands and thousands of Calabash traces. p:try/p:catch FTW!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:19am

@tweetie I like you, I'd pay for you, but not until you fix the refresh bug. kthxbai.—@ndw
@ndw Re @tweetie, a refresh bug on the Mac app right? Refresh is working great on the iPhone version.—@avernet
@avernet Yeah, only on the Mac app. I agree the iPhone version works great.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 11:16am

wondering why http-request (like http-request-001) unit tests expected results are not wrapped up in a c:response/c:body—@xquery
@xquery See 7.1.10.3 ... "Otherwise (the detailed attribute is not specified or its value is false)..."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:22am

JSON and Relax NG are cool too and people use them. However, a schema-aware XSLT2 or XQuery can only reference an XSD, not a RelaxNG.—@jamoussou
@jamoussou And don't that just suck rocks. Sigh. I still think a useful RNG->XDM processor is practical, SMOP.—@ndw