The short-form week of 10–16 Aug 2009

17 Aug 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 31 messages in 27 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.

Monday at 02:34pm

"As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle..."—@psd

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:33pm

Playing Dominion again—@StephDavis
@StephDavis this Dominion? http://bit.ly/MWzI4 [featuring @ndw]—@danja
@danja *chuckle*—@ndw

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

So, lots of stuff about Facebook buying Friendfeed. One centralized service absorbing another. Cloud looking a little dark about now?—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers It's always darkest before it goes pitch black. No, no, wait, that's not right is it?—@ndw

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

XProc streaming: @ndw concludes maybe 50% of XProc steps would benefit from streaming. #balisage2009—@jpcs
@jpcs More precisely, what I meant to conclude was, maybe 50% of the steps in any given run of a pipeline would benefit from streaming.—@ndw
@ndw when u say 'streaming with xproc' do u envisage this to mean streaming 'in steps', 'between steps', or streaming across steps—@xquery
@xquery I meant all three: data flowing into, through, and between steps.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:06pm

@ndw Will the slides from your #xproc presentation be available anywhere? #balisage2009—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman Yes, the slides will go up on the #balisage2009 website and I'll attempt to write my adlib verbage into a post of some sort—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:19pm

#xquery and #xslt categorized as non-streamable by @ndw - not a good assumption. Certainly subsets can be. #balisage2009—@jpcs
@jpcs Yes, they are sometimes streamable. But most implementations don't (yet) try so it seemed a reasonable starting point. #balisage2009—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:16pm

Yes, yet... One of the things I want to look at when #calumet is ripe enough RT @ndw most implementations don't (yet) try [#xproc streaming]—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman I said I didn't, but as @michaelkay went over his plans for more streamability in Saxon, I became more interested.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:19pm

For the record, and as I said at the start of my talk, my analysis for streaming XProc at #balisage2009 was pretty cheap and cheerful.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:24pm

Streaming #xslt (@michaelhkay) provides rules to determine streamability. If implementation can extend, I don't see the point! #balisage2009—@jpcs
@jpcs Yeah, that seemed pointlessly broad to me too.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:34pm

IP means you think "Oh, it's mine". It's not. Your ideas belong to everyone. You are just borrowing exclusivity on them temporarily.—@tommorris

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:03pm

I wish the US Postal Service would be shut down permanently. It's at best a relic.—@kendall
@kendall I dunno. It seems to be a pretty inexpensive way to ship around a wide variety of physical objects with remarkable success.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:24pm

#balisage2009 Sushi and Saki with HL7 and MarkLogic folks. Ended the evening playing Flashball on the terrace. Nice end to day!—@harveybetty

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:05am

@jpcs for most fundamental take on my hostility to XSD XQuery, see http://ur1.ca/90k9 [http://ur1.ca/90k99] (its short :) )#balisage2009—@uogbuji
@uogbuji I see the hostility to XSD, and share it, mostly, to be honest, but I don't see any mention of XQuery in http://ur1.ca/90kj—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:35pm

Am I the only person who actually prefers XML to JSON?—@tommorris
@tommorris No.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:00pm

I'm a farmer's child married to another, & increasingly worried that the Big Ag Biz might just accidentally kill us all: http://is.gd/2fBac—@timbray
@timbray Extinction is a natural process.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:51pm

Just lost two liters of water presenting at #balisage2009 ;-)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges Well done, and thanks again, Florent—@ndw

Friday at 08:21am

Migrating a production app from CA to NJ by way of a hotel room in Montreal. Amazing. And more than a little insane.—@ndw

Friday at 12:51pm

Au revoir, Montreal. #Balisage2009 was wonderful. See you next year!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:56pm

It's been niggling me all week. Why would a hotel choose submarine decor for a room called Mont Blanc? #balisage—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay The whole hotel used to have an undersea/Atlantis flavor. Why they chose Mont Blanc as a room name, though...—@ndw

Friday at 04:13pm

No free wifi in the AC club? Boingo hotspot expects me to download and install their software. It is to laugh. #FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 04:38pm

I think I'm beginning to relax. It's an odd feeling, but I think that's what it is.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:43pm

Amazon import/export looks very interesting. Saves moving 500Mb over the 'net: http://aws.amazon.com/importexport/—@ndw
@ndw yes but what do they mean with "bypassing the Internet"? Rather cryptic...—@jfix
@jfix Instead of uploading 500Mb over my net connection, I can mail them a drive and they'll load it for me. Then mail the drive back to me.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 06:42pm

Conversation in cab to airport w/ @ndw about Mom and Netscape 3.0. No more stalling Mom will get upgraded to new browswer/email client.—@harveybetty
@harveybetty @ndw Thank you Norm. Can you get the world off of IE6 next?—@fiberartisan
@fiberartisan I fear you overestimate my sphere of influence, Mary.—@ndw
@ndw @fiberartisan OK, so 1st: world peace, 2nd: cure all disease, and then after that see if anything can be done about IE6.—@abcoates
@abcoates That seems the most plausible order, yes.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 06:57pm

#YUL-#BDL on a tiny little 16 seater. Got to look through the cockpit window the whole way.—@ndw
@ndw #YUL- glad that wasn't me ;) Isn't it faster for you to drive?—@fiberartisan
@fiberartisan not really. And I'd have to drive.—@ndw

Saturday at 07:11am

I changed an address book entry on my phone. Synced with my laptop. Laptop unchanged. Confidence in syncing shattered.—@ndw

Sunday at 02:31pm

Going to NYC tomorrow. No rest for the wicked.—@ndw

Sunday at 02:50pm

Crud. Twitter backup app just blew past my rate limit.—@ndw