The short-form week of 21–27 Sep 2009

28 Sep 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 43 messages in 51 conversations. (With 1 favorite.)

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 07:20pm

When somebody cuts you up in Sebastopol, the word they're mouthing is "sorry"—@edd
@edd Cuts you up? Knife fights in Sebastapol? Boy, things have changed since I was there last.—@ndw

Monday at 01:41am

port install imagemagick +rsvg is installing DocBook V4.2 and V4.3 and V4.4 and ... I don't know whether to smile or cry.—@ndw

Monday at 01:41am

And V5.0. I guess I'll smile.—@ndw

Monday at 02:00am

The +rsvg variant of ImageMagick really needs gtk2 and xorg-randr? Really? Maybe this isn't going to be finished before breakfast.—@ndw

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

Have decided to stop editing the slides for my presentation for this afternoon.—@ndw
@ndw It was very impressive when you edited them mid-presentation...—@webmink
@webmink Ok. So I wasn't *quite* done editing. I'll get the final, final versions online asap.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:27am

Welcome to Oxford #xmlss09! Good to see tweets from @michaelhkay, @ndw, @adamretter, @JeniT etc. Is there a chance to catch up after hours?—@jpcs
@jpcs Probably best time would be tomorrow, pub crawl night. Or maybe come along to unconference on Wednesday. #xmlss09—@JeniT
@jpcs John would love to meet up, not sure when is good though - I have no concept of the timetable yet, perhaps the others can suggest?—@adamretter
@adamretter See you at the #xmlss09 pub crawl tonight?—@jpcs
@jpcs Yes, will do :-)—@adamretter

Monday at 08:33am

Someone just asked @ndw a DITA question!! Bit of a faux pas.—@JeniT

Monday at 09:17am

:) RT @JeniT: Someone just asked @ndw a DITA question!! Bit of a faux pas.—@vojtechtoman

Monday at 09:58am

Presentation over. I can haz beer now?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:00am

@laurendw says "no". :-(—@ndw
@ndw more like "not yet" - don't want you falling off the punt. And like @frumioj says, the bar isn't open yet ;-)—@laurendw
@laurendw Indeed. Must not fall in the river.—@ndw
@ndw you have to wait until the student bar opens at least ;)—@frumioj

Monday at 10:28am

cool day of FOSS talk: @webmink on licensing and ecosystems, MSMQ on tools, @ndw on techniques, now enjoying @neil_cowles on biz #xmlss09—@psd

Monday at 11:49pm

Absolutely wide awake at 4:30a. I thought eastbound jet lag was supposed to make me sleepy in the morning.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:04am

No Pandora on this side of the pond. But no Spotify on the other. Anyone got a Spotify invite they're anxious to burn?—@ndw
@ndw Try We7 for music while in the UK -—@jpcs

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:33am

Trying out Inconsolata. Nice and narrow, but perhaps a little too generous in line height?—@ndw
@ndw Perhaps you will like Panic Sans? Works in emacs—@Peropaal
@ndw A lot of the punctuation characters use the outer vertical extents; looks less crowded in code (e.g. when you have lots of [] & {}).—@malcolmt
@ndw get Inconsolata-dz - the ' character isn't slanted in -dz.—@tommorris

Tuesday at 12:48am

@marjoleink Yep. "..such as the subtle curves in ..." but it doesn't seem so subtle on the lower-case "t".—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:07am

alias ..='cd ..' Why did I never think of that?—@ndw
@ndw If you're using Zsh: setopt auto_cd—@hugoh
@ndw: alias ..='cd ..' ...='cd ../..' ....='cd ../../..' .....='cd ../../../..'—@apag
@ndw It's a failing of shells that "cd" exists at all. If you type the name of a directory it should know what you mean.—@timbray

Tuesday at 01:38am

I wonder if inbound calls to my US mobile here in the UK are cheaper than outbound calls.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:33am

Note to self: PowerPoint. Avoid whenever possible.—@ndw
RT @ndw Note to self: PowerPoint. Avoid whenever possible. [+1. I use OpenOffice, in lieu of a clean HTML presentation creator]—@danja

Tuesday at 03:58am

@bobdc going through the nightma^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hflexibility of RDF syntaxes—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:00am

@bobdc "...adding RDFa to DocBook was easy and maybe worthwhile." Something to think about #xmlss09—@ndw
@ndw @bobdc are you more comfortable with RDF/XML or Turtle (given your history with XML)??—@danja
@danja Turtle RDF easier to read, but RDF/XML sometimes easier to write because of James Clark's Emacs nxml mode + his amazing rdfxml.rnc.—@bobdc
@danja I use a mixture of both, depending on the context.—@ndw
@danja that would be an interesting poll (are you more comfortable with RDF/XML or Turtle?)—@gridinoc

Tuesday at 04:25am

RT @ndw alias ..='cd ..' Why did I never think of that?—@robinberjon

Tuesday at 06:40am

Thanks to @ndw not all monospace fonts suck. I got to try some of these—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 11:09am

Google Wave: You need to pay attention to this. - Jason Kolb re: the Future of the Internet—@ramblingman
@ramblingman I'll pay more attention when I can actually try it out :-)—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:27am

Brain full. Stomach empty. Done for the day. #xmlss09—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:18pm

From @ndw: Docbook and RDFa? Maybe not:—@dauwhe

Tuesday at 06:44pm

Had a great night out with @ndw, @JeniT, @psd and others after #xmlss09 today.—@ldodds

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:17am

@ndw We need some fixes and I am wondering if the Calabash sources are up to date on, can you confirm?—@georgebina
@georgebina svn status says they're up-to-date. I hope to get back to Calabash next week. Have you bug reported the things you need fixed?—@ndw
@ndw I reported a NPE on the XProc list and another one with a patch here:—@georgebina

Wednesday at 07:13am

My Chill Pills just arrived. Wildly good travel speakers for their size, thanks @ndw—@webmink

Wednesday at 08:00am

#xmlss0 up next: @abcoates How XML Could have Averted the Recession—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:05am

@ndw can XML buy me beer too ?—@DALDEI

Wednesday at 09:20am

@abcoates expressing the difficulty of restraint in rising markets—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:29am

Excellent presentation on financial markets by @abcoates, with an XML angle. #xmlss09—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:58am

Staying up late with @adamretter and @ndw last night certainly didn't help my cold feel any better today.—@jpcs

Wednesday at 10:33am

@dpawson They're all CC-licensed, I think they'll be put online soon. #xmlss09—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:56am

Thinking that if I added an input box and sorted tweets in descending order by default, I could turn my twitter archive tool into a client.—@ndw
@ndw Combo Twitter/archiving tool would be a big win! Shared the current version yet?—@jschneider

Wednesday at 04:16pm

Someone's unplugged the ethernet from the wifi AP. I can send bits, they just don't go very far.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:59am

@ndw Any plans to update Calabash to use Saxon 9.2?—@georgebina
@georgebina Yes, 9.2 is next on my list. Perhaps this weekend :-)—@ndw
@georgebina Any interest in supporting #calumet #xproc in #oXygen? I could help with that.—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman We plan to create an API to allow plugging in XProc engines, see my reply on the oxygen-user list—@georgebina
@georgebina Thanks for that, I am looking forward to it!—@vojtechtoman

Thursday at 04:38am

@ndw mentions CSS frameworks. You what now?!? How did I miss these previously - CSS hates me, I will be checking out Blueprint #xmlss09—@adamretter

Thursday at 05:45am

Marc Hadley leading us through web APIs and JAX-RS #xmlss09—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:57am

Note to self: JAX-RS deserves a closer look. #xmlss09—@ndw
@ndw jax-rs Just Works - I'm using libs for my blog now. and Roy approves.—@danja
@ndw What we need for XRX (based on ML of course) is a similar level of declarative links between URLs/content types/code etc. #xmlss09—@JeniT
@JeniT We had something similar for writting SOAP Services in eXist using XQuery, expect to see REST in the near future.—@adamretter
@adamretter Yeah. Seems like a good idea.—@ndw
@JeniT akin to XRX is there anything with SPARQL instead of XQuery?—@gridinoc
@gridinoc Interesting idea. The stuff @danja just mentioned comes close. I'm sure you could do eg Orbeon on top of Talis store. Just HTTP.—@JeniT

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:01am

Marc Hadley on JAX-RS at #xmlss09 *almost* makes me want to build web applications with Java. But not really.—@JeniT
@JeniT He had me going until he got to the deployment part.—@ndw
@JeniT you don't have to use Java syntax to use the libs - Scala is really sweet—@danja
@danja Would you blog about it?—@JeniT
@danja Fab, thank you :)—@JeniT
@JeniT no need to thank me, I'm sure my ability to put one foot in front of another is down to your XSLT—@danja

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:19am

Macbook owners, I am where some of you also were: deciding between a Linux laptop and MB. Now that you own MB, could you live without it?—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman I find mac works for stuff I dont wont to be IT support for e.g. what real users use computers for (videos, radio, pix, etc .)—@cutlass
@vojtechtoman Stuff just works in Macs, stuff you need when travelling. Run your Linux apps in VMware on a Mac.—@abcoates
@vojtechtoman I could live without it, but I couldn't run Photoshop or Lightroom.—@ndw
@vojtechtoman also mac osx being a direct descendant of bsd tips the scales for me currently—@cutlass

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:06am

Michael Sperberg-McQueen on using XML in the browser and running XSLT from JavaScript #xmlss09—@ndw
@ndw #xforms, and #xslt (via JavaScript) makes are very good. In Firefox you can generate new #xforms on-the-fly. I wish for xf:transform—@philipfennell
@ndw running XSLT from #xforms is possible extension for #xsltforms !—@AlainCouthures

Thursday at 10:50am

In the future, I will be using #xforms (and, likely, #xsltforms)—@ndw

Thursday at 11:03am

Wow. #TiddlyWiki may be a single file, but the SVN repository is sure big. #bandwidthsuck—@ndw

Thursday at 12:00pm

Thanks ! RT @ndw In the future, I will be using #xforms (and, likely, #xsltforms)—@AlainCouthures

Thursday at 12:34pm

if you rearrange all the letters in a dan brown novel, you can discover a better novel hidden inside—@ldodds

Friday at 04:48am

@psd trying to teach us WS-top trumps #xmlss09—@ndw

Friday at 10:18am

Thank you #btopenzone for screwing up almost every one of my tabs. Again.—@ndw

Friday at 10:21am

Sorry I missed the last afternoon of #xmlss09. Am almost, but not quite, all the way to my folks.—@ndw

Sunday at 05:49pm

With the folks just outside Norwich. No connectivity to speak of.—@ndw