The short-form week of 5–11 Oct 2009

12 Oct 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 41 messages in 31 conversations. (With 7 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 04:32pm

SJU Admiral's Club doorbell button is clearly labelled 'Please pull'. Huh?—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:58am

@ndw At long last, officially back in the XML Processing WG again ;-)—@vojtechtoman

Tuesday at 01:40pm

Frustration is; Googling for an error produced by some open source software, and only finding it in the source code 8-(—@distobj

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

Today I learned that some people are *still* arguing in favor of draconian error handling. Let it go, people. You lost, and rightly so.—@diveintomark
Wondering what @diveintomark will do when the last Draconian shuffles off. Man needs a hobby.—@timbray
@timbray Being dead will make us dead, not wrong.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:46am

Yet another user finding that the Sun JDK 1.6 version of Xerces reports incorrect data to the application. Have Sun no shame at all?—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay makes me wonder if I should feel like I need to defend Sun now that my employer's made a bid for the company. NOT!—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim Heh. And I feel bad because it was my bailiwick. But then, I left in part because they wouldn't let me fix it.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:59am

Two cars on this train. Both occupied by clutches of mothers bonding over the virtues of their children. Loudly. Like I f'ing care.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:06am

There's a Wave client for Emacs (naturally)—@windley
@windley Ha! *Now* I want a Wave invite.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:22am

Oh, goodie! A screaming baby is drowning out the nattering mothers. Happy happy, joy joy.—@ndw
@ndw You need Nokia BH-905 headphones. You do, go on, treat yourself.—@abcoates
@abcoates Though, ironically, noise canceling headphones sometimes make other conversations *easier* to hear, b/c white noise is removed—@ndw
@abcoates If the (most likely Android) phone I buy next supports stereo bluetooth, I just might. They look nice.—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:00am

Connecting train has quiet+table. FTW.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:38am

What's another phrase for 'variable binding' that doesn't use the word 'binding'?—@ndw
@ndw "variable S&M"?—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim Priceless!—@ndw
@ndw I hate "binding" too. Variable definition works for me.—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay I ended up changing the term for input/output "bindings" to "connections".—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:39am

@tobyink I want to replace phrases like 'in-scope variable bindings'. Assignments doesn't seem quite right...—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:12am

In XProc there are input/output bindings, var and opt bindings, and namespace bindings. Sometimes I think that's one 'binding' too many.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:11pm

Every time I see a CVS Pharmacy sign I wish they’d upgrade. Then I remember I’m a geek, and wonder if they have a pill for that.—@brentsimmons

Wednesday at 04:13pm

The 'Miracle of Luciano' desc. as 'patently goofy'. That's...generous. Filed under You Must be F'ing Kidding.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:10pm

Yes Virginia, there is true justice in the world (via @shelleypowers)—@ndw
@ndw On a par with the Somali pirates attacking a navy boat...—@webmink
@webmink Yep! Serves 'em right.—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:13pm

Another XProc interim CR draft technically completed. Can we please be done now? #threemonthheartbeat—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:30am

Fscking versioning. #xproc—@ndw
@ndw s/s/u?—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim Yeah, basically.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:46am

A sad news miniblog Don't all burst into tears at once. The watertables of the world couldn't take it.—@stephenfry
@stephenfry Boo Hoo! And we just ordered the first season on DVD too, being on the wrong side of the pond as we are.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:35am

Advice:If you go to a lovely dinner where you talk a lot and wine is being refilled and you don't notice...don't drink so much wine. #myhead—@feliciaday
@feliciaday Heh. Been there, had the headache to prove it.—@ndw

Friday at 01:13pm

Piles of receipts collated, scanned, and stapled. Expense reports finished. 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back.—@ndw

Friday at 01:40pm

Quelle surprise? RT @denyreligion Supreme Court Justice Scalia is a supremely clueless jerk #atheism—@ndw

Friday at 01:48pm

♺@xproc New draft with alterate versioning strategy:—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:17pm

♺@dsifry bullet impacts at 1,000,000fps—@ndw
@ndw The recycle symbol for RT is a clever way of saving characters. Omitting the space between it and the at less so.—@ed_davies
@ed_davies how/why does the lack of a space matter?—@ndw
@ndw Twitter doesn't linkify without the space: @ndw x@ndw—@ed_davies
@ed_davies Ah. Bad parser, no biscuit. But I'll try to remember the space.—@ndw

Friday at 05:50pm

Coffee in 12oz bags for the price of a pound. Bastards.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:00am

Why does food in airports have to be so obscenely expensive? $9/sandwich at JFK and Geneva. $3 drinks. I'd rather starve.—@terrycojones
@terrycojones All the traffic will bear. It was the $8 Coronas at SJU that astonished me.—@ndw

Saturday at 10:10am

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” Voltaire (1694-1778)—@Crispian_Jago

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:48pm

Just about ready to buy all the bits to build my first desktop from scratch. Wondering what brackets, cables, misc., I don't know I need.—@ndw
@ndw You going to build a shelf to put it on? Building a wooden case for it?—@abcoates
@abcoates I bought a case. Never done this before so minimizing challenges. May build a closet in my office, dep on noise.—@ndw

Sunday at 01:36pm

Trying to get SaxonHE to compile...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:46pm

Dear Firefox, please don't ever go into "Work offline" mode unless I put you there. kthxbai.—@ndw
@ndw Agreed, I hate it when it does that.—@abcoates

Sunday at 08:55pm

Goodbye, Mr. Guru Marketer who I've never heard of before. You're the new Mayor of Blockville.—@davidjhinson

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

Making a video? Skip the ads, skip the introductions. Please get to the point. The reason I prefer text: I know how to skim.—@jschneider
@jschneider Amen. You can have several minutes of my undivided attention *after* you've convinced me I care, not before.—@ndw