The short-form week of 12–18 Oct 2009

19 Oct 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 54 messages in 53 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 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

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:48am

XProc test suite now covers more than 90% of the spec. Almost there. Almost.—@ndw
@ndw Have you documented the process you use to measure test coverage? I'd be interested.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Not terribly scientific. For all elements in the language, count occurrences of those elements in the test suite.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:53pm

I trust(ed) Sun to Do The Right Thing with VirtualBox. Do I trust Oracle?—@ndw
@ndw I worry about that, too. VirtualBox is a really nice product. I'd hate to see it falter.—@eliasisrael

Monday at 04:00pm

Installing iPhone SDK...time remaining 49 minutes. Forty-nine *minutes*? Egad!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:38pm

Love raw carrots; loathe cooked carrots. Weird?—@bsletten
@bsletten no i am exactly the same!—@iand
RT @iand @bsletten " i am exactly the same!" - me too, overweight & vaguely bi-curious :)—@danja
@iand Sounds like I am in good company.—@bsletten
@bsletten try them lightly sauted with a splash of mint sauce (the English vinegar and mint stuff, not that awful US jelly)—@ndw
@ndw Thanks. I'll give that a try. It actually sounds good.—@bsletten

Monday at 06:50pm

@ndw if you want to comiserate on iphone development , ping me anytime—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:34pm

Thought Masterpiece Mystery! was a 2hr prog. DVR disagreed. Believed DVR. More fool me. #howdiditend—@ndw
@bsletten No, it was last week's Allegory of Love, but that's still online too. Sweet! Thanks!—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:32am

RT @ndw: XProc test suite now covers more than 90% of the spec. Almost there. Almost. #xproc—@innovimax

Tuesday at 08:34am

Now a tiny bit more :) RT @innovimax: @ndw: XProc test suite now covers more than 90% of the spec. Almost there. Almost. #xproc—@vojtechtoman

Tuesday at 12:32pm

Armored SUV with "whale penis leather interior". WTF? I repeat, W. T. F?!—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:44pm

I agree, @ndw -- WTF? Not sure I'd choose to advertise that fact, either! Only a real d**k would buy such a vehicle!!—@SheltieJim

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:45pm

Trying to figure out who to contact in my company's email group to get whitelisted so I don't lose so much business email!—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim Yeah, a real whale of, nevermind.—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:59pm

I keep thinking Evernote is a cool idea. But I keep not using it. Like so many other cool ideas.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:18pm

The XClio WindTunnel case is certainly...capacious.—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:58pm

According to UPS, the route from LA to my house goes through Portland, OR; Spokane, WA; Dallas, TX; and Philadelphia, PA (so far)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:02am

Fuck the Dyson fans are astonishing. Is that a serious thing?—@plasticbagUK
@plasticbagUK Have you seen one of those? It definitely looks interesting.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:00am

Offline for a week. Laparoscopic panproctocolectomy. Due 2009-10-09T30Z. Fingers crossed please! TMI?—@dpawson
@dpawson Fingers and toes crossed for you, Dave. Good luck!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:07am

tried out; my results less than surprising ;-)—@laurendw
@laurendw Mine too. Some odd questions in there.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:47am

So, a universe indifferent to pain and suffering is bleak, but a god who demonstrates his love with pain and suffering is comforting. Huh.—@CcSteff

Wednesday at 01:51pm

Will. Not. Play. Before. Work. Day. Is. Done. Will. Not. Play. Before. ...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:52pm

Will. Not. Play. Before. Work. Day. Is. Done. Will. Not. Play. Before. ...—@ndw
@ndw So you bought a case that doubles as the working end of a wind tunnel?—@abcoates
@abcoates Uh huh. Lots of big fans can cool while spinning slowly and quietly. That's the theory, anyway.—@ndw
@ndw Why did this get posted twice? Stupid client.—@ndw
@ndw @ndw @ndw @ndw It is just a test not a spam—@MafiaDeadMan
@MafiaDeadMan Yeah. What are you testing? And who are you again?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:47pm

Some people put gold or diamonds in their safe deposit box. Mine has hard drives. Lots of hard drives.—@duncan
@duncan Heh. Mine, too. Well, only one, but that is all that's in there.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:10pm

Phone, wallet, keys, camera...y'all gonna laugh at me if I start carrying a man-purse?—@ndw
@ndw Move to Russia. It's high fashion there. And called a man-bag.—@larsga

Wednesday at 03:46pm

Per @mmealling scanned a few things to Evernote today. Yeah, that might be a win.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:55pm

Everytime I try to HttpScoop an https connection, it takes me five minutes to figure out why it doesn't work. /me #fail.—@ndw

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

@robinberjon @shelleypowers that can't roundtrip between XHTML 5 and HTML 5. Maybe not a design goal but can't help but think it should be.—@kurt_cagle
@kurt_cagle It was never possible to roundtrip between all DOMs and XML — nothing changes, people just notice now.—@robinberjon
@kurt_cagle @robinberjon That's already come up, with the RDF/XML included in SVG that then gets copied and pasted into HTML—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers XML was never composable, and yet we lived. I doubt being a bit less composable will make a huge difference.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Actually it will. If a person copies/pastes SVG into page, and page throws hundreds of bogus warnings and errs, SVG is out—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers In the real world that's already the case. You have to remove DOCTYPE, copy internal subset entities, etc. XHTML doesn't help—@robinberjon
@robinberjon That's trivial. You're removing one line that may, or may not, be part of the SVG file. Everything else can copied over as is—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers And speaking of things that always confuse users, DOCTYPE is a very good candidate.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon But that's not an issue when you're copying SVG and pasting it into HTML—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Wrong. You need to move over the internal subset, which tools like Illustrator will almost always create.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon In other words, you have to copy and paste the SVG. But it's not a complex task. Select all, copy, paste.—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Not sure what you mean. Typical Illustrator example, how do you cut'n'paste without changes?—@robinberjon
@robinberjon I don't use Illustrator, and can't read what it does. I use Inkscape, it incorporates namespaced elems that copy/paste—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Illustrator outputs SVG, you can read it (see the link). And it's used *a lot* by designers, *far* more than Inkscape.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon But what will end up, realistically, on the web for use in copy and paste? Much Inkscape, very little Illustrator.—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Massive amounts of web content are made with Illustrator in the production pipeline. Inkscape is tiny in comparison.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon But none of that ends up on the web. I'm not going to worry about what doesn't end up on the web—@shelleypowers
@robinberjon Puzzling though: I've seen SVG on the web that has Illustrator markup. It's all valid XML, copy and paste no problem—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers WF XML, yes; copy and paste, not so trivial with an internal subset. It's a well-known XML issue.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon SVG is a part of HTML5. SVG contains, legally, metadata which can have RDF/XML. Legally. HTML has to deal with this.—@shelleypowers
@robinberjon If we look hard enough, we can find things that break. What we need to look at is typical and usual for the web—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Precisely. Illustrator is typical. HTML is typical. Inkscape and RDF aren't (no matter whether I'd like them to be or not)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon But Inkscape and RDF are more typical _on the web_ than Illustrator generated SVG files—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers You have numbers? All SVG projects I've worked on over the past 10y were with Illustrator or hand-made SVG. No Inkscape.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon But were they meant to be uploaded and used, as is, on the web? As SVG?—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Yeah, interactive maps, user interfaces, that sort of thing. Real web content and web apps :)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon I don't look at the universe of potential uses. I look at one specific use: the web. Changes everything.—@shelleypowers
@robinberjon Your typical is my exceptional, and vice-versa. The web's a *big* place.—@ndw
@ndw @karlpro I sort of get that the Web is big, but I still think that when a decision has to be made, it should break the smaller part.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon In practice, maybe. In principle, I'm not sure. Your perception of what is smaller and mine may differ. We may both be wrong.—@ndw
@ndw In principle, of course! In this case, I'm reasonably certain that Illustrator has greater reach than Inkscape — despite how cool it is—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Most of the open source and free SVG files about are annotated with CC licenses, which need to be maint with the SVG—@shelleypowers
@robinberjon I think of it this way: we're going to copy paste what already exists as a viable SVG file on the web.—@shelleypowers

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:36am

@NDW Gefeliciteerd met Computable Award! 3e plaats voor Overheidstransactiepoort:—@Logius_minbzk

Thursday at 09:49am

Hmm. Lightroom is hanging on startup. That can't be good.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:09pm

New machine up and running. Pics tonight. Motherboard RAID was fakeraid, so went with software raid. 2TB on 3 disks. Plus 1TB boot disk.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:06pm

@ndw In the XProc versioning proposal, example K is only statically invalid for a 1.0 processor that doesn't understand p:unknown, right?—@JeniT
@JeniT Right. The point of example K is that all the branches contain an unknown step in the p: namespace.—@ndw
@ndw Great. It all looks good to me :)—@JeniT
@JeniT Including the bit I just posted about how it *doesn't* apply to user-defined and implementation-defined steps?—@ndw
@ndw It would be *nice* if the same logic could be used with implementation-defined steps, but I can certainly live without it.—@JeniT

Thursday at 03:38pm

Trying to decide if I want to go to the trouble of building a chroot jail for Apache on my new box.—@ndw

Thursday at 05:04pm

Dear studios, the Blu-Ray commercial you make me watch at the start of a Blu-Ray disk makes me not want to watch them.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:41pm

Oh, come on, I know I wrote the recursive directory list pipeline. Why can't I find it now?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:03am

people outraged by #janmoir and The Daily Mail might like to carry the card:—@psd
@psd lol. I'm tempted, but you'd need a really, really good arm to hit them from here :-)—@ndw

Friday at 08:53am

UMEKit is cool, but do I want the iPhone UI on my desktop apps? And if I do, remind me why?—@ndw

Friday at 11:57am

The MLB commerials on @pandora_radio are *really* annoying. Time to pay up or move along, I think.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:38pm

"This Is the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself" (via—@timbray
@timbray I love the "self reference" chapter in Metamagical Themas.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 03:21am

Will be 21st century century of frameworks? Listening to CSS Framework talk at #webexpo—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek is there a clear winner? I'm still trying to pick one.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 03:26am

One year older today again... listening to You're Still a Young Man from Tower of Power.—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman For such ocassions I prefer "Too Old to Rock'n'Roll Too Young to Die" from Jethro Tull. Happy Birthday, btw—@jirkakosek
@vojtechtoman Happy birthday!—@ndw

Saturday at 10:30am

@jirkakosek @trmaguire @ndw @irsanw @sinnema313 Díky/Thanks/Dank je!—@vojtechtoman

Saturday at 03:40pm

Working my way through the Saxon 9.2 upgrade for XML Calabash. Most of the way there...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:18am

Motorola Droid is whipping my I-want-an-open-iphone hormones into a frenzy:—@dweinberger
@dweinberger And iDon't want to be on Verizon's stupid CDMA network. Sigh.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:51am

Listening to Victoria Vox – Chameleon (my favourite of her albums):—@abcoates
@abcoates just grabbed it on eMusic.—@ndw
@ndw Cool, let me know what you think of it.—@abcoates

Sunday at 08:35am

@expandrive is the bomb. Worth every penny. I'm just sayin'—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:37am

Microblogging backup story; implement one last bit of functionality, or write weblog post. Eenee, meenee, implement.—@ndw
@ndw As a general rule, it's probably better to write the blog post first, before you are embittered by the reality of it. ;-)—@abcoates

Sunday at 08:50am

Tweets appear to be growing geolocation information. Very cool.—@ndw

Sunday at 09:36am

This is a test. Probably one of several. Apologies in advance.—@ndw

Sunday at 09:38am

This is a test. One of several. Just ignore me for a bit.—@ndw

Sunday at 10:54am

Sunday at 12:54pm

One last(?) test.—@ndw

Sunday at 01:01pm

Really, maybe the last test.—@ndw

Sunday at 01:51pm

♲ @stefanomaz Pulp Fiction realized as a Google Wave—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:15pm

HTML guaranteed to make every old web geek smile: BTW, Flee From The Wrath To Come.—@timbray
@timbray Oh, good grief! You lent your link karma to that steaming pile of anti-rational nonsense? Shame!—@ndw
@ndw You mean it's not conceptual art?—@timbray