The short-form week of 2–8 Nov 2009

09 Nov 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 49 messages in 59 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 02:32am

Emacs 23 has M-x butterfly. I'm going to bed now. Giggling. http://xkcd.com/378/—@ndw
@ndw Amazing physics going on!—@bobdc

Monday at 03:34am

:-p RT @ndw Emacs 23 has M-x butterfly. I'm going to bed now. Giggling. http://xkcd.com/378/—@fgeorges

Monday at 03:56am

RT @ndw Emacs 23 has M-x butterfly. I'm going to bed now. Giggling. http://xkcd.com/378/—@0xcafebabe

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:57am

Shouldn't that be C-x M-c M-butterfly?—@0xcafebabe
@0xcafebabe I suppose it should, probably is, but I couldn't find the 'butterfly' key on this keyboard to type M-butterfly.—@ndw

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

Exploring the diff btw Carbon Emacs 22.3 and the OS X release of Emacs 23.1. So far so good, but needed to install aspell and en dicts.—@ndw
@ndw Have you tried http://aquamacs.org//? That is my favorite so far.—@bsletten
@bsletten Aquamacs is too different from the FSF flavor I'm used to. That said, I'm still struggling with conv to platform std cut&paste.—@ndw
@ndw C&P is ultimately what made me switch.—@bsletten
@bsletten Happy that @candp could help... Oh, wait...! :)—@kendall

Monday at 08:32am

@ndw Oh, I always thought that this was the key left to the space key on Macs. ;-)—@0xcafebabe

Monday at 08:53am

Saving money by providing only tepid showers is an odd choice for a hotel where the A/C is set by default to "arctic".—@ndw

Monday at 11:24am

Very clean hands. #tpac09 giveaway: a bottle of hand sanitizer one ounce larger than the TSA will let me carry home.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:22pm

The iPhone will automatically change the *time of day* when you travel, but not the timezone. #fail—@ndw
@ndw I think that depends on what info it's getting from the network. Mine switched both time and TZ here, but failed in at that Paraguay.—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:56pm

I give +1 for @fgeorges joining XSLT WG but not if it distracts him from his incredibly important expath packaging work ;)—@xquery
@xquery And what's distracting you from providing xprocxq test suite results? #justaskin :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:22pm

Happiness is writing a test, running it, and discovering that you already implemented that feature even though you don't remember doing so.—@ndw
@ndw ...and disappointment is subsequently realising that you just wrote the test wrong.—@philbooth
@philbooth heh. So true. But not, I think, in the case of this particular test.—@ndw
@ndw ...and unhappiness is writing a test, running it, and discovering that a feature I remember implementing quite vividly, never worked.—@vojtechtoman

Monday at 07:32pm

Started filling last gaps the #xproc test suite with @ndw today. Good: Coverage raising. Bad: Some hard #Calumet work ahead of me. #tpac09—@vojtechtoman

Monday at 07:45pm

+1 @skwlilac @bwmtopmeadow @der42 Congratulations on your new venture :) (via @JeniT)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 07:49pm

Ok. Off to Oakland for dinner with colleagues then NoSQL meetup. Catch y'all later.—@ndw
@ndw was going to NoSQL meeting, but I just completed SQL (standards) meeting. Guess who's happier :)—@SheltieJim

Monday at 08:34pm

@ndw Apsell? Brings back memories, but with already a different spell checker in Firefox and OS X apps, do we really need a 3rd one?—@avernet

Tuesday at 01:55am

@ndw was seriously distracted for a while ... now back on the case and looking at the latest changes in spec/tests—@xquery

Tuesday at 04:34am

RT @ndw: Emacs 23 has M-x butterfly. I'm going to bed now. Giggling. http://xkcd.com/378/—@jirkakosek

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:31am

http://twitpic.com/o4l37 - Firefox has decided that this script font is the correct face for "Courier italic". WTH?—@ndw
@ndw [Courier italic]. Well it might not be Courier, but it's a rather nice script. Where can I get it?—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay [Courier Script] Should switch to mac first ! That's Zapfino (Innovimax logo use it http://innovimax.fr ) http://is.gd/4MHB7—@innovimax
@michaelhkay The [Courier italic] in @ndw image is Zapfino, http://bit.ly/4dFwB2 comes with every Mac.—@gcarothers
@ndw Bah. I don't see anything weird in about:config.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:54am

http://twitpic.com/o4naj - It's worse than I thought. Safari is borked too. Is that a reinstall I smell in my future?—@ndw
@ndw Rebooting fixed it. Man, it's been a *looong* time since I had to do that. #notthewayitssupposedtobe—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:15pm

Wonder, again, why XProc hasn't been based on XDM...—@fgeorges
@fgeorges Because XPath 1.0 implementations are supported. Because we thought we might finish before XPath 2.0 came out.—@ndw
@ndw Yes, I know why, but you know, keep wondering (for example why XPath 1.0 is supported) ;-)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges Still not a lot of different XPath 2.0 implementations out there, really. And hard to imagine pulling that support out now.—@ndw
@ndw Yeah, sure. Maybe dreaming would have been a better word than wondering ;-)—@fgeorges

Tuesday at 07:53pm

♺@xproc XProc Test Suite reaches 100% coverage (3 untested errors but no tests are expected for those) http://tinyurl.com/c65fjd—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:14pm

RT: @ndw: @xproc XProc Test Suite reaches 100% coverage (3 untested errors but no tests are expected for those) http://tinyurl.com/c65fjd—@vojtechtoman

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:03pm

♺@docbook DocBook V5.0 has been approved as an OASIS Standard http://tinyurl.com/ylzb7xq—@ndw
@ndw Cute unicode char -- emacspeak knows to speak it "recyclable symbol for generic materials"—@TVRaman

Tuesday at 09:34pm

RT @ndw ♺@docbook DocBook V5.0 has been approved as an OASIS Standard http://tinyurl.com/ylzb7xq—@peteaven

Tuesday at 09:39pm

RT @ndw, @docbook: DocBook V5.0 has been approved as an OASIS Standard http://tinyurl.com/ylzb7xq—@andrewsavikas

Tuesday at 09:43pm

ndw RT @ndw ♺@xproc XProc Test Suite reaches 100% coverage (3 untested errors but no tests expected for those) http://tinyurl.com/c65fjd—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:44pm

@ndw you are on FIRE today. Congrats on the DocBook, XProc accomplishments!—@peteaven
@peteaven Thanks! Now back to installing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint toolkits for my NYMUG talk next week! Who da man? You da man!—@ndw
@ndw sweet! but dude, I'm just a kiddie portion, you are the XXL Hungry Man dinner of XML.—@peteaven

Wednesday at 01:52am

Well done! RT @ndw: ♺@docbook DocBook V5.0 has been approved as an OASIS Standard http://tinyurl.com/ylzb7xq http://bit.ly/IviE6—@abcoates

Wednesday at 08:15am

@ndw congrads on #docbook5.0 and #xproc test coverage !—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:27am

really like @hunterhacker slide deck from oakland nosql meetup http://bit.ly/1fOnhP here it is - concise and to the point - boom done!—@peteaven
@peteaven @hunterhacker Yeah, slide 3 is great and so was his talk. Oakland was a hike, but worth it!—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:16am

Inducing structure from a flat list of bullets from a .pptx file. Oh happy, happy, joy, joy!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:09pm

Even when there's significant agreement on distributed extensibility (a great thing), it depresses me deeply. #tpac09—@ndw
@ndw you mean DE itself depresses you?—@gdaniels
@gdaniels No. Well, not usually. I meant specifically in the HTML5 case.—@ndw
@ndw -- are we agreed that we're distributed or that we're extensible?:-)—@TVRaman
@TVRaman Uhm. No, not really, I guess. And here I thought I was depressed before. Thanks, Raman!—@ndw
@ndw Glad to be of service:-) (Share And Enjoy)—@TVRaman

Wednesday at 05:14pm

I'll be speaking at the inaugural meeting of the New York Mark Logic User group next Wed. Please stop by! http://tinyurl.com/y924orh—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:52pm

RT @ndw I'll be speaking at the inaugural meeting of the New York Mark Logic User group next Wed. Please stop by! http://tinyurl.com/y924orh—@peteaven

Wednesday at 05:56pm

@ndw showed me http://xkcd.comm, from which I may never recover—@SheltieJim

Wednesday at 09:50pm

Calling my mom (in GB) on my mobile: $1.49/min. Calling my mom on my mobile with Google Voice: $0.02/min.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:48pm

I don't think I've seen this many commercials in a row in a long time. Live TV is sort of painful.—@RussB
@RussB Sort of? Sort of!? It's so awful I can hardly do it anymore. Now if I could just get a 30s skip button...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:33pm

Wow! Fire alarm set off just as I was about to start my talk. Unnerving! #eotw09—@sentience
@sentience Clearly you're on fire, dude!—@ndw

Thursday at 01:17am

Death toll so far: three villagers and the seer. Werewolves unscathed. Prospects for the villagers: bloody awful.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:23am

@dontcallmedom is the best werewolves master ever—@amyvdh
@amyvdh I just wish I'd taken care of you a turn earlier. #werewolf #deadwerewolf, that is.—@ndw
@ndw ha! thanks, a fine compliment :) #werewolf #tpac09—@amyvdh

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:24pm

Fixed a bug. Went from passing 568 tests to passing 557 tests. Is it just me, or does that seem wrong?—@ndw
@ndw I dipped even deeper today. But at 587 now.—@vojtechtoman

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:26pm

The week has gone on too long when you think to yourself "I wonder what The Prisoner would have been like with William Shatner as Number 6?"—@emacsen
@emacsen I! Am Not! A! NumberIAm! A! Free! Man!—@ndw

Friday at 04:42pm

just got a preview of @ndw 's demo for next week's MarkLogic NY MUG http://developer.marklogic.com/ Sweet!—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:48pm

Which #docbook store takes the least $ from my wallet and puts the most into @ndw 's ?—@DALDEI
@DALDEI Whatever the answer is, you want to wait a few months until the second edition is published.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:07pm

Working from home, I sometimes forget how great it is to spend a day working w/a team of razor-sharp engineers! #marklogic—@ndw
@ndw very cool to see you! You should get a westcoast pad for the winter months & come spend more time w/ us in the pods in San Carlos. :)—@peteaven
@peteaven Not sure I can manage the bicoastal lifestyle, but definitely have to arrange it so I can hang out in the pods more often!—@ndw

Friday at 10:10pm

@daldei p.s. I'll just send you a signed one anyway.—@ndw

Saturday at 12:26am

Dragging myself back to 100% coverage in the #xproc test suite one bug at a time. 566/609 is almost 93%. Sleep now. ✈ SFO-IAD #redeye—@ndw

Saturday at 01:01am

Vintage Boeing 767. I guess there's some padding in these cushions, but it feels like thin foam over bricks.—@ndw

Saturday at 10:58am

Starting on the conversion of #xmlsh wiki to #docbook. Thanks to @dpawson and @ndw. My first #docbook project !—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 07:11pm

Very similar to what I saw tonight: http://www.overflite.com/—@alecmuffett
@alecmuffett I've always wanted to build one, but they look like such an irresponsible fire hazard.—@ndw
@ndw come to England, where it rains occasionally. Or moreso.—@alecmuffett

Sunday at 05:46am

RT @ndw: Dragging back to 100% coverage in the #xproc test suite one bug at a time. 566/609 is almost 93%. Sleep now. ✈ SFO-IAD #redeye—@innovimax

Sunday at 03:43pm

unicode++ RT AleksBasara Geek kolo: ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ #kolo #geek—@danbri

Sunday at 03:50pm

unicode++ RT AleksBasara Geek kolo: ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ #kolo #geek (via @danbri)—@ndw

Sunday at 04:05pm

♺@peteaven Video: The Golden Age of Video: AWESOME video mashup by Ricardo Autobahn! http://tumblr.com/xmi3ww0wg [ via @zadi ]—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:40pm

I had to shave myself but built in battery in my electric razor was completely exhausted. http://pic.gd/4f3097 http://pic.gd/f36929—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek You know they make razors that don't require batteries, right? Not that I use those very often either, as it turns out.—@ndw
@ndw It would be too close shave with ordinary razors for my beard ;-)—@jirkakosek

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:46pm

Snow Leopard & SSD: disabling now useless sudden motion sensor with sudo pmset -a sms 0 via http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1934—@dajobe
@dajobe I just put a 500Gb drive in my laptop, but I think I should have looked more seriously at SSDs first. C'est la vie.—@ndw
@ndw I was just reading about people who replace the optical drive with a 2nd SSD and run stripped raid over it!—@dajobe

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:49pm

Interesting fact: If your spouse drops her iPhone 3G in a "commode" you can get a replacement for just $199 wo extending the contract.—@hunterhacker
@hunterhacker If my spouse drops her phone in a "commode" and I tweet about it, I'm going to lie about how she wrecked it. :-)—@ndw
@ndw You might be able to infer my spouse is not yet on Twitter. :)—@hunterhacker

Sunday at 05:22pm

RT @ndw: unicode++ RT AleksBasara Geek kolo: ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ #kolo #geek (via @danbri)—@grechaw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 06:13pm

s/principal/principle/. Which is another indication that I should just go to bed.—@JeniT
@JeniT Funny, I've just spot the exact same typo in #xmlcalabash sources. Well, I *guess* that was a typo... :-)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges @jenit well fine. I'll just go to bed too then.—@ndw