The short-form week of 7–13 Dec 2009

14 Dec 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 53 messages in 45 conversations. (With 4 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 08:17am

Google Docs — putting everything that makes Word a pain to use right there on the Web—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:03am

XML Calabash passes 591/618 tests. Fix bug. Calabash passes 585/618 tests. -Progress.—@ndw
@ndw Wish you luck! Btw, did you have a chance to look at validxsd-009 and validxsd-010 whether the schema doc is correct? Don't think so.—@vojtechtoman

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Monday at 10:19am

Sorry for the flurry of dailyshoot tweets; just getting caught up.—@ndw

Monday at 10:25am

Will resist temptation to install IntelliJ 9.0RC1 instead of working. I will. I swear. Honest. Would I lie?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:00pm

"If brute force doesn't work, you aren't using enough brute force." e.g. -Xmx16384M—@ndw
@ndw You running an XQuery chess simulation?—@abcoates
@abcoates No, a dorky little backup tool that works fine on a small DB but isn't as happy on a DB with 80,000 documents in it.—@ndw

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

for some reason I find microformats based on class="" overloads incredibly lame, hacky, and generally utterly irritating—@codinghorror
@codinghorror Yep, that about sums it up.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:38pm

Disney officials have clearly never been to see the Magic Roundabout "in the flesh": Always but always fact-check :-)—@webmink
@webmink How's it different from other roundabouts? The arial photo is kind of small. Are there really extra odd-shaped islands in it?—@ndw
@ndw I recommend the Wikipedia page to get the full idea:—@webmink
@webmink Ah. Right. A roundabout of roundabouts. I'd heard of that but it wasn't at all clear from the other arial photos I saw.—@ndw

Monday at 01:59pm

I'm fond of @camerabag on my iPhone but a 15 day trial for the desktop version? Feh. I remembered to run it exactly once before it expired.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:21pm

@JeniT i got one on saturday. seems good in my very limited tests so far—@iand
@iand @JeniT I plan to get one when the contract for my current USB gizmo runs out.—@ndw

Monday at 04:02pm

Speaking of brute force, I wonder if putting tens of thousands of files in a single ext3/4 directory is a good idea.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:20pm

and now I'll never know :'( "The only thing I left out was -- I didn't explain about the teeth"—@libbymiller
@libbymiller Alas, I don't recall any mention of teeth in the second Dirk Gently. Maybe it's time to re-read them. The first is marvelous.—@ndw

Monday at 07:42pm

Myth Buster's deep sea pressure test was fantastically disgusting—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:29am

Mention of Lady Ga Ga -> Queen: Radio Ga Ga -> #earworm—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:46am

Updating Java means I need to reboot. WTF! Apple!—@ndw

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

Great. Update Java and IntelliJ dumps core. Thanks, Apple. Fucktards.—@ndw
@ndw It doesn't sound like you and Apple are in a happy relationship. Maybe you should see other OS's for a while. :)—@david_megginson
@david_megginson Heh. It's mostly nice, but I'm more captive than fan, really. Hey, Adobe, how about Linux ports of Lightroom and Photoshop?—@ndw
@ndw there is a solution for crash after installing Apple Java Update 1:—@intellijidea
@intellijidea Thank you!—@ndw
@ndw Ubuntu 9.10 runs nicely on Macbook Pros. Even has a real readline library.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers Yeah, I'm sure it does. And a real readline would be nice. Maybe when I can run OSX under VMWare for Lightroom & Photoshop...—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:28am

Wow. Google Maps suddenly finds a totally different road for my address. I wonder if this bodes ill for any 911 call I might have to make.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:54am

Bah. /proc/mdstat suggests I have RAID, but mdadm says nothing's configured. Can I extricate myself with total rebuild, I wonder?—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:55am

s/with total/without total/—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:44pm

My server has no din inputs for a mouse and I have no USB mice. Can I reinstall Ubuntu 9.1 server w/o a mouse, I wonder.—@ndw

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

downloading Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_17 update on OSX—@bblfish
@bblfish You'll be sorry...—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:16pm

If you have enough data, even rsync between two drives on the same box takes a while.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:33am

As he struggles to find CentOS-compatible drivers for the NIC in his desktop box, Norm remembers why OS X doesn't totally suck.—@ndw
@ndw The lack of driver suck on Mac OS X doesn't come from Mac OS X, it comes from only supporting Macs ;)—@gcarothers
@gcarothers Yeah, I know. And I don't actually mind the problem in general, but it seems odd for a modern but not cutting edge motherboard.—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:29pm

♺WTF! @therealmaxf Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:43pm

Heading to the train station.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:52pm

Very very close to releasing a brand-new version of my docbook build chain for windows, mac, and linux. Easy docbook to pdf for authors.—@bphogan
@bphogan sounds very cool!—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:27pm

Amtrak conductor tells me I'm forbidden from carrying my bag down to the cafe car and working at a table. Nice.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:16pm

VNC over an SSH tunnel over 3G. No, it doesn't really work.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:33pm

Intense contraction of 3G bandwidth = we must be approaching New York—@ndw

Thursday at 11:32am

Breakfast and one networking break has blown my always unreliable cache of names/faces. Looked in the mirror and couldn't remember my name.—@ndw

Friday at 11:30am

Hitchens: The utter stupidity of Christianity #atheism—@denyreligion

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 10:14am

Running 'sudo port upgrade outdated'. Wish me luck.—@ndw
@ndw ..and time ;-)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges No kidding!—@ndw

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

so see her as the female buckaroo bonzai: super engineer, world renown scientist, rockstar, & supermodel, saving us all from 4th dimension—@peteaven
@peteaven Or the 8th, as the case may be ;-)—@ndw

Saturday at 03:30pm

Happily, on this occasion, upgrading macports seems to have worked just fine.—@ndw

Sunday at 10:53am

"We are tasked with convincing a myth-infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient." -- Sam Harris—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:21pm

Sigh... there is internet in the hotel, but all email ports seem to be blocked. What a drag...—@ivan_herman
@ivan_herman One of the nice things about mailhop from @dyndns is they listen on port 2525 which I've never seen blocked or hijacked.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:02pm

Dear England, A second tiny ice cube in the bottom of a tall glass with a warm can of Coke does not constitute "extra ice".—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Are you sure you know the definition of "extra"?—@ndw

Sunday at 03:29pm

Bah. The DocBook wiki is borked. Not sure why, but I suspect the right answer is to upgrade/start over with a more recent moinmoin release.—@ndw