The short-form week of 1–7 Feb 2010

08 Feb 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 65 messages in 59 conversations. (With 20 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 02:40am

Amazon wants to dictate market prices, Apple wants to dictate software... What's next, digital TVs where I can't turn off Fox News?—@RussB
@RussB No, ones where that's an optional feature for which you have to pay extra, of course.—@ndw

Monday at 06:39am

RT @mikkohypponen: "I want privacy because I break the law" - good essay by @zachaysan:—@roessler

Monday at 03:38pm

Tuesday at 12:15pm

Tuesday at 02:08pm

Renewing our vows: 20y. They've roped off a section of beach for the ceremony with "Danger" tape. #ominous :-)—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:47pm

RT @areggiori: How to recognise a good programmer: (via @RandyTerbush)—@mortenf

Tuesday at 04:35pm

Whoever decided weather should be mutable was an idiot.—@freddrake

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:05am

Life's to short to worry about table-free CSS layouts, a <table> will do for now—@zaphgod
@zaphgod been there, done that.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:05am

Good grief. RT @jirkakosek @robinberjon: One of the many reasons why you never, ever want to use anything from MPEG—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:55pm

Good overview of ACTA, why you should worry and why it's time to hold Obama's feet to the fire on transparency:—@webmink

Wednesday at 04:38pm

RT @loydcase Wakefields paper about autism and vaccines retracted by the Lancet. Finally.—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:41pm

A corollary of Greenspun's law for the 2010s… any sufficiently complicated system will contain an embedded Javascript interpreter—@edd

Thursday at 07:38am

Providing a visualisation of data is not the same thing as providing data. Excel spreadsheets are visualisations.—@JeniT

Thursday at 09:55am

There are six guys in the water this morning with metal detectors. Someone lose a Rolex or something?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:19am

Programmers! Remember magazines that had game code listings that if you typed it in you could play it? Let's bring that back somehow!—@bphogan
@bphogan +1 wish I had those old books and magazines! Still have the book from which I started to learn programming.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:19am

iPad is a consuming platform, not a creating/producing platform.—@dajobe

Thursday at 10:58am

good programmers appreciate the features you put in. expert programmers appreciate the features you left out.—@KentBeck

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:12am

Oh yeah! RT @xquery: @james_clark dont waste your time with any other emacs, go directly here—@fgeorges
@fgeorges @xquery @james_clark yeah, I agree sorta. But Carbon Emacs has been a little more stable for me.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:59am

Being entertained by @skwlilac's dead cat stories. Don't ask.—@JeniT
@JeniT @skwlilac don't have to. But they are funny. And "hi" to you both!—@ndw

Thursday at 12:06pm

In IntelliJ IDEA, "Ctrl-Alt-Shift-/ -> Registry" takes you to some secret settings!—@ebruchez

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:17pm

since when is the circle line not a circle??—@libbymiller
@libbymiller for about two weeks as I recall the tube pamphlets. Just call it the spiral line, I guess—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:29pm

Sea kayak+unexpected large wave+careless+high risk location = lost O'Reilly Author cap. Saved paddle, kayak, camera, and self.—@ndw
@ndw is having 'way too much fun—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim but he's not getting his action items done, damn him! :-)—@ndw
@ndw They have more. Heck I have more. Lemme know if you need one.—@hunterhacker
@hunterhacker no worries. I'm pretty sure I have at least one more at home.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:42pm

another day saved thanks to #gnu #emacs and its registers—@gabrielsaldana
@gabrielsaldana clearly I need to improve my register-fu. I rarely use them.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:20pm

Finished my book (dead tree copy of Linked, excellent). Left Kindle at home, right? Not in seat pocket, right?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:50am

from what i recall, ppl didn't try to explain what they were doing, or aspects of the lang. more like, just type this sh#% in and have fun!—@peteaven
@peteaven my favorite was a maze generator. Totally, wickedly obfuscated code to fit in smallest listing possible. I spent days unravelling—@ndw

Friday at 03:07am

I don't burn bridges because it's personal. I burn bridges because man, that bridge totally *sucked*.—@codinghorror

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:50am

Typing my XML Prague paper as fast as I can so @jirkakosek can typeset it — fingers burning, I need a neural interface!—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Yay! I wasn't the last to submit then! Stop reading Twitter--you gotta keep typing!—@ndw

Friday at 08:50am

Amazing! RT @dpawson Now you see him, now you don't! Photography with a difference.—@ndw

Friday at 11:15am

"Project manager is the person who believes nine women can deliver a baby in one month."—@Bertrpe

Friday at 11:27am

"In consequence, users who never migrated their old PDF eBooks (purchased prior to September 2008) can now never migrate them." DRM sucks.—@gcarothers

Friday at 02:04pm

"Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity." ~ Hermann Hesse—@daj42

Friday at 02:59pm

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:14pm

Thomson airlines want us to pay USD 45 for the privilege of sitting together on the plane. Why are they treating customers like dirt?—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay because poking you in the eye with a sharp stick just causes so much paperwork.—@ndw

Friday at 04:39pm

Where's my GPS? Where'd I last have my GPS? In the kayak. Oh, crap!—@ndw

Friday at 04:42pm

Just re-read "Hey Crackhead", my favourite best of craigslist posting of all time—@simonw

Friday at 04:51pm

I think I'm going to post "favorited tweets" and "read later" links to my weblog on weekly basis.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:51pm

Right after I reimplement it in #marklogic server.—@ndw
@ndw Please add Twitter support to MarkLogic Server so I can tweet every time I reindex a database and things like that. Thanks. ;-)—@sss4r
Easy peasy, @sss4r, you can post to Twitter today with a single line of code.—@ndw

Friday at 04:52pm

In other news, I'm now the mayor of Secret Harbour on @foursquare. Hell yeah!—@ndw

Friday at 09:18pm

RT @simonw "Hey Crackhead", my favourite best of craigslist posting of all time—@ndw

Friday at 09:25pm

How brain dumb stupid are you to imagine that I want your service, no matter how devastatingly cool it is, tweeting on my behalf for you?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:00pm

Trusting in the authority of leading scientists is fine; we all need to do that sometimes. But doing that isn't science -- it's faith.—@zooko
@zooko nonsense.—@ndw

Friday at 10:19pm

Amazing space pictures taken from UK garden shed (via @slashdot) #DIY #make—@timoreilly

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 08:51am

A-fucking-men RT @mikeloukides @sfermigier A must read: "Tinkerer's sunset" by Mark Pilgrim - || Mark--great post—@ndw
@ndw I think the thing that provokes my ire is calling what we do with these hermetically-sealed software-driven devices "ownership".—@doriantaylor

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 11:41am

innovative on MSFT's part? how many will think of 'upgrading' from *nix to windows. is that even possible?—@peteaven
@peteaven that would only be an *up*grade in Bizzaro World, Pete—@ndw

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

Who has better (or any) technical support? Parallels or VMWare?—@elharo
@elharo don't know about Parallels, but @vmwarefusion gets high marks.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 12:18pm

Travel tip: those six-pack liquor boxes are only allowed to contain *5* liters of booze, at least on AA. Pack only 750ml bottles or 5/box.—@ndw
@ndw From which I assume you just had to drink a litre of booze at the gate?—@webmink
@webmink No, we only had 750s as I recall. And it would have been 2 liters unless Deb held up her end on her box :)—@ndw

Saturday at 12:22pm

OFFS. RT @PatParslow @gsiemens Microsoft patents "personal data mining" <- someone just fix the US patent system pls—@ndw

Saturday at 12:24pm

RT @peteaven if u've got mad JS skillz, this job's awesome for what u'll be workin on AND who with #marklogic—@ndw

Saturday at 02:38pm

#bigbrother #surveillance #paranoia RT @justinvincent Police want backdoor to Web users' private data—@bblfish

Saturday at 07:34pm

Basically, it goes like this: 1. Geek says X. 2. Everyone ad hominems the geek. 3. Geek says "yeah, but still X. Fuck you, morons."—@tommorris

Sunday at 07:51am

Just realized I'm going to have to wear socks today. And shoes. Boo! But nice to be #home—@ndw

Sunday at 05:26pm

Auto-levels may be bad for lots of reasons, but it sure improves underwater shots. What's the right answer? Is there a LightRoom technique?—@ndw

Sunday at 05:38pm

The internet is made of glue and bits of string. Never forget this.—@pfhawkins

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:09pm

RT @ndw: You could try a develop preset for your underwater shots in #Lightroom, selecting only certain parameters.—@wolfnowl
@wolfnowl yeah, that's what I'd think, if only I had the skill :-(—@ndw
@ndw RE #Lightroom... PLAY!—@wolfnowl
@wolfnowl I do! But with like 4000 knobs, it may take me a while!—@ndw

Sunday at 08:26pm

I despise artificial corks. If you can't use a real one, a screw cap more than suffices.—@happygiraffe

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:30pm

Football rules as explained to Josh today: "Squish the guy with the ball." He seems satisfied with that.—@hunterhacker
@hunterhacker +1 One team tries to get the ball to the end of the field while the other team tries to "squish the guy with the ball"—@abdelazer
.@hunterhacker A friend once expl football. We split a bottle of scotch over a game. I still don't understand and I don't blame the scotch—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:39pm

macosx Spotlight should show me the title of html documents more than the filenames.—@karlpro
@karlpro Spotlight is as close to useless as any piece of software I've tried to use.—@ndw
@ndw In my mail, it has benefits but it could do a lot more. I often have to rely on mdfind, mdls, xargs and grep for system search.—@karlpro

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:42pm

You need to join the OPDS list now if you care about an open catalog format for epublications like ePub #help—@abdelazer
@abdelazer will do!—@ndw
@ndw Perfect! I could really use some of the hard-won pragmatism that you bring to the table.—@abdelazer

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 10:00pm

And now back to _Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs_. #bedtimereading—@ndw
@ndw is that by abdelman and sussman's and do you recommend?—@peteaven