The short-form week of 22–28 Mar 2010

29 Mar 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 37 messages in 39 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 06:58am

Thinking of the story of sleeping beauty.—@JeniT
@JeniT Shortage of knights in shining armour hereabouts :)—@docum3nt
@docum3nt Actually I was thinking that I was more wicked fairy rather than the sleeping beauty.—@JeniT
@JeniT Be afraid. Be very afraid?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:09am

also we need to remind ourselves ... mixing XSLT and XQuery is powerful but I don't see many idioms or best practice type advice—@xquery
@xquery Lemme just say, when constructing XSLT with literal element constructors in XQuery it's incredibly easy to forget to quote the {}'s!—@ndw

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

XProc? :) RT @xquery: mixing XSLT and XQuery is powerful but I don't see many idioms or best practice type advice—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman in an 'all xml' world xproc is certainly a good approach, though I am pessimistic about all this 'no sql' chat of late—@xquery
@xquery I don't see the connection between XProc and no sql. Heck, it wouldn't even be hard to write an SQL step if it suited your needs.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:23am

Wish list for the MBP 17" refresh: more than 4Gb of memory. And a 500Gb drive, though I'm willing to install my own if needs must.—@ndw
@ndw Same though I would be tempted to opt for SSD rather than larger drive. $$$ though.—@ebruchez
@ndw Weirdest Apple pricing: take a Mini, max out CPU/RAM/HDD, add mouse & keyboard (but no display), and it costs as much as an iMac! WTF?—@geoffarnold

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

@ndw 4GB of memory? I think you can already get 8 for bkpro. I'd like 16 to be future proof, and a 500GB flash drive  + 4 cores—@bblfish
@bblfish Huh. Right you are. But the 17" is still not the unibody, right?—@ndw
@ndw I think the 17" is unibody. and you can have 8GB of RAM.—@bblfish
@bblfish Odd. Clearly I missed a refresh. But still that appears to have been almost a year ago. Best wait a bit longer, I think.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:41pm

3:2:1 Margarita - 3 Cazadores Reposado + 2 Triple Sec + 1 Lime salted glass edge. Perfect after return from Oliver's Fish&Chips.—@alecmuffett
@alecmuffett For the truly perfect margarita, you want PTO, not 3Sec. Pity you can only get it in TX.—@ndw
@ndw i'm intrigued; what's it like ?—@alecmuffett

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:32pm

@skwlilac Sorry this has taken so long, but, today's the day!—@JeniT
@JeniT @skwlilac is that a sidereal day? ;)—@iand
@iand Don't get @skwlilac side-tracked :)—@JeniT
@JeniT It's a day, I'll grant you. But what am I to glean from reading that document, exactly?—@ndw
@ndw Real use case is for government years like—@JeniT
@JeniT Why is some random property always the root element, with the "real" concept inside it? N.B. "forth quarter"—@RichardOfSussex
@RichardOfSussex Because it's RDF and you shouldn't care? ;) @skwlilac: Sounds like it would be good to fix the RDF/XML root resource?—@JeniT
@JeniT Fair comment: only machines should be reading this. Just wondered, that's all—@RichardOfSussex
@JeniT Nice. Does it do B.C.?—@RichardOfSussex
@RichardOfSussex I don't think so. The UK government doesn't tend to have many statistics etc that go back that far...—@JeniT
@JeniT Ah but U.K. museums do! Still, it does go back to 0001-01-01. Is there a SPARQL end-point?—@RichardOfSussex
@RichardOfSussex Seriously, would it be helpful to go further back? @skwlilac and I did discuss it a bit.—@JeniT
@RichardOfSussex Afraid not: it's a service (RDF auto-generated). Scraping through the years wouldn't be difficult though, to add to store?—@JeniT
@JeniT OK, this is exactly where as a developer I need an "RDF DOM". Load it, have the full RDF graph available w. SPARQL if helpful. Poss?—@RichardOfSussex
@RichardOfSussex I support something like that in rdfQuery. But don't think that you'll get huge benefit from just querying date/times?—@JeniT
@JeniT rdfQuery does indeed look like the chap I need. Why is all the talk of SPARQL? (It's not just dates - it's any monolithic RDF chunk.)—@RichardOfSussex

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:29am

@ndw Quick question from the XForms f2f meeting: what's the status of HRRI? Thanks!—@ebruchez
@ndw @ebruchez well it seems like they will end up beeing put in IRI-bis #w3c #ietf #standards #sausageMaking—@innovimax
@innovimax yes, that's the plan - a niiiice suasage :)—@fsasaki
@ndw Excellent thanks!—@ebruchez

Wednesday at 11:13am

Starting to think about which of the apps I care about are available on Android. OmniFocus isn't going to be one of them, is it?—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:10pm

Calling her 'dour' would be overstating the amount of honey and humor in her disposition. #unnamedcrankapotamus—@bsletten

Wednesday at 12:22pm

A war dialer calls me up and spams my voice line with CC fud, I should trust that pressing 8 will remove me from their lists? I think not.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:29pm

Makes mental note to seek @bsletten's approval, but not @kendall's.—@ndw
@ndw Approved!—@bsletten
@ndw You've gotten that completely backwards, actually. :>—@kendall

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

@mattiov @ndw just received Buckaroo Banzai DVD from amazon. w00t! In the next couple of days I'll be traveling across the 8th dimension!—@peteaven
@peteaven @ndw you bought instead of renting so you're more hard core than I am! Nice!—@MattioV
@peteaven Yeah, but do you have it installed *on your phone*?—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:27pm

Taking my first stab at recording vacation time in NetSuite. Because I'm a masochist, that's why.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:03pm

RT @mkhl “Have you accepted backup into your life as your personal savior?” I do 1-4 & 7, of course—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:16pm

US broadcast of Life narrated by Oprah instead of Attenborough. #notthesame—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:32pm

Really impressed by this video of I hope Adobe CS5 whatch the end, it's amazing !—@projeturbain
@projeturbain That is astonishing.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:50pm

@ndw great call! DVD Decryptor -> Handbrake -> .m4v FTW—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:51am

♺@dpawson Plautdits to @libbymiller. Deserved too.—@ndw
@ndw @dpawson (and of course @tommorris) you're very sweet and I'm touched.—@libbymiller

Thursday at 11:57am

Safari books online is a big wodge of Flash. That's disappointing.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:58am

Ah. There's an HTML view. Better. But still inconvenient to read one tiny section at a time.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:21pm

Eclipse is running like a PIG on my new 4G SSD-powered MacBook Pro. Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong.—@timbray
@timbray You like the SSD drive? I heard they run hot. I haven't decided what direction to go for my next laptop.—@ndw
@ndw @timbray I have the 256SSD, and it doesn't run hot at all, in spite of my running VMs on top of it most of the time. Recommended!!—@abcoates
@timbray I had trouble with graphics performance in Eclipse as well, switch to the other graphics chipset (slower is faster in E for me)—@martin_probst
@timbray No, you just need to switch to Emacs.—@TVRaman

Thursday at 02:27pm

♺@bblfish, @alecmuffet Certified Lies: Detecting and Defeating Government Interception Attacks Against SSL∗—@ndw

Thursday at 02:30pm

RT @ndw ♺@bblfish, @alecmuffet Certified Lies: Detecting and Defeating Government Interception Attacks Against SSL∗—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:49pm

How did I miss about 15 CDs when I thought I'd ripped everything in the house. How did Journey's Greatest Hits get *into* the house?—@ndw
@ndw You don't want it? I'll take it! (Yes, I was/am a Journey fanboy.)—@SheltieJim
@ndw It must have been hidden under one of your Milli Vanilli CDs.—@abcoates

Thursday at 08:15pm

LOL! RT @grantimahara "Where's the car?" "...EVERYWHERE!!!"—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:50am

@michaelhkay Quick q. from XForms f2f: does XPath 2.0 or maybe 2.1 support an empty context item? Saxon XPath supports it right? Thanks!—@ebruchez
@ebruchez Yes - it's not an"empty" context item, but "undefined": you can't test if it's undefined, you just get an error if you use it.—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay So not a problem until context item is used. Thanks!—@ebruchez
@ebruchez What do you mean by support? You can have an empty context item as long as you don't do something that requires a context item.—@ndw
@ndw I don't see in XPath 2.0 where it says the context can be empty. "The context item is the item currently being processed"—@ebruchez

Friday at 11:07am

@ebruchez @ndw There's even a specific error code for that: XPDY0002.—@fgeorges

Friday at 04:01pm

Client IT dept: you must change your password every 6 mo. Me: attempts change. IT: Your password must not be more than 10 characters. #FAIL—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:41am

Upgrade #success on to #SFO ... Tripit says @ndw will be there too !—@DALDEI
@DALDEI Yes, I'm at ORD, bound for SFO.—@ndw

Sunday at 10:48am

"Anyone who supports ID cards should be banned from having curtains" -—@alecmuffett

Sunday at 11:29am

Seats remaining: 0. Position on upgrade list: 2. D'oh! Upgrade #FAIL—@ndw

Sunday at 11:35am

Exit row legroom #WIN—@ndw

Sunday at 11:48am

Russell King's brilliant compilation of U.S. "conservative" hypocrisy /via @dangillmor /via @bblfish—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:02pm

Yes, I'm really calling for Upstate (New York) secession.—@simonstl
@simonstl not for exactly the same reasons and not as srsly, we in western MA occasionally talk of seccesion. And the Quabbin goes with us!—@ndw
@ndw Can we put the line at I-495?—@jimancona

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:39pm

Spent all day flying and writing. I guess I am going to write an #xproc book after all. Release party at #balisage? Just maybe.—@ndw
@ndw I'd be very interested in an #xproc book.—@sgmlguru

Sunday at 08:51pm

@dailyshoot Black and tan #ds133—@ndw

Sunday at 08:52pm

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:06pm

a woman wrote on my FB fan page that I am "sick and wrong." not even anonymously, like a real troll! should I ask her why she thinks this?—@violetblue
@violetblue good grief, no.—@ndw