The short-form week of 28 Jun–4 Jul 2010

05 Jul 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 34 messages in 31 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 Sunday at 06:48pm

Can I turn off my foocamp Twitter filter yet?—@dajobe
@dajobe I must not follow the cool people, not much foocamp noise. Or maybe it was drowned out by the football.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:44pm

There's something obscene about having to spend $250.00 for ten ISBN numbers. The evilness of centralized data control.—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Still easier than having to convince the WHAT WG that you really do need a way of representing that data...—@tommorris
@tommorris Hee, there is that—@shelleypowers

Monday at 05:10pm

Rain, rain, go away, I'm trying to sit outside enjoying the new deck.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:25pm

Obstinately wrestling with a hunk of dbpedia. Progress is slow, but I think that's because there's a lot of data. Or I'm doing it wrong.—@ndw
@ndw what are you trying to do with #DBpedia? Query it? Use it as a lookup for #linkeddata in your #dataspace etc?—@kidehen
@kidehen I'm merging the geospatial/long abstract/subject and a couple of other .nt data sets into a single, useful XML data set.—@ndw
@ndw are you using the #dbpedia data dumps or #sparql endpoint? Re. XML do you mean RDF/XML or something else?—@kidehen
@kidehen I'm using the data dumps. I mean POX of my own construction.—@ndw
@ndw ah! can't help much if you aren't working with the #sparql endpoint which can serve up various representations etc..—@kidehen
@kidehen No worries. I'll get there.—@ndw

Monday at 06:56pm

Hey @sonos, what encoding does Sonos expect to find used in the tags for MP3/FLAC files?—@ndw

Monday at 08:01pm

I continue to make progress on DocBook V5.1b1. Trying to get a tiny sliver of documentation ready for the launch.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:28am

I particularly recommend a "View Source" on—@timbray
@timbray As a demonstration of how incomprehensible the source is?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:29am

I think could make its point much more persuasively if it used a HTML 3.2 doctype. ;-)—@tommorris
@tommorris Had a conversation yesterday w/someone claiming to use HTML5. What parts, I asked? Mostly CSS3 he replied. Meh.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:49am

@ndw They really have become dadaist humor. I wish we could harness it for maximum comedic effect.—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 11:44am

iTunes is encouraging me to install iOS4 onto my 3G. I think the answer I'm looking for is, "No".—@ndw
@ndw Re: iOS4, last time iTunes asked to update my iPod, it turned into a brick (that Apple support couldn't fix). my last Apple upgrade—@richardhamilton
@ndw I get the impression more than a few people have been caught out like get, getting an OS update that they really didn't want.—@abcoates
@ndw "like get"? Need to unknot my thumbs. "like that".—@abcoates

Tuesday at 12:48pm

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll call a meeting." Now they have two problems.—@edsu

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:39pm

It's been too long since I had a McNugget. Do they taste like Silly Putty?—@simonstl
@simonstl "It's been too long since I had a McNugget." That sentence is false for all values of "too long".—@ndw
@ndw @simonstl I haven't eaten in weeks and will die soon; it's been too long since I had even a Chicken McNugget. :>—@kendall
@ndw You're right - I was mostly reflecting on how my memories have faded there. Maybe I could have fit "too long to remember?"—@simonstl
@simonstl Anthony Bourdain's perspective on McNuggets compared to other foods is pretty classic—@bobdc

Tuesday at 01:53pm

I'm thinking "eat a McNugget or starve to death" "eat a McNugget or starve to death" right at moment, starving is winning out @ndw @simonstl—@shelleypowers

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:08pm

Words With Friends for Free is certainly persistent enough with those ads to make me consider forking over a few bucks.—@ndw
@ndw yep. I did the same thing. I think I've gotten my $$'s worth from it, though.—@TheRepoRat

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

Until you install a fence, you don't know how often bears wander through your backyard. Or how strong a fence you need.—@ndw
@ndw again?!? is your fence made out of meat perchance?—@peteaven
@peteaven Deer jerky. Isn't that what everyone uses?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:55pm

Is BP burning turtles alive?—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers I had to stop reading so as not to become physically ill.—@ndw
@ndw Yeah, I hear you. I'm exhausted with being angry and heartbroken about the Gulf—@shelleypowers

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:53pm

Point is that people are irrationally afraid of nuclear waste yet fission takes energy out of the material—@iand
@iand The level of fear may be irrational, but some level of fear is rational. That stuff is pretty toxic.—@ndw
@ndw not much more than original uranium, just more concentrated. could bury back in uranium mines perhaps—@iand

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:53pm

TX never liked science... RT @thinkgeek: Erlenmeyer flask = "controlled glassware" in TX. Must get permit & go in DB.—@ashooner
@ashooner That would be a funny list if it wasn't soul crushingly sad.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:27pm

Every other day reminder: Yo no soy @elias_israel, soy @eliasisrael #worldcup—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael I hope that Norman Walsh guy making shoes in England never becomes as famous as the other Elias Israel :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:05pm

New TeX using XML? Huh? Sounds awful.—@kendall
@kendall if only to outsource parsers and encoding baloney, XML is a great choice for a new TEX.—@grechaw
@grechaw The new TEX was a joke.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers fortunately point still valid.—@grechaw
@kendall Where? Sounds #awesome to me!—@ndw
@ndw It was apparently a hoax by #Knuth. Weird.—@kendall
@kendall So I gathered. That makes a lot more sense, really. But it would have been cool.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:13pm

Now fairly certain! RT @jtauber: I suspect Knuth actually *did* announce a successor to TeX but that *he* is joking—@jtauber
@jtauber Awww, boo! :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:37am

Because I forgot my headphones I get to enjoy other people's music today.—@ldodds
@ldodds Or they get to enjoy yours. Who's got the louder player?—@ndw

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

We'll be at Hula Hut quaffing AustinTinis starting at 4, rain or shine! Come on over and say Hi.—@PaulasTXSpirits
@PaulasTXSpirits What, pray tell, is in an AustinTini? And where's my transporter so I can get to the Hula Hut by 4p?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:57pm

Next time I fix a bug and fail to include the bug number in the commit message, hit me.—@ndw
@ndw My pleasure (thwack!)—@SheltieJim
@SheltieJim Next time, Jim! Next time!—@ndw
@ndw IMO the vcs should enforce that on you and reject your commit if you forget.—@eedeebee
@ndw At my day job you owe the team Ice Cream (or a round of beer) for that ...—@DALDEI

Thursday at 02:00pm

@ndw git commit --amend :)—@gabrielsaldana

Thursday at 02:05pm

@ndw for first issue, use can use git-cvs commands. For second... no idea :)—@gabrielsaldana

Thursday at 03:46pm

Still pleased with my epub reader but must get @liza's JavaScript-enhanced book working.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:17pm

Ah, @liza's JavaScript is designed for WebKit, not Firefox. Still problems, but it does in fact (mostly) work.—@ndw
@ndw Right, I just didn't bother with the other CSS prefixes.—@liza

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:45am

Dear Adobe, I don't mind if you check for updates when I start apps, but I didn't ask you to run a stupid f'ing "Updater" in my menu bar.—@ndw
@ndw I feel this way about mobile me. Why does it wit to sync until I sit down to start work for the day. It had ALL night to sync—@lizfraley
@ndw And every time you boot the darned machine! Grrrr. #adobeUpdater—@dpawson

Friday at 10:12am

RT @docbook DocBook V5.1b1 and DocBook 5: TDG V1.2 released today—@ndw

Sunday at 04:48pm

Week 1 goal 100mi. Week 1 result 100mi. 37.8mi ride on 7th day. #sore #winner—@ndw