The short-form week of 4–10 Oct 2010

11 Oct 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 52 messages in 47 conversations. (With 7 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 04:09pm

Homemade beer is 1 part making, 1 part drinking, and 8 parts cleaning and sterilizing. But the Russian Imperial Stout is in bottles!—@ndw
@ndw Well your problem is that you bottle it! I just put it in a barrel and drink it quickly :-)—@jpcs
@jpcs fair point. I should try a barrel I suppose.—@ndw
@ndw How long until it is ready? I have always been tempted to home brew but some friends skunked several batches in college. Yuck.—@bsletten
@bsletten Not less than 4-6 weeks, then it probably improves for a few more months, maybe longer, but it never lasts that long :-)—@ndw
@ndw Anything special about the conditions for storage during this time? Dark and cool w/o much traffic?—@bsletten
@bsletten I get bottle carbonation with a dose of sugar, so room temperature for a couple of weeks then cool or cold. I prefer cool.—@ndw
@ndw Imperial stout alway sounds good to me! Did you get to try BJ's take on it? http://bit.ly/9y4XC9—@avernet
@avernet Nope, don't think I've ever been to a BJs.—@ndw
@ndw re: stout, how about bringing some to Philly next week:-)?—@richardhamilton
@richardhamilton uh, it'll be a bit green...—@ndw
@ndw Shows you how much I know about brewing beer:). But I am an expert at drinking it.—@richardhamilton

Monday at 12:04pm

I wonder if 'Music Play' is a standard part of Android or a Samsung addon. In any event, it's embedded JPG decoder is buggy.—@ndw

Monday at 12:23pm

Hi @ptwobrussell I'm trying to follow up on the QR code web thing, but your email came from noreply@... which isn't terribly useful :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:41pm

Dear Vatican, please crawl back under your rock. RT @zaphgod The Vatican against Edwards' Nobel prize http://bit.ly/dfbyXq ...—@ndw
@ndw (Dear Vatican...) So where would you put the limits of what is ethically acceptable? (Somewhere short of Brave New World, I hope.)—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay As far as I'm concerned, helping people who want to have babies reach their dream is very much ethically acceptable.. 1/2—@robinberjon
@michaelhkay ... and fighting against it is pretty much not. 2/2 cc @ndw—@robinberjon

Monday at 02:42pm

Amen ;) RT @ndw: Vatican, please crawl back under your rock. RT @zaphgod The Vatican against Edwards' Nobel prize http://bit.ly/dfbyXq ...—@azaroth42

Monday at 03:05pm

Asking Spanning Sync to do a bidirectional calendar sync for the first time ever (used to publish from iCal only). Fingers crossed.—@ndw

Monday at 04:23pm

Who decided that the [Z] format string should return values of the form "-0400" when ISO 8601 wants "-04:00"? Grumble.—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:16am

If you do this in email, I hate you http://theoatmeal.com/comics/email—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:35am

I'm rubbish at giving directions :( The real answer of course: "you don't want to start from here"—@libbymiller
@libbymiller No, no, the phrase is "You can't get there from here." Best if you can pull off a Maine/Yankee accent. Well, on this continent.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:38am

Hackintosh: now updating to 10.6.4 and installing MultiBeast.—@tommorris
@tommorris I hope you write up a post about the specifics. I've been interested in trying myself.—@ndw
@ndw yep, will do.—@tommorris

Tuesday at 06:04am

Heh. I get all of these all too often. RT @robinberjon If you do this in email, I hate you http://theoatmeal.com/comics/email—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:10am

Is there an #emacs lib for HTTP POST generally? I found a couple that do form-urlencoded params, but I want to post a buffer. #lazyweb—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:13am

Me too. Let me know if you get an answer. RT @ndw: Is there an #emacs lib for HTTP POST generally? I want to post a buffer.—@windley

Tuesday at 12:02pm

Failed to kill plant by desiccation, tried drowning. Bah, my thumb is usually greener than this. Poor little thing. #plant #rescue—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:10pm

@ndw leave it to its own devices? put it outside? :)—@marjoleink
@marjoleink I don't think it's New England winter hardy.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:26pm

Amen. RT @simonstl "...forget there was ever a time when we didn't live our lives under const surveillance & suspicion" http://bit.ly/963ljp—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:58pm

Re: HTTP lib for #Emacs, after 20 min of poking about, it appears that url.el contains the nec. parts, but they didn't work on my first try.—@ndw
@ndw This is close: select region, M-| "curl -s http://mysite.com -d @-". curl seems to hang at end, so a ^G is necessary.—@bcharder
@bcharder Oh, I suppose. I hadn't thought of that particular approach.—@ndw

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

RT @anthonybarrera: URL Shorteners in Peril as Libyan government Seizes .ly Domain. http://gizmo.do/96uRG0—@Kellblog
@Kellblog Inconceivable! No, wait, that word doesn't mean obviously freaking inevitable, does it?—@ndw
@ndw You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.—@iaminigomontoya
@iaminigomontoya That joke is funnier when I didn't *make that joke* in the tweet. I'm just sayin'—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:11am

Can make the Samsung Vibrant ring an alarm notification for calendar events but *not* new emails, etc.? Not in any obvious way. #tmobile—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:15am

xquery tip: using emacs to edit xquery ... then take a look at Suraj Acharya xquery-mode http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/xquery-mode.el—@xquery
@xquery I'm fond of XQuery mode, but would *love* it if someone would fix the bug with parsing XML comments—@ndw
@ndw ah yes, I dealt with this by deleting from line 32 this ("<!--" . "-->") from xquery-mode.el which seems to fix bad parsing—@xquery
@xquery SWEET! That is a huge improvement! We'll set aside why I didn't think of it for another day, shall we?—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:15am

@ndw I am the master of using the delete key ;)—@xquery

Wednesday at 12:30pm

Invitation to "getunvarnished.com". Real thing or phishing? And even if it's real, do I really want to connect to anything with Facebook?—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:35pm

If you have a .ly domain, you should know that the only way to escape the Libyans is with a flux capacitor and a Delorean.—@diveintomark

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:39pm

Why isn't xprocbook.com visible to Android or iPhone devices? Not badly fmtd, but "unavailable". I thought my proxy setup was transparent.—@ndw
@ndw Works on my Desire, fwiw.—@ceri
@ndw Re: xprocbook.com on iPhone/android. Looks fine on my iPhone. Maybe you need a flux capacitor—@richardhamilton

Wednesday at 03:40pm

RT @diveintomark If you have a .ly domain, you should know that the only way to escape the Libyans is with a flux capacitor and a Delorean.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:14pm

Thank you, @ceri Both devices were on my wifi network and you can't get there from here. Duh.—@ndw

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

Hacking on my port of Norman.Walsh.name to #marklogic. There are so many other things I should be doing, but this is so much fun.—@ndw
@ndw cool! but I thought @eedeebee was hookin DMC up with a planet so we could just blog from our usual?—@peteaven
@peteaven yeah, but I'm moving my usual from pile-o-Perl and misc bits and bobs to #marklogic server.—@ndw
@ndw ooohhh, awesome!—@peteaven

Thursday at 03:24am

@Scobleizer Listening/watching takes far too long. If you wrote more stuff, I would gladly read it.—@james_clark

Thursday at 03:55am

Frequently seen airport species: Loudus Importicus. "Blah blah Millions blah Deal blah blah Probably Confidential Information" #unimpressed—@andrewsavikas

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:56am

I wonder if rooting my Vibrant and installing stock Froyo 2.2 would fix some of the annoying calendar/alarm/notification issues.—@ndw
@ndw: I heard from an engineer in Samsung that #android 2.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S is not baked, yet.—@dckc
@dckc Yeah. AFAICT it's expected "soon". I wish I knew if it was going to fix broken notifications before my 14 day return period runs out.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:16am

Ah, technology. The G2 releases four days after I bought my Vibrant. I wonder if I'd like it better.—@ndw
@ndw I tried a 3G2. No way to type []{}\| without popup menus. And no backquote whatsoever. Sticking with G1 until they have a real kbd.—@leighklotz
@leighklotz Ugh. I hadn't noticed that.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:32am

When I see libraries and schools going crazy over ebooks and iPads, I think of the companies who bought land in Second Life.—@tommorris

Thursday at 09:42am

+1 Write, don't talk. RT @james_clark @Scobleizer Listening/watching takes far too long. If you wrote more stuff, I would gladly read it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:47am

I'm just astonished by the amount of surprise being expressed that the .ly domains are being taken down. If you didn't see this coming, WTF?—@ndw
@ndw: Keep in mind the 'net is full of the terminally young, who've never paid attention to history. Or events current not so long ago.—@freddrake

Thursday at 09:49am

RT @ndw: I'm just astonished by the amount of surprise being expressed that .ly are being taken down. If you didn't see this coming, WTF?—@robinberjon

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

I'm watching a big old bitchfest on Twitter between social media consultants. It's surprisingly uninteresting.—@tommorris
@tommorris Really? That doesn't surprise me at all.—@ndw

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

'Crack Whore Confessions', a porn sites for "skanky junkies". Classy. @cherylprolapse would approve.—@tommorris
@tommorris What? No link? On second thought, thank you.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:18pm

Meh. The T-Mobile G2 doesn't tether. I wonder how long before there's a hack/fix/workaround/official solution for that?—@ndw
@ndw: root it?—@david_megginson
@david_megginson Perhaps. I gather G2 fights against that, but I'm sure the hackers will win in the end. They always do. Silly #tmobile.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:44pm

If Microsoft buys Adobe, the resulting security flaws in Acrobat will swallow the whole galaxy. :(—@kendall

Thursday at 04:35pm

@sheriekpbinder That link is broken or spam, I can't tell which.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:10am

(I need to learn how to spell "2010"!)—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl I've always know you were ahead of your time, Eve.—@ndw

Saturday at 01:41pm

Why has my brand new phone gone totally dead? Only because the battery is dead, I hope.—@ndw

Saturday at 03:32pm

Brought it back to life, @peteaven Must have just been a stuck restraining bolt.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 06:45am

One thing that sucks more than XML namespaced elements is people who claim that namespaces are too hard.—@jreschke
.@jreschke @dret Namespaced XML ain't bad, just overused. // cc: @timbray @ndw @donbox—@fribeiro1
@fribeiro1 I'm only annoyed by XML Namespaces when they aren't used.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:28am

People always asking me what Android to buy. I say "Important thing is to stop watching news the day after". http://is.gd/fV4V4—@timbray
@timbray Ain't that the truth, though Radio Shack did say I could switch for 90 days. Already switched once. Meh.—@ndw

Sunday at 02:21pm

I shouldn't judge books by cover, but L. Ron Hubbard's books look more like pulp sci-fi rather than dense theology textbooks. Oh wait...—@tommorris

Sunday at 04:15pm

Almost reached the 'shoot the engineer and ship' point in my #MarkLogic norman.walsh.name rewrite.—@ndw