The short-form week of 25–31 Oct 2010

01 Nov 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 53 messages in 48 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 05:46pm

Meeting with almost everyone at Adobe over the next few days at @AdobeMAX. If you have any questions for 'em, send 'em over!—@cote
@cote Linux ports?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:55pm

does anyone have example code on how to setup multiple email accounts on #emacs #gnus? one POP one IMAP—@gabrielsaldana
@gabrielsaldana Not recently, but gnus-secondary-... worked for me last time. I use fetchmail these days. Ask on the ding list?—@ndw

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

I'm 42 this year… I'm hoping that's the age I learn the Ultimate Question for the Ultimate Answer of Life, The Universe, and Everything—@shepazu
@shepazu If only.—@ndw

Monday at 09:52am

I wonder why the output of cron jobs aren't appearing in my mail. Grumble.—@ndw

Monday at 09:57am

RT @simonstl "Imagine an election in a 3rd World nation where a few millionaires and billionaires spent massive sums"—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:07am

Microsoft auto-update for Office 2008 wants me to quit Firefox? WTF?—@ndw
@ndw It wants to install a plug in by default. As always, MS knows what you want more than you do.—@davidpriest_ca
@davidpriest_ca For some bizzaro-world definitions of "know" and "want", I suppose.—@ndw
@ndw Those are the only ones they know.—@davidpriest_ca

Monday at 01:15pm

Simon's tweets routinely scare the crap out of me. RT @simonstl Scary New Wage Data:—@ndw

Monday at 01:23pm

RT @zeldman Bizarre and definitely worth seeing. A cell phone in a 1928 movie? - Roger Ebert's Journal—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:27pm

Any advice for books to learn Javascript/mucking with the DOM? The only programming language I know is XSL...—@dauwhe
@dauwhe I'd just jump straight into jQuery - CSS selectors are close to XPath too.—@liza
@liza Thanks! I've been up to my eyebrows in CSS3 all year, so that part's no problem!—@dauwhe
@liza @dauwhe Yeah, what Liza said.—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:45pm

Did my civic duty at lunch: completed my absentee ballot before I leave for #w3c #tpac—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:36pm

Oh! The new Sherlock Holmes adaptation is excellent.—@ndw
@ndw Agreed. The new BBC Sherlock is actually amazing. Good writing as well as good acting! Great stuff.—@jillmwo
@ndw very much so. It's showing in the States too?—@mnot
@mnot Just started this past week on PBS.—@ndw
@ndw which adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is this?—@sgmlguru
@sgmlguru The latest BBC production, now airing on "Masterpiece Mystery" on PBS in the US.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:04am

RT @vicchi: My taxi driver is telling me he's learning English from his TomTom satnav.—@danbri
@danbri I bet he's going to have an ... odd English accent.—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:53am

Last time I let Apple update Java, I regretted it. And now I've just done it again. D'oh! Better luck this time?—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:02am

Well, of course. Because /foo[1 to 500] is not the same as (/foo)[1 to 500]. Dang it, what a mess.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:23am

How to make your CPU work for its living: don't update from the trunk for a couple of weeks then run "make -j3".—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:50am

Samsung Galaxy Tab in T-Mobile stores 11/10 for $399.99 *After $50 MIR+tax/fees. New 2-yr agmt on qual’g plan req’d.—@TMobile
@TMobile Can I put the device on my existing plan, or do you really expect me to buy another entire plan for it?—@ndw
@ndw More details and specs coming soon, until then join in the speculation on the T-Mobile Community ^CG—@TMobile

Wednesday at 11:34am

@dailyshoot Reaching until the first hard frost #ds346—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:47pm

@stefanomaz but what do we move on to? Python is great... But I don't know. So much software is in Java.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers Exactly. Suppose I decided to rewrite, for arguments sake, XML Calabash, in something other than Java. I'd choose...what?—@ndw
@ndw Clojure?—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Doesn't that run on the JVM, so doesn't it have just the same problems?—@ndw
@ndw I wasn't following the thread. Sorry for the drive-by tweet.—@ronhitchens

Wednesday at 10:15pm

It would be nice if everyone for whom Evolution was "just a theory" would feel the same about the "Theory of Gravity" and jump off a cliff.—@merlyn

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:07am

uh-oh RT @eurocontrol: #Frenchstrike extended [...] to 6 Nov 08:00 CET. More info by flight region at—@roessler
@roessler Let's meet somewhere else.—@jreschke
@roessler Any idea what practical impact is likely to be flying out of Lyon morning of 6 Nov? Hard to get good information here. Tnx.—@noahmendelsohn
@noahmendelsohn I don't have the faintest idea. (planning on early flight to MUC that day.)—@roessler
@roessler Maybe we cab ride to the airport together (or walk)—@noahmendelsohn
.@noahmendelsohn Speaking of ride-shares to #W3C #TPAC. Anyone else arriving around 2p on Monday?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:57am

approaching the point of just paying someone to getting past 3-5 in angry birds—@coreyleong
@coreyleong Heh. I've had levels like that, though I don't recall 3-5 off the top of my head.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:00am

Seriously bummed that I couldn't make it to #MarkLogic #mldps10. Sounds like it's as amazing as we imagined it would be.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:08am

You know who else disagrees strongly with the separation of Church and State? The Taliban.—@petdance

Thursday at 11:01am

RT @fnj: Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas all use tools, but East African Plains Apes are the only hominids known to use hashtags.—@lizfraley

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:04pm

If online's just like paper, then .... why not use paper? Whole argument reminds me of Microsoft Bob which recreated the desk. #mldps10—@Kellblog
@Kellblog Because online would be more convenient than paper, if it wasn't so ... inconvenient in important ways like annotation and sharing—@ndw

Thursday at 06:20pm

Implemented Flickr API in XQuery. I'll publish it on github shortly.—@ndw

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

Want to be scared this Halloween? @KeithOlbermann lists and fisks every tea party candidate - I screamed—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers You win. Even scarier than @simonstl's worst.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:05am

Kind of dead in the water on the MacBook AIR as Spotlight indexes and iCal syncs. Di they actually test all this?—@cote
@cote Turn off Spotlight. It just *sucks*, and I don't only mean all the CPU cycles and battery it can find.—@ndw

Friday at 10:22am

Published XQuery API to Flickr;—@ndw

Friday at 10:58am

Friday at 02:12pm

I don't often get all partisan/sincere on you, HIVE MIND, but these facts surprised even me.—@hodgman

Friday at 03:25pm

Maybe print is dead, but at least when you finish reading a book, there isn't a string of obnoxious comments waiting on the last page.—@hopelarson

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:33pm

@noahmendelsohn Thanks ever so much for the feedback. Really useful.—@JeniT
@JeniT @noahmendelsohn care to share a preview of the slides? ;-)—@roessler
@roessler Should be with you now or soon :)—@JeniT
@JeniT thanks! Looking at them right now.—@roessler
@roessler @JeniT I can't decide if I should know what I'm missing or not :-(—@ndw

Friday at 03:53pm

RT @gcarothers RT @hodgman: I don't often get all partisan on you, HIVE MIND, but these facts surprised even me.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:18pm

I hate to fly because I hate security theater and I hate the TSA even more. Stupid, creepy losers, most of whom are sadists to boot. Ugh! :(—@kendall
@kendall yeah. Flying this weekend is going to be a real joy.—@ndw

Friday at 05:00pm

RT @fsf: VLC dev takes a stand against DRM in #AppStore -- -- VLC is #GPL. App Store contradicts #freedom—@gabrielsaldana

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:35pm

XML-valid HTML5 tip: <script>/*<![CDATA[*/ alert("hi"); /*]]>*/*</script> thx @mattur heads up.—@t
@t Surely that (particular) script is equally well-formed without the CDATA sections.—@ndw

Saturday at 04:01pm

On my new weblog, some Google maps work and others don't. No errors, just no maps. Hmph.—@ndw

Saturday at 04:14pm

Somewhere in the basement, a mouse died. That is such an awful odor.—@ndw

Sunday at 03:08pm

About to leave BDL en route to LYS. Only IAD and FRA stand between—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 03:24pm

i decided not to play trick-or-treat with the TSA.—@ndw
@ndw but you are in costume, right? :)—@iand
@iand Always.—@ndw

Sunday at 06:33pm

I wonder if I'll like Adium as a Twitter client. Seems … odd at first glance—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 06:57pm

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!—@slashdot
.@slashdot I've made suggestions in the #W3C #XQuery WG for using more Unicode chars. Started out joking, but less so as time passed.—@ndw

Sunday at 07:28pm

Thoroughly confused by changes in behavior after moving a script element from in the body to in the head. Globals vanished?—@ndw

Sunday at 07:36pm

<blush>Moved it before code it depends on.</blush> Silly programmer, no biscuit.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:50pm

Appropriate Halloween viewing tonight: Dexter followed by The Walking Dead. Hooray for smart scary stuff!—@kplawver
@kplawver No spoilers please; I won't see The Walking Dead for a week. Dexter didn't really catch me this season.—@ndw

Sunday at 08:35pm

Next (scheduled) stop, FRA. See you in the (GMT+1) a.m.—@ndw

Sunday at 09:41pm

New rule: Confederate States don't get to pick who sings "God Bless America". We'll fly someone in from up north.—@gruber