The short-form week of 24–30 Jan 2011

31 Jan 2011; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 32 messages in 31 conversations. (With 6 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.

Monday at 12:57pm

Dear @World_Wildlife, computerized calls, from Dick Van Dyke or otherwise, do not increase my desire to renew. Quite the opposite.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:08pm

Google voice can port numbers, and I worked with AT&T to avoid a termination fee. The question now is, do I? Thoughts?—@fsanders
@fsanders I decided to get a new number for GVoice and forward it to my device(s). Every now and then GVoice quality is sub-optimal.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:01pm

First impressions of the C-Loop camera strap mount: extremely positive!—@ndw
@ndw C-Loop looks interesting. Do you know My friends like it very much, especially for outdoors.—@jirkakosek
@ndw waiting for mine :)—@mnot

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:52am

What's worse than gum in your hair? Epoxy resin + Q-Cel. Not even the rancid, mass produced peanut butter (eg: Jif) will help.—@ryangrimm
@ryangrimm Maybe bald will suit you? :-)—@ndw
@ndw Ha! Well, these chemicals are probably helping to accelerate that natural process :).—@ryangrimm

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:36pm

Dear World, if a car going 30 MPH hits another car head on going 30 MPH in the other direction... it is a 30 MPH crash, not 60 MPH.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers Well, in one sense. But for V << C, the impact is equivalent to a 2V crash with a relatively stationary object, no?—@ndw
@ndw No. No it isn't. See MythBusters.—@gcarothers
@ndw Or if you don't watch Mythbusters... think about crash testing. They crash test a 30 MPH CRASH by hitting a car into a wall at 30 MPH.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers I may have missed that mythbusters, but your example of a 30MPH crash into a stationary object seems to support my hypothesis.—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:48pm

@ndw just released XML Calabash 0.9.31—@xquery

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:17pm

Wondering what job title to say I have...—@JeniT
@JeniT Captain Fantastic, Queen of All Data?—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:07pm

Today's meme seems to be the visualization of ones LinkedIn graph.—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:01pm

RT @xproc Document Templating Steps for XProc:—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:05pm

Piracy cannot be completely prevented. However, the binary fight hides the fact that some systems facilitate piracy, others partially hinder—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Amusingly, the difficulty of sorting out which is which is higher than most think.—@npilon
@npilon Surely systems that obfuscate content hinder piracy more than those that do not (perhaps only a little, I'll grant)—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Any obfuscation will be circumvented by software in short order. I don't pirate because piracy is wrong, not because it's hard.—@ndw
@ndw pirates are human. You're falling into the binary thing. Yes everything is pirated, yes tricky things are more fun. Some as just a Pain—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @ndw You won't be able to get more painful than the PS3, tho. And that got broken pretty fast once the real hackers started.—@npilon

Tuesday at 06:28pm

IPv4 exhaustion party: everybody brings an EXTREMELY SMALL amount of alcohol and pretends to be surprised when it's gone.—@thetorpedodog

Wednesday at 09:11am

Dogs with thumbs would make you coffee, cats with thumbs would steal your car.—@rstevens

Wednesday at 10:11am

FYI:,, and other sites on my "production" box will be down periodically today. I'm debugging a server crash.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:04am

RT @xmlcalabash XML Calabash 0.9.32 released,—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:13pm

Yes, all my locally hosted sites are down. Hello gdb my old friend, come, let's play.—@ndw

Wednesday at 01:01pm

I'm going to get rockstar developers to productize a game changing orthogonal cloud solution to incentivize low-hanging App Store fruits.—@tommorris

Wednesday at 03:01pm

RT: @ndw: RT @xmlcalabash XML Calabash 0.9.32 released,—@d0cster

Wednesday at 03:48pm

FYI:,, etc are back up. No joy on the bug. Sending 14Gb of data to the mother ship for further testing.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:49pm

What are the odds that my scp of a 14Gb file will succeed in 15 hours. Or, why didn't I break it into chunks before I started?—@ndw
@ndw or rather, why didn't you just learn to love rsync?—@martin_probst
@martin_probst I do. But not usually for single files. And I didn't actually notice how big that file was b/f I started.—@ndw
@ndw If it breaks, kick it off again with rsync.—@happygiraffe
@ndw That screams for rsync instead…—@ebruchez
@ndw If it fails, switch to a transfer protocol that supports resume. No loss!—@hunterhacker

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:53pm

Yeah, yeah, should have used rsync. Where was all this helpful advice five hours ago?—@ndw
@ndw Waiting for you to ask for it, of course.—@iansmall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:15am

Yay! I got lucky. 15GB at 225.6kb/s in 16:37:18 all in one go!—@ndw
@ndw yep. v.lucky Norm!—@dpawson

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:30pm

It's amazing how many compilation errors a single semicolon can fix.—@pgor
@pgor Conversely, it's amazing how many compilation errors a single semicolon can cause!—@ndw

Thursday at 07:51pm

While we watch #Egypt, do please remember the Senate's plan for an American "Internet Kill Switch". Whose finger would be on the button?—@alecmuffett

Friday at 08:18am

iTerm2 let's me map ^Delete to ^W. Halleluiah!—@ndw

Friday at 05:16pm

There. That's a crappy, unproductive week behind me. #beeroclock—@ndw

Saturday at 05:35pm

RT @shanselman: RT @denny: The barman says "we don't serve time travellers here". A time traveller walks into a bar.—@codepo8

Sunday at 05:26am

"If we only wanted to be happy it wuld be easy; but we want 2 be happier than others,which is tricky as we think them happier than they are"—@RichardWiseman

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:18am

If a user gets deleted from twitter, all the tweets they made go into the bit bucket. I guess that's reasonable...—@ndw
@ndw Unreasonable from a Web perspective, reasonable from a user control of data perspective (I'd say).—@robinberjon
@robinberjon That's why I said "I guess". I wonder if the LOC keeps them? I wonder if someone else can recreate that user name? #provenance—@ndw
@ndw I assume archivists would want to keep them. I don't think you can recreate the same user (try with "darobin", I closed it a while ago)—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:42pm

RT @mariellagross: Wow! FOX News has no idea where Egypt is on map!—@crazybob
@crazybob O. M. G.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:24pm

Is there any more frustrating web experience than trying to find the actual home page of a particular hotel?—@ndw
@ndw the fun part is where you find their website and realize that Google, Expedia etc are better tools to find info about the hotel...—@martin_probst
@ndw restaurant websites—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Yeah, exactly the same problem.—@ndw
@ndw You've never used the SNCF's website (French railways). It shows. After that, finding a hotel page is all about zen.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @ndw Is SNCF as hideously slow and convoluted as National Rail's site?—@arnia
@arnia No, SNCF is much worse! It's unusable, buggy, and they change it too often for you to be able to learn the bugs. @ndw—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:34pm

Watching King's speech as per @ndw suggestion. High expectations on this one—@dscape
@dscape I bet you weren't disappointed. The best film I've seen in the last 12 months if not longer.—@philipfennell
@dscape Well, do tell. Was it as good as I lead you to believe?—@ndw
@ndw @philipfennell the acting was tremendous and the movie was very good :)—@dscape


Very cool. Especially the part about dogs/cats with thumbs and the scp vs. rsync conversation.

—Posted by Giulio Piancastelli on 05 Feb 2011 @ 11:08 UTC #