The short-form week of 21–27 Feb 2011

28 Feb 2011; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 58 messages in 51 conversations. (With 10 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 07:18pm

Should EPUB 3 force the XML version of HTML5 (esp post HTML/XML Task Force, @ndw)? http://bit.ly/epub3-html-xml #eprdctn—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Yes, I do. I'll add a comment to that effect tommorrow.—@ndw
@ndw signed up and getting my exercise on http://xrl.us/turbofirefitnessprogram?=mtg0—@LucindaSpraqui8
@ndw Thanks. I suspect it'll come up at the WG call on Wednesday, so it'd be nice to be slightly more informed.—@abdelazer

Monday at 01:02pm

Annoying Mac AddressBook bug where international addresses are identified as "us" in the ZCOUNTRYCODE table.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:29pm

Protip: never assume someone else makes your backups. Apparently ibiblio have lost the #DocBook wiki and have none. Fuck. Me.—@ndw
@ndw are you kidding?! I wondered why it's down... but I really need it back up to finish my bachelor thesis... Damn it! :(—@mediaversal
@ndw Does this help? http://bit.ly/hRh7L3—@adamwitwer
@adamwitwer I'm reasonably confident I have something more recent than that.—@ndw
@ndw, if it's a protip, why do you feel like such a fucking amateur?—@ndw
@ndw oops :/—@hughmcguire
RT @ndw: "Protip: never assume someone else makes your backups. ...ibiblio have lost the #DocBook wiki and have none. Fuck. Me." face-palm—@mamund
@ndw Holy. Shit. Anything in Google cache?—@ceri

Monday at 03:44pm

Monday at 04:49pm

RT @ndw: Protip: never assume someone else makes your backups. Apparently ibiblio have lost the #DocBook wiki and have none.—@UWMadRschSvcs

Monday at 04:49pm

RT @ndw: Protip: never assume someone else makes your backups. Apparently ibiblio have lost the #DocBook wiki and have none.—@RepoRat

Monday at 05:09pm

RT @RepoRat: RT @ndw: Protip: never assume someone else makes your backups. Apparently ibiblio have lost the #DocBook wiki and have none.—@shadowspar

Monday at 05:48pm

Twitter spammers, I am not in the fscking mood. Go. Away.—@ndw

Monday at 06:05pm

@ndw I realize this is heretical, but I didn't find the DocBook wiki valuable. Maybe a time to mourn but build anew rather than revive?—@abdelazer

Tuesday at 03:32pm

If at first you don't build the right source, build, build again!—@ndw

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

@ndw any reason why your blog does not enable feed auto-discovery? Wish hrefs on http://norman.walsh.name/subscribe have equiv link tags.—@sallamar
@sallamar Stupid oversight on my part is the simplest explanation. I'll look into it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:41pm

1. Lower teacher pay, crush unions, slash investment in education & science, 2. something something, 3. WIN THE FUTURE!—@drgrist
@drgrist I suppose "get filthy, stinking rich with billionaire cronie friends" is one possible definition of "winning the future."—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:31am

RT @buffalogeek: I think this about sums up America's political confusion right here. http://i.imgur.com/iJsvE.png—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:52am

Sentenc.es - A Disciplined Way To Deal With Email http://bit.ly/fXsneg—@Kellblog
@Kellblog I'm sure I read that as "It's that stupid." I'm sure that's what it should say, too.—@ndw
@ndw @Kellblog Where is 'one.sentenc.es' for Steve Jobs?—@abcoates

Wednesday at 12:42pm

"8 charts explain everything wrong with US" @motherjones http://bit.ly/egEffY—@dweinberger

Wednesday at 02:17pm

RT @dweinberger "8 charts explain everything wrong with US" @motherjones http://bit.ly/egEffY—@ndw

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

Why must schemas be "invented" when standards exist that can accomplish 99% of what needs to be done. Ignorance shouldn't be the answer.—@mariannemyers
@mariannemyers re schemas. Because like all standards, the great thing about them is there are so many. Its easier to write then to choose—@DALDEI
@DALDEI re your @mariannemyers reply: really?—@peteaven
@peteaven re write/vs/choose. Yes, I find it typically easier to write something new then to reuse something I dont know. doesnt everyone?—@DALDEI
@DALDEI ok, i can see that. but, i think i'd seek to use something established/used/standardized/known before rolling my own—@peteaven
@peteaven re write/vs/choose. I never said it was *best* to roll your own, only *easier*—@DALDEI
@DALDEI yes, i caught the distinction sir :) i can appreciate that.—@peteaven
@mariannemyers Because the last 1% (which I expect is closer to 10%) is where your projects unique requirements lie. (If it has any, but...)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:27pm

sorry @ndw now I can't resist making another recursive reference to your short-form week http://bit.ly/e7HYCP #BigRedButton—@danja
@danja Does me no harm, though I don't actually see what you're referencing exactly.—@ndw
@danja Nah, you want to reference @ndw 's short-form post this'll appear in: http://bit.ly/gorBdR—@ed_davies
@ed_davies of course, pre-emptive strike on @ndw's short-form—@danja
@ed_davies *Snicker* Very clever, Ed.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:18pm

Upgraded to "No Gnus 0.13". I don't think I've upgraded Gnus since 2008. #Emacs #Just #Works—@ndw
@ndw (hey old friend) But have you upgraded to org-mode 6.33x yet? ;) #Emacs #Just #Works—@kiniry
@kiniry No, I haven't used org-mode much. Worth another look?—@ndw
@ndw I switched to #orgmode this quarter after 9 years with #planner. Worth a look if you are into #gtd, and integrates with #gnus. #emacs—@kiniry

Wednesday at 06:42pm

If you don't hear the phone ringing, you have the music too loud, right? Screw it. Sometimes the speakers need a workout.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:18pm

I *have* to drink more Newcastle for the empties to bottle my first batch of home brew, not that I expect it to be bottle worthy #woeisme—@MattioV
@MattioV Good luck with the homebrew. I tried it ~10 years ago. Was kind of fun. I made a bad mess of hops all over the stovetop though. :(—@jasoncbooth
@jasoncbooth Ha. Thanks! Yeah, one thing I learned quick: the kit said one pot was enough. I needed 4!—@MattioV
@MattioV Yeah, lots of hardware. Let me know how it turns out. Hmm? Now I'm getting thirsty. Gonna look for an IPA in my garage fridge. :)—@jasoncbooth
@jasoncbooth @MattioV Yeah, if I had only one piece of advice it would be *DO NOT* let the wort boil over!—@ndw
@MattioV I bet it turns out fine. I've only had one bad batch (caused by an unexpected trip leaving the beer in the primary for too long).—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:44am

If you watch 127 Hours backwards it's an uplifting story about a disabled man finding an arm in the desert. #moviesbackwards—@macleanbrendan
@macleanbrendan *chuckle*—@ndw

Thursday at 06:59am

I haven't been able to think of a good abbreviation for asymptote, but I'm getting closer.—@hoop33

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:01am

Hmm. My command line Google Voice dialer doesn't like the new two-phase authentication stuff. Mmrph.—@ndw
@ndw do you have time for a quick chat? find me online! :)—@dscape

Thursday at 11:38am

WANT: a device of the lightness and build quality of the Apple MacBook Air 11" but without the need to join some sort of bizarre cult—@psd

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:57pm

Children really enjoying playing Androidify http://t.co/Gg78x16 on the Tab—@JeniT
@JeniT How do you like the Tab? I've become very fond of mine.—@ndw
@ndw It's replaced my iPod Touch as my portable device of choice, especially for reading news/blogs. Very glad I got it.—@JeniT
@JeniT it has words with friends now too—@iand
@iand I noticed that :)—@JeniT

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:46pm

The upside is that eventually reality will force the Right to do the right thing (single payer health system); there is no alternative.—@kendall
@kendall I dunno. I think that presupposes that the disenfranchised will demand health care before they die in great numbers.—@ndw
@ndw Entitlement spending is the problem; the only way to fix a huge chunk of it is single-payer, if we exclude simply canceling it in toto.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:54pm

Republican fantasies are to slash non-defense discretionary spending to zero; but that's just 12% of federal spending. The math won't work.—@kendall
@kendall math? reality? Are you feeling okay?—@simonstl
@simonstl Yeah, I know, but it can't be ignored *forever*.—@kendall
@kendall some fevers can take a long while to break.—@simonstl
@kendall I'm with you, though scribd isn't cooperating right now.—@simonstl
@simonstl I don't like the "USA Inc" metaphor, but ok. It gives good context to the present entirely misplaced cutting frenzy.—@kendall
@simonstl You beat me to it!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:35pm

Just got GB on my day-to-day N1. 1st time for major release on everyday phone. No drama, everything a bit quicker.—@timbray
@timbray GB? He asks, knowing he'll probably feel silly for having to ask.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:20pm

Multi-core Macs are so you can give Time Machine one all to itself, right? Or does it want more?—@simonstl
@simonstl In my experience, it wants all of them. It's the most resource consumptive application I ever run.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:02pm

Poked at fluidinfo today. The example in the API docs returns 404. Meh.—@ndw
@ndw It does? Which example? Sorry about that! (Cc @ntoll)—@terrycojones
@ndw hmm... ok, the HTTP examples in the API docs aren't real & for illustrative purposes. We obviously need to make that clear.—@ntoll
@ndw really..? Sorry you had a problem with #fluidinfo Hmm... could you tell us which example..? Pretty certain it'll be easy to fix.—@ntoll
@ndw nevertheless, you're probably right. It'd be a *lot* better if they worked. I've opened a ticket to make sure this gets fixed.—@ntoll
@ndw thanks for inadvertently helping in a "meh" sort of a way. :-) All feedback most welcome & apologies again that it wasn't clear.—@ntoll
@ntoll Happy to help :-) I'll put it back on my todo list.—@ndw
@ndw all feedback (+/-) most welcome. Currently writing interactive tutorial for our website. I'll tweet when done. Perhaps more helpful?—@ntoll
@ntoll Perhaps. I just wanted to curl/wget a few object to see what the results looked like. The HTTP API made me think I could do that.—@ndw
@ndw understood. I'll add curl/wget examples to the api docs / tutorial. Along the lines of this: http://paste.pocoo.org/show/344452/—@ntoll

Thursday at 07:56pm

BACKGROUND: why David Icke's theory that Rumsfeld is an Annunaki lizard from the 4th dimension isn't that crazy: http://t.co/whJpMYq—@aaronsw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 02:17am

XQuery tip: need to use braces in your markup ?.... double em up to escape em e.g. {{ }} and XQuery will ignore them—@xquery
@xquery Or for really confusing code, use a CDATA section.—@ndw

Friday at 04:25am

wanted MOM they gave us SOAP; berate Steve Jobs for an iPhone SDK he gives us the App Store; complain about Flash and we get HTML5. Oh heck!—@psd

Friday at 10:22am

always a clash of worlds when people I know independently tweet each other; latest case: @ndw and @ntoll (hi guys, btw)—@jtauber

Friday at 10:48am

Gnus + emacs-w3m FTW! Slower than ignoring HTML mail, but much better than the text/plain alternatives provided by some clients.—@ndw

Friday at 10:55am

And if you haven't yet made your plans to attend, do so now! #MarkLogic #MLUC11—@ndw

Friday at 11:06am

Folks, the retweet contract is that you exercise some editorial discretion to make sure the whole thing isn't pointlessly truncated, mmmkay?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:09am

RT @ndw: Folks, the retweet contract is that you make sure the whole thing is pointlessly truncated, mmmkay?—@bnjmnbck
That may have been editorial, @bnjmnbck, but I'm not sure it qualifies as discretion.—@ndw
@ndw I blame it all on the brain damage after 3 hours ISO standardization telephone conference. #sc34—@bnjmnbck

Friday at 11:11am

@ndw: Folks, exercise some editorial discretion to make sure RTs re not truncated.. via RT @hung727.. (cont) deck.ly RT—@nottinhill

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:06pm

You want to use Twitter (or insert other service here) for auth, fine. Stop asking for the ability to update my sh*t. Ain't gonna happen.—@ndw
@ndw Isn't this sorta like saying, "Stop asking to use the service I get for free for your marketing needs," even tho that's Twtr's revenue?—@pointybrackets
@pointybrackets What prompted my comment was an unrelated site just using Twitter for auth but wanting update access to my account.—@ndw
@ndw Sure, but isn't that essentially part of Twitter's business model? They get more eyes by allowing auth-based apps to update. eyes=$$$—@pointybrackets
@pointybrackets Maybe, but I don't see how it's in the third party apps best interests to discourage me from even signing up.—@ndw
@ndw If the app in question abuses your Twitter timeline, delete the Tweet and remove the app. Why not support Twitterr's business model?—@pointybrackets
@pointybrackets My tweets are part of my reputation and a guard it jealously. Not giving some random app a chance to screw with it.—@ndw
@ndw I'm suggesting that being annoyed at a free service for their business model's intrusions seems counterintuitive.—@pointybrackets
@ndw But reading your DMs is no problem?—@vambenepe
@vambenepe I guess I'd rather they didn't, so I suppose services that want to be auth providers should have a "you but only public" setting—@ndw
@ndw You should be able to uncheck any of the requested privileges when you approve the request. Uncheck them all and you get auth only.—@vambenepe

Friday at 01:39pm

RT @ndw: You want to use Twitter (or insert other service here) for auth, fine. Stop asking for ability to update my sh*t. Ain't happening—@TrackerNews

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:37pm

@ndw Of course, this whole discussion makes me think I ought to make an "I Post Rude Things" app. Just to see how many people install it.—@pointybrackets
@pointybrackets I've already spent more time in this conversation that I was willing to give the app in question, auth issues aside :-)—@ndw
@ndw Re: this chat - That's because we're both towering intellects who pare the world's important issues down to their essentials. #supafly—@pointybrackets

Friday at 04:02pm

I can't decide if I think @diveintomark's avatar being a qcode is cool or not, nevermind why it points to the google jobs page.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:15pm

So glad the GOP is bravely taking on the people who caused the total collapse of our economy: teachers, union members & women. #hahahano—@dorothysnarker
@dorothysnarker My worry is about how many of them believe that's actually the case.—@ndw

Friday at 04:19pm

Fscking wikis. Shoot me now. A para is text delimited by 2 NL, but you don't wrap the lines in the para? WTF!?—@ndw

Friday at 04:37pm

Oh, for pity's sake. Anyone hacked confluence-mode to just do the markup/longlines stuff and not all the login/load/save nonsense?—@ndw

Saturday at 05:07am

every iTunes update is a gentle reminder to move back to Linux—@psd

Sunday at 06:01am

Protip: If your tweet is nowhere near 140 characters, there is no need to use short forms such as "2" for "to" and "r" for "are".—@ebuie

Sunday at 03:44pm

Public union employee, tea partier, & CEO sit near 12 cookies. CEO takes 11 & hands 1 to tea partier & says, "union guy wants a piece yours"—@David0Monroe

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:19pm

Old pro-tip: don't fly early Monday morning. Plausible new pro-tip: don't fly Sunday evening.—@ndw
@ndw Or travel quite late on Sunday night...—@fgeorges
@ndw timeless pro tip: don't fly at all ;)—@frumioj
@frumioj Well, yes, but sometimes there are these oceans and continents in the way. Damned physical reality.—@ndw