The short-form week of 28 Mar–3 Apr 2011

04 Apr 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 53 messages in 64 conversations. (With 18 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 Saturday at 11:20am

@ndw @fgeorges seems to me like the wrong #hammer to use then—@eedeebee
@eedeebee About #hammer / #xslt: it is all about mixing streaming and non-streaming, that needs integration in XSLT. cc: @ndw @fgeorges—@grtjn

Monday at 05:37am

Wifi on the train from London Liverpool St to Norwich. Reasonably priced, too. Nice. Shame about the busted track near Colchester though.—@ndw

Monday at 06:20am

It doesn't take me long to get nothing done.—@marvin_bot

Monday at 06:30am

Very cool and useful: a peer-to-peer bookmarking system on git/github. Via @hmason http://flpbd.it/eO3a—@mikeloukides

Monday at 07:17am

Life's Too Short for the Wrong Job: Shared by Fernando Damn good ad campaign! I remember seeing this brillian... http://bit.ly/gxHs19—@tom_yamahito

In a conversation that started on Monday at 07:20am

Priceless. And possibly correct. RT @vbsteven Mac OSX is an Unsuitable Platform for Web Development. http://j.mp/eIEHf7—@ndw
@ndw so you had smooth flight I hope ... see you at MLUC later on next month—@xquery
@xquery Yep. Thanks!—@ndw
@ndw If correct for some people—and for sure it isn't the case for me—it won't be for the reasons he mentions.—@avernet
@ndw @vbsteven run yr favourite Linux in a VM or 5 - Mac hardware is better than Lenovo's. I don't use ANY of the OS X package managers FWIW—@frumioj

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:30am

I hate 48-hour exclusion policies.—@JeniT
@JeniT From what, if you don’t mind my asking, does one get excluded for 48 hours?—@ndw
@ndw School, for vomiting. Aren't you glad you asked? ;)—@JeniT
@JeniT: I thought it was something you'd done Jeni! Mind boggles ;-)—@dpawson
@JeniT seems excessive to me—@laurendw

Tuesday at 04:16am

Absolutely! RT @sentience Seriously, you would get so much money from me if you just did these 5 things. #piracy #mpaa http://t.co/NKrsiom—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:21am

Wow. RT @robinberjon Flying robots playing ping-pong http://j.mp/fmXQcc%0A (via @stshank)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:08am

Based on my 1TB external disk purchase, Staples recommends: manila folders, paper towels, copy paper, and a label maker. Yeah. Not so much.—@ndw
@ndw everyone needs a label maker, though; preferably, two.—@david_megginson
@ndw Staples must use an excess inventory-based search weighting algorithm.—@ronhitchens

Wednesday at 08:51am

"Free Speech for Really Rich Guys: The Supreme Court finds a cause worth fighting for." http://ow.ly/4puEJ /via @slate—@fixcongress

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:43am

ooohh me likey MarkMail, by @hunterhacker. open source email archives, analyse and visualise, a demo of marklogic http://monk.ly/eYg0Hg—@monkchips
@monkchips MarkLogic is a very impressive company. Not least because they employ @ndw :)—@tug

Wednesday at 10:52am

"Free Speech for Really Rich Guys: The Supreme Court finds a cause worth fighting for." http://ow.ly/4puEJ /via several folks I follow—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:58am

damn you, telecom operators, who are forcing handset makers into building non-customizable terminals to enforce your ever sucking biz models—@zuzur

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:13am

@tug don't do that shit dude. i want to follow *fewer* people. if you point out folks like @ndw what am i supposed to do? please don't.—@monkchips
@monkchips you'd be better off dropping me, if it means being able to follow @ndw—@psd

Wednesday at 11:21am

@tug @psd @monkchips Aw, geez. Guys, you’re making me blush.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:46am

What could possibly go wrong http://is.gd/eQQpeQ—@paulmutton

Wednesday at 12:02pm

Damn you .DS_Store files!—@dauwhe

Wednesday at 01:29pm

Makes me think of #werewolf games at #w3c events. http://bit.ly/e6RKge—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:01pm

If I "+1" today's weather, will it appear more often? Or should I just "like" it?—@dtunkelang

Wednesday at 09:44pm

Congratulations to Tim Berners-Lee, honored this evening by Mikhail Gorbachev as a "man who changed the world" http://bit.ly/hqtVng—@webfoundation

Thursday at 01:11am

PHP is a domain-specific language for writing XSS and SQL injection bugs.—@mdempsky

Thursday at 01:45am

Homeward bound. This leg: Norwich to London Liverpool Street—@ndw

Thursday at 02:35am

The ᐸinnovimax/ᐳ Daily is out! http://bit.ly/fTmEYa ▸ Top stories today via @noahmendelsohn @ndw—@dominiquepere

Thursday at 03:24am

Kudos to NXEA for making it straightforward to change devices on the wifi connection I paid for, instead of trying to make me buy several.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:06am

If you really care about yr privacy, throw away yr cell phone forever. http://www.zeit.de/datenschutz/malte-spitz-data-retention—@kendall
@kendall I wish I could get that data about my own phone.—@ndw
@ndw I agree.—@kendall

Thursday at 04:09am

Avoiding disaster pt. 2: tell your hackers to slow down and read their `git diff` before committing.—@tommorris

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:27am

Have I explained today the utter contempt I have for all forms of date-time libraries, code, type definitions and so on. They ALL suck.—@tommorris
@tommorris I’m writing one in XQuery in my spare time. Timezones suck. And iCalendar is just fiendishly subtle.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:51am

Arrived LHR. I'm not looking forward to the day when this car to the train to the subway to the train to the airport thing goes sideways.—@ndw
@ndw When I lived in London, I used to get the train *with* my car (below the Channel). Nice to read while "driving" :-) Have a nice flight!—@fgeorges

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:35am

I am not able to reliably browse the XML Prague twitter wall on twitter. Has anyone had the good idea to archive it?—@evlist
@evlist I think a problem with Twitter is that tweets are not really archived. Maybe @ndw has saved #xmlprague tweets as "short-form event"?—@fgeorges
@fgeorges: That's why I can't see tweets before Sunday morning then, but why are we using a tool that doesn't archive? #xmlprague—@evlist
@evlist Well, to be fair, I think tweets are archived, but not searchable after a few days... But well, that's what I've heard.—@fgeorges
@fgeorges: the fact is that I can read IRC logs from 2003: http://ur1.ca/3oled but not the XML Prague wall from last week ! #xmlprague—@evlist
@fgeorges @evlist I looked into it briefly, but the search API is totallyt tr different. So not in time for this year.—@ndw

Thursday at 12:19pm

RT @ndw Priceless. And possibly correct. RT @vbsteven Mac OSX is an Unsuitable Platform for Web Development. http://j.mp/eIEHf funny.—@monkchips

Thursday at 02:46pm

Neighbour busy shovelling away the new-fallen snow. Personally I'm not going to touch it. If it doesn't melt it can fossilize where it lies.—@larsga

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:30pm

Customs and immegration, easy peasy. TSA theater, i'll be catching a later flight. #IAD—@ndw
@ndw Seriously? Did TSA make you miss your flight? Are you on a well-formatted watch-list ?—@soypunk
@soypunk nothing so sinister, just a long, long line. But my connecting flight was delayed, so I win!—@ndw

Thursday at 04:56pm

"You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself." @timoreilly http://awe.sm/5HdmP—@ebruchez

Thursday at 06:19pm

April 1st will be worse than usual because any jokes will be indistinguishable from GOP press releases and talking points.—@whump

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:27pm

Some dude at @netsuite saw my comments on twitter and deleted my netsuite attachments. Filling expenses again!—@dscape
@dscape Really? That sounds almost criminal to me.—@ndw
@ndw nahh. Just using april fools as a lame excuse to complain about netsuite. Attachments did disappear though! #conspiracytheory—@dscape
@dscape @ndw The secret is you gotta hit "Add" after uploading. (As if you'd upload a receipt just for the fun of it.)—@hunterhacker

Thursday at 06:52pm

#MLUC11 #devlounge going to b a monsters-of-rock concert for XML: @ndw @mdubinko @hunterhacker @evanlenz @mathling @wfeick @collwhit #others—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:15pm

Did someone turn off 3/4G while I was away? Nothing but Edge since I returned to The States.—@ndw
@ndw Sometimes a restart helps.—@hunterhacker

Friday at 05:00am

Urg. JSON shows itself again to be entirely rubbish compared to xml/xpath for querying the data running through your application.—@commuterjoy

Friday at 07:11am

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. —Mark Twain—@trieloff

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:37am

google Helvetica—@typewar
@typewar @jtauber *chuckle* That’s pretty good.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:25am

Got an e-Book reader? NASA has some books for you on a variety of topics that you might find interesting. http://go.nasa.gov/NASAe-Books—@NASA
@NASA That is *so* cool!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:26am

Have written a serious piece about the future of XML which I think I will not post on 1 April.—@ndw
@ndw Likewise I've three articles I'm holding on to until it's over :-)—@webmink
@ndw but you will post it tomorrow then?—@MarieBilde
@MarieBilde Plan to—@ndw
@ndw good plan—@jtauber

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:25am

Well, @funambol looks interesting, but I'm not forking over my birthday, gender, and mobile phone details just to find out.—@ndw
@ndw if you have an iPhone/iPad, Android or BB you can signup from inside the app with only phone # and password. App is on the store! :)—@funambol

Friday at 11:13am

Makes me think of #werewolf games at #w3c events. http://bit.ly/e6RKge (via @ndw)—@fjhirsch

Friday at 11:30am

RT @danbri "Linked Open Colors" http://purl.org/colors—@ndw

Friday at 12:42pm

I suspect memory issues on my server box. Will see if memtest can find them...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:24pm

Give me that old time testing religion!—@ndw
@ndw In the old days, we didn't test. We launched and prayed.—@kplawver
@kplawver Ok, give me that new time testing religion then. Just loves me some unit tests. #fixing #bugs—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:26pm

@pointybrackets Oh! God! Unthink! Unthink!—@ndw
@ndw Dobby and Yoda, sitting in Tattooine, K I S S I N G...first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Kermit in a baby carriage! AWW!—@pointybrackets

Friday at 02:10pm

Must-read article about income inequality in the US. Growing inequality == shrinking opportunity. via @urbandata http://bit.ly/gO4Egk—@mikeloukides

Friday at 02:43pm

Maybe the republicans are right and "obama" is a plant: http://t.co/O2AsIWl Not the change I wanted - he must be a republican operative—@dhmspector

Saturday at 03:14pm

I'm not sure I understand the output of memtest86, but it's hard to imagine that 40,000+ errors is a *good* thing.—@ndw

Sunday at 12:18am

cuacanya mbak.. hahaha RT: @ndwiy: yang harus disalahin koneksinya ato hapenya.. hihihi.. RT @waharwi: koneksinya keujanan mb.. RT: @ndw—@waharwi

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:20pm

@ndw Obvious simplification: do away w/ XML declaration and say doc is *always* UTF-8, period. Why support other encodings?—@ebruchez
@ebruchez I think UTF-16 is a requirement for some languages, the others are a pretty significant convenience.—@ndw
@ndw How can this be the case? UTF-8 encodes all of Unicode as much as UTF-16.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez I believe, though perhaps am mistaken, that for some languages UTF-8 encoding produces files much larger than UTF-16.—@ndw
@ndw @ebruchez For more on the "size" issue, see the 2nd bullet under http://awe.sm/5HlQO (my take: it's a dubious argument). #xml—@avernet
@ndw @evlist Finding some support for UTF-8 here: http://t.co/bkq0K8W (Ironically Chinese/Japanese chars are messed up on this page.)—@ebruchez
@ebruchez: that's true, but depending on the language you use, UTF-8 documents can be significantly larger than UTF-16.—@evlist
@evlist @ndw Chinese probably. But how much is overhead, and does it justify complexity of the feature? Can use [bz]?zip if size is issue.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez: That will break tons of legacy applications that deserve to be broken.—@duck1123
@ndw FWIW, I really like the new-syntax-for-XDM approach, particularly as it makes error correction possible.—@JeniT
@ndw C:Python::Java:Jython::XML:NextML.—@davidpriest_ca
@ndw Talking of an alternative syntax for the same data model, what's your thought on something along the lines of Jade? http://awe.sm/5HlPx—@avernet

Sunday at 02:27pm

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:55pm

RT @AlainCouthures +1 RT @ndw Let the ridicule begin: http://norman.walsh.name/2011/03/28/XMLvNext #xml #xmlprague // worth discussing.—@tingenek

Sunday at 03:46pm

some of the ideas on xml that have been floating around: RT @ndw: Let the ridicule begin: http://j.mp/dU9v71 #xml #xmlprague—@smjwsk

Sunday at 03:52pm

@ndw Any XML v.next be rooted in XDM: compelling (not to the Web crowd, alas). Doesn’t solve HTML interop, but µXML hasn’t, either. #xml—@gimsieke

Sunday at 04:01pm

Sunday at 04:31pm

Reading: "XML v.next" by @ndw http://bit.ly/el7JHW—@trevormunoz

Sunday at 04:51pm

Sunday at 04:52pm

Sunday at 05:01pm

Let the ridicule begin: http://norman.walsh.name/2011/03/28/XMLvNext #xml #xmlprague: RT @ndw: Let the ridicule ... http://bit.ly/enJzEB—@RadnorRealty

Sunday at 06:07pm

RT @dzuelke: "seems *more* complex than XML already is..." <- might be. not sure myself. but @ndw is someone i would keep an eye on<g>.—@mamund