The short-form week of 2–8 May 2011

09 May 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 60 messages in 62 conversations. (With 16 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.

Sunday at 11:26pm

Remember on Sept 12, 2001, when you saw people in some places abroad celebrating death? Exactly. Don't be like that.—@EricFidler

Monday at 12:57am

Apparently knowledge of BL's hideout came from careful analysis rather than from anyone imprisoned, coerced, or tortured. A lesson here?—@RBReich

Monday at 05:34am

The universe is...littered with the graves of cultures [that] did not go into space...remembered by the ones who [did] http://xkcd.com/893/—@ndw

Monday at 05:41am

RT @ndw: The universe is...littered with graves of cultures [that] did not go into space...remembered by ones who [did] http://xkcd.com/893/—@jeffsonstein

Monday at 06:39am

I can not cheer a single death in this endless, senseless "war."—@diveintomark

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:46am

New term: Inchstones = miniature milestones. Hmmm how many inchstones does it take to make a milestone?—@harveybetty

Monday at 09:14am

RT @skepticscience RT @blairpalese: Doctor Who - always at the important events http://t.co/V0QMB6Z—@mathling

Monday at 12:17pm

Guess what? I took your civil liberties with me.—@OsamaInHell

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:58pm

I come down heavily on always inserting semi-colons - via @dalmaer: The endless debate over semi-colons;: http://bit.ly/ld5tXN—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers I come down heavily in favor as well.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:59pm

I'm a structured person. I use semi-colons in JS, prefer XHTML over HTML, am fond of RDFa, and always wear clean underwear—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers: I was with you until the last part.—@apag
@apag Too much sharing. Way too much sharing ;-)—@shelleypowers

Monday at 02:30pm

An exciting new way to process XML in Documentum: XProc Service https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-10477 (link corrected)—@JerrySilver

Monday at 02:48pm

Scalzi gets it: "the job of a president is a serious one, while the job of tearing down a president can be done by morons, & often is."—@kendall

Monday at 03:59pm

"Use the Force", I get. I'm just not sure where the Rabid Lesbian Athiest of Doom comes in. http://bit.ly/jMies1—@ndw

Monday at 04:03pm

"Hopefully that catharsis will lead us to rethink the liberties we are willing to sacrifice in the name of security." - http://bit.ly/lwuotN—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:55am

Love simple commits :) rewrite now uses MarkLogic internal memcached-like functionality /at http://bit.ly/iQauFe /cc @ndw—@dscape
@dscape yes set-server-field is cool, but I would like to see the same behaviour with map:map on single app server—@xquery
@xquery translation: are the server fields already a map? :) anyway it's kick-ass feature that I've been askin' for ages!—@dscape
@dscape yes, I have my url defs in a map, but considering putting them inside server-field now ...—@xquery
@xquery what I wonder is if I get better performance using xdmp:set-server-field as a map, or putting a map inside a server field?—@dscape
@xquery can you test if rewrite tests pass in your env? They fail in mine but I'm running a nightly that @jpcs confirms is "stricter" :P—@dscape
@dscape not in my current environment (on client vpn) ... I plan to take a deep look at parser.xq this wkd and come up with generic version—@xquery

Tuesday at 07:02am

My #Balisage paper reviews are in. I only saw a small sample, of course, but I smell another excellent conference coming! #xmlgeek—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:24pm

anybody willing to donate their iPhone location database before apple starts deleting them? mine is on http://is.gd/CQ67O0 ; we want yours!—@dret
@dret I’d be happy to publish (a perhaps partially redacted) version, if you can point me to how to extract it...—@ndw
@ndw you're a maccy, right? this should do the trick: cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup/ ; grep -R "CellLocation" *—@dret
@dret Sweet. Thanks. I wish I could get this data from my Android phone...—@ndw
@ndw that's what i thought: please give me a switch to continue collecting that data for my lifelog. now you have to subpoena verizon...—@dret

Tuesday at 01:11pm

If you could really eat someones brain to gain their powers, there are a few of you out there who wouldn't be safe. From me.—@jrblackwell

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:12pm

Everytime I write JavaScript, I have to re-make every stupid, lame syntax error possible at least once before I become productive again.—@ndw
@ndw So don't write JavaScript? Use an alternative that compiles to JavaScript? (GWT or, e.g., CoffeeScript:JavaScript as Scala:Java)—@kiniry
@ndw jslint.com is your friend.—@happygiraffe

Tuesday at 01:14pm

@ndw sounds like me—@marjoleink

Tuesday at 01:15pm

@ndw I do that in every single language I program in, except (oddly) for XSLT. Yes, even Python.—@RepoRat

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:32pm

I just realized: no one gets outraged about anything that happens with HTML5 anymore. Either worn out or just plain indifferent.—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Or both. There’s only so much energy to fight battles you know you can’t win.—@ndw
@shelleypowers For furrther realization, replace "HTML5" with one of the following: politics, poverty, war in Iraq/Afghanistan, genocide.—@cwilso
@cwilso @shelleypowers Yeah, ain’t that the truth. And I stand by my rationale.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:57pm

Damn it, I've thought of *another* cool #MarkLogic server project. I wish someone would pay me just to do the cool things I want to. Hmph.—@ndw
@ndw don't we all.—@nicferrier
@ndw ok, norm, what's your cool idea?—@eedeebee
@eedeebee And let you win DemoJam with it! No way, sir! I ain’t tellin’, I is implementin’. In my copious spare time.—@ndw
@ndw speaking of which: ever done anything combing the geo stuff and reverse queries? wondering how well that supports LBS push services.—@dret

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:01pm

Getting two weeks worth of work done in four days feels good, except for the sustainability thing.—@ndw
@ndw re 2 wks in 4 days. Sustainable if you take the rest of the 2 wks off after the 4 days.—@richardhamilton
@ndw headed for the wall, are we? Don't do that! It hurts! #foundoutthehardway—@JeanKaplansky

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:04pm

Anyone out there listening got a Nikon D7000? What do you think? #birthday #photography #lowlight—@ndw
@ndw Norm, if you're interested in the low light performance of camera sensors check this site out http://bit.ly/dcGkqt—@tug
@tug Interesting. Thanks. Looks like the D7000 ranks very well. I wonder how bad the dpreview “tendency to overexpose” is in practice.—@ndw
@ndw casn't help there I'm afraid. I'm a Canon/Panasonic/Ricoh/Rollei/Mamiya shooter:)—@tug
RT @ndw: Anyone out there listening got a Nikon D7000? What do you think? #birthday #photography #lowlight—@jeffsonstein

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:51am

How long until use of DRM, App Store, etc., to shut this down? http://⌘.ws/spotify-ipod—@hsivonen
@hsivonen I give it a week.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:18am

Once there was productivity and it was good. Then came expense reports and productivity died. #butmustgetpaid—@ndw
@ndw we use Concur here, and I must say I'm very pleasantly surprised by it. It's almost painless!—@martin_probst
@ndw It's not so much that doing expense reports takes time, but that they cause me to procrastinate to avoid the pain of it :-(—@jpcs

Wednesday at 09:26am

♺ @ndw: Once there was productivity and it was good. Then came expense reports and productivity died. #butmustgetpaid—@kamen

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:35pm

Anyone ever heard of icons just spontaneously deleting themselves of a Windows 7 desktop?—@ndw
@ndw had that phenomenon 3 wks ago. Turned out many files & dirs had become 'hidden', for no obvs reason. Changing props helped—@gimsieke
@gimsieke These were in the trash. A machine you don’t trust is an uncomfortable thing.—@ndw
@ndw It may be the Desktop Icons Disappear bug: http://tinyurl.com/3unesh7 Mentioned in this podcast at 24mins: http://tinyurl.com/3cbyt2x—@garyprusso

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:43pm

@ndw could depend on what the icons are *for*: files can be removed by utilities running in the background: could be a file or shortcut—@marjoleink
@marjoleink A whole bunch of files, shortcuts, and folders were inexplicably whisked into the trash on my better half’s machine. #annoying—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:46pm

You either trust the source (Obama) or you don't. Why would you trust a photo from a source you don't trust?—@jasonfried

Wednesday at 03:02pm

Way to go, Einstein! We do, indeed, live in a warped universe. NASA Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment http://goo.gl/etA8a—@sciencecomedian

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:06pm

Have long stick and packing tape, can rescue stylus lost in otherwise inaccessible space between wall and desk. #win—@ndw
@ndw I use trained spiders....—@leepollington

Wednesday at 03:15pm

"It's like measuring the thickness of a sheet of paper held edge-on 100 miles away." http://goo.gl/etA8a—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:45pm

Installing @alfredapp 0.9 just for fun. What could go wrong? :-)—@ndw
@ndw @alfredapp You make those of us still running 0.8.2 feel either wise or foolish?—@kiniry

Thursday at 02:35am

The ᐸinnovimax/ᐳ Daily is out! http://bit.ly/fTmEYa ▸ Top stories today via @ndw @carnage4life @joehewitt @intel_education—@dominiquepere

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:03am

Unicode srsly! Where’s my RIGHTWARDS ARROW WITH CORNER UPWARDS? U+21B4 and U+21B5 discriminate against my chosen direction of flow!—@hsivonen
@hsivonen Yeah, the unpredictable way that reflexive and rotational symmetry are handled in #Unicode often irks me.—@ndw

Thursday at 05:11am

Existential graffiti in Leicester: "Lif is too short"—@tom_watson

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:46am

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my #yes2av friends across the pond.—@ndw
@ndw The yes vote is a forgone conclusion—@andrewwelch
@ndw re: AV i take it back, despite a hugely vociforous yes vote, signs are the silent majority no vote apparently has it...—@andrewwelch

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:04am

xquery tip: I always find it surprising how few people know about xpath id() usage with xml:id http://bit.ly/kejz0d—@xquery
@xquery re xml:id, those aren't valid ids are they... need to be valid NCNames (leading a to z)—@andrewwelch
@andrewwelch @xquery xml:id errors are explicitly non-fatal.—@ndw
@ndw @xquery converting from //@id = '123' to id('123') is a nice silent gotcha...—@andrewwelch
@andrewwelch hehe, a little easter egg ... all impl I know of work with this—@xquery
@xquery Not for me using Saxon... Would it give you any performance benefit when used with a db? (uniqueness check yes, but lookup perf?)—@andrewwelch
@andrewwelch re perf benefits in xml database ... yes I would expect an index to be used—@xquery
@andrewwelch in #marklogic $xml/employees/employee[@xml:id eq "n001"] seems slightly faster, did not run query 1000 times, will investigate—@xquery
@xquery interstesting topic, bit limited here, I'll post on xquery talk...—@andrewwelch
@andrewwelch though right of you to point out, as this would most likely not validate through schema processing ... #Iamabadman—@xquery
@xquery @andrewwelch re #lamabadman - did you mean "lambada man"? #serif #font—@martin_probst
@ndw @martin_probst @andrewwelch I am a bad man . I also see some validators (admittedly very old) throwing errors on bad xml:id ... #ohwell—@xquery

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:46am

dear #lazyweb I need input for a sample definition list. Please give me some 'term - definition' pairs I could use (best will be published!)—@marjoleink
@marjoleink The Jargon File is full of examples :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:54am

Can we just start assuming Mac/Keynote instead of PC/PPT as the default presentation format for tech conferences already?—@liza
@liza Set your sights higher than that, Liza. Couldn’t we all start using open formats? Like, you know, a fscking web browser?—@ndw
@ndw Sure, which will also likely work better on a Mac. "Sorry, our presenter PC is only running IE 7."—@liza

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:00pm

Excellent response from Mozilla to a takedown order: http://bit.ly/lVGsNS—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides Indeed. Bravo to the Mozilla team.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:09pm

I wonder if/when we'll see a Honeycomb tablet in the smaller Galaxy Tab style form factor.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:06am

imagine generically mapping feeds to RDF, completely: this would require you to define a generic XML-to-RDF mapping. a scary idea.—@dret
@dret Re feeds-to-RDF: dealing with extensibility is always a huge problem in format mappings. OTOH, RDF has a datatype for XML literals…—@cygri
@cygri have you seen any #RDF stores storing #XML literals in a dedicated storage structure and allowing XPath/XQuery access on that?—@dret
@dret you should ask @ndw about if MarkLogic can—@dajobe
@dajobe @dret I think efficient querying is probably achieved by normalizing in ways that might make XPath graph traversal...difficult.—@ndw
@dajobe MarkLogic is not really an RDF store, so i could only use it for the "XML islands" in my RDFified feed triple store, i guess.—@dret
@dret @cygri ... yes, but we did it ourselves at O'Reilly and it was very strange. Front end proxy that mixed XQuery (MarkLogic) and SPARQL—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @cygri i am sure it gets very messy because you are mixing two fundamentally different metamodels in storage and querying.—@dret
@dret @cygri Messy is an understatement. On the other hand I'm reasonably sure that it's a very USEFUL kind of messy. Content + Context.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers i just cannot imagine how to non-messily live in a world where a query may result in a set of XML trees and RDF triples.—@dret
@gcarothers it's necessarily messy because you start in 2 different worlds, process 2 different worlds, get results from 2 different worlds.—@dret
@dret No. Support for #XML literals in #RDF implementations isn't particularly good, in my experience :-(—@cygri
@cygri so in most cases you can properly store and retrieve #XML, but you cannot really do a whole lot with it. sounds like early SQL/XML.—@dret

Friday at 02:44am

Syntax rewriting done (bit more than expected), all running except Twitter connection. Ready to test @ndw oauth.xqy. @socialito_2010 @EllnvB—@grtjn

Friday at 07:17am

Osama Bin Laden decided not to attack U.S. railroads after he discovered that the U.S. Congress already destroyed them.—@Naparstek

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:50am

oh my, only IE treats application/xslt+xml properly (when found in a stylesheet PI)—@jreschke
@jreschke What problem does application/xslt+xml solve compared to text/xsl?—@hsivonen
@hsivonen it solves the problem that people looking at the specs and trusting them don't get a transformation—@jreschke
@jreschke Maybe the specs are saying the wrong thing, then.—@hsivonen
@hsivonen go ahead and complain to the W3C XSLT WG, IANA, and Microsoft.—@jreschke
@ndw @jreschke That problem is better solved by the IETF aligning its outdated charset (and linebreak) rules for text/* with reality.—@hsivonen
@hsivonen @jreschke *shrug* I suggested a problem it solves. I didn’t expect that suggestion to have any impact.—@ndw

Friday at 10:51am

I bet you can hold your breath for 30 seconds too. http://www.marriedtothesea.com/050411—@ndw

Friday at 02:50pm

Torture doesnt work. It's illegal. Immoral. Demeans us. Radicalizes our enemies, spits on the Constitution & lowers us to terrorists level.—@David0Monroe

In a conversation that started on Friday at 02:56pm

RT @AndySeaborne: Much relief. We have now received the software grant from HP for Jena so it's all systems go for the Apache incubator ...—@danbri
@danbri @AndySeaborne grant - much to do to build community? Jena would be nice to run on things like hbase/cassandra (a la mahout/hadoop)—@dehora
@dehora @andyseaborne i've heard of some experiments with sparql over hadoop (eg Pig), see also larkc ... Not sure if Jena in the mix—@danbri
@dehora Jena is open source - contributions (ASL) welcome. Start experimenting!—@AndySeaborne

Friday at 03:56pm

RT @psd Inventing the 21st century is encumbered by 20th century IP http://flic.kr/p/9F9seM—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:58pm

"A codified set of the builder's, crafter's, maker's rules" http://wondermark.com/tink8/ /via someone at Make/O'Reilly—@ndw
@ndw I'm seriously unsure about "projects are stackable" in so many ways—@danja
@danja I have so many projects stacked so deep, it’s basically projects all the way down.—@ndw
@ndw have you tried assorting your projects in a "Grarff" structure? (no idea what the fellow is, but the English speak highly of it)—@danja

Friday at 11:20pm

H@M $@NDW!CH... TH@T WH!T3-BO!!! FEAT D.G by KENDALL LANE via #soundcloud http://t.co/wlmf7ME—@KENDALL_LANE

Saturday at 03:44am

Posted a new song: "H@M $@NDW!CH-TH@T WH!T3-B0!!! FEAT D.G" http://lnk.ms/NhPGs—@KENDALL_LANE

Saturday at 03:44am

Posted a new song: "H@M $@NDW!CH-TH@T WH!T3-B0!!! FEAT D.G" http://soc.li/uNzNjwQ—@KENDALL_LANE

Saturday at 04:15am

"H@M $@NDW!CH-TH@T WH!T3-B0!!! FEAT D.G" http://soc.li/uNzNjwQ @KENDALL_LANE put your songs on -> http://goo.gl/U2BX—@music_message

Saturday at 05:29am

What marketing genius decided to name a song "H@m S@ndw!ch" in the age of #Twitter? I see a lot of random noise coming my way.—@ndw

Saturday at 05:50am

On the plus side, at least it’s an awful song. Uh. Wait. What?—@ndw

Saturday at 04:15pm

Hello Nikon D7000. Happy (early) birthday to me.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 08:55pm

So. The US premier of the new season of Dr. Who was last week. Is that right? #curses!—@ndw
@ndw Two weeks ago in fact. Last night was episode 3.—@gfxman
@gfxman Yeah, but they rebroadcast 2 first, so I only missed one. But I missed one! #wwwaaaahhhhh!—@ndw
@ndw There's a pretty good episode one recap here http://goo.gl/NHykZ—@gfxman