The short-form week of 23–29 May 2011

30 May 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 38 messages in 38 conversations. (With 17 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 Monday at 02:48pm

I now possess an International Driving Permit. Seems like a $15 scam to me, but I'm assured it'll help should I get stopped in ES.—@ndw
@ndw You could test it by speeding in, say, the UK—@billtrippe
@billtrippe I could do lots of things, but I think I’ll try never to have cause to remove it from my pack.—@ndw
@ndw A wise man—@billtrippe
@ndw [International Driving Permit a scam?] Here is at least one reason to get:—@avernet
@avernet Interesting & good to know.—@ndw
@ndw Not needed (in Europe at least).—@vambenepe

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

MarkLogic Dev Lounge slides now available: Including my own preso on how we use XSLT: (PDF)—@evanlenz
@evanlenz PDF!? you need help my friend @ndw #xslt—@danja
@danja @ndw missed this earlier (re: PDF slides about XSLT). Would you prefer PowerPoint over PDF? what am I missing?—@evanlenz
@evanlenz I think @danja's point was they should be in a more accessible form, perhaps XHTML? PDF and PowerPoint, blech.—@ndw
@ndw @evanlenz go on Norm, I'm looking forward to your PowerPoint presentation on DocBook—@danja

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:44am

There's an RfC on Wikipedia debating whether to ban Fox News as a source.—@tommorris
@tommorris is there a need for a source of lies, propaganda, and misinformation?—@ndw

Monday at 05:29am

Awesomeness, from themarysue #drwho—@ndw

Monday at 05:56am

A poem about love and math—@ndw

Monday at 10:48am

"the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state" -—@simonstl

Monday at 11:58am

Talk about I/O bound: saving a 330mb PS file while TimeMachine runs in the background.—@ndw

Monday at 12:00pm

My inbox is more of an inmountain of which some of the messages have started to fossilise.—@dajobe

Monday at 01:11pm

"Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'"—@r4isstatic

Monday at 09:01pm

Type sandwiches:—@diveintomark

Monday at 09:05pm

First order of post-vacation business (well, nearly), watch The Doctor's Wife. #Excellent. Love @neilhimself's dark touches. #drwho—@ndw

Monday at 09:09pm

@ndw I really really loved the episode. Torn between heart-wrenching and hilarious the entire time.—@crschmidt

Tuesday at 06:55am

@ndw That 'I/O bound' post of yours immediately caused this song to flash into my mind:—@BillNigh

Tuesday at 09:42am

I want to make a font joke, but I'm just not bold enough.—@iNusku

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:51pm

Anyone know of an #android version of the #ios game "Strategery"?—@ndw
@ndw don't know of one, but i have the same problem - music and strategery mean i'm carrying two devices ....—@eneylon

Tuesday at 01:38pm

"View Source" is really the greatest thing about the Web, and that's the biggest threat of specific mobile applications.—@harrisj

Tuesday at 01:44pm

RT @TheHolyAtheist: The worst atheists say about God is He doesn’t exist. It's believers who depict God as a vindictive, homicidal homophobe—@jesseerdmann

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:01pm

Automated computer voice: "This is the last time we'll be calling you to lower your..." Praise cheeses! I hope that's a promise!—@ndw
@ndw: Like the "Last chance to register..." emails I get. If only that were true!—@MenteaXML

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:39pm

People worry that they’re “just a number” these days. I like to remind them that they’re so much more than that — they’re a GUID.—@brentsimmons
@brentsimmons Well, I'm a UUID. So there.—@timbray

Wednesday at 04:37pm

BREAKING: I almost got fired at work for sleeping under my desk, but I told my boss I was "planking" and now I am VP of Social Media.—@Fake_Dispatch

Wednesday at 10:11pm

100 posted pics on Twitpic. 100 posted pics. Select a pic. Delete a pic. 99 posted pics on Twitpic. #evil_terms_of_service #fuckers—@duncan

Wednesday at 10:39pm

Please feel free to pass this link on. Not cool @UrbanOutfitters, not cool.—@imakeshinylove

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:12am

Maybe I should wear a black shirt every Friday, in mourning at the needless loss of life in war.—@jpcs
@jpcs Indeed. I could get behind that.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:35am

What does the Nexus S have that makes it the only Google Wallet handset? Is “paypass” some new RFID thingy or something?—@ndw
@ndw The Nexus S supports Near Field Communications (NFC), just like the seems-like-the-future people of Japan have had for over a decade—@RichardJAtkins
@ndw Near Field Communication (NFC)—@martin_probst
@ndw it's the Nexus 6 you've got to look out for...—@ChrisWoolfrey
@ndw No direct knowledge, but I assume NFC, which is roughly similar to RFID stuff.—@tabatkins

Thursday at 11:55am

"My God, it's full of special cases."—@pgor

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:57pm

Perhaps my favorite warning sign ever: "Please replace the hook due to thieving apes". Meant quite literally.—@ndw
@ndw I now MUST use that in a presentation sometime.—@RepoRat
@RepoRat Feel free. “Please choose your chocolate then open, apes are looking at you” is pretty good too, despite inexplicable punctuation.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:29pm

I miss the good old days when "Palin" meant Michael.—@BrianDunning

Thursday at 02:45pm

There is no normal. Normal is a statistical abstraction. Everything is unique.—@wwjimd

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

Feel like I am playing "Mother May I" from when I was a kid with XProc. "You may take 1 small baby step". I want '1 giant step'!—@harveybetty
@harveybetty Let me know if I can help.—@ndw

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

@ndw - thanks! I get something working - later I have to learn a new trick. Like a faithful dog - I remember with enough dog treats|-)!—@harveybetty
@harveybetty Well, feel free to reach out anytime.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:44pm

Adobe Lightroom "lens correction" is remarkable.—@ndw
@ndw Do you use it blindly on everything? Do you play with the settings? All that stuff farther down on the right confuses me...—@abdelazer
@abdelazer I use it a fair bit, especially if it seems like an improvement (cf upcoming photos of tiles from Spain).—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:23am

This is aggressive: Amazon creates it's own app store for the Mac. Apple won't be pleased—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides I’m not using anyone’s fscking appstore for my laptop/desktop. You can d/l me the installer (or source!) or you can fsck off!—@ndw
@ndw That's pretty much my attitude.—@mikeloukides

Friday at 06:12am

Wow, xkcd sure has our number today.—@andrhia

Friday at 08:01am

@abdelazer Anything subject emphasizes barrel/pincushion distortion seems to be improved greatly. The manual settings work for panos too.—@ndw

Friday at 08:05am

'It's as if someone bought an iPod, uploaded one song, and hit "shuffle."' -—@simonstl

Friday at 11:10am

U.S. rejects listing bluefin tuna as endangered. Will revisit decision in 2013 when they are extinct. @EdibleSF @lemay—@dimsumthinking

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:38pm

@ndw OHHHH.... me want. Off to google I go.—@JeanKaplansky

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

Off to Australia to see @rootdev and family :-D thanks to @mlpoulter 's superior catsitting skillz—@libbymiller
@libbymiller Happy travels!—@ndw