The short-form week of 30 May–5 Jun 2011

06 Jun 2011; last modified 07 Jun 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 95 messages in 77 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.

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:26am

Oh, crap! The camera wasn't set to UTC so all the GPS calculations for all the Spain pictures are wrong. And I didn't notice until now!?—@ndw
@ndw how?—@whir
@whir How did I notice? I clicked on the GPS coordinates in Lightroom and the picture was wayyyy off on the map.—@ndw
@ndw cannot find anything that says gps needs local time so still doubt clock snafu led to that effect—@whir
@whir GPS set to UTC, camera accidentally set to EDT. Trust me, that’s the snafu. :-)—@ndw
@ndw i assumed gps was part of camera—@whir
@ndw If you’re using iPhoto you can batch-shift timestamps.—@sentience
@sentience Meh. I don’t really care about the timestamp, it was just that I was off by several hours in coordinating the camera and the GPS.—@ndw

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

Holiday snaps from our Spanish vacation: To follow: thoughts on driving and the Nikon D7000.—@ndw
@ndw A feast of recognition, and awesome pics!—@grtjn
@ndw Great set of photos, Norm!—@eedeebee

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:33am

Have rich & powerful men always just assumed they could get away with sexually exploiting staff at expensive hotels?—@david_megginson
@david_megginson The rich and powerful have always assumed they could get away with anything, haven’t they? Because often they can, I guess.—@ndw
@ndw be proud that you live in a country where two of them didn't (if allegations are true).—@david_megginson

Tuesday at 08:00am

RT @jeffjarvis: The GPS lady has given me a life philosophy: "Recalculating."—@dweinberger

Tuesday at 10:07am

3@TIN @ F@L3F3L $@NDW!CH. @krisfade M!$$ Y@—@DrithiiXD

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 11:38am

What a shame. I'd grown to like @github. (NSFW, kinda)—@ndw
@ndw yeah looks bad and they should fix it but that guy is a bit of a dick too.—@dajobe
@ndw The story is quite one sided. I think all he said is a bunch of gibberish and he's the real troll.—@dscape

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:00pm

Wow. #Emacs on Ubuntu renders #SVG. That's pretty cool.—@ndw
@ndw It's pretty surprising when you don't expect it and open an #SVG file in your favorite text editor to, you know, edit it...—@fgeorges

Tuesday at 01:54pm

:) RT @fgeorges: @ndw It's pretty surprising when you don't expect it and open an #SVG file in your favorite editor to, you know, edit it...—@grtjn

Tuesday at 04:17pm

RT @ndw What a shame. I'd grown to like @github. (NSFW, kinda)—@johndrinkwater

Wednesday at 12:01am

RT @newsycombinator GitHub: Block the Bullies /cc @ndw—@dscape

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:10am

"Starting the install process. This may take several minutes..." Only several? Those must be some long minutes.—@ndw
@ndw time is an illusion - install time estimates doubly so—@smyles

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:50am

Life is too short to configure CentOS 5 on a laptop.—@ndw
@ndw Centos on a laptop doesn't sound good, no. Fedora or Mandriva or Ubuntu maybe. CentOS is so stable it can still boot from paper tape.—@barefootliam
@ndw thus why there is ubunutu—@kingargyle
@kingargyle Yep. That’s basically where I came down on the issue.—@ndw
@ndw thats why I use puppet .... no magic there, but you do it once and never again—@xquery

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:09am

This laptop has an RJ11 jack. For a dial-up modem, I presume. How...quaint.—@ndw
Don't knock it. Dialup has saved my ass in remote locations more than once. QT @ndw: This laptop has an RJ11 jack. For a dial-up...quaint.—@docum3nt
@docum3nt Yeah. I could see that. Except for the fact that I no longer have a dial-up provider. At least not one I’ve tried in, uh, I dunno.—@ndw
@ndw @docum3nt I've used a USB to RJ-11 modem for dial-up once within the last year—@laurendw
@ndw I have a deal with my brother to use his UK dialup when needed :-) which he keeps alive for just such eventualities—@docum3nt
@ndw I keep an old laptop like that for the sole purpose of sending faxes (about 1 a year)—@tug
@tug My printer has a fax. Not that I’ve ever sent or received one, mind you. But I could, I just know it. I could if I needed to. Maybe.—@ndw
@ndw Some lawyers seem to think a faxed "signed" agreement is required—@tug
@tug I have scanned and emailed a few documents for roughly the same purpose.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:30am

Oh dear, you should try Gentoo! RT @ndw Life is too short to configure CentOS 5 on a laptop.—@phidip

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:48pm

Holy crap! The battery in my previous-generation MacBook Pro just ruptured. And the spare sitting in a plastic bag next to it, too.—@ndw
@ndw not sure whether that show very good, or very bad, quality control :-O—@al3xbrown
@ndw 17" or 15"?—@mwiik
@ndw Auch.. Too late to get a free spare battery, or is it covered by your guarantee?—@grtjn
@grtjn AppleCare expired in 2010. Still. They freaking exploded. I suppose I should drive to the Apple store and see what happens.—@ndw
.@ndw Yikes. Just popped out the battery in my 17" MBP, and there's corrosion coming out on two edges.—@mdubinko

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:54pm

Exploding batteries: (17" MacBook Pro)—@ndw
@ndw My batteries did the same thing. That's how I got a new Macbook Pro. :)—@larsga
@ndw Wow, what happened to the spare? Was it just ambient temperature?—@ashooner
@ashooner Yep. Sitting peacefully in a plastic bag where it’s been for months on a cool, dry shelf.—@ndw
@ndw How did _that_ happen?—@sindoc
@sindoc It was sitting on a shelf, unplugged and unused for probably a few months. I heard a weird “popping” sound. Found it ruptured.—@ndw
@ndw I guess one of them must have had leaked before without being noticed. I was curious to know whether it was caused by a short-circuit.—@sindoc
@sindoc I don’t think there were any leaks. There weren’t any short circuits.—@ndw
@ndw So both bursted independently at the same time? Short-circuit was ruled out all right.—@sindoc
@sindoc I can’t assert they happened at the same time. I only looked at the spare after I heard the laptop “ping” as the batter burst free.—@ndw
@ndw mine did that too. Apple replaced it no problem under AppleCare—@crichey
@ndw happened to one of @liza's machines that @nedbat was using. Pretty scary, but @nedbat reports it still works plugged in w/o battery—@abdelazer
@ndw yeah it's the 17" ones which do that—@mwiik
@ndw "Upgrade opportunity."—@freddrake

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:40pm

Sunny all day despite prediction of rain in the morning. I want to start the grill in about an hour. Guess what it’s threatening to do now?—@ndw
@ndw big thunderstorm in Greenfield just ended...—@dauwhe
@dauwhe You’re in Greenfield!? Heavy rain and marble-sized hail here in B’town.—@ndw
@ndw No hail here, but thunder has returned. So far so good for power & internet, although with laptops & local copy of epub3 spec I'm set!—@dauwhe
@dauwhe Power has flickered a bit but hasn’t gone out. Yet. Thunder has been spectacularly loud. Grilling tonight, not so much I think.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:00pm

My new office mate seems to routinely patrol a good 4 m^2 or more of wall and ceiling.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:02pm

@ndw what a beauty! have you given her a name yet?—@marjoleink

Wednesday at 05:01pm

The TSA and the Patriot Act are what you get when you fear your enemies more than you love your liberties.—@markokloos

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:29pm

Scrabble by candle and flashlight. #nopower—@ndw
@ndw Now where the hell is the paper dictionary?—@vambenepe
@ndw heard about the twisters in western MA ... hopefully all is well in your neighborhood—@xquery
@xquery We’re fine. Absent power for eight hours or so, but unscathed by the tornadoes that hit, uh, really quite close by in geo. terms—@ndw
@ndw hopefully no tornado!—@fiberartisan
@fiberartisan Not here, but just down the road in Springfield.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:09am

"If Apple smiles on you, you can send your hack to the world. If Apple frowns on you, you cannot" ——@psd

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:52am

mac devs if you put your app on MacApp Store only, you are cutting opportunities of downloads/revenues. #NOAppStore—@karlpro
@karlpro not only in Norway ;)—@marjoleink
@karlpro You got that right!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:17am,,,, all down until cable internet service is restored.—@ndw
@ndw "private cloud", eh? :)—@gdaniels
@gdaniels If by “cloud” you mean “computer” and by “private” you mean “in my basement” then, yes.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:17am

RT @ndw,,,, all down until cable internet service is restored.—@docbook

Thursday at 06:17am

RT @ndw,,,, all down until cable internet service is restored.—@xproc

Thursday at 06:24am

@timbray I'd be interested in your thoughts on the +1 button (at Ongoing, but more generally if you like). Motivation, expected value, etc.—@ndw

Thursday at 07:29am

Normal service has been restored. For some definitions of normal. (re:,,,—@ndw

Thursday at 07:33am

Oh, joy. A new reason to dislike at Windows: "Code 663 Windows Update encountered an unknown error."—@ndw

Thursday at 08:05am

@ndw don't you just love those oh so 'informative' error messages? ;^}—@jeffsonstein

Thursday at 08:38am

The #WarOnDrugs was a horrific mistake, and the consequences have been catastrophic for the world. More acknowledgement:—@david_megginson

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:06am

Tenn. passes Web entertainment theft bill: Next, it will be illegal to invite someone over to watch a movie.—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides Don’t give them any ideas. That could probably be construed as a “screening” and easily made illegal.—@ndw

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

Wow. If you type "s/old/new/" into the Linkinus IRC client, it patches the preceding line in your display.—@ndw
@ndw also works in Skype for Mac.—@martin_probst
@ndw skype client does this too—@sneth

Thursday at 11:34am

Adobe CEO says 130 million phones will run Flash poorly by the end of the year. I might have added a word there. #D9—@jsnell

Thursday at 11:37am

Typographers will tell you to eliminate widows and orphans. Typographers are MONSTERS.—@FakeAPStylebook

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:19pm

it certainly looks like #HTML5 is following the WS-* school of specs: let a thousand standards bloom. what's next? HTML5-I profiles?—@dret
@dret That sounds uncomfortably plausible.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:07pm

The drive enclosure is made of aluminium for heat dispersion, so maybe stacking it between two pieces of foam was a bad idea. #hot #hot #hot—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:50pm

@ndw I‘m sure there are still many hotel rooms where a phone jack is your only connection to the internet—@marjoleink
@marjoleink Yes. If they work. I just live without in those cases. All hail the internet cafe.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:52pm

@ndw so all you need is an actual dial-up number (and the appropriate cable). That used to be in my travel kit :)—@marjoleink

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:15pm — some vendors develop a specification for microdata behind closed doors, then use their incumbency as legitimacy. Sigh.—@psd
@psd I don't see the problem. Anyone can publish agreement they've reached and convince others to adopt.—@iand
@iand I should relax, but it's top-down rather than bottom-up-ness; building a motorway across the cowpaths which rankles.—@psd
.@psd It's Distributed Extensibility. DE is all about being able not to coordinate outside your doors. It's unicorns and butterflies, though—@hsivonen

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:24pm

I just followed someone's'd link It was longer than "" And obfuscated. Bleh.—@ndw
@ndw that's annoying. I wish clients would do that obvious test - if shortened url longer than original, abort.—@dajobe

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:31pm

This is important:—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Because...?—@ndw
@ndw Because SearchMonkey and Rich Snippets were independent stabs in this direction. With a coordinated stab, it's bound to have an impact—@abdelazer
@ndw I make no statement about whether it's good/was developed the "right" way. I don't think most will care & adoption could be significant—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Yeah. I wasn’t challenging either, just curious if there was some deep, tangential significance I was overlooking.—@ndw
@ndw oh no, I just think that the collaboration could be significant. As a generator of markup, it's all pretty trivial to me.—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Just finished reading several works on analytical bibliography. This thing is rather jarring. :)—@jmaxsfu
@jmaxsfu deliberately didn't say "good". It's quality may be irrelevant /cc @ndw—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @jmaxsfu I'm betting on irrelevant. The organisation is profoundly biased towards fail-ish, even if people used it.—@blaine
@blaine @jmaxsfu I'm not saying humans will ever do it. Just generated content. view-source on a Bookworm-@ibisreader title. AB Meta?—@abdelazer
@blaine @jmaxsfu you just think it won't get adopted? Maybe. I feel like pressure has been building for some more panoramic convention—@abdelazer

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

Oh bugger. You can all hear me! Twitter/SMS fail.—@philhawksworth
@philhawksworth Aww. And I thought you were inviting us all out the pub.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:56pm

About to guest lecture on CMS at a Drexel class. I have as much experience as they have years. Confidence inspiring but depressing.—@lisabos
@lisabos Rock on, Lisa!—@ndw

Thursday at 06:46pm

Network down again. #annoying #firstworldproblems—@ndw

Friday at 02:32am

Is HTML5/JavaScript the new Java? The promise of "write once, run poorly everywhere" is finally here.—@shanselman

Friday at 03:15am

African proverb: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now—@PaulSherwen

Friday at 09:23am

It's usually pretty easy to find online manuals at, but the df1130 digital frame seems never to have existed. Odd.—@ndw

Friday at 11:13am

Here's to you, Unintentionally-unsecured-linksys-owner. Unknowingly sharing bandwidth with neighbors who just moved in. #RealAmericanHero—@agentdero

Friday at 11:50am

The security line moves slowly because it takes some time to indoctrinate your children to submissive, fearful living—@MrAlanCooper

Friday at 12:02pm

If you can't bookmark it, it's broken as a web resource #lodlam—@knoxdw

Friday at 12:48pm

Blech. Why does the music sound so nasty and tinny? Because you forgot to plug the speakers back in after the Skype call, dimwit? #oh #yeah—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:56pm

Goal for the 6 months I am about to spend in St. Croix: get so tan and lose enough weight that I get hassled showing old ID at the airport .—@wmperry
@wmperry Good luck!—@ndw

Friday at 01:05pm

Whole careers can be made by putting obvious things on slides.—@odannyboy

In a conversation that started on Friday at 02:08pm

Holy cow! Ubuntu Unity is a weird Windows/Mac/Gnome hybrid UI.—@ndw
@ndw #Gnome3 is as badly messed up as #Unity - both replace a solid Unix GUI with second-rate imitations of Win7/MacOS.—@david_megginson
@david_megginson sudo apt-get install fvwm. Hello my old friend.—@ndw
@ndw @david_megginson Except that using apt-get to install FVWM will result in an old version - certainly not 2.6.1, which you should use.—@Thomas_Adam
@Thomas_Adam @ndw FVWM 2.5.30 is currently installed - is 2.6 a major upgrade?—@david_megginson
@Thomas_Adam @david_megginson Ah, thanks Thomas, good to know!—@ndw
@ndw I selected "Classic Desktop (no effects)" on the login screen.—@david_megginson
@ndw whatever you do don't try it on two monitors—@gcarothers

Friday at 02:19pm

Try it with two monitors... #broken ♺ @ndw: Holy cow! Ubuntu Unity is a weird Windows/Mac/Gnome hybrid UI.—@cramerdw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:38pm

Has anyone seen my energy and motivation? I'd like it back, kthxbai. #friday #afternoon #almost #margarita #time—@ndw
@ndw it's margarita time right now. Cheers! :)—@ldodds

Friday at 03:39pm

@ndw must have gone walkies with *my* energy! maybe they are an item. :)—@marjoleink

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:47pm

I so need a new office chair. anything decent in the $200ish range? want a decent chair, not cheap, but don't want to pay $500+ for one.—@peteaven
@peteaven You sit for hours a day, day in and day out. Buy cheap carpet. A cheap desk. Cheap shoes. But pay whatever it costs for the chair.—@ndw
@peteaven What @ndw said. Mattresses, office chairs and ketchup -- the three things in life you should never cheap out on.—@cschlegelmilch
@ndw @peteaven For that matter, a height-adjustable desk is also essential.—@davidpriest_ca
@ndw @peteaven I'll second that chair comment.—@MattioV

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:52pm

HTML5 says (§4.2.5) <meta> can occur where metadata content is expected (links to That section doesn’t say where it can occur.—@ndw
@ndw too bad it does not point back to 4.2.5 - would have been perfect ;^}—@jeffsonstein
@ndw if it pointed back to 4.2.5—@jeffsonstein

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

HTML: The Markup Language doesn’t help either. Is a goddamn schema too much to fscking ask? Just a non-normative grammar for valid markup?—@ndw
@ndw Yes, because no existing schema language is sufficiently powerful. >_<—@tabatkins
@tabatkins I’d be perfectly happy with a few extra-grammatical constraints expressed in, for example, Schematron.—@ndw
@ndw you would not _believe_ the sh*tstorm which erupted when 'some of us' pushed for a schema <sigh/>—@jeffsonstein
@jeffsonstein I can imagine. It’s still dumb as a box of hammers not to provide one.—@ndw
@ndw totally agree...—@jeffsonstein
@ndw Well, besides English.—@tabatkins
@ndw In regards to goddamned schemas, I present a travesty: -- Look upon HTML5's works, ye mighty, and despair.—@pointybrackets
@ndw does @hsivonen's relaxng help?—@soypunk

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:06pm

@ndw @MattioV alright, alright. any recommendations? willing to pay, just want to be somewhat confident in purchase—@peteaven
@peteaven @ndw After adjusting, I really like my Aeron. I hear some knock-offs are as good, I just couldn't find one to test before buying.—@MattioV
@MattioV @peteaven I think I returned the Aeron I tried. I’ll try to find the brand/model of the one I did buy next time I go upstairs.—@ndw
@ndw @peteaven I came close to returning mine, too! The trick for me was actually a properly elevated footrest. I still grumble about the $.—@MattioV

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:40am

If I write a webpage about 2 places and I want to use RDFa to associate that page with both places, how do I group the lat/long pairs?—@ndw
@ndw If your vocab puts lat & long as props of the page it's broken, use another with them on a place (blank node?).—@ed_davies
@ed_davies yeah. I don't want the lat/long displayed. Went with content attr on empty span grouped in a span container. Plausable?—@ndw
@ndw re: RDFa examples - we're working on it.—@manusporny

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:46am

Someone who thinks RDFa is superior to microdata could do worse than showing all the examples in RDFa. #justsayin—@ndw
@gcarothers @manusporny Also, you introduced some (gratuitous, I think) div/span changes in the first example. Might be clearer w/o them.—@ndw
@ndw @manusporny Well, I'm not so sure. Without the "extra" span it's far less clear in RDFa what's going on. No way to test Microdata :\—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @manusporny It wasn't an extra that surprised me, it was turning a div in the original into a span.—@ndw
@ndw @manusporny Whooops! Yes, that. Fixed.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @manusporny Thanks, Gavin, but I’d still like to see a complete set. (You didn’t do the geo one I was looking for :-)—@ndw
@ndw So between RDFa, microdata and now, which choice do you do ? For me RDFa -> RDF -> SPARQL-endpoint—@networkvb
@networkvb I'm generating from richer data, so about the same effort for me, I think.—@ndw

Saturday at 07:02am

@ndw you might find this informative - not exactly what you asked for, but close—@jeffsonstein

Saturday at 07:03am

@ndw I like having the rich vocabulary of the Dublin Core (librarians rock!) and FOAF avail for my use with RDFa—@jeffsonstein

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

@MattioV thanks, I'll check it out, and yes please @ndw let me know when you get a chance, thanks—@peteaven
@peteaven I’ve got a Steelcase “462LEAPL” chair. It’s been very comfortable for more than 10 years.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 03:21pm

Men are pissing between the carriages. Soon it will be on my head. Whatever I did, I'm sorry, I really am—@leepollington
@leepollington Ah, the English and sport.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 05:55pm

@ndw What would be the URI for referencing "copyeditor" from (cc @gcarothers @bobdc)—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @ndw @bobdc Odd, I don't think MARC Rel has a copy editor... everything else.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @abdelazer @ndw No URI for copyeditor there, but there is one for my new favorite word, facsimilist (—@bobdc
@bobdc @gcarothers @ndw I assume you mean Electrotyper—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @ndw @gcarothers The tough part: Docbook grudgingly has a namespace for elements and attributes, but not for potential values.—@bobdc
@abdelazer Sorry. In what context do you want a URI for that?—@ndw
@abdelazer Hmm. I’ll give that some thought. Maybe DocBook should provide official URIs for things like that.—@ndw

Saturday at 06:09pm

@abdelazer @ndw @bobdc Oh, perhaps Proofreader?—@gcarothers

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:10pm

@gcarothers Right, but no production, technical, or copy editor?! @ndw @bobdc—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @ndw @bobdc A bit more specific. Production BKP, Technical (Markup editor? Or some other role?), Copy editor (Proof Reader?)—@gcarothers
@gcarothers But those are different folks. We have Proofreader, Markup Editor, Technical Editor, Copy Editor on 1 title. All != each other—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Sounds like extending the MARC rel SKOS wouldn't be a bad idea?—@gcarothers
@abdelazer I think it's yet another case if the disconnect between publishers and libraries :\ @ndw @bobdc—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @abdelazer @bobdc Improved in 5.1, I think. More tomorrow.—@ndw

Saturday at 06:13pm

@ndw I'm going with for "copyeditor" & "technicaleditor" because I can't find a better one—@abdelazer

Saturday at 11:37pm

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverbs—@AncientProverbs

Sunday at 06:00am

The shame about firewall jokes is that they never really get through—@karlpro

Sunday at 10:21am

"Show me the sausages" /via PZ Myers—@ndw

Sunday at 12:20pm

♻ @mpesce The security line moves slowly BECAUSE IT TAKES SOME TIME TO REMOVE YOUR DIGNITY—@pbryan

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

Have arrived in Cambridge, MA for #tagf2f—@JeniT
@JeniT Oh, bummer, another reason to be sorry that I can’t make it into Cambridge this week. Maybe I should try harder.—@ndw
@ndw Yes, you should ;)—@JeniT


The marvelous simultaneous-orgasm batteries are just another example of that Apple Quality y'all pay so much extra for.

On the other hand, there are nearly a million Google hits for "Ubunutu".

—Posted by John Cowan on 07 Jun 2011 @ 06:55 UTC #