The short-form week of 6–12 Jun 2011

13 Jun 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 83 messages in 71 conversations. (With 23 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 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
@ndw Alas, Steelcase went Ch.11, iirc. They made great height adjustable desks.—@davidpriest_ca

Monday at 02:35am

The ᐸinnovimax/ᐳ Daily is out! http://bit.ly/a7QxZZ ▸ Top stories today via @ndw @precisement @mauro_nunez—@dominiquepere

Monday at 11:37am

"Bankers want cheap terms for themselves, draconian terms for others" -- Bob Kuttner—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:07pm

RT @kendall "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."--Oliver Wendell Holmes...This is why I call the GOP the Anti-Civilization Party.—@ndw
MT @ndw RT @kendall "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization" Oliver Wendell Holmes...This is why I call GOP the Anti-Civilization Party—@jeffsonstein

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:40pm

Apple, I loved you, but this one "Lion available only on Mac App Store" is the end of our relationship.—@karlpro
@karlpro what that does a difference as opposed to a box?—@gridinoc
@gridinoc you do not need my id for installing an OS.—@karlpro
@karlpro good point, however your identity can leak later win another app—@gridinoc

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:44pm

Time for me to move to Ubuntu. Goal for the next 6 months. #byebyeApple—@karlpro
@karlpro I’m starting to move that way too. What am I going to do about Lightroom and Photoshop though. *sigh*.—@ndw
@ndw photoshop I had given up already 2 months ago, replacing it with pixelmator on mac. Lightroom I'm not using it that much.—@karlpro
@karlpro I could possibly live without Photoshop, but not Lightroom. I wonder what it’s like under Windows in a VM on Linux. I’ll find out.—@ndw
@ndw When are they gonna release *nix versions?—@pdxleif
@pdxleif My first guess: never. I doubt it’s economically viable.—@ndw
@ndw Well, they support Windows, & only one I see using that is mom. Doubt she's their target market. Looks like a dead platform from here.—@pdxleif
@pdxleif Maybe. And maybe when Apple starts taking a 30% cut of every sale the economics will change. No one would be happier than me.—@ndw
@karlpro hrm I'll be sitting on this fence. So long as it gives me a compiler and my good ole apps keep working...—@olivierthereaux
@olivierthereaux c'est une question de respiration… the fence… :p—@karlpro
@karlpro dédramatisons les monopoles.—@olivierthereaux

Monday at 01:25pm

Psst - Token Ring jokes are rarely funny. Pass it on.—@gdaniels

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

Either the dog stops sleeping on my desk, or he stops knocking stuff into the abyss behind it with his tail. #whatwasthat #goneforever—@ndw
@ndw desks should come with a splash guard on the back #mycatknocksthingsofftoo—@mathling
@mathling I’m thinking of making one. And a fancy L-shaped dual monitor stand too. #make #physical #objects #forachange—@ndw
@ndw Is that a stand for two L-shaped monitors? Interlocking tetris style? #snark #butitwouldbeawesome :)—@mdubinko
@ndw your dog is acting like my cat... What's he doing up on the desk in the first place?—@JeanKaplansky
@JeanKaplansky Sleeping. Wagging his tail. Trying to steal bits of my breakfast. #spoiled #rotten—@ndw
@ndw OK. That makes sense... I guess this works if there's enough desk space and you have a cat-sized dog.—@JeanKaplansky
@ndw you need a bigger desk. or a smaller dog.—@iansmall

Monday at 01:43pm

Reading #wwdc iCloud. No file manager= you MUST rely on OS, cloud or vetted App permissions to access your own stuff. #DRMwins—@JamieXML

Monday at 02:24pm

Still holding firm on my prediction that, by 2015, Apple will no longer sell any devices with root access.—@diveintomark

Monday at 02:42pm

Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit doesn't boot on a MacBookPro3,1, but the 32 bit one seems to. And the Mac labels the CD "Windows" which is kinda funny.—@ndw

Monday at 04:22pm

"Without anonymity the human race will not be human any more." - Eben Moglen #pdf11 Wow.—@dsearls

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:54pm

just tested #Ubuntu from a CD on Macbook Pro (JIS). Japanese keyboard IME: fail. adding dell screen with dvi: fail. touchpad: funky.—@karlpro
@karlpro I had pretty good luck with the 32 bit US version on a US laptop. All the obvious things seemed to work fine.—@ndw
@ndw yup. I was surprised that most of the thing worked. I still have to check for Japanese IME. my keyboard looks like http://c8l.ca/19v—@karlpro

Tuesday at 01:04am

Am I the only one who doesn't want all my stuff in the cloud? #lion #homelandsecurity #slowconnection—@lizcastro

Tuesday at 02:25am

Am reading an article about how American evangelicals reject set theory. Their combined intelligence is coextensive with the empty set.—@tommorris

Tuesday at 03:25am

Why can't my government protect me from bad weather? I demand immediate action!!11 The buck has to stop here! #WarOnWeather—@packbart

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:25am

This obsession with information resources is killing the semweb. Just forget it and spend the energy actually making and using data.—@iand
@iand What obsession is that?—@JohnPelhamBlack
@JohnPelhamBlack any discussion about naming descends into circular discussions about info resources—@iand
@iand But I guess you wanted to reject discussions of naming and links and information resources - not start another one!—@JohnPelhamBlack
@JohnPelhamBlack lol. yes. just use a URI and move on—@iand
@iand For me, it was "naming" that sparked my interest in the "semantic" web. Finally I decided that a link doesn't really help make a Name.—@JohnPelhamBlack

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:13am

Financial Times Launches HTML5 Web App: s this the future of apps? It's a future I like http://pulse.me/s/4Zfy—@mikeloukides

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:16am

Good point. How does wide adoption of iCloud intersct w/ ISP bandwidth caps? Caps have to go. http://pulse.me/s/4GE8—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides I fear it’ll just encourage the ISPs to charge for tiered service. “Unlimited iCloud for an extra $39.99/mo.”—@ndw
@ndw Yeah, that's my fear, too.—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides I wonder how Apple will demand 30% of that revenue. I bet they try.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:34am

I propose on June 3 every year, known people post a photo of their panty #wienergate #remembrance—@karlpro
@karlpro Can I post a photo of my pantry instead? #foodporn—@olivierthereaux
@olivierthereaux if it's a baguette only… and I didn't know you were well-known :p BBC galore.—@karlpro
@karlpro I'm a huge star! Did you know that in some remote parts of Papua New Guinea, "olivierthereaux" means "Alain Delon"?—@olivierthereaux

Tuesday at 07:23am

RT @rob_pike Web programming is asynchronous callbacks, encoded as text, with malicious rewriters in the middle. How did we get here?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:26am

I think I might be tempted to poke at XProc in Scala if there was better Saxon integration.—@ndw
@ndw What kind of Scala/Saxon integration are you looking for? Have done some preliminary work on this here.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez Nothing fancy, really, just the ability to build (by parsing and dynamically) and fully access Saxon XDM instances.—@ndw
@ndw Still exploratory: http://t.co/ppSDdGr Underlying is Saxon NodeInfo backed by dom4j. #scaxon—@ebruchez
@ndw Would be interested to explore. We have Java to create TinyTree, XPath API, and now newer code to run Scala expr on trees. #scaxon—@ebruchez
@ndw What do you mean? I use them together all the time. stdlib XML? I wrote a XdmNode->scala.xml.NodeSeq converter...—@pdxleif
@pdxleif Ah. Cool. I was mislead then by something I read somewhere. Great provenance that. I’ll put it on my todo list.—@ndw
@ndw I even write extension functions in Scala. Much less verbose. e.g. http://is.gd/mT37fQ—@pdxleif
@ndw Has Scala fixed its XML support yet? If not, 97% XML may not be what you want.—@mvahowe

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:33am

@ndw Does https://github.com/inigo/scala-xom help? On Maven Central as net.surguy | scala-xom | 0.4. Pre-alpha - use at your own risk—@inigos
@inigos Not sure. Maybe all I need to do is use Saxon exclusively. Haven’t really investigated #etoomanythingstodo.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:12am

Be a better consumer of news; be skeptical of everything but not equally skeptical of everything - Dan Gillmor, #PDF11—@doctorow

Tuesday at 11:37am

“It’s time for the IT dept to stop delivering value back to the business by fixing things they broke in the first place.” @jodbod—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:10pm

A historic post from 1991... but what's that round thing? http://goo.gl/SPnDq—@timbray
@timbray Grotesquely tacky? Obnoxious? The brain child of some lame marketing droid (no pun intended) who should be summarily fired?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:33pm

Hi @dscape what did you use to create your slides? they look cool!—@jfix
@jfix powerpoint :)—@dscape
@dscape you are a powerpoint jedi master—@eedeebee
@eedeebee @dscape +1 Excellent slides. Even if they are in power thingamajiggy.—@ndw
@ndw thanks norm :)—@dscape
@eedeebee I should talk to @peteaven then - he's the powerpoint jedi on the marklogic side :P—@dscape
@dscape dude! your powerpoint Fu is strong! cc:/ @eedeebee #theforcewillbewithyoualways—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:52pm

NetFlix Q: Ribos Operation, Pirate Planet, Stones of Blood, Androids of Tara, Power of Kroll, and Armageddon Factor. Retro, baby.—@ndw
@ndw I have the Android of LG, from Verizon.—@bobdc
@ndw bloody hell! what a lot of crap #DrWho—@dransfim
@dransfim Don’t hold back, pal, tell me what you really think. heh.—@ndw
@ndw i watched all this stuff first time round thinking, "Philip Hinchcliffe, why did you have to leave me with John Nathan Turner?" :-)—@dransfim
@ndw actually, i take some of that back. it got worse later :-)—@dransfim
@dransfim Yeah, but Douglas Adams was script editor for those too. Alas, I can’t find Mind of Evil, the first I recall seeing.—@ndw
@ndw you're right. i think he started the rot (heresy!) my first was Curse of Peladon, but seasons 12–15 were best (−Robot, +Fang Rock) imho—@dransfim
@dransfim You may be right, it's been 20+ years since I saw them. We'll see.—@ndw
@ndw same here. i hope for your sake, they're better than i remember.—@dransfim

Tuesday at 02:06pm

Fedora 15 must be Gnome 3. Yeah, that's pretty weird too. Who decides these things?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:38pm

@ndw fashion?—@marjoleink
@marjoleink That would certainly explain why no one asks my opinion on any of it!—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:06pm

Fedora 15 on HP EliteBook 8440p doesn't resume successfully after suspend. #showstopper—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:38pm

What's the Linux+Android password manager of choice? (A Linux replacement for 1Password, in other words.)—@ndw
@ndw The most secure password manager for Windows/Linux is Guarded Key - http://www.guardedkey.com/ and other platforms will follow—@GuardedKey
@ndw I'm using KeePass, but can not edit on phone, and linux use is kind of painful. Let me know if you find a better one.—@sboag

Tuesday at 06:13pm

After 1920x1200, 1600x900 is surprisingly cramped and uncomfortable.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:44pm

Gnome Evolution (what's a better address book?) doesn't understand Google two-phase auth, AFAICT—@ndw
@ndw I got it sending with Google ok. But it eats whole folders of mail on occasions. I went for Thunderbird.—@mvahowe

Wednesday at 05:22am

“The thought of suicide is a powerful solace: by means of it one gets through many a bad night” ~ Nietzsche—@thebrianmanley

Wednesday at 09:10am

I thought I was done with breakfast, then there was all this talk of pie. Damn you all.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:42am

Anyone know what apps currently use HTML5 client-side storage?—@JeniT
@JeniT the O'Reilly HTML 4 & 5: The Complete Reference app does. Light localStorage, heavy Web Database API. More coming, too.—@simonstl
@simonstl Is there some publicly available documentation of that?—@JeniT
@JeniT I've been meaning to write a "what's inside" piece for a while now anyway.—@simonstl
@simonstl It would be great if you could :)—@JeniT
@JeniT alas, not really, though I can write some if you'd like.—@simonstl
@JeniT Which do you mean? Local/session storage or WebDB/IndexedDB?—@bsletten
@bsletten Either/both -- trying to find examples of client-side storage (of various types) from which we can learn at #tagf2f—@JeniT
@JeniT These are all WebDB (which is WebKit-only) examples, some just tests: http://twitpic.com/58q95p—@bsletten
@bsletten Thank you very much for those :)—@JeniT
@JeniT Not sure what you mean by app, but I use it in my word clock: http://norman.walsh.name/2011/01/18/wordclock—@ndw
@ndw nice app norman—@nicferrier
@JeniT I think we use it in #eXide for #existdb to save your work in progress—@adamretter

Wednesday at 11:05am

Emacs user at work: http://goo.gl/XhDyj—@timbray

Wednesday at 11:12am

Someone, a robin, I think, is building a nest in the nesturtiums on our deck. http://yfrog.com/h8ejaclj—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:18am

On the one hand, very cool. On the other, I’m not sure that’s a tenable spot. Disturb it now, or assume she won’t mind us on the deck later?—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:18am

In other news, noise be damned, I am going to have to put the AC in the window today.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:22am

Google finds it economically infeasible to support IE 6 & 7. You have less money than Google. Apply transitive law here. http://t.co/3lWZA2O—@jasonrudolph

Wednesday at 11:36am

@ndw how about just opening a couple windows?—@marjoleink

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:02pm

On the heathrow express on my way home to Frankfurt. London tube in rushhour is worse than I remember. Wish they would mute the TVs though!—@adamretter
@adamretter You want the quiet car. You always want the quiet car. And there are quiet cars on HEX.—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:49pm

Protip: don't poke the bear so often that skepticism turns to scrutiny turns to intense interest.—@buffalopundit

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:40pm

How does ipv6 connectivity look from your location? (all green from #MarkLogic HQ) http://t.co/sYbtrLZ—@mdubinko
@mdubinko It’s all green from #MarkLogic MA—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:42pm

Once upon a time under VM/CMS, XEDIT+REXX=WIN! Fond memories. Congrats. RT @NetRexx is Open Source!—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:45pm

@mdubinko Or, in fairness to my colleagues even further east from HQ, I guess I should have said MarkLogic MA West.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:18pm

@ndw you need to create a horizontal breeze, not a vertical one :) thus opening a single window won‘t help—@marjoleink
@marjoleink Hah. Yes, I always open the windows on both ends of the house. Alas, up here on the second floor, that’s all there are.—@ndw

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

Stupidity indeed. RT @timoreilly More patent stupidity. Patented gestures, meh! http://on.io9.com/l9bEUa via @slashdot—@ndw
@ndw Hey, think there's still time to patent the "queen's wave" as a gesture? Make a fortune overnight!—@SheltieJim

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:15am

Not surprising: Senators ask US govt to go after Bitcoin. Private untraceable currency a real threat. http://pulse.me/s/6OiY—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides Heh. Bitcoin couldn’t have received a better PR boost if they tried.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:21am

"On Facebook you lie about your life to your friends. On Twitter you tell the truth to people you don't know." #true—@chloeeee

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:47am

Word. RT @grist: RT @mims: I don't use a/c. Seriously. This is how I do it: http://bit.ly/iQXzhC—@agwieckowski
@agwieckowski I’ll have to give it a try. I only cool the room I’m in, but that blasted A/C is noisy...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:52am

As I waited for the late, overcrowded muni bus drinking a latte they made badly, a bird crapped on my arm. Thursday I hate you.—@dajobe
@dajobe Arthur never could get the hang of them either.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:36pm

We are boarded but there are no pilots. How is this going to work?—@bsletten
@danbri Not confidence boosting. :)—@bsletten
@bsletten do not worry, the pilots are now entirely in the cloud - no need for in-plane instances!—@gdaniels
@gdaniels Well, To the Cloud[s] then!—@bsletten
@bsletten man - you are so high tech! You fly drones while we need still pilots. :-)—@dmccreary

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:53pm

Congratulations Alabama for demonstrating why none of us should give a shit about your state http://bit.ly/mK4hgL - #whatgoesaround—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Like I needed a reason never to set foot in Alabama.—@ndw

Thursday at 01:51pm

If your white paper is about your typesetting system, please use that typesetting system to create it.—@dauwhe

Thursday at 02:34pm

Booked: BDL-STT 25 Feb 2012, STT-BDL 6 Mar. Vacation FTW!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:39pm

Happy would have been birthday, dad.—@ndw
@ndw Very sweet. My Dad would have had his birthday 8 days ago.—@lisabos

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:52pm

Severe thunderstorm in Greenfield. Tree branches down, Labrador retriever trying to climb into my lap.—@dauwhe
@dauwhe That explains why it suddenly got mid-winter dark out my window.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:02pm

Newt Gingrich resignations: first instance in history of ship leaving sinking rat—@RichardA

Thursday at 04:40pm

the best thing about HTTP 206 jokes is #protolol—@jtauber

Thursday at 04:50pm

Automated police warning: "Tornado in Leverett, take cover in your basement." Storm seems to have passed, but wow.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:38pm

Reading about how more women in a group make for a smarter group http://t.co/cE4IccP—@JeniT
@JeniT Color me unsurprised, he says, looking at our own @collwhit—@ndw
@ndw @JeniT Thanks :-) ...and cool article!—@collwhit
@collwhit @ndw @JeniT I think the presence of the other sex makes one do more their best, in the hope to be noticed perhaps?—@grtjn
@collwhit @ndw @JeniT Read a recent Dutch article that said the optimal male-female mix is roughly 60-40%..—@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:16pm

Total. @UnitedAirlines. Fail. Third gate change. Second plane needing servicing. This is after the delay because of missing pilots.—@bsletten
@bsletten They’re still the only airline offering economy plus, so @unitedairlines FTW no matter how annoyed I get. #longlegs—@ndw
@ndw Yep, and this is the only airline I can jump in front of 56 people to get a free upgrade on. :)—@bsletten
@bsletten @unitedairlines We sat at the gate 4.5 hours due to DC area weather. But I made it home! And they said sorry, tho not their fault.—@hunterhacker
@bsletten as messed up going as coming - you ae unluckly this week (of course, I'm sitting at a 90 minute delay to DC, *sigh*)—@jahendler
@jahendler From where?—@bsletten
@bsletten flying Albany to BWI—@jahendler

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:29pm

And, we are sitting on the Tarmac because they aren't sure about the hydraulics. @UnitedAirlines third failure this week. #fixyourdamnplanes—@bsletten
@bsletten @UnitedAirlines Hope you get underway soon. Last landing I did at BDL ended with hydrolic fluid all over the runway.—@ndw
@ndw Ugh! Was it just a rough landing? Any other issue or just a mess?—@bsletten
@bsletten Landing was fine. Terrible squealing noise and a big bump after. Thought we’d driven off the runway, actually. Towed to gate.—@ndw

Friday at 04:41pm

Insightful. RT @timoreilly: My position on face recognition at Facebook seems to be contrary to the general hysteria http://oreil.ly/jjX5yz—@ndw

Saturday at 04:10am

The web-semantique Daily is out! http://bit.ly/fHdjyT ▸ Top stories today via @iricelino @pamelump @ndw—@networkvb

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

Busy writing the text for my little something on XML, next week in Stockholm.—@sgmlguru
@sgmlguru Good luck & enjoy! Wish I could have made it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:48pm

@ndw should I be able to figure out how to have the final p:xslt step output text to STDOUT? Finding this impressively opaque—@abdelazer
@abdelazer If you don’t specify a -poutput on the command line, it’ll go to STDOUT. Assuming you’ve not bound the pipeline result elsewhere.—@ndw
@ndw I have read that text output is bad in the middle of pipelines (I can understand why), but is it forbidden for the last step?—@abdelazer

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 03:53pm

I love it when I make something, even something simple and easy. http://norman.walsh.name/2011/06/12/monitorStand—@ndw
@ndw good skills :-)—@adamretter
@ndw nice stand!—@peteaven
@ndw very nice!—@thebrianmanley