The short-form week of 12–18 Sep 2011

19 Sep 2011; last modified 21 Sep 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 32 messages in 34 conversations. (With 6 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.

Monday at 09:24am

Almost finished with my MUGL slides, #xml #marklogic #london—@ndw

Monday at 09:25am

RT @psd "An imperfect technology can be perfected, but you can't fix hubris" ——@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:28am

Sending mail to internal list fails. Me: "How do I configure my linux mail client so this works?" IT: "Use Outlook" #missingthepoint—@mathling
@mathling Welcome to the club. I think they have to tinker with every internal list I join because I refuse to use Outlook. Stand firm!—@ndw

Monday at 12:12pm

i have good ideas, i just don't know which of them are good up front. hence, looking foolish is a prerequisite for looking smart.—@KentBeck

Monday at 12:29pm

Integrating Pygments into the DocBook stylesheets is boosting my productivity more than most hacks, that's for sure. #writing #presentations—@ndw

Monday at 12:30pm

Worry is a misuse of imagination.—@LamaMarut

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

Hard to deny climate change when oil companies can drill where it used to be ice—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers I bet they don’t have any trouble denying it at all.—@ndw
@ndw They pay out millions in order to get others to deny it, too. Has human intelligence peaked, or something?—@shelleypowers

Monday at 01:32pm

Wayne Carr really pinpoints the problem with never-ending specifications - a reality check—@shelleypowers

Monday at 03:34pm

Teabonics: misspellings in Tea Party protest signs—@shelleypowers

Monday at 08:49pm

Careless, Universe. The cable box broke *two* days before I leave on a trip. Left me time to get it replaced. Just.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:01am

British government condemns "culture of greed and violence" among inner-city poor; hosts world's biggest arms fair and invites dictators—@sredniivashtaar

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:03am

@ndw If BP is too far fro your day trip this might give you some ideas for alternatives—@tug
@tug Very cool, thanks John!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:27am

Southwest Air put a new interface on their website. Fancy doesn't equal better. Sometimes Web2.0 gets in the way of functionality!—@harveybetty
@harveybetty Amen, Betty.—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:12pm

Con: I have no office. Pro: soon I will be looking at that color for the last time.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:10pm

Things I did not get done before this trip: full backup. What did I say the other day about a careless Universe?—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:21am

"Random number generation is too important to be left to chance." -- Robert Coveyou—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:14pm

I'm not convinced that removing all the presentational attributes from #HTML5 tables is a net win.—@ndw
@ndw Me neither—@komputist

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:35pm

RT @xquery [...] #MarkLogic User Group meeting in London tmrw ! #marklogic #xml #xquery w/ @ndw as special guest—@peteaven
@peteaven Well, “guest” anyway. Not sure I qualify as “special”. #marklogic #xml #london—@ndw
@ndw Dude! You're humility just increases your overall awesomeness. Wish I could be there to see you in action. Have fun!—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:24pm

Should '<colgroup span="3" style="border-right: 0.4pt black solid"/>' put a border on the right hand side of all three columns?—@ndw
@ndw rule in the typesetting sense of a horiz or vert line, that is.—@AnxiousBulldog
@ndw Or is it on the right of that group. Gah, I have no idea.—@gcarothers
@ndw tables <shudder/> styling examples page shows bugs & implies just the colgroup—@jeffsonstein
@ndw My intuitive response would be that the "span" causes the 3 columns to be treated as 1. If so, this instruc. should produce a 1 rule.—@AnxiousBulldog
@AnxiousBulldog I might have thought that too, except that other properties (color, width) seem to be inherited by all the columns in span.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:45pm

Somehow, I've never before noticed how big the 777 engines are!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:30pm

just an fyi to @peteaven and @ndw looks like MarkLogic has a new person for the XQDT project at #eclipse—@kingargyle
@kingargyle @peteaven @ndw yep it's Haitao - dunno if he does the twitter thing...—@eedeebee
@eedeebee @kingargyle @ndw #awesome thanks for the heads up!—@peteaven

Thursday at 01:37am

“Browsers style tables poorly.” Great. And yet that’s what (all that!) I’m expected to use?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:38am

There are many nice things about flying business class. The arrivals lounge at Heathrow is not least among them.—@ndw
@ndw oooh, you're flying posh this time. Yes, the business lounges in Heathrow are nice.—@laurendw

Thursday at 02:04am

.@ndw @AnxiousBulldog Ah. border-collapse: collapse plays a significant role. More exploring to do, I guess.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:11am

If you happen to be near London, make way to the MarkLogic UG meeting and find out what it's all about @ndw is there.—@grechaw

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

Time to spruce myself up a bit and head over to MUGL #london #marklogic #xml—@ndw
@ndw wish I was going MUGL #london #marklogic #xml—@xquery
@xquery Oh, you will my friend. You will. #MUGL—@ronhitchens

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:11pm

Is very happy to have met @ndw at @mlugl—@migueldemelo
@migueldemelo @mlugl Ditto.—@ndw

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

Another great #MUGL is in the history books. Still at the pub. @ndw, @leepollington, @dscape and @jpcs have gone in search of food.—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens @leepollington @dscape @jpcs Rasa Samudra gets highest marks.—@ndw
@ndw @ronhitchens excellent. Try Red Fort next time.—@leepollington

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:21pm

If it requires getting up to catch a 6am train, have you considered the possibility that you're doing it wrong?—@ndw
@ndw doing it wrong? Oh... <thinks> You're saying I might be doing it wrong *every* day?—@johnlsheridan

Saturday at 04:30pm

@ndw may be down, at least subscription mail fails. You are listed as contact here:—@vogella

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 04:34pm

.@vogella OASIS reports “scheduled maintenance” today and tomorrow. If the problem persists next week, let me konw.—@ndw
@ndw thanks for the fast reply. I wasn't aware of this scheduled maintenance, sorry for the incorrect error report.—@vogella

Sunday at 01:25pm

Hey! Something was easier than I expected. I wish that happened as often as the opposite.—@ndw

Sunday at 01:27pm

Missing the #xmlss opening reception, but looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.—@ndw

Sunday at 06:29pm

I'm happy to report my PechaKucha talk for #XMLSS "trends and transients" is done. #cool #stuff #xproc #surprise—@ndw