The short-form week of 17–23 Oct 2011

24 Oct 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 53 messages in 63 conversations. (With 10 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 07:23am

Like this: Alice, lightweight CSS engine; uses hardware acceleration for visual effects http://t.co/S6BR3vSf —@mikeloukides

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:13am

Listen, web developers who make payment forms. There is no excuse for failing to process my form based on phone number formatting.—@jeremiahtolbert
@jeremiahtolbert Amen!—@ndw

Monday at 11:15am

Panic: double fault thread. And down she goes. #osx —@ndw

Monday at 11:24am

.@Pinboard I recommend @hibariapp —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:25pm

Can an index really need sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-subentries?—@dauwhe
@dauwhe First you have to answer the question, "Am I a professional indexer?"—@liza
@dauwhe No.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:27pm

New blog post: "Scala partial functions (without a PhD)" http://t.co/DgDuJ9DO —@ebruchez
@ebruchez Thanks, Erik. Very timely. I’ve been looking at some of my Java-converted-to-Scala code thinking “there must be a better way”.—@ndw
@ndw Cool. I hope it'll be useful!—@ebruchez

Monday at 12:45pm

"I liked XHTML 2.0 much better than this stuff. Honestly, it's crap." http://t.co/uYrPWuMm #html5 (FWIW, I agree with this bug, <h> FTW)—@johnfoliot

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:33pm

Lots of fire alarms unplugged and hushed. God they are loud—@gcarothers
@gcarothers “Unplugged.” You did actually check to see if there was a fire, right?—@ndw
@ndw Yes, but the 8th time in the middle of the day with all the windows open, No. They are wire linked with battery backup.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers Years ago, I replaced 7 of our 8 w/a new model. Guess how many middle of the night alarms it took me to figure that out!—@ndw

Monday at 04:20pm

"Last of the summer wine", trying out http://t.co/EQihi8v55: http://t.co/p16FDwYf —@ndw

Monday at 05:09pm

Oh, FFS, why do I have to register at Yamaha to download the fscking manual for my receiver. #customerservice #fail —@ndw

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

Wow indeed! RT @RussB Wow. WOW. Holy wow. Wow. http://t.co/NpGgi3Td —@ndw
I can win USSSA Nat'l Snowshoe championships w this: @ndw @RussB Wow indeed! RT @RussB Wow. WOW. Holy wow. Wow. http://t.co/nVk4G5Bl .—@iHarmonizing
@iHarmonizing If you can get ‘em to install magnets along the entire course, sure!—@ndw
Oh those minor details . . . @ndw @iHarmonizing If you can get ‘em to install magnets along the entire course, sure!—@iHarmonizing

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:40am

Fake or real? RT @ndw: Wow indeed! RT @RussB Wow. WOW. Holy wow. Wow. http://t.co/1RJBBYXR #daretoask —@grtjn
@grtjn that’s an interesting question. It looks real, but so do the tricks Penn and Teller do.—@ndw
@ndw Metal needs to be really really cold for superconduction. And most interesting is that holding upside down. Where is gravity??—@grtjn
@grtjn There’s clearly liquid N or something in the disk and I assumed the magnet was stronger than gravity.—@ndw
@ndw It's not just magnetism. It is the reluctance against magnetic field changes. Otherwise the two parts would have been drawn together..—@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:16am

... which reminds me, I really need to get my LoL shield all soldered up and ready to play with. http://t.co/WyfMPYRd —@benosteen
@benosteen been wondering about using my LoL shield with white LEDs to make an @ndw style world clock: http://t.co/J6gRtlic —@psd
@psd That is a very cool clock :) And I do have an RTC lying around here someplace ... @ndw —@benosteen

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:56am

If you're experimenting with HTML5 markup, don't run tidy. I'm just saying. Saying and rebuilding several hundred pages.—@ndw
@ndw yup. There is a need for a new tidy with an html5lib parser—@karlpro
@ndw there are options that can make tidy work with (i.e. not break) html5 documents /cc @plhw3org —@dontcallmedom
@ndw Ouch. Thanks for the warning - I'm experimenting with HTML5 right now, and I always use tidy ...—@jonathan_robie

Tuesday at 10:11am

Google Plus API question, anyone got a clue-by-four? http://t.co/dtJLaeGG —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:50am

buddy just told me he's rockin some new project with hibernate on mysql. I'm like: people still do that? :)—@peteaven
@peteaven Ha! “The early 2000’s called, bud, they want their tech back."—@bsletten
@bsletten lol! yeah, that's what I thought. 5 years ago I was rockin hibernate dialects with multiple DBs. Seems old school now. :)—@peteaven
@peteaven @bsletten Hibernate is something bears do, right? You guys were into ursine biology in the early ‘00s? Cool.—@ndw

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

Obama said that #OWS and Tea Party are "not much different"? Really?—@kendall
@kendall Citation? That’s about as clueless a statement as I can imagine.—@ndw
@ndw Yes, I'm trying to verify it. I'm not sure he said it, hence the ?-mark.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:08pm

Three days ago I read "unity improved a lot". Now I see "unity sucks, I switched to kde/gnome3/xfce/fluxbox/framebuffer/..." everywhere—@vbsteven
@vbsteven It needed a whole lot more improvement than “a lot” to be usable.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:10pm

!! RT @ndw Wow indeed! RT @RussB Wow. WOW. Holy wow. Wow. http://t.co/fMBh8daO —@tigracc

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Wednesday at 02:40am

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:07am

Dying of curiosity, who is the winner of the XProc challenge!!?? @paulbaan cc: @ndw —@grtjn
@grtjn I believe today is the last day to submit entries, so I’m guessing no winner announced for another couple of days at least.—@ndw
@ndw You know that if you win, you are expected to present at @XMLAmsterdam? :)—@grtjn
@grtjn I do. Although I can’t. Maybe that’ll disqualify me. Maybe I’ll make a silly 24 hour detour through Amsterdam if I win. Probably not.—@ndw
@ndw I'll speak on your behalf in case you want, if you want. I might mention the ML rockstar video though.. ;-)—@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:52am

Yes, it is! RT @libbymiller This is brilliant http://t.co/2a2J0R81 —@ndw
@ndw @libbymiller Draw an upside down stickman to see a better view of the app's logic—@shelleypowers

Wednesday at 09:34am

Spend 5 min w/ this. Srsly. http://t.co/wrMYrGd9 HT @ndw/@libbymiller.—@bsletten

Wednesday at 09:41am

Writing prose is the hardest thing I do.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:43am

Hij blijft leuk.. :) RT @ndw: Yes, it is! RT @libbymiller This is brilliant http://t.co/zjl0WuTT —@grtjn

Wednesday at 10:42am

How come it's so hard for people to understand that when you use a service without paying money, the service takes your privacy as payment?—@bphogan

Wednesday at 11:40am

@ndw .. in case you WIN.. I meant.. :P—@grtjn

Wednesday at 11:55am

Generation X is sick of your B.S. http://t.co/5OM9UogF —@jdalrymple

Wednesday at 02:18pm

Holy crap: http://t.co/D3rQqbFZ "(You'll remember Winslow as Officer Sound Effects from Police Academy.)"—@ccgus

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:51pm

The about:legacy-compat hack for HTML totally fails on XML parsers because they don't recognize the about: protocol. Of course.—@ndw
@ndw sounds like some broken XML parsers.—@hober
@hober Broken http://t.co/areA64Lp URL handling, I think.—@ndw
@ndw I think that about:legacy-compat was never meant for XHTML serialization, only for HTML. We should add new XSLT serialization ASAP.—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek @ndw Right. If you're serializing XHTML the intention is you can just serialize without any DOCTYPE.—@gsnedders

Wednesday at 03:33pm

Yo! @twitter The string “java” “dot” “net” “dot” “URL” is not a URL you should be shortening.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:59pm

RT @srehorn: I am tired of 'hello world' - I propose we coders start using 'Hello Dennis' in honor of Dennis Ritchie from now on. /via @ndw —@ttso

Thursday at 11:13am

I learn something new every day. Mostly because I've forgotten so much.—@mattmight

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:55pm

I think Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is maybe the best non-rock American album in the last 20 years.—@kendall
@kendall It’s a damn fine album, that’s for sure.—@ndw
@ndw We saw her in concert in VA recently. Great, great, great show. :>—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:41pm

I can redial from caller id, great, but since it doesn't include the leading "1", it's all #fail —@ndw
@ndw i guess it's the same kind of attitude that assumes that every place on earth is organized by states and 5-digit zip codes.—@dret
@dret I have unlimited natl long distance, I wish I could dial 11 digits *every time*. Next door, next town, next state: I don’t f’ing care!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:42pm

Is usage of the word "platform" still considered bad by marketing departments?—@peteaven
@peteaven I dunno. Are you building an oil rig? <ducks/>—@ndw

Friday at 01:40am

LOL! RT @ndw: @peteaven I dunno. Are you building an oil rig? <ducks/>—@grtjn

Friday at 02:22am

☑ Saddam Hussein ☑ Osama Bin Laden ☑ Khaddafi ☐ Internet Explorer—@oetsie

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:46am

Mac OS X is crawling. What have I done?—@richtibbett
@richtibbett Is mds running?—@robinberjon
@robinberjon yeah. mds/spotlight is stuck on a file or something. still trying to resolve it but my system is somewhat functional at least.—@richtibbett
@richtibbett mds should die.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon mds should die, yes. But it can't.—@koalie
@robinberjon nooooo. Don't! it is my most important productivity tool on the mac. no kidding.—@karlpro
@karlpro You'll have to show me, because all I've ever seen it do right is spin my fans.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @karlpro @richtibbett I blogged about de-activating mds (and re-activating it eventually...) http://t.co/6lQvwn5N —@koalie
@koalie @karlpro @richtibbett Yeah, I haven't found a way to enable it only where it's used (or better: replace it).—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @karlpro @richtibbett so, eventually, I pimped my laptop. It has now 4GB RAM, and all is well.—@koalie
@robinberjon huh. what do you mean? system preferences -> spotlight ;)—@karlpro
@karlpro Tu m'as déjà montré ça. C'est peut-être pas mal, mais ça marcherait probablement mieux avec un meilleur indexer :)—@robinberjon
@karlpro @robinberjon Death’s too good for mds.—@ndw

Friday at 05:53am

@ndw @grtjn well <slowclap>HarDeeHarHar!</slowclap> :)—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:11am

After JSONeers reinvent the XML stack, who's going to JSON them?—@kendall
@kendall I dunno, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the spectacle.—@ndw

Friday at 07:11am

"Does your dog like children?" Only the slow-moving, tender ones.—@jessicahagy

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:20am

RT @docbook DocBook meetup in February (colocated with XML Prague)? Interested? http://t.co/A5DRoz51 —@ndw
@ndw @docbook Assuming we make it to Prague, we'd be there.—@CorbasLtd
@ndw The list of topics for the DocBook meetup in Prague sounds terrific. I'm interested! @docbook —@adamwitwer

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:29am

Wow. You can't easily get the classic UI anymore? http://t.co/ovhhYlbZ Really?—@ndw
@ndw you have to install it yourself. Reality is gnome2 is no longer the default inn Ubuntu. Unity is better than it was but not perfect.—@kingargyle

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:32am

XHTML or TEI to EPUB conversion toolchain (in XProc) by @grtjn http://t.co/Ekhp9gjX /via @gimsieke —@abdelazer
@abdelazer @grtjn @gimsieke Wow. That so totally out-classes my efforts, I’m almost afraid to publish my entry. Almost.—@ndw
@ndw Well, what are you waiting for? :-) @abdelazer @gimsieke —@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:02am

http://t.co/j8SAH77W In the beginning, there was the page. #xsl —@dpawson
@dpawson Nice!—@ndw

Friday at 09:06am

RT @docbook I created a Lanyrd page to track interest in the DocBook meetup: http://t.co/lN3kHNtB —@ndw

Friday at 09:27am

@ndw asks if any Docbook people would attend Docbook meetup at XML Prague preconf day ? http://t.co/DHuGG31i —@xmlprague

Friday at 10:17am

Clever. RT @dscape Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. http://t.co/w9xU5TJA —@ndw

Friday at 10:35am

+1 RT: @ndw: Clever. RT @dscape Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. http://t.co/7PivwB4I —@d0cster

Friday at 10:57am

Ooh! Add some merging rules and JSON can reinvent not just XML but XML *and* RDF. Wheeeee!!! /via @iand —@ndw

Friday at 10:57am

RT @ndw: Ooh! Add some merging rules and JSON can reinvent not just XML but XML *and* RDF. Wheeeee!!! /via @iand —@trevormunoz

Friday at 11:02am

RT @ndw: Ooh! Add some merging rules and JSON can reinvent not just XML but XML *and* RDF. Wheeeee!!! /via @iand —@kiphampton

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

A Guide to Publishing Linked Data Without Redirects #topicmaps #linkeddata #redirects #publishing - http://t.co/bqe4Gchi —@patrickDurusau
@patrickDurusau The link to @iand’s presentation links to your post instead. href=“” perhaps?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:47pm

"Gimme a coping mechanism on the rocks" - http://t.co/2LvxvIFO —@simonstl
@simonstl “It’s easy, you put two ice cubes in a glass, then dump ‘em out and fill it with bourbon”—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:53pm

There's only one environment: I don't quite understand why GOP wants to destroy EPA so they can breathe dirty air & drink fouled water.—@kendall
@kendall I think the plan is the rich can live where the air is clean and drink bottled water.—@ndw
@ndw If they succeed in destroying the EPA, there won't be much of that left. :(—@kendall
@kendall They don’t need much, just enough for them. What’s that, about 1%?—@ndw
@kendall As with much of the Right's beliefs, it comes down to exceptionalism. They're morally pure, so they'll be ok no matter what.—@npilon
@npilon Moral purity is an ineffective filter for dirty air and water.—@kendall

Friday at 02:51pm

"In the most radical reinterpretation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris doesn't exist and most of the movie takes place in Cameron's head"—@stevej

Friday at 03:19pm

Friends don't let friends pretend that word clouds are useful.—@kendall

Saturday at 04:58am

Xml Techno nouvelle édition http://t.co/uKBUc9XK ▸ Aujourd'hui à la UNE: @alaincouthures @ndw @theassurer —@dominiquepere

Sunday at 06:47am

wonderful. Encyclopedia of triangle centers. http://t.co/i894etoG #math —@karlpro