The short-form week of 14–20 Nov 2011

21 Nov 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 38 messages in 42 conversations. (With 8 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 Friday at 03:27pm

It must be somebody’s law that the longer you wait to do an expense report, the longer it takes to do it. #KMN—@ndw
@ndw that's now Norm's Law of Expense Reports—@jonathan_robie
@ndw re expense reports. Yes and the longer you wait the more receipts you lose—@DALDEI
@ndw I agree, expense reports are a drag. If you need help hire 2 handle it. You can relax & get reimbursed on time.—@officebeam

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

See the crazy lady? Crazy lady *always* doubles down on crazy:—@kendall
@kendall Holy crap.—@ndw

Monday at 06:25pm

I bought a Kindle Fire, Warren Buffet bought 5% of IBM. I guess it's a day for impulse tech buys.—@shelleypowers

Monday at 06:40pm

Hey, Miller Lite: I need your judgment on what constitutes manliness like I need a hole in my head. Shove it.—@ToddGregory

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:51am

Saxon 9.4 running XQuery test suite with bytecode generation in "unfolded" mode (i.e suppress constant folding): 21823 successes, 0 failures—@ond1
@ond1 Woo hoo! Congrats!—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:16am

Yo Bloomberg, France wants its statue back. #ows—@Oranj

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:19am

Was it really necessary to destroy #OWS's 5000 volume library? What kind of people throw books into a garbage truck?—@kendall
@kendall The same sort that would burn them if they were allowed to build a bonfire.—@ndw
@ndw Don't be ridiculous: books are a threat to public health in NYC, as @MikeBloomberg admitted, so you can't *burn* them.—@kendall
@kendall books are dangerous. They carry contagion.—@simonstl

Tuesday at 09:30am

Your SMTP debugging moment of Zen: "sudo python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:25" You're welcome.—@ndw

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

@ronhitchens The best freedom money can buy, apparently.—@ndw
@ndw @collwhit I guess #OWS has entered Stage 3. First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you Then they fight you. Then you win. -Ghandi—@ronhitchens

Tuesday at 11:26am

Google's next blog post: If you don't want to be photographed by Street View cars, please make sure NO_PHOTO is on your shirt at all times.—@fromedome

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:39pm

They tell me no rooms available til 3, so currently WFL : Working From (hotel) Lobby.—@peteaven
@peteaven Ugh. Sorry, dude.—@ndw
@ndw actually ain't so bad. got wifi, a couch, a coffee, and I'm good. Could do without the hotel jazzy lounge music but other than that :)—@peteaven
@peteaven @ndw If your at a hotel lounge and they wont let you in your room, its BEER time not COFFEE time !—@DALDEI
@DALDEI @ndw dude! it's 2:30 on a Tuesday and I gotta GSD! Definitely Coffee time. ;)—@peteaven
@peteaven @ndw oh sorry thought you were on PST time where it'd be 11:30 ... 2:30 is definitely past beer time :)—@DALDEI
@peteaven @ndw Pete, we all know you're the jazzy lounge music type, stop the lies... Following your tweets has changed my life. #riveting—@CurseofArod
@CurseofArod @ndw LOL! #awesome happy to be of service sir. #spoileralert brace yourself for the Tebowing!—@peteaven
@CurseofArod If you’re life’s been changed, remember to save before you exit.—@ndw

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

I'm a bit confused with this Descent of the Modernists cartoon. Surely 'no deity'=='atheism':—@tomcoates
@tomcoates The staircase is upside down, too.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:06pm

Just got this in an email: "No trees were harmed in the transmission of this email but trillions of electrons were excited to participate."—@cvharquail

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:33pm

recycling_bin = ['cat_food_can', 'tonic_can', 'gin_bottle', 'pinto_bean_can']—@abdelazer
@abdelazer And the first four items on your shopping list?—@ndw
@ndw There was already spare gin, obviously, thanks to a watchful spouse.—@abdelazer

Tuesday at 09:36pm

Looking forward to spending some quality time with the DocBook 2.0 stylesheets @ndw—@SimJVince

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:22am

@simonstl @ndw wrong! Think of antigov activists. "When your actions are lawful, honorable and just, you perform them in the light of day."—@Klortho
@Klortho @simonstl I don’t think I understand what you’re trying to say.—@ndw
@ndw @simonstl This statement/argument is not only wrong, but dangerously wrong. I heard it a lot by pro-gov types in China.—@Klortho

Wednesday at 08:46am

@Klortho @ndw so you're concerned that it also applies to people forced by government to hide their actions at night? think diff case.—@simonstl

Wednesday at 08:54am

@Klortho @ndw would you prefer "lawful, honorable, and just, and not likely to get you imprisoned or shot at, you perform..."—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:40am

Visit for the best - most meaningful - pop-up ad I've seen in a while.—@simonstl
@simonstl I was tempted to put that one on my sites too.—@ndw
@ndw I just added it to Living in Dryden.—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:51am

Prosecutions for Bank Fraud -—@simonstl
@simonstl I wonder if it’s due more to lackluster attempts to prosecute or relaxing the rules so there are fewer laws to break. Prob. both—@ndw
@ndw think it's both, though mostly I'm betting on lackluster prosecution. No appetite for it in key places.—@simonstl
@ndw You dont have the guts to see this black guy getting killed—@JeterMccullarsA

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:07am

And #OWS people? While you're arguing about tents, we're all losing freedom on the internet. Pay attention to SOPA—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Indeed. It’s easy to see support of SOPA as a way of curtailing comm. between citizens. I remember when I wasn’t paranoid.—@ndw
@ndw Far too easy to see how this could be abused. Appalled that Congress would even consider it. Unconstitutional, at best.—@shelleypowers

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:45am

XML guru provides free unlimited access to gym to all employees. Fresh air guaranteed. What is your corporate benefit?—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek You must have a large stove/fireplace. Back in the day when we had one, I’d have cut those logs in half b/f splitting ‘em.—@ndw
@ndw Yep, main heating source is boiler for 20" logs. Splitting some of them was really challanging (and cutting as well). :-)—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek @ndw until i was 17, my house was heated by a very efficient wood furnace. i chopped lots of wood ...—@jonathan_robie

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:49pm

Can anyone recommend a set of noise-cancelling headphones that is a) reasonably priced b) reliable? Getting sick of my sennheisers.—@mnot
@mnot I’ve always been happy with my Bose QC2’s, though they may fail the reasonably priced criteria.—@ndw
@ndw I want reasonably priced because they inevitably break (I fly a lot).—@mnot
@mnot Fair enough, you probably fly more than me, but I get around a bit. Mine are still solid after three years of frequent use.—@ndw
@ndw maybe. The other concern I had (damn 140chars) is size. anyway, thx for the rec!—@mnot
@mnot Not amazing but cheap: Got these a few years ago for $5 ($30 - $25 rebate)! Heavy, but usable.—@noahmendelsohn

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:27pm

Enjoying our annual celebration of alcoholic grape juice #BeaujolaisNouveau—@ndw
@ndw Please share your tasting notes and tweets using the hashtag #NouveauDay - questions, please ask!—@WineTwits

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:23pm

New XQuery blog post, "To 'fn' or not to 'fn'" #xquery #marklogic—@evanlenz
@evanlenz You answered 2. You are correct, sir.—@hunterhacker
@ndw @hunterhacker @evanlenz I'm usually too lazy to lookup the ns-uri of fn.. which means I end up adding fn: everywhere.. :-(—@grtjn
@grtjn @ndw @hunterhacker I'm too lazy too; that's why I added it to my editor's template for .xqy files. You never have to look it up then!—@evanlenz
@evanlenz How about sharing your template? :-D /cc @ndw @hunterhacker—@grtjn
@grtjn @evanlenz Here’s mine. *Almost* fit in a tweet.—@ndw
@ndw Why do you use 1.0-ml? Usually people say "for function mapping". I find it error-prone. Why if you disable it? (cc: @grtjn @evanlenz)—@fgeorges
@fgeorges Because of all the other goodies of the 1.0-ml syntax of course! Try-catch etc.. /cc @ndw @evanlenz—@grtjn
@grtjn I thought function items, but in that case I tend to isolate them in their own modules. Try/catch is a good one! (cc: @ndw @evanlenz)—@fgeorges
@ndw @grtjn Good call on turning off function mapping!—@evanlenz
@grtjn My XQuery template was the same as Norm's except for disabling function mapping (which I think I'll now add). @ndw @hunterhacker—@evanlenz

Thursday at 07:03am

@ndw : @grtjn favorites your avatar..—@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:03am

We’re not broke. /via someone.—@ndw
@ndw There's always money in the banana stand.—@dmcassel

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:07am

"The protestors will wear suits to blend in with office workers on their way to work."—@cote
@cote Try as I might, I cannot get my head around the idea that NY thinks it’s legal/acceptable to close a public street.—@ndw
@ndw @cote they do it all the time for movie filming, right?—@monkchips

Thursday at 12:13pm

+1! RT @evanlenz: @ndw @grtjn Good call on turning off function mapping!—@grtjn

Thursday at 03:07pm

'"Who gave you the right to occupy America?" The real question is "Who took that right away?"' - via @kiphampton—@simonstl

Friday at 07:15am

One more reason to abandon Apple. And Adobe too, which makes abandoning Apple easier:—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:52am

New Tumble: Alfred 1.0 pre-release now available! :)—@alfredapp
@alfredapp Installed!—@ndw

Friday at 01:47pm

Helicopters are expensive. # of them above a city are a perfect visualisation of how nervous people with money are of those without.—@moleitau

Friday at 03:08pm

Xml Techno nouvelle édition ▸ Aujourd'hui à la UNE: @robby_pelssers @erikojebo @safesoftware @ndw @simonjgibbs—@dominiquepere

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

The Wikimedia fundraiser will not end until every hipster on Twitter snarks about the Jimmy Wales banners.—@tommorris
@tommorris I don’t have any snark, but neither am I hip. I did however fork over some cold, hard cash today.—@ndw
@ndw Brilliant!—@tommorris

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:20pm

whole else codes by using throwing UnsupportedOperationException in all paths of app that aren't yet implemented slowly removing them?—@aspyker
@aspyker I’ve done that occasionally—@ndw
@ndw I use that class far more for iteratively writing code than actually in any finished code—@aspyker

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:13pm

Fedora 16 hangs on resume on this Dell laptop. KMN.—@ndw
@ndw try #fedora on #freenode? they are usually quite helpful ...—@jonathan_robie

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:28pm

The law of rechargables (phones, tablets, etc.): they all run out at the same time. Coincidentally, also always the least convenient.—@ndw
And there is only ever one outlet available when this happens. QT @ndw: The law of rechargables (all run out at the same time)—@docum3nt

Saturday at 12:11pm

Current status: waiting at BOS terminal E for mom's arrival.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 01:30pm

Sign of the times: I delete most of my tweets written for irony out of fear that the irony won't be recognizable.—@ndw
@ndw Funny that you say so, I do the same fairly often.—@fribeiro1
@ndw I'm constantly being told that You Americans don't understand irony. Maybe you're not one of them.—@louBurnard
@louBurnard @ndw what exactly do you mean by that, Lou?—@jonathan_robie

Saturday at 07:47pm

Love this. Why the hell not? RT @JohnWonderlich: stand by your violence. put badge numbers and names as large as NFL jerseys.—@phillipanderson

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 08:22pm

Hmm. Android Market suddenly fails when loading My Apps. On two devices. In the same way. Odd.—@ndw
@ndw It’d be odder if it just failed on one, n’est-ce pas?—@timbray