The short-form week of 21–27 Nov 2011

28 Nov 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 50 messages in 52 conversations. (With 12 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 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
@timbray I suppose, though I didn’t actually associate a “force close” sort of error with a problem on the other end.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 04:39am

I'm looking to make a custom photo book. Who would you recommend? Blurb? Who else?—@ldodds
@ldodds Moo does that too, I think.—@ndw
@ldodds had a lot of success with Blurb—@iand

Monday at 07:56am

Trapped in a twisty little maze of upgrades, disk crashes, and restore from backups.—@ndw

Monday at 11:20am

Gingrich's attack on non-religious Americans would fit nicely in a North Korean newspaper article defending the cult of The Leader.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:54am

Remember, human purchasing-units, it's acceptable camp in public for Black Friday & corporate profits and unacceptable to camp for justice.—@kendall
@kendall @ndw Still a chance to get pepper sprayed.—@hsivonen

Monday at 11:56am

You may not like this, but Marx was right: they've turned the law into a weapon of *their* class warfare against us. /cc @ggreenwald—@kendall

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

I'm struggling mightily to use a positional predicate to number new identifiers & add them to docs with xdmp:node-insert-after() #xquery—@caschwartz
@caschwartz Happy to help. Drop me a line.—@ndw

Monday at 12:06pm

Took my mom to the mall to meet with friends. Eating alone in a restaurant while *not* on a business trip feels weird.—@ndw

Monday at 12:21pm

My wallet is designed to hold (absurdly uniformly sized) US currency. So why is ever fscking receipt just a little bit wider?—@ndw

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

Thank you @macys for the free wifi where the mall wants to charge some absurd highway robbery price.—@ndw
@ndw You're welcome!—@Macys

Monday at 01:04pm

Ok, @macys, minus a few thousand points for blocking just about everything but port 80. #grumble—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:05pm

Android portable wifi hotspot, #FTW. Except maybe for the battery life.—@ndw
@ndw yeah, the wifi hotspot is great for emergencies, but sucks the battery rapidly. #android—@kingargyle

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:29pm

I don't mind XML; it's the parsers that bug me. Almost all of them are horrible.—@bphogan
@bphogan The parsers, or the APIs to the parsers?—@ndw
@ndw the parser APIs. And since that is the interface to the parse, I feel they are the same.—@bphogan
@bphogan did you try crack XML parser? Turns an XML response into a hash—@johnsonch
@johnsonch so does xml-simple, nokogiri, tons of other things. But I wasn't doing Ruby. :)—@bphogan

Monday at 05:32pm

How many times did Jesus mention tax breaks for the rich in the Bible?—@LOLGOP

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:37pm

As much as I love tablets, I have to admit that since I started using one regularly my general productivity has diminished substantially.—@RussB
@RussB How so?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:23pm

If one finds oneself vaguely more paranoid than feels healthy during the day, Robopocalypse may not be the best beftime reading. #justsaying—@ndw
@ndw Pretty fun book, though!—@tabatkins

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:26pm

The hazard of running Windows infrequently is that EVERY time you go to use it, it wants to update. Prolly true of OS X too.—@windley
@windley In fairness, it’s equally true of linux. Though only windows is truly obnoxious about it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:01am

so am I just thick, or has #emusic lost its "save for later" button?—@martinfowler
@martinfowler It’s under the “Profile” pulldown. The count is wrong, but it’s been wrong for years for me.—@ndw
@ndw That takes me to save list - but it doesn't add the album I'm looking at to the save list—@martinfowler
@martinfowler Indeed. If you click on the “+” that’s next to the “Download” album button, you’ll find “Save for later”. It doesn’t work :-(—@ndw
@ndw @martinfowler so we're all in the still on emusic club? cc @sogrady.—@monkchips
@ndw ah yes, the "+" button. And as you say, it doesn't work. Someone needs a class on testing.—@martinfowler

Tuesday at 02:29pm

"Genius of Steve Jobs is that he figured out how to make jails chic." #stallman—@mkirschenbaum

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:20pm

#xmlprague CFP will be closing in about week. Don't wait with your submission. We want hear what you do with XML!—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek Whhaaaa! I can haz more hours in the day, please?—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:18pm

The times I actually remember while debugging that I can move the program counter to re-run some code, I feel like God.—@pgor

Wednesday at 02:52am

99% of test cases pass, 1% cause all the problems. #OccupyTestCases—@pquerna

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:11am

I'm in awe at the Stanisław Lem tribute.—@happygiraffe
@happygiraffe That is amazing.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:43am

gold star to those folks who have submitted their abstracts/papers, now for the rest of you you got a week ..go,go,go ! #xmlprague—@xmlprague
@xmlprague But after I submit the abstract, I’m committed to finishing the work. Wait. That’s a good thing, right? Next week. 4 sure.—@ndw
@xmlprague Can I have a silver star if I manage to submit a draft whitepaper?—@sgmlguru

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:28am

Improves flavor! “@BryanJFischer: Be advised: every Butterball turkey sold in US Thanksgiving sacrificed to Allah.”—@kendall
@kendall Because muttering to a magical being you don’t believe in...oh, nevermind, I can’t even be bothered to finish that thought.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:01am

It's official: I'm running in the W3C TAG election.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon go go go ... good luck !! #robin4W3CTAG—@xquery
@xquery OMG a hashtag! Thanks :)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon excellent, great news! #tag #w3c—@svgeesus
@svgeesus Thanks a lot :-)—@robinberjon
@svgeesus @robinberjon Sweet. You get my vote!—@ndw
@ndw Yay, thanks :-)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon ooh, hope you win!—@libbymiller
@libbymiller Thank you, that's very nice :)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Sorry Robin, no werewolves allowed! (and good luck...)—@philarcher1
@philarcher1 but @robinberjon is an excellent villager (as well as werewolf). excellent villagers are always needed!—@amyvdh
@amyvdh That, and my bambi eyes super power! Cc @philarcher1—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:56am

I never Fing remember my netsuite password—@peteaven
@peteaven That’s ok, because as soon as you login, they’re going to make you change it again.—@ndw
@ndw @peteaven Pete, try "ilovejosh"—@CurseofArod
@CurseofArod @peteaven But that’s my regular login password and you aren’t supposed to use the same password on multiple sites, right?—@ndw
@ndw I just googled I Love Josh planning to zing @CurseofArod somehow and 83 million pages were returned .... who knew? #dumbstruck—@peteaven
@peteaven dude, I reset my netsuite password everytime because I rarely used it and forgot it. Lol!—@jasoncbooth
@jasoncbooth i have to reset it everytime. funny enough, it told me i'd previously used all my variations of nssucks ihatens nsblows etc. :)—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:07pm

RT @kendall: I'd like the old America back, where liberty was more important than security. That shit was better, being the whole Consti ...—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:37pm

@ndw @CurseofArod ah, 217 million returned for I Love Pete, so, maybe all is right in the universe after all—@peteaven

Wednesday at 02:39pm

@ndw @CurseofArod Norman returns 164 million. Looks like @CurseofArod needs to get out there and shake some hands, kiss some babies—@peteaven

Wednesday at 04:06pm

“Wouldn’t it be cool if we just added a small thing where…” “No!”—@brentsimmons

Wednesday at 04:29pm

Hello, Manhattan, my old friend. #potentpotables—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:21pm

it's sad how Wile E Coyote is remembered for his violence and not his brilliantly realistic paintings of tunnels—@godmachineuk

Thursday at 03:24am

Thanksgiving survival tip #2: when someone insists on a prayer, look at phone, say "I have to take this call, start without me," and leave.—@whump

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:53am

A very happy turkey day to all my US followers.—@docum3nt
@docum3nt Back atcha, Peter!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:59am

For some reason it's impossible to make people accept that the coastline does not have any specific length (unless you consider it infinite)—@larsga
@larsga: How about 'long' as an answer Lars? (re coaslines)—@dpawson
@dpawson "Infinite" would be pretty accurate.—@larsga
@larsga @dpawson With a granularity of, uh, a grain of sand, “infinite” seems unlikely. Closer to than 103km though, I’ll give you that.—@ndw
@ndw True. :)—@larsga
@larsga: Only if you could measure it Lars? Long is indeterminate, same as a Norwegian coast.—@dpawson
@dpawson Well, yes, but length increases without bound as measuring scale shrinks, so lim dx -> 0 length(coast) = infinity. I think.—@larsga

Friday at 05:07am

I don't care what the problem is, the solution is map/reduce. There's nothing wrong with my hammer. Your nails are wrong.—@mikekelly85

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:45am can't believe I'm really here at #NasaTweetup—@mathling
@mathling awesome! have a great time!—@peteaven
@peteaven I should have know the Director of Awesome would be on the case!—@mathling
@mathling @peteaven You've clearly borrowed the title for this trip. #jealous #of #the #awesome—@ndw

Friday at 09:24am

Food court tables as billboard space: leave no surface ad free. #grumpyguyinthemall—@ndw

Friday at 09:29am

Angry Birds needs a level with a shark tank. #grumpyguyinamall—@ndw

Friday at 09:38am

If it was made last month in some sweatshop, it's not antique anything.—@ndw

Friday at 09:40am

Spelling it wrong doesn't make it clever.—@ndw

Friday at 05:00pm

Can "voting with our wallets" really mean much in a society driven into a bacchanalian frenzy by cheap disposable plastic junk?—@umairh

Friday at 08:27pm

@mathling @ronhitchens @ndw is right, #jealous is the right word here. #awesome—@collwhit

Friday at 09:11pm

@ndw see previous tweet, meant to cc u ;)—@peteaven

Friday at 09:46pm

Today: watched latest Trek movie again; saw in-app add for concert on 9.11.11. Timeline problems much?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 02:38am

This woman sitting next to me needs to travel with a service animal for her via G+—@merlyn
@merlyn Wow. That comment thread sure brought out the crazy. Now where’s my biscuit?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:33am

Happy birthday to me. Pinch me, I'm here in the twent at #NASATweetup.—@mathling
@mathling Happy birthday, Mary! Enjoy the show!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 07:49am

Bill Nye telling us that a launch is the coolest thing ever. #NASATweetup #MSL—@mathling
@mathling So, just stating the obvious then. :-)—@ndw

Sunday at 02:17pm

Government decide we take a day off for royal wedding,it won’t damage the economy,Workers strike for a day it costs the UK half billion.—@Andyirv

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:13pm

Mom goes home tomorrow. It's very sad. And will be such a f'ing relief. #conflicted #only #child—@ndw
@ndw #yourmom doesnt do twitter does she :)—@DALDEI
@DALDEI No. So my secret is safe as long as none of y’all meet her.—@ndw
@ndw @DALDEI too many jokes could be said here #restrainingmyself—@eedeebee

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:02pm

I just realized I listen to more Pink (P!NK or Alecia Beth Moore) than Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta). Psychoanalyze this.—@dajobe
@dajobe Pink is better?—@ndw