The short-form week of 19–25 Dec 2011

26 Dec 2011; last modified 02 Jan 2012

The week in review, 140 characters at a time.

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 12:00pm

#XMLPrague reviews finished. Definitely a lot of interesting papers. Glad I don’t have to make the final cuts.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:13pm

My word, the recursive dependencies behind Perl’s Net::Twitter module are many and varied...and deep.—@ndw
@ndw You shouldn't play with Perl. You might get some on you and it's really hard to get off.—@ronhitchens

Monday at 01:09pm

If aliens did visit us, I'd be embarrassed to tell them we still dig fossil fuels from the ground as a source of energy.—@neiltyson

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:51pm

DocBook XSD? —@ndw
@ndw I'll test it in my XSD only tool. And yes, I have asked for RelaxNG support. More to come ...—@MarieBilde
@ndw have you considered annotating the #DocBook #RNG schemas to drive the #XSD mapping? that may make things quite a bit easier.—@dret
@dret I did. I wasn't able to come up with anything useful. But maybe I just didn't think about it hard enough.—@ndw
@ndw schema annotations are hard to get right. it's usually about capturing higher-level concepts not explicitly represented in the schema.—@dret
@dret Indeed.—@ndw

Monday at 02:08pm

Any JSON that is hand-written instead of generated is to be known as "Free-range Organic JSON" from this point forward—@ajpiano

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:48am

It seems that one pre-conference day with 3 parallel tracks might not be enough for #xmlprague Check out what'll happen —@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek I wonder how many people constitute enough interest. And how I can go to the #DocBook and #XProc tracks simultaneously.—@ndw
@ndw We will see in Jan and decide about "tentative" events. We want to satisfy all communities, but we don't want to fragment it too much—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek Exactly.—@ndw
@jirkakosek A week's unabashed XML geekery is the logical next step. #xmlprague —@sgmlguru
@sgmlguru For me it will be 2 weeks, actually. First week of SC34 meetíngs, then #xmlprague then XSLT/XQuery WG meetings—@jirkakosek

Tuesday at 09:08am

Two days copying video camera tapes in the background to make DVDs for my sister-in-law, and Toast just deleted all the .dv files. Silently.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:09am

@ldodds Oh, ugh! Fingers crossed for you!—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:15am

Broken image URIs on “an error has occurred” page don’t inspire confidence that you’re “aware of this issue” and are “working to resolve it”—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:26am

Here’s a thought. If you’re login page is busted, and you know I tried to login, how about telling me when it’s back? Grumble.—@ndw

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

I can’t edit a saved trip in #AXIOM, I have to delete the whole thing and start over. Gee, how convenient.—@ndw
@ndw call AXIOM and they can make it work—@crichey

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 11:41am

Just posted to the #MarkLogic developer's list. Hopefully someone can decipher my error log message :-\—@caschwartz
@caschwartz If you can point to the document in question, that might help.—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:45pm

I so totally had to buy this! —@ndw

Tuesday at 12:48pm

“@ndw: I so totally had to buy this!” I agree!—@lcahlander

Tuesday at 02:47pm

Dear @DigitalTheatre, plus 10 points for the Tennant/Tate production, minus several thousand for the stupid [expletive deleted -ed] DRM.—@ndw

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

OH: "Is it user-friendly?" "uh... it's emacs"—@amyvdh
@amyvdh That’s a “yes”, Amy, just in case that wasn’t clear.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:57am

Xml Techno nouvelle édition ▸ Aujourd'hui à la UNE: @xmlarbyter @ibm_dw_kr @anirudhsg @ndw —@dominiquepere

Wednesday at 07:04am

If you want to cut gov't, cut defense and the influence of defense contractors. Otherwise you're just playing games. —@mikeloukides

Wednesday at 07:31am

Longing for the olden days when pasting unformatted text was the state of the art - and the default.—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:10am

Oh, poo. My #XMLPrague paper wasn’t accepted. No cool compact syntax ideas for you then. Phtthpbh! (j/k, I’ll try to get it onto a poster)—@ndw
@ndw boo! One less reason to go.—@collwhit
@collwhit Fear not, I'm still going!—@ndw
@ndw What was your #XMLPrague paper about? Maybe we'll just have to discuss it over a beer ... I'll be there.—@jonathan_robie
@jonathan_robie Compact vs. XML syntaxes.—@ndw
@ndw In general? In data formats? In languages?—@jonathan_robie
@jonathan_robie In XML languages (RNG vs RNC, XQY vs. XQYX, XSLT vs Carrot, and XProc XML vs two alternative compact syntaxes).—@ndw
@ndw Poort man, why you haven't put that your talk will be about compact XProc syntax into abstract? #NoWayBackMachine —@jirkakosek
@ndw Save your proposal for XML Amsterdam 2012.. ;-)—@grtjn
@grtjn Good plan!—@ndw
@ndw We are still looking for a key note speaker. Are you available around last week of September next year? ;-)—@grtjn
@grtjn Damn. No, probably not. I anticipate a commitment 17-21 September then I’m going on vacation 4 October.—@ndw
@ndw Awww that's a shame :( You're still coming right? Want to team up on my talk maybe?—@robinberjon
@robinberjon I’m still coming. I think Jirka’s going to persuade me to moderate a panel or something. But send me mail if you’re serious.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:59am

If the GOP realized the negative impact #SOPA will have on gay porn online, then #SOPA would go down in flames immediately. #widestance —@kendall
@kendall *snicker*—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:17am

I renew a standing offer: if yr in DC and want to talk #semtech, drop by our DC office around lunch time and lunch is on me.—@kendall
@kendall I may take you up on that offer next May :-) —@ndw
@ndw Any time, really.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:43am

Nice. #AXIOM cancelled my trip that was “on hold”. I’d have booked it if I could fscking login. “An error has occurred” 2 days in a row.—@ndw
@ndw this is usually when I give up and call the 1 800 number... I like to be Indy and all, but not at the expense of 3 H to do a 10 m task.—@JeanKaplansky
@JeanKaplansky Yeah. Doing that now. I hate talking to humans.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:33pm

Math puzzle with a surprising answer —@mschireson
@mschireson Hint: if Max asks you a math puzzle, odds are xor will be involved.—@hunterhacker
@mschireson choose one hat color and count them ... if 7 then you have that color, if 8 then you have the other color—@xquery
@xquery not necessarily 8 of each, I will clarify on my blog.—@mschireson
@mschireson I kind of figured it wouldn't be that easy ... w/o time for math, my 2nd guess is best prob is for everyone to guess—@xquery
@xquery @mschireson I don’t think Max would have asked if there wasn’t a perfect solution. Not that I’ve worked it out yet, or expect to.—@ndw
@ndw @xquery its worth the effort to figure out imho—@mschireson

Wednesday at 03:26pm

.@EFF Done. I wonder if they’re even more likely to take my laptop next time I cross the border. [Paranoid much? -ed]—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:03pm

After failure, success #SSD —@ndw
@ndw I'll never go back to spiing rust again #SSD #SUCCESS —@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:51pm

Stitch rippers don’t get enough praise. Nor garment manufacturers who insist on sandpaper collar labels enough scorn.—@ndw
@ndw Neither do rich strippers! #GettingMyCoat —@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:21am

Anyone know how to turn off (or change) the kbd shortcut for screen capture. I want Cmd-Shift-3 for something else.—@ndw
@ndw use the system settings/keyboard/shortcuts menu. At least it is buried there on OS X 10.6.8. Just deactivate the shortcut.—@mstuehrenberg
@ndw system settings -> keyboard -> short cuts—@obqo
@obqo Thank you. That was clearly to easy for my little brain.—@ndw
@ndw System Preferences / Keyboard / Keyboard Shortcuts—@ceri

Thursday at 10:04am

Hello solstice. Welcome longer days. Sorry southern hemisphere.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:50am

Keyboard shortcuts found. Thanks for all the pointers, everyone.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:39pm

Bought Pragmata Pro by Fabrizio Schiavi to spruce up text editor/terminal windows #coding #font —@svgeesus
@svgeesus What’s the Unicode coverage like? Let me know what you think after a few days use. I’m getting by with DejaVu Sans Mono.—@ndw
@ndw basic latin, e. europe, cyrillic, greek - follow link and scroll down—@svgeesus

Thursday at 01:33pm

Remember when we drug-tested Goldman Sach before showering them with tax-payer dollars? That was a good idea!—@JoshuaHol

Thursday at 03:07pm

Thursday at 03:16pm

Wow. #IDEAlliance is trying to run another #XTech. Or another conference of the same name, anyway. #XML —@ndw

Thursday at 03:17pm

Years ago, any proposal that required another HTTP round-trip was effectively DOA. Today, every fscking link goes through eight shorteners.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:57pm

I guess I like the Lamy fountain pen I bought a while back, the ink cartridge is empty.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:10pm

If I ever end up being obscenely rich, I'm pretty sure I won't also bitch publicly about how sad & lonely it makes me. FYI. :>—@kendall
@kendall I don’t predict an outflowing of sympathy, but good luck with that anyway.—@ndw
@ndw I guess you didn't get the joke...—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:54pm

RT @ndw: Years ago, any proposal that required another HTTP round-trip was effectively DOA. Today, every fscking link goes through eight ...—@freebsdgirl
@ndw @freebsdgirl Weird too when e.g. Google is so obsessed with latency that they break spec to reduce it.—@LnxPrgr3

Thursday at 04:59pm

@ndw @freebsdgirl URL shorteners & HTTP round-trips: Yes! Especially annoying on mobile: Twitter short > Other short > Site > Mobile ver etc—@webman_

Thursday at 09:27pm

#OASISopen smart-document #standards RT @NDW RT @docbook: #DocBook #XSD success, —@JamieXML

Friday at 08:09am

If I ever need a secure source of entropy again I'm basing it on airline fares.—@twitjeb

Friday at 11:35am

Handy rule of thumb: a small security hole is the same size as a large security hole.—@marcprecipice

Friday at 02:49pm

I can't be the only web standardista who keeps seeing SOPA and considers advising the use of REST instead.—@edd

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

I would like to see the word “gamification” die a grisly death.—@brentsimmons
@brentsimmons "Gamification Webinar"—@pgor

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:48pm

Detoured through Greenwich, CT today. Holy Cow! Land of the 1%.—@ndw
@ndw i think you mean .1%—@eedeebee
@eedeebee Could be.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:21am

What a great Christmas card: "Norwich - It's quicker by rail" (still laughing) —@johnlsheridan
@johnlsheridan I think the question is quicker than what? I'll be riding the route again in Feb.—@ndw

Saturday at 10:02am

Grocery store on xmas eve: broiler pans, AL foil, frazzled looks. I'm buying ice for mom-in-law.—@ndw

Saturday at 10:58am

In a sane society, Karl Rove wouldn't say anything publicly except 'Not Guilty' at his indictment hearing.—@kendall

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

Oh. My. God. Cream overload. #caek RT @sicchio: —@benosteen
@benosteen @sicchio Not until you put the whipped cream on top.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 01:09pm

I still miss #WLIR. #newyork #80s #radio. Happy holidays to Malibu Sue, Larry the Duck, & co., wherever you are.—@ndw
@ndw I remember them well. I was also one of the few Long Island jazz radio listeners. —@garyprusso

Saturday at 08:07pm

20 some odd around the dinner table for the seven fishes. Merry Christmas everyone.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 08:19pm

Oh, wait. The political arguing has started. That's less merry. Backing away slowly.—@ndw
@ndw don't make any sudden movements or run... That just revs them up...—@JeanKaplansky

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:39pm

Just started playing Angry Birds for the first time. Aah, what have I done??—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl lost a few weeks of your life?—@ndw
@ndw @TestingSaaS @heidishey @jimfenton @dak3 Only lost 2-3 hours so far, but counting. :) Mele Kalkimaka to you all!—@xmlgrrl


As for Net::Twitter, see Chris Thompon’s comment on jwz’s complaint about it: the ((only) somewhat) surprising explanation is that Twitter’s API is inconsistent and ever-changing… which has to be managed somehow by bindings authors.

—Posted by Aristotle Pagaltzis on 02 Jan 2012 @ 07:36 UTC #