The short-form week of 9–15 Jan 2012

16 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.

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:27pm

@ndw - any input into this discussion of docbook sect1/2/3/4/5 vs section issue? http://t.co/SYLmHNHd Is the former more legacy?—@bdarcus
@bdarcus The value of sect'n' is that you can limit depth and (if you want) change the content model at different depths. That's all, really—@ndw

Monday at 07:34am

Security theater: asking for my boarding pass then accepting "it's on my phone" as a reason not to show it.—@ndw

Monday at 12:47pm

Yeehaw! RT @xmlcalabash I believe XML Calabash now passes 100% of the test suite. Again. At last.—@ndw

Monday at 06:20pm

What happens when you arrive at your gate 50 (fifty) minutes early? You wait 35 minutes for the ground crew, naturally.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:17pm

One of the great things about having a trending tweet is the opportunity to zap a few spammers...—@webmink
@webmink recently, that hasn't required anything trending.—@ndw

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

I live in the future! Galaxy Nexus power plug is standard micro USB that also fits my mouse and camera. Thanks @NeelieKroesEU —@martin_probst
@martin_probst Do you like the Nexus? I’ll be tempted when they release GSM versions in the US.—@ndw
@ndw Galaxy Nexus is the best phone ever, better than iPhone 4. For people with big hands though. I'm biased though ;-)—@martin_probst
@martin_probst I feel the temptation getting steadily worse.—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:32am

Dang it. I left my power cord at the office. I guess I’ll be skipping breakfast and going into work early this morning.—@ndw

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

Can I force Lion to use the UK store rather than the Italian one somehow?? (I'm in Italy...)—@libbymiller
@libbymiller And my sincerest sympathy for your troubles, Libby. Losing an encrypted disk sucks big time.—@ndw
@ndw thanks Norm. I'll get over it. Perhaps I'll even learn something!—@libbymiller

Tuesday at 10:14am

RT @xmlcalabash XML Calabash 0.9.44 released: http://t.co/ROijAFVZ —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:23am

well that was fun. Thanks all. I erased the disk, lost apple id password, failed to retrieve it, made another, rebought Lion, downloading..—@libbymiller
@libbymiller you pay for your operating system? How quaint!—@9600
@9600 not ready to run linux on a lappy. Or is it easy now? I recall @therealmaxf getting as stabby as he ever does over it a few years ago—@libbymiller
@libbymiller Not anymore! I get stabby over Android these days—@therealmaxf
@therealmaxf heh. Improvement?—@libbymiller
@libbymiller Nope. Still stabby as ever...—@therealmaxf
@therealmaxf @libbymiller Modern linux distros have worked reasonably well on laptops for years in my experience.—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:25am

RT @mattcomi: Coding in an IDE that warns as you type is like telling a story to a child. "So, this dog was-" "What's his name?" "I'LL ...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:27am

Another reason to hate the “app store” RT @libbymiller Can I force Lion to use the UK store ... somehow?? (I'm in Italy...)—@ndw
@ndw @libbymiller my macguru sez Lion uses store assoc w/account that's logged in. So a UK account should get you the UK store. WTF?—@docum3nt
@docum3nt @ndw It was user error. I have 3 accounts and was using the wrong one (the one I was trying to use was my ios dev account)—@libbymiller

Tuesday at 10:41am

@ndw @libbymiller This might help: https://t.co/2DHmYUui—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:31pm

Lanes? There are no lanes. This is NYC! #airplanesaresafer —@peteaven
@peteaven You ain’t seen nothing until you try Boston. In NYC the made all the streets straight; that’s just cheating.—@ndw
@ndw @peteaven In NYC, the drivers are out to get you. In Boston, so are the roads.—@dmcassel

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:41pm

I maintain that any tax code that doesn’t fit on two sides of a single 8.5x11” piece of paper (in 10pt type) is too complicated.—@ndw
@ndw basic German income tax regulations clock in at a couple of hundred pages, w/ commentary easily thousands :-(—@martin_probst
@ndw Should all food be taxed? Should there be a tax incentive for starting a new business? Foreigners working here? Foreign tax paid?—@abdelazer
@abdelazer The implication being that it’s necessarily more cmplx. Maybe. I’m not convinced. You can say a lot in two pages of clear prose.—@ndw
@ndw I'm all for overhauling it and distilling it to absolute fundamentals. Having anything that small for 300mm seems ... unlikely—@abdelazer
@abdelazer So how many pages? 2, 5, 10, 25, 100?—@ndw
@ndw The shortest path may be to limit the number of classes of things-to-be-taxed and the # of tax brackets, but how to not be regressive?—@abdelazer
@abdelazer @ndw I think a tri-fold 8x10 complete form and instruction for ALL individuals would be fine. The code can be whatever size.—@gcarothers
@gcarothers @abdelazer @ndw You mean the Canadian method?—@npilon
@npilon @gcarothers @abdelazer @ndw I thought the Canadian method was a form of birth control?—@wholewheattoast
@ndw I almost agree. I say 12pt type. Single spacing okay.—@simonstl
@simonstl I’m willing to be flexible on the details.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:18pm

whoa! RT @ndw: @peteaven You ain’t seen nothing until you try Boston. In NYC the made all the streets straight; that’s just cheating.—@peteaven

Tuesday at 04:19pm

double whoa! RT @dmcassel: @ndw @peteaven In NYC, the drivers are out to get you. In Boston, so are the roads.—@peteaven

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

@dmcassel @ndw makes me think: didn't think it could get worse. and: another reason to hate the patriots. :) cc: @JoshNarva —@peteaven
@peteaven @dmcassel @ndw Hi Pete. I'm sorry about the Steelers #gopats #rings #defense-bendbutdontbreak—@JoshNarva

Wednesday at 08:55am

Sometimes #git perplexes me and sometimes it saves my fscking *ss. git reset FTW.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:40am

Congratulations to @robinberjon & Henry on their election to the #w3c #tag.—@ndw
@ndw Thanks! I'll try to behave (a little).—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:46am

RT “@ndw: Congratulations to @robinberjon & Henry on their election to the #w3c #tag.” +1, have fun and good luck—@johnlsheridan
@johnlsheridan Thanks :)—@robinberjon

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:53am

Let Google navigate remind me how to get to friend's house tonight. On arrival, presented with street view picture of house. #holy #crap —@ndw
@ndw Were you also presented with the Google+ pages for the contractor who built the house and the gardener who works on it?—@vambenepe

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:22am

So it seems that I've been elected to the W3C TAG. http://t.co/fqHhrqG5 Many, many thanks to all those of you who helped!—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Congratulations. Now I need to make sure to attend TPAC to see you dance.—@hsivonen
@hsivonen If it makes you come to TPAC then it's definitely a good thing ;)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon congrats—@xquery
@xquery Thanks!—@robinberjon
@robinberjon so I heard you promised dancing girls at XML Prague this year ... we will let you go with free pints—@xquery
@xquery Has there ever not been dancing girls at XML Prague? (Well, at least outside the conference).—@robinberjon
@robinberjon ummmm ... I think you mean dancing Moz !—@xquery
@robinberjon congrats! You deserve it.—@tobie
@tobie Deserve it? I don't think I've been *that* bad! Thanks ;)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon that needs more discussion. /cc @tobie —@roessler

Thursday at 05:30am

Congrats to @robinberjon for election to the W3C TAG! (h/t @johnlsheridan @ndw)—@hadleybeeman

Thursday at 09:36am

Dear @united, sending email suggesting I checkin online when your online checkin system is down seems...careless.—@ndw

Thursday at 12:53pm

Awesome! RT @timbray Time to turn the page: http://t.co/JtJcOYiB —@ndw

Thursday at 02:24pm

OH "Fiveify it"—@ndw

Thursday at 02:31pm

x2!! RT @ndw Awesome! RT @timbray Time to turn the page: http://t.co/M3704h20 —@CanOfBees

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:34pm

Can't I just attend all @xmlprague pre-conf sessions? :-P cc: @adamretter @ronhitchens @wcandillon @christiangruen @xquery @ndw etc..—@grtjn
@grtjn @xmlprague @adamretter @ronhitchens @wcandillon @xquery @ndw ...you are welcome ;) would be great to have all of them streamed..—@christiangruen

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:13pm

Walking down ramp and into O'Hare. Brrrr http://t.co/orTdkH0l —@eedeebee
@eedeebee Don’t be showing me snow in O’Hare damn it. I leave SFO at 6:00a tomorrow. Weather permitting.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:36pm

My fiancée was surprised by my suggestion to change the time of our wedding reception in order to improve the typography of the invitations.—@james_clark
@james_clark Congratulations.—@hsivonen
@james_clark I'm waiting to hear that the invitations were in Thai? That would impress us!—@dpawson
@james_clark what geek wives will never understand. at least they still love us—@DALDEI
@james_clark We’re not surprised. And heartiest congratulations, James!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:41pm

@katyperry Oh, heck, it can’t hurt to ask: http://t.co/CCyVqIvn —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:47pm

RT @mdaquin: I think if my TODO list were available in a library, it would be classified in "science fiction/fantasy"—@ndw

Friday at 12:10am

If the leading digit in your alarm is a “3” and you’re not planning to get up in the afternoon, you’re doing it wrong. I’m doing it wrong.—@ndw

Friday at 05:01am

x2!! RT @ndw Awesome! RT @timbray Time to turn the page: http://t.co/M3704h20 —@CanOfBees

Friday at 07:09am

If there's no one at the front desk at 4am and I find you wandering the halls, you don't get to be snippy when I ask about the front desk.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:37am

What's more, "on-background" material was perfectly banal. How can you be in public relations game *and* demand your utterances be secret?—@doctorow
@doctorow Because they fear you will ask difficult questions they would prefer not even to acknowledge hearing?—@ndw

Friday at 08:44am

Seat: 8C, exit bulkhead. Bag: overhead bin row 18. #firstworldproblems #bitch #bitch #bitch —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:44am

Wrote a blog post about lambic (fairly basic stuff): http://t.co/BOgaCtMd #beer —@larsga
@larsga Doh! I thought you meant iambic pentameter!—@dpawson
@dpawson You clearly need to read it, then. :)—@larsga
@larsga @dpawson Read it? I want to drink it. Is it #beeroclock yet?—@ndw
@ndw We're six beers into this evening's beer tasting... Next up: Archa from Thailand.—@larsga

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:48am

After 8 great years @MarkLogic, today is my last. Next week I join a great team @HearsaySocial - this should be a very fun ride.—@sayveiga
@sayveiga You'll be missed.—@leepollington
@sayveiga we're gonna miss you, Bill! Best wishes for the new gig!—@ndw
@sayveiga I'll miss working with you - the geekiest sales guy I know. (That's a compliment.)—@hunterhacker
@sayveiga Bill! You rock! Best of luck on the next adventure! and thanks for teaching me that T's and C's doesn't mean Tease and Seize :)—@peteaven

Saturday at 07:20am

Google’s clearly confused this morning; I’m getting “You’ve been tagged in a photo” messages for pics that I’m not in.—@ndw

Saturday at 06:49pm

All the sites I control will be dark on Jan 18. Fair warning. #stopSOPA.—@ndw

Saturday at 09:16pm

Thanks! May all sites do the same: RT @ndw: All the sites I control will be dark on Jan 18. Fair warning. #stopSOPA.—@jsuttor

Sunday at 01:01pm

Reading http://t.co/GOsRrVnV (excellent, btw) makes me want to do the upcoming bathroom tile job using a De Bruijn sequence pattern.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:07pm

@ndw Can you spare me 10 minutes via Skype text chat to discuss pro's and con's of the built in HTTP API's in MarkLogic (for Prague paper)?—@adamretter
@adamretter Sure. Ping me tomorrow. You have my IM, yes?—@ndw
@ndw erm dont think I have your IM—@adamretter
@adamretter Sent to your http://t.co/FuTOADrL addy—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:08pm

Enjoying Solarized color schemes in #Emacs, except for the awful defaults for #Gnus http://t.co/OLJONEX9 —@ndw
@adben Thanks. I prefer the lighter Solarized theme. It’s just a matter of picking different highlights for Gnus, I think.—@ndw

Sunday at 04:31pm

On January 18th, *.garshol.priv.no will be down, to protest #SOPA. (inspired by @ndw)—@larsga