Google+ Postings

22 Jan 2012

A review, one Google+ posting at a time.

[The plan is to merge the Google+ stream into the Twitter stream for these “short form” essays. The plan is a work in progress.]

This document was created semi-automatically from my archive of my Google+ stream. Due to occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

Dear #googleplus, It would be nice if the Google+ API for a "checkin" item returned the cid of the place where the checkin occurred. It's a link on the post when you're looking at it in Google+, so it's clearly stored somewhere.
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One of the best breakfast spots in the valley.
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The continuing reno in the former shower stall
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Nice epitaph: Beyond the universe there is nothing and within the universe the supernatural does not and cannot exist. Of all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those impostors who pretend to lead by a light above nature. Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or denying its teachings, and most of these teachings have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or denying her dogmas, and most of these dogmas have been false.
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Oh, the humanity! Er, caffinity"
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The apostrophe police would not approve
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So true. /via +Tim Bray
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When life gives you broken limbs, make votive holders. #snowpocalyse
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I created a Google page for XML Calabash and put a badge on it. For no better reason than I could.
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I created a Google+ Page for DocBook. Just because, for the moment.
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Having two, unbridged routers is massively inconvenient. The things on 10.0.0.x, I want on 192.168.1.x and/or vice versa. The cable company manages their router, which means I can't admin it. We have it setup that way so that when it all goes pear shaped when I'm on the road, the cable company is responsible for fixing it. In theory, the cable company would be willing to bridge the two routers, but I've never got them to set that up, partly because it'd require tinkering with Deb's internet connection and that's never a good plan.
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It seems appropriate to note here that I added support for Google+ authentication to the MarkLogic OAuth2 library. There must be real work I'm avoiding.
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Is OAuth setup/login for the G+ APIs significantly different/harder than for other services (e.g. Twitter), or are the docs just more opaque?
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Well, the spammers have certainly arrived, haven't they. Sigh.
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Oh freaking jeebus! Look at this XML: <Number1>Step 1.</Number1> <NumberA1>Step 1.a</NumberA1> <NumberAList> <NumberA>Step 1.b</NumberA> <NumberA>Step 1.c</NumberA> <Number>Step 2.</Number> <Number>Step 3.</Number> <Number>Step 4.</Number> </NumberAList> <Code>code example</Code> <Body-indent>Some text</Body-indent> <Code>more code</Code> <Body-indent>More text</BodyIndent> <NumberList> <Number>Step 5.</Number> <Number>Step 6.</Number> </NumberList> <EndList-root>Another paragraph</Endlist-root> That markup is supposed to be interpreted as if it represents this structure: <ol> <li>Step 1. <ol type="lower-alpha"> <li>Step 1.a</li> <li>Step 1.b</li> <li>Step 1.c</li> </ol> </li> <li>Step 2.</li> <li>Step 3.</li> <li>Step 4. <pre>code example</pre> <p>Some text</p> <pre>More code</pre> <p>More text</pre> </li> <li>Step 5.</li> <li>Step 6.</li> </ol> <p>Another paragraph</p> WTF!? Look where the NumberAList ends! The Number elements inside the NumberAList are supposed somehow to be elements from the outer list!? That unwrapped code and prose is supposed to be part of step 4? It looks to me as if the number list wrappers are just a distraction. I should discard them and try to group Number and NumberA elements. Maybe. With possible intervening blocks. Oh, and sometimes with extra nesting implied. Actually, I'm not confident that the XML really contains enough information to reconstitute the original. Maybe it does, but it sure is...convoluted.
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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/games-in-google-fun-that-fits-your.html (Where's the button to add a link in the Android client?) "With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web." Bullsh*t. You want to bring advertising revenue. And tbat's ok. It's ok to be honest, really. But if you don't want to be blunt, at least try not to sound so transparently phony.
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And as long as I'm asking The Big Bang Theory trivia, what's mounted on the post?
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What poster is on the wall behind Sheldon?
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Very handy indeed!
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Consider the following example: <section> <title>Some section title</title> <orderedlist xml:id="l1"> <listitem> <para>Item 1</para> </listitem> </orderedlist> <para xml:id="p1">Logically part of item 1.</para> <orderedlist xml:id="l2" continuation="continues"> <listitem> <para>Item 2</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>Item 3</para> </listitem> </orderedlist> <orderedlist xml:id="l3" numeration="upperalpha"> <listitem> <para>Item 1.A</para> </listitem> </orderedlist> <para xml:id="p2">Logical part of item 1.A.</para> <orderedlist xml:id="l4" continuation="continues" numeration="upperalpha"> <listitem> <para>Item 1.B</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>Item 1.C</para> </listitem> <listitem> <para>Item 1.D</para> </listitem> </orderedlist> </section> The para "p1" is logically part of item 1 because it's followed by a continued list. And the listitems of "l2" follow item 1 in "l1". The same kind of merge is true of para "p2". But list "l3" is not part of item 3 even though it is followed by a continued list. Or maybe it is. Man, it's hard to tell. And I'm not sure this is even the most complicated possible example. What if there was a list "l5" before the </section> that was continued (but without a numeration), which list would it continue? Can that even happen? I need to go back and look at the original Frame XML to see if there are more clues. (The motivation to fix this, by the way, is that EPUB2 doesn't support "start" attributes on OL lists. So I can't just do the obvious thing and leave the lists discontiguous.)
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Danny's post, https://plus.google.com/112609322932428633493/posts/HEAFd8wKY1x is funny, but I don't think all such posts will be.
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Read email. Fixed a few bugs. Organized my desktops (physical and virtual). Tidied my home directory. Synced local updates to public repositories. Damn it, have I really reached the point where I have to do the expense report?
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My first G+ spammer. Joy. No, buddy, I don't want your (social media|real estate|investment|penis enlargement) advice. Crawl back under your rock and finish decomposing, kthxbai.
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My name is me.
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Friends computer: Windows 7(?) print spool crashes repeatedly, even after reboot. Any hope at all, or just reinstall from scratch?
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/via +Tim O'Reilly
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Fan-freaking-tastic! van der Vlist, Eric. “One Href is not Enough: We need n hrefs!” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011, Montréal, Canada, August 2 - 5, 2011. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 7 (2011). doi:10.4242/BalisageVol7.Vlist01. #Balisage #Balisage2011
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The Chinese Garden at the Montréal Botanical Gardens.
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Note to self: Marmalade, the package archiving system for Emacs Lisp.
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Yes, the Galaxy Tab fits in your back pocket. No, you shouldn't sit down with it in your back pocket. #crackedglass
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Je suis arrive en Montréal. True no matter how bad my French.
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A few hotel evenings and an afternoon in the airport and I've submitted my entry.
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From my room in the Hilton last night.
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"Serious type geekery afoot" /via +Mark Nottingham on Twitter.
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The snarky humor in Torchwood: Miracle Day is really quite funny. "But you weren't impaled!" "Ha! You should have seen..."
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I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you! It all seemed so honest and above board at the time, how could this scandalous behavior perpetrated by...oh, fuck it. The parties involved will no doubt escape justice here too.
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"Don't talk to the clown."
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In the phrase "too much garlic", I understand what each of the individual words means, but I'm at a loss to understand the phrase as a whole.
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At the risk of being lynched at the next XML Prague meeting, I have to say I'm just not that big a fan of pilsner. But after a long bike ride on a hot day, it sure is hitting the spot.
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Now that's handy.
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The 10 click patent thing isn't a joke? srsly? I'm sorry, that just makes it even funnier.
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On the changing nature of DocBook standardization.
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I can't decide if pimping one's own scribblings is in bad taste or not. Probably.
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I wonder if I blog less these days because I've run out of nice things to say and my momma always told me, if you can't say something nice... No. I expect it's just general overwork. But still, the experience of trying to build something using HTML+CSS+JavaScript without any XML tools certainly left me wanting to rant a bit. It also went a whole lot smoother when I built myself a little XML scaffolding and gave up trying to get everything done with an imperative programming language and hand authored divs and spans.
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...just quit lying, quit being a dick and pay your taxes. /via @kendall on Twitter.
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So. Zen. On Masterpiece Mystery I mean. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/zen/index.html (aside: why can't I add a link from the mobile G+ client?) Interesting detective. Good story, if a tad predictable. Italian detectives with English accents, kinda odd. And what is up with the 70's porn background music? Tip for the producers and directors out there: if the background music is so loud that it obscures the dialog, I think perhaps "background" doesn't mean what you think it means.
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On the historicity of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
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Decisions, decisions, indeed.
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On my desktop browser, at least half of the time I click on a notification from the dropdown list, I get "There was an error contacting the server. Please try again." Just me?
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Ok, now this looks useful!
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I've agreed to speak at the September MarkLogic User Group London meeting organized by +Ron Hitchens . Hope to see you there!
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I wonder if there's any plausible way of integrating the relevant subset of my G+ stream into my weblog as I currently do the relevant subset of my twitter stream?
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A soft summer evening. A glass of wine. Some XProc Scala hacking. And a neighbor with a chainsaw. One of these things is not like the other. For the love of all things you hold dear, would you please STOP!
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A new anxiety for the socially awkward. "Some Body added you on Google+." Shit. Do I know Some Body? Should I? They look kinda familiar. What to do. What to do. Ignore 'em? Stick 'em off in the acquaintances circle?
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Just fiddling with the G+ app while code compiles. Nothing to see here except some damn fine mints.
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