The short-form week of 20–26 Feb 2012

27 Feb 2012; last modified 07 Mar 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 Monday at 05:07am

HTML/XML Task Force Report XMLツールチェインでHTMLを、逆にHTMLツールでXMLを処理、XML/HTML相互埋め込み、などのユースケースと問題点/解決案を検討。合意形成は難航したが現状をまとめた労作—@_masaka
XML Error Recovery Community Group 先日のHTML/XML TF報告(☞@_masaka)とも関連し、非整形式XMLエラーでもツリーを作ってブラウザなどで利用する方法の標準化を考えようとCGを設置—@_masaka
XML-ER XML Error Recovery CG(☞@_masaka)の議長@ndwの記事。憲章、要件のドラフト、編集者草案へのリンクあり—@_masaka

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:05pm

Clearly Santorum hasn't a clue about the complexity of U.S. historical (or even Biblical) ideas on nature. —@bdarcus
@bdarcus I think a full stop after "clue" would have done it.—@ndw

Monday at 07:54am

"As I understand it, the claim is that the less you use homeopathy, the better it works. Sounds plausible to me." - David Deutsch—@obruchez

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

@ndw 502 Bad Gateway says the server.—@hsivonen
@hsivonen @ndw Nevermind. Works now.—@hsivonen

Monday at 11:05am

[cool beans] RT @ndw: XML-ER —@jeffsonstein

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:34pm

Supreme Court may reconsider Citizens United —@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Yes, please!—@ndw

Monday at 12:58pm

Sometimes you fight for every inch, sometimes all you have to do is stay out of the way. #changes —@kiphampton

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:49pm

Compiled #CEDET from trunk. Now running #Emacs 24.—@ndw
@ndw re #CEDET ... I know what I am doing on my next plane ride ... getting sources now—@xquery
@ndw that means you can run elnode!—@nicferrier
@ndw finally! I have to see this - would love to dump eclipse, but probably still need the debugger?—@msokolov

Monday at 02:55pm

Coool... ;) ♺ @ndw: Compiled #CEDET from trunk. Now running #Emacs 24.—@kamen

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:07pm

XInclude 1.1? —@ndw
@ndw comments sent—@svgeesus

Monday at 03:11pm

BTW, #CEDET 1.0.1 works fine in Emacs 23, I only went to the source because I couldn’t get 1.0.1 to work in #Emacs 24.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:23pm

Simple number puzzle: —@apag
@apag 2581=2. I think that makes me a pre-schooler.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 04:24pm

It parses, which is nice. Just don’t ask me about the -Xss setting, ok?—@ndw
@ndw The JVM really needs a dynamic stack.—@ebruchez

Monday at 05:25pm

Monday at 05:31pm

Brilliant startup speaks at conferences. Startup turns into a business. Business stops letting employees give talks. Why is this a thing?—@holman

Monday at 05:35pm

I used to want to be a fundamentalist Christian but I didn't want to think about gay sex that much.—@LOLGOP

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:59pm

Huzzah. I hope the hash bang dies. —@bphogan
@bphogan Death's too good for it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:14pm

Mac App Store sandbox rules push @Manton Reece, one of Apple's most devoted developers, out of the Mac App Store. —@danielpunkass
@siracusa @danielpunkass I think he’s mistaken. I think Gatekeeper is another wedge to eventually remove all non-App Store apps.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:50am

333 donations from private healthcare sources totalling £8.3 million gifted to the Tories to wreck our NHS (Please RT)—@DrEoinClarke
@DrEoinClarke @ndw Why use an 'accumulated' graph? To mislead...—@andrewwelch

Tuesday at 06:57am

@ndw you know, I want to hate this, but I don't. Nice work @annevk! /cc @html5 —@slightlylate

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

oh yes we're all laughing at SOAP now. so what will we all be laughing at in five years? that you're selling?—@robertbrook
@robertbrook there's quite a lot of piecemeal hodge-podge vendor driven madness in "HTML5" that is as equally lampoonable as WS-* in my book—@psd

Tuesday at 11:25am

Turns out that when the office printer put "feed jam" on it's error display it didn't actually want to be fed jam.—@intruth

Tuesday at 05:09pm

Stupid Time Machine backup. It runs for ages then stops. Leaves Last Backup: February 4, 2012 and reports no errors. #useful #not —@ndw

Tuesday at 05:13pm

You know that thing where you can’t get a handle on the right solution to a problem and the deadline is really tight. That. #yuck —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:33pm

I hope you know why this X annoys me. —@blue439

Tuesday at 06:10pm

Is Bejeweled random, or is it always possible to win every level?—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:03am

(Another) very cool demonstration of scale: /via @BadAstronomer (I think)—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:16am

RT @ndw: (Another) very cool demonstration of scale: /via @BadAstronomer (I think) < cool indeed—@der42

Wednesday at 10:03am

Good to know that we're getting rid of our public libraries so we can pay police officers to map ethnic groups.—@zunguzungu

Wednesday at 10:13am

Happy Pretend Your Co-Workers Don't Look Creepy When They Come Back From Lunch With Black Shit Smeared Across Their Foreheads Day!!!!—@JennyJohnsonHi5

Wednesday at 11:46am

When Santorum says "as, of course, you know..." the things he says *next* are always, 100% of the time, completely false.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:53pm

Rooted Galaxy Tab, installed plain vanilla Android Ice Cream Sandwich (he he). Diff to previous version (+ Samsung customiz.) is remarkable.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst The original 7” tab, or the newer 10.1” one? Pointer to instructions?—@ndw
@ndw forum posts here (root, CM9 Kang) straight forward except for sacrificing that goat and the other 15 steps :-(—@martin_probst
@martin_probst Ah. The 10.1. I’d like to root my old Tab7 to burn off the Verizon crap, but that’s not popular apparently.—@ndw
@ndw that forum has a lot of sections for different devices, though I have no idea if the 7" tab even supports Android 4.0.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst I don’t think it does.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:11pm

Out of interest… Who else thinks about implementing @adamretter‘s great proposal for RESTful Annotations in XQuery? #xquery #work2gether —@christiangruen
@micheee @christiangruen I’m going to investigate adding it to —@ndw
@ndw @christiangruen cool, would be quite nice to have more common ground to base applications on :-)—@micheee
@micheee @christiangruen Small steps...—@ndw
@ndw @christiangruen yet important :-) enjoy your vacation!—@micheee

Wednesday at 05:04pm

breaking news: ruby fanboys who think they invented coding are irritated by new wave of javascript fanboys who think they invented coding.—@robey

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:03pm

My goodness, according to /history, Google has been recording my searches since Oct 18, 2005. During which time, I’ve done 20,970 searches.—@ndw
@ndw Here: 40,044 searches since 2007. Now I'd like to know on how many ads I clicked during that time. (My guess: 0.)—@avernet
@avernet I’ll bet my click through is single digits. Might have clicked on one or two by accident. I’d pay for ad-free, unfiltered results.—@ndw
@avernet @ndw Interesting. 45769 searches since Aug 18, 2006. Trends: I did most of my searches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. :)—@obruchez
@ndw : how do you find out?—@tigracc
@ndw I've deactivated history since the beginning. You can, too. Disclosure: working there.—@tomayac
@tomayac Yeah. I could. But I’m probably not going to. It’s not going to tell you anything about me you didn’t already know.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:37pm

T-minus two days until vacation. If you want it from me this month, now’s the time. (But that’s not a promise.) #stthomas #hearicome —@ndw
@ndw Enjoy your vacation! It was great talking with you at #xmlprague —@lcahlander
@ndw good for u man. Have a great time! looking forward to some awesome pics. :)—@peteaven
@ndw jealous! Enjoy.—@collwhit
@ndw I want all yer code .... hope you are going someone nice—@xquery
@ndw have a wonderful vacation in #stthomas, an island the US bought from Denmark in 1917, with two other islands, for 25 mio US$. #trivia —@phidip
@ndw Don't stop tweeting whatever you do !!! Vacations can numb the brain :)—@BrotherJson

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:52am

"Finally, I'd say the odds of any implementor following such a complex set of rules is remote in the extreme." —@hsivonen
@hsivonen It’s a mess. Users often can’t set the external label and transcoders can break the internal label. #lose #lose —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:41am

just started reading “The Man Who Loved Only Numbers” while commuting—@gridinoc
@gridinoc Great book.—@ndw

Thursday at 04:23am

Try defining your taste by what you appreciate rather than what you don't. Loathing is trendy. Buck the trend. Yeah.—@timminchin

Thursday at 07:03am

Add “mentioning vacation spots” to the list of things that generate weird spam tweets.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:13am

I’m going to have to try duckduckgo again, /via @therealmaxf —@ndw
@ndw I've been enjoying it but it's not as good for pdf searches.—@stevej
@ndw @therealmaxf I switched a few weeks ago. Been just fine.—@MattioV
@ndw have been using it for half a year now, had to use google only a few times—@nnikonno
@ndw thanks, Norm! Good suggestion.—@JeanKaplansky

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:26am

Somehow I missed this piece from @chaals for seven years. My bad. It’s excellent.—@ndw
@ndw Lofton Henderson had made a talk about the cost of developing a specification including travels meetings circa 2003—@karlpro

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:29am

According to, I’m a human, even though I post a suspiciously high number of links. Only human. Alas.—@ndw
@ndw you, only human? nah .... —@jonathan_robie
@ndw human too :( ... but WTF ... whats the point of twitter if not to post links like ? "excessive" indeed hmmph—@DALDEI
@ndw: Names I tried on all show a suspiciously high number of links. To talk only about yourself is human?—@MenteaXML

Thursday at 08:22am

excellent, was just about time for this video RT @jonathan_robie: @ndw you, only human? nah .... —@xquery

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:29am

Encrypted Media Proposal #html5 —@plhw3org
@plhw3org My feedback? Take a long walk on a short pier. And take your DRM crap with you.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:45am

1/4, 1/2, 3/4: yes. 1/3: no. #fonts —@ndw

Thursday at 09:54am

For no immediately explicable reason, I am in a grotesquely foul mood today.—@ndw

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

Third rainy day at #Atta. Chances increase to see the rare Blue Poison Dart Frog #Guyana #fb —@ttso
@ttso I get more and more jealous with every tweet :-)—@ndw

Thursday at 11:55am

Everyone has to restrain themselves from saying (and thinking) that they have to be the Apple of whatever it is they do. It is not helping.—@rollo

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

“The liver is evil and must be punished” /via @docum3nt —@ndw
@ndw Rough night, was it?—@docum3nt
@docum3nt No, just thinking about my vacation which starts today.—@ndw

Friday at 03:41am

"So we checked @innovimax out and We think it's probably a human (but with bot tendencies)." via @ndw —@innovimax

Friday at 10:15am

A phishing attack (I assume) that wants me to open a Google docs document. I wonder what the attack is, but not enough to open it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:16am

@ronhitchens @hunterhacker Nevermind yer burritos, by tomorrow evening, I’ll be dining on conch fritters! #vacation #usvi #stthomas —@ndw
@ndw @hunterhacker Oo! Oo! Oo! Take me with you. I'll be quiet and won't cause any trouble, honest. BTW, The BVI is even better.—@ronhitchens

Friday at 12:31pm

If you don't understand the difference between a codepoint and a char, please consider giving up writing string-handling code for Lent.—@mathling

Friday at 01:11pm

Web developers: lose "polyfill" from your vocabulary. Only web developers know this term. Use "shim" like everyone else does. #programming —@cowboy

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:55pm

typo'd cook (instead of cool) - decided from now on I will say 'that is cook' because it sounds cooker—@eedeebee
@eedeebee Great. Now I’m hungry. Thanks.—@ndw
@eedeebee Read in a newsgroup recently that "JavaScript is so much more Cookier then XML" --- <barf>—@DALDEI
@DALDEI I"m ambivalent and prefer data to be literal in my programming language - that is cook.—@eedeebee
@eedeebee even cookier is when data IS A programming language. Damn now I have to rethink my opinions on everything. #dna #virus #lisp #xslt —@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 10:37am

Secret Harbour. —@ndw
@ndw jealous—@FrancescaHoule
@ndw Belchertown looks AMAZING this time of year! ;)—@peteaven
@ndw mmmmmm—@jeffsonstein

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:07am

I wonder how many vacation pics I can post before inciting an angry mass unfollowing? Let's find out! #resort #wifi —@ndw
@ndw I'm already getting annoyed.—@ronhitchens
@ndw That could be interpreted as hostility to your co-workers....—@collwhit
@collwhit @ndw its probably illegal in the EU to do this ... we also want proof you are there—@xquery

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:31pm

Sunset day 2. —@ndw
@ndw Normally (where I am), I’d be able to reply in kind, but the weather currently sucks here. :) Enjoy your surroundings.—@bsletten
@ndw We all know you are only tweeting these pictures to make us all envious. It's not going to work. #seethseeth —@JeniT
@ndw Under normal circumstances: —@bsletten