The short-form week of 30 Apr–6 May 2012

07 May 2012; last modified 09 May 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 01:07pm

Formatting code samples with line numbers is tricky because it can interfere with cut&paste. Tables seem ugly. Better solutions?—@ndw
@ndw Show/hide line numbers with JS so ppl can remove them for c&p? Not sure that isn't uglier than tables though! :-}—@j4
@ndw I've seen several people use which does a line number/text wrap version and a raw version for cut&paste—@efreese
@ndw see the HTML in google code, there's no problem with the line numbers : e.g:—@yokofakun
.@yokofakun Ok. That’s the tables approach; it certainly does work and is simpler in a lot of ways. Just get over my aversion to tables?—@ndw
@ndw With Virtual Formatting copy/paste just works - line numbers can also follow the indentation - like in a document—@pgfearo
@pgfearo Ok. What’s the source for that page? Can you point me to it on the web?—@ndw
@ndw turns out Blogger simply converts pasted RTF margins from my editor print preview to margin-left CSS style properties—@pgfearo
@ndw Not sure about the HTML - I just paste rtf from my editor print-preview into blogger and it does the rest - I'll mock something up...—@pgfearo
@ndw Just posted a test blog with line-numbered + indented XSLT code - it's at:—@pgfearo
@pgfearo But when I cut-and-paste that, I get line numbers in the cut-and-paste, that’s what I’m trying to avoid.—@ndw
@ndw Found any better code-numbering cut-and-paste solutions? CSS counters are another option, simplistic sample:—@pgfearo
@pgfearo No, tables it is I think. On my list.—@ndw
@ndw I follow you - we could do with a 'no-copy' CSS property, or perhaps there's an SVG solution...—@pgfearo
.@lcahlander Hmph. That’s tables too. I’m seeing a pattern.—@ndw
@ndw GitHub is also tables. I think it's perfectly "fine", if a bit barfulent.—@abdelazer

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 07:18pm

OK, so is there actually an XML-ER proposal? Half an hour of searching, and I can't find the spec they're talking about.—@masinter
Can't tell from that the simplest thing properties of XML-ER... like is it self-delimiting? @sideshowbarker—@masinter
@mamund but @ndw doesn't say one way or another about XML-ER, just "IF mumbleconditions THEN mumblebadthings". Maybe @annevk knows.—@masinter
@masinter @mamund I’m not sure what the question is, but I’ve been distracted. Week after next, I hope to get back to XML-ER in earnest.—@ndw
@masinter @mamund @ndw you mean I guess?—@annevk

Monday at 01:47pm

Arrived DC. Let the #MLW12 #Awesome begin!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:58pm

Google’s geocoding-by-wireless-AP service thinks the Ronald Reagan Building is in Kissimmee Florida.—@ndw
@ndw yeah, had a similar thing, but thought I was in Talahasse when checking in from Ohio.—@kingargyle

Monday at 02:05pm

“@ndw: Google’s geocoding-by-wireless-AP service thinks the Ronald Reagan Building is in Kissimmee Florida.” //Priceless—@whovingh

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:30pm

That thing where your tethered phone out performs the hotel wifi and you don’t notice the attachment is 4.2M until after you hit send...—@ndw
@ndw you know when you notice the attachment is over four megs after you hit send and your tethered phone out performs the hotel wifi- #That—@davidpflaherty
@ndw How long in DC?—@kendall
@kendall Through Thursday at least. Was going to suggest meeting up, but not sure how crazy the week will be.—@ndw
@ndw Have fun; ping me if some time clears up.—@kendall
@kendall I too will ping with availability...—@grechaw
@grechaw Excellent! What is this event that's got you guys here?—@kendall

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

Euphemism of the day: “Human Capital Management”. Ugh.—@ndw
@ndw yeah... when did "Human Resources" become not bad enough?—@dckc
@ndw rough human capital day?—@JoshNarva
@ndw Ewww. Just, ewww.—@whovingh

Monday at 03:22pm

@ndw @superfell As a human, i find the concept of being viewed as capital utterly insulting. I would hope other humans feel the same.—@Kenji776

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:48pm

Park Hyatt D.C., your wifi could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.—@ndw
@ndw funny... I just said same about Hyatt La Jolla Aventine, where they only had pay per day wifi - in con rooms and out.—@JeanKaplansky

Tuesday at 06:06am

Holy cow. Radio ads for military helicopters. Only in DC, I suppose.—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:21am

1. Coffee. (Check) 2. #mlw12 3. Presentation. Let the big data fun begin!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:25am

Dr. Norman Walsh, ready for brain surgery: #MLW12—@ronhitchens
Except I'm not a Dr. RT @ronhitchens: Norman Walsh, ready for brain surgery: #MLW12—@ndw
@ndw Sorry, Mad Scientist Norman Walsh—@ronhitchens

Tuesday at 09:57am

Rocking #XQuery in #IntelliJ with @ronhitchens #MLW12—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:07pm

. @ndw broke out the #awesome tardis cuff links for the occasion #MLW12—@peteaven
@peteaven @ndw I HAVE to have a pair. Where did you get them?—@crichey

Tuesday at 02:22pm

Is it talk like a pirate day? Arr! @peteaven being awesome about R and Excel #mlw12—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:40pm

Got some advice about the proverbial glass that is half empty and half full: All you've got to work with is the half that's full.—@dschatsky

Tuesday at 03:03pm

"Hey, how much is that sandwich?", "Two likes, a follower, and a check-in!".—@dhh

Wednesday at 02:50am

@ndw oh...just found this only works for Firefox and Chrome—@pgfearo

Wednesday at 09:40am

Enjoying the REST API overview by @hunterhacker and @collwhit #MLW12—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:36pm

+1 RT @robinberjon: Sigh. I wish I had enough parallel lives for all the cool projects there are out there.—@ndw

Thursday at 01:42pm

SGML old timers hanging out in the “ISO Standards Meet XML” talk #mlw12—@ndw

Thursday at 01:43pm

ISO considered TEI, NLM, and DITA and selected a customization of NLM. I wonder how DocBook would have faired in their comparisons. #mlw12—@ndw

Thursday at 02:07pm

Neckbeard alert! RT @ndw: SGML old timers hanging out in the “ISO Standards Meet XML” talk #mlw12—@kendall

Thursday at 10:31pm

Crowded. Noisy. The hip and the beautiful. And the paunchy middle aged white guys in expensive suits. DC?—@ndw

Thursday at 11:12pm

OH "last time I was here, I was running around and mutants were trying to kill me."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:47am

Dear TSA, I always arrive early. Making me wait 15 minutes isn’t going to discourage me from opting out.—@ndw
@ndw ask for a hug instead. they like that.—@kstirman
@ndw how do you stand being separated from your stuff that long? I'm always placed where my bags are out of view. stressful.—@kitt
@kitt I don't like it. I try to move to where I can see my stuff. I figure it's part of their game, so I just grit my teeth.—@ndw

Sunday at 06:42pm

@ndw did u see the big bang on thursday??? I was dying, it was hilarious—@FrancescaHoule