The short-form week of 14–20 May 2012

21 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.

Monday at 06:17am

About once a year I forget the "never take the first flight on Monday rule." Today is that Monday. Blech.—@ndw

Monday at 12:19pm

"May I see your id, please?" You must be joking.—@ndw

Monday at 05:23pm

What do you call a gathering/group of devops? A panic.—@talios

Monday at 08:12pm

Yes, http://t.co/O6rpCtEww, wiki.{docbook,xproc}.org, and a few other sites are down. Again. Will check when I can.—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:16am

Ring, ring. "Good morning, this is your wakeup call." No, it %$#@! isn't!—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:19pm

@ndw should send you guys <3 for markmail again. it's so valuable—@edd

Tuesday at 07:22pm

#marklogic RT @edd @ndw should send you guys <3 for markmail again. it's so valuable—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:26pm

Fixed now, I believe.—@ndw

Wednesday at 01:40am

Yay! RT @ndw: #marklogic RT @edd @ndw should send you guys <3 for markmail again. it's so valuable—@hunterhacker

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:24am

<sarcasm>I love the endless complexity that is Maven.</sarcasm>—@ndw
@ndw Anything I can help with?—@adamretter
@adamretter No. I’ll get there. Eventually.—@ndw
@ndw But Norm ! Havent you been listening #Maven is #Kewl ... just like #JSON —@DALDEI

Wednesday at 08:29am

RT @ndw "<sarcasm>I love the endless complexity that is Maven.</sarcasm>" #dulynoted —@whovingh

Wednesday at 10:48am

I've tagged @ndw for xml, docbook http://t.co/XMECumNS —@goern

Thursday at 01:10am

RT @hunterhacker: Yay! RT @ndw: #marklogic RT @edd @ndw should send you guys <3 for markmail again. it's so valuable—@johndmitchell

Thursday at 03:05am

trying not to be irked by a lack of capitalisation, but keeping these things singular is hard fought for: The Web, The Internet, The World.—@psd

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

Damnit - booked a meeting on my calendar whilst I was amaterdam. Which explains why I'm an hour early. Fiddle sticks.—@rem
@rem I missed a flight that way once. Booked an EST departure time while I was in PST and the calendar got it three hours wrong.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:21am

RunCore introduces self-destructable SSDs, reports /.; first comment: “Western Digital has had self-destructing drives for years” #priceless —@ndw

Thursday at 10:33am

RT @ndw: RunCore introduces self-destructable SSDs, reports /.; first comment: “Western Digital has had self-destructing drives for year ...—@FeargalHogan

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:35am

Mercurial is the Windows of DVCS. So long as you rm -Rf your local repo and hg clone another often enough, it works well.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon just keep remembering CVS and everything will feel ok.—@marcosc
@marcosc @robinberjon CVS. You mean RCCS, don’t you?—@ndw
@ndw RCCS? I wasn't born back in those days man! @marcosc —@robinberjon
@marcosc No CVS is dog slow and incomprehensible, but still more reliable than hg.—@robinberjon

Thursday at 10:53am

@marcosc @robinberjon No, I guess *I meant* RCS. Man, it has been a long time.—@ndw

Thursday at 10:59am

If [at]XmlElement(...) is the annotation for a child element of the “context”; what’s the annotation for the non-mixed, text content?—@ndw

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

Please, please, please, for the love of all words, do not spell “extensibility” with a capital X. Please. I’m begging you.—@ndw
@ndw is ExTENSIBILITY ok? /ducks—@marcosc
@marcosc No.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:59am

RT @ndw: RunCore introduces self-destructable SSDs, reports /.; first comment: “Western Digital has had self-destructing drives for year ...—@lcahlander

Thursday at 12:04pm

RT @ndw: Please, please, please, for the love of all words, do not spell “extensibility” with a capital X. Please. I’m begging you.—@mdubinko

Thursday at 01:34pm

RT @ndw: Please, please, please, for the love of all words, do not spell “extensibility” with a capital X. Please. I’m begging you.—@chucka_nc

Thursday at 01:48pm

FileThis|Fetch seems like a real convenience. And giving them the logins to all my financial accounts seems like a real risk. Discuss.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:02pm

Hey @tmobile! Your online system for generating statements is totally broken. Can you fix it pls, kthxbai!—@ndw
@ndw Try clearing your cache,cookies, and history. Restart your browser. If that does not work, try a different browser ^KN—@TMobileHelp
.@TMobileHelp I’ve tried Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and IE on two platforms. It’s not broken on *my* end, folks,—@ndw
@ndw We've just tested it and it works on our end. We will be opening a ticket for this however. ^MS—@TMobileHelp
@TMobileHelp If you need more details, let me know.—@ndw
@ndw We appreciate your assistance and may reach out to you. ^MS—@TMobileHelp

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:11pm

Try clearing my history? WTF?—@ndw
@ndw for some, that would be the chance of a lifetime ;-)—@phidip

Thursday at 03:24pm

I wonder when @TEDChris will be pulling Deepak Chopra's talks for being a load of anti-scientific horseshit.—@tommorris

Thursday at 04:00pm

Just Say “NO” http://t.co/Tl7rEgtY < Excellent!—@geoffarnold

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:36pm

I don't understand (new) daily updated sites that don't have a syndication option. Atom. You've heard of it, yes?—@kasei
@kasei No kidding. It’s bizarre and annoying.—@ndw
@kasei thats like that RSS and JSON stuff, right?—@jahendler
@kasei p.s. joke if that wasn't obvious...—@jahendler
@kasei p.p.s. and you have to pretend it was witty since I'm your advisor :-)—@jahendler
@jahendler :) (you get to guess which response the smiley is for)—@kasei

Thursday at 05:22pm

I renewed my Flickr account today, mostly because I haven’t updated all my links. If it lives another year, I doubt I’ll do it again.—@ndw

Friday at 01:18am

Arguing with my ten-year-old about what a valid Internet hostname is. I think I hold most of the cards in this conversation.—@mnot

Friday at 03:22am

I see Prince Charles' charity promoting homeopathy has been dissolved. http://t.co/fwLFr8om Presumably that will only make it more powerful.—@thirdsectordave

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:06am

Did you ever notice programmers object to technologies that empower non-programmers in the enterprise?—@kendall
@kendall Not really. Isn’t that what we’re trying to build?—@ndw
@ndw Right: the opposition and backlash is about boundary maintenance IMO.—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:15am

To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard—@RichardHose
To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard (via @RichardHose)—@ifindkarma

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:26am

Another day, another data science IPO. The "smartest minds of our generation" are about to become the richest ones too—@edd
@edd No, the luckiest ones are going to become the richest. Only the rich deny that getting rich is largely a matter of luck.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:01am

If yr organization has one set of people who "design" software and a disjoint set that implements software, you are doing it SO wrong.—@kendall
@kendall Is that even *possible*?—@ndw
@ndw Enterprise Architects.—@kendall

Friday at 10:50am

90% of my department wore blue shirts today. This is what happens when the matrix doesn't use good random number source.—@climagic

Friday at 12:01pm

Best friend's dad- "Reading a book about anti-gravity. Just can't put it down". :D—@KariByron

Friday at 12:30pm

Attention: effective immediately, I am recalling all electrons in the universe manufactured at the Big Bang due to safety concerns.—@TheTweetOfGod

Friday at 01:49pm

Liberal christians seem awfully smug for people who share 99% of the same beliefs as fundamentalists.—@CcSteff

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:59pm

No joy @TMobileHelp, printable statements still busted. Any progress on that open ticket?—@ndw
@ndw email us at TForce[@]T-Mobile[DOT]com with your Twitter name, mobile#, issue, &amp; contact time M-F 6A-5P MST. ^KM ^KM—@TMobileHelp
@TMobileHelp Done.—@ndw
@ndw Thanks so much we will look into it and get back to you as soon as we can. ^KM—@TMobileHelp
@ndw We don't see any issues at this time, please email us your information and the exact steps you are taking and we will look for you ^KM—@TMobileHelp

Friday at 02:57pm

juxtaposition of headlines today about Greece &amp; Facebook are absurd. Really absurd. ABSURD.—@ajkeen

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:28pm

At what point can we saw off Arizona and let it sink to the center of the Earth? http://t.co/h5PuD6yW —@BadAstronomer
@BadAstronomer Any day now is fine by me. I regret being born there.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:49pm

Still worse: #oracle 11g refuses to run XQuery against documents stored as application/xml !!! #fails #big-fail—@evlist
@evlist There is a better way, you know. I’m just sayin'—@ndw
@ndw Sure, but unfortunately the choice is not mine!—@evlist

Friday at 06:51pm

Just reading a 'zoo' book with my son and I realized that Rhinos are really just old, fat unicorns. Don't argue. U know i'm right.—@bostonmike

Saturday at 02:07am

So much to my surprise, Battleship was actually really ... Bad. Also I wasn't surprised. I lied about that bit.—@tomcoates

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 02:44am

A picture you really want to look at, entitled “Kayaker, Outlet Falls”: http://t.co/YF1E2ARG —@timbray
@timbray That had to be a rush. I wonder if he or she survived.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 04:26am

*Sigh* My (now aborted) futzing with Maven in XML Calabash has fscked the IntelliJ config beyond my ability to repair it. #startingover —@ndw
@ndw maven with IntelliJ is pretty seamless in the latest enterprise version but yeah when it goes bad it's bad—@crichey

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 01:05pm

For managing finances, is http://t.co/bDOzr4kd still considered the bees knees?—@ndw
@ndw I'd love to hear what you hear back there — looking for that too.—@robinberjon
@ndw it doesn't manage, it monitors and notifies and sells to you.—@kstirman
@kstirman Well that sounds less appealing then, doesn’t it?—@ndw
@ndw Several non-profits I know (and some I work with) use Ledger, a command line accounting platform.—@emacsen

Saturday at 01:05pm

@crichey AWESOME avatar, man!—@ndw

Saturday at 01:27pm

Complete chaos at the astronomy shop this morning, employees overwhelmed by demand for eclipse glasses. YOU HAD THIRTY CENTURIES LEAD TIME—@baconmeteor

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

An emacs mode and XML support? The winner, folks, is Ledger, http://t.co/hyTbEECe —@ndw
@ndw it's true, @jwiegley is the man.—@hober

Saturday at 08:33pm

It FEELS like the ENTIRE UNIVERSE is out to GET ME. No, WAIT. Other way AROUND.—@DalekThay

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 03:43am

First spam for ages selling fake Rolex watches "to impress my friends". Are there people who have such friends? It makes me sad.—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay Wearing a Rolex in France (imitation or other) can be a liability: http://t.co/HBUTlENs or a necessity: http://t.co/06JwkrDv —@aljopainter
@michaelhkay: You're lucky: every morning I find I've emailed myself offers of fake Rolexes overnight.—@MenteaXML

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

What’s the easiest way to setup Apache (using only .htaccess) so that it 503’s every requested URI? AliasMatch, I thought, but not allowed.—@ndw
@ndw Did you try "RewriteRule . - [R=503,L]"? (untested)—@fielding

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:22pm

The eclipse, seen through a pinhole in a business card projected onto a paper plate. http://t.co/M07w6rcs —@hunterhacker
@hunterhacker Very nice!—@ndw

Sunday at 08:24pm

I know we're all pretty committed to this "cops can just beat the crap out of whoever they want" thing. But maybe there's a better way.—@gerrycanavan

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:30pm

#solareclipse in shadows on wall perfect ending to great weekend at #MakerFaire http://t.co/54zvwQNW —@dalepd
@dalepd When I saw the shadow of a tree during my first eclipse I was *so* blown away. #awesome doesn’t begin to describe it.—@ndw