The short-form week of 3–9 Sep 2012

10 Sep 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.

Tuesday at 10:14am

“Your flight details have changed”. No kidding, moving my flight from 1:30p to 11:15a is definitely a change.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:48pm

Calling something a "must-read", offers no insights into an article, but a clear condescending conviction about one's own superior judgment.—@anildash

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:52pm

It's really cool that Robin will work on this. RT @robinberjon: HTML: The Flowing Standard—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek Thanks, I'll try not to break XML too badly in the process ;-)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Keep hard, otherwise you will be tortured in Prague :-D—@jirkakosek
@jirkakosek when have I not been tortured in Prague?—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Wait. Is that some sort of tacit agreement that it’s not already broken?—@ndw
@ndw namespaces are fine, a lot of the rest is broken :-)—@robinberjon

Tuesday at 04:40pm

Tufts is lucky to have Noah Mendelsohn teaching internet-scale distributed systems!—@benadida

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:31pm

One advantage of cheap, particle board furniture: you can mod it with some pretty primitive tools.—@ndw
@ndw Did you give it a web interface?—@alexmilowski

Tuesday at 09:19pm

Julian Castro is speaking. 8 yrs after young Hussein Obama spoke. Next convention I think the breakout speaker will be Esperanza Hitler-Borg—@hodgman

Tuesday at 10:08pm

JavaScript’s Array.reverse() reverses the array in place. A memoir of the bygone era when men were men, and mutability was a good idea.—@jonathanpenn

Tuesday at 10:10pm

Processing #iCal events in #XQuery is either delightfully challenging or incredibly tedious. Maybe both.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:30am

A programmer goes out. His wife calls and says "While you're out, get some eggs." He never returns. (by @rvprasadTweet)—@lemire

Wednesday at 09:38am

I don't have Instagram but I do have maple syrup I can rub on the lens so I should be fine.—@simonhelberg

Wednesday at 10:59am

Wodehouse Wednesday: “Many a man may look respectable, and yet be able to hide at will behind a spiral staircase."—@amyvdh

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:57pm

Awww, this little Google Maps promo film is ultra cute:—@timbray
@timbray Ok, that is pretty good.—@ndw

Wednesday at 01:54pm

Curious about how long I’ve owned my laptop, looked up receipt in #Evernote. Receipt has month and day but not year. Evernote metadata FTW.—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:38pm

Jython, when called from my app, behaves differently than jython cmd line tool. Reports errors in /usr/lib/python2.[67]/ KMN.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:18pm

By trial and error, I deduce that the magic incantation is “lib/jython-2.5.2/Lib:__classpath__:__pyclasspath__/“ Really. I sh*t you not.—@ndw
@ndw you were warned about chimeras. Next time, listen to @JeniT .—@robinberjon
@ndw That only took you 40 minutes to diagnose? I'm impressed!—@npilon

Wednesday at 05:21pm

Thank you, hotel website, for sending my password to me in plain text.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:56pm

Tonight is so totally 3 parts tequila, 1 part Campari, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part dry vermouth, dash of Angostura—@liza
@liza what is that like? I had never even considered tequila and amari—@abdelazer
@liza Hmm. I might have to try that. What’s it called?—@ndw
@liza I will have to try that. Why, oh $DIETY, is there no Campari in the house!?—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:24pm

I have to give a video talk for the next hour. Would you all mind not tweeting anything insightful or funny til I'm back? Thx!—@dweinberger

Wednesday at 08:25pm

There is no Campari in the house. Panic!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:42pm

No, really, my #Android phone doesn’t stay synced with my #Google #Calendar. There’s a solution for this, right? Right!?—@ndw
@ndw even my #iOS devices manage to stay in sync through the GOOG's exchange server; maybe try this route?—@dret
@ndw re #android #calendar ... the solution is an #iphone—@DALDEI
@ndw still, weren't we trying to fix that in montreal… All you android aficionados should help this man out.—@xmltechgeek

Thursday at 03:33pm

At what age does Ryan Gosling have to change his name to Ryan Goose—@meganamram

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

DITA and XML folk in Austin might be interested in Alan's presentation coming up soon.—@donrday
@donrday Alas, I will be out of the country.—@ndw

Thursday at 04:24pm

Really, the upshot of high gas prices is we should work harder on getting free from our addiction to burning ancient plankton corpses.—@lmorchard

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:34pm

#euphemism RT @timbray Thinking the 7" space is really where the action is.—@kiphampton
@kiphampton *snort*—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:21pm

Software design is hard.—@MattioV
@MattioV Uh huh.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:25pm

Bugs at every turn this evening. I call Mazatlan.—@ndw
@ndw Not sure bugs like alcohol, but you could always throw a shoe at them.. :)—@grtjn

Thursday at 08:30pm

Fun Fact: Joe Biden is the only American Vice President in the eleven years who hasn't shot a friend in a face.—@LOLGOP

Thursday at 08:33pm

“But those hours of sun are on the steep downslope of the seasonal sine wave, less of them every week and you can feel it”—@ndw

Thursday at 08:34pm

… man can write. /via @timbray (Didn’t mean to hit enter so so soon.)—@ndw

Thursday at 08:38pm

I'm going to paraphrase @scalzi, here: "Pants are unnatural"—@lmorchard

Thursday at 10:41pm

Most depressing fact of the two conventions: The political invisibility of the unemployed.—@justinwolfers

Thursday at 11:08pm

@hunterhacker Well played, sir.—@ndw

Friday at 02:27am

The ᐸinnovimax/ᐳ Daily is out! ▸ Top stories today via @InDesign @ndw—@innovimax

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:32am

By the way, in taking up this HTML thing I've also stepped down from the TAG.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon noooooooo ;) Who will give a balance to the force?—@karlpro
@karlpro That was always @JeniT's role — I was just there for my raw animal magnetism.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon grrrrr… <insert here a gold chain on a hairy torso>—@karlpro
@karlpro <lick finger>, <touch nipple> — tssssssssssssssssscchhhh!—@robinberjon
@robinberjon Un-imagine! Un-imagine!—@ndw
@ndw I'll do it live at TPAC, just for you :-)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @ndw This *must* happen! I'll have the AC/DC ready for Norm.—@amyvdh
@amyvdh oooh! We could play AC/DC's Boogie Man! cc: @robinberjon @ndw—@koalie
@koalie @robinberjon @ndw I was thinking of Back In Black (checked the Mark Logic video) but I'm w/ you - AC/DC is always a good idea.—@amyvdh
@koalie @amyvdh Thunderstruck is also an interesting option ;-) @ndw—@robinberjon
@robinberjon I love them all! But Boogie Man I chose for your boobie touch. cc: @amyvdh @ndw—@koalie
@robinberjon I want to be there for the premiere performance! But can we put a stake in the heart of "web+" first?—@masinter
@masinter I'm not a huge fan of web+, but I'm not the one to convince!—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @masinter which of course raises the question about *who* needs to be convinced. Anyway, the WG's decision on this was flawed.—@jreschke
@jreschke well, the WG would need to be convinced. A clear case leading to the creation of a web+ blacklist might help.—@robinberjon

Friday at 09:11am

Do I really have to be told “all fields are required” when there are only two fields: username and password?—@ndw

Friday at 12:12pm

Last night, worked on proper tzinfo-based calendar support in my XQuery calendar. Today, booked itin passing through CDT, MDT, *and* MST.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:37pm

I wonder how accurately UPS could estimate the exact delivery time for a package and how wide the margin of error would be.—@ndw
@ndw I'm willing to bet they have that information internally.—@MattioV
@MattioV Yeah, everything about the way the trucks are loaded and the routes they take and prevailing traffic patterns etc must be known.—@ndw
@ndw @MattioV and preference for right turns versus left .. sure, probably even avg time to get annoyed based on your profile—@xquery

Friday at 12:52pm

“…the cool thing is: they got roughly the same numbers I did! I guess that’s not surprising: reality is repeatable.”—@ndw