The short-form week of 15–21 Oct 2012

22 Oct 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 07:17pm

Pandemic: “The player who was most recently sick goes first.” *chuckle*—@ndw
@ndw Love that game. Hard to resist a second go if you are beaten by the illnesses.. :)—@grtjn

Monday at 07:08am

XML Stars, the journal nouvelle édition ▸ Aujourd'hui à la UNE: @ndw —@dominixml

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:09pm

I think my twitter archiver stopped working on Wednesday. Thanks for nothing, Twitter. Fix it? Abandon twitter? Sigh.—@ndw
@ndw Just retrieve your entire timeline, and you are back in business? I have some code for you if you like.. ;-)—@grtjn
@ndw NO! Don't abandon Twitter!—@MarieBilde

Monday at 03:23pm

"Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe" HG Wells quoted by Sir Ken Robinson #zeitgeist —@timoreilly

Monday at 05:38pm

You jump out of Twitter for a day & you don't recognize any of the stories & memes, & then you realize they're all meaningless—@ddayen

Tuesday at 02:15am

"@nytimesworld: A cheat sheet for getting into Oxford" Other option: #xmlsummerschool "They let anyone in!" dixit @ndw —@aljopainter

Tuesday at 01:42pm

OH “JS is like a three legged dog with one eye; it’s a little odd, but you learn to love the heck out of that little pup."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:47pm

@ndw There is something wrong on the internet/with that first example (no entity) —@abdelazer
@abdelazer Weird. I’ll investigate. Thanks for letting me know!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:06am

hey @ndw, in your examples r based on catalog 1.1 but the PUBLIC DTD is gone: Ideas? Can U help?—@paginagmbh
@paginagmbh Drat. I thought we’d got that fixed. I believe I put everything up at Sorry for the inconvenience.—@ndw
@ndw Thanks for the tip! Any idea how we get OASIS to host the 1.1 schemas?—@paginagmbh
@paginagmbh I just need to close the loop with their folks, I expect. I’ll try to get to that in November.—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:58pm

RT @charliejane: In the next 4 years SCOTUS could repeal either Citizens United or Roe V. Wade. Your choice, America.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:36pm

This google thing is just another example of the problems of automated trading, right? Presumably human beings would act with more sense.—@ndw

Friday at 07:29am

Is it just me, or does the @Twitter V1.1 API call /statuses/mentions_timeline seem to be missing the page parameter?—@ndw

Saturday at 08:33am

Oh, look, my server has been unable to deliver mail from hourly cron jobs for several months. Inbox: pepare to be inundated!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 10:43am

@ndw Your Docbook 5 book app for iPhone no longer adapts page heights to screen. (Probably since ios6)—@phidip
@phidip Uh, I think that’s @oreillymedia’s bug, not mine.—@ndw
@ndw thanks Norm for reacting anyway. I'll alert them.—@phidip

Saturday at 11:12am

@OReillyMedia @ndw's Docbook 5 book app for iPhone has stopped adapting page heights to screen. Result: Displays top of chap. only (ios6?)—@phidip

Saturday at 04:16pm

Ok. I’ve converted my twitter archiver to the v1.1 API. Fscking JSON.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:08pm

Derp? RT “@washingtonpost: First Native American saint to be canonized” —@kendall
@kendall Saw that in the paper today. Thought about it for a few seconds. Decided I didn’t f’ing care.—@ndw

Sunday at 05:06pm

Memtest failures point to a reason for my occasional server crashes, don’t they? *sigh*—@ndw

Sunday at 05:55pm

New memory ordered. Fingers crossed.—@ndw

Sunday at 06:05pm

RT @AlecMuffett: Rowan Atkinson's speech at Reform Section 5 Parliamentary reception - YouTube # MUSTWATCH —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 06:10pm

I have been using Perl for roughly 18 years. Abject failure to deal with a UTF-8 encoded CSV file a few days ago may have been last straw.—@ndw
@ndw That's weird, Perl has good UTF8 support. What were you doing?—@robinberjon
@ndw Even if everything in your locale is UTF-8 aware? Strange. Any "use utf8" anywhere? I trashed it years ago and haven't looked back.—@sunny256
@sunny256 I think everything is utf-8 aware. Every attempt I made to change characters produced bizarrely misencoded results.—@ndw
@ndw Really strange. You'd think that UTF-8 problems would be a thing of the ancient past. Do you have an example of a mangled sequence?—@sunny256
@sunny256 It was a Google csv of contacts. I s/\n/\\n/g and got a bunch of random characters instead of literal “\n"s.—@ndw
@ndw Tried this yet? open(my $fh,'<:encoding(UTF-8)', $file)—@grtjn
RT @ndw I have been using Perl for roughly 18 years.[...] Perl is Cowboy Woody and python is Buzz Lightyear. Cmd.exe is Rex, sh is Sarge.—@icing
@ndw Really time to move on. Really. Come over to the Dark Side. As in Dark Red.—@timbray
@timbray Yeah. I guess. As good at string/regex hacking?—@ndw
@ndw @timbray or the old stalwart #Tcl. #utf-8 #regexp —@bcharder
@ndw Isomorphic, more readable/maintainable, slower.—@timbray
@timbray That sounds like a net win.—@ndw
@ndw Also, this may sound weird, but Ruby makes you smile.—@timbray

Sunday at 06:16pm

RT @briansuda: “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” — George Jean Nathan So True.—@ndw