The short-form week of 5–11 Nov 2012

12 Nov 2012; last modified 13 Nov 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 Sunday at 12:20am

One, tiny one in NL, with a one-page website. that nicely illustrates my problem getting a good machine to run Linux on for photography work—@marjoleink
@marjoleink Photography work is basically what ties me to Mac OS at this time.—@ndw
@ndw I see no need, only preference (but that's OK). I prefer free (as in freedom), open software, use closed SW only when no alternative—@marjoleink
@marjoleink I’m right there with you, but I’m really attached to the Lightroom workflow and various features of Photoshop.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:19pm This one's for @ndw...a Calabash tree.—@collwhit
@collwhit Cool. Somewhere in HI, I assume. Hope you’re having a wonderful time!—@ndw

Monday at 03:07am

Confirmed: Non-upgrade, non-OEM Windows 8 license (what you’d need for a VM) is simply not for sale. Microsoft trying to emulate Hollywood?—@hsivonen

Tuesday at 09:52am

Yes, your baby is cute as a button—by the sound of it, the Caps Lock button.—@aristosophy

Tuesday at 10:20am

Am I better off than I was 4 years ago^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Will my vote help my neighbor? Will my vote help those more vulnerable than me? #voted —@dcm

Tuesday at 02:15pm

You know what, guys: Even the JOKES reminding the "other side" to vote Nov. 8 aren't funny. You either believe in the right to vote or not.—@scalzi

Tuesday at 03:02pm

Silicon Valley billionaires can help most by not trying to "fix" education, they should shut up and pay their taxes instead.—@whump

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:39pm

I'm really showing my age when using :D or :)) instead of "LOL".—@avernet
@avernet LOL!—@ebruchez

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:05pm

How to remove a bad Outlook profile You know, in case you create 1 that causes Outlook to crash on startup—@peteaven
@peteaven I’d have thought crashing on startup was a feature; you know, because it’d prevent you from actually trying to use Outlook.—@ndw
@ndw oh norm...—@peteaven

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:27pm

If one (not me!) has failed to create the recovery media when a laptop was brand new (HP Pavilion dv6500), is there any hope of getting ‘em?—@ndw
@ndw dunno... But Archie will. Hang tight.—@JeanKaplansky
@jeankaplansky Archie sez if the drive not dead, look for a hidden partition with restore software. If drive is narfed, you're SOL. Call HP—@JeanKaplansky
@JeanKaplansky Pretty sure the drive is in its death throws. Thanks Archie! :-)—@ndw
@ndw various rescue bootable CDs can repair various laptop problems or salvage data before rebuild.—@n1vux
@n1vux I can salvage the data, it’s sources for re-installing some OEM version of Vista on a new HD that’s the problem.—@ndw
@ndw ouch. Vista. ouch. May i talk to you about Ubuntu ?—@n1vux
@n1vux Not my laptop, man. Not my laptop. Worst case, I guess I’ll suggest buying a license for Windows 7, I guess.—@ndw
@ndw if there's a Vista lic code on the bottom sticker, it might allow HP OEM Win7 Upgrade License to load on new HD. Sucks less too.—@n1vux

Tuesday at 07:03pm

RT @JoshNarva: The Real Loser: Truth —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:36pm

Great question. I want to know too. :) RT @andypiper: Fink, Macports, or Homebrew? Why? (curious about relative popularities)—@windley
@windley I gave up on MacPorts and switched to Homebrew years ago. I don’t recall why, but I recall it was an improvement.—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:48pm

Very pleased with my interactive time zone map explorer. Will post after upgrading server; hopefully next week.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:04pm

@kendall @thinkprogress Awesome!—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:57pm

Memo to Indiana republicans: my gosh, the 19th amendment did in fact pass. Yes, darlings, women can vote your asses out.—@mathling

Tuesday at 11:05pm

RT @shellen: Half of America: Nate Silver is a witch! The other Half: Arithmetic!—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:14pm

Obama wins Ohio! THAT'S NUMBERWANG!—@pattonoswalt

Tuesday at 11:19pm

A victory for @fivethirtyeight and data tonight over the forces of punditry, creationism, & a rejection of science. Congrats, Nate.—@Penenberg

Tuesday at 11:25pm

Amazing to think that I'm relieved at the victory of the pro-wiretapping, pro-extrajudicial-assassination, anti-whistleblower candidate—@doctorow

Tuesday at 11:26pm

Amazing to think I'm relieved at victory for the pro-TransPacificPartnership, pro-domain-seizure, pro-RIAA candidate—@doctorow

Tuesday at 11:26pm

The collective sigh of relief heard around the world.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:27pm

It sure would be great to get a progressive candidate who still looked progressive even when not standing next to Attila the Hun—@doctorow

Tuesday at 11:35pm

Apparently theories based on data do better than wishful thinking. This could be a lesson with wide applicability.—@seanmcarroll

Tuesday at 11:43pm

Sam Wang: "Randall Munroe [xkcd] just texted me “BREAKING: Numbers continue to be best tool for determining which of two things is larger.”—@amyvdh

Tuesday at 11:47pm

Now, Mr. President, we want progress on civil liberties, drug prohibition, the surveilance state, and an end to the permanent War on Terror.—@ramez

Tuesday at 11:58pm

Money can't buy you happiness. See @realDonalTrump 's tweet stream for proof. That is one angry privileged dude.—@jstogdill

Wednesday at 12:40am

Moderate Republican. Now is YOUR time. Grab that brass ring and kick your extremists out.—@vulgrin

Wednesday at 12:42am

RT @fielding: The election of more smart and capable women to the US Senate might have more impact on the status quo than the talking he ...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:56am

This concession speech will be the first and last time I've ever heard a Romney speech. #winning —@kendall
@kendall you're one up on me, that means I win, I think.—@ndw

Wednesday at 01:05am

@ndw Damn, yeah that was my first too. You win norm, you win. /cc @kendall —@gcarothers

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:25am

One other thought before bed. Will the Republicans see the need to jettison the Tea Party, or will they double down?—@BadAstronomer
@BadAstronomer That is the question.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:37am

Please, Obama supporters, be magnanimous in victory. It is SO important to reduce vindictive obstructionism from a Republican congress—@RichardDawkins

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:42am

My book Learning Node is O'Reilly's deal of the day. Use DEAL save 50% —@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers Sold!—@ndw
@ndw Thanks!—@shelleypowers

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:38am

Question for next four years: what, if anything, can the GOP offer urbanites like me and mine to possible woo our vote? Anything?—@kendall
@kendall In theory, they could offer any number of things. It’s theoretically conceivable to have two rational parties. We won’t.—@ndw
@ndw But, really, what could they offer (assuming the party doesn't reinvent itself completely, which isn't going to happen). Anything?—@kendall
@kendall Not without a complete reinvention. I did say “theoretically”.—@ndw
@ndw How about climate change? Public transit? Infrastructure reinvestment? Are they totally beyond a zigzag on these issues?—@kendall
@kendall They could eject the lunatic fringe, tea-party crazies and form a respectable party with rational views. “Seems unlikely.”—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:03am

RT @kathrynschulz: Elected today: the first disabled woman, first openly lesbian woman, first Asian woman. Binder full of fucking awesome.—@beccatronic

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:18am

10 + 5.99 = 15.99, 25 + 5.99 = 30.990000000000002 Yes. JavaScript is absolutely awesome.—@bphogan
. @bphogan And for the love of god, please tell me you are not using floating point for currency!—@leppie
@bphogan In fairness, that’s an artifact of the representation of floats in binary. Ruby and Python get the same “wrong” answer.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:41am

Two words that fill me with dismay: "Run Maven"—@ldodds

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:51am

Last night wasn't totally perfect; @realDonaldTrump didn't die alone in a crack house fire.—@kendall
@kendall Seeing wishes for bodily injury or death, even to people I loathe and despise, always makes me cringe.—@ndw
@ndw What kind of cringe?—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:26pm

I love these protective sleeves for 'bare' HDs: not only good protection against bumps etc. but securely stackable as well: great design.—@marjoleink
@marjoleink Pointer, please?—@ndw
@ndw of course it won't provide protection against actually dropping the HDs ;)—@marjoleink
@ndw here's where I bought them: - images do not suggest the 'stackability' I discovered! Not actually black, but grey—@marjoleink

Wednesday at 12:52pm


Wednesday at 12:57pm

I predict at least one more 4 year cycle during which GOP isn't quite sure about the whole not treating non-whites & women as subhuman.—@kendall

Wednesday at 12:58pm

Followed by at least one more cycle of actually trying, but failing miserably, to keep their bitter Tim McVeigh-type dead-enders in line.—@kendall

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

@ndw : Linkedin asks me "Does Norm Walsh know about XML?" Clicking "Endorse" seems like understatement.—@cramerdw
@cramerdw :-)—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:00pm

Catholic Church spent over $1 million on fighting rights for gay people in the US. They've run out of homeless people to feed, evidently.—@tommorris

Saturday at 09:22pm

Having sex with your biographer is unquestionably more exciting than having sex with your autobiographer.—@TheTweetOfGod

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:07am

Am now platinum on @united . #levelup #flewtoomuch —@ndw
@ndw @united #holycrap you should go for the private jet timeshare—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:35pm

Windows technical support guy: “There are 93 updates, but don’t try to install them all at once or it will crash your computer”. Really?!—@ndw
@ndw I got 93 updates but a _____ ain't one?—@abdelazer

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

Is social media sentiment intrinsically self contradictory ?—@DALDEI
@DALDEI Yes. I mean, no.—@ndw