The short-form week of 18–24 Mar 2013

25 Mar 2013

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 01:25pm

Safari 6.0.3 fixes include “improves scrolling on””. WTF?—@ndw

Monday at 04:00pm

RT @timoreilly: Copyright increasingly being used to make sure we don't own anything We Should Be Allowed to Unlo ...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:47pm

“There’s always another bug.”—@ndw
@ndw and one useless statement. Hence all programs can be reduced to IEFBR14.—@n1vux

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:39am

The 1.0.9 release is also, theoretically, available through Maven.—@xmlcalabash
.@xmlcalabash yes, 1.09 is now on Maven Central thx @ndw!—@rdeltour

Tuesday at 10:40am

RT @xmlcalabash: XML Calabash 1.0.9 released. —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:32pm

If you’re going to gather data counting registered users, you should also gather the count of users who got to the legal page and bailed.—@pgor
@pgor never ask a question that you don't want to know the answer to.—@ndw
@ndw “This train only takes the Happy Path.”—@pgor

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:47pm

Experimental Martini: mist glass with noilly prat, add large double deep-frozen stoli, strip peel, burn a coffee bean & extinguish in vodka.—@AlecMuffett
@AlecMuffett Was going to make snarky comment about vodka "martinis" but you recovered with Noilly Prat and interesting secondary flavors.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:40pm

Why would anyone pay for #MongoDB Enterprise when #MongoDB will lose your data for free? —@jclip
@jclip because a fool and his money ... no, nevermind. I don't know.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:48pm

RT @denyreligion: Bring It On; I'm Not Scared #atheism —@ndw

Tuesday at 07:50pm

RT @KentBeck: start presentations on the second slide: engaging a technical audience by leading with a dilemma.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:54pm

RT @mdubinko: True forgiveness comes not from minimization, but from letting go of resentment.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:56pm

RT @timoreilly: "Big data is what happened when the cost of keeping information became less than the cost of throwing it away." - George ...—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:59pm

RT @dreid: “What’s your job?” Programming. “What’s your hobby?” Programming. “What do you do when you’re not programming?” Think about ...—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! ▸ Top stories today via @ndw —@dominixml

Wednesday at 12:20pm

Reason and critical thinking are not always the strongest in religious extremists. #atheism —@denyreligion

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:03pm

Simple function in Source (in bash). Subsequent perl script calls system() => sh: line 1: ‘f-test’: not a valid identifier ???—@ndw
@ndw sh is Bash in POSIX mode. Dashes are not allowed in function names. See —@nsushkin
@nsushkin Oh, man, thank you. *That* would have taken me a while.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:20pm

Here is an idea. Maybe we can skip the piss-up after conferences and organise dinners without loud music and with space to chat instead.—@codepo8

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:55pm

I have two external monitors again. Praise cheeses. (Yes, @codinghorror, I know you have eleventeen, STFU.)—@ndw
@ndw well, actually, eleventeen is not a number.—@codinghorror
@codinghorror You say that like it’s relevant to my comment :-)—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:32pm

RT @stilkov: Great post: “You just went to the Google home page. Simple, isn't it?”—@ndw

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

Voyager 1 has left the heliosphere. How awesome is that? Could we stop funding killing people and fund exploration for a while? Please?—@ndw
@ndw but I want results right now!—@bphogan
@ndw yet Voyager 1 was launched by a nation with the most powerful military world history has seen.—@acrookedsmile

Thursday at 03:51pm

Wife: What's that book by@scalzi with the redshirts in it? Me: Redshirts. What's that book where a guy is hunting a whale called Moby-Dick?—@doctorow

Thursday at 05:14pm

Planck results reaffirm standard model. Particle physicists weep. Still no new physics. —@iand

Saturday at 01:47pm

...that it is okay to want to make lots of plans, but it is also okay to make lots of room for that which planning can never produce. @NDW —@AlbertBaumann