The short-form week of 6–12 May 2013

13 May 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.

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:38pm

So, if you’re thinking of buying a new MacBookPro, there’s that website that estimates when the next refresh is likely. That’s where again?—@ndw
@ndw Also, there are rumors of a MacBook Pro refresh to be announced in June, for WWDC. http://t.co/4DavouMIwZ —@avernet
@ndw I'm also due for a MacBook Pro refresh this year, and wondering if this time I won't go with an iMac+Air instead.—@avernet
@avernet I like having a single machine that's the same wherever I am.—@ndw
@ndw Certainly. I've been using only 1 laptop at a time since 1999, and maybe just forgot how inconvenient switching between computers is.—@avernet

Monday at 04:08pm

The first rule of drive errors is: replace the drive at the first sign of errors.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 04:59pm

Microsoft Office is something people use because someone makes them. Would you have started using it if school/work didn’t make you?—@bphogan
@bphogan you're welcome to try, but no one has yet succeeded in making me use Office.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:16pm

Voice mail is an obsolete technology. I don't care if your tech can transcribe it. Ubiquitous Caller ID killed voice mail.—@crichey
@crichey How so? I occasionally miss calls (all of yours, remarkably :-) ) and I appreciate some (transcribed, TYVM) summary.—@ndw
@ndw really? I typically couldn't care less. 99% of the time it boils down to call me back.—@crichey
@crichey I usually get more info. OTOH, I probably get 2 missed calls [more like 2 of any sort -ed] a month, so could be skewed.—@ndw

Monday at 08:01pm

Hmph. Primary motivation for staying on the MacBookPro: Photoshop + Lightroom. Adobe: That’ll be $600/year. Me: Hmph. Cheaper hardware?—@ndw

Monday at 08:20pm

The toolbox is dead, long live the toolcloud.—@trieloff

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:15am

The bottle of orange and passion fruit juice I bought on the way to work this morning is imploring me to follow i... http://t.co/asc2JHUp03 —@tommorris
@tommorris +1 about the disappointing.—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:03pm

“Emacs-10.7(426,0x7fff7dd1f180) malloc: *** mmap(size=9223372036854779904) failed (error code=12)” Now that’s a lotta memory!—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:53pm

Fixed some weird verbatim formatting listing bugs on my blog.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:41am

Facebook email: you have 7 of this and 4 of that notifications. http://t.co/J08teN1VSRR: you have no notifications. #baitandswitch —@ndw

Wednesday at 07:54am

“I don’t see how, the C0 block is right there at the beginning.” http://t.co/msYtMjGJZn #chuckle —@ndw

Wednesday at 08:42am

It's a shame Wyle E. Coyote is mostly remembered for his violence and not for his amazing tromp de l'oeil paintings of tunnels.—@jimvoorhies

Wednesday at 05:19pm

It appears that my aforementioned disk problems may actually be a side effect of connecting the drive through a cheap USB hub. #hmph —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:40pm

FibonacciSeries: Each number is the sum of the two previous numbers. Shows up in cool places in Nature, like Golden Spirals.—@neiltyson
@neiltyson And the nth number is also (φ^n - ψ^n) / √5. A sequence of integers constructed by dividing by the square root of 5. #awesome —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:14am

#tsa at Dulles holds premium line, clears every single person from regular line and then restarts #fail #dulles —@Kellblog
@Kellblog Now I’m really looking forward to my #ual flight to #iad next week…—@ndw

Thursday at 07:10am

Who said “The science, only adds to the excitement and mystery and awe of the flower.” http://t.co/ZnflhzK3sa < inspiring—@UKBrights

Thursday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! http://t.co/gsRNgt1v4z ▸ Top stories today via @RealMichaelKay @ndw —@dominixml

Thursday at 07:15am

Go to your favorite website. Unplug your mouse. Can you use the site? Still your fav? Global Accessibility Awareness Day #gaad —@sarahebourne

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:35am

Whomever writes the tweets for @GreatWestExcuse is really quite clever.—@ndw
@ndw @GreatWestExcuse thanks for sharing that. #following —@lcahlander

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

And I wrote a bit about Othermill (milling machine kickstarter) on Radar: http://t.co/rUiOUr10qR —@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides Oh, man. I have to resist for another 26 days? Must. Close. Tab. Must. Not. Imagine...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 10:06am

There is a pull request for “My Finger”. https://t.co/ZQhKxQkCKb #nocomment /ht to Justin—@ndw
@ndw LOL. Had to try it. Might have to integrated into my website for some random page.—@alexmilowski

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:28pm

Tongue a bit numb. Must be the stinging nettles.—@kendall
@kendall And not the absinthe?—@ndw
@ndw Stinging nettles in the absinthe—@kendall
@kendall Having put my hand onto a small patch of them last weekend, I can’t say I want them in my drink.—@ndw

Thursday at 05:32pm

"The code mysteriously stopped working" is usually code for "I broke the code, but don't want to admit it."—@cssquirrel

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:35pm

Absinthe Sazerac is now a thing at my house. My drunken level...get on it!—@kendall
@kendall Absinthe instead of rye?—@ndw
@ndw No, instead of Herbsaint.—@kendall
@kendall Ok. That makes more sense. I was confused. But I’m easily confused.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:52pm

View from the @meshfire offices. http://t.co/KMH4P4QrqM —@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael Well, sucks to be you, don’t it, buddy? :-)—@ndw
@ndw Yeah, it's just a constant grind. ;)—@eliasisrael

Thursday at 05:56pm

The most depressing thing about having an existential crisis is that there's a generic term for it. It may seem important, but it's not.—@RussB

Thursday at 06:02pm

while(stillPlaying == true) Translation: I don’t understand booleans.—@bphogan

Thursday at 06:10pm

Two style tips: 1. If part of your 'bittersweet' announcement is that you're deleting everyone's data, then it's just regular 'bitter'—@Pinboard

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

ZOMG people, 2 spaces or 4. Of course “it depends.” That’s the cop-out answer. Take a stand!—@bphogan
@bphogan 2.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:10pm

2. Fuck you for selling out if you pretended to be a business and asked people to rely on you for long-term storage of their data.—@Pinboard

Thursday at 07:34pm

Old Spock vs Young Spock in this Audi ad is actually hilarious. http://t.co/UKnVmX1JA8 @Jezwyn @quokkarocks @timewaster2000 @ToruOkadasCat —@sentience

Thursday at 07:56pm

Seeing "Fergie retires" headlines, my initial reaction was: I didn't realise the Duchess of York had a job #notafootballperson —@james_clark

Thursday at 10:08pm

In search of new initials, the Wisconsin Tourism Federation became the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin in 2009.—@mental_floss

Friday at 09:40am

Stop linking to stuff that makes you angry. Linking is attention and attention is reward.—@griffinkate

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:43am

How many hours in a day again? A year?—@dscape
@dscape 24 and either 8760 or 8784 depending on whether or not it’s a leap year. #answersyoudidntreallyneed —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:03am

The "good news" is that it's not just us. Apparently Chicago is one big cluster of fuckage at the moment. Yay.—@scalzi
@scalzi At the moment? Isn’t ORD always like that?—@ndw

Friday at 10:21am

Today's @makerbot printing project: Doctor Who Snap-Fit Dalek by jwolee http://t.co/14rDuB00PV —@afalk

Friday at 10:28am

RT @w3cdrm: ▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮▮—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 06:49pm

I remember when I used to talk to @ndw on Twitter.—@kendall
@kendall I must be missing a meme this evening in the pouring Austin rain. Don't we still talk on Twitter?—@ndw
@ndw Just seems like not as much lately... But don't mind me it's been a Johnny Walker Black night.—@kendall