The short-form week of 12–18 Aug 2013

19 Aug 2013; last modified 26 Aug 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 Saturday at 01:52pm

Gotta love the Dutch. Amsterdam marks Putin's visit by flying gay pride flags on all city council buildings: http://t.co/lZcAHZoyNr” —@Elka72
Goed gedaan! "Amsterdam marks Putin's visit by flying gay pride flags on all city council buildings" http://t.co/rIAuIJnP25 via @Elka72 @ndw —@amyvdh

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:43pm

Among the choices offered under “select color” for a pair of jeans: “Dark Heritage”. That’s a color? Really?—@ndw
@ndw I think you strayed into the emo jeans section.—@walterunderwood

Monday at 01:01pm

Exchanged T-Mobile SIM for Rogers SIM while in Canada. Cheap data for the win. Cannot now find T-Mobile SIM for the loss.—@ndw

Monday at 03:38pm

The rest of the civilized world already has "hyperloops". They're called trains.—@umairh

Monday at 07:15pm

@james_clark FWIW, I had no trouble abandoning my iPhone and eschewing an iPad, but for my laptop...sigh—@ndw

Monday at 09:05pm

New SIM in less than 10 minutes at a T-Mobile kiosk in the mall. Painless.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:13am

A programmer had a problem and so he decided to use threads. Now problem had programmer he a A.—@KiwiCoder

Tuesday at 08:51am

RT @Elka72: Gotta love the Dutch. Amsterdam marks Putin's visit by flying gay pride flags on all city council buildings: http://t.co/lZcAHZ… —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:02am

Doctype so simple no schema required. Been using it for years. Wrote schema yesterday. Found several markup errors. #validation #good #xml —@ndw
@ndw Generalizable to: Algo so simple no tests required. Used code for years. Wrote tests. Found several bugs. ;)—@ebruchez

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:14am

Uh, @w3c, /community/groups/ is an empty page?—@ndw
@ndw Fixed! Part of the system is implemented in COBOL and we had to pull a guy out of retirement to get the fix—@w3c
@w3c /community/mmarkup/ seems to be 404—@ndw
@ndw Thanks for the heads-up…this must again be related to tweaks we are doing. Apologies for the disruption. On it.—@w3c
@ndw /community/mmarkup/ back up. Sorry for inconvenience. If you spot any other issues, please let us know. Thanks!—@w3c
@w3c *chuckle*—@ndw
@ndw @w3c that is calling for a rewrite in xml tech.. :-)—@grtjn
[oops! the best of us sometimes... fix underway] RT @ndw: Uh, @w3c, /community/groups/ is an empty page?—@jeffsonstein
@ndw I just noticed that myself…we will undo that change asap...—@w3c

Tuesday at 10:15am

Every separable metric space can be embedded into the Hilbert cube.—@TopologyFact

Tuesday at 05:30pm

The Bayesian probability of me getting a Bayesian probability correct given my prior experience with Bayesian probabilities is zero—@pkedrosky

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:03pm

Gazillion Dollars Idea: Gravatar that supports animated gifs—@dscape
@dscape Oh $DIETY, please no.—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:10am

RT @timoreilly: You will be tagged. http://t.co/4EpOXTxYfc Good questions from @acroll about the privacy implications of photo tagging in F…—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:27pm

So somewhere hidden in the number Pi is, for example, an H.264 copy of The Avengers? https://t.co/M5tIlAPa4G (via @niklasl)—@ashooner
@ashooner And all my emails! And my passwords! There’s no privacy at all!—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:43pm

"Increase Facebook impressions and brand awareness by seamlessly encouraging likes and check-ins" has never been the customer's goal.—@briansuda

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

A dozen Thai green chillies won’t be too many, will it, he asks after the fact?—@ndw
@ndw Depends if you want their death to be swift or not.—@bsletten
@bsletten It’s dinner for one, so I’ve no one to blame but myself—@ndw
@ndw What is it?—@bsletten
@bsletten Random mix of bok choi, onions, peppers, chillies, beans, rice, etc. with fish sauce, soy sauce, etc. Not too shabby or too hot.—@ndw
@ndw Sounds good!—@bsletten

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:25pm

Couldn’t we just ban flying drones in US airspace? #uptonogood —@ndw
@ndw s/in US airspace// fixed it for you—@svgeesus

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

I could work. Or I could go float in the pool. Uh. I’ll see y’all in a bit, ‘k?—@ndw
@ndw K.—@MattioV
@ndw The temp and humidity is finally comfortable here in Durham, NC. Enjoy the pool!—@lcahlander

Wednesday at 10:20pm

Wednesday at 10:27pm

I’m sorry I said “wow” before. I was clearly misinformed. WOW. http://t.co/QUAw3ObQ43 —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:32pm

[OMFG this is cool] RT @ndw: I’m sorry I said “wow” before. I was clearly misinformed. WOW. http://t.co/LH3Z5UUpN6 —@jeffsonstein
@jeffsonstein @ndw @SpaceX Ill drive that to work.—@jeremiahfelt

Thursday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! http://t.co/lNS6ggKpyZ ▸ Top stories today via @xmlgrrl @ndw —@dominixml

Thursday at 11:43am

"Our commitment to customer service: make a positive impact with every connection - all the time!" #gobbledygook —@ndw

Thursday at 11:43am

Thursday at 02:47pm

We should think of taxing the rich as a kind of mandatory therapeutic aid: it's good for them and for everyone, even if they don't agree.—@kendall

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

Is tipping waiters a good idea? http://t.co/w0v69QgA0j —@larsga
@larsga More to the point, that’s a case against restaurant owners paying sub-par wages and expecting servers to make it up in tips.—@ndw

Friday at 09:19am

If technology was a meritocracy I'd be sending this as a peer-to-peer RDF tweet from an Amiga 10,000 running GNU NLS on top of SmallTalk.—@ftrain

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:25am

I wonder if it’s even possible to unwind the current surveillance state.—@ndw
@ndw about the only consolation is the degree of incompetence; mixed consolation due to the dangers of their getting it wrong—@laurendw
@ndw seems like going back isn’t an option—@edsu

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:31am

In Java, ((SomeObject) x).method(…) works but I want to avoid the static reference to SomeObject; how can I do this at runtime w/reflection?—@ndw
@ndw Conventional approach is factory classes/methods. Welcome to dependency injection hell.—@timbray
@ndw Call getClass on the instance then getSuperclasses to find the one you want. Call getDeclaedMethods on that and pick the one you want—@tug