The short-form week of 9–15 Sep 2013

16 Sep 2013; last modified 17 Sep 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 11:20am

Setting your username to "false" is a great way to test other developer's use of strict equality checking in web apps.—@iamdevloper

Wednesday at 01:22pm

Sending a PFAW petition to Ted Cruz seems like almost, but not quite, the most utterly pointless thing imaginable.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:44pm

Airport bagel: surprisingly doesn't live up to what bagels can potentially taste like in a flavor-way.—@feliciaday
@feliciaday How on earth was that surprising?—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:35pm

The "http://" at the beginning of URLs is a command to the browser. It stands for "head to this place:" followed by two laser-gun noises.—@rbin

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:41pm

There it is. Ten to the sixth followers. I love all of you. Even the bots among you. I will strive to stay funny & informative.—@donttrythis
@donttrythis I do not APPRECIATE being REFERRED to as a 'BOT'.—@DalekThay

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:22pm

"Time Travel is possible," says Brian Cox, at least forward. What do you think? Learn more >> http://news.discovery.com/space/brian-cox-time-travel-is-easy-kinda-130911.htm#mkcpgn=twdsc2 —@MythBusters
@MythBusters Sixty minutes an hour, every hour, whether you like it or not.—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:34pm

Went to buy a rib roast. They charged extra for the second, third, fifth, seventh, and eleventh ribs. Those are the prime ribs.—@mjdominus

Wednesday at 11:43pm

Huh. Commercials in #AngryBirds. Ok, then, #UninstallAll. That was easy.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:57am

@ndw um, how do you include non-XML code samples in the DocBook slides? I know it uses pygments under the hood, but XInclude isn’t it...—@fidothe
@ndw Oh, ignore me. XInclude with parse=“text” works just fine...—@fidothe
@fidothe @ndw I have examples of a few things in my slides—@laurendw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:07pm

Decided to wear hat for this trip to blighty. I either look good or hipster doofus. Please, if you see me wearing it, lie if necessary.—@ndw
@ndw if it has a good broad-brim, it's retro good Trilby. We're too old for the narrow-brim douche-lids the hipsters misname "fedora".—@n1vux
@n1vux I think it might properly be called a fedora, but I don't think it's too narrow brimmed. But I sorta have to say that I guess.—@ndw
@ndw Fedora,Trilby were same hat once (US and UK movie chars resp). With 'Fedora' maligned by hipster misuse, my hats are 'Trilby' now.—@n1vux
@ndw then while in blighty, it's a Trilby. and if you follow my advice, it remains a Trilby on return too :-).—@n1vux
@n1vux a Trilby it is, then, sir. And I saw what you mean by narrow brimmed. No, mine's nothing like that.—@ndw
@ndw Hats are cool! I'm gonna bring mine too.—@adamretter
@ndw dude! where's the: XML summer school I've got my hat on Selfie? #lettheinternetsdecide —@peteaven
@peteaven in your dreams, pal. I have no confidence that the internets will lie to protect my ego!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:15pm

I'm getting very tired of feeling like the "good guys" are way more scary, dangerous, and threatening than any of the "bad guys".—@ndw
@ndw What would be helpful for this might be if they published what (they claim) the "bad guys" are doing.—@kragen
@kragen @ndw Time to (re)read Mandiant's APT1 report then. the other team is pretty scary too.—@n1vux

Friday at 06:24pm

Now that we are officially an interstellar species, we should spruce up the planet a bit, and make it a nicer place to visit.—@whitnutt

Friday at 08:09pm

I may (or may not, I concede) be rockin' it with style, but this poor, beat up old 767 has seen happier days. Shame, IAH often has better.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 04:43am

@ndw @laurendw Um, is there a worked example for building PDFs from the slide XML?—@fidothe
@fidothe @ndw basically use make with .pdf—@laurendw
@laurendw @ndw Slides in the repo, but FOP is failing with validation errors for me - I’m getting on plane, let me know if you succeed...—@fidothe
@fidothe @laurendw @ndw At Bristol airport, be there in a few hours.—@docum3nt
@docum3nt @ndw let me know when you get in we can do dinner—@laurendw
@laurendw @ndw Are we going to John's at 6pm?—@docum3nt
@docum3nt @ndw considering skipping it and just going to dinner. Debbie and I back in about 15—@laurendw
@laurendw @docum3nt @ndw Hey guys, I'm here!—@adamretter
@adamretter @docum3nt @ndw want to meet my room then decide on dinner? same room as last year.—@laurendw
@laurendw @docum3nt @ndw we are in the quad—@adamretter
@laurendw @adamretter @ndw be there in 5—@docum3nt
@laurendw @ndw I think I figured it out - it wants a processor binary, not a java lib...—@fidothe
@laurendw @ndw I’ll move my slides into the repo (I had them in a separate one)—@fidothe
@fidothe @ndw do you have a processor? If not check it in and I'll generate—@laurendw

Saturday at 10:01am

Oxford is littered with unclaimed portals and here I am just about fresh out of resonators. #ingress —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 10:25am

It appears that in #JQuery, $(elem).append(“<a …>…</a>”) causes the *rest of the text *in $(elem) to be reparsed, borking escaped markup.—@ndw
@ndw any touch of jQuery makes your whole webpage borked. #justsaying —@mcepl
@ndw That is strange; is it happening even on non-IE browsers? If it is, it might be worth creating a test case and filling an issue.—@avernet
@avernet Chrome and Safari—@ndw

Sunday at 05:29pm

No, my bad. I’m also doing a .text().replace() to strip off trailing whitespace and not re-encoding the markup.—@ndw