The short-form week of 14–20 Oct 2013

21 Oct 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 Monday at 12:28am

@w3c is the TR page still built via 2002/01/tr-automation? The tr.rdf file seems not to be up-to-date. cf XInclude 1.1—@ndw
@ndw @w3c the latest XInclude 1.1 (CR) is in there.—@wz43rtx
@wz43rtx @w3c Uh. Thanks. I know where it is, I’m looking for the complete TR meatadata file.—@ndw
@wz43rtx @w3c Huh. Not in the tr.rdf I got. But I've lost internet access for the day. Will check again tomorrow.—@ndw
@wz43rtx @w3c Nevermind. It is there. Cosmic rays must have, uh, put it back. Or something.—@ndw

Monday at 02:12pm

Hello G&T, have you been waiting here in Houston all day? Let me help you out of that cold glass...—@ndw

Monday at 05:30pm

Hello AUS. It's been too long.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:29am

Can someone with a Windows box running Saxon 9.x please tell me exactly what the static-base-uri() function returns? #kthxbai —@ndw
@ndw i gpt nothin for ya—@sayveiga
@ndw why do you ask?—@andrewwelch
@andrewwelch Because XSLT has a very narrow def of absolute and MarkLogic respects it. #annoying —@ndw
@ndw static-base-uri() on Sxn9.5N+Sxn9.5J returns 'file:/c:/folder/foo.xsl' - BUT....—@pgfearo
@ndw (contd)... base-uri() on Sxn9.5N prepends 'file:///' to the path, whereas base-uri() on Sxn9.5J prepends only 'file:/'—@pgfearo

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

What Tim said. Times 1x10^6.—@ndw
@ndw amen, brother—@mathling

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

That day you decide to bump the font size in your terminal window just a little bit. #oldeyes #betterthanthealternative —@ndw
@ndw Not there yet but it is coming soon. A friend handed me reading glasses and I couldn't quite decide if it was better with them on.—@alexmilowski

Wednesday at 10:05am

Brill RT @ndw: What Tim said. Times 1x10^6. —@pdavenne

Wednesday at 10:28am

RT @ndw: That day you decide to bump the font size in your terminal window just a little bit. #oldeyes #betterthanthealternative —@patrickDurusau

Wednesday at 10:56am

The Ant Beck Daily is out! ▸ Top stories today via @ndw —@AntArch

Wednesday at 10:59am

@ndw Where in the World is Norm Walsh? It's a new game show. +1 point if you guess correctly.—@alexmilowski

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:13pm

Aviate looks interesting; sort of like Google Now only more so: —@timbray
@timbray We made a video to…bzzzzt! you lose, but thanks for playing. /cc @getaviate —@ndw
@ndw hm? Not that I know those people or anything, but they have a good demo.—@timbray
@timbray I don’t give anyone’s web page several minutes of my undivided attention if they can’t write a few paras explaining why I should.—@ndw
@ndw Fair enough. Tl;dr: It reconfigures your phone's front page depending on where/when you are, proactively offers to do things. Clever.—@timbray

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 04:27pm

Who knows how to add a cover image to a EPUB/PDF generated from DocBook?—@jcoglan
@jcoglan i think @ndw can help—@dscape
@jcoglan Generally, put a graphic (mediaobject) in the book info; depends somewhat on the stylesheets, of course. /cc @dscape —@ndw
@ndw I'm using asciidoc, which generates a <bookinfo> in the XML. Is that what you mean?—@jcoglan
@jcoglan Uh. I do mean in the bookinfo yes, but I have no idea what asciidoc does or what toolchain it winds up invoking.—@ndw
@ndw asciidoc is a text format that compiles to docbook. It is putting a <mediaobject> in the <bookinfo> but that's not ending up in the PDF—@jcoglan

Thursday at 10:47am

There are better arguments that we're artificial lifeforms somewhere in a chain of Russian doll simulations than for the existence of god.—@tomcoates

Thursday at 11:29am

Amazon has a total sim of you from birth to death compiled on EC2 from DNA recovered when you return stuff. It's how recommendations works.—@tomcoates