The short-form week of 11–17 Nov 2013

18 Nov 2013; last modified 20 Nov 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 10:00am

Happy to be home for a while, but sorry to be missing #TPAC—@ndw
@ndw you are missed.—@greatlinkup
@ndw I was wondering if you were out there with my #DPUB peeps. Guess not. Too bad. I'm home too. It's all IRC for me!—@JeanKaplansky

Tuesday at 03:52pm

Evidence of miracles: I tried to do something logical in Netsuite and it actually worked.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:00pm

the reason emacs rocks: when you're getting post technical in any sphere, being an emacs user brings you back to scripting it. Because text.—@nicferrier

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:32pm

Oh, look, the Google Data API returns not well-formed (not-) XML. #facepalm—@ndw
[<sigh/> get it together, ppl] RT @ndw: Oh, look, the Google Data API returns not well-formed (not-) XML. #facepalm—@jeffsonstein

Tuesday at 07:33pm

Apologies. The Google Chrome browser displays it in a not-well-formed manner. The underlying data is ok.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:03pm

#UsabilityTip If your web form asks for date of birth, and you have a calendar control, defaulting to today's date is sub-optimal.—@mdubinko
@mdubinko I agree, but what’s a better default date?—@ndw
@ndw @mdubinko -P[average age on earth]Y?—@pjkelly5
@ndw @pjkelly5 you need to unask the question, and think about better ways (for example not requiring one click per year)—@mdubinko
@mdubinko @ndw @pjkelly5 1st ask a security question like "What was your favorite childhood TV show?" & set the default year from that.—@cramerdw

Tuesday at 08:46pm

Art should constitute a small fraction of a just person's income; a person for whom that fraction is $142M must be taxed much higher.—@kristoncapps

Tuesday at 09:34pm

Have hacked my G+ reading code into Google Contacts reading code. Yay me.—@ndw

Wednesday at 01:57am

A developer has a problem. They think "I'll use monads!" Nun neniu povas kompreni ilin.—@jroper

Wednesday at 05:28am

“Remember why you started.”—@martinrue

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:08am

So let me get this straight. Google organizes contacts with Circles but doesn’t include that data in the Contacts API output. #WTF—@ndw
@ndw are you in Shenzhen, btw? Haven't seen you yet...—@mnot
@mnot No, alas. Had to cancel my trip to China. Went to California instead. That’s the same, right?—@ndw
@ndw sure.—@mnot

Wednesday at 08:52am

Is it really the case that normal Google accounts can’t access /plusDomains/v1/people/me/circles even after OAuth2 login? #WTF—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:35am

“The asteroid that will destroy all life on Earth is larger than Everest, moving faster than a bullet, and hurtling towards us now.”—@ndw
@ndw Life on earth is 3.5 billion years old. It's pretty tough. Human (or even mammalian) life could be destroyed pretty easily though.—@prescod
@prescod Yeah, “all life” is a bit of hyperbole perhaps. Still, it’s gonna be a really big bang. (No pun intended)—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:42pm

"Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet" < *Fantastic* explanation of NSA Quantum attacks by @NCWeaver—@ashk4n

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:58pm

@shelleypowers I’d say “first against the wall when the revolution comes” but there are so many to line up, can’t see the wall anymore.—@ndw
@ndw @shelleypowers I've cynically resigned myself to a world in which the revolution will never come. Sigh.—@danlyke
@danlyke @ndw @shelleypowers The revolution will come around again ...—@abcoates
@abcoates @danlyke @ndw Some day I have a hope that most people will wake up and go, "Wow, I'm tired of being ignorant."—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers @abcoates @ndw human history suggests that there'll only ever be a few people who go "Wow, I'm tired of being ignorant."—@danlyke
@danlyke @abcoates @ndw I'm foolishly optimistic that, 1 day, people will realize how much ignorance hurts them. I also believe in Santa.—@shelleypowers
@danlyke @ndw It will, and you'll be able to supersize it, or get it as a happy revolution...with prize—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers @ndw I expect by the time it finally gets here it'll be mainstream enough have a Pepsi logo, not all edgy and Red Bull...—@danlyke

Wednesday at 02:36pm

I'm often asked to debug a JS error in "an hour". In my experience it takes 5 mins, 2+ hours, or several new gray hairs. Never an hour.—@cssquirrel

Wednesday at 03:33pm

attn media: stop referring to "signing up for Obamacare." Obamacare is a law, you don't sign up for it. you sign up for health insurance—@badler

Wednesday at 03:38pm

Fuck you, anti-vaxxers, for making me terrified of having an infant in California. Fuck you forever.—@CcSteff

Wednesday at 04:52pm

That thing where you're going through your outstanding bug list and wonder if it's too late to take up subsistence farming.—@kiphampton

Wednesday at 05:55pm

RT @peteaven: <emphasis>#MarkLogic 7.0 AVAILABLE NOW on #AWS Marketplace - Developer edition is FREE ! </emphasis>—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:56pm

MarkLogic pricing Developer is Free and rocks all the enterprise features... BooYaa!—@peteaven
@peteaven You guys have hourly now?!—@MattioV
@MattioV Yes. /cc @peteaven—@ndw
@ndw @peteaven Crazy talk. Next you'll tell me the system is ACID compliant and I don't have to worry about CAP theorem boogeyman.—@MattioV

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:57pm

@ndw Make it release faster. :)—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski Finish your damned PhD faster. :-P—@ndw
@ndw If only I could. If I load it into ML 7, will I finish faster?—@alexmilowski
@ndw Which part did you do?—@bsletten
@bsletten I worked on some of the configuration manager enhancements and a minor bit around the edges of semantics, extending mlcp.—@ndw
@ndw Cool. It looks like a great release.—@bsletten

Wednesday at 06:01pm

I’ve confirmed that even the Google Python API can’t get my list of circles. So it’s not my bug. WTF?—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:18pm

Wednesday at 07:10pm

I don’t have OCD. I just know that you’re supposed to eat a prime number of candy corns at a time.—@Richard_Kadrey

Wednesday at 07:13pm

Asked why I draw so much. I said, "because I can't not." I wasn't being flippant, but it sounded kinda rude. :/—@jessicahagy

Wednesday at 08:15pm

Oh, FFS, the circles information isn’t in the contacts export data either. I think I’ll just move to org-contacts and *export* to Google.—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:41pm

@doctorow @BoingBoing On the plus side, maybe this is the thing that will finally drive a revolt against DRM. “Don’t mess with my car.”—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:44pm

@msnaughty And slightly buzzed?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:04pm

Altai @ 21 / UC Berkeley Law : I have been recorded. Funny how different you sound when you listen to yourself!—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski Never, ever do that.—@ndw
@ndw I think you've been recorded many times at conferences. Otherwise, I don't know...—@alexmilowski

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:28pm

Josh Whedon’s version not being streamable, watched David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing. #delightful #shakespeare—@ndw
@ndw I love that Much Ado. Laugh so hard.—@trabernlaw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:56am

@DALDEI When did charity become weird?—@ndw

Thursday at 04:11am

Fact: 48% of IE7 usage comes from developers checking that their site works in IE7.—@iamdevloper

Thursday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! Stories via @ndw—@dominixml

Thursday at 08:01am

I’m glad to see the state of Exchange calendar/mail integration has improved so much on Linux in the last ten, oh, wait. Nevermind.—@ndw

Thursday at 08:31am

“To presume that your 1 in 64 million chance thing is a miracle is to significantly underestimate the total number of…things…that there are”—@ndw

Thursday at 08:44am

In fairness, the state of the art on the Mac is pretty creaky too.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:16am

Sarah Palin recently said that the Pope surprised her by being so liberal. Wait till she hears about this Jesus fellow.—@myerman

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:10am

Even brilliant people are still confused about the most basic aspects of #XML #Namespaces. Just proves what a disaster of a spec that was.—@uogbuji
@uogbuji Nonsense.—@ndw
@ndw @uogbuji A recent example of XML namespace misunderstanding—@distobj
@distobj @uogbuji Sure. I understand that some people do sometimes misunderstand them.—@ndw
@ndw @uogbuji Don't make me name names of those who routinely make that same mistake :P—@distobj
@distobj @ndw well there are coupla blokes on XML-DEV right now saying that XML Namespaces are what make "mathematical precision" possible—@uogbuji
@uogbuji @distobj Uhm. Yeah. Well. No.—@ndw
@distobj @ndw Guffaw: "you can leverage namespacing to create fully self-descriptive messages without requiring another media type"—@uogbuji
Coincidentally following cmts from @uogbuji and @distobj, I discovered today that the “rest-assured” framework doesn’t do namespaces right.—@ndw
@ndw Hey Norm. Long time no hear-from.—@uogbuji

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:16am

Why attempt "global uniqueness" for, er, anything?—@simonstl
@simonstl Like internet domain names?—@ndw
@ndw but then again, URIs are always the current conversation.—@simonstl
@ndw those are only guaranteed unique for a given point in time - and even then some potential weirdness. URIs current conversation.—@simonstl
@simonstl Fair enough. Universal, eternal uniqueness seems pretty hard to achieve.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:44am


Thursday at 12:30pm

The awesome it is just too awesomely awesome. #awesome #noreallyimeanitawesome #awesome—@ndw

Thursday at 12:34pm

Also creepy in a way “@ndw: The awesome it is just too awesomely awesome. #awesome #noreallyimeanitawesome #awesome—@mwiik

Thursday at 12:52pm

HOLY CRAP! RT @ndw: The awesome it is just too awesomely awesome. #awesome #noreallyimeanitawesome #awesome—@kiphampton

Thursday at 12:59pm

MT @ndw: The awesome it is just too awesomely awesome. #awesome #noreallyimeanitawesome < wow, real tangible media—@der42

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:16pm

This is brilliant idea. Pre-ordered my @Coin today! Follow me to glory at—@windley
@windley For the love of all things, can we please get a card in the US that’s chip-and-pin!?—@ndw

Thursday at 05:51pm

Allow me to play with your mind by showing you 4 perfect circles.—@Gotham3

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:28pm

Probably a very narrow audience but @FakeUnicode is pretty funny.—@kiphampton
@kiphampton Thank you!—@simonstl
@simonstl @kiphampton Ditto!—@ndw
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In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:48pm

What kind of person kills an elephant?—@kendall
@kendall One to whom the phrase "civilized human bring" clearly does not apply. I'm not even sure "person" applies in any proper sense.—@ndw
@ndw agreed—@kendall

Thursday at 07:02pm

World needs a "bourbons similar to that bourbon you like which is now all gone" service—@kellan

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:11pm

Starting a MarkLogic 7 Advent calendar, whereby we count the days to Christmas listing new capabilities in MarkLogic Server #notenoughdays—@peteaven
@peteaven Think outside the box: Christmas 2014 or maybe 2015. Except we'll have shipped 8.0 by then. The #awesome never ends. #marklogic—@ndw

Thursday at 11:01pm

RT @grechaw: From hurling to another extreme sport -- MarkLogic 7 y'alls. Have fun!—@ndw

Friday at 09:35am

Friday at 10:21am

/via @der42 et @ndw: The awesome. <- like it to turn into a keyboard or have smaller pins even. Wow.—@paulgeraghty

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:09am

If I get a “we’d like your feedback” popup when I visit your website, my feedback is %#@$# the %@#$#@$ off!—@ndw
@ndw you remind me of michael douglas lately. in the movie where he wears broken glasses.—@icing

Saturday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! Stories via @RealMichaelKay @ndw @georgebina—@dominixml

Sunday at 12:21pm

The Candy Rapture: That period after Halloween when all the good candies are called to “heaven”, leaving the bad ones behind.—@pgor

Sunday at 07:50pm

Barry Goldwater got it decades ago #atheism—@denyreligion