The short-form week of 30 Dec 2013–5 Jan 2014

06 Jan 2014

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 12:52am

Am I supposed to know who "Justine" is? I'm pretty sure I don't care, I just wonder if I'm supposed to know.—@ndw
@ndw Lawrence Durrell's Justine?—@msokolov
@ndw it's stacey's mom.—@sneakin
@ndw you'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard of #JustineSacco—@joseespinoza
@ndw I don't know either—@laurendw
That would be Java compiler author Justine Thyme :-) RT @ndw: Am I supposed to know who "Justine" is? I'm pretty sure I don't care—@docum3nt

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:20pm

Dame @JeniT (nearly) - congratulations :-D—@libbymiller
@libbymiller It's only a matter of time. And congratulations @JeniT—@ndw
@ndw absolutely :-) @JeniT—@libbymiller

Monday at 06:36pm

A reminder that Jupiter is big, and the Earth, not so much.—@scalzi

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:58pm

Centerpiece of dinner tomorrow: a magnum of Sauterne and a whole foie gras. Starting off 2014 with a bang.—@ndw
@ndw a magnum!?! One foie pas suffit. Can barely finish half bottle myself. Didn't know they made magnums. Sure it's not made in China?—@kstirman
@kstirman I'm not dining alone! I'm sure it's a nice bottle, never been anywhere near China.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:32pm

Obligatory food shot.—@ndw
@ndw Foie gras?—@james_clark
@james_clark Indeed. Whole one done two ways and accompanied by a magnum and two other bottles of Sauterne (which we did not finish!). Yum!—@ndw
@ndw @james_clark Decadent!—@kendall
@kendall @james_clark Yeah, just a little. 2 Jan is New Year's Day with an off by one error. That's my story.—@ndw
@james_clark May have to give @ndw a few more years in Texas for him to tweet photos of Fried Turkey and Pecan Pie.—@aljopainter
@ndw @aljopainter Looks good. How do you like Austin? I've been there only once, but it seemed like a nice place to live.—@james_clark
@ndw @james_clark Nice pie photo! Looks like you're settling into the Tejas way of life real good.—@aljopainter
@aljopainter @james_clark Adapt or die, that is the human condition.—@ndw
@ndw @aljopainter @james_clark My fav thing on the planet!—@kendall
@james_clark @ndw With a cold Shiner Bock.—@aljopainter

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:40am

.01 % probability to have bad earthquake this year in CA; 100% likely to have bad snowstorm back East. I'll stay out here.—@rjglushko
@rjglushko What's more, the odds of a major earthquake on the east coast are non-zero!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 05:53pm

Previously: ext video didn't work, but suspend was solid. Now: ext video (kinda/sorta) works, but suspend is unreliable. #linux #notworking—@ndw
@ndw regretting the switch or just working out the kinks?—@crichey
@crichey Unclear. I may abandon the switch.—@ndw
@ndw hmm. Interested to see how this turns out.—@crichey

Saturday at 06:02pm

Re: global warming and the cold weather "Liberals keep telling me the Titanic is sinking but my side of the ship is 500 feet in the air."—@nerdyjewishgirl

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 09:58pm

It's worse than I thought. It doesn't even boot reliably now. #grumble #linux—@ndw
@ndw is pretty solid; lots of new features, etc. if there's interest.—@CanOfBees
@ndw I don't know what your requirements are, but if you're feeling adventurous consider giving PC-BSD a try. The 10.0 release candidate (+)—@CanOfBees
@ndw It being .. some Linux variant?—@dpawson
@dpawson "It" being this Thinkpad W530. NVIDIA drivers: no ext display. Nouveau drivers: unreliable boot, suspend/resume. #linux #grumpy—@ndw
@ndw drat, that will apply here too.—@dpawson
@ndw @dpawson The nvidia GUI tool for configuring multiple monitors would always crash on me. Think I used their tool to generate config.—@pdxleif
@ndw @dpawson nvidia drivers are bad under other os as well.. :-(—@grtjn
@ndw @dpawson It doesn't have integrated Intel graphics available?—@pdxleif
@pdxleif @dpawson Apparently only the NVIDIA card is connected to the external display ports.—@ndw
@ndw @pdxleif Ouch. I can see the logic of that... but curiosity says it is 'switchable', either by a switch or a plug / header on the mobo?—@dpawson
@dpawson @ndw @pdxleif I realise you know how to use Google, but did you see—@sgmlguru
@pdxleif @ndw I opted for the nVidia graphics card, as I guess ndw did. Unsure if the built in is still available—@dpawson
@ndw you were brave to try linux on a laptop—@dckc

Sunday at 07:15am

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

Sunday at 12:13pm

@ndw life is too short to fuss with #linux on a laptop.—@alexmilowski

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 12:20pm

The Call For Papers for XML London 2014 is now OPEN. #XML #XQuery #XSLT #XProc #XForms #SPARQL #NoSQL #SemanticWeb—@xmllondon
@xmllondon @dscape XML? I think @jaffathecake should present.—@hdragomir
@hdragomir The only thing I know about XML is "arghhhhhhhhh"—@jaffathecake
@jaffathecake @hdragomir The atmosphere is brilliant and you get to hang out with amazing people like @ndw and @jpcs :)—@dscape
@dscape @jaffathecake @hdragomir @ndw You might even find out about the cool stuff #XML was designed for and can do really well... :-)—@jpcs
@dscape @jaffathecake @ndw @jpcs not doubting at all. Trying to avoid the UK as much as I can this year, though.—@hdragomir

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:24pm

With Nouveau drivers, nox2apic and the MATE desktop instead of Cinnamon, I believe I may be winning. #linux—@ndw
@ndw if laptops where cars, yours seems to be a rainbow hand painted audi rs8 with sheep skins on the seats and a cassette radio.—@icing
@icing That seems a little harsh, but ok.—@ndw
@ndw my share of exp w/ linux on laptops has raised the pain threshold in regard to macs. good to see someone rattle the chains.—@icing
@ndw Isn't fiddling like this after decades of computing rather pathetic?—@perllover

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 09:40pm

This may be surprising to anyone who follows me on twitter, but I don't think I've ever intentionally used my caps lock key. EVER.—@scalzi
@scalzi First thing I do on a new computer: map CapsLock to be a Ctrl key. Try it, you'll like it.—@ndw