The short-form week of 21–27 Jul 2014

28 Jul 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.

Monday at 10:20am

This is why aliens won't talk to us #atheism—@denyreligion

Monday at 12:16pm

"Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into experience."—@ndw

Monday at 12:53pm

RT @siracusa: "I don't think that the fantasy of intellectual property ultimately serves artists or art very well."—@ndw

Monday at 12:55pm

@alexmilowski Knock 'em dead, Alex. You got this!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 03:10pm

Odd to arrive at SFO, which I feel I know well, in a terminal with which I'm completely unfamiliar. (American instead of United)—@ndw
@ndw So when do you want your Manhattan?—@datablick
@datablick Ha! Not on the same day I got up at 5am, that's for sure!—@ndw
@ndw Well, we're here all week...—@datablick
@datablick @ndw Ha! Better make up the spare bed if he has one of your manhattans!—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski @ndw He can sleep in the basement with all the kids.—@datablick
@ndw Decided to fly an airline that doesn't hate you?—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski AUS-LHR nonstop on BA was the clincher.—@ndw
@ndw I thought BA was a United partner?—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski Nope, American.—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:42pm

My social media feeds are overrun with news of rallies to stand with Israel or with Gaza. Not a single rally to stand with civilians.—@meyerweb

Wednesday at 08:47pm

A few days ago I posted DocBook V5.1CR3 RELAX NG schemas on docbook(.org). Today I posted an attempt at XML Schemas: 1.0 and (better) 1.1.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:49pm

Have (almost surely) decided the next release of my DocBook toolchain (XSLT 2.0/HTML5) will require XProc, abandon XSL FO.—@ndw
@ndw I've been out of the XML loop for a year or so - I am curious - why abandon XSL-FO?—@EileenOttawa
@EileenOttawa Working group disbanded. Locus of interest/effort clearly CSS.—@ndw
@ndw Woah! Interesting. I have indeed been under a rock! Thanks much—@EileenOttawa
@ndw How will you get to PDF from XML? @EileenOttawa—@webbr
@webbr @EileenOttawa DocBook XML → "for-print" HTML → HTML+CSS formatter → PDF.—@ndw
@ndw @EileenOttawa Thank you for the details. What's the tool in the chain that gets you to PDF from HTML+CSS?—@webbr
@webbr @EileenOttawa I've tested both PrinceXML (oh, the irony) and AntennaHouse's formatter. There are probably others and surely will be.—@ndw
@ndw @EileenOttawa Do you think that there will soon be a free tool for that link in the chain? At this point, I rely on fop to get to PDF.—@webbr
@webbr @EileenOttawa I expect so. Might be already. Something that rivals fop shouldn't be too difficult.—@ndw
[big shift] MT @ndw: Have (almost surely) decided next release of my DocBook toolchain (XSLT 2.0/HTML5) will require XProc, abandon XSL FO—@jeffsonstein

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:35pm

DocBook and HTML 5(.x):—@ndw
@ndw @sideshowbarker you might have missed the point of picture. It overcomes issues with speculative preload scanner in HTML parsing.—@marcosc
@marcosc @sideshowbarker Yes. Curiously, DocBook extended the content model of its image markup recently for similar reasons.—@ndw
@ndw @sideshowbarker interesting. Would really like to hear more. I'm worried we will hit more of these problems with Web Components.—@marcosc
@marcosc @sideshowbarker Oh, the imagine markup issue is unrelated to the question of Web Components. And I may still misunderstand picture.—@ndw
@ndw @sideshowbarker see the follow. Might help explain:—@marcosc
@ndw @sideshowbarker *following—@marcosc
@ndw @sideshowbarker to be clear, we didn't want picture to exist in HTML. But we had no option but to add it :(—@marcosc
@ndw @sideshowbarker also, 99.99% of new tags will be just be Web Components. Does DocBook allow custom elements + API? (Never used DocBook)—@marcosc
@marcosc @sideshowbarker No, but the paper that @alexmilowski and I wrote for #Balisage is about impl DocBook with web components!—@ndw
@ndw @sideshowbarker @alexmilowski can you guys email me the paper?—@marcosc
@ndw obviously, risky stuff on your website. T-mobile UK has a content lock on your website. ;)—@alexmilowski
@alexmilowski I have all kinds of dangerous ideas.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:56am

If I ever own a hotel, I will attempt to appoint the rooms with devices that do not have insanely bright LEDs. #unplug #coverwithtowel—@ndw
@ndw If you owned a hotel I bet you'd charge extra for those rooms—@ptsefton
@ptsefton Nah. I wouldn't have any other kind!—@ndw

Thursday at 07:13am

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

Thursday at 09:05am

ORM is a software design pattern popular among people that think it will work this time—@GonzoHacker

Thursday at 10:13am

@scalzi I hope you picked "This timeline sucks"—@ndw

Thursday at 10:16am

Time Warner claims 100mb service for same price as 20mb starting next month. I'm sure that was always the plan b4 Google Fiber arrived.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:00pm

Really? Wow. No more donations for you, @Habitat_org—@ndw
@ndw Context?—@tabatkins
@tabatkins that was supposed to be a reply for context *grumble*.—@ndw
@ndw Wow, just read the preamble of @Habitat_org by-laws.—@nsushkin
@ndw what did I miss?—@laurendw

Friday at 06:10am

Friday at 03:12pm

People who methodically type "3-0" seconds into the microwave, instead of a quick "33," cannot compete in today's cutthroat global economy.—@adamisacson

Saturday at 06:42am

Hotel room to gate in 33 minutes. Shame it had to be the 33 minutes that started at 04:00.—@ndw

Saturday at 08:50am

Went to a car boot sale, bought some retro-style nuns' outfits and a Bruce Willis DVD. Old habits, Die Hard.—@gavinbarber

Sunday at 12:44pm

I was upgraded to first class. My seat is encrusted with Swarovski crystals. When you sit, it thanks you in Benedict Cumberbatch's voice.—@scalzi

Sunday at 01:31pm

Hey, weird oven. It only goes to 250 degrees. Good thing I only needed to reheat this. [10 mins later] Celsius Jeff! Celsius!!—@inscitekjeff

Sunday at 02:01pm

@united @Kellblog Well, maybe it's time to change that policy! Passengers care and you do actually know how to reach us!—@ndw