The short-form week of 18–24 May 2015

25 May 2015; last modified 16 Jun 2015

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 01:59pm

OH "And that puts the verb in the past tense, right? The pluperfect, actually, but who's counting."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:08pm

Essay question: in 500 words, how would the world be different if the word "even" had an odd number of letters? http://t.co/DXArTd7GKT —@ndw
@ndw Let's not assume all the world is English. Lots of Spanish speakers near Texas: "Even number" in Spanish = "número par" :-)—@MartianOdyssey
@MartianOdyssey I considered the cultural insensitivity of assuming "even" was in English but, you know, there's only 140 chars.—@ndw
@ndw No probs & yes only 140 chars means sometimes people will read the wrong thing into a harmless post. Happened to me other day.—@MartianOdyssey
@ndw Idea 4 essay: "número par", par, meaning even, is 3 letters. So if the Spanish won history "even" would be odd & world very different!—@MartianOdyssey
@ndw Norm, yes but, don't you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway.—@cantus67
@ndw Would that be considered a negative spoonerism and its reverse?—@cantus67
@ndw OTOH, maybe that is the essay: Wikipedia would read The Mexiicans defeated the Texians at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836!—@MartianOdyssey

Monday at 10:45pm

"Oddly enough, all of our rooms have even numbers."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:48am

http://t.co/PuAiREx2eC.apache.xerces.internal.jaxp.DocumentBuilderImpl seems to be doing the wrong thing. Do I have the energy to debug?—@ndw
@ndw I know you can do it!—@ebruchez
@ebruchez It was me. #hubris —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:54am

Oh, look. Xerces-J 2.11 doesn't even compile cleanly (some weirdo abstract class mumble something in the HTML DOM).—@ndw
@ndw In related news: Happy Birthday James Gosling, the father of Java.—@maltbyd

Tuesday at 05:38pm

OH "An airline so small that it had no non-stop flights."—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:48pm

RT @svgeesus: Monospaced ligatures officially a thing. Also, coding specific ligatures ftw https://t.co/wIQq0G22em—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:59pm

The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a network sniffer is a good guy with a network sniffer. Or crypto. Actually, just crypto.—@mattblaze

Tuesday at 09:34pm

RT @textfiles: The work continues. The work is worth the effort. The work does not care for drama or disagreement. Personalities rot; the w…—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:16am

"Maybe it isn't true for you, but it is for me & that's what matters. I'm entitled to my own truth." No you aren't. Either it's true or not.—@RichardDawkins

Wednesday at 01:20pm

RT @ArrantPedantry: I got tired of deleting scare quotes, so I created this flowchart to help writers know when to use quotation marks. htt…—@ndw

Thursday at 06:00am

Don't miss XML Rockstar Norm Walsh's update on XInclude 1.1 and XProc 2.0 at XML London 2015 @ndw @marklogic https://t.co/hTXEX5vSNv—@xmllondon

Thursday at 04:16pm

RT @Pundamentalism: "Where do you keep the Terminator DVDs?" "Aisle B, back."—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 08:52am

The hardest thing about making coffee in the morning is that you have to do it before you've had any coffee.—@ndw
@ndw @mstine oh so that's why people are building automated coffee machines at home :-)—@brunoborges
@ndw @drnic one morning I found myself pressing on the coffee, lacking strength, thinking “I need a coffee before this hard work!”—@swombat
@ndw @drnic we need metacoffee—@p_balduino

Friday at 08:53am

Spam begins: "Dude, Upgrade Your Professional Image and..." Uhm. I don't think all those words mean what you think they mean.—@ndw

Friday at 10:27pm

Join us at #XMLSummerSchool in Oxford this, uh, fall. Discount code EARLYBIRD before early registration ends, http://t.co/Htluff7WvU #XML —@ndw

Saturday at 02:05am

Sunday at 06:04pm

I think it's unfair that my grandfather can come forward in time and kill me paradox-free whenever he wants.—@duck1123

Monday at 12:35pm

RT @ValaAfshar: A brilliant illustration of how much public space we've surrendered to cars http://t.co/pmnWUJJc41 —@ndw